This page now has links to our services for the 16th, 23rd and 30th of August. Scroll down for the service for Sunday 16th August and click here to go to the Ardoch Parish Church website for the 23rd and 30th.
Sunday 16th August 2020
Following the events of today's Bible reading,
Joseph takes his family to meet the king of Egypt. (Genesis 47v7)
Today Christ takes our worship to the Lord God Almighty and will one day also welcome his family to live with him in a place he has prepared for us and take us to God's throne and say "these are the folk I was telling you about."
How does that impact our worship today?
Here's Gordon to introduce the service and the first hymn.
You can download a PDF copy of the order of service here and take in our hymns below. Remember there is more all age material on this theme over at the Children and Young People page.
Let’s pray together
Lord, our Lord...how good to know you as Lord. To speak to you as Lord; to call on you as Lord; to worship you as Lord. But to do all that as OUR Lord? What are we that you are mindful of us, Lord? You made all of creation from nothing and yet you turn your ear to us today. The skies speak out your glory yet you turn to listen to us call on your name.
We are the pride of your creation, the apple of your eye, the reason your son came to die on Calvary, the reason he rose again to sit at your side. Lord, we don’t live up to that each day. We let you down, not just accidently but wilfully as we put ourselves, our comfort and our priorities before yours. Our weakness comes to the fore; our sinfulness rises to the surface. Lord accept our confession of guilt, our call on you for grace and for mercy, for your love and your compassion; the compassion of a loving Father to whom we now pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever.
Now we head to Jacqui Crawfurd's back garden where she will read to us from the start of Genesis 45 which you will find here. She'll then introduce her choice of hymn.
We will pray for ourselves and others - particularly our governments - by clicking on the box below and taking the time to be led in prayer in different ways for a few minutes.
The Weaver poem has uncertain authorship but apprently meant a lot concentration camp survivor Corrie ten Boom. Perhaps Joseph would have appreciated it; perhaps you will too.
Gordon now takes us back to Genesis 44 & 45 in our sermon and then introduces the final hymn that concludes with a benediction blessing.
And now some news from across the churches and beyond
Mairi will be back from holiday on Monday and will be leading the services on the 23rd and 30th of August. These can be found on the Ardoch Church website (Use the link above if you are unsure).
Both congregations plan to open their buildings for worship on Sunday 6th September. Blackford Kirk Session will confirm that decision in the light of Scottish Government legislation on Monday 31st August. Elders will visit members and friends thereafter with guidance on coming to church in the new circumstances.
We are aware that this may not mean everyone able to join us because of their own circumstances and restrictions at the time, and we want everyone to be able to respond to the word of God in worship in some way.
The Ardoch Parish Church building is open for Private Prayer on Wednesdays 10.00am to 12 noon and Sundays 2.00 pm until 4.00pm. To comply with current Covid 19 guidelines, you are advised that face coverings must be worn.
Private prayer can continue in any other private location. Resources to help us focus on private prayer in church or in your own room (Matthew 6:6) are available from the box at Blackford’s Trypraying banner in the grounds or the trypraying website here or the Prayer Course Toolshed here. Sign up for a daily devotional email called Word for Today by clicking here to head to the UCB website.
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair is inviting everyone to join him for a week of prayer starting on Monday. He explains various ways to join him on this video or you can read about it on the Church of Scotland website here or visit the Church of Scotland Facebook page here.
A reminder that offerings can be made through the Blackford Church letter box, the Ardoch Treasurer's letter box or the Church of Scotland website here.
What does it mean to trust the Bible and what is the basis of our trust? Are we ready to answer questions about the credibility of the Gospels? Are they your questions or from others?
Trusting the Bible is an exciting new podcast from the Bible Society which sets out to explore just these questions. Each 25 minute episode in this series is on their website here.
For more background on the words of the UK Blessing, click here to visit the Premier Christianity website.
Where do you find hope in times of suffering? TheScottish Bible Society have been asking that question of various folk around the world; recently they interviewed Mike Bassous of Bible Society Lebanon. His interview is all the more topical and poignant now. Listen to it here. They put up an audio version of the book of Ruth last week. Listen to that in four episodes here.