Order of Service

For children there is a crèche and a Sunday School in different classes split by age.  Visiting children are free to join in, please ask those on the door for guidance.  The organist is Anne Kirkpatrick, the minister is Rev. James Aitken, the readers are Cara Short and Bruce Davis.

There is a Visitors' Book at the front door, please sign it if you are a visitor, and join the congregation after the service in the Martin Shields’ Hall for tea and coffee.

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:

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/weekly_worship/misc/revised_common_lectionary

ENTRANCE

The service begins with a sentence from the Bible (Lam 3: 22 - 23), a call to stand (please do so if you are able to), an introit from the choir, and the entrance of the Bible.  For the rest of the service the words in bold are read or sung by everyone.  We sit to pray and stand to sing.

INTROIT Draw near to God 

WELCOME, INTIMATIONS and SHARING OF THE PEACE

We welcome one another with a handshake of fellowship, and Christ's words 'Peace be with you'.

APPROACH TO GOD

CALL TO WORSHIP (Deuteronomy 30: 19 – 20)

HYMN 348 Praise the one who breaks the darkness

PRAYERS OF APPROACH, 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: 1 Corinthians 3: 1 - 9   Pg 943

Paul’s frustrations with the members of the church in Corinth continue.  He describes them as children who having heard the message and have chosen to follow the messenger, rather than allowing the Good News to transform them spiritually.

CHILDREN’S ADDRESS

HYMN 502 Take my life, Lord let it be

This hymn reflects the theme of the service, that living is a life-long process of learning and building relationships, rather than a set of rules or laws to be applied or followed.

Children leave for Sunday School.  Visiting children are welcome to join in.

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5: 21 – 37   Pg 792

Much like Paul, Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount expresses his frustrations with those who are religiously pious, but who see religion as a set of rules to be adhered to, rather than a way to live that transforms relationships.

ANTHEM O come, ye servants of the Lord

SERMON

HYMN 501 Take this moment, sign and space

The key to a Christian spirituality is not so much about how well we understand the Gospel or keep the rules, but how much we are willing to allow the Good News to “take” who we are and transform us.

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD 

OFFERING & 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 and INTERCESSION

We dedicate our gifts to God, give thanks for our blessings, and cry out for help for others and ourselves.  During the prayers this response is used periodically:

Minister: Lord in your mercy,

Congregation: Hear our prayer.

SENDING OUT

HYMN 622 We sing a love that sets all people free

Recognising the Valentine’s weekend, we sing a hymn about the spiritual power of love to transformative our lives – Good News!

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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