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20th June 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: John Riley

Welcome & Intimations

Call to Worship (based on PsaIm 9)

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed
The Lord is a protector in times of trouble
We know the name of the Lord
We put our trust in the Lord
The Lord never leaves those who look for Him
We praise and worship the Lord

Hymn 161 O God, our help in ages past

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 522 The Church is wherever God’s people are praising

Scriptures: Reader – Margot Hudson
2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 and Mark 4: 35-41

Sermon – True Safety

Hymn 544 When I needed a neighbour

Doxology – spoken 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 – Jimmy Hudson

Creator God,
Lead us to life

Hymn 251 I, the Lord of sea and sky

Benediction

Closing Voluntary – Improvised Toccato on ‘I, the Lord of sea and sky’

Hymns from CH4. Copied under CCLI Licence No. 186514
Picture: Peterson, Kathleen. Tempest, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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.
We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion next Sunday, 27 June 2021. The service will be led by our Interim Moderator, Rev Russell McLarty, and will be followed immediately by a short congregational annual meeting.
Copies of the 2020 Annual Report & Accounts are available in the church this Sunday and next.
For anyone not able to attend, please refer to the treasurer’s update in the March church magazine and if you wish to have a copy of the report and accounts please contact the church office.

Opening the Church
The church building is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. 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

Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm
New members are very welcome. The Zoom link is available from Katherine KTaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

Prayer for this Sunday evening
“‘We’re all in this together!’ When we hear such a statement, it implies that we share together in the difficulty being faced. No one is exempt and we all have to face up to the challenge that confronts us. There are times, of course, when we wonder if this is entirely true.
“Nevertheless, the last months have brought home to us the fact that, in facing up to the challenge of the pandemic, no one is exempt.
“In the Gospel of Mark, the disciples find themselves in a boat one evening with Jesus. They have left the crowds behind and are in a situation in which they might have said: ‘We’re all in this together!’ Except, Jesus is asleep even as a storm arises ‘and the waves beat into the boat’ and the boat seems set to be overwhelmed.
“The disciples are all in this together, but what about Jesus? The disciples ask him: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” In response, Jesus rebukes the wind and calls to the sea: “Peace! Be still!” He then asks the disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” It is as if he is asking them: ‘Did you think that I was not in this together with you?’ (4: 35-41)
“The challenges of these last months have left us with many questions. However, we may be sure of this: In all we face, Jesus is with us in the boat in the midst of the storm and we can say: ‘We’re all in this together!’”
We pray:

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we turn to You and listen for Your voice.
Whether in the midst of quiet or of storm,
Speak to the depths of who we are.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we leave behind that which is past
And face the challenges of this day:
Speak Your word to us in this present moment.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we sense the depth of the challenges we face
And fear that we shall soon be o’erwhlemed:
Speak to us in the still, small voice of calm.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As You have been with us
In all the days that the storm has raged:
Speak the words that calm the storm and cease the rage.
Lord, in Your mercy

Lord of the winds and of the sea,
Be with us today
As we hear the words You have spoken
And know the peace of Your presence renewed:
Speak the words that inspire faith and reassure us of Your abiding presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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Online Worship worship

13th June 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon
Opening Voluntary – Alma Virgo. JN Hummel (1778-1837)
Welcome and Intimations
Call to Worship
Hymn 172: Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation
Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer
First Thought
Hymn 343: The reign of God, like farmer’s field
Scriptures: Reader, Beryl Curlett
2 Corinthians 5: 6-10 and 14-17
Mark 4: 26-34
Sermon – Watching and Growing
Hymn 501: Take this moment, sign, and space
Prayer of Dedication for the Offering
Prayers for the World – Stewart Lowe
Lord of Life,
Hear our prayer
Hymn 468: Son of God, eternal Saviour
Benediction
Closing Voluntary – Gloria from mass in e flat. JA André. (1775-1842)

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.

We will celebrate communion on Sunday 26 June. The service will be led by our Interim Moderator, Rev Russell McLarty, and will be followed immediately by a short congregational annual meeting. Copies of the Annual Report & Accounts will be available next week.

Opening the Church
The church building is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help. 

Leith Churches Together  – Jungle Adventure Holiday Club – outdoor activities, songs and Bible stories 
Park Road Park  Edinburgh from 28 June to 2 July  for P1-P6 with morning and afternoon sessions. Please book at tinyurl.com/3cjmyh88 before 19 June.

One Church for Leith Bible Study Group
Christianity and Climate Change

Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm
We are starting a new study on Monday 14th June from the charity Tearfund. It is a series of nine short films, each lasting less than ten minutes, followed by discussion. We hope to discover more about what we can do as congregations to contribute to protecting the environment.
New members are very welcome. The Zoom link is available from Katherine  KTaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

Picture: Gogh, Vincent va, 1853-1890.  Sower
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer for this Sunday evening

“‘Seeing is believing!’ The saying is one that we are all familiar with and it finds expression in music, film and everyday speech. In essence it means: To see is to believe. “However, the reality of life is that we see so much that it becomes increasingly difficult to say we believe simply on the basis of what is before our eyes. The multiplicity of images and information that are presented to us threaten at times to overload the senses.

“The Apostle Paul offers us a way of seeing things differently. Instead of saying: ‘Seeing is believing!’, it is almost as if he reverses this and says: ‘Believing is seeing!’ Paul was very conscious of the challenges he faced and of the passing nature of what he saw around him. In facing the reality of this in his daily life, he is confident that he has found a way to live that is not dependent solely on what he sees. Rather, he affirms: ‘we walk by faith, not by sight’. (2 Corinthians 5: 7) Paul looks ‘not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen’, and by faith he ‘sees’, beyond the temporary, the way that God has marked out. (2 Corinthians 4: 18) In our daily lives, we seek to see the world through eyes of faith.”

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us that we might walk by faith
And so live for you
That our lives reflect the glory of God.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us the assurance that, as we walk by faith,
We are not alone
And that we walk in the company of your Son.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us the knowledge
That we walk in the company of your people
And in the community of your Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us that we might see
The complexity of this world
Through eyes enlightened by faith.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us to see, by faith,
The image of God
In each life shaped by your hand.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Whose way is known to those who live by faith,
Grant us that, at the last,
We will come into your presence
And share in the life everlasting.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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6th June 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon
Welcome & Intimations

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 138)

Hymn 184 Sing to the Lord a joyful song – Reader, Tim Bell

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer
First Thought
Hymn 189 Be still, for the presence of the Lord

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4: 13 – 5:1
Mark 3: 20-35

Reader Stewart Lowe

Sermon
Choosing Family
Hymn 685 For everyone born a place at the table
Hymn 511 Your hand, O God, has guided
Reader, Tim Bell
Closing Voluntary
Praise his awful name Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
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 to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. If you have an hour to spare on either morning (it doesn’t have to be regularly), and would be like to be involved, please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule. 

Leith Churches Together – Jungle Adventure Holiday Club – outdoor activities, songs and Bible stories 
Park Road Park Edinburgh from 28 June to 2 July for P1-P6 with morning and afternoon sessions. Please book at tinyurl.com/3cjmyh88 before 19 June.

One Church for Leith Bible Study Group
Christianity and Climate Change
Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm
We are starting a new study on Monday 14th June from the charity Tearfund. It is a series of nine short films, each lasting less than ten minutes, followed by discussion. We hope to discover more about what we can do as congregations to contribute to protecting the environment.
New members are very welcome. The Zoom link is available from Katherine KTaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

Picture: Hands, all together
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer for this Sunday evening

“Over the past months, we might perhaps have been tempted to succumb to the frustration of a journey’s end delayed and to rather lose heart.

“As one who had journeyed and who continued to journey, the Apostle Paul was not unfamiliar with the challenges of doing so. In response to those whom he sensed were ready to succumb to frustration, Paul affirms the basis on which we should continue to journey and concludes: ‘Therefore we do not lose heart.’
“What is that basis? It is the assurance that the One who ‘raised the Lord Jesus from the dead’ will also raise us with Him and bring us into God’s presence. We share in the life of the risen Lord Jesus and the challenges we face on the journey are to be set in the light of this. We might not be there yet but, as we share in the life of the risen Lord Jesus, we are those who ‘do not lose heart’. (2 Corinthians 4: 13-5: 1)”

We pray:

Living God,
Who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead,
Be with us on the journey before us.
Be with us when the path is smooth
And the horizon is clear.
Lead us on to the place of Your presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead,
Be with us on the journey before us.
Be with us when the path is broken
And the way obscured.
Still lead us on to the place of Your presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead,
Be with us on the journey before us.
Be with us as we face the challenges seen
And those as yet unseen.
In all we face, may Your abiding presence remain.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead,
Be with us on the journey.
Be with those who grow frustrated
And who feel disheartened.
Renew us that we may discover Your presence once more.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead,
Be with us on the journey.
Be with us that we might share
In the life of the Risen Lord
And the life everlasting in Your presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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30th May 2021

Trinity Sunday

Welcome and Call to Worship

Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 29)
The Lord of glory thunders over the waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful,
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty,
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord is enthroned as king forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people,
May the Lord bless his people with peace.

Hymn 111 Holy, holy, holy Lord God almighty!
Prayer, Reading and Reflection

Scripture: John 3: 1-17 – Reader Ian Jameson

Reflection – The Invitation to Dance – Katherine Taylor

Hymn 606 – Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders
Prayers for the World

When you hear “Lord of Life“,
You reply “Hear our prayer

Hymn 519 – Love Divine, all loves excelling
Blessing

May the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all, now and for evermore.

 Amen.

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.
See our website (northleithparishchurch.co.uk) for online worship.

Opening the Church
The church building is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. If you have an hour to spare on either morning (it doesn’t have to be regularly) and would be like to be involved, please add your name to the volunteer rota in the church vestibule.


Online Worship
At present our pre-recorded online worship is sent out by email on Saturday night and then goes up on the Church website. From today we are going to try recording worship in the church building on Sunday morning and post it on the website later on that day. We are not live streaming and we are not going to film the congregation. The camera will only film those leading worship at the Communion Table and at the lectern who are happy to be filmed. Some pews will be in camera view behind the lectern and if you usually sit in one of these pews and would prefer not to be filmed, please let the duty elders know and they will show you where to sit. A big thank you to Michelle Doig who has volunteered to do the filming. Michelle would welcome assistance and if you would like to help, please let the church office know.

Christian Aid Week
Many thanks to everyone who delivered envelopes and donated to our Christian Aid Week collection.
The total is £853. A great effort. Jimmy Hudson

Prayer for this Sunday evening
“The vision of the Lord offered by the prophet Isaiah is one in which the presence of the living God fills the Temple and we hear resounding from every corner the cry:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
The whole earth is full of His glory.’
“The Temple itself is shaken as the fullness of God’s presence is revealed. The prophet Isaiah can do no more than acknowledge who he is before God. Yet, even as he senses his own weakness, he hears the voice of the Lord calling: ‘Whom shall I send?’ In response, Isaiah says: ‘Here am I. Send me!’
“Today, in the midst of all we face, the fullness of the living God is made known to us in Creation and revealed through Jesus Christ as our Redeemer and by the Holy Spirit as our Sustainer. In our weakness, we also may hear the voice of the Lord calling: ‘Whom shall I send?’ In response, we also may say: ‘Here am I. Send me!’”

We pray:

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
Even in our weakness.
May we know You as Your presence is revealed
And as Your calling is renewed.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In all the gifts of Creation.
May we receive these gifts as a sacred trust
And treasure all that You have given to us.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In the One whom You have sent to redeem us.
May we share in the life of Christ
And in the life of the body of Christ.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In the One whom You have poured out upon us.
May we be renewed by the Spirit
And share in the life the Spirit gives to us.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord Almighty;
Living God, may Your presence be known to us
In our worship in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
May You receive us as we are
And accept us in our weakness.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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Christian Aid Week

Many thanks to everyone who delivered envelopes and donated to our Christian Aid Week collection.

The total is £853. A great effort.

Jimmy Hudson

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23rd May 2021

Pentecost Sunday

Welcome and Call to Worship

Call to Worship
(From Psalm 104)

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in his works –
The Lord looks on the earth and it trembles,
The Lord touches the mountains and they smoke.
We will sing to the Lord as long as we live;
We will sing praise to our God while we have being.
We rejoice in the Lord.
Bless the Lord O our souls. Praise the Lord!

Hymn 489 – Come Down, O love divine

Scripture Reading – Acts 2:1-21
Reflection – The Sound of the Spirit – Katherine Taylor

Hymn 600 – Spirit of God, unseen as the wind
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

When you hear “Lord of Life” you say “Hear our Prayer

Hymn 617 – Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
Blessing

May the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all, now and for evermore.

 Amen.

Closing Voluntary

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.
See our website (northleithparishchurch.co.uk) for online worship.

Opening the Church
The church building is open again on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. If you have an hour to spare on either morning (it doesn’t have to be regularly) and would be like to be involved, please do add your name to the volunteer rota on the wall in the church vestibule.

Online Worship
At present our pre-recorded online worship is sent out by email on Saturday night and then goes up on the Church website. From 30th May, we are going to try recording worship in the church building on Sunday morning and post it on the website later on that day. We are not live streaming and we are not going to film the congregation. The camera will only film those leading worship at the Communion Table and at the lectern who are happy to be filmed. Some pews will be in camera view behind the lectern and if you usually sit in one of these pews and would prefer not to be filmed, please let the duty elders know and they will show you where to sit. A big thank you to Michelle Doig who has volunteered to do the filming. Michelle would welcome assistance and if you would like to help, please let the church office know.

Pictures
Kossowski, Adam. Veni Sancti Spiritus, Pentecost from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Holy Spirit at Pentecost Stained Glass Holy Spirit  and The Holy Bible

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16th May 2021

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Call to Worship

(Based on Psalm 1)
The Lord gives us the way to live,
Happy are those who delight in the law of the Lord;
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
They yield their fruit in its season,
Their leaves do not wither,
In all that they do, they prosper;
The Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
Happy are those who delight in the law of the Lord;
Let us praise and worship the Lord.

Hymn 200 – Christ is made the sure foundation
Prayer of Approach, Reading and Reflection

Scripture – John 17: 6-19 – Reader, Mark Cooper
Reflection – The Protection of Prayer – Katherine Taylor

Hymn 782 Lord of Life, we come to you
Prayers for the World

When you hear Lord of Life”
You respond with “Hear our prayer

Hymn 252 – As a fire is meant for burning
Closing Voluntary

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.
See our website (northleithparishchurch.co.uk) for online worship.

Opening the Church
The church building is open again on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. If you have an hour to spare on either morning (it doesn’t have to be regularly) and would be like to be involved, please do add your name to the volunteer rota on the wall in the church vestibule.


Online Worship
At present our pre-recorded online worship is sent out by email on Saturday night and then goes up on the Church website. From 30th May, we are going to try recording worship in the church building on Sunday morning and post it on the website later on that day. We are not live streaming and we are not going to film the congregation. The camera will only film those leading worship at the Communion Table and at the lectern who are happy to be filmed. Some pews will be in camera view behind the lectern and if you usually sit in one of these pews and would prefer not to be filmed, please let the duty elders know and they will show you where to sit. A big thank you to Michelle Doig who has volunteered to do the filming. Michelle would welcome assistance and if you would like to help, please let the church office know.

Christian Aid Week, 10 – 16 May 2021
Many thanks to those who have helped deliver envelopes and those who have brought back filled envelopes today.


Picture: Jesus Praying
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer for this Sunday evening

“Jesus prays for those who follow Him. It can be put no more simply or profoundly: Jesus prays for those who follow Him. In the Gospel of John, we see that Jesus prays for those who have been His followers and disciples and He does so as He comes to the end of His earthly ministry.
“Jesus has given to His followers all that He has received from the Father and now He must leave them to live in the world as witnesses to the truth.
“In the light of this, Jesus prays for them and asks for their protection: ‘And now I am no longer in the world… Holy Father, protect them in Your name that You have given me, so that they may be one, as We are one.’ (John 17: 6-19)
“We pray, in the light of the Ascension of our Lord and in anticipation of the gift of the Holy Spirit, with the assurance that as we do so; Jesus prays for us. As we come nearer, we trust, to the end of the restrictions that have characterised these past months, we pray in the knowledge that Jesus continues to pray for those who follow Him in this world.”

God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We thank You for all that we have received from Your Hand.
We thank You for the life You have given to us
And Your presence with us in all we face.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We thank You for all that we have received from Your Son.
We thank You that He has prayed for us
And that He continues to uphold us in all we face.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We thank You that You watch over us and protect us.
Watch over us as we continue the journey we have taken in past months
And protect us in days to come.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We thank You that You watch over and protect this world.
Watch over us as we give thanks for the gift of Creation
And enable us to better care for the world You have entrusted to us.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We thank You that Your Son is Risen and Ascended.
We join with the community of all Your people
And anticipate the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We thank You that Your Risen and Ascended Son prays for us still.
We join with all Your people in every place
And ask that You might renew us by Your Holy Spirit.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer

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9th May 2021

Christian Aid Sunday

Call to Worship

Call to Worship

O sing to the Lord a new song
Sing to the Lord, all the Earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations
His marvellous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.

Hymn 181 For the Beauty of the Earth

Prayer of Approach, Reading and Reflection

Scripture Reader – Tim Bell Reflection – Katherine Taylor

Prayer of Approach
Come and celebrate our common home
we gather with the family of humanity.
With the mountains, islands and deserts
we honour the glory of God in creation.
With the lakes, rivers and seas
we come to the source of living water.
With the land, its soil, seeds and sustenance
we give thanks for God’s generous provision.
With the forests of great trees, the lungs of the planet
we will sing with joy and clap our hands.
We join with the whole of creation, inspired by those who have gone before and the prophetic voices of today.

Hymn 798 The Peace of the Earth

The peace of the earth be with you,
the peace of the heavens too;
the peace of the rivers be with you,
the peace of the oceans too.
Deep peace falling over you;
God’s peace growing in you.

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 188 Thou hidden Love of God

Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and

may the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

be with us all, now and for evermore.

Amen

Closing Voluntary

If ye love me Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

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.

See our website (northleithparishchurch.co.uk) for online worship.

One Church for Leith Bible Study

The Bible study continues on Monday evenings from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm by Zoom. You are very welcome. The link to join is the same as before, contact the church office if you need it.

Opening the Church

The church building will be open again on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. If you have an hour to spare on either morning (it doesn’t have to be regularly) and would be like to be involved, please do add your name to the volunteer rota on the wall in the church vestibule.

Christian Aid Week, 10 – 16 May 2021

Last year the lockdown took us by surprise and we were unable to carry on fund raising as usual during Christian Aid Week.
This year Christian Aid has provided an option to make things easier. There will still be envelopes, but all we need to do is deliver them. If the person receiving an envelope wishes to make a donation they will be invited to return it to the church office or make a donation online, whichever they prefer.
To make things easier we will only deliver to homes that have an easily accessible letter box.
If you would be willing to deliver 100 or so to a street or two in the parish please let me know after church or email me at hudsonz@blueyonder.co.uk
Many thanks, Jimmy Hudson

Christian Aid Week Prayer

Great God,
Who makes the sun to rise, and opens the heavens,
Hear the cry of the people
Who sow in hope for rain, but reap only despair,
Hear the cry of the people
Seeking shelter from the storm, their hopes and homes submerged
Hear the cry of the people.
When creation is hitting back, with rage and resistance
Give us hope, grant us salvation,
Give us a new relationship with creation
With reverence to tend this gift from You
And say once again of the earth and all you created
It is GOOD.

(Rev. Bob Kikuyu, Christian Aid Global Theology Advisor, Nairobi, Kenya)

Photos

Kate Holt/Africa Practice, Water Ripples, Drinking Water

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2nd May 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Call to Worship – (Based on Psalm 22:25-31)

Praise the Lord of all the nations
We seek the Lord and turn to Him in praise
The ends of the earth remember Him
all shall bow before Him

Future generations shall hear the Lord

The Lord will deliver those yet to be born

The Lord holds our future

Our hearts live forever with Him

Let us praise and worship the Lord

Hymn 246 Great God of every shining constellation

Prayer of Approach, Reading and Reflection
Scripture: John 15:1-8Reader Ewan Bruce
Reflection – Pruning and Growing
True Vine – Katherine Taylor

Hymn 716 Come and find the quiet centre

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn 469 Restore, O Lord, the honour of your name!

Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and

may the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all, now and for evermore.

Amen

Closing Voluntary – Postlude Op 55 nr 149 JCH Rinck (1770-1846)

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.

See our website (northleithparishchurch.co.uk) for online worship.

One Church for Leith Bible Study

The bible study continues this Monday evening, 3 May, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm by Zoom. You are very welcome. The link to join is the same as before, contact the church office if you need it.

Opening the Church

The church building will be open again on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12 noon from Tuesday 4th May to welcome anyone who would like a quiet space to be in. If you have an hour to spare on either morning (it doesn’t have to be regularly) and would be like to be involved, please do add your name to the volunteer rota on the wall in the church vestibule. 

Session Meeting

The Kirk Session will meet by Zoom this Wednesday, 5 May, at 7:30pm

Christian Aid Week, 10 – 16 May 2021

Last year the lockdown took us by surprise and we were unable to carry on fund raising as usual during Christian Aid Week.


This year Christian Aid has provided an option to make things easier. There will still be envelopes, but all we need to do is deliver them. If the person receiving an envelope wishes to make a donation they will be invited to return it to the church office or make a donation online, whichever they prefer.


To make things easier we will only deliver to homes that have an easily accessible letter box.


If you would be willing to deliver 100 or so to a street or two in the parish please let me know after church or email me at hudsonz@blueyonder.co.uk
Many thanks

Jimmy Hudson

Picture

True Vine, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer for this Sunday Evening at 7 pm

 “We see something of the identity of God revealed in the self-giving of God. In the self-giving of God, we see revealed the truth that: ‘God is love’. In the light of our understanding of this truth, there will follow, in large measure, the pattern of how we engage with others.”

We pray:

God whose name is Love,
We see your love revealed
In the giving of your Son.
May we embrace the offer of your love
And live in response to your generosity.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose name is Love,
We see your love revealed
In the One who shares in our humanity and who suffers on our behalf.
May we live as those who share a common humanity
And in the suffering of the world.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose name is Love,
We see your love revealed
In the community of your people and in all who are made in your image.
May we share in the life of your people
And recognise your image in the life of others.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose name is Love,
We see your love revealed among us
In the places where love is known and fear is cast out.
May fear be cast out and love be known
In the community we share and in the spaces we shape.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose name is Love,
We see your love revealed among us
In the resurrection of your Son and in the promise of your Spirit.
May we live as those who share in the hope of the resurrection
And in the life of your Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Amen

Categories
Easter Online Worship worship

25th April 2021

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Welcome

This Sunday, Rev. Dr Martin Scott is leading  worship and celebrating Holy Communion in the church building, and in our online worship we are sharing in the Moderator’s Service for the use of all congregations in Scotland. The Rt  Rev. Martin Fair speaks to us from a field of sheep but then sends us to a different place, to Closton Milton in Glagow, for a powerful reflection on John 10:11-18

“Good Good Shepherd”

Intimations

Sunday Services

Church services continue at 11:00 am on Sundays. You are very welcome. Please note that there are still coronavirus restrictions and please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

The online version of the service is also available on our website (northleithparishchurch.co.uk)

Flowers for the Railings

Knitted and crocheted flowers for the railings are still very welcome. If you would like a new pattern, please contact the church office.

One Church for Leith Bible Study

There will be no Bible study this Monday evening, 26th April; it will continue from the following Monday, 3rd May, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm by Zoom. You are very welcome. The link to join is the same as before, please contact the church office if you need it.

Election Hustings for those in the constituency of Edinburgh Northern and Leith

We are invited by Leith Churches Together to meet the candidates.

The virtual Hustings is on Zoom on Monday, 26th April, for one hour at 7pm. Six candidates will take part.

They will offer short presentations of their reasons for standing, and their positions on the climate crisis. After that there will be questions from those present.

You are welcome to join using this Zoom link on the night:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82929940250?pwd=L2tFMFJMRW9VUGU1a3FUNVI3ODFNZz09

Meeting ID: 829 2994 0250     Passcode: 029792

Session Meeting
The Kirk Session will meet by Zoom on Wednesday 5 May at 7:30pm

Prayer for this Sunday Evening at 7 pm

Lord our God,
We listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd,
For he is the One who will guard us and keep us
And lead us safe home.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd,
For he has spoken to us throughout all our days
And still he speaks, even amidst the clamour of the day.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd,
For he has nurtured and provided for us
And lifted us up, even when we have fallen.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd,
For he is the One who has laid down his life for us
In order that we might have life, even in the face of darkness.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God,
We listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd,
For your goodness and mercy still follows us
And you shall lead us safe home, even at the end of our days.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Amen