Christian Aid Week Prayers

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Call to worship

Let us come to the river and be like trees planted by streams of water,

putting our roots down deep into God’s word,

bearing good fruit that will last not withering from fatigue,

stretching out to receive and be a source of healing. Amen.

 

Song All creatures of our God and King

 

A gathering prayer

Creator, Son and Spirit, we gather together, online or in-person to seek Your presence in our time of worship.

WE ARE HUNGRY FOR YOU

Meet us at our point of deepest need. Connect us with the needs of others. Equip us to join in your creative work. Transform us more into your likeness.

WE ARE HUNGRY FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

We gather with Janet, Jessica and Jerina and their communities in Zimbabwe May their stories make us hungry for justice and even more impatient for change.

WE ARE HUNGRY FOR YOUR JUSTICE

We gather with all of creation; with the mountains and the hills. We shall burst into song, with the trees of the field we will clap our hands.

WE ARE HUNGRY TO PRAISE YOU

AMEN.

 

Psalm 148

New International Version

Praise the Lord.[a](A)

Praise the Lord from the heavens;(B)
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;(C)
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.(D)
Praise him, sun(E) and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens(F)
    and you waters above the skies.(G)

Let them praise the name(H) of the Lord,
    for at his command(I) they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree(J) that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord(K) from the earth,
    you great sea creatures(L) and all ocean depths,(M)
lightning and hail,(N) snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,(O)
you mountains and all hills,(P)
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals(Q) and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings(R) of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,(S)
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor(T) is above the earth and the heavens.(U)
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b](V)
    the praise(W) of all his faithful servants,(X)
    of Israel, the people close to his heart.(Y)

Praise the Lord.

 

Prayer of confession

Good God of creation, we sing praise to you. But even as we raise our voices we know we have faltered and failed. Walking on paths that turned our hearts inward, sitting with those who scoffed at the cries of the poor, mocking those on the margins, denying the earth in her distress. Too often our leaves have withered our branches are barren. We have failed to be pruned and the axe is now poised. Poised to cut down the excesses that crucify all creation, the systems that impoverish all people, the privileges that diminish our faith. But even now it is not too late. For in the face of judgment comes the offer of grace and the hope that deadwood can spring to life Where we have failed to bear good fruit and share your abundance for the earth

GOD HAVE MERCY

When our actions and intentions have been as chaff for the winds of heaven

GOD HAVE MERCY

Forgive us. Restore us. Inspire us now to delight in your purposes, to embrace your possibilities, to inhabit your promises, to flourish as fruit for the world you so love and bring healing for all the nations. AMEN.

 

Prayer of lamentation

Establish the work of our hands, O God.

WE CALL TO YOU, GOD OF CREATION

faithful to us by the trees of Eden;

WE CALL TO YOU, GOD OF REDEMPTION

faithful to us on the tree of Calvary;

 WE CALL TO YOU, GOD OF FULFILMENT

faithful to us from the tree of life’s healing. We are your people so answer us, O God, from the streets of your city, from your river of life, from your throne in heaven.

ANSWER US NOW

in words of power and mighty deeds. Speak to our cries of ‘how long.’ How long will the bellies of children lie empty? How long will their mothers pray in vain? How long will temperatures rise beyond record? How long will the clouds fail to give rain? How long will the crop fields turn into dust? How long will the floods cover the plain? How long will so few live with far too much? How long will so many be denied what they need? How long before the healing of nations? How long will injustice and suffering remain? But heaven, we know, this is much of our making; our scapegoats, our alibis, they all know the truth: Our pointing the finger and prayers of ‘how long’ echo back on our piety and demand us to answer

HOW LONG, HOW LONG?

How long will indifference, inequality and injustice deny compassion, healing and fullness of life? Come and come soon Lord. Let the peoples rejoice, from Eden to Calvary, from heaven to earth. Lift every voice to sing, ‘Amen!’ Establish the work of our hands.

AMEN

 

Song When I needed a neighbour

 

Blessing

In the name of God who plants the seed of justice: Be hungry. In the name of Christ who hangs on the tree of love: Be fruitful. And in the name of the Spirit who inspires God’s will in our hearts and our lives: Be celebrated. You are Christ’s people, here and throughout the world now and forever. Amen.

 

Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018 at 11am

BELLSHILL CENTRAL PARISH CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

EASTER SUNDAY – 1ST APRIL 2018 AT 11 O’CLOCK

Choir Introit – Jesus is Risen – Alleluia!

Opening Responses

Minister – The Lord is Risen!
Congregation – He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

HYMN – See what a morning! (Sheet)

Easter Acclamation

Introduction to Easter Drama

(Please stand to join in the Hymns during the drama)

  • Palm Sunday (including the Hymn We have a King – Sheet)
  • The Last Supper (including the Hymn MP 988 How deep the Father’s love for us) ~ During Communion the choir will sing “Take and Eat”
  • Denial and Arrest
  • Jesus before Pilate
  • Soldiers mock Jesus
  • Crucifixion (including the Hymn MP 85 Come and see)
  • Jesus is Risen! (including the Hymn MP 357 Jesus Christ is Risen today)
  • Jesus among His disciples (including the Hymn Come people of the risen King – Sheet)

Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Others (Jim Grier)

Offering Uplifted and Dedicated (Rev Kevin de Beer)

HYMN 689 – Thine be the Glory, Risen Conquering Son

Benediction and Sung Amen

Long service awards

ADVANCE NOTICE

We celebrate communion on Sunday 11th March at 11.00am. All are indeed welcome.

During this service we will present long service certificates to members of the Kirk Session and Young Church team. This is a major occasion for the people who have served this and other churches over the past decades.

Our elders receiving certificates have 260 years service between them! Young Church leaders have 120 years between them.

That’s 380 years service in one day to celebrate!

#session #elders #certificates #longservice #sundayschool #leaders #youngchurch #bellshill #church

Sunday 18th February 2018 at 11 o’clock

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)
Choir Introit | Today I awake (CH4)
Call to worship Psalm 25:1-10
Hymn 171 | Give to our God immortal praise (T. Church Triumphant)
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Time with the children
Hymn 809 | Blessed be the Name of the Lord
Offering and Dedication
Choir Anthem | Lord I want to be a Christian (sheet)
Reading/s | Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15
Hymn 160 | Forty days and Forty nights
Sermon | Wilderness
Hymn 444 | Lord speak to me that I may speak (T. Warrington)
Prayers of intercession
Hymn 200 | Great is Thy faithfulness
Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)