"Resurrection doesn't mean we wake up without scars"

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


Prayer

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.

Amen.



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

Every blessing...

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



Blessing

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.



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