Sadly, this church is now closed for worship. From Easter Sunday please join us at North and South Leith Parish Church in the Kirkgate for Sunday worship at 11am
Online Worship worship

31st October 2021

Minister: Rev. Ron Smith
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Agnus Dei.     WA Mozart (1756-1791)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship – (from Psalm 116: 12-14 & Psalm 30: 11-12)

What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.
You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you for ever.

Hymn 111 Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty

1 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2 Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
God ever living through eternity.

3 Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide thee,
though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
all thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;
holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

Prayer of Approach

Scriptures:  Reader, Jenny Martin

Mark 14: 22-26
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,’ he said to them. 25 ‘Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’
26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Luke 24: 13-20, 28-34
On the road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognising him.
17 He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’
19 ‘What things?’ he asked.
‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going further. 29 But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’


Hymn 252 As a fire is meant for burning

  Doxology –spoken together

We will not offer to God offerings that cost us nothing.
We will seek peace and justice.
Praise to the God who reigns above,
Praise to the Son who lived below,
Praise to the Spirit who moves among us,
and Glory be to almighty God
now and always, world without end.

Prayers for the World

Hymn 744 Hark how the adoring hosts above

1 Hark how the adoring hosts above
with songs surround the throne!
Ten thousand, thousand are their tongues;
but all their hearts are one.

2 Worthy the Lamb that died, they cry,
to be exalted thus;
worthy the Lamb, let us reply;
for he was slain for us.

3 Thou hast redeemed us with thy blood,
and set the prisoners free;
thou mad’st us kings and priests to God,
and we shall reign with thee.

4 From every kindred, every tongue,
thou brought’st thy chosen race;
and distant lands and isles have shared
the riches of thy grace.

5 To him who sits upon the throne,
the God whom we adore,
and to the Lamb that once was slain,
be glory evermore.

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Hymn 419 Thine be the glory

1 Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won

2 Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly, he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

3 No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Gloria in excelsis deo. WA Mozart (1756-1791)


Sunday Services – We are pleased to welcome back Rev Ron Smith, retired minister from Leith St Andrew’s church, to lead our service this morning.
Next Sunday, 7 November, Brian Drummond, Reader in Training at South Leith, will lead our worship.

Church Family and Friends – The congregation will be sad to learn that our friend Rita Sutherland died peacefully last Saturday, 23 October.
We remember Rita with thanks for her life, example and fellowship, and hold her family in our prayers.

The ordination and induction of Rev Katherine Taylor took place on 28 October. The service is available to view via the Tranent Parish Church website.

The Food Bank is running low on carrier bags; anyone who has an excess could they please donate to the Food Bank.

COP26 Life and Work Special Supplement

Life and Work has produced a FREE four-page COP26 Special Supplement available now to all interested at

Christmas Appeal – The Kirk Session meets on Wednesday 10 November. One of the items on the agenda will be our regular Christmas Appeal. If you would like to propose a ‘home’ charity to be the beneficiary of this year’s appeal please let the Session Clerk know, providing some details about your proposal (or contact the church office) by Tuesday 9 November at latest.

Leith Churches Together – Lunch Time Service – LCT is re-starting the monthly ecumenical lunch-time services on Thursday 11th November 2021 at 1pm in Duke Street United Reformed Church.   Those attending are asked to bring their own lunch.   All welcome.

National Giving Day – Thank you to everyone who has donated to this appeal for church funds. The appeal closes today.

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

“As the people of God embark on a journey that will take them to the threshold of the promised land, they hear proclaimed the commandment: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’
“These ancient words take us to the very heart of what it is to live in the presence of God, where life will flourish, in ‘a land flowing with milk and honey’, as the people of God hear and fulfil the commandment of God. In turn, successive generations will flourish as the commandment is received and embraced. (Deuteronomy 6: 1-9)
“The generation of which we are a part has the responsibility of passing to those who come after us the commandment to love God with heart and soul and strength.
“In similar fashion, we have a responsibility entrusted to us to pass on a land that will sustain the flourishing of human life.
“As those so entrusted, we pray to the One God, who is ‘the Maker of heaven and earth’…”
We pray:

Lord our God,
We turn to You as the maker of heaven and earth
And as the One who sustains all human life:
Hear us as we seek to love You
With heart and soul and strength.
Hear us and our prayer for all Creation.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We turn to You as the maker of heaven and earth
And as the One who sustains all human life:
Hear us as we behold the beauty of the gift of Creation
And give thanks to You for Your many blessings.
Hear us as we sense the fragility of Your gift at this time.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We turn to You as the maker of heaven and earth
And as the One who sustains all human life:
Hear the voices of those from North and South,
And East and West, who cry out on behalf of a fragile creation.
Hear the voice of all Your people and answer their cry.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We turn to You as the maker of heaven and earth
And as the One who sustains all human life:
Hear the voices of those who journey as pilgrims
And long to know a land flourishing with good gifts.
Hear our voices as we share the pilgrim way.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We turn to You as the maker of heaven and earth
And as the One who sustains all human life:
Hear our prayer that the creation may be set free
And no longer bound to the bondage of decay.
Hear the voices of those who rejoice in anticipation of that day.
Lord, in Your mercy
Hear our prayer.

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