Christian Aid Week
This year’s Christian Aid week was due to run from 10-17 May, but of course under the present “lockdown” it will impossible to run the usual house to house collection that is usually so well supported by the community of Kintore.
Covid 19 is likely to have a major impact on countries and communities that are already poor, as indeed we have already witnessed in the UK. So bearing this in mind, if you would like to make your usual generous donation to Christian Aid this year, you can do so in two ways.
You can log onto the Christian Aid website (christianaid.org.uk) and make a direct online donation.
You can place some money in an envelope and put it aside for the Kintore Christian Aid counting team to deal with at a later date, hopefully when social isolation eases and the “new normal”, whatever form it takes, resumes.
To make it more fun you could perhaps put aside what you would normally spend going out for coffee or to the cinema, or even having your hair cut! But any contribution would be most gratefully received.
Any queries, please contact Val Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you and God bless.
Online Worship from Kintore for use at home. Fifth Sunday of Easter.
Welcome to our online Sunday worship service from Kintore. You are invited to participate in this service at home. There are written prayers for you to read, say out loud or share with your family, there are hymns and prayers you can listen to or sing along with, and there is a brief Sunday message from Neil that you can watch. These are all laid out below in an order of service for you to follow.
CALL – God calls us to worship
Dear Lord, as we gather remotely in your name,
listen to us and bring us peace;
be our rock and our refuge, that we may be made strong;
let your face shine upon us, that we may show your love.
APPROACH – We draw near to God
Opening Song: Mighty to save
Click on this link to sing our opening hymn:
Mighty to Save
Prayers of Approach and Confession
Gracious God, you are the rock of our lives.
Your strength sustains us.
Your power delivers us.
Your mercy brings forgiveness to us.
We come to you in adoration,
praising you that our whole life is in your hands –
held, sustained, protected.
Glory be to you, merciful Lord,
glory, honour, majesty and worship,
in the name of your Son, our redeemer.
Forgive us, loving Lord, that we have strayed from your way.
Forgive us for the times our lives have not been shaped by
Forgive us for denying your life in us and in others,
by the way we have lived.
In the name of Jesus, the way, the truth and the life, we pray.
Hymn: Be still my soul
Click on this link to sing the song:
Be still my soul
THE WORD – God speaks to us
Christian Aid Focus
Christian Aid is helping people around the globe to confront the consequences of climate change. Florence Muthiani is taking climate justice into her hands, thanks to a dam full of fresh water near her village.
Hear Florence’s story by watching this short video:
From the Bible
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!
3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Message: Into your hand I commit my spirit
COMMUNION – We respond to God’s Word
Taize Song: My peace I leave you
Click on this link to sing the song:
My peace I give you
Prayers of Intercession
God of heaven and earth
in these times of isolation
apart from loved ones
distant from friends
away from neighbours
thank you that there is nothing
in all of creation, not even coronavirus,
that is able to separate us from your love.
And may your love that never fails
continue to be shared
through the kindness of strangers
looking out for each other
for neighbours near and far
all recognising our shared vulnerability,
each of us grateful for every breath,
and willing everyone to know the gift of a full and healthy life.
Keep us all in your care.
Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
COMMISSION – God sends us into the world
Closing Hymn – Love Divine
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Click Here for this weeks Blessing sung by choirs around the UK