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ORDER OF SERVICE

Sunday 26th September 2021

Stewards of God’s Good Creation (2) – Creation’s Groaning

 

You can watch today’s service live on the Bruce Memorial Church YouTube channel or listen on our website or on CD.  We are looking at our responsibility as human beings to care for the planet we inhabit; and as God’s children to do all we can to minimise the effects of climate change and to care for those who are worst affected.  We will be borrowing a lot of material from Dave Bookless in his book Planet Wise which is highly recommended.  He writes: ‘Caring for creation is essential to following Jesus Christ.  It’s not an optional extra, but part of the core of our faith.’

 

The Wellbeing Group will meet again this Tuesday at 10.30am in the Church Hall.  Our guest speaker Mr Byron Tilly is a keen photographer and will present an illustrated talk entitled 'Scotland Great & Small'.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please wear a mask.  Everyone welcome.

 

We plan to have our Harvest service next Sunday.  If you would like to attend, please book a place by phoning 07927 208936 any day between 10am and 7pm.  There is an opportunity this Sunday and next to bring donations of non-perishable foodstuffs for Start Up Stirling, our local food bank, and also to make donations through the Halliday Foundation to help refugees from Afghanistan.  The items that are requested include: books and board games, toiletries, clothing and trainers, adult rucksacks, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, crockery and bedding (new if possible). 

 

Blythswood Appeal – you can bring your shoeboxes to church from 10th October.

 

Are you interested in Heartstart Training?  A 2-hour class in the Community Centre, led by the Trossachs Search & Rescue Team, designed to share simple life-saving skills, including how to use the defibrillator installed at the Community Centre.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Angela Samson, Wellbeing Coordinator.

 

Instrumental – Come, let us to the Lord our God

 

Call to worship – Colossians 1.15-17

 

Thou whose almighty word

Chaos and darkness heard,

And took their flight;

Hear us, we humbly pray,

And where the gospel day

Sheds not its glorious ray

Let there be light.

 

Thou who didst come to bring

On thy redeeming wing

Healing and sight,

Health to the sick in mind,

Sight to the inly blind,

O now to all mankind

Let there be light.

 

Spirit of truth and love,

Life-giving, holy Dove,

Speed forth thy flight;

Move o’er the waters’ face,

Bearing the lamp of grace,

And in earth’s darkest place

Let there be light.

 

Blessed and holy Three,

Glorious Trinity,

Wisdom, Love, Might,

Boundless as ocean’s tide

Rolling in fullest pride,

Through the world far and wide

Let there be light.

Prayer of approach to God

 

Together Time

(1) Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals

(2) Trees

 

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do.

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do.

He made the trees, He made the seas,

He made the elephants too.

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do.

 

My God is so great, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do.

My God is so great, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do.

The mountains are His, the rivers are His,

The stars are His handiwork too.

My God is so great, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do.

There's nothing my God cannot do.

There's nothing my God cannot do for you!

 

Bible Readings          Genesis 3.1-19

Romans 8.18-25

 

The world belongs to God

He spoke and there it was

Though it was very good

It all went bad because

The man that God had made

And the woman there with him

Turned their backs on God to get

A deadly taste of sin, but...

 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Jesus is the way

Jesus is the Saviour, you can come to Him today

Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

People from their sin

You will find forgiveness

When you put your trust in Him.

 

Well, if you look around

You’ll see how sin has spread

Turning light to dark

And living things to dead

But God still rules the world

He always had a plan:

To send His Son to save us

In the likeness of a man.

 

Well if you come to God –

You still have time you know –

He’ll wash your sinful heart

And make it white as snow.

Come taste eternal life

And death will have no sting

All who trust in Jesus

Are the children of the King!

 

A Fallen World

 

You’re the Word of God the Father

From before the world began.

Every star and every planet

Has been fashioned by Your hand.

All creation holds together

By the power of Your voice.

Let the skies declare Your glory;

Let the land and seas rejoice!

 

You’re the Author of creation;

You’re the Lord of every man;

And Your cry of love rings out

Across the lands.

 

Yet You left the gaze of angels,

Came to seek and save the lost,

And exchanged the joy of heaven

For the anguish of a cross.

With a prayer You fed the hungry;

With a word You stilled the sea;

Yet how silently You suffered

That the guilty may go free!

 

With a shout You rose victorious,

Wresting victory from the grave,

And ascended into heaven,

Leading captives in Your way.

Now You stand before the Father,

Interceding for Your own;

From each tribe and tongue and nation,

You are leading sinners home!

 

A Spiritual Crisis

 

Prayer of thanksgiving and intercession

 

The Saviour died, but rose again

Triumphant from the grave;

And pleads our cause at God's right hand,

Omnipotent to save.

 

Who then can e'er divide us more

From Jesus and His love,

Or break the sacred chain that binds

The earth to heaven above?

 

Let troubles rise, and terrors frown,

And days of darkness fall;

Through Him all dangers we'll defy,

And more than conquer all.

 

Nor death nor life, nor earth nor hell,

Nor time's destroying sway,

Can e'er efface us from His heart,

Or make His love decay.

 

Each future period that will bless,

As it has blessed the past;

He loved us from the first of time,

He loves us to the last.

 

Benediction

 

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

Forgive our foolish ways;

Reclothe us in our rightful mind,

In purer lives thy service find,

In deeper reverence, praise.

 

In simple trust like theirs who heard

Beside the Syrian sea

The gracious calling of the Lord,

Let us, like them, without a word

Rise up and follow thee.

 

O Sabbath rest by Galilee,

O calm of hills above,

Where Jesus knelt to share with thee

The silence of eternity,

Interpreted by love!

 

Drop thy still dews of quietness,

Till all our strivings cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress,

And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of thy peace.

 

Breathe through the heats of our desire

Thy coolness and thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,

O still, small voice of calm!



 

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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