Sunday 10th May

 

Welcome!  to Self-Guided Worship from Grace Community Church in Kyle of Lochalsh (International Presbyterian Church.) “Self-Guided” means you, and any family members who are with you, will read the scriptures and form and pray the prayers. Click on the links for the hymns, both the music and words will be there. Click on the YouTube link for the sermon. This is our eighth week at this; we hope to provide you each week a worship service that enables you to enter behind the curtain into the presence of our Holy God as we worship apart from each other during this global virus crisis. Remember, CHURCH is the people.

 

This week we continue a seven-week sermon series from Hebrews 11. This week death came to Skye from COVID-19. In the week’s worship and sermon we face death as disciples for the journey home. As we live with social-isolation and distancing, our faith can be tried and wounded, but strengthened. In these weeks apart pray for each other. Connect with each other when you call, text, email, or Zoom with each other. Faith in Lockdown acknowledges that life is different and, for some, seemly uncontrollable. This week we begin with faith for the journey home in the city prepared by God.

 

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death This song was introduced in the Maundy Thursday service. It is based on the First question of the Heidelberg Catechism “What is you only comfort in life or death?” The full answer and scripture support can be found in our Maundy Thursday service in our online worship at the churches webpage where you found this service.

 

Call to Worship Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!” For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be within you!” For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.

 

Hymn Psalm 122

 

Prayer

  • Give Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  • Thank God that we can come into his presence because of the shed blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Great High Priest
  • Give thanks that in the time of this pandemic, we can join the global church and our sister churches here in the Highlands before the throne of Grace

 

Confession of Sin Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

 

Hymn Man of Sorrows

 

Prayers of Repentance, Private prayers of repentance, turning from sin to Christ

 

Assurance of Pardon Luke 24:44-49

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you ware clothed with power from on high.”

 

Hymn And Can It Be

 

Sermon Scripture Hebrews 11:13-16

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

 

Pray

  • Pray for the families and friends who have been touch be COVID-19 through sickness and death on Skye.
  • Pray for churches who are continuing to face these new realities in the areas of worship, discipleship and mercy.
  • Pray for global health workers, governments and families as they deal with the daily uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus crisis.
  • Pray for your neighbors’ health and well being as they practice social distancing.
  • Pray for whatever is on your heart…

 

Sermon Faith in Lockdown: Discipleship and death, the journey home

 

Hymn Abide with Me

 

Benediction The UK Blessing

 

Doxology The Lord is my Salvation, doxology is a verse

 

A Parting Song  Blessed Assurance

 

Next week Hebrews 11:17-22