Call to worship: “There is no-one holy like the Lord, there is no-one besides you, there is no Rock like our God.“ 1 Samuel Ch 2 v2
Pray: “Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah Ch 55 v1).
Pray that our time today will honour the God and Father of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ as we come needing the rest and refreshment he alone can offer. We come weary, dry and parched in life, looking for answers to our questions, longing for hope. “Give ear and come to me, hear me, that your soul may live (verse 3) Remember God is the God of Hope and God is holy. Yet “He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (Psalm 103 v8). Ask for his merciful love and the leading of the Holy Spirit to make us see where we need his forgiveness and renewal because of our outward acts or internal attitude. We have turned away from Him. For our lack of love to others. Pray knowing that it is only in and through His Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross of dying for us can we be truly forgiven and reconciled. Pray that the online devotional today will not be something we might do, but comes from a desire to know, love and serve Christ as Lord in our life and as a Church.
Children’s Story: The Great Feast
Reading by Debbie – Psalm 23:
Listen to: “You are the Shepherd” by Kirsty, Margaret and Ian Russell, Gary, Debbie, Claire, Isobel, Margaret and Frances.
The 23rd Psalm: Singing the Lord’s Song in our troubling times: (6) “The Amazing Grace of the LORD”
Pray: Pray over what you have heard today. Pray for those who are hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ at this time and His call to “follow me”. Pray that God’s Word will change lives. Pray His Word will change ours. Pray for those who had been housebound before the pandemic began. This taste of being confined to the home for most of the day should make all of us more sensitive to their circumstances. As other countries begin to give permission to allow churches and congregations to meet under certain guidelines, pray for the longing to meet as a fellowship physically will grow among us, whenever that may be. Continue to remember through the Coronavirus crisis, those working in Hospital and Care Homes, and in particular those from our congregation. Pray for our Leaders, for the weighty decisions being made affecting us all. Pray for those who have the virus, recovering from its effects and families grieving because of it. Pray for Rev Martin Fair who is the new Moderator of the Church of Scotland. Pray for New Foundations work in the Niger Delta, as the medical mission we supported last year with a monetary gift to buy an optometer, has been attacked through the murder at home of a key worker, Victory Okuboarere on April 26th. Remember the family of Mary Lang one of our oldest members, who died last Saturday.
Blessing: “Peace be to all Christian brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with unfailing love.” Ephesians Ch 6 23-24