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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

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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

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18th April 2021

Third Sunday of Easter

Call to Worship

(Based on Psalm 40, v 1-4)


Hymn 352 O, for a thousand tongues to sing

Prayer, Readings and Reflection

Scripture Acts 2, V12-19 and Luke 24, V 36-48Shirley Hopkins

ReflectionSeeing ResurrectionKatherine Taylor

Hymn 253 Inspired by love and anger

Prayers for Others

Lord of Life,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 604 Holy wisdom, lamp of learning

1Holy Wisdom, lamp of learning,
bless the light that reason lends.
Teach us judgment as we kindle
sparks of thought your Spirit sends.
Sanctify our search for knowledge
and the truth that sets us free.
Come, illumine mind and spirit
joined in deepest unity.

2 Vine of truth, in you we flourish;
by your grace we learn and grow.
May the word of Christ among us
shape our life, our search to know.
Joined to Christ in living, dying,
may we help the church convey
witness to the saving gospel,
bearing fruit of faith today.

Benediction

May the blessing of God almighty,
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
rest upon us
and upon all our work and worship
done in his name.
May he give us light to guide us,
courage to support us,
and love to unite us,
now and for evermore.
Amen

Closing Voluntary

Fugue in B flat major JP Kirnberger (1721-1783)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services

Please note that we are still limited to 50 people. If you are going to attend it would be helpful if you contact the church office, by email (nlpc-office@btconnect.com) or by phone (553 7378), by noon on the Friday before and please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

(The online version of the service is available on our website.)

Next Sunday, 25th April, the service will be led by Rev Dr Martin Scot and Mrs Katherine Taylor, and will include celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Please remember to contact the office if you mean to attend.

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

Bible study starts again on Monday 19th April 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.
The study, from the Scottish Bible Society, can be found here. https://scottishbiblesociety.org/resources/new-kingdom-coming-study-luke-18

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. All five 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. Two members of LCT will moderate discussion.

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

Prayer for this Sunday Evening at 7 pm

Living God,
Your word to us through the Risen Lord is:
Peace be with you.
Amidst the disturbance of the times,
May we hear your word and embrace the peace you offer.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Your word to us through the Risen Lord is:
Peace be with you.
When the foundations are shaken and the certainties no longer sure,
May you speak to us in the still small voice of calm.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Your word to us through the Risen Lord is:
Peace be with you.
When we are fearful and troubled,
May you speak to the depths of our fears and still our troubled hearts.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Your word to us through the Risen Lord is:
Peace be with you.
As we hear his voice,
May we reach out to the One whose presence is renewed and revealed before us.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Your word to us through the Risen Lord is:
Peace be with you.
As we experience the renewal of life within our family and community,
May we bear witness to your abiding presence among us.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
Amen

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11th April 2021

Second Sunday of Easter

Call to Worship (Based on Isaiah 65:17-25)

Hymn 413: The day of resurrection

Prayer of Approach, Reading and Reflection

Scripture: John 20 V 19-31 – Kenneth McAlpine

Reflection: Resurrection faith – Katherine Taylor

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

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn 404: I danced in the morning

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

INTIMATIONS
Sunday Services

Services continue at 11am each Sunday. You are very welcome. Please note that currently we are limited to 50 people. If you are going to attend it would be helpful if you contact the church office, by email (nlpc-office@btconnect.com) or by phone (553 7378), by noon on the Friday before to help us to manage the numbers, and please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

On the last Sunday of this month, 25th April, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Church Family
We are sad to report the death of Dennis (Danny) Kaye of York Road on 27 March 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

One Church for Leith Bible Study

Bible study starts again on Monday 19th April from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm by Zoom. You are very welcome. The link to join is the same as before and please contact the church office if you need it.

The study, from the Scottish Bible Society, can be found here. https://scottishbiblesociety.org/resources/new-kingdom-coming-study-luke-18/

Thank you to our reader Kenneth McAlpine and to our organist Iain for his choice of voluntary

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4th April 2021

Easter Sunday

Welcome and Call to Worship

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 118)

This is the day that the Lord has made,

Let us rejoice and be glad in it,

We rejoice in the dawning of light and the empty tomb,

In the presence of angels and the peace of the garden,

In the rising of Jesus and the defeat of death,

We give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

His steadfast love endures for ever,

Let us rejoice and be glad in it,

Praise the Lord,

Alleluia!

Hymn 410 Jesus Christ is resend today

Hymn 410 Jesus Christ is risen today

Prayer of Approach, Reading and Reflection

Scripture Reading – John 20 V 1-18 – Ewarn Bruce

Reflection – Recognising Easter – Katherine Taylor

Hymn 415 This Joyful Eastertide

Hymn 415 This Joyful Eastertide

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

(from Very Reverend Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of Edinburgh Presbytery)

Lord Jesus Christ,

Come, stand among us,

that we might see You by our side,

that we might hear You call our names,

that we might now, on this heady day of joy,

be still, right now, and know that You are God.

We give You heartfelt thanks from our full hearts.

We bring to You our prayers this day

For a world needing Easter.

We pray for those locked in by hurt, and loneliness and grief.

We pray for those locked in by addiction, and hunger, and poverty.

We pray that we, inspired by Your Good News this Easter Day,

may bring our practical care and help to those who call out,

and to those who are silent,

and in our lived-out faith and love, show no partiality

as we bring what hope we can to those in need.

Today we pray for our nation, for our Queen,

and for those who shape the future of our country and our world.

In times of uncertainty make us confident with kindness.

In times of frustration, make us gentle with vision.

Help us to be the Easter people bringing light into our world.

Lord Jesus Christ,

for the Church we pray, that in our work and witness

we may be generous in our believing,

and joyful in our serving.

Help us to blend tradition and newness,

to keep our faith and work a power for good,

and a dynamic for reconciliation and renewal.

This Easter Day, this new beginning, this time of lifting up,

lift up our heads and hearts, lift up our eyes and voices,

for our Lord Jesus Christ is risen!

And there is hope!

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Hymn 419 Thine be the glory

Hymn 419 Thine be the glory

Blessing

Christ was raised from the dead

by the glorious power of the Father.

Let us set out, then, on a new life with Christ

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

Amen

Closing Voluntary

The Trumpet shall sound The Messiah GF Handel

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services

Services continue at 11am each Sunday.  You are very welcome. Please note that currently we are limited to 50 people. If you are going to attend it would be helpful if you contact the church office, by email (nlpc-office@btconnect.com) or by phone (553 7378), by the Friday before to help us to manage the numbers, and please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

The online version of the service will continue to be made available on our website

Thank you to our reader Ewan Bruce and to our organist Iain for his choice of voluntary.

Easter flowers in the church with thanks to Ellen Lowe

And outside too – thank you very much to everyone who has brightened up the church railings with their knitting for Easter.


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30th March 2021

For those in Darkness

Welcome and Call to Worship

Hymn 397 In the cross of Christ I glory

Readings

Scripture Isaiah 48: 1-7 and John 12: 27-36 – Stewart Lowe

Reflection – Katherine Taylor

Hymn 175 Praise, I will praise you, Lord

Prayer for Others

Hymn 543 Longing for light, we wait in darkness

The Blessing

Picture
Pittman, Lauren Wright. For Those in Darkness [Light is Dawning], from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Holy Week

Holy Week Services

Tuesday 30th March at 2pm – North Leith Parish Church

All are welcome, especially those without internet access and – if you have internet access – pre-recorded worship at 7pm at https://northleithparishchurch.co.uk/

Wednesday 31st March at 7pm – Leith St Andrew’s Parish Church

Zoom Worship Service using the usual invitation link. If you need the link please email leithstandrews@yahoo.co.uk
or phone Rev Rob Mackenzie on 0131 553 2122

Thursday 1st April at 7pm – South Leith Parish Church
Live streamed service with Communion
www.slpc.co.uk.

Friday 2nd April at 7pm  – Pilrig St Paul’s
Stations of the Cross
www.facebook.com/pilrigstpauls   http://www.pilrigstpauls.org.uk

Alternatively you may wish to join online events including daily reflections with the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and a spirit-filled Easter service.

https://stream1.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/holy-week-2021