Order of Service

 

ST NINIAN’S CHURCH

Corstorphine

Minister:  Rev. James Aitken

                                                   

 

Order of Service

13th June 2021

10.30am

Sunday 13th June 2021                                 Trinity Sunday

Good morning and welcome to everyone who has joined us on-line at St. Ninian's this morning.  We hope you will enjoy our worship of God together today. As a congregation our mission is to, 'Worship God together, encourage personal faith and prayer, spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, and love and care for others in our community.'

Services are online from 10:15am on Sundays: on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stninianschurch/ and on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW-OUJ0F3JLO9vUD7KYMffA

THE IMAGE ON THE FRONT

The image on the front of this Order of Service is chosen to give a sense of the greatness of the Kingdom of God that grows from something small.  The image of Jesus, a child and a mustard seed represent the way the Kingdom of love, peace and merciful justice grows just like people and faith do.  In the right soil, with the right nourishment and encouragement potential becomes abundance.

 

St. Ninian’s uses the Revised Common Lectionary is an approved week-by-week three-year cycle of biblical readings.  The readings lead us from Advent through the Christian year, the Bible, and Jesus’ life through birth, baptism, his public ministry, his death, resurrection and ascension.

 

 

Sicilienne                                                                   Faure

WELCOME, INTIMATIONS AND SHARING OF THE PEACE

We welcome one another with Christ's words 'Peace be with you'.

 

APPROACH TO GOD

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN 210    Awake, my soul, and with the sun

Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off your sleep, and joyful rise,
To pay your morning sacrifice.

Wake, and lift up yourself, my heart,
And with the angels take your part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
High praise to the eternal King.

Lord, I my vows to you renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew.
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with yourself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say,
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

PRAYERS OF APPROACH, LAMENT, CONFESSION & LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen

 

THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

SCRIPTURE:   Mark 4: 26 - 34                  (New Revised Standard Version)

26 Jesus also said,

“The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.  28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.  29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30 He also said,

“With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?  31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

CHILDREN’S ADDRESS

HYMN 523    Hands to work, and feet to run

Hands to work and feet to run,
God's good gifts to me and you;
hands and feet he gave to us
to help each other the whole day through.

Eyes to see and ears to hear,
God's good gifts to me and you;
eyes and ears he gave to us
to help each other the whole day through.

Minds to think and hearts to love,
God's good gifts to me and you;
minds and hearts he gave to us
to help each other the whole day through.

 

SCRIPTURE:   Ezekiel 17: 22 - 24      (New revised Standard Version)

22 Thus says the Lord God:

I myself will take a sprig
    from the lofty top of a cedar;
    I will set it out.
I will break off a tender one
    from the topmost of its young twigs;
I myself will plant it
    on a high and lofty mountain.
23 On the mountain height of Israel
    I will plant it,
in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
    and become a noble cedar.
Under it every kind of bird will live;
    in the shade of its branches will nest
    winged creatures of every kind.
24 All the trees of the field shall know
    that I am the Lord.
I bring low the high tree,
    I make high the low tree;
I dry up the green tree
    and make the dry tree flourish.
I the Lord have spoken;
    I will accomplish it.

 

SERMON

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD

HYMN 343    The reign of God, like a farmer’s field

The reign of God, like farmer’s field,

bears weeds along with wheat;

the good and bad are intertwined

till harvest is complete.

 

Like mustard tree, the reign of God

from tiny seed will spread,

till birds of every feather come

to nest, and there be fed.

 

Though hidden now, the reign of God

may, yet unnoticed, grow;

from deep within it rises up,

like yeast in swelling dough.

 

The reign of God is come in Christ;

the reign of God is near.

Ablaze among us, kindling hearts,

the reign of God is here!

 

OFFERING AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Freely given, our offering supports the work of Christ's church and symbolises our spiritual dedication to the building-up of the Kingdom of God.

 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING, LAMENT & INTERCESSION

We give thanks for our blessings, and cry out for help for others and ourselves.

 

SENDING OUT

HYMN 529    Forth in thy name    

Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labour to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfil;
in all my works thy presence find,
and prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
and labour on at thy command,
and offer all my works to thee.

Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
and every moment watch and pray,
and still to things eternal look,
and hasten to thy glorious day.

For thee delightfully employ
whate'er thy bounteous grace hath given;
and run my course with even joy,
and closely walk with thee to heaven.

 

BENEDICTION

Go now in peace, never be afraid. 

God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true.

Know He will guide you in all you do.

Go now in love, and show you believe.

Reach out to others, so all the world can see.

God will be there, watching from above. 

Go now in peace, in faith and in love. 




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