Online Worship from Kintore for use at home. 5 July 2020
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
We will give thanks to you, O Lord, with our whole heart;
We will tell all of your wonderful deeds.
We will be glad and exult in you;
We will sing praise to your name, O Most High
APPROACH – We draw near to God
Opening Hymn: This is the Day that the Lord has made
Prayer of Approach and Confession
Loving Father God,
As we gather before you today, separately in body but united through your holy spirit, we ask that we may fully sense your presence in the place where we are.
We may feel that we are praying alone, that we are worshipping alone. We may miss the physical community of other worshipping Christians and yet we are still worshipping you and in the quietness of our own homes may we pause and listen for your presence deep in our souls. For you alone are God, creator of the heavens and the earth and it is to you that we bring our praise this morning.
We have all been richly blessed in many ways and yet too often we count our troubles instead of our blessings.
We ask for your forgiveness, Father, that we have ignored, misused or abused the good gifts that you have given us.
We repent of our feelings of entitlement, of our lack of generosity, of our ingratitude.
When we come before you with honest and repentant hearts, then we know that we can be assured of your mercy and grace.
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.
Hymn: Give thanks with a grateful heart
THE WORD – God speaks to us
The Blessings of this time
This video of Thanksgiving was prepared by Rev Paul McKeown of Belhelvie.
From the Bible
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come close to me.’ When they had done so, he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no ploughing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 ‘So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Message: Count your Blessings
COMMUNION – We respond to God’s Word
Song: In every circumstance of life
Prayers of Intercession
Give thanks to the Lord, who is good.
God’s love is everlasting. Come, let us praise God joyfully. Let us come to God with thanksgiving.
For the good world: for things great and small, beautiful and awesome, for seen and unseen splendours, thank you, God.
We pray for the broken places of our world, where seas are polluted and rainforests destroyed. Help us to become better stewards of your creation.
For human life: for talking and moving and thinking together, for common hopes and hardships shared from birth until our dying, thank you, God.
We pray for the lives hurt and damaged by broken relationships, abuse and war. Show us how to be your hands and feet to the homeless, the hurt and the broken.
For work to do and strength to work: for the comradeship of labour, for exchanges of good humor and encouragement, thank you, God.
We pray for those who are willing to work and can find none, worrying about how to pay the next bill. Help them to trust in your provision.
For family: for living together and eating together, for family amusements and family pleasures, thank you, God.
We pray for family relationships damaged by misunderstanding and for families who cannot be together at this time. May hearts and bonds be strengthened through your healing touch.
For growing up and growing old: for wisdom deepened by experience, for rest in leisure, for time made precious by its passing, thank you, God
We pray for those in nursing homes and care homes, separated from family and friends through necessity. Bring them comfort and peace with your presence.
For the church into which we have been called: for the good news we receive by Word and sacrament, for our life together in the Lord, we praise you, God.
For your Holy Spirit, who guides our steps and brings us gifts of faith and love, who prays in us and prompts our grateful worship, we praise you, God.
For your Son Jesus Christ, who lived and died and lives again for our salvation: for our hope in him, for the joy of serving him, we thank and praise you, eternal God, for all your goodness to us.
Give thanks to the Lord, who is good. God’s love is everlasting.
COMMISSION – God sends us into the world
Closing Hymn: Blessed be the name of the Lord
May God the Father be your protector, Jesus the Son be your companion and the Holy Spirit be your solace as you journey through the week ahead,
4 thoughts on “Worship Service – Sunday, 5 July 2020”
Thank you for the lovely service this morning, Fiona.
Welcome to Kintore Kirk and thank you for today’s message. Count your blessings was a chorus I learned at the Band of Hope and have never forgotten, although there have been times when it has been hard to practice. Your pithy ending was perfect.
Thanks, Fiona. That was a very helpful change in perspective, for me. The giant undertow wasn’t ignored, but neither was the grace to rise above it.
Well done Fiona!