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Worship Sheet for Sunday 9 August – Who am I ? Child of God.

Martin Fair, the Moderator, has provided a service to give ministers some time off. The full service is available on the Church website but parts of it are provided here alongside some local material. In John 1 we read that because of the Word becoming flesh, WE can become children of God. With so many people wondering who they really are and what is the point to life that is a wonderful truth.

Call: Let us worship God for this is the day that the Lord has made
Mini Service
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Listen to the 1st Prayer

Lord, we’ve had a lot to think about over recent months – the immediate need to stay safe (ourselves and our loved ones), the practical issues of being shut in, working from home for some, not being able to work for others; children being at home; but there have been thoughts of the future, hopes for some kind of normality; deeper thoughts – where is this going to end? What REALLY matters? And where do I fit in? Maybe even what is the meaning of MY life? Help us to make room for you, to gauge what matters by your standards, to trust you through the uncertainties and to hold firm to your promises. Thank you that in your Son we really are your children. Help us to rejoice in that, to be open about it and to allow your Spirit to work in our lives to forgive, restore and equip us for your service. Bless all in need of your care and in our prayer walk we remember those living north to the Esk and beyond. Hear us as we pray the Lord’s Prayer

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, and the power
And the glory for ever. Amen.

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John 1:1-18 from The Message read by Rev Aftab Gohar, Moderator of Presbytery of Falkirk.
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Moderator’s Sermon
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Thought :- The Moderator uses a quote from the book Sophie’s World to get us to think about who we are and why we are here. What’s most important to you? If you are starving, then food; if you’re dying of the cold, then warmth, if you’re lonely, then probably company. But if our basic needs are satisfied, what then? We know there is more to life than the basics. And as Jesus said, we don’t live by bread alone. In lockdown, I suspect many of us have been doing a fair bit of thinking, maybe worrying. We’ve had to think about the basics: health, safety, even food – some of you have been shielding, some of us have been wary of the shops. We have been more isolated from others – and I don’t just mean 2 metres! But beyond that haven’t these months got us thinking? Clearly, people matter more than possessions and perhaps there’s been a greater awareness not only of friends and family, but others in the community, especially those who care and serve – and maybe some more prayer – and thoughts of God?
John wanted his readers to appreciate that God had come near to them. The eternal Word had become a real human being. Jesus became one of us. Why? So that we might be forgiven and be accepted as children of God. There are a lot of answers we could give to the question “Who am I?” Some very personal. BUT here is a wonderful answer that can be true for us all: I am a child of God. May that potential become a reality for you – put your trust in Jesus.

Praise: CH4 392 When I survey the wondrous cross (From Greenbank Church in Edinburgh)
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Listen to the 2nd Prayer
The Reverend Rosie Frew Convenor of Faith Nurture Forum
Lord God,

We give thanks for all those who nurture faith – through work with children, in discipleship, in the leading of worship, in outreach to the world around.
We give thanks and pray for those who engage with children and young people in Sunday schools and Messy Church, mid-week activities and holiday clubs, youth groups and school chaplaincies. Inspire them as they keep our young people involved in different ways. Encourage them as, in faith, they plant seeds in hearts and minds.
We give thanks and pray for those who lead Bible studies and discussion groups, wrestling with the issues of the day, seeking to open minds and mature faith.
We give thanks and pray for those who are leading worship at this time, challenged to adapt to new ways of engaging. We give thanks for new opportunities to touch hearts and minds. We pray for discernment as we move forward – what to take with us, what to leave behind.
We give thanks and pray for those in the ministries of the church – parish ministers, Ordained Local Ministers, Chaplains and specialist ministries, Deacons, Readers and Locums. Grant them strength and wisdom in these difficult days; imagination and openness as they seek your guiding.
We pray for those discerning a call to ministry, those in training, those seeking their first charge. Be their light, their support, their assurance in their questioning, in their formation.
We give thanks and pray for the members of the new Faith Nurture Forum and for the staff working from their homes – for their commitment to the life and work of the church in these uncertain times - supporting, resourcing, enabling, encouraging, responding to change, working alongside congregations, concerned for the poorest and most marginalised.
We give thanks and pray for each other. For the assurance of you love and care; for your peace in our lives; for hearts on fire with the good news of Jesus; for imagination and courage in mission and fresh expressions of faith; for willingness to embrace the challenges of the changing days ahead.

In Jesus name we pray