Order of Service for Recorded Service



Minister:  Rev. James Aitken

Order of Service

18th October 2020



Sunday 18th October 2020


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 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.'

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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:





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




HYMN 470   

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his Kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and realms of every tongue
declare his love in sweetest song;
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where Jesus reigns:
the prisoners leap to lose their chains,
the weary find eternal rest,
and all who suffer want are blessed.

Let every creature rise and bring
the highest honours to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud Amen.


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



SCRIPTURE:   1 Thessalonians 1: 1 - 10 (New revised Standard Version)

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.



HYMN: 611 

Holy Spirit, fill our hearts
overflowing with love.
May we shine with the light of God,
come, Spirit, come.

Holy Spirit, fill our minds,
understanding the truth.
May we grow in the wisdom of God;
Come, Spirit, come.

Holy Spirit, make us one,
strong together in faith.
May we live as the family of God;
come, Spirit, come.


SCRIPTURE:   Isaiah 45: 1 - 7

1 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
    whose right hand I have grasped
   to subdue nations before him
   and strip kings of their robes,
   to open doors before him—
   and the gates shall not be closed:

I will go before you
  and level the mountains,
  I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
  and cut through the bars of iron

I will give you the treasures of darkness
  and riches hidden in secret places,
  so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
  the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

For the sake of my servant Jacob,
  and Israel my chosen,
  I call you by your name,
  I surname you, though you do not know me.

I am the Lord, and there is no other;
   besides me there is no god.
   I arm you, though you do not know me,

so that they may know, from the rising of the sun
   and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
   I am the Lord, and there is no other.

I form light and create darkness,
   I make weal and create woe;
   I the Lord do all these things.





HYMN: 608  

Spirit of truth and grace,

Come to us in this place

As now in Jesus’ name God’s people gather.

Open our eyes to see

Truths that will ever be,

And in communion draw us close together.


Spirit of joy and peace,

Make all anxieties cease

with knowledge of the Father’s perfect caring.

Then may God’s children know

Love that won’t let us go

and joy that fills each day, beyond comparing


Spirit of life and power,

revive us in this hour

and stir our hearts to praise with true devotion.

Fill us with heavenly fire,

and every heart inspire,

that we may serve the world with your compassion.



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.



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



SCRIPTURE:   Psalm 96: 1 - 4 (New revised Standard Version)

O sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvellous works among all the peoples.

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be revered above all gods.


“Let us go out and sing a new song to the Lord, telling od his salvation, declaring his glory and his marvellous works and so build in our world the Kingdom of God.”


HYMN 512   

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.


Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
for every offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.




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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