Watchword for the Week
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger
and abounding in steadfast love.
(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(as used in the Iona Abbey Morning Service)
The world belongs to God,
the earth and all its people.
How good it is, how wonderful,
to live together in unity.
Love and faith come together;
justice and peace join hands.
If Christ’s disciples keep silent,
these stones would shout aloud.
Open our lips, O God,
and our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
Hymn 104 1-3 The Lord of heaven confess
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of APPROACH
Blessed be God who creates all out of nothing;
Blessed be Jesus who gives all for nothing;
Blessed be the Spirit for whom nothing is
impossible; Blessed be God forever.
Creator Spirit, wellspring of our lives, as your
faithfulness is deeper than the deepest ocean,
carry us safely on the tide of your love.
As the refreshing rain falls
on the just and unjust alike, refresh us with
your mercy, for you know our own injustice.
As a river flows steadily on,
defying all the odds of stone and water,
flow over every boundary and border
that separates us from each other.
As we were once held in the waters of our
mother’s womb, hold us in the peace and
power of your abiding presence.
As the waters of our baptism washed us and
welcomed us, renew us now in fullness of life
and unity of love. Amen.
PRAYER of CONFESSION
O God, source of all wisdom and understanding,
have mercy on your divided and quarrelsome
people. Because we have knowledge but lack
self-knowledge; because we speak of peace but
depart from the paths of peace;
because we wish one thing but do another,
Lord have mercy on us.
By your justice, hold us to account,
in your kindness deliver us from evil,
through your love restore us to right relationship,
that we may live with undivided hearts
centred on you. In penitence,
we acknowledge our need of you.
Hymn 613 1-3 Gracious Spirit, hear our pleading
(Hymn of the Month, June 2011)
Hymn 762 * Glory to God, glory to God
WORDS of ASSURANCE
Glory to God, who persistently loves us, who is
insistently faithful, who comforts with a healing
touch, who bears the heaviest of our burdens,
and who transforms us with the power of love.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
Romans 7:15-25a NT p. 194
St. Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 NT p. 16
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 212 * Morning has broken
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 188 Thou hidden love of God
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
(Hymn of the Month, July 2017)
DEDICATION PRAYER (in unison)
Lord, what we have, we offer: our time, our
commitment, our resources. But, most of all,
we offer ourselves. Help us to be used in
your work, to encourage each other in giving
and serving, and to extend your kingdom of
ANNOUNCEMENTS (See Notices overleaf)
Wherever you go, may the joy
of our gracious God be with you.
Wherever you go, may the face
of the gentle Christ be with you.
Wherever you go, may the embracing
Spirit of love be with you. Amen.
PRAYERS for OTHERS (sung response)
Hear our prayer, O God:
♫ Come, bring your burdens to God; (3x)
for Jesus will never say no.
The LORD’S PRAYER (Biblical Greek)
English words at: Hymn 652, Second Form (b)
(Please pray in your own preferred language / version.)
Πάτερ ήμών ό έν τοις ούρανοις, άγιασθήτω τό
όνομά σου, έλθέτω ή βασιλεία σου, γενηθήτω τό
θέληά σου ώς έν ούρανω καί έπί της γης, τον
άρτον ήμών τόν έπιούσιον δός ήμιν σήμερον, καί
άφες ήμιν τά όφειλήματα ήμων ώς καί ήμεις
άφίεμεν τοις όφειλέταις ήμων, καί μή είσενέγκης
ήμας είς πειρασμόν, άλλά ρυσαι ήμας άπο του
πονρου, ότι σου έστίν ή βασιλεία, καί ή δύναμις,
καί ή δόξα είς τούς αίωνας, άμήν.
Hymn 519 * Love divine, all loves excelling
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)