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8th August 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
– (from Psalm 34: 1-8)

Bless the Lord at all times,
We continually praise the Lord.
Our souls boast in the Lord,
Let the humble hear and be glad.
Let us magnify the Lord,
Let us exalt his name together.
We seek the Lord and he answers us,
The Lord delivers us from all our fears.

Hymn 202 Stand up and bless the Lord

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer
                                                           
First Thought


Hymn 606 Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders

Scriptures:   1 Kings 19: 4-8 and John 6: 35, 41-51Jimmy Hudson

Sermon – Strength for the Journey

Hymn 577 Christ be beside me

Doxologyspoken together
To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, praise be done;
may Christ the Lord upon us pour
the Spirit’s gift for evermore.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World 

Lord of Life,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 167 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Benediction

Closing Voluntary – Communion.  Louis Neidermeyer (1802-1861)

INTIMATIONS

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

Opening the Church –
The church building and garden 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.

Prayer for this Sunday evening – Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Sunday prayers continue across the Church of Scotland | The Church of Scotland

“Beware of Imitations!” We are, no doubt, aware of the saying and the implication that we should steer clear of that which is a copy of the real thing. Indeed, in many cases that is wise advice as certain imitations are but a pale shadow of the real thing. On the other hand, we see how a child learns by example and by imitating the behaviour of others. If the example is a good one, the behaviour that follows as a result of imitation will likewise be good.
In the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians, we are urged to become imitators of the good. Indeed, we are urged to ‘be imitators of God’. As those who, by the grace of God, have received the gift and seal of the Holy Spirit, we are called to ‘live in love, as Christ loved us’. As we do so, we become ‘imitators of God’ by the way in which we forgive others, ‘as God in Christ has forgiven’ us. (Ephesians 4: 25-5:2)

We pray:

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant to us that we might become
True imitators of the way of love revealed in Christ
And so represent you to the world.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant us strength
To put aside all that does not reflect your life
And to learn the ways of kindness and forgiveness.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant us wisdom
To always build up that which is good
And to bring healing in a broken and divided world.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant us integrity
To always speak the truth
And to offer words that are gracious to those who hear.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant to us that, at the last,
We have become true imitators of the way of love revealed in Christ
And so represented you to the world.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


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