"A resurrection of our common life"

We are still family even while we are apart, so while we are unable to gather because of the ongoing health crisis, I will be sharing material on the blog each Sunday morning, and posting notes to those unable to access the internet. Of course you are free to use this material at any time, but my hope is that as many of us as possible will be reading these words during our usual service time - Sunday at 10:30 if you're new or need a reminder! - gathering in time if not in space.

Over the next few weeks, we will be thinking about what resurrection life may look like for us in the light of the current health crisis. Where do we go from here? Is there still space for fear as well as hope? What might look like the old life and what will be made new?

Opening music: Be Still and Know, recorded by Mike Sole

Call to worship

Begin by holding in your mind all those you would normally be worshipping with, and others that you love and are currently distanced from, then hear these words from Psalm 145 as a call to remember who we worship.

Song: The Lord is gracious and compassionate

The Lord is gracious and compassionate

Slow to anger and rich in love

The Lord is gracious and compassionate

Slow to anger and rich in love

And the Lord is good to all

He has compassion in all that he has made

As far as the east is from the west

That's how far he has removed our transgressions from us (repeat)

Praise the Lord, oh my soul

Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord, oh my soul

Praise the Lord

Graham Ord ©1998 Vineyard Songs


Here I invite you to spend some time praying about what is on your heart, but I also offer a focus for prayer below. However you pray, I invite you to end with the Lord's Prayer.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as 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 the kingdom, the power and the glory

forever and ever.


Reading: Revelation 21:1-4, 22-26, read by John Hughes

Song: Hail to the Lord's anointed

You have two options for this one, a traditional version, and then the tune I first became familiar with.

Hail to the Lord's anointed, great David's greater Son!

Hail in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun!

He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free,

To take away transgression, and rule in equity.

He comes in succor speedy to those who suffer wrong,

To help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong.

To give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light,

Whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in His sight.

He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth,

Love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in His path to birth.

Before him on the mountains shall peace the herald go,

And righteousness in fountains from hill to valley flow.

To him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend;

His kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end.

The tide of time shall never his covenant remove.

His name shall stand forever, his changeless name of Love.

James Montgomery © Public Domain

Reflection, by our minister Leigh Greenwood

You can also find the text of the reflection here.

Song: Jesus Christ is Waiting, recorded by Fiona Hossack, Clare Robertson-Hughes and John Hughes

Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets;

no one is his neighbour, all alone he eats.

Listen, Lord Jesus, I am lonely too.

Make me, friend or stranger, fit to wait on you.

Jesus Christ is raging, raging in the streets,

where injustice spirals and real hope retreats.

Listen, Lord Jesus, I am angry too.

In the Kingdom’s causes let me rage with you.

Jesus Christ is healing, healing in the streets;

curing those who suffer, touching those he greets.

Listen, Lord Jesus, I have pity too.

Let my care be active, healing just like you.

Jesus Christ is dancing, dancing in the streets,

where each sign of hatred he, with love, defeats.

Listen, Lord Jesus, I should triumph too.

On suspicion’s graveyard let me dance with you.

Jesus Christ is calling, calling in the streets,

“Who will join my journey? I will guide their feet.”

Listen, Lord Jesus, let my fears be few.

Walk one step before me; I will follow you.

John Bell © 1988 WGRG, Iona Community


Close your time of worship by again holding in your mind those you love and would be worshipping alongside, and use the words of the grace: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit remain with us all evermore. Amen.

And here is Mark Burleigh to play us out with Shine Jesus Shine.

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