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GrahamPreachingDue to the ongoing Covid 19 situation services are limited. However, since Easter Sunday, services have resumed in the church building with limited places which have to be booked by calling 07927 208936 between 10am and and 7pm. Recordings of services will continue to be made available.

YouTubeWe are now livestreaming our services on YouTube, however on Sunday 2 May the service will be prerecorded and available from here.  

Soundfile for Sunday 2 May



Earlier recordings are available from here.

ORDER OF SERVICE - 2 MAY

James: Practical Wisdom for God’s Children from Jesus’ Wee Brother (2)

 

There is no live service in the church building today but you can watch the service on the Bruce Memorial Church YouTube channel or listen on our website or on CD. 

 

During May and June, we plan to study the epistle of James which is all about growing to maturity as God’s people.  Our long title is ‘Practical Wisdom for God’s Children from Jesus’ Wee Brother’!

 

The May PrayerNet is available now on our website.  Paper copies are available from the box outside the church.

 

If you would like to attend the service next Sunday, you can book a place by phoning 07927 208936 any day between 10am and 7pm.  Covid measures will be in place including social distancing, face-masks and no singing.  You are welcome to bring your own cushion!

 

In place of the annual Christian Aid walk across the Forth Bridge, Alan Prentice has organised a ‘Two Bridges Walk’ around Cambusbarron on Saturday 15th May, starting from the church at 2pm.  All are welcome to come on the walk which should take around 35 minutes, with appropriate social distancing as required.  You can sponsor the walkers by giving money to Alan Prentice, Christine Donald or Arline Brisbane or online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bruce-Memorial-Walk with all money going to Christian Aid.  If you would like to find out more about their work, please take a leaflets from the box outside the church or visit www.christianaid.org

 

Angela Samson is leading a small group investigating various ideas to allow us to meet up in person as the covid restrictions ease, either in the church hall or church garden or elsewhere.  There is also the opportunity for fellowship via Zoom – the next one is scheduled for Wednesday 5 May at 3.30pm please email timmsmargaret@yahoo.com for the Zoom link. They have previously been in the evening, but on this occasion come for “afternoon tea” fellowship!

 

Instrumental – When peace like a river

 

Call to worship – Psalm 103.1-5 (NRSV)

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and do not forget all His benefits—

who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit,

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

who satisfies you with good as long as you live

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

Bless the Lord, o my soul;

O my soul, worship His holy name.

Sing like never before, O my soul.

I'll worship Your holy name.

 

The sun comes up,

It's a new day dawning;

It's time to sing Your song again.

Whatever may pass

And whatever lies before me,

Let me be singing

When the evening comes.

 

You're rich in love

And You're slow to anger,

Your name is great

And Your heart is kind.

For all Your goodness

I will keep on singing;

Ten thousand reasons

For my heart to find.

 

And on that day

When my strength is failing,

The end draws near

And my time has come,

Still my soul will

Sing Your praise unending:

Ten thousand years

And then for evermore!

 

Prayer of adoration and confession

 

Please join in with these words at the end of the prayer:

 

As a father has compassion for His children,

So the Lord has compassion for those who fear Him.

For He knows how we were made;

He remembers that we are dust.

 

As for mortals, their days are like grass;

They flourish like a flower of the field;

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place knows it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting

The steadfast love of the Lord is with those who fear Him,

and His righteousness with their children’s children –

with those who keep His covenant

and remember to obey His commands.

 

Video – Yahweh

 

I can’t see Your face

But I know that You are smiling.

I can’t see Your feet

But You lead me wherever I go.

I can’t see Your eyes

But You cry when I am hurting.

I can’t see Your arms

But I feel You drawing me near.

 

There are things about You that I don’t know

But this I know for sure:

You love me and You call me to be Yours.

 

Bible Reading – James 1.1-18

 

Through all the changing scenes of life,

In trouble and in joy,

The praises of my God shall still

My heart and tongue employ.

 

Oh, magnify the Lord with me;

With me exalt His name;

When in distress to Him I called,

He to my rescue came.

 

The hosts of God encamp around

The dwellings of the just;

Deliverance He affords to all

Who on His succour trust.

 

Oh, make but trial of His love,

Experience will decide

How blest are they, and only they,

Who in His truth confide.

 

Fear Him, ye saints, and you will then

Have nothing else to fear;

Make you His service your delight,

Your wants shall be His care.

 

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,

The God whom we adore:

Be glory as it was, is now,

And shall be evermore.

 

Sermon – Pure joy?!

 

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

 

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

 

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

 

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

 

Prayer of intercession

 

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;

He makes me lie in pastures green.

He leads me by the still, still waters,

His goodness restores my soul.

 

And I will trust in You alone,

And I will trust in You alone,

For Your endless mercy follows me,

Your goodness will lead me home.

 

He guides my ways in righteousness,

And He anoints my head with oil,

And my cup, it overflows with joy,

I feast on His pure delights.

 

And though I walk the darkest path,

I will not fear the evil one,

For You are with me, and Your rod and staff

Are the comfort I need to know.

 

Benediction

 

Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side;

Bear patiently, the cross of grief or pain;

Leave to thy God, to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul, thy best thy heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end.

 

Be still, my soul, thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake,

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul, the waves and wind still know

His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

 

In You I rest, in You I found my hope.

In You I trust, You never let me go.

I place my life within Your hands alone;

Be still, my soul.

 

Be still, my soul, the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord,

When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul, when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed, we shall meet at last.

 



If you need pastoral care or any extra support, please contact:

Rev. Graham Nash, on 442068 or gpnash@churchofscotland.org.uk

14 Woodside Court, Cambusbarron, Stirling FK7 9PH

Angela Samson, our Wellbeing Coordinator on 07977 342022 or

wellbeingangela@gmail.com

Kathleen Davidson, our Pastoral Group leader on 471168

Graeme Fotheringham, our Wellbeing elder on 07887 824055.

 

 

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