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?
Call to worship
Begin by holding in your mind all those you would normally be worshipping with as you listen to a short piece of music recorded for us by Fiona Hossack, then hear these words from Matthew 11 as an invitation to find solace into worship: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Song: Jesus is the name we honour, recorded by Fiona Hossack, Clare Robertson Hughes and John Hughes
Jesus is the name we honour; Jesus is the name we praise.
Majestic name above all other names,
the highest heaven and earth proclaim that Jesus is our God.
We will glorify, we will lift Him high, we will give Him honour and praise. (repeat)
Jesus is the name we worship; Jesus is the name we trust.
He is the King above all other kings,
let all creation stand and sing that Jesus is our God.
We will glorify...
Jesus is the Father's splendour; Jesus is the Father's joy.
He will return to reign in majesty,
and every eye at last shall see that Jesus is our God.
We will glorify...
Philip Lawson Johnston © 1991 Thankyou Music
I invite you to spend some time praying for whatever is on your heart, but I also offer some recorded prayers 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: John 20:24-29, read by Fiona Hossack
Song: You never let go
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life,
I won't turn back, I know You are near
And I will fear no evil for my God is with me
And if my God is with me, whom then shall I fear? Whom then shall I fear?
Oh no, You never let go, through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go, in every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go, Lord, You never let go of me
And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles, but until that day comes
We'll live to know You here on the earth
And I will fear no evil...
Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes, till I will praise You, still I will praise You
Oh no, You never let go...
Matt Redman © 2005 Thankyou Music
Reflection, by our minister Leigh Greenwood
You can also find the text of the reflection here.
Song: Blessed be your name
Blessed be Your name, in the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow, blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name, when I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness, blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out, I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be Your glorious name
Blessed be Your name, when the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be', blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name, on the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering, blessed be Your name
You give and take away, you give and take away
My heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord...
Matt Redman © 2002 Thankyou Music
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's Fiona again to lead us out.