Sunday Worship, 20 June 2021

Order of Service

Welcome

Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by your name; you are mine

Isaiah 43: 1

Hymn 600     Spirit of God unseen as the wind

Prayer

Loving God

On Father’s Day we think about the care and concern

of our family for us –

especially dads, grandpas, uncles and brothers

but it is also a time to think about the care and concern

shown by our heavenly Father

you are always our best and most faithful friend

you are always there for us

always working for the best for us

but also ready to speak plainly to us when we need it

In your love for us you gave us your Son, Jesus

to show us, and to teach us, how we should live

He was ready to suffer and die for us

but was still ready to ask you to forgive those who hurt him

and on Easter Day you showed –

by raising him from death –

that goodness, love and truth always have the last word

Forgive us for the times we have not appreciated your love

the times we have not appreciated the love and kindness

of family and friends

Help us to begin again

and with the Spirit’s help

try to be the people you want us to be

the people you know we can be

Through Christ our Lord we pray

Boys Brigade section

Reading         Mark 4: 35-41

Hymn 737     Will your anchor hold

Guiding section

Prayers for others

Caring God

You care about everyone in the world

You are always trying to right the wrongs

 that people or nature cause

 trying to build peace and justice in your world

We pray today for our families and friends

 but especially for dads and grandpas

 for those with new arrivals in the family

 or who are expecting new arrivals

 and for those for whom fatherhood is a difficult subject

We pray for all who are struggling to cope with life

 especially if they have children to look after too

 those who are ill, those who look after them, and those who worry about them

 those receiving or waiting for treatment and those for whom there is no treatment

 those who are lonely, feeling down or grieving someone close

 those worried about home, money, work, a friend or relative

 those who don’t have enough to eat or anywhere to call home

 those coping with the effects of natural disasters

 those who are striving against corruption, cruelty, neglect or indifference

 those who long to live in peace and safety

 those who have fled from the their homes seeking safety

We pray for the Queen, the government

 and all in positions of leadership in this and every land

We pray for your church

 our own congregation

 the wider church in Dumbarton

 and the world-wide church

We bring to you our prayers for people and situations of special concern to us

And we sum up our prayers in the words of the prayer Jesus gave us

Hymn SGP102         The Spirit lives to set us free

Blessing

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