Kinlochleven Parish Church

Sunday Worship Guide

Sunday 2 August 2020 Kinlochleven and Nether Lochaber Parish Churches                             Opening Words May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

 Hymn


 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.


This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour, all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long.

 

 

2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending, bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love. [Refrain]

   Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love. [Refrain]


Prayer Loving God our heavenly Father, we praise you for your amazing love towards us. You are the God who made all things and how indeed you made them well. We thank you for your goodness to us. How wonderful it is to know the love of Jesus who came down to rescue us out of darkness, defeat and sin. We draw time aside to think about ourselves, and we also pause to think about someone or some situation we would bring to you. We come into your forgiving and renewing presence and ask you to heal and to forgive. Lord Jesus you call all peoples into God’s kingdom. Lord have mercy. You heal the wounds caused by division and sin. Christ have mercy. You will come in glory for the salvation of your people. Lord, have mercy. Fill us with joy and peace and the Holy Spirit. Come blessed Saviour, gracious Lord. We bring all our prayers to you, Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

   

Scripture Readings

Romans 8:35, 37-39     35Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? 37But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 Matthew 14:13-21 13Jesus withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the crowds heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot.  14So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick. 15When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, 'This is a lonely place, and time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food.' 16Jesus replied, 'There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.' 17But they answered, 'All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.' 18He said, 'Bring them here to me.' 19He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves he handed them to his disciples, who gave them to the crowds. 20They all ate as much as they wanted, and collected the scraps left over, twelve baskets full. 21Now about five thousand men had eaten, to say nothing of women and children.                                                                      

Message Sometimes life brings good times but suddenly things can turn and people find themselves in difficulty. That may mean hardship, ‘nakedness’, lack of provisions, clothing, food, danger, even death itself. There is the possibility that these will make us turn inward, lose heart, become bitter, start to feel that God isn’t interested any more. But the reality is different. Jesus came into our situation including the reality of disease and famine and hardship. He demonstrates that God’s goodness can always have the last word. The miracle of the feeding of the five thousand out of two small fish and five loaves shows us too that Jesus has power over the natural world. Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons, he turned water into wine, and he multiplied loaves and fishes. He saw the people in need and his compassion moved him to action. He involved his disciples in this. He said to them, ‘you give them something to eat’. There are times when we just can’t find the words to say what we might want to, but we could give that person something nice to eat, perhaps that we have prepared. The disciples would have been content to let the people go off and make do themselves. But Jesus told them not to be so dismissive of those others. Jesus encourages us not to be dismissive of others. Note how Jesus took the little the disciples gave him and offering it up to God, prayed for God’s blessing. The miracle of multiplication and feeding began. There is a sense that at every table where food is shared and God’s blessing is prayed for, there can be a moment of grace, where God’s renewing, sustaining and healing presence is felt. The miracle of feeding is also the message of Jesus as the bread of life: in him we have all that sustains us for the life of God’s kingdom. He has life-giving power in himself. By faith we receive that power from him and are united to him. We come to him and he upholds us. We can trust him to keep us ever in his love and care. And the word for is the same challenge the disciples heard. ‘You give the others something to eat’. Through us, by us sharing our time, energy, abilities, resources, and offering these up to God, the miracle of sharing and sustenance goes on.       

Prayer Loving God we praise you for your amazing power that can turn water into wine and multiply loaves and fishes. We remember before you today all who lack the basic necessities of bread and shelter and a place to call home. We pause to think of those who are asylum seekers and those who find themselves in lonely places. We also bring to you our own concerns and intentions. Gracious God Jesus taught us to look on each other as brothers and sisters and to call you Father. And so we are glad to pray further using the words he has taught us, saying, Our Father…..

 


Closing Words May God’s blessing be upon us, the blessing of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.  

 



 

 



 

 

 


Sunday 12 July 2020 Kinlochleven and Nether Lochaber Parish Churches


 


Opening Words May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Hymn


I am so glad that our Father in heav’n

Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;

Wonderful things in the Bible I see:

This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

 

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

  Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me;

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

    Jesus loves even me.

 

Though I forget Him and wander away,

Still He doth love me whenever I stray;

Back to His dear loving arms would I flee,

When I remember that Jesus loves me.

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

  Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me;

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

    Jesus loves even me.

 


Prayer Loving God our heavenly Father, we praise you for your amazing love towards us that you love us just as we are. We thank you for your faithfulness and for your mercy. How we need you Lord to help and strengthen us. We take some time aside to think about our week and about ourselves as we come into your healing and forgiving and renewing presence. Lord Jesus you are our strength when we are weak. Lord have mercy. You shine your light into our darkness. Christ have mercy. You intercede for us with the Father. Lord, have mercy. Grant us your forgiving love. By the power of your Spirit make us new and better people. Bring us more of what you want for us. We thank you gracious Father God for being our guardian and our protector, and we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

   

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 55:10-11 10 Thus says the Lord: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, 11 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.

 

Matthew 13:1-9  1 That same day, Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, 2but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the shore, 3and he told them many things in parables. He said, 'Listen, a sower went out to sow.  4As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up.  5Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up at once, because there was no depth of earth; 6but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. 7Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  8Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  9Anyone who has ears should listen!'

Sermon Summer months can seem a constant battle in the garden. The weeds, thorns and stones make for a challenge – at least for me. I salute those who have grown flowers from seeds!

Unlike the teachers of the law Jesus illustrated his points with easy to grasp comparisons from daily life. Jesus taught using this story of the sower. We can picture the sower going out onto the fields, sowing broadcast, some of the seed falling on shallow, rocky, stony ground, and some on better ground.

The seed sown is like our lives, God's call - and our cooperation with His grace. The sower sows in abundance. God is a God of abundant grace and love. He is not sparse with his wisdom, love or words – but much depends on where they fall and start to take root. Think of yourself as the soil; perhaps like good soil, receptive to his word; sometimes as shallow stony ground, or ground that allows weeds to choke out the good seed of God’s word.

Or maybe we can think of ourselves as like the seed. The Living Word has been sown within us. We must cultivate the ground of our hearts and allow ourselves to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and as a result, more fully reflect Christ’s image and likeness. We can be seed that is growing into the qualities of tenderness, love and kindness. In this way we can reflect the risen life of Jesus Christ to the world.

For this we need to be renewed by God’s Spirit. So let us come to the Lord and ask him for this. Ask him to give us a pure heart and a perfect mind. Ask for his help so that misunderstanding or prejudice, anxiety, harshness, disappointment or the trap of wealth do not make our hearts unfertile soil for the words of Jesus to take root.

Prayer Loving God help me to be like the good soil, letting your Word and Spirit produce in me a harvest of good deeds. Help me to grow in love and reflect Christ’s humility, kindness, and tenderness. Make my heart pure. Renew in me the gifts and the fruit of your Spirit. I ask you to bless my friends and family. I place them in your care. Heal and look after the sick and those who are housebound or shielding. Gracious God you have taught us to think of each other as brothers and sisters and to call you Father. We pray further, Our Father…..


 

Hymn Lord, thy word abideth,
and our footsteps guideth;
who its truth believeth
light and joy receiveth.

 

When our foes are near us,
then thy word doth cheer us,
word of consolation,
message of salvation.

 

When the storms are o'er us,
and dark clouds before us,
then its light directeth,
and our way protecteth.


 

Closing Words May God’s blessing be upon us, the blessing of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.  


 

ch, Lord. Look after those who are sick, troubled, fearful or alone. We remember our own loved ones before you. Keep us and them ever in your care, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.

 

The Grace The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, both now and for evermore. Amen.




Hymn We may not know the tune for this but the words can be read as a prayer. It was written by William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.


 Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame,
Send the fire!
Thy blood-bought gift today we claim,
Send the fire!
Look down and see this waiting host,
Give us the promised Holy Ghost,
We want another Pentecost,
Send the fire!

To make our weak hearts strong and brave,
Send the fire!
To live a dying world to save,
Send the fire!
O see us on thy altar lay
Our lives, our all, this very day,
To crown the offering now we pray,
Send the fire!


Prayer

Almighty God, gracious Father, we worship you. You are the Father of mercy. You are God the Son. You are God the Spirit. God of love and peace you are worthy of all praise. You are a God of mercy. We need your pardon Lord. Cleanse us from all sin and make our hearts new within us. Last week the church remembered its beginnings when the Holy Spirit came down at Pentecost. Spirit of the living God inspire us, renew us, fall on us afresh. Come with Pentecostal fire and make us truly alive! We are glad to be the friends and followers of Jesus. We therefore pray in the words he has given us.  Our Father….

 

Readings

2 Corinthians 13:11-13
13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Matthew 28:16-20
28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

 

Reflection

    

Hymn


Holy Spirit truth divine,

Dawn upon this soul of mine,

Word of God and inward light

Wake my spirit, clear my sight.

 

 

Holy Spirit, love divine,

Glow within this heart of mine,

Kindle every high desire,

Perish self in thy pure fire.


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Prayer       Loving God, merciful Father, we pray for your blessing upon us, our homes, families, communities, churches and lands. Help us to receive more of the Spirit’s fullness and power and help us grow into the stature of the fullness of Christ. Deliver us from all that inhibits us. You tell us to love you and others more; help us do so. We pray for our churches under lockdown, for those who are isolated; and we pray that at this time you would awaken faith in more people. Renew and revive your church, Lord, and make it strong. Look after those who are sick, troubled, fearful or alone. We remember our own loved ones before you. Keep us and them ever in your love, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.

 

The Grace The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, both now and for evermore. Amen.





Sunday 24 May Ascension Sunday Kinlochleven and Nether Lochaber Parish Churches

Hymn There is a fine tune for this hymn but it may be sung to the tune associated with ‘Onward Christian soldiers’.


Golden harps are sounding, angel voices ring,
pearly gates are opened, opened for the King:
Christ, the King of glory, Jesus, King of love,
is gone up in triumph to his throne above.

Refrain:
All his work is ended, joyfully we sing:
Jesus hath ascended: glory to our King!

He who came to save us, he who bled and died,
now is crowned with glory at his Father's side.
Nevermore to suffer, nevermore to die,
Jesus, King of glory, is gone up on high. [Refrain]


Prayer

Almighty God, you have brought hope and joy to the whole world by the resurrection and ascension of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that by his mighty power we might be brought unto the joys of the new life we have in him, both now and for all eternity. For his sake, forgive our sins, and grant us the help and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Our Father… Amen.

Readings

Acts 1:6-9 6They gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ Jesus said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Ephesians 4: 8-13

8‘When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.’

(What does ‘he ascended’ mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Reflection

Ascension in some church traditions is celebrated with a procession, going through the fields and lanes of the parish praying God’s blessing and protection upon us. Ascension celebrates that Jesus was raised up to heaven, body and soul after forty days of appearing to his disciples after his resurrection. Jesus has risen. He is victorious, he has ascended to heaven leading captivity captive. He triumphed over darkness, sin, evil and death, but his victory remains to be implemented. The work he came to do on earth has been completed but there is yet work he does, as heavenly high priest and through his church and followers. Jesus went away, was raised to heaven, and promised power from on high through the Holy Spirit. With that power the church goes into the world to tell people of Jesus, to care for them in his name, and proclaim his mighty power so that people turn to him.

That power helps us grow to reflect Christ’s goodness, that we might attain the full stature of the humanity of Christ, reflect his beauty and perfections and glories. It is that we might be ‘clothed further’ with a new form of life, whose fruits are in kindness, compassion, and genuine human warmth. It is human life as God intends it, that includes a happy knowledge of God as Father, looking to him, dependence on him, loyalty to truth and goodness, even if it provokes opposition: this is the life we see in Jesus and that God wants to see in us.

Two questions to ponder: Can I wait upon the Lord that he might help me to grow further into these qualities? How can I proclaim Christ’s victory into my/our situation?

Paraphrase


1 Blest be the everlasting God
the Father of our Lord!
Be his abounding mercy praised,
his majesty adored!

2 When from the dead he raised his Son,
and called him to the sky,
he gave our souls a lively hope
that they should never die.

3 To an inheritance divine
he taught our hearts to rise;
'tis uncorrupted, undefiled,
unfading in the skies.

4 Saints by the power of God are kept,
till the salvation come:
we walk by faith as strangers here,
but Christ shall call us home.


Prayer                                                                                                                                    Loving God, maker of us all, we  pray for your blessing upon us, our homes, families, communities, church and lands. Help us grow into the stature of the fullness of Christ. Deliver us from all that inhibits us. Look after those who are troubled. Keep us ever in your love, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

The Grace The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, both now and for evermore. Amen.



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