Good morning, welcome to our Sunday Worship service live from the Manse with Barry.
Our Sunday Worship services are streamed live on our Facebook Page each Sunday at 11am and can be easily viewed on Facebook or for those that can’t access Facebook you can watch the recorded service from our YouTube channel, which should show below.
As we begun our service this morning we took a moment to wish Barry’s mum Joyce a Happy Birthday, So from us all here at St. Mark’s, Happy Birthday Joyce.
Call to Worship
Today we gather in the midst of God's creation. The sights and sounds and even the feel of creation assure us of the presence of our steadfast God, who promises to be with us, even through the turmoils of this world. Let us celebrate the steadfast love of God. Let us sing with joy in peace of our Creator. We are God's people, Let us shout our praises to the world.
Our first hymn today was Colours of Day.
Blesse'd are you o'Lord our God, Glorious is your name in all the earth, We celebrate this morning who you are, and all that you have done for us, You hold our lives in you hands, and catch us when we stumble, So we come together today led by your holy spirit to Worship you, to sing our praises, to infess our many mistakes, and to receive your love and mercy, made possible through the sacrifice of your son Jesus Christ Be present among us as we worship you this morning Lord, as we we open ourselves to your word, to you be all glory now and forever. And Lord as we gather in your name where ever we may be, we share a common faith in you and I your son Jesus Christ who taught us to pray using these words Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is 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 for ever. Amen
Today’s reading we continue looking at Luke 24 which we have been reading through this week as part of our Daily Reflections sessions as we followed the story about the Road to Emmaus. The reading is Luke 24:36-
Jesus appears to the disciples
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, ‘This is what is written: the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
The ascension of Jesus
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Prayer of Intercession
Father God we continue to bring you our prayers for a world which is so in need of the power ofmyour healing hand. We continue to pray for all the nations of the world who are suffering from the effects of Coronavirus, the medical effects, the psychological effects, the material effects as well, We continue to pray for all within our own nation who are suffering all who are housebound, all who are in hospital, all who have lost loved ones because of the virus, We continue to pray for those who are known to us, who are suffering because of Coronavirus We pray form those who continue to be on the front line fighting against the infection, all those who work in hospitals, doctors, nurses, administrators, auxiliary staff, cleaning staff, weather they be medical staff or non medical staff, all of those who are keeping our hospitals running, And Lord we found out so much about our society in these last few weeks, about the people who are keeping us all provided and who's jobs we so often take for granted, those who work in our supermarkets, warehouses, delivery drivers, the post office and many others who we haven't mentioned. Thank you Lord for all of them. We pray for all our voluntary organisations, in all of our communities who's work is so important at this time, within our own community here in Raploch we thank you for the continuing work of the Raploch Community Partnership, Home Start Stirling who are based here in Raploch, all the council staff who are continuing to do their work, we thank you for our brothers and sisters St. Margaret's Roman Catholic church here in Raploch, for the Salvation Army too who are continuing to provide food to those who need it. Lord where ever we may be we thank you for neghibours, for organisations, for all who are giving their time to ensure that those around them are kept safe. And Lord we continue to keep in our prayers, our government both the Westminster Government and the Holyrude Goverment here in Scotland, regardles of our politicians persuasion we pray for all of our leaders, we pray for wisdom, we pray that any time for recriminations and investigations may wait until a more appropriate moment. Lord we hold them all in our prayers today. So now in a moment of silence Lord we bring before you those who are known to us who need our prayers.... Father God you hear all of our prayers both those spoken and those which remain on our hearts all of these prayers we offer in the name of your son Jesus Christ Amen
Thank you for joining us today, for our Sunday Worship
We closed our service with the blessing.
Next week we will not be hav8ng live Daily Reflections with Barry but we will be joining our Deacon Jean Porter for some prerecorded sessions that are for all ages. These will go live across all our outlets at 11am each day.