Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God! Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant.
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
PSALM 122 | Scottish Psalter
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Most holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess in your presence that we have a nature that is prone to evil and slow to do good. You alone know how often we have sinned, even in the last week - in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. O Lord, we are ashamed for every way in which we have displeased you, and we ask you to have mercy upon us. Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and forgive our sins for the sake of your dear Son, our Saviour. And, O most holy and loving Father, please, we pray, send your purifying grace into our hearts, that from now on we may live in your light and walk in your ways in obedience to the commandments of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS | 1 Tim 2:3-6
God our Saviour, desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[a] Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.
SCRIPTURE READING | Jeremiah 29:1-24, 1 Peter 1
SERMON | "Living as Aliens in a Fallen World." | Rev Robert Walker
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen
HYMN 568 | Praise!
Church of God, elect and glorious,
holy nation, chosen race;
called as God’s own special people,
royal priests and heirs of grace:
know the purpose of your calling,
show to all his mighty deeds;
tell of love which knows no limits,
grace which meets all human needs.
God has called you out of darkness
into his most marvellous light;
brought his truth to life within you,
turned your blindness into sight.
Let your light so shine around you
that God’s name be glorified;
and all find fresh hope and purpose
in Christ Jesus crucified.
Once you were an alien people,
strangers to God’s heart of love;
but he brought you home in mercy,
citizens of Heaven above.
Let his love flow out to others,
let them feel a Father’s care;
that they too may know his welcome
and his countless blessings share.
Church of God, elect and holy,
be the people he intends;
strong in faith and swift to answer
each command your master sends:
royal priests, fulfil your calling
through your sacrifice and prayer;
give your lives in joyful service –
sing his praise, his love declare.
BENEDICTION | 2 Thess 3:16