Online Worship from Kintore for use at home. Trinity Sunday
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
The word of the eternal Father created us.
The love of the gracious Son redeemed us.
The presence of the Holy Spirit unites and empowers us.
Come and worship the glorious Trinity,
our God of power, love and peace.
APPROACH – We draw near to God
Opening Hymn: Glory be to God the Father
Prayers of Approach and Confession
O God, you are at the heart of creation.
Your word brings life into being;
your peace gives living its fulfilment;
your Spirit unites us into your Son.
We draw near, seeking your love in our hearts;
your wisdom in our minds; your power in our lives.
Receive us with grace, in the name of your Son.
Lord Jesus, you send us into the world,
but we confess that our vision is narrow;
you give us clear commandments,
but we pretend not to understand them;
you promise to be with us always,
but we ignore your presence and follow our own way.
Forgive us; give us fresh vision and restore us to your way,
Song: Celebrate Jesus
THE WORD – God speaks to us
For the Children
Rev Mark Chiang of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Edmonton, Canada, talsk to children about racism, protests and how God’s Spirit inspires us to speak up for justice. Although he is speaking from a Canadian perspective, I think children everywhere will understand the points he’s making.
Talking to kids about racism and the George Floyd protests
From the Bible
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Message: With you always
COMMUNION – We respond to God’s Word
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Faithful father, minder of our yesterdays,
we thank you for your blessing and cherishing,
for your care which has brought us and all creation to this day.
Forgive the failings of our past,
the false steps and paths that we have taken
in our lives and in our histories,
as individuals, as nations, as members of your own people.
Grant us the courage not to forget,
not to stifle the sounds of suffering in which we have been complicit;
encourage us also to trust in your power to redeem,
your willingness to work with flawed humanity and re-create an earth
that all can celebrate with you as truly good.
Holy Spirit, hope for our tomorrows,
grant us vision of the future of this world as you would have it be.
Inspire us with your power and grace us with your gifts and fruits –
love, joy and peace, generosity and gentleness,
faithfulness and kindness, patience and self-control.
May they become seeds in us, taking root deep within our lives,
starting-points for change and growth. Speak into the divisions and hatreds of these days,
in the turmoil, open our ears to catch your quiet breath,
and give us voice to echo your aching and longing for the promised time,
when in communion with you true life and freedom will be shared by all.
Christ, comforter yet challenger of our todays,
you are the beginning and end of creation,
drawing together past and future,
threading them into the texture of the present.
Through your life and ministry you showed us the importance of ‘today’,
of carrying out God’s mission in the world of here and now.
You did not allow yourself to be bound by time past,
nor await impassive for an unseen future.
Still, today, you do not let us stand aside and delay,
but urgently you offer us both salvation and judgement.
You demand that we choose, and invite us to work with you
to accomplish God’s purpose, yesterday, for ever and today.
COMMISSION – God sends us into the world
Closing Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy (God with us)
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
the Love of God the Father
and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us and those whom we love
now and evermore.
Tailpiece: This week, in the light of world events and in the spirit of Psalm 8 which declares the sanctity of all humanity, I invite you to be challenged and inspired by this piece of music by Mandisa: Bleed the Same.