Prayers at 7pm

This is a recording of our time together for prayer via Zoom. If you wish you can play this video and follow along with the text below.

For a community, church, nation or world that are going through tough times, Psalm 85 looks with confidence to a God Who continues to encourage and embody incarnation. Some scholars suggest that there is an echo here in the Old Testament of what the angels sing in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased!”

The writer of this psalm comes with the lament of the people but moves the song on to one of hope and blessing and the graciousness of God. This is an unequivocal word of peace spoken in God’s own voice.

Peace-loving and peace-giving God, you bless
us with your unfailing and unconditional love:
We come to worship and praise our loving God,
and rejoice in God’s tender mercy towards us.


Generous God, you pour blessings and grace
upon us, forgiving us for our sin and shame:
We come to worship and honour our merciful God,
and rejoice in the wonder of forgiven and forgotten sin.


Holy God, in the beauty of your shalom, and in
the glory of your presence, all barriers are lowered:
We come to worship and revere our glorious God,
who enriches the lives of God’s own people and
speaks peace into the hearts of all faithful people. Amen. 

Its an anthem for the persecuted church. In around 60 countries Christians are currently persecuted for their faith, and a friend who heads up an organisation dedicated to their support challenged Graham Kendrick to write a song expressing solidarity with them. He drew inspiration from the prayer for he martyrs in the Apostle John’s vision in the book of Revelation. The song was launched at a prayer event sponsored by Release International and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Opening Prayer

Lord God,

speak your peace to your people, gathered virtually in Jesus’ name.

We confess that our faithfulness to you,

our obedience to your calling,

our righteousness is not steadfast and true.

In living out our praise, we too easily falter after the first page.

Were it not for the lavish gift of your Son, we would be lost.

Through him, however, we turn to you in our hearts,

knowing your steadfast love and faithfulness,

your righteousness and peace.

In him your salvation is at hand.

We thank you.

May this worship and time of prayer reflect your goodness,

as we respond to you with our heart, soul, and mind.

Make a path through the middle of Your church here in Bellshill today,

and walk among us through your Holy Spirit.

This we pray in the name of the One who is your peace, your salvation—

Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer

Beloved, how gracious You are to your people;

You restore their souls time and time again.

You forgive their distractions

when they wander far from You;

You give them new life.

Yes, You bless them and raise up new hope;

You awaken their hearts to love.

Restore us again, O Spirit of Truth;

burn us with the refining Fire of Love!

We cannot live separated from You;

cast out the demons of fear, doubt, and illusion.

Revive us again, we pray; may your people rejoice in You!

Have compassion on your people, O Holy One,

and grant us your forgiveness.

Listen, O People, in the silent Chapel of your heart;

and the Beloved will speak of peace to you,

to the hidden saints, to all who turn their hearts to Love.

Surely new life is at hand for those who reverence Love;

O, that harmony might dwell among the nations.

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;

righteousness and peace will embrace one another.

Wisdom will spring up from the ground

and truth will look down from the sky.

Yes, the Eternal Giver will grant what is good,

and the lands will yield abundantly.

Mercy and compassion are Love’s way;

You will guide our footsteps upon the path of peace

as we recognize with open hearts that You are our peace.

Amen

PSALM 85

You, Lord, showed favour to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
    and covered all their sins.[b]
You set aside all your wrath
    and turned from your fierce anger.

Restore us again, God our Saviour,
    and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
    that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
    but let them not turn to folly.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,
    and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps.

Responsive Prayer

Lord, you were favourable to your land.

You restored our fortunes.

You forgave the iniquity of your people.

You pardoned all our sin.

Restore us again,

O God of our salvation.

Will you not revive us again,

so we may rejoice in you?

Show us your steadfast love, O Lord.

Grant us your salvation.

Let us hear what God the Lord will speak,

for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful,

to those who turn to him in their hearts.

Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,

that his glory may dwell in our land.

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet.

Righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

Faithfulness will spring up from the ground.

Righteousness will look down from the sky.

The Lord will give what is good.

Our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness will go before him

and make a path for his steps.

Prayers of Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Blessing

Lift up your eyes!  Look around.

Where does our help come from?

Our help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

God will not let you stumble and fall;

the One who watches over you

will never slumber or sleep.

God will keep safe from all of life’s evils;

from your first breath to the last breath you breathe,

from this day forward and forever.

So we go in peace to love and serve God and our neighbours.

AMEN.

Weekly Church News

Due to holidays there is no Motherwell Times & Bellshill Speaker news this week, so please see below this week’s church family news.

Sunday worship this weekend (Sunday 24th July) is a joint service with Bellshill Central and Bellshill West Churches beginning at 11am at Bellshill Central Church.

Live stream will be via Bellshill Central Parish Church facebook page.

Rev Kevin leads our service, Cathie Bryden reads the lesson, Alan Mathew leads our Sung praise. There will be a short all Age address, and activities in the hall to keep wee ones amused!

Summer choir meets this Sunday morning at 9.45am. Please remember you Go now in peace sheet music. Practise files are in the choir WhatsApp group.

Sundays service includes the hymns

  • Come people of the risen King
  • I am the Church
  • How sweet the name
  • Lord the Light of your love

TEA AND COFFEE ARE SERVED AFTER THE SERVICE. THIS IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR FURTHER FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER.

Things happening in the week from Central Church:

  1. Monday evening prayer group resumes via Zoom on Monday 25th July. Remember you can get in touch with Kevin anytime if you need prayer.
  2. Tuesday our Walking Group “Heart and Sole” meets at the church for some time together walking and talking. Tea is available at the end. Bring comfortable walking footwear and a jacket in case of some rain! We meet at 7pm.
  3. If you are interested in learning some new worship songs please get in touch and we will arrange some singing sessions over the summer.  Singing is good for you! It releases all sorts of good feelings and endorphins.  It’s good for your breathing and a good way to meet new people. Contact organist@bellshillcentral.church if you’re interested.

The final joint summer service in July,  with Bellshill Central and West Churches, is next weel at 11am. We look forward to worshipping together. 

  • 31st July Bellshill West Church (worship conducted by Rev Kevin de Beer)

Grateful thanks to our willing group of property folks, particularly Drew Aitken and Robert Jarvie, for the upgrading of the church vesty. This will make the space more use able and organised space.

Catch up with worship via Facebook or YouTube. Worship with us 24/7 you’re welcome in our midst. 

You can also catch up with our Organist entertains series via YouTube. If you’d like something included contact organist@bellshillcentral.church 

The 97th Epsiode of the Organist Entertains streams this Friday 22nd July at 8pm via the Church’s YouTube page and features many great and well-loved hymns and songs. Please tune in.

Sun shining on the Organ Pipes

If you need to speak with Rev de Beer you can contact him via the Manse 01698 841176 or email kdebeer@churchofscotland.org.uk

Bellshill Central is your Town Centre Church with a warm and welcoming Church Family waiting to say hello. Our Sunday School meets during morning worship so we look forward to welcoming families along to our time of worship

Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre Donations – The box will remain in the vestibule each week if you want to drop off non-perishable food stuffs for the Neighbourhood Centre.

When you shop using “AmazonSmile”, AMAZON will make a donation to Bellshill: Central Parish Church Of Scotland. Use this link to help us out while you shop. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC012556

Weekly Church News

The Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker printed last weeks news, so here’s the update for this week

Sunday worship this weekend (Sunday 3rd July) is a joint service with Bellshill Central and Bellshill West Churches beginning at 11am at the West Church.

Live stream will be via Bellshill West Church facebook page.

Things happening in the week from Central Church:

  1. Monday evening prayer group takes a break until Monday 11th July. Remember you can get in touch with Kevin anytime if you need prayer.
  2. Tuesday our Walking Group “Heart and Sole” meets at the church for some time together walking and talking. Tea is available at the end. Bring comfortable walking footwear and a jacket in case of some rain! We meet at 7pm.
  3. If you are interested in learning some new worship songs please get in touch and we will arrange some singing sessions over the summer.  Singing is good for you! It releases all sorts of good feelings and endorphins.  It’s good for your breathing and a good way to meet new people. Contact organist@bellshillcentral.church if you’re interested.

The rest of the joint summer services in July,  with Bellshill Central and West Churches, are all at 11am. We look forward to worshipping together. 

  • 10th July Bellshill Central Church
  • 17th July Bellshill West Church
  • 24th July Bellshill Central Church
  • 31st July Bellshill West Church (worship conducted by Rev Kevin de Beer)

There will be a joint churches choir on Sundays 10th and 24th July at 9:45am in the hall at Bellshill Central Church

Catch up with worship via Facebook or YouTube. Worship with us 24/7 you’re welcome in our midst. 

You can also catch up with our Organist entertains series via YouTube. If you’d like something included contact organist@bellshillcentral.church 

The 96th Epsiode of the Organist Entertains streams this Friday 1st July at 8pm via the Church’s YouTube page and features many great and well-loved hymns and songs. Please tune in.

Funeral Service for Margaret Mills is today (Wed 29 June) at 1.30pm in Bellshill Central parish Church, thereafter to Holytown Crematorium for 2.30pm. Please come along and give thanks for Margaret’s live, her love and remember her Family in their time of loss.

If you need to speak with Rev de Beer you can contact him via the Manse 01698 841176 or email kdebeer@churchofscotland.org.uk

Bellshill Central is your Town Centre Church with a warm and welcoming Church Family waiting to say hello. Our Sunday School meets during morning worship so we look forward to welcoming families along to our time of worship

Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre Donations – The box will remain in the vestibule each week if you want to drop off non-perishable food stuffs for the Neighbourhood Centre.

When you shop using “AmazonSmile”, AMAZON will make a donation to Bellshill: Central Parish Church Of Scotland. Use this link to help us out while you shop. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC012556

July Joint Worship

Bellshill Central and Bellshill West congregations will be joining up in July. The dates have been set and we’re looking forward to a wee change of routine on a Sunday morning.

July 3rd – West Church

July 10th – Central Church

July 17th – West Church

July 24th – Central Church

July 31st – West Church with worship led by Rev Kevin de Beer

All services still at 11am.