Lent is coming.
In just 4 weeks, we enter these Holy 40 Days of prayer, fasting and service.
In the early church, this time was used to prepare new converts for baptism. They would spend extra time studying the scriptures and asking questions and praying, so that they would be ready on Easter to make their confession, and to die and rise in the waters of Baptism.
Some churches still do this. It is a great vision for a church, to be the kind of people who live and teach about Jesus and his grace in such a way that others want to know him, that people who are not baptized want to take the plunge, and be one of his followers.
For others, Lent is an opportunity to grow deeper, to learn to trust God more, to lean on the promises. Some people give up something for Lent, and others take on a new discipline.
There will be a daily prayer uploaded to our Website – look for Lent 2019. We hope that you can take part.
We offer a pray for each of us — a fruitful and a gracious Lent, time for prayer, and a transformed heart.
Our minister, Rev Kevin de Beer, has launched his own YouTube channel where his weekly “Word on Wednesday” short reflection videos are posted each Wednesday morning.
~ Exploring the Christian faith – knowing, living and sharing faith ~
Kevin believes that as the social media presence of the church grows it is a good platform to reach out to people. He said: “We are fortunate to have a team that worked hard on our Internet presence and I was asked to post 31 days of prayer last summer which was well received. “The gift of sharing prayers was repeated throughout Lent and this too was well received. “As the Facebook page of Bellshill Central has grown in its reach and influence, we have decided to launch ‘Word on Wednesdays’ – a three-minute biblical reflection, followed by a prayer.”
We have as a church also published ‘First Steps – Journeying in Faith, Hope and Love’ and has 50 copies to give to people in Bellshill who have questions concerning God and the Bible. The Rev de Beer said: “We believe that the church offers a community where people can gather to worship, to ask questions and give loving service.”
Joint Summer Worship with Bellshill Central, St Andrew’s and West Churches at Bellshill Central Parish Church of Scotland.
We prepare to Worship God
Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)
Choir Introit (Bible is placed in pulpit)
Call to worship
Hymn 77 Christ triumphant, ever reigning (t. Guiting Power)
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
We worship with the Children
Time with the children
Children’s Hymn 629 Tell me the stories of Jesus
Offering then children leave for ‘young church’
Anthem Holy Spirit living breath of God (Townend)
We listen to God’s Word
Reading/s Deuteronomy 24:10-22 and Matthew 20:1-16
Hymn 545 Open our eyes, Lord
Sermon – I enjoy success, come achieve with me
Hymn 381 Jesus stand among us (all verses)
We respond as Christ’s folk and Share in Bread and Wine
Communion (Choir Sing – Take and Eat)
Hymn 859 I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation
Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)
We go into the World, to love and to serve
Tea and Coffee are served afterwards in the Hall, all are welcome to continue in fellowship.
Holy Week worship for all town centre churches
Bellshill Central, West, EU, St Andrews and Living Waters Churches in United worship and witness.
Welcome and Intimations
Choir Introit – There is a green hill
Call to worship
Hymn no 560 Praise my soul
Prayer – Rev Kevin De Beer
Hymn 660 The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want
Scripture readings – Rev Darren Darlow
Choir anthem – Come and see
Wednesday’s Message – Darren Darlow
Hymn 275 I heard the voice of Jesus say
Prayer – Darren Darlow
Hymn 51 Be Thou my vision
From light comes life.
Deep in expectant earth, a seed stretches.
Through the fire-start of imagination, an idea takes root.
In a passionate flash, love glows with infant intensity.
Safe in the womb, a child senses its season turning and stirs.
It is Advent, something coming, vulnerable in its unstoppable desire…
God, unquenchable light, may they grow – the seed, the love, the idea, the child.
In the settle and stir of a burnt-orange sunrise, in the lilting laughter around
a table full of friends, in the flash of clarity that turns on the light of
insight and leads us towards wisdom, we find the peace that passes all
But there are things we need to understand. Help us hear you in the
stories of those who struggle. Peace is what the prophets foretold.
Peace is what is sacrificed when profit takes precedence.
We light a candle for peace and pray for the courage to stand up for it.
In this second week of Advent, as the waiting and expectation heighten,
deepen our desire for peace. Like the wise called to journey in
those early dawning days, may we seek, strive, search for peace. Like the
prophets old and new, may we cry out for its coming.
We light a candle for peace. May it light the way.