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27th June 2021

Minister: Russell McLarty
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 121)
We lift up our eyes to the hills – from where does our help come?
It comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth:
the One who neither sleeps nor slumbers
and who keeps us from all evil.

Hymn 441 Blessing and honour and glory and power

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

Scriptures: Gospel Reading – Mark 5:21-43 – Reader, Tim Bell

Hymn 497 Almighty Father of all things that be

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15

Sermon – Our love gift

Hymn 182 Now thank we all our God

The Lord’s Supper
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

Doxology from Ephesians 3: 20-21spoken together

‘Now to him who by the power at work within us
is able to accomplish abundantly
far more than all we can ask or imagine,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations
for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Voluntary,    Gloria.  WA Mozart (1756-1791)

Intimations

Sunday Services – Services continue at 11 am. You are very welcome. Please remember that restrictions are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

Opening the Church –
The church building is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help.

One Church for Leith Bible Study Group Christianity and Climate Change
Continues on Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm. New members are very welcome.

Leith Churches Summer Holiday Club – Jungle Adventure –The club meets outdoors Monday to Friday mornings this week. A number of people from our church are helping. Please remember the children and their families, the leaders and helpers in your prayers.

Church Magazine – We plan to have a magazine in July. Please send contributions to the church office nlpc-office@btconnect.com

Prayer for this Sunday evening –
Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer Christians continue to join in prayer during Covid-19 pandemic | The Church of Scotland

“The Gospel of Mark records the story of a woman who reaches out to Jesus and does so from the depth of her suffering. She does so because she ‘had heard about Jesus’ and longed to find healing.
“The Gospel describes how a large crowd was following Jesus ‘and pressed in on him’ and it is from the midst of the crowd that the woman reaches out. In the moment that she does so, Jesus senses ‘that power had gone forth from him’. In response to his question: “Who touched me?”, the woman comes ‘in fear and trembling’ and tells ‘the whole truth’. In response, Jesus affirms that her faith has yielded wholeness and peace. (Mark 5: 21-43)
“In times of suffering, we may find ourselves worn out and uncertain as to the strength of our faith. Whether from the depths of the crowd, or in the loneliness of our isolation, Jesus invites us to reach out and experience the healing and peace of God.”
We pray:

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to reach out to your presence revealed in Jesus.
When we are fearful,
Calm our fears and bring us safe into your presence.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to reach out to the One who inspires faith.
When we sense our faith ebbs low,
Renew our faith and reassure that your faithfulness abides forever.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to the place of healing.
When we are broken,
Lift us up and remake us in your image.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to the place of peace.
Where peace seems absent,
Fill the place of absence with your abiding presence.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to step out of the crowd.
Where we are hesitant to do so,
Reassure us that you see us and know us and accept us as we are.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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