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27th February 2022

Minister: Rev. Jessie Fubara-Manuel
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Call to Worship – (Psalm 97: 1-6)
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
    let the distant shores rejoice.
 
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
 Fire goes before him
    and consumes his foes on every side.
 
His lightning lights up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
 
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.
 
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all peoples see his glory.

Hymn 160 Praise my soul the king of heaven

1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King.

2. Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him, still the same for ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
glorious in his faithfulness.

3. Father-like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes;
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
widely as his mercy flows.

4. Frail as summer’s flower we flourish;
blows the wind and it is gone;
but, while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!,
Praise the high eternal One.

5. Angels, help us to adore him;
ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 510 Jesus calls us here to meet him
1 Jesus calls us here to meet him
as, through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where his people live and care. Praise the God who keeps his promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;
praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

2 Jesus calls us to confess him Word of life and Lord of all, sharer of our flesh and frailness,
saving all who fail or fall.
Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear; tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

3 Jesus calls us to each other, vastly different though we are; creed and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.
Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;
join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Scripture Readings:  (Reader: Annie Addison)

Old Testament: Psalm 99 and New Testament:  Luke 9: 28-36

Sermon

Hymn 336 Christ is our light! the bright and morning star
1. Christ is our light! The bright and morning star
covering with radiance all from near and far.
Christ be our light, shine on, shine on we pray
into our hearts, into our world today.

2. Christ is our love! baptized that we may know
the love of God among us, swooping low.
Christ be our love, bring us to turn our face
and see in you the light of heaven’s embrace.

3. Christ is our joy! transforming wedding guest!
Through water turned to wine the feast was blessed.
Christ be our joy; your glory let us see,
as your disciples did in Galilee.

Doxology spoken together

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, three in one,
praise, honour, might and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World           Jimmy Hudson

Hymn 396 And can it be, that I should gain

1 And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain-
for me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2 ‘Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first born seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
let angel minds inquire no more.

3 He left his Father’s throne above,-
so free, so infinite his grace-
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘tis mercy all, immense and free;
for O my God, it found out me!

4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

Benediction
Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Marche Religieuse – Magic Flute.   WA Mozart (1756-1791)

Intimations

Sunday Services – We welcome Rev Jessie Fubara-Manuel, associate minister at South Leith church, to lead our worship today.
Next Sunday, 6 March, we will welcome back Rev Iain May.


World Day of Prayer, Friday 4th March 2pm: Inverleith St Serf’s is holding a World Day of Prayer service on Friday March 4 at 2pm. All are welcome.  Those attending the service should come to the Church Centre entrance on Clark Road. They ask that masks are worn. COVID restrictions permitting, refreshments will be served after the service.
There is also a streamed service; for the link see http://www.wdpscotland.org.uk/wdp-services-2022/

Kirk Session meeting: The next Session meeting will take place on Wednesday 9 March at 19:30 (by Zoom).

Sharing with other churches:

Thursday Afternoon Meeting – In 2017 our Thursday Fellowship joined with the above meeting at South Leith because numbers at both meetings were small.   A few of our members were attending up until the start of the Covid pandemic.
This meeting has restarted and is now meeting fortnightly although there is a small number attending.   At present there is no syllabus arranged but sometimes there will be a speaker.
Meetings are held on Thursdays at 2.00 pm in South Leith Halls, Henderson Street.   The next meeting will be on 10th March.   If you are free and able please come along.

Daily Prayer group – If you would like to join a local churches WhatsApp mobile phone group, organised by Rev John Tait, to receive a short daily prayer, please speak to Annie or Anne.

Monthly Prayer Diary – If you would like to receive a monthly prayer list, compiled by Newhaven Church, with contributions from others, please speak to Annie or Anne.

Weekly Bible Study – If you might be interested in joining a Bible Study meeting organised by Newhaven and held on Wednesday evenings by Zoom please speak to Anne or Jimmy.

Weekend Away – Newhaven church is holding a residential weekend away at Castle Douglas on 14 – 16 September. Members of North & South Leith are invited to join them. Projected numbers are needed by mid March. To find out more about this please speak to Anne.

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20th February 2022

Joint service of Newhaven, North Leith and South Leith congregations at South Leith church at 11:00am. 

Intimation

Services – Sunday 27th February Jessie Fubara-Manuel, Associate Minister from South Leith will be taking the service.

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13th February 2022

Minister: Rev. Peter Bluett
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Andantino con moto.   Stephen Heller (1813-1888)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
(from Iona Abbey Worship Book)
The God of heaven has made a home on earth
Christ dwells among us and is one with us
The highest in all creation lives among the least
Christ journeys with the rejected and welcomes the weary
Come now all who thirst
And drink the water of life
Come now all who hunger
And be filled with good things
Come now all who seek
And be warmed by the fire of love

Hymn 147 All creatures of our God and King

1 All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Bright brother sun with golden beam,
clear sister moon with softer gleam:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 Swift rushing wind, so wild and strong,
high clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
New-breaking dawn, in praise rejoice,
and lights of evening, find a voice:

3 Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for your Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Fire, with your flames so fierce and bright,
giving to all both warmth and light:

4 Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds God’s blessings on our way,
O praise him, alleluia!
All flowers and fruits that in you grow,
let them his glory also show:

5 And all who are of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O praise him, alleluia!
All who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and cast on him your care:

6 And you, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our fading breath,
O praise him, alleluia!
You homeward lead the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way has trod:

7 Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise, the spirit, Three in One:

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 555 Amazing Grace

1 Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

2 ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace, my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3 Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
’tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4 The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

Scripture Readings:  Psalm 23 and John 8: 1-11 – Stewart Lowe

Sermon

Hymn 528 Make me a channel of your peace

1 Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring your love;
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;
and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved, as to love with all my soul.

2 Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope;
where there is darkness, only light;
ad where there’s sadness, ever joy.

3 Make me a channel of your peace.
It is pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive;
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Doxology spoken together

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, three in one,
praise, honour, might and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World

Hymn 465 Be thou my vision, O Lord, of my heart

1 Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
thou my best thought in the day or the night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my Wisdom, be thou my true Word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father: thine own I would be;
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

3 Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tower;
raise thou me heavenward,
O Power of my power.

4 Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always;
thou, and thou only, the first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

5 High King of Heaven, after victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Benediction
Threefold Amen

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

Intimations

Sunday Services – We welcome Rev Peter Bluett, minister at Newhaven church, to lead our worship today.

Next Sunday, 20 February, there will be a joint service of Newhaven, North Leith and South Leith congregations at South Leith church at 11:00am. This will be the first joint service of the three congregations and will mark the beginning of ‘old’ and new friendships and closer working together.

In the afternoon, after the service, starting at 12:30, there will be a joint Sessions’ conference at Newhaven Church.

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 for racial justice and diversity
from the Church of Scotland website
.

Lord Jesus Christ,
who crossed boundaries and borders,
help us to love our neighbours and break down barriers in our communities.
Wounded Healer,
who made blind eyes see and deaf ears hear,
enable us to perceive the reality of racism,
bigotry and racial injustice in ourselves and our society.
Prince of Peace,
Inspire us to celebrate difference and reconcile division
and help re-imagine this world as a place where justice and peace kiss
and freedom abounds.

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6th February 2022

Minister: Rev. Iain May
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Prayer from Rienzi.   Richard Wagner (1813-1883)


Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Hymn 111 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
1 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2 Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
God ever living through eternity.

3 Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
all thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;
holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 485 Dear Lord and Father of mankind
1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4 With that deep hush subduing all
our words and works that drown
the tender whisper of thy call,
as noiseless let thy blessing fall
as fell thy manna down.

5 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

6 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!

Scripture Readings: Psalm 138 and Luke 5: 1-11 – Shirley Hopkins

Sermon

Hymn 533 Will you come and follow me
1 Will you come and follow me
 if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown
in you and you in me?

2 Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare,
will you let me answer prayer
in you and you in me?

4 Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
to reshape the world around
through my sight and touch and sound
in you and you in me?

5 Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

Doxology spoken together

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, three in one,
praise, honour, might and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World

Hymn 448 Lord, the light of your love is shining
1 Lord, the light of your love is shining
in the midst of the darkness, shining;
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us,
set us free by the truth you now bring us.
Shine on me, shine on me:

Shine, Jesus, shine, –
fill this land with the Father’s glory;
blaze, Spirit blaze,-
set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
flood the nations with grace and mercy;
send forth your word,-
Lord, and let there be light!

2 Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
from the shadows into your radiance;
by your blood I may enter your brightness,
search me, try me, consume all my darkness.
Shine on me, shine on me.

3 As we gaze on your kingly brightness,
so our faces display your likeness,
ever changing from glory to glory,
mirrored here may our lives tell your story.
Shine on me, shine on me.

Blessing
Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Prelude in A minor.   Francesco Durante (1684-1755)

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – We welcome Rev Iain May, minister at South Leith Church (and, as most of you will recall, former elder at North Leith), to take our service today.
Next Sunday, 13 February 2022, Rev Peter Bluett, minister at Newhaven church will lead our worship, and we look forward to welcoming Peter to North Leith.

On Sunday 20 February there will be a joint service of Newhaven, North Leith and South Leith congregations at South Leith church at 11:00am. This will be the first joint service of the three congregations and will mark the beginning of ‘old’ and new friendships and closer working together.

Leith Churches Together Lunchtime Service – The next lunchtime service will take place this Thursday, 10 February, at 1pm, in North Leith hall. All welcome. Please bring your own lunch food so that we can continue fellowship together after the service.

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 for the week from the Church of Scotland web-site

Loving God thank You for the readings and the teaching of the scripture today.
Encourage us to believe in You and in ourselves
so that we may carry out the work You would have us do.
We pray for the planet You made.
Where there is war bring peace, and guide people through storms, droughts or any challenging situation.

We pray for the people of the world, may they know Your grace in their lives.
We pray for those who are ill, dying or supporting someone through these times.
May they find comfort knowing that Your loving arms are waiting for them and for those left behind,
give them the knowledge that You are there for them too.
We pray for our church in a time of change.
There will be people who are hurt, but help us all, to focus on Your uniting love.

All these prayers we offer in the name of Your Son, our saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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30th January 2022

Minister: Rev. Dr Martin Scott
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Ave verum.  Wolfgang A Mozart (1756-1791)

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 111 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

1 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2 Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
God ever living through eternity.

3 Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
all thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;
holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

Prayer of Approach and Confession

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 1: 4-10  (Reader, Jenny Martin)

Hymn 609 Come, living God, when least expected

1 Come, living God, when least expected,
when minds are dull and hearts are cold,
through sharpening word and warm affection
revealing truths as yet untold.

2 Break from the tomb in which we hide you
to speak again in startling ways;
break through the words in which we bind you
to resurrect our lifeless praise.

3 Come now, as once you came to Moses
within the bush alive with flame;
or to Elijah on the mountain,
by silence pressing home your claim.

4 So, let our minds be sharp to read you
in sight or sound or printed page,
and let us greet you in our neighbours,
in ardent youth or mellow age.

5 Then, through our gloom, your Son will meet us
as vivid truth and living Lord,
exploding doubt and disillusion
to scatter hope and joy abroad.

6 Then we will share his radiant brightness
and, blazing through the dread of night,
illuminate by love and reason,
for those in darkness, faith’s delight.


Gospel Reading:  Luke 4: 21-30

Sermon

Hymn 710 ‘I have a dream’, a man once said – don’t have copyright for this hymn

The Communion

Words of Invitation

In the beginning, God made the world; made it and mothered it; shaped it and fathered it; filled it with seed and with signs of fertility; filled it with love and its people with ability.
THE WORLD BELONGS TO GOD, THE EARTH AND ALL ITS PEOPLE ARE GOD’S!
. . . . And when the time was right, God sent the Son.
THE WORD WHO BECAME FLESH WAS ONE OF US: FLESH OF OUR FLESH.
. . . He sets before us bread and wine and invites us to this table.
THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE ALL WILL BE MADE WELL AGAIN.
. . . The peace of God be always with you
AND ALSO WITH YOU

Hymn 19   Ye gates, lift up your heads on high 

1 Ye gates, lift up your heads on high;
ye doors that last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King of glory enter may.
But who of glory is the King? The mighty Lord is this:
even that same Lord that great in might and strong in battle is;
even that same Lord that great in might and strong in battle is.

2 Ye gates, lift up your heads; ye doors, doors that do last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King of glory enter may.
But who is he that is the King, the King of glory? who is this?
The Lord of hosts, and none but he, the King of glory is.
The Lord of hosts, and none but he, the King of glory is.

Allelujah, allelujah,
allelujah, allelujah, allelujah,
Amen, amen, amen.

Now we pray in words which Jesus himself taught us, saying:

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.

We come to this meal at your invitation, God, bringing nothing, expecting everything.  We are united with all your followers, women and men, down through the ages as with them we declare:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, GOD OF LOVE AND PEACE,
HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY.
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!
BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF GOD. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!

 . . . On the night when he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said:

‘THIS IS MY BODY WHICH IS FOR YOU: DO THIS AND LIVE OUT MY MEMORY’. 

In the same way he took the cup after supper, saying:

‘THIS CUP IS THE NEW COVENANT OF PEACE IN MY BLOOD: DO THIS AS OFTEN AS YOU DRINK IT IN MEMORY OF ME’.

(We Share the Bread and Wine)

Hymn 530 One more step along the world I go

1 One more step along the world I go,
one more step along the world I go;
from the old things to the new
keep me travelling along with you:
and it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

2. Round the corners of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me:

3 As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know:

4 Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough;
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you:

5 You are older than the world can be,
you are younger than the life in me;
ever old and ever new,
keep me travelling along with you:

Blessing
Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary.       Credo.        Wolfgang A Mozart (1756-1791)

Intimations

Services: We are pleased to welcome Martin Scott to lead our worship this morning.
Next Sunday, 6 February, our service will be led by Iain May, minister at South Leith Church.

Church Magazine: Copies of the latest magazine are available today for distributors and anyone who would like a paper copy.
This is an important magazine which introduces our new Interim Moderator, Karen McKay, an elder at Kirkliston Church, and provides an update on the Presbytery Plan consultation document, especially as it affects us at North Leith. Please read it carefully and prayerfully.

Lord, help us to pray about everything, big and small.
We are in a time of change in our churches. Give us the wisdom to speak to You first and listen for the answers.
Guide us and keep us talking to each other to find the right path for us all.
Help us to keep You at the centre of everything. Amen

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23rd January 2022

Minister: Rev. Ron Smith
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Air in B flat.  Eric H Thiman (1900-1975)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
Oh, Christ, carpenter of Galilee,
We come to be shaped into instruments of your peace.
As you once called disciples at the seashore,
may we dare to follow you into the various seas of our world.
Make us fishers of men and women.
Point out your footsteps today that we can follow the right ways.
Teach us patience and wisdom in love.
Remake us in a nearer image of your love.
Help the church mend her torn nets
that she can really bring peace on earth and goodwill to all people.
Plant in our hearts a vision of your kingdom.
Hasten the day when all the world can rejoice to breakfast by the seashore with you the risen Lord.

Hymn 63 All people that on earth do dwell

1 All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell,
come ye before him and rejoice.

2 Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

3 Oh, enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto:
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

4 For why? the Lord our God is good,
his mercy is for ever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.

Prayer of Approach, ending with Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 532 Lord, you have come to the seashore – we don’t have copyright for this hymn

 Scriptures:  Psalm 107: 23-32 and Matthew 4: 18-25 – Beryl Curlett

Sermon

Hymn 509 Jesus calls us!  O’er the tumult

1 Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
of our life’s wild restless sea;
day by day his voice is sounding
saying, ‘Christian, follow me.’

2 As, of old, Saint Andrew heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred,
leaving all for his dear sake.

3 Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store,
from each idol that would keep us,
saying, ‘Christian, love me more.’

4 In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
‘Christian, love me more than these.’

5 Jesus calls us!  By your mercy,
Saviour, make us hear your call,
give our hearts to your obedience,
serve and love you best of all.

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 543 Longing for light we wait in darkness – we don’t have copyright for this hymn

Benediction
Threefold Amen

Hymn 786 May the God of peace go with us – we don’t have copyright for this hymn

Closing Voluntary – Prelude in D.   James Anderson.  (1853-1945)

INTIMATIONS

Services – We are pleased to welcome back Rev Ron Smith to lead our worship this morning.
Next Sunday, 30 January, we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion with the service conducted by Rev Dr Martin Scott.
All welcome. We also look forward then to resuming refreshments after the service, at the back of the church.
From the Church of Scotland website:

Prayer for the week of 16 January 2022

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Creator of light,
illumine our path by the light of
Christ who moves before us and
leads us.
May he be a beacon for our
pilgrimage.
Enlighten us and dwell within us.
Guide us to discover a manger in our
hearts where a great light
still shines.

We thank you for the gift of that
unfading Star, Jesus Christ, our
Lord and Saviour.
Heal our divisions and draw us
closer to the Light that we may
find our unity in him.
Amen.

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16th January 2022

Unfortunately due to technical difficulties there is no recording of our worship

Minister: Rev. Douglas Paterson
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary
Adagio from first organ concerto.  Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1845)

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship

Great is your love, O God
In you we put our trust
We are sustained by your love
We are nourished by the Bread of Heaven
We are refreshed with the Water of Life
Great is your Love O God
Receive our thanks and praise

Hymn 125 Lord of all being, throned afar

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Thought for the Day

Hymn 252 As a fire is meant for burning – we don’t have copyright for this hymn

Scripture Readings:  Reader:  Jimmy Hudson

Psalm 36: 5-9

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast in the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.


John 2: 1-11
Jesus changes water into wine

 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’

‘Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’
His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from eighty to a hundred and twenty litres.
Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.’ They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.


Hymn 336 Christ is our light!

Address

Hymn 700 As man and woman we were made

Doxology –spoken together
All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son,
evermore your voices raising
to the eternal Three in One.

Prayers for the World

Hymn 622 We sing a love that sets all people free

Blessing
May God keep us safe each and every day
May Jesus be our constant companion along life’s way
May the Spirit be our guide in all we do and say
So may we always know
the blessing of God the Three in One

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Fughetta in F.  Georg P. Telemann (1681-1767)

Intimations

Services – We are pleased to welcome Rev Douglas Paterson to lead our worship this morning.
Next Sunday, 23 January, we welcome back Rev Ron Smith to take the service.

Kirk Session – The Session will meet online this coming Wednesday evening, (19 January) at 7:30pm.

Church family: The congregation will be sad to hear that our former member Tom Wood died on 3 January at the age of 97. The funeral took place at Warriston Crematorium on Friday (14/01). Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and the family.

A prayer of adoration from the Church of Scotland website

Our loving God,
like the Psalmist, we have entered your gates with thanksgiving and your courts with praise. This is the day that You have made; we rejoice and are glad in it.
For You O Lord, are a good God and Your love endures for ever,
Your faithfulness continues through all generations.
On this Baptism of the Lord’s Sunday,
we recognise our connectedness with You, and with one another.
We praise You, Almighty God, for You establish the times and seasons.
This is a new month, a new year; it is a new beginning,
and You are still God in charge of Your world.
Blessed be Your holy name for ever and ever
through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

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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