Worship with Kintore Parish Church

Worship Service – Sunday, 30 August 2020

Online Worship from Kintore for use at home. 30 August 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

God calls us to worship in spirit and in truth,
with both deep sadness and indescribable hope,
as we reflect on all that Jesus went through for us,
and praise God who goes beyond all expectations.

APPROACH – We draw near to God

Opening Hymn: Longing for light, we wait in darkness

Prayers of Approach and Confession

Lord God, you invite us to come in and share your story.
We stand amazed in your presence, Lord.
We wait on you, lost in wonder
that the Son of Man is going to come
in his Father’s glory, with his angels.
And you want us, too.
We adore you, Lord above all.

Lord, we acknowledge before you
that often we can be like Jesus’ disciples:
hearing your word but going off on our own track,
not wanting to see your path, especially if it looks rough.
Forgive us, Lord,
and set us on your path.

Lord, we acknowledge before you
that there are times when we want the world,
but don’t give much thought to our souls.
Forgive us, Lord,
and help us to take up our crosses.

Lord, we acknowledge before you
that there are times when
we become a stumbling block to others – and to ourselves;
times when we look for complications
instead of just following you.
Forgive us, Lord,
And help us to follow you. Amen.

Song: How great is our God!

THE WORD – God speaks to us

For the Children

Here is a “Children’s Sheet for families to work through together to explore this week’s reading:

From the Bible

Matthew 16:21-28
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Message: Finding Life

COMMUNION – We respond to God’s Word

Song: All I once held dear (Knowing You, Jesus)

Prayers of Intercession

Lord God,
you reproached Peter because he had only human concerns;
but Peter just wanted to protect the one he loved.
We pray for people the world over
who find themselves in difficult situations.
We pray that they would all have someone
to care for them and lift them before you.
Merciful God,
hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are persecuted for their faith:
for all who are misunderstood,
for asylum seekers who flee real danger in their homeland.
We pray for those who work tirelessly to address wrongs.
Merciful God,
hear our prayer.

We pray for people whose lives don’t always work out right,
through their fault, or through no fault of their own.
Merciful God,
hear our prayer.
We pray for the people in our lives
who need your protection, Lord,
that we will always be faithful in prayer for them.
Merciful God,
hear our prayer.

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: The Lord Bless you and keep you


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.