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12th September 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
– (Based on Psalm 19)

God of sun, moon and stars
Your glory speaks in the heavens.
God of sea, rivers and lochs
Your glory speaks in the earth.
God of time, maker of day and night 
Your glory will speak to the world forever.
We worship and praise You, Lord of Creation.

Hymn 214 New every morning

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Scriptures:  Mark 8: 27-38 – Reader, Annie Addison

          Sermon – Who do you say I am?

Hymn 378 Praise to the Holiest in the height

Doxologyspoken together

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World 

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 555 Amazing Grace

Benediction

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Gloria.  JA André (1775-1842)

Creation PanelBeryl Curlett

Picture – Unidentified Artist. Gold Cross, 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 some Covid-19 requirements are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

Opening the Church – The church building and garden are open to all on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help.

National Giving Day -Please see the separate handout and join us on Saturday 25 September at 12 noon in the Hall for a snack lunch and a time of thanksgiving and fellowship.

Pastoral Care – Would you like to be involved in the pastoral care work of the congregation? This would mean keeping in touch with a few people either by visiting or by telephone. We are arranging a meeting of those interested to take place this month and if you would like to come along to find out more, please let Katherine or Anne know.

Newspaper collection appeal – Inverkeithing High School is collecting newspapers to make geodesic domes – they need a lot of them! If you would like to help, please recycle papers to Jenny Martin.

Foodbank Fundraising – Alison Roxburgh, General Manager of the Foodbank, is doing the Kiltwalk on Sunday 26th September to raise funds. Her target is £2,000 and she would appreciate any support from us.
http://www.justgiving.com/Scotlandskiltwalk2021-AlisonRoxburgh
or speak to Stewart Lowe.

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

“Questions about identity are very much to the fore in our day and age. The asking of a question is, of course, very much easier than providing an answer and the result is that we have many more questions than agreed answers.

“At a pivotal moment in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus asks a question which might be said to be about identity: ‘Who do people say I am?’
“In response, the disciples harvest the many opinions that are in circulation: ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ There are many opinions, but no agreed answer.
“Jesus then asks the question directly to the disciples: ‘But what about you?…Who do you say I am?’ In response, Peter replies: ‘You are the Christ.’ Amidst all the opinions of the day, Peter provides an answer to the question of the identity of Jesus and he affirms that he is the Christ.
“In the midst of the many questions of our day, we affirm this answer for ourselves and resolve to follow in the way of the Cross. (Mark 8: 27-38)”

We pray:

God our Father,
You anoint Your Son
And send Him forth into the world.
We receive the gift of Your Son
As Your gift to Creation and to all peoples
And respond with gratitude and thanksgiving.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God our Father,
You anoint Your Son
And send Him forth into the world.
As we receive Your Son,
May we hear the questions He asks of us
And be willing to respond in faith and trust.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God our Father,
You anoint Your Son
And send Him forth into the world.
As we share the gift of Your Son,
May we listen to the voices of those beside us
That we might understand more fully the breadth of Your Creation.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God our Father,
You anoint Your Son
And send Him forth into the world.
As we listen to the many questions that are asked in our world
May we respond with grace and in truth,
And with shared silence to the questions that are hard to bear.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God our Father,
You anoint Your Son
And send Him forth into the world.
As we hear Your Son speak to us
May we humbly confess
That He is the Christ, the anointed One of God.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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5th September 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship –
(Psalm 146: verses 1-6)
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever.

Hymn 93 Let us with a gladsome mind

 Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer
                                                           
First Thought

Hymn 685 For everyone born a place at the table

Scriptures:  James 2:1-10 and 14-17 and Mark 7: 24-37Beryl Curlett

Sermon – Plain Speaking

Doxologyspoken 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

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Hymn 237 Look forward in faith

Benediction

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Blessing Honour Glory and Power.  Louis Spohr (1784-1859)

Picture Stained glass window from the National Cathedral in Washington DC

INTIMATIONS

Congratulations – Many congratulations to Katherine who has accepted the call from Tranent Parish Church to be their new minister.

Sunday Services – Services continue at 11 am. Please remember that some Covid-19 requirements are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.

Opening the Church – The church building and garden are open to all on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help.

Project Ecuador – The final total we raised was £404 and a letter of thanks has been received.

Kirk Session Meeting – The Session will meet on Wednesday 8 September 2021 at 19:30.

Newspaper collection appeal – Inverkeithing High School is collecting newspapers to make geodesic domes – they need a lot of them! If you would like to help, please recycle papers to Jenny Martin.

Prayer for this Sunday evening – Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Join the Church of Scotland in prayer this Sunday | The Church of Scotland

“’If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbour as yourself”, you are doing right.’ (James 2: 8)

“Given all that we face today: How do we know we are doing the right thing? In our personal life and in our shared life, the challenge of doing the right thing is something that we continually face.
“As we reflect upon this, we recognise that knowing “the right thing to do” is not always easy. Nevertheless, throughout Scripture there runs an ancient thread that links the original call to love our neighbour to the summary of the Law given by Jesus. (Leviticus 19: 18; Mark 12: 31)
“The call to love our neighbour is described by James as the ‘royal law’ and is the surest guide we have as to knowing “the right thing to do”.

“As we face the challenge of renewing our society and, at the same time, continuing to face the ongoing pandemic, the need of a sure guide remains constant.
“The ‘royal law’ has been gifted to us by our Creator and renewed by the Lord Jesus Christ. We take it as our guide for these times.”

We pray:

Living God,
In the times in which we live
You reveal Your way to us through the royal law.
We turn to You as our Creator
And ask for grace and strength
To live according to that law.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
In the times in which we live
You reveal Your way to us through the royal law.
We turn to those beside us as our neighbours
And ask for wisdom that we might do to others
As we would have them do to us.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
In the times in which we live
You reveal Your way to us through the royal law.
We turn to face the challenges of the day
And seek to renew our society
That it might better reflect Your Kingdom which is to come.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
In the times in which we live
You reveal Your way to us through the royal law.
We turn to the world before us
And seek to do right in Your eyes
That we might bring glory to You, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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29th August 2021

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

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship – (from Psalm 40)

I waited patiently for the Lord
He turned to me and heard my cry
He lifted me out of the slimy pit
Out of the mud and mire
He set my foot on a rock
And gave me a firm place to stand
He put a new song in my mouth
A hymn of praise to our God
Many will see and fear
And put their trust in the Lord

Hymn: Lord of the boundless curves of space

 Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

Scripture Readings – Genesis 1, v1-8, 26-31 Jenny Martin

Man’s place in creation, Tim Bell   

Hymn 5: O Lord, our Lord, throughout the earth

Music – With Verdure clad the fields appear.  Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

With Verdure clad the fields appear
Delightful to the ravish’d sense.
By flowers sweet and gay
adorned in charming sight.
The fragrant herbs give forth their scent,
here shoots the healing plant.
With copious fruit the spreading boughs are hung;
in leafy arches twine the shady groves;
o’er lofty hills majestic forests rise

 Matthew 7, v24-27

Hymn 191: Do not be afraid

Our response to climate change, Jimmy Hudson

Doxologyspoken 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,
Stewart Lowe

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Hymn 167: Guide me O thou great Jehovah

Benediction

Threefold Amen

Closing Voluntary – Credo.  Joseph Haydn  (1732-1809)

INTIMATIONS

Opening the Church – The church building and garden are open to all on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help.

Project Ecuador – Over the last three Sundays we have been supporting this project by retiring offerings. Our donations will help to re – equip the local high school after all the equipment was stolen when the school was closed because of the pandemic.
We raised a total of £404. Many thanks to all who contributed.

Kirk Session Meeting – The Session will meet on Wednesday 8 September 2021 at 19:30 in the Session Room.

Climate Change Banner – One of the many Church of Scotland ideas to support the world climate change conference in Glasgow is for congregations to design and make patches from recycled materials which will be sewn together into banners which will be displayed on the outside of New College on the Mound. If you are interested in helping to do this, please contact Beryl Curlett.

Prayer for this Sunday evening –Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Pandemic prayers continue across the Church of Scotland this Sunday | The Church of Scotland

“It is sometimes said of a person: ‘They can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk?’ When we hear it said, we know exactly what it means: Can that person translate their words into action? It is a question that could easily be asked on any number of occasions as we hear statements made by others. However, the challenge we face as those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ is to ask the question of ourselves, rather than of others: Can we walk the walk?

“The Letter of James sums this up when it urges us to ‘be doers of the word, and not merely hearers’. (James 1: 22)
“The translation into action of the word we hear proclaimed in the name of the living Word; the Lord Jesus Christ, is the challenge we face on a daily basis. We are all too conscious of the occasions when we have failed to translate our words into action. Equally, we are conscious of the One who embodies what it is to ‘walk the walk’.
“As we walk with the living Word, we will better live out the call to ‘walk the walk’.”

We pray:

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your living Word has come amongst us
And embodies what it is to walk in the light of Your presence:
Grant to us a renewed sense of the presence of Your living Word.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your living Word comes to us full of grace and truth
And speaks to us even in the shadows and the dark places:
Grant to us that we may hear the word spoken to us today.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your living Word comes to offer forgiveness to those who stumble
And who fall short of the glory of God:
Grant to us forgiveness and the opportunity to begin again.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your living Word is for us the way, the truth and the life
And the One who calls us to be followers of the Way:
Grant to us that may walk the walk to which we are called in our daily lives.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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22nd August 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome & Intimations

Call to Worship –
(from Psalm 84)

How lovely is the house of the Lord!
We sing for joy to the living God
Happy are those who live in the Lord’s house
The Lord is our sun and our shield 
The Lord gives all good things
Happy are those who trust in Him.

Hymn 112 God, whose almighty word


Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer
                                                           
First Thought 

Scriptures: Ephesians 6: 10-20 and John 6: 56-69  Reader, Linda McKee

Sermon – Standing Firm

Hymn 565 My life flows on in endless song

Doxologyspoken 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 

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Hymn 535 Who would true valour see

Benediction

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

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – Services continue at 11 am. Please remember that some Covid-19 requirements are still in place; please arrive by 10:55 at the latest.
Next Sunday, 29 August, the service will be led by members of the congregation.

Opening the Church -The church building and garden are open to all on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help.

Project Ecuador – There is a place for donations to be made on leaving the service to support this project which sponsors children’s education.   During the pandemic, children had to stay at home and their high school was unoccupied. Everything has been stolen – from computers to light bulbs-  and the teachers have asked for donations to help to re – equip the school.
Today is the last opportunity to donate to this. The total raised by us so far is £334. Many thanks to all who have contributed

Message from Betty Mackenzie – May I say a very warm “thank you” to all those kind friends in North Leith who remembered my birthday last week. I got a card and a lovely bunch of flowers from the Church. I also got many other lovely cards and good wishes from many of you and this is the easiest way thank you all. It is nice to know I am not forgotten after all this time.
My love and best wishes to you all.    

Betty

Prayer for this Sunday evening – Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Join in prayer this Sunday in response to the pandemic | The Church of Scotland

“To whom do we turn to find the answers to the many difficult questions that now confront us? The questions of the day are many and there are seldom easy answers to be found. In part, the challenge we face is how to live with the difficult questions whilst continuing to seek honest answers.
“In the Gospel of John, Jesus is recorded as having been asked difficult questions to which He then gave honest answers. The consequence of these answers is that some of those who had previously followed Him began to turn back. In turn, Jesus asks His twelve closest disciples if they also wish ‘to go away’. With characteristic boldness, Peter answers: “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life?” (John 6: 68) In following Jesus, we soon discover that many of the difficult questions still remain.
“In continuing to follow Jesus, we recognise by faith that He is the One through whom God reconciles the difficult questions and continues to offer to us the gift of life.”

We pray:

Living God,
Who reconciles all things through Christ,
We come to You
With the questions of the day.
We come that we might find One who will listen
And who will embrace our concerns.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who reconciles all things through Christ,
We come to You
To seek answers to the questions of life
And we come in the company of others.
Grant that we may hear You speak amidst the clamour of the day.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who reconciles all things through Christ,
We come to You
With the hard questions
And those that defy our attempts to resolve.
Grant us grace to live with the hard questions at this time.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
Who reconciles all things through Christ,
We come to You
For You have the words of eternal life.
Grant us grace to believe
And to know that You are the Holy One of God.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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15th August 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
(from Psalm 111)
Come and Praise the Lord!
We thank the Lord together with our whole hearts.
We delight in the work of the Lord. 
The Lord is full of honour and majesty.
The Lord is gracious and merciful.
The Lord feeds his people and keeps his promises.
The Lord is holy and does wonderful things.
We can trust in the way of the Lord forever.
Praise the Lord!

Hymn 132 Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 599 Holy Spirit, hear us


Scriptures:
Ephesians 5: 15-20 and John 6: 51-58 – Eileen and KedisonNjotuz

Sermon – The Gift of Time

Hymn 641 Seek ye first the kingdom of God

Doxologyspoken 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 

Lord of Wisdom,
Guide us to life

Hymn 465 Be my Vision, O Lord of my heart

Benediction

Closing Voluntary – Andantino.  Harold  E  Drake (1888-1976)

INTIMATIONS

Opening the Church – The church building and garden are open to all on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon. Please add your name to the rota in the church vestibule if you are available to help.

Project Ecuador – There is a place for donations to be made on leaving the service to support this project which sponsors children’s education.   During the pandemic, children had to stay at home and their high school was unoccupied. Everything has been stolen – from computers to light bulbs-  and the teachers have asked for donations to help to re – equip the school.

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Online Worship worship

8th August 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship
– (from Psalm 34: 1-8)

Bless the Lord at all times,
We continually praise the Lord.
Our souls boast in the Lord,
Let the humble hear and be glad.
Let us magnify the Lord,
Let us exalt his name together.
We seek the Lord and he answers us,
The Lord delivers us from all our fears.

Hymn 202 Stand up and bless the Lord

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer
                                                           
First Thought


Hymn 606 Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders

Scriptures:   1 Kings 19: 4-8 and John 6: 35, 41-51Jimmy Hudson

Sermon – Strength for the Journey

Hymn 577 Christ be beside me

Doxologyspoken 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 

Lord of Life,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 167 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Benediction

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

INTIMATIONS

Sunday Services – Services continue at 11 am. 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.

Prayer for this Sunday evening – Visit the Church of Scotland website to hear the prayer
Sunday prayers continue across the Church of Scotland | The Church of Scotland

“Beware of Imitations!” We are, no doubt, aware of the saying and the implication that we should steer clear of that which is a copy of the real thing. Indeed, in many cases that is wise advice as certain imitations are but a pale shadow of the real thing. On the other hand, we see how a child learns by example and by imitating the behaviour of others. If the example is a good one, the behaviour that follows as a result of imitation will likewise be good.
In the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians, we are urged to become imitators of the good. Indeed, we are urged to ‘be imitators of God’. As those who, by the grace of God, have received the gift and seal of the Holy Spirit, we are called to ‘live in love, as Christ loved us’. As we do so, we become ‘imitators of God’ by the way in which we forgive others, ‘as God in Christ has forgiven’ us. (Ephesians 4: 25-5:2)

We pray:

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant to us that we might become
True imitators of the way of love revealed in Christ
And so represent you to the world.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant us strength
To put aside all that does not reflect your life
And to learn the ways of kindness and forgiveness.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant us wisdom
To always build up that which is good
And to bring healing in a broken and divided world.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant us integrity
To always speak the truth
And to offer words that are gracious to those who hear.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God,
In Christ you offer to us forgiveness
And you seal us by your Spirit.
Grant to us that, at the last,
We have become true imitators of the way of love revealed in Christ
And so represented you to the world.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Categories
Online Worship worship

1st August 2021

Unfortunately due to a technical glitch there is no digital service today.

Minister: Rev. Dr. Martin Scott
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Opening Voluntary – Voluntary in F. Eric Thiman (1900-1975)

Welcome and Intimations

Opening Responses

Creator of all, we thirst for you
Send us your living water
Christ our companion, we long to be fed
Give us the bread of life
Spirit of truth, we struggle in darkness
Show us the light of the world
Creator, Christ and Spirit, we come with empty hands
Open our lives to your love.

Hymn 18 The earth belongs to God alone
(from Psalm 24)
1 The earth belongs to God alone
and all that it contains;
the world and its inhabitants
God’s steadfast love maintains.
2 The Lord who brought the world to birth
laid earth’s foundations sure, and firm within the surging seas
established them secure.

3 Who, then, are those who shall ascend
the holy hill of God?
And who is fit to stand within
the presence of the Lord?
4 All those whose hands and hearts are clean,
with no room in their mind
for worthless vanities or vows
of a deceitful kind.

5 These are the people who receive
a blessing from the Lord,
and vindication for their ways
from God, their saving God.

6 O God of Jacob, help us all
who gather in this place,
to seek your presence with us now:
we yearn to see your face.

Prayer of Approach and Confession (Lord’s Prayer)

Scriptures: Reader,Stewart Lowe

Proverbs 9: 1-6 Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up its seven pillars.
 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
 She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
  ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’
To those who have no sense she says,
     ‘Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.’

John 6: 24-35 – Jesus the bread of life

Once the crowd realised that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, ‘Rabbi, when did you get here?’

Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.’
Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’
Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’
So they asked him, ‘What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?  Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

 Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’
 ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘always give us this bread.’

 Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 Hymn 622 We sing a love that sets all people free

1 We sing a love that sets all people free,
that blows like wind, that burns like scorching flame,
enfolds the earth, springs up like water clear
come, living love, live in our hearts today.

2 We sing a love that seeks another’s good,
that longs to serve and not to count the cost,
a love that, yielding, finds itself made new:
come, caring love, live in our hearts today.

3 We sing a love, unflinching, unafraid
to be itself, despite another’s wrath,
a love that stands alone and undismayed:
come, strengthening love, live in our hearts today.

4 We sing a love that, wandering, will not rest
until it finds its way, its home, its source,
through joy and sadness pressing on refreshed:
come, pilgrim love, live in our hearts today.

5 We sing the Holy Spirit, full of love,
who seeks out scars of ancient bitterness,
brings to our wounds the healing grace of Christ:
come, radiant love, live in our hearts today.

Sermon

Music for Reflection
– Ave Verum. WA Mozart (1756-1791)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn 436 Christ triumphant, ever reigning
1. Christ triumphant, ever reigning,
Saviour, Master, King!
Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining,
hear us as we sing:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, the eternal name
!

2. Word incarnate, truth revealing,
Son of Man on earth!
Power and majesty concealing
by your humble birth:
Yours the glory

3. Suffering servant, scorned, ill-treated,
victim crucified!
Death is through the cross defeated,
sinners justified:
Yours the glory

4. Priestly king, enthroned for ever
high in heaven above!
Sin and death and hell shall never
stifle hymns of love:
Yours the glory…

5. So, our hearts and voices raising
through the ages long,
ceaselessly upon you gazing,
this shall be our song:
Yours the glory…

Benediction

Closing Voluntary –
Prelude in F.  JS Bach (1685-1750)

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 again Rev Dr Martin Scott to lead our service today. Katherine is back at work tomorrow and will lead our worship next Sunday, 8 August.

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.

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

“‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’
“The words of the Gospel resonate in the hearts of all who have searched for spiritual sustenance in a dry land. They are words spoken to those who searched for Jesus and could not, at first, find Him. They are words spoken to those who are ‘looking for Jesus’. On finding Him, Jesus speaks to them of the ‘bread from heaven’ and in turn they ask: ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ In response, Jesus says: ‘I am the bread of life.’ (John 6: 24-35)

“It is to those who continue to seek the presence of Jesus in a dry land that He offers Himself as the ‘bread from heaven’. We stand with those who sing:
‘Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
Feed me till my want is o’er.'”

We pray:

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear us when we hunger
And cry out to the One who is the bread of life.
Renew us by Your gift and restore us by Your presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear the cry of all who hunger this day
And who long for the gifts that renew and restore life.
Renew our concern for Your Creation and for all who inhabit the earth.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear us when we thirst
And long for living water.
May all who thirst drink deep from the rivers of living water.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear the cries of those who long for clean water
And who live in parched lands.
May all who thirst find living water for daily life.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear our cry to the One
Who is the bread of life:
Give us this bread always.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Categories
Online Worship worship

25 July 2021

Minister: Katherine Taylor
Organist: Iain Mackinnon

Welcome and Intimations

Call to Worship 
(From Psalm 145: 10-18)

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
He is gracious in all his deeds,
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
He raises up all who are bowed down,
The Lord is just in all his ways,
He is kind in all his doings,
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
He is near to all who call on him in truth,
We speak the praises of the Lord.

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:
O praise him …

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:
O praise him …

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:
O praise him …

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:
O praise him …

Prayer of Approach ending with the Lord’s Prayer

First Thought

Hymn 187 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

1 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea;
there’s a kindness in his justice,
which is more than liberty.

2 There is no place where earth’s sorrows
are more felt than in God’s heaven:
there is no place where earth’s failings
have such kindly judgment given.

3 For the love of God is broader
than the grasp of mortal mind;
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.

4 If our love were but more simple,
we would take him at his word;
and our lives be filled with glory
from the glory of the Lord.


ScripturesEphesians 3: 14-21

Hymn 600 Spirit of God, unseen as the wind

Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove;
teach us the truth and help us believe,
show us the Saviour’s love!

1 You spoke to us long, long ago,
gave us the written word;

we read it still, needing its truth
through it God’s voice is heard

Chorus

2 Without your help we fail our Lord,
we cannot live His way;
we need Your power, we need Your strength,
following Christ each day.
Chorus

ScripturesJohn 6: 1-21

Sermon –Food for the Heart

Hymn 553 Just as I am without one plea

1 Just as I am, without one plea,
but that your blood was shed for me,
and that you call us ‘Come to me’,
O Lamb of God, I come.

2 Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come.

3 Just as I am, you will receive,
will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because your promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come.

4 Just as I am – your love unknown
has broken every barrier down–
now to be yours, and yours alone
O Lamb of God, I come.

5 Just as I am, of that free love
the breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
here for a season, then above –
O Lamb of God, I come.

Doxology
spoken together
Praise God, the Source of life and birth;
praise God, the Word, who came to earth;
praise God the Spirit, holy flame:
all glory, honour to God’s name.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

Prayers for the World  

Lord of life,
Hear our prayer

Hymn 562 Through the love of God, our Saviour

1 Through the love of God, our Saviour,
all will be well.
Free and changeless is his favour;
all, all is well.
Precious is the blood that healed us,
perfect is the grace that sealed us,
strong the hand stretched forth to shield us,
all must be well.

2 Though we pass through tribulation,
all will be well.
Ours is such a full salvation,
all, all is well.
Happy still in God confiding,
fruitful, if in Christ abiding,
holy, through the Spirit’s guiding,
all must be well.

3  We expect a bright tomorrow,
all will be well.
Faith can sing through days of sorrow,
‘All, all is well.’
On our Father’s love relying,
Jesus every need supplying,
in our living, in our dying,
all must be well.

Benediction

Closing Voluntary – Et Resurrexit. WA Mozart. (1756-1791)

Picture
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937. Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water, 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 off again from tomorrow and we will welcome back Rev Dr Martin Scott to lead our service next Sunday, 1st August.

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 survey is in progress and will 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 across the Church of Scotland | The Church of Scotland

 “Within the community of which we are a part, we are called to reflect the One in whose image we are made and whose hand is open towards us.”

We pray:

Living God,
You open your hand towards us
And offer to us good gifts.
We accept your gifts with gratitude
And respond with thanks and praise.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
You open your hand towards us
And offer to us the gift of life.
We acknowledge that we made in your image
And recognise your image in the life of each person upon the earth.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
You open your hand towards us
And offer life to the world.
We receive your offer
As a sign of your faithfulness towards us.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
You open your hand towards us
And offer your gifts to all.
We resolve to share the gifts we have received
And not to close our hand towards others.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
You open your hand towards us
And offer to us signs of your kingdom.
We pledge to bear witness to your enduring kingdom
And to your abundant grace.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Categories
Online Worship worship

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



Categories
Online Worship worship

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.