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18th July 2021

Minister:  Martin Scott
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary

Prelude on Brother James’s Air. Searle Wright (1918-2004)

Welcome and Intimations

Opening Responses

The world belongs to God
The earth and all its people
How good and how lovely it is
To live together in unity
Love and faith come together
Justice and peace join hands
If God’s disciples keep silent
These stones would shout aloud
God, open our lips
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise

Hymn 201 Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Prayer of Approach and Confession(concluding with)

God in heaven,
Your name is to be honoured.
May your new community of hope
be realised on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today the essentials of life,
release us from our wrongdoing
as we also release those who wrong us.
Do not test us beyond our means,
save us from all that is evil;
for you embrace justice, love and peace,
now and to the end of time.   Amen.

Scriptures: Amos 8: 11-14 and Luke 15: 1-10 – Annie Addison

Hymn 43 O God, you are my God alone

Sermon

Music for Reflection
– Lord remember David.  GF Handel (1685-1759)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn 565 My life flows on in endless song

Benediction
Closing Voluntary –
Et Vitam Venturi.  Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Intimations

Sunday Services -Services continue at 11 am. Please remember that restrictions are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.
We are pleased to welcome Rev Dr Martin Scott to lead our service today. Katherine will be leading worship next Sunday.

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.

 Our Trees Project –The Church of Scotland is inviting us to take part in a joint project with Citizen Science to survey trees on church land. If you are interested in joining in or know someone else who may, please get in touch with Katherine or the Church Office. The survey needs to be completed by the end of July.

Prayer for this Sunday evening –Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Kirk joins in prayer ahead of restrictions easing in Scotland | The Church of Scotland

“Where do we find ourselves today? Does the light of the day still shine and does the way ahead seem clear and certain? Or, does darkness fall and the way ahead seem uncertain and hidden in the shadows? In whatever situation we find ourselves, the Psalms speak to us and the Psalms speak for us. They speak to us, and for us, in every situation of life.
“Perhaps there is nowhere that this is more evident than in the 23rd Psalm. The resonance of the ancient, yet immediately present, words of the Psalmist can be sensed; such that even now we can hear those words speaking into the depths of who we are: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd… Even though I walk through the darkest valley… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me.’ (Psalm 23)
“To read and to hear the words evokes a response in the very depths of our being. We are addressed by God and the Psalm offers to us words of response: ‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley… I fear no evil.’ ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me… and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord.’ Wherever we find ourselves today, the Lord speaks to us and graciously offers us words of response.”

We pray

Gracious Lord
And faithful Shepherd,
Lead us to the place of Your presence
And speak to us Your word that brings life.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord
And faithful Shepherd,
Lead us to the place of still waters
And restore our troubled souls.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord
And faithful Shepherd,
Lead us on the paths of righteousness
And deliver us from evil.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord
And faithful Shepherd,
Lead us through the valley of shadows
And bring us to the place of safety.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord
And faithful Shepherd,
Lead us to the place where the table is renewed
And the cup overflows for all.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord
And faithful Shepherd,
Lead us to the place where goodness and mercy abide
And to the house of the Lord forever.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer



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10th July 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship     
(From Psalm 24)

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
The Lord has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
They will receive blessing from the Lord.

Hymn 132 Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Scriptures: Mark 6: 14-29Reader, Gerry O’Neil

Sermon – Bad news and good news

Hymn 253 Inspired by love and anger

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World – Tim Bell
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 742 Rejoice in God’s saints


Benediction

Picture
Umlauf, Charles, 1911-1994. John the Baptist, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – Services continue at 11 am. Please remember that restrictions are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.
Katherine is on holiday for the rest of this week returning on Monday 19 July. The service next Sunday will be led by Rev Dr Martin Scott.

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.

Our Trees Project – The Church of Scotland is inviting us to take part in a joint project with Citizen Science to survey trees on church land. The purpose is to study trees in sacred spaces and to create a database.   It would be good to have a North Leith response and if you are interested in joining in or know someone else who may, please get in touch with Katherine or the Church Office. The survey needs to be completed by the end of July.

Prayer for this Sunday evening – Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Sunday prayers continue as Kirk members grapple with ‘uncertainty of the times’ | The Church of Scotland

“What is the future shape of the society in which we live? To ask the question is to invite any number of different answers and many of the answers will reflect the uncertainty of the times.
“In all of our lives, there is perhaps a greater element of uncertainty than there has been in previous years. Each of us will respond to the challenges of our times in different ways and many will ponder the question and ask: What does the future hold?
“The Apostle Paul lived within the society of his time and offers us a vision of our place within the world. That vision is shaped by an understanding of how we share in the purpose and plan of the ‘God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’. We share in that understanding as those who have received the ‘promised Holy Spirit’. Within this vision, we find that we are adopted as the children of God and discover our place according to the purpose and plan of God. (Ephesians 1: 3-14)

“If we cannot yet describe the future shape of our society, we know that, whatever the future holds, we live as those whose destiny is shaped by the purpose and plan of God.”

We pray:

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You adopt us as Your children
And include us within Your purposes.
May we find our place in the world and purpose for our lives
As we respond to Your gracious initiative in Christ.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You adopt us as Your children
And offer to us forgiveness.
May we know the healing power of forgiveness
And offer forgiveness according to the measure that we have been forgiven.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You adopt us as Your children
And make known Your intention
To gather together all things in heaven and earth.
May our lives on earth reflect the life of the world that is to come.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You adopt us as Your children
And make known to us the word of truth.
May we always speak according to the truth
And may our words reflect the One who came to us full of grace and truth.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You adopt us as Your children
And seal us with the promised Holy Spirit
May we rediscover our place in the world and renew the purpose of our lives
As we receive the gracious gift of Your Spirit.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


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4th July 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome, Call to Worship and Prayer of Approach

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 123)
We lift up our eyes to the Lord,
The Lord is enthroned in the heavens,
The Lord rules the world with mercy,
We live in the service of the Lord,
The Lord’s hands protect and care for us,
We look up to the Lord, our God.

Hymn 124 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Scriptures: Ezekiel 2: 1-5 and Mark 6: 1-13
Reflection – Keeping Faith
Hymn 469 Restore, O Lord, the honour of your name!
Prayers for the World
Hymn 166 Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy
Blessing

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

Picture

Hall, Sarah. Living Cross, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville,

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 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.

One Church for Leith Bible Study Group – Christianity and Climate Change
Continues on Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm
New members are very welcome.

Leith Churches Summer Holiday Club – Jungle Adventure
Thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the Holiday Club this past week.

Church Magazine – We plan to have a magazine in July. Please send contributions to the church officenlpc-office@btconnect.com as soon as possible.

Prayer for this Sunday evening –
Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Kirk Moderator encourages Christians to continue joining in Sunday prayer | The Church of Scotland

“At certain times in our experience we are especially conscious of our strengths and, at other times, of our weaknesses.
“In our times of perceived strength, we are confident of our capacities and abilities. In our times of perceived weakness, it is often otherwise. We might easily imagine that it is in the former situation that God is especially close to us. However, the experience of faith and of the grace of God suggests otherwise.

“The Apostle Paul discovered this in the course of his own spiritual experience and came to realise the sufficiency of the grace of God in his life. This discovery is made in the times when he senses that he is at his weakest and not in his times of perceived strength. (2 Corinthians 12: 9)
“In the spiritual journey that each one of us makes, the sufficiency of God is often known when we come to the end of our own strength and discover the ever-renewed grace of God.”

We pray:

God, whose grace is revealed,
In the One who embraces the Cross,
May we know the sufficiency of Your grace
In the times of our deepest need.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God, whose grace is revealed,
In the One who embraces the Cross,
May we walk in the company of those who suffer
And so share in the grace that You provide.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God, whose grace is revealed,
In the One who embraces the Cross,
May we experience the strength You provide
In the times of our greatest weakness.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God, whose grace is revealed,
In the One who embraces the Cross,
May our lives be renewed as we live out our response to Your grace
And so share in the community of grace.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God, whose grace is revealed,
In the One who embraces the Cross,
May Your grace, sufficient in days past,
Be sufficient in all the days that are to come.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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27th June 2021

Minister: Russell McLarty
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 121)
We lift up our eyes to the hills – from where does our help come?
It comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth:
the One who neither sleeps nor slumbers
and who keeps us from all evil.

Hymn 441 Blessing and honour and glory and power

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

Scriptures: Gospel Reading – Mark 5:21-43 – Reader, Tim Bell

Hymn 497 Almighty Father of all things that be

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15

Sermon – Our love gift

Hymn 182 Now thank we all our God

The Lord’s Supper
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

Doxology from Ephesians 3: 20-21spoken together

‘Now to him who by the power at work within us
is able to accomplish abundantly
far more than all we can ask or imagine,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations
for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Voluntary,    Gloria.  WA Mozart (1756-1791)

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. 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
Continues on Monday Evenings by Zoom 7.30 to 8.30 pm. New members are very welcome.

Leith Churches Summer Holiday Club – Jungle Adventure –The club meets outdoors Monday to Friday mornings this week. A number of people from our church are helping. Please remember the children and their families, the leaders and helpers in your prayers.

Church Magazine – We plan to have a magazine in July. Please send contributions to the church office nlpc-office@btconnect.com

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

“The Gospel of Mark records the story of a woman who reaches out to Jesus and does so from the depth of her suffering. She does so because she ‘had heard about Jesus’ and longed to find healing.
“The Gospel describes how a large crowd was following Jesus ‘and pressed in on him’ and it is from the midst of the crowd that the woman reaches out. In the moment that she does so, Jesus senses ‘that power had gone forth from him’. In response to his question: “Who touched me?”, the woman comes ‘in fear and trembling’ and tells ‘the whole truth’. In response, Jesus affirms that her faith has yielded wholeness and peace. (Mark 5: 21-43)
“In times of suffering, we may find ourselves worn out and uncertain as to the strength of our faith. Whether from the depths of the crowd, or in the loneliness of our isolation, Jesus invites us to reach out and experience the healing and peace of God.”
We pray:

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to reach out to your presence revealed in Jesus.
When we are fearful,
Calm our fears and bring us safe into your presence.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to reach out to the One who inspires faith.
When we sense our faith ebbs low,
Renew our faith and reassure that your faithfulness abides forever.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to the place of healing.
When we are broken,
Lift us up and remake us in your image.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to the place of peace.
Where peace seems absent,
Fill the place of absence with your abiding presence.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Move among us
And invite us to step out of the crowd.
Where we are hesitant to do so,
Reassure us that you see us and know us and accept us as we are.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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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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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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Online Worship worship

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