Welcome! to this second installment of 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. We are striving to improve this each week as we worship apart from each other during this global virus crisis. Always remember, CHURCH is the people.
As we prepare to worship, let’s hear this setting of Psalm 23, set to Brother James Air. The young women you hear singing are Dr. Joanna Smolko and Dr. Jeannette DiBernardo Jones. They are friends of the McFarlands’ daughters from college. Both women are professors/teachers of music at universities and communities in the states, Jeannette in the Boston, Massachusetts area and Joanna in Athens, Georgia. They recorded this piece from those two very distant locations last week while seeking creative relief from the on-line teaching, family life stresses felt everywhere. When you go to Joanna’s YouTube page from the link, you can read a bit the mechanics of their endeavour.
Hymn: “Psalm 23”
Call to Worship: From Psalm 92:1-5
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
As the entire earth is on some sort of lockdown, let’s worship together with this song from a Gospel Choir in Oslo, Norway.
Hymn: “Come, Let Us Sing”
Read now the Sermon Scripture from Hebrews 10:26-31, placed here to prepare for the confession of sin.
26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Prayers of Intercession
Confession of Sin: from Psalm 25:4-7
4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. 6 Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! 11 For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. 18 Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
Hymn: “Just As I Am”
Prayers of Repentance
Assurance of Pardon from Hebrews 9:11-14
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,5 then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Hymn: “Here is Love, Vast As the Ocean” (It begins in Welsh. English follows)
Benediction: Hebrews 13:20, 21
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Doxology:“Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing” (Sing out! There is only music and words on this video.)
Rest now on the hope and assurance we have in Jesus as we reflect on the worship service, the scriptures, prayers, music, and sermon as you prepare to begin another week of distance and isolation.
Postlude Song: “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” sung by Alison Krauss
As for your tithes and offerings to God: If you are accustomed to bringing them to worship, we are working on an on-line donation scheme. If you would like to have a note of the church’s bank account details to make a bank transfer please click here to email and ask.
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Have a good week! Again, Keep Your Distance and Wash Your Hands!