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Worship Sheet for Sunday 16 August – Why am I here?

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 Ephesians 2 we read that it is not because of our good deeds that we are saved, but by grace, as a free gift through Christ. What are we here for? Part of it is to live out a life of good deeds out of gratitude to Jesus.

Call: Let us worship God, Praise the Lord all you people.
Mini Service
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Listen to the 1st Prayer
1st prayer 16 August

Lord, sometimes we find it hard to believe that you are willing to accept us as your children. Sometimes we take that for granted. Help us to get the balance right – to accept the wonder of your love, grace and forgiveness that in spite of our waywardness and shortcomings you are ready to accept each of us as a child of God. Help us to be as welcoming of others as our sisters and brothers in Christ. But help us too to take seriously our call to follow Jesus and to live lives that bear out our acceptance, of our position as sons and daughters of the Living God. Come among us in power and love and enable us to live fruitful lives that point others to Jesus, that show buds of the kingdom of God and reflect well on the Saviour who gave his all for us. Journey with us that we may be steadfast in our desire to love and serve our Master, the Servant King and in our prayer walk we remember the congregation of Dun & Hillside and their parish and all to the west. And 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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Ephesians 2:1-10 read by Rev William Wilson, Moderator of Presbytery of Glasgow.
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Moderator Sermon  
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Following on from Who am I? in the book Sophie’s World the Moderator asks us to think about the question Why am I here? What’s the purpose of my life? What contribution have I to make to the world and my neighbour? Perhaps lockdown and some of the scary moments we’ve had recently has reinforced the fact that we are actually connected to others. Even in isolation many of us have had a renewed sense of our connectedness. Our links to others – to our family, our friends, to people who care for us, to folk who provide our necessities, to key workers on whom we depend, maybe too to other Christians we haven’t seen so much of but who pray for us. All of these people help shape who we are. We just aren’t the person we are, without our connectedness. And maybe tht is why some people have been hit so hard in lockdown, because many of our links have been dislocated, we haven’t been allowed to meet, to visit. But Paul points to something even more wonderful – we are who we are because of Jesus – he connects us in love to one another and to God our Father. And THAT gives us a purpose, a reason for being, to live for Christ, to share in making his love known in word and action. Who am I? Why am I here? There are lots of detailed answers to those which will differ for each of us – but a great answer is that we are children of God because of Jesus, to love him and love our neighbour for his sake, to live out the kingdom of God.

Praise: CH4 547 What a friend we have in Jesus
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Listen to the 2nd Prayer

Prayer by Very Rev Susan Brown, Convener, Faith Impact Forum
Father, You sent your Son for the sake of all humanity - Inspire us to live as sisters and brothers and to live that connectedness generously and lovingly, enjoying the companionship of your people in every part of the world as we journey through this life together.

Heavenly Father, like your Son, plant in us a discontent with injustice. Give us the courage to stand against what is unfair and help us to reach out to those who are suffering… suffering through poverty, prejudice or oppression. May we dare to speak out for change in systems that perpetuate such suffering and model that change in the way we live as individuals and as a Church. Give us the courage, Lord God, to love even as we are loved and to do so in the name of Jesus Christ and for his sake… Amen

Blessing And so send us out Lord with your blessing, with your favour which lasts from generation to generation which extends to our children and children’s children.
Send us out knowing that we are children of God and that our purpose is in serving you. Show us how you would have us live and may the blessing of God Almighty Father Son and Holy Spirit be upon each one of you today and forever more Amen

The Lord bless you and keep you, make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.