Orders of service for online services

20th September 2020 (to open as a pdf please click here).

Welcome to our online worship service.  Please join us at 3pm on Sunday,

20th September on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/MCCinGlasgow

 

Welcome

 

Call to Worship: Based on Psalm 37:1-9

 

Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,

for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.

 

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

God will make our vindication shine like the light,

and the justice of our cause like the noonday.

 

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;

do not fret over those who prosper in their way,

over those who carry out evil devices.

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.

Do not fret—it leads only to evil.

For the wicked shall be cut off,

but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

 

Gathering Prayer

 

Reading: Romans 12:9-18

 

Prayer for forgiveness

 

God of the outcast, the lost and the lonely

we could live at peace with others,

but we choose to do wrong to them.

we could welcome those we do not know,

but choose to close our hearts.

we could make outsiders our best friends,

but choose the safety of our cliques.

 

Forgive us, God of love, for our foolish choices.

We don’t understand the radical nature of your grace.

We play by our own rules of justice, even when it means excluding those

we are called to love and defend.

In our darkest moments,

we doubt if we are worthy of your trust.

 

Whisper your grace and hopes to us,

until we can stop cursing our enemies,

and bless them as our friends.

Polish the rough edges of our arrogance,

until we become smooth again, restored in your image.

 

Words of Grace

 

In our love for others, we discover God's love for us.  

In our forgiving of others, we learn how deeply God has forgiven us.  

We are God's children,

we are called to be different,

called to act differently,

called to take a risk for the sake of God’s people.  Amen

 

Reading: Esther 5:1-14

 

Reflection: Rev Jane Clarke

 

Song

 

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me;

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me;

When the world is tossing me

Like a ship upon the sea,

Thou Who rulest wind and water, stand by me.

 

In the midst of tribulation, stand by me;

In the midst of tribulation, stand by me;

When the hosts of hell assail,

And my strength begins to fail,

Thou Who never lost a battle, stand by me.

 

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me;

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me;

When I do the best I can,

And my friends misunderstand,

Thou Who knowest all about me, stand by me.

 

When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me;

When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me;

When my life becomes a burden,

And I’m nearing chilly Jordan,

O Thou “Lily of the Valley,” stand by me.

Author:  Charles Albert Tindley (1905)

CCLI 2124581/903812

 

Reading: Psalm 27:1-4, 11-14

 

Prayers for the world

 

Response:

As we wait for you to answer our prayers,

We shall be strong, we shall take courage.

 

Lord’s prayer

 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For yours is Kingdom, the power and the glory

Forever and ever.  Amen.

 

Communion

 

Closing Prayer

 

Scattered or gathered wherever we live

we will take the love of God into the world.

Whether from familiar places we call home,

or from sacred places we have not visited in a long time,

we will take the grace of Jesus into our neighbourhoods.

For all the lonely, the forgotten, the scared,

we will share the justice and compassion of Jesus.

We will open our arms wide,

even from a safe distance,

to welcome all of sisters and brothers for whom we say together.

 

The Grace

 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

And the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Be always with us.  Amen