Call to worship
Through the abundance of your steadfast love,
we will enter your house, O Lord.
We will bow down in the fear of you.
Lead us, Lord, in your righteousness
and make your way straight and clear before us.
STF 705 It is God who holds the nation in the hollow of his hands. Sung by Kirkton Church. Hymn written by Fred Pratt Green.
A Prayer of adoration, praise and thanksgiving
God of prophets, priests, disciples, apostles and witnesses through the generations, you are a God of patience and perseverance, of love and hope, of healing and resolve. You are a God we can trust and rely on,
a God who is all for all people, a God who never lets us down.
God of all, we adore you, you are our purpose and our motivation.
In the middle of pain and sorrow, in the middle of recollection and remembrance, we praise you, O God. You have been a rock for all who name you as their God; you are our rock.
You have been a protective father, mother, parent, enfolding your people in your care.
You have been, in Jesus, the one walking with us, the one carrying us across the battlefields of life, living and death.
Your Holy Spirit has moved among us, giving us hope and light, guidance and inspiration.
To you, God of ages, we offer praise and thanksgiving.
A prayer of confession
We come before you, O God, to confess that we have let you down.
Forgive us for the times when we have turned away from you and gone our own way. Forgive us for the times we have been ashamed to acknowledge you. Forgive us when we have allowed material things to dominate our lives, and to occupy our minds. Forgive us for the ways we have failed to show your love. So many have given so much of their lives for us and yet we have failed not only them but you. Lord God, forgive us we pray.
Thank you, Father, for sending Jesus to be an example on this earth for us. Thank you that he died and rose again that we might be released from all the worldly things that weigh us down. Thank you that we are forgiven, and we have been set free to serve you.
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 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.
Reading: Mark 10: 46-52
Talk 1 Walking in someone else’s shoes
STF 713 Show me how to stand for justice. Sung by Matt Beckingham. Music: Robert Lowry 1826-1899 Words: Martin Leckebusch.
Talk 2 What is Remembrance Sunday?
At the going down of the sun we shall remember them read by Gareth Bartlett. Poem by Bert Biscoe.
STF 693 Beauty for brokenness. Written and sung by Graham Kendrick.
STF 696 For the healing of the nations. Sung and played by Matt Beckingham. Words: Fred Khan Tune: Rhuddlan
Sending out prayer
Lord God, source of all love, from whom every soul has come,
and to whom every soul will return, help us to hold close the stories of those who have gone before us, and to take comfort from their wisdom. Let their stories tint our daily life with colour and give us hope and light to our path.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forever more. Amen
These are the Worship at Home Services, led by our Minister :-