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Worship Sheet for Sunday 16 May In the world

Shortly before his death Jesus prays for his friends that God would keep them in his love even as they went out into the world to continue his ministry. There was no pretence that following him would be easy but they (and we) are assured that he is utterly dedicated to loving us as we serve the world for his sake.
Call: Are you searching for God, but do not know where to look? Don’t worry—God knows where you are.
Are you searching for faith, but do not know what to believe? Don’t worry—you are not alone. Would you love to be able to pray, but cannot find the words? Don’t worry—Christ is praying for you.

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Pray : Lord, we see you in the garden of Gethsemane, in your last moments of freedom, praying, not for yourself and the imminent suffering about to befall you, but for your disciples and those who would come after them, that they and we might be kept safe by your heavenly Father and fitted to live in the world - to love and serve our neighbours for your sake. Help us to grasp this priority of service to others, instead of our tendency to foster our own interests. May we take comfort and encouragement from your prayer, which your Father shall surely answer, that we might enjoy the kind of relationship of love that you enjoy with him. As we turn to the pressures and challenges that face us in Scotland and throughout the world, help us to know the power of your Spirit, that forgiven by you, we might be set free to love and serve our neighbours in a world that so desperately needs love. Help us to face outwards and take the good news of your freedom and forgiveness out into the world, whether along the road or in our support of those need many miles away. Keep us in your love, but help us not to keep your love from others. And hear as us as we pray together saying: Our Father…

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John 17:6-19 Jesus prays for his friends.
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Thought- How would you spend your last hours if you knew your time was about up? No doubt the priority for most of us would be with our dearest ones, perhaps letting them know of our love for them and soaking up their love, passing on important information, but primarily being with loved ones. Jesus had attempted that with his closest friends but they had fallen asleep. Finally, he prays for them, prays specifically that God would keep them safe as they lived in the world, as they continued his ministry of love and service in what was a fairly hostile environment for the fledgling Christian community. There was no pretence that following him would be easy, it wouldn’t but the future of his mission, the salvation of the world depended on him being faithful to the end and his friends taking the good news of love and forgiveness out into the world. There was no Plan B! Jesus’ top priority in his last hours was to pray for the disciples and those (like us) who would receive their message – that we would be able to live in the world with all its challenges, not cutting ourselves off from the pressures and temptations in a vain attempt to protect ourselves, but rather committing ourselves to the world and its people (locally and globally) in love and service so that Jesus kingdom mission would grow and flourish. And he dedicated himself to supporting us in that task. If it was that important to Jesus surely it is vital that we play our part in living in and loving the world for his sake?

Praise: Mission Praise 178 Go forth and tell (Tune MP 631 (i)) v 1,2 4 &5
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Pray: Lord, we pray that we might take to heart Jesus’ concern that all his followers might live IN the world, concerned to love and serve all in need; that we might turn our backs on anything that puts up the shutters and raises obstacles in the way of others experiencing the joy of freedom and forgiveness in Jesus. Help us to pray for our neighbours, to seek to understand their concerns, to empathise with their worries, to be open to listen as well as tell, to be outward looking and genuinely supportive of our communities. Remind us that we ought to be as open and accepting as Jesus is accepting of us. Make us more open hearted and less critical, eager to share the love Jesus has given us freely. Watch over those under real pressure, sustain those who are carrying not only their own loads but the burdens of others; help us to rise to the challenges not only of covid but so much else that has had to take a back seat over the past year. We pray for those planning to address catching up in health care, in education, in the economy and so many other aspects of live, including our own concern for love and service. We pray too for help as we make best use of the new freedoms as well as applying the lessons we’ve learned about reaching folk who wouldn’t be seen coming to our churches. In our prayer walk we pray for those who live or work in Mill Street, Mill Square and Fordmill. SILENCE

Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.