SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2020
God you promise to never leave us, and to stick with us through all the experiences we face in life.
We give thanks for the ways we have encountered you in the past
and for the blessings we have received from you.
And we give thanks that we can entrust out lives to you and know that you will still be with us as we come to the end of our lives and beyond.
We thank you for the hope you have given.
But in this worship we ask that we might be aware of you with us now,
today, not in the past or the future - but in our present.
The covid crisis has affected us all in different ways.
Some of us have coped well,
while others are struggling and hurting in different ways.
But whatever our situation
we ask that we will have a sense of you
as we bring to you our praise
and listen out for your word to us.
Bless us as we worship,
and take time to be quiet before you.
And hear us as we pray in the words of Jesus,
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
and 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
now and forever.
Readings Matthew 9:9-1, 18-26
Video - See: Playing Statues
(Posted on Facebook and YouTube this Sunday at 11.30am)
This crisis has brought us up short, Lord,
overturning our normal way of life,
shattering our security,
leaving us feeling vulnerable,
alone and uncertain -
fearful for our welfare,
fearful of the future.
These last few weeks have left us shell-shocked and stunned.
And yet we still have so much to be grateful for
and so often take our blessings and good fortune for granted.
So help us to remember that for many in our world,
this is not the exception but the norm,
thousands having grown used to living with the constant
threat of disease -
to name but a few.
And of course, there are more worries to be faced than diseases.
There is the insecurity that goes hand in hand with living in poverty,
the lack of clean water,
the absence of food and medicine,
the threat of violence and persecution.
Help us, through what we are wrestling with now,
to understand and empathise with what too many wrestle with repeatedly,
to realise how fortunate we have been
and to resolve to help build a fairer, more caring world for all.
This new movement around the world, that we are witnessing in these days,
is a sign of hope,
and we pray that it will bear fruit.
This new awakening and yearning for an end to racism is an invitation
for us, as your people, to join in.
God, we know that
It is Your will that we stand up to discrimination and division.
It is Your will that we join with others to create a better fairer world.
It is Your will that we live in a world where everyone matters, and all life is valued.
It is Your will that we seek justice, not simply because justice is right, but also because only justice brings true and lasting peace.
So we pray for change in our divided world
where the rich continue to prosper at the expense of the poor,
and bless us and those around us who seek to build a kinder world.
May justice flow like a stream and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.
For this is your dream for our world.
May Christ’s peace surround us
May Christ’s light shine on us
May Christ’s joy fill us
May Christ’s blessing always go with us
Our worship songs this week are from Esther and Tim O'Connor, and Graeme Duffin - three good friends of Langside Church!