Call to worship Jeremiah Ch.29 v 11
For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Every good and lovely thing comes from you
We thank you for your creative powers in the world.
For the colour, shape and texture of all things beautiful,
We thank you for the hills and valleys, the seas and rivers
and thank you for all your goodness to us.
We praise you, for the assurance that you are here now waiting
to bless us and bring to our lives sense of hope and peace.
Father, we ask you to forgive us for these times when we have
been unwilling to forgive,
The neighbours who seen thoughtless, but not unkind,
Forgive us for our impatience with the young ones who find this
time very difficult to understand,
Those people whose ways are not our ways, or thoughts our thoughts,
We ask you Lord, to open our minds and hearts to learn love, across the
barriers that divide,
Lord, we have lacked confidence about talking about our faith,
and so have kept to ourselves, the greatest gift of all
the good news about Jesus Christ.
We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ as we say together
The Lord’s Prayer.
Reading Romans ch.15 verses 1 – 13
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up.
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures, and the encouragement they provide, we might have hope.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed; and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, As it is written:
“ Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles: I will sing the praises of your Name.”
Again, it says: “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.” And again: “Praise the Lord, you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.”
And again, Isaiah says: “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Father, hear the prayer we offer;
May the words of my mouth and the meditation in all our hearts, be pleasing in your sight, my Lord and Redeemer.
Our reading from Romans is Pauls heartfelt prayer for a people he felt deep love for, and it is also a message of hope
which was not only relevant then but is just as relevant today.
Paul speaks of the church as though it was similar to a choir. The great privilege and task of this choir is singing praises
to the glory of God.
Paul say that we must rejoice in our suffering because we are people of hope, but how can we have hope when everything
is hopeless. In the midst of suffering we can rejoice because there are challenges.
The word hope in the dictionary means desire, ambition, aim. In the Bible hope is the confident expectations of what God
has promised and its strength is in his faithfulness.
The world needs hope at this moment but besides this pandemic which is worrying and disturbing for us all, there are still
awful things happening in the world and even closer to home.
There is a Christian message that can echo Paul’s word of hope, within the darkest days, God is there and no situation
can be counted as hopeless.
While there is the grace of Jesus and the peace and power of God in the world to achieve this hope is available through the
Holy Spirit living in us.
But there is more to Christian faith than hope.
For now or the immediate future, our hope rests in the Kingdom of God and the eternity spent in the presence of God.
Our hope here is new and lies in the victory of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection.
In Romans verse 13 “May the God of hope ,fill you all with all joy and peace, as you trust him”. Amen
As we bring our offerings to you, we give back to you the abundant blessings that you have given us,
Through Jesus Christ, Amen
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
You are strength of the weak, The refuse of he distressed,
The comforter of the sad and in the name of Jesus, we ask you to be there for all in need,
We pray for those known to us who are troubled or anxious, we ask your blessings on them.
For the bereaved we ask you to comfort them in their grief.
Lord, we pray for those who are ill in hospital or at home, all who are suffering with the coronovirus,
for the Drs and nurses who care for them, and for their compassion towards their patients.
We pray for all the work of the NHS staff who are willing to put their patients first in the line of duty.
We remember those we are called to serve in the armed forces, at home and abroad
who face dangers, unknown to us.
For our services, police, fire and ambulance, and the courage that they show in their work.
We pray for the migrants and refugees, who are desperately trying to get to safety and a new life.
Lord, we ask your blessing on our Queen and the royal household, the Prime Minister and government
both in London and Edinburgh,
Thank you for our family, friends ad neighbours who have been their for us all in our time of need.
We give thanks for being part of this church family and the privilege of serving it.
We ask all these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ
Rejoice the Lord is King, your Lord and Kind adore;
May the strength of God sustain us;
May the power of God preserve us;
May the hands of God protect us;
May the way of God direct us;
May the love of God go with us this day and forever more,