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3rd April 2022

Passion Sunday

Leaders: Rev. Jennifer Booth and Tim Linford

Organist: Graeme Brownlee


Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

The world belongs to God
How good and lovely it is
Love and faith come together
If the Lord’s disciples keep silent
God, open our lips

Hymn 512 To God be the glory

1 To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory!  Great things he has done!

2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
for every offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

3 Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son:
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our joy and our wonder, when Jesus we see.

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

First Thought                           Tim Linford

Hymn 380 There is a green hill far away

1 There is a green hill far away,
outside a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified,
who died to save us all.

2 We may not know, we cannot tell
what pains he had to bear;
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

3 He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

4 There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin;
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven, and let us in.

5 Oh, dearly, dearly has he loved,
and we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

Scripture Readings: Psalm 126 and John 12: 1-8 Diane Ratcliffe

Sermon                                     Tim Linford

Hymn 392 When I survey the wondrous cross

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3 See! from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

Doxology spoken together
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise God all creatures here below;
praise God, the Trinity of love,
before, beneath, around, above.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World

Christ of the cross, we come to you

For you alone can make us whole

Hymn 159 Lord for the years

1 Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

2 Lord, for that word, the Word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.

3 Lord, for our land, in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

4 Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

5 Lord, for ourselves;  in living power remake us,
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;
past put behind us, for the future take us,
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary


‘Anointed’, Pittman, Lauren Wright
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN


Sunday Services – We welcome the Rev. Jennifer Booth and Tim Linford from South Leith who are leading our service today. We also welcome Graeme Brownlee who is at the organ today.

Next Sunday, 10 April, our worship will be led by Alastair Sutherland from Newhaven.
The service on Easter Sunday, 17 April, will be a joint one and take place in Starbank Park at 10:30.

Annual Congregational Meeting – Please stay for tea/coffee and the annual meeting today after the service. Copies of the Annual Report & Accounts and the minutes of last year’s Annual Meeting are available in the church.

Church Magazine – Copies of the latest magazine are available today for distributors and others who do not get it electronically.

Sharing with other churches:
Daily Prayer group
: If you would like to join a local churches WhatsApp mobile phone group, organised by Rev John Tait, to receive a short daily prayer, please speak to Annie or Anne.
Monthly Prayer Diary: If you would like to receive a monthly prayer list, compiled by Newhaven Church, please speak to Annie or Anne.
Weekly Bible Study: If you are interested in joining a Bible Study meeting organised by Newhaven and held on Wednesday evenings by Zoom please speak to Anne or Jimmy.

A prayer for Passion Sunday 3 April
from Christian Aid’s Prayers for Ukraine

God of all peoples and nations,
Who created all things alive and breathing,
United and whole,
Show us the way of peace that is Your overwhelming presence.
We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia,
Every child and every adult.
We long for the time
When weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares
When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.
We cry out to you for peace;
Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety
Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones
Be with those who are bereaved.
Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression
And fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.
Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour,
And a passion for justice to prevail and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace.
Creator of all hear our prayer
And bring us peace. Make us whole.

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