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9th January 2022

Joint Epiphany Service link https://fb.watch/aqUQUZZlC5/

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2nd January 2022

There is no recording of this mornings worship

Second Sunday after Christmas

Minister: Rev. Ron Smith
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Pastoral Symphony from the Messiah GF Handel (1685-1759)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
Light looked down and saw darkness
I will go there said Light
Peace looked down and saw war
I will go there said Peace
Love looked down and saw hate
I will go there said Love.
So He, the Lord of Light, the Prince of Peace, the King of Love
Came down and crept in beside us.

Hymn 159 Lord for the years your love has kept and guided

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 318 Lord, you were rich beyond all splendour

Scripture Readings:  Reader:  Gerry O’Neil

Isaiah 60: 1-5The Glory of Zion

‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

‘Lift up your eyes and look about you: all assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.

John 1: 1-5, 14-18The Word became flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”’) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Sermon

Hymn 331 Unto us a boy is born

Doxology –spoken together
Glory to God the Father,
the unbegotten One;
all honour be to Jesus,
his sole-begotten Son;
and to the Holy Spirit –
the perfect Trinity.
Let all the worlds give answer,
‘Amen, so let it be.’

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayer of intercession

Hymn 320 Joy to the world

Benediction 

Closing Voluntary – Trumpet Voluntary.  Henry Purcell. (1659-1695)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – We welcome back the Rev. Ron Smith who is taking our service today.
Next Sunday, 9 January is the joint Epiphany Service at Pilrig St. Paul’s Church.

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26th December 2021

First Sunday after Christmas

Minister: Rev. Russell McLarty
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary
Jesu joy of man’s desiring  JS Bach (1685-1750)

Welcome & Intimations
Call to Worship
Hymn 306  O come, all ye faithful

1 O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
come and behold him,
born the King of angels.

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

2 God of God,
Light of light,
Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
very God,
begotten not created;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

3 Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
‘Glory to God in the highest’:

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

4 Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born for our salvation;
Jesus, to thee be all glory given:
Word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing:

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

Lighting the Christmas Day Candle

Hymn 282 Christmas is coming

ALL: ‘Christmas is coming!’,
the church is glad to sing,
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

The first is for God’s promise
to put the wrong things right,
and bring to earth’s darkness
the hope of love and light.

The second for the prophets,
who said that Christ would come
with good news for many
and angry words for some.

The third is for the Baptist
who cried, ‘Prepare the way.
Be ready for Jesus
today and every day.’

The fourth is for the Virgin,
who mothered God’s own Son
and sang how God’s justice
was meant for everyone.

At last we light the candle
kept new for Christmas day.
This shines bright for Jesus,
new-born, and here to stay

ALL: ‘Christ is among us.
The candles in the ring
remind us that our Saviour
will light up everything.

Scripture Reading:  Luke 2: 1-21  – Stewart Lowe

The birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Hymn 320 Joy to the world

1 Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

2 Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns!
let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3 He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of His love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

A Story for Christmas

Hymn 300 The Virgin Mary had a baby boy

1 The Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
the Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
the Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
and they say that his name is Jesus.

He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious kingdom.
He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious kingdom.
O yes, believer! O yes, believer!
He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious kingdom.

2 The angels sang when the baby was born,
the angels sang when the baby was born,
the angels sang when the baby was born
and they sang that his name is Jesus.

3 The shepherds came where the baby was born,
the shepherds came where the baby was born,
the shepherds came where the baby was born,
and they say that his name is Jesus

Doxology –spoken together

‘All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
good will is shown from heaven above
and never more shall cease.’

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World

Hymn 301 Hark the Herald Angels

1 Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King”
peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful, all ye nations rise
join the triumph of the skies,
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
‘Glory to the new-born King’.

2 Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail the Incarnate Deity,
pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel!

3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth:

Benediction 
Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – And the Glory of the Lord –  from the Messiah   GF Handel (1685-1759)

Link to our live recording on facebook https://fb.watch/a886Lo55K4/

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – We welcome Rev Russell McLarty, our Interim Moderator, to take our service today, and we wish him well for his retirement.
Next Sunday, 2 January 2022, Rev Ron Smith, will lead our worship.

Christmas Appeal: This year’s Christmas Appeal is for the Fresh Start Cooker appeal. Donations will be collected till the end of December. There is a retiring offering today for the appeal.
Please use a Gift Aid envelope if you can give by Gift Aid. Cheques should be made payable to North Leith Parish Church. If you wish to use online banking please put ‘Christmas’ in the reference field.

Fresh Start is also currently looking for donations of curtains and small electrical items – kettles, toasters, irons and small table lamps.

Daily Prayer group: if you would like to join a local churches WhatsApp mobile phone group to receive a short daily prayer please speak to Annie or Anne.

A prayer from the Church of Scotland website:

Loving God,
we remember that from the very start,
the Good News of Jesus was not just for a select few,
but for all.

You were born and grew and lived on this earth.
Help us in the heights and depths of our lives,
to not only know where to look for You,
but to recognise You in our midst.

Help us to look into the difficult places of our lives,
and to know You present with us.

Help us to recognise You in all people,
welcoming, including and caring for all.

Help us to think and act beyond ourselves,
loving Your creation and making choices that are unselfish, generous
and compassionate toward all living things.

In our praying and singing,
speaking and listening,
giving and receiving,
may You be honoured and glorified,
and all people be dignified and acknowledged as Yours.

Amen


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19th December 2021

Fourth Sunday in Advent
Service of Lessons and Carols

Led by: Tim Bell and Jimmy Hudson
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary
A Medley of Christmas Carols

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
(Micah 5, Luke 1)

God has done great things for us!
God’s love is heralded in the promise of Christ.
Holy is God’s name!
God’s promises are fulfilled in the coming of Christ.
God’s mercy extends from generation to generation.
God’s salvation is offered in the gift of Christ.

ALL: The Lord blesses the generations. Holy is His name.

First Readings:  Isaiah 9: 6-7 & Isaiah 11: 6-9
The prophet foretells a new order                             Beryl Curlett

Carol 24:   O Come O come Emmanuel

Prayer of approach                

Lighting the Advent Candle (remain seated)

ALL: ‘Christmas is coming!’,
the church is glad to sing,
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

The first is for God’s promise
to put the wrong things right,
and bring to earth’s darkness
the hope of love and light.

The second for the prophets,
who said that Christ would come
with good news for many
and angry words for some.

The third is for the Baptist,
who cried ‘Prepare the way.
Be ready for Jesus
today and every day’.

The fourth is for the Virgin,
who mothered God’s own Son
and sang how God’s justice
was meant for everyone.

All: ‘Christmas is coming!’,
the church is glad to sing,
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.


Second Reading:   Luke 1: 26-38  The Birth of Jesus Foretold –                                                                                       Annie Addison

Carol 17:  Of the Father’s love begotten

Third Reading:  Luke 2: 1-7 The Birth of Jesus         Jenny Martin

Carol 3:  O little town of Bethlehem

Fourth Reading:  Luke 2: 8-20 The shepherds and the angels                                                                                                  Lucy Mackenzie

Carol 25:  See Him lying on a bed of straw

Fifth Reading:  Matthew 2: 1-12 The Magi Visit the Messiah                                                                                                   Linda Mckee

A Christmas story        Tim

Carol 2:  It came upon the midnight clear

Christmas Appeal, Fresh Start Cookers at Christmas      

Sixth Reading:  John 1: 1-14 The Word Became Flesh
                                                                                       Margot Hudson

Carol 10:  Angels from the realms of glory

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 of the offerings

Prayer of intercession
Leader: Lord Jesus
All: May your love bring light

Carol 15:  Love came down at Christmas

Benediction
Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary
We wish you a Merry Christmas
Arranged by Arthur Warrell (1888-1939)

Link to our live recording on facebook https://fb.watch/a88hG8zHdz/

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – Thanks to Tim Bell and Jimmy Hudson who have put together today’s service of Lessons and Carols, to Brian Wilson from Fresh Start, and to all who have taken part, not forgetting yourself!
Next Sunday, 26 December, Rev Russell McLarty, our retiring Interim Moderator, will lead our worship.

Christmas Appeal: This year’s Christmas Appeal is for the Fresh Start Cooker appeal. Donations will be collected till the end of December.
Today and next Sunday there is a retiring offering. Please use a Gift Aid envelope if you can give by Gift Aid. Cheques should be made payable to North Leith Parish Church. If you wish to use online banking please put ‘Christmas’ in the reference field.
Many thanks to those who have already contributed.

Fresh Start is also currently looking for donations of curtains and small electrical items – kettles, toasters, irons and small table lamps.

Daily Prayer group: if you would like to join a local churches WhatsApp mobile phone group to receive a short daily prayer please speak to Annie or Anne.

Advent calendar
Visit the Church of Scotland website to see a daily Advent message.
The Church of Scotland


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12th December 2021

Unfortunately there will be no recording of the Worship today.

Third Sunday in Advent

Minister: Rev. Mark Foster
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Alma Virgo.  Johann N Hummel (1778-1837)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn 474 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

Lighting the Advent Candle

Hymn 282 Christmas is coming

Scripture Readings:  Reader: Gerry O’Neil

1 Samuel 2: 1-10

Then Hannah prayed and said:
‘My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.
‘There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you;
    there is no Rock like our God.
‘Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.
‘The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.  Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.
‘The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and makes them inherit a throne of honour. ‘For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. ‘It is not by strength that one prevails; 10  those who oppose the  Lord will be broken.  The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.  ‘He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.’

Luke 1: 39-55
Mary visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!’

Mary’s Song
46 
And Mary said:
‘My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me –holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants for ever, just as he promised our ancestors.

Sermon

Hymn 286 Tell out my soul

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


Hymn 295 Who would think that what was needed

Benediction
Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Gloria   Johann A Andre (1775-1842)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services: We are pleased to welcome back Rev Mark Foster, minister at Pilrig St Paul’s church, to take our service today.
Next Sunday, 19 December, will be a service of Lessons and Carols and will be led by members of the congregation.

The Christmas Magazine is now available on the website
https://northleithparishchurch.co.uk/december-2021
Printed copies are in the church for those who deliver, and for those who do not have internet access.

Christmas gifts for The Citadel children and families – many thanks to those who have brought gifts which will go to the Citadel this week.

Christmas Appeal: This year’s Christmas Appeal is for the Fresh Start Cooker appeal. Donations will be collected till the end of December. Please put them in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Appeal’; use a Gift Aid envelope if you can give by Gift Aid. Cheques should be made payable to North Leith Parish Church. If you wish to use online banking please put ‘Christmas’ in the reference field.

Fresh Start is also currently looking for donations of curtains and small electrical items – kettles, toasters, irons and small table lamps.

Advent calendar: Visit the Church of Scotland website to see a daily Advent message.
The Church of Scotland

Also from the CoS website:

Prayer of the Week 6 – 12 December 2021

Look, listen, wait, get ready –
for I bring you a hand-full of stories,
of angels and messages,
of Elizabeth and Mary,
of dreams and visions.
God of my looking,
help me look well for Your coming.

Look, listen, wait, get ready –
for I bring you a box-full of stories,
of lights and darkness,
of lamps and pathways,
of stars and stables.
God of my listening,
help me to listen well for Your coming.

Look, listen, wait, get ready –
for I bring you a cart-full of stories,
of gifts and travellers,
of donkeys and camels,
of preciousness and anticipation.
God of my waiting,
help me to wait well for Your coming.

Look, listen, wait, get ready –
for I bring you a Life full of stories,
of mangers and babies,
of shepherds and kings,
of a Saviour and Christmas.
God of my readiness,
help me to be ready for Your coming.

(By Tom Gordon, from “A Blessing to Follow”, Wild Goose Publications)

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5th December 2021

Unfortunately there will be no recording of the Worship today.

Second Sunday in Advent

Minister: Rev. Mark Foster
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Air from Water Music.  GF Handel (1685-1759)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

MEN: With Isaiah, we welcome promise.
WOMEN: With Micah, we welcome hope.
MEN: With Mary, we welcome justice.
WOMEN: With Joseph, we welcome dreams.
MEN: With the Shepherds, we welcome good news.
WOMEN: With the Magi, we welcome new birth.
ALL: With this season, we welcome Christ’s coming.
With God’s promise, we welcome the future.

Hymn 473Thy kingdom come!

1 ‘Thy kingdom come!’ – on bended knee
the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned to see
on earth that kingdom’s day.

2 But the slow watches of the night
not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right
the silent stars are strong.

3 And lo, already on the hills
the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
proclaim the day is near:

4 The day in whose clear-shining light
all wrong shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned with might,
and every hurt be healed:

5 When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
shall walk the earth abroad,
the day of perfect righteousness,
the promised day of God.

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

Lighting the Advent Candle

Hymn 282 Christmas is coming

ALL: ‘Christmas is coming!’,
the church is glad to sing,
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

The first is for God’s promise
to put the wrong things right,
and bring to earth’s darkness
the hope of love and light.

The second for the prophets,
who said that Christ would come
with good news for many
and angry words for some.

All: ‘Christmas is coming!’,
the church is glad to sing,
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

                  Scripture Readings:  Reader: Tim Bell

Malachi 3: 1-4

 ‘I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in years.

Luke 3: 1-8
John the Baptist prepares the way

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar – when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene – during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
‘A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
“Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
6 And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptised by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.” For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Sermon

Hymn 334 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

1 On Jordan’s bank, the Baptist’s cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake, and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.

2 Then cleansed be every heart from sin;
make straight the way for God within;
prepare we in our hearts a home,
where such a mighty Guest may come.

3 For you are our salvation, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward;
without your grace we waste away,
like flowers that wither and decay.

4 Stretch forth your hand, to heal our sore,
and make us rise to fall no more;
once more upon your people shine,
and fill the world with love divine.

5 All praise, to you, eternal Son,
whose advent has our freedom won,
whom with the Father we adore,
and Holy Spirit, evermore.

Doxology –spoken together

All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
good will is shown from heaven above
and never more shall cease.


Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World

Hymn 472 Come, thou long-expected Jesus

1 Come, Thou long-expected Jesus
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.

2 Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art,
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

3 Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us for ever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4 By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Benediction
Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – March from Occasional Overture   GF Handel (1685-1759)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – We are pleased to welcome Rev Mark Foster, minister at Pilrig St Paul’s church, to take our service today.
Mark will be back with us next Sunday, 12 December

Christmas gifts for The Citadel children and families will be collected today and next Sunday 12th December. Suggestions are: toiletries for teenagers (boys and girls); student materials such as pens, pencils, stationery sets, pencil-cases; and for older folk boxes of chocolates: e.g. After Eights, Selection Box

Christmas cards: If you’d like to have a look at the Traidcraft (Christian Aid etc) cards please let me know and I can give you a catalogue. I can order through the One World Shop as in previous years.
Thanks, Margot Hudson

Christmas Appeal: The Kirk Session has agreed that this year’s Christmas Appeal will be for the Fresh Start Cooker appeal. Donations will be collected till the end of December. Please put them in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Appeal’; use a Gift Aid envelope if you can give by Gift Aid.

Leith Churches Together – Lunch Time Service
This coming Thursday, 9th December, 1pm at St Mary’s Star of the Sea. Those attending are asked to bring their own lunch. All welcome.

Advent calendar – Visit the Church of Scotland website to see a daily Advent message.
The Church of Scotland

See below for the prayer on 2 December from Rev Elsie Macrae the minister at Moffat: St Andrews, Kirkpatrick Juxta and Wamphray.

Father God,
this Advent we come before Your throne of grace,
we come with our brokenness,
we come with our fears, anxieties and worries, yes!
Lord, we come simply as we are.

Almighty God,
we have been overwhelmed with everything that is happening in our current lives,
especially this past year.
We indeed have been shaken, frightened and we now feel displaced with no grounding,
we are hurting as we struggle to hold on to something,
and yet find nothing to hold on to.

Father God,
forgive our ways.
We are continually searching for Your face, we ask you come down.
May we feel Your power move amongst us this Advent.
Make clear to us, Father, the meaning of Christ’s coming.
Come comfort Your children,
may your presence be felt in this frightened world we live in.
Hear these, our prayers, Lord,
Amen.
[Romans 15:13]

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28th November 2021

Advent Sunday

Service led by KAILYARD

Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Theme:  Swords into Ploughshares

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn 253 Inspired by love and anger

1 Inspired by love and anger,
disturbed by need and pain,
informed of God’s own bias,
we ponder once again:
‘How long must some folk suffer?
How long can few folk mind?
How long dare vain self-interest
turn prayer and pity blind?’

5 God asks, ‘Who will go for me?
Who will extend my reach?
And who, when few will listen,
will prophesy and preach?
And who, when few bid welcome,
will offer all they know?
And who, when few dare follow,
will walk the road I show?’

2 From those forever victims
of heartless human greed,
Their cruel plight composes
a litany of need:
‘Where are the fruits of justice?
Where are the signs of peace?
When is the day when prisoners
and dreams find their release?’

6 Amused in someone’s kitchen,
asleep in someone’s boat,
attuned to what the ancients
exposed, proclaimed, and wrote,
a saviour without safety,
a tradesman without tools
has come to tip the balance
with fishermen and fools.

Prayer of Approach and the Lord’s Prayer

Lighting of Advent Candle

Hymn 282  Christmas is coming

All: Christmas is coming!,
the church is glad to sing,
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

The first is for God’s promise
to put the wrong things right,
and bring to earth’s darkness
the hope of love and light

All: ‘Christmas is coming!’,
the church is glad to sing,
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

Hymn 281 People look East

1 People, look East. The time is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look East and sing today:
Love, the Guest, is on the way.

2 Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
one more seed is planted there:
give up your strength the seed to nourish,
that in course the flower may flourish.
People, look East, and sing today:
Love, the Rose, is on the way.

3 Stars, keep the watch.   When night is dim
one more light the bowl shall brim,
shining beyond the frosty weather,
bright as sun and moon together.
People, look East, and sing today:
Love, the Star, is on the way.

4 Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
with the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look East and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

Scripture Readings:     Isaiah 2: 1-4 and Luke 21: 25-33 : Diane Ratcliffe

Reflection – Swords and Ploughshares

Music for Reflection – A Baby Changes Everything

Hymn 277 Hark the glad sound!

1 Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long:
let every heart exult with joy
and every voice with song!

2 He comes the prisoners to relieve,
in Satan’s bondage held;
the gates of brass before him burst,
the iron fetters yield.

3 He comes the broken hearts to bind,
the bleeding souls to cure,
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.

4 The sacred year has now revolved,
accepted of the Lord,
when heaven’s high promise is fulfilled,
and Israel is restored.

5 Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
thy welcome shall proclaim,
and heaven’s eternal arches ring
with thy most honoured name.

Doxologyspoken together

All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
good will is shown from heaven above
and never more shall cease.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering and the World

Hymn 527  Lord, make us servants of your peace

1 Lord, make us servants of your peace:
where there is hate, may we sow love;
where there is hurt, may we forgive;
where there is strife, may we make one.

2 Where all is doubt, may we sow faith;
where all is gloom, may we sow hope;
where all is night, may we sow light;
where all is tears, may we sow joy.

3 Jesus, our Lord, may we not seek
to be consoled, but to console,
nor look to understanding hearts,
but look for hearts to understand.

4 May we not look for love’s return,
but seek to love unselfishly,
for in our giving we receive,
and in forgiving are forgiven.

5 Dying, we live, and are reborn
through death’s dark night to endless day.
Lord, make us servants of your peace
to wake at last in heaven’s light.

Benediction

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Postlude, Christian H Rinck (1770-1846)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services: We are pleased to welcome Kailyard, the music group from South Leith church, to lead our service this morning.
Next Sunday, 5 December, Rev Mark Foster, minister at Pilrig St Paul’s church, will take our service.

Seafarers’ Christmas Gift Bags: Today is the last day for collecting donations of money or sweets for the annual Seafarers’ Christmas bags. 

Christmas Magazine: Items should be sent to the church office by this coming Tuesday morning, 30 November, at latest.

Christmas gifts for The Citadel children and families will be collected next Sunday and Sunday 12th December. Suggestions are: toiletries for teenagers (boys and girls); student materials such as pens, pencils, stationery sets, pencil-cases; and for older folk boxes of chocolates: e.g. After Eights, Selection Box

Christmas cards: If you’d like to have a look at the Traidcraft (Christian Aid etc) cards please let me know and I can give you a catalogue. I can order through the One World Shop as in previous years. Thanks, Margot Hudson

Christmas Appeal: The Kirk Session has agreed that this year’s Christmas Appeal will be for the Fresh Start Cooker appeal. Donations will be collected till the end of December. Please put them in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Appeal’; use a Gift Aid envelope if you can give by Gift Aid.

Leith Churches Together – Lunch Time Service
Thursday, 9th December, 1pm at St Mary’s Star of the Sea.   Those attending are asked to bring their own lunch.   All welcome.

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21st November 2021

Joint One Church for Leith – Scottish Service for Seafarers

Held in South Leith Parish Church

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14th November 2021

Minister: Rev. John Tait
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary
 Nimrod from the Enigma Variations   Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Come and see what the Lord has done
See what amazing things he has done on earth
He stops wars all over the world
He breaks bows, destroys spears and sets shields on fire
The Lord Almighty is with us
The God of Jacob is our refuge

Hymn 112 God whose almighty word

1 God, whose almighty word,
chaos and darkness heard,
and took their flight;
hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel-day
sheds not its glorious ray,
let there be light.

2 Saviour, who came to bring,
on your redeeming wing,
healing and sight,
health to the sick in mind,
sight to the inly blind,
now to all humankind
let there be light.

3 God, whose almighty word,
chaos and darkness heard,
and took their flight;
hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel-day
sheds not its glorious ray,
let there be light.

4 Blessed and holy Three,
glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might,
boundless as ocean’s tide
rolling in fullest pride
through the world far and wide,
let there be light.

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Reading     “God loves this world”

Act of Remembrance

Prayer

They shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them

THE SILENCE
Laying of Wreath

Spoken together
Lord make us instruments of your peace
Where there is hatred let us sow love
Where there is injury let us bring forgiveness
Where there is doubt let us offer faith
Where there is darkness let us bring light
Where there is despair let us offer hope.
And where there is sadness let us bring joy
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in forgiving that we are
forgiven and in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Hymn 161 O God our help in ages past

1 O God, our help in ages past, 
our hope for years to come, 
our shelter from the stormy blast, 
and our eternal home!

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

2 Under the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

4 A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

Scripture Readings: Reader Annie Addison

Psalm 34: 13-15

13 keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;

Ephesians 2: 13-22
13 
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

What Remembrance means to meJenny Martin and Stewart Lowe

“A Better World?”   Rev John Tait

Hymn 260 Eternal Father, strong to save

1 Eternal Father, strong to save,
whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bade the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
Oh, hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

2 O Christ, whose voice the waters heard
and hushed their raging at thy word,
who walked upon the foaming deep,
and calm amidst the storm didst sleep:
Oh, hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

3 O Holy Spirit, who didst brood
upon the waters dark and rude,
and bid their angry tumult cease,
and give, for wild confusion, peace:
Oh, hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

4 O Trinity of love and power,
shield all of them in danger’s hour;
from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
protect them whereso’er they go;
thus evermore shall rise to thee
glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

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 Offerings

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession

Hymn 706 For the healing of the nations

1 For the healing of the nations,
Lord, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action
help us rise and pledge our word.

3 All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned;
pride of status, race, or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow life’s brief span.

Lead us forward into freedom,
from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred,
all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness
fear will die and hope increase.

4 You, Creator-God, have written
your great name on humankind;
for our growing in your likeness
bring the life of Christ to mind; that by our response and service
earth its destiny may find.

Benediction
Threefold AmenNational Anthem

Closing Voluntary
Land of Hope and Glory    Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

INTIMATIONS

 Sunday Services – We are pleased to welcome Rev John Tait to lead our service this morning.
Next Sunday, 21 November, there will be the annual Seafarers’ service at South Leith; there will be no service at North Leith.

Seafarers’ Christmas Gift Bags – We are collecting during November donations of money or sweets (wrapped chocolates, shortbread, fudge/ tablet, mixed sweets, and mixed nuts) for the annual Seafarers’ Christmas bags. 

Fresh Start Festive Hampers – Fresh Start is collecting food for Festive Hampers. Donations are to be delivered to the warehouse by 2nd December. Please see Ellen Lowe if you are interested in donating.

Christmas Appeal: The Kirk Session has agreed that this year’s Christmas Appeal will be for the Fresh Start Cooker appeal. Donations will be collected from Sunday 28 November till the end of December.

Magazine: Items for a Christmas magazine should be sent to the church office by Tuesday morning, 30 November, at latest.

Bethany Christian Trust is looking for male volunteers to help with their Men’s Club which runs on a Thursday. They are also looking for volunteers for the Passing the Baton befriending service for men or women at risk of homelessness. If you might be interested please see Margot Hudson for more information.

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

“In a time of Remembrance, we turn to the One who offers ‘refuge and strength’ in time of trouble and whose presence stills the storm and calms our fears. (Psalm 46: 1)
“Our faith is rooted in the remembrance of the Christ who laid ‘down His life for His friends’. (John 15: 13) In turn, it is rooted in our receiving the Good News of the Christ who ‘was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures’. (1 Corinthian 15: 4)
“In turn again, we come by faith to understand the death of Christ in the light of the resurrection and so comprehend that it was for us and for our salvation that He gave His life.
“In a time of loss, we find no human words adequate to express the depth of that loss and we often find ourselves seemingly detached from the onward rush of time.
“In silence, and as memory casts its eye across the span of time, we hear the voice of the One who calls to us: ‘Be still, and know that I am God’.”

We pray:

Living God,
Our refuge and our strength,
Hear our cry in time of remembrance.
Hear our cry as memory, and stories told,
Carry us to places of loss and sorrow.
Meet us in this time,
To still the storm and calm our fears.
Lord, in Your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Our refuge and our strength,
Hear our cry in time of loss.
Hear our cry, though it seems long lost,
In the cruel winds that blow.
May the measure of our loss
Be the measure of Your grace.
Lord, in Your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Our refuge and our strength,
Hear our cry in time of sorrow.
Hear our cry, and the cry of all who mourn,
As it gives voice to hidden grief.
May it rise from the depths of the earth
And be embraced in the heights of heaven.
Lord, in Your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Our refuge and our strength,
Hear our cry in time of remembrance.
Hear our cry,
And still our hearts,
That we may we hear the voice that speaks:
Be still, and know that I am God.
Lord, in Your mercy
Hear our prayer.