Good morning and 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.
Call to Worship
We gather to join all of creation in declaring and delighting in the glory of God by the grace of our Rock and our Redeemed, Jesus Christ.
Our opening hymn is Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Living and faithful spirit, the God in whom we live and move and have our very being, the God whom is made known to us in Jesus Christ, bless us one and all as we wait on you this day. Father God remove from our minds and our hearts whatever might impediment or hinder our worship, or dampen our joy. Increase within us that holy longing for closeness with you which can open our eyes to fuller delight, and to a deeper commitment. May our words and our songs and our prayers, our searching thoughts, our hearing of your word be an exercise in holiness by you, with you and for you. May our lives proclaim your praise in the name of Jesus Christ in who's words we join together. 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 we will be looking at one of the most famous passages from the New Testament of the Bible, Paul’s letter to the Romans.
Reading from Romans 8:31-39
More than conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
‘For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our second Hymn this morning is Immanuel
Prayers for others
Father God in whos love we live and move, we pray for a world crying out to feel loved, wanted, cherished and unique. Heavenly Father source of all love, we pray for a world torn apart be conflict and war. A world that lives uneasily in a climate of fear, with no clear vision for future days. Heavenly Father source of all hope, we pray for a world that thinks less of others than of self, a world where division between nations, race, religion, neghibour and family leads to distrust. Heavenly Father source of all peace, we pray for a world that is short on happiness, to busy to enjoy this world you have created, to preoccupied with living to appreciate life. Heavenly Father source of all joy, we pray for a world where spiritual longing is often satisfied by fashionable notions and temporary solutions with no thought for tomorrow. Heavenly Father the source of our salvation, we pray for a world that needs to know your love, your hope, your peace, your joy and your salvation. A world that needs to know it is special, unique and is uniquely loved by a heavenly father. Father, as we gather here in your name let us share now in a moment of silence and bring before you those known to us in need of our prayers..... Father God you have promised to hear all of our prayers both those which we have spoken and those which remain on our hearts, all these prayers we offer in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen
We closed our worship with the UK blessing
Thank you for joining us for our Sunday Worship service, just a reminder that this coming week we are going to do things a little bit differentially, each day we will still have our Daily Reflections at 11am but this week they will be led by our Deacon Jean Porter in 5 pre-recorded seasons that will be published each day at 11am across all our outlets.
Also at 11am each day this week we are joining for a virtual coffee morning, you can see more on that by clicking on the link below.