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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
29th August 2021

A Celtic-themed service of worship

click here to view the Order of Service
used in Church, of which this is a variation.

With our communal worship services currently "on hold", due to the Covid-19 pandemic, what follows for the 5th Sunday in this month is a Celtic-themed service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty five (45) minutes.

I pray that you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in this service.

The text that is in reguar typeface (that is what you are reading at the moment) is to be read quietly, while the text that is in bold face (like you are reading right now) is meant to be read aloud.

Opening Hymn:

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the lyrics, of the wonderful "Be Thou My Vision" and some of the sights and sounds of "Caledonia" with grateful thanks to St Laurence's Church, Chorley, UK.

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The Pewsheet:

Call to Worship:

We meet in the name of God,

Creator of the universe,

source of true humanity,

mother and father of all. Amen.

 

We meet in the name of Jesus,

Word made flesh,
saviour of fallen humanity, lover of all. Amen.

 

We meet in the name of the Holy Spirit,

Lord and giver of life,
midwife of new humanity,
inspirer of all. Amen.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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The Sentence for the Day

 

We have waited eagerly for you Oh Lord; for you are our help and our shield;  our hearts shall rejoice in you, because we have hoped in your holy name.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)

 

Let us pray together.

Forgiving God, your way is greater than human comprehension.  Open our hearts and minds to truly understand your way of inclusion, that we may know the power of grace and mercy modelled by your Son, and live as reflections of him.  Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

A reading from The Old Testament

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A reading from The New Testament

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James 1:17-27
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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, "How Great Thou Art" and some of the sights and sounds of "Caledonia" with grateful thanks to "Celtic Worship", UK.

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel Reading, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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Some Pharisees Question Jesus
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Listen to the sermon:
(click the "play" button below when you are ready to begin)

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or, if you prefer, you can read to the sermon, below:

Pause and Reflect

 

Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes.
 

Reflect upon how, in our lives, there have been times when, in out human frailty, our hearts have not been true to Jesus but then, He brought us back to Himself.

An Affirmation of Our Faith
 

Let us affirm our faith by listening as "The Apostles Creed" is read to us.
(click the "play" button below when you are ready to listen) 

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 ... and now ... let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness.

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The Lord's Prayer

 

Remembering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, because Jesus Christ has taught us:
 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.

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Let us conclude our prayers by praying together and aloud:

 

God of mercy,
you have given us grace to pray with one heart and one voice,
and have promised to hear the prayers
of two or three who agree in your name,
fulfil now, we pray,
the prayers and longings of your people
as may be best for us and for your kingdom.
Grant us in this world to know your truth,
and in the world to come to see your glory. Amen.

The Blessing

 

The blessing of Almighty God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

be with you and all of those whom you love,

on this day and forever more.

A Closing Hymn (from the Celtic Highlands and Islands)

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with one of the wonderful hymns that reminds us  ... "WHAT a friend we have in Jesus"... and some of the sights and sounds of "Caledonia" with grateful thanks to "Celtic Worship", UK.

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

Dismissal

 

Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.

 

Amen, we go in the name of Christ.

POST SCRIPT:

 

Permit me to pay homage to my grandmother who often had to struggle to get a very naughty boy to see The Risen Christ.


Ma dh 'fhaodas mi, cuiridh sinn crìoch air an t-slighe againn mar a thòisich sinn - le laoidh mòr eireachdail, ach an turas seo, tha e a' faighinn tlachd anns a 'Ghàidhlig thùsail. Beannaich Dia, Daibhidh
 

(Which means ... "If I may, let us finish our service the way we started - with a truly magnificent hymn, but this time please be uplifted by it in the original Gaelic. God bless, David")

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