Behind locked doors
With many thanks to Andrew Carvel (who was supposed to be on holiday today) for putting this video together, and to Alison, who had the initiative (and camera!) to film parts of the service, here is a slightly abbreviated version of today’s service. Unfortunately we don’t have the call to worship or opening prayer recorded, but you will find those printed below. You can also download the complete order at the link below.
Today’s service is led by Rev Matthew Bicket, with David and Marie Austin.
You can download an order of service at the link below.
Call to Worship
What great joy we have!
Our Lord is risen!
Believe with your whole heart in the miracle of resurrection.
We open our hearts to the good news of God’s faithfulness to us.
Opening Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray.
God of Wonder and of unexpected delight, as we celebrate Christ’s risen presence among us today we pray that you would open to us your word.
Talk to us as we journey along life’s way, meet us as we share in fellowship with one another, and so move in us that we may claim all your promises as our own.
Forgive us O God for the times that we fail to notice your presence among us.
In the wonder, the beauty, the richness of the world you have made, we often miss seeing your glory, creator God.
In the mystery and beauty of a new-born child, in the extraordinary complexities of the human body and soul, we often miss seeing your glory, creator God.
In the sacrificial giving of a son, loved more than we can ever know or understand, we often miss seeing your glory, saving God.
In your coming to us, in the meeting of our needs, when sadness or loneliness threaten to overwhelm our very being, we often miss seeing your glory, comforting God.
In the meeting with other people, in the being with a friend, in the sharing of a meal, in the listening to someone in need, we often miss seeing your glory, loving God.
As we make journeys along the road of life, some joyous, others with a heavy heart, you walk with us, loving God, we praise and thank you that you always see us.
Open our eyes and quicken our hearts, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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 sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us in the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
Scripture Reader: James Crerar
Director of Music: Brigitte Harris
Vocal Ensemble: Eleanor Cozens, Caitlin McGillivray, Eleanor Wilson, Drew Crichton, Andrew Carvel
The choir of St Andrew’s and St George’s West
Technical Team: Alison Bruce, Andrew Carvel, Susan McLarty, Mary Margaret Scott
Digital Coordinator: Andrew Carvel
Call to Worship: Nancy C. Townley, Ministry Matters Website
Prayers of the People: Spill the Beans, Church of Scotland weekly worship April 11 and World Vision internet.
Benediction: Catholic Principals Council, Ontario.
Scripture Reading: New Revised Standard Version
Pixabay, Unsplash and…
Title image: Matthew Bicket
1 & 4: K-State Research and extension via Flickr. Creative commons CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode
2 & 3 : Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
1: Fr Lawrence Lew via Flickr Creative Commons licence BY-NC-ND 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/
2: Richard Croft (image cropped) via commons.wikimedia.org Creative Commons licence BY-SA 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en
Introit: Stuart Murray Mitchell
Anthem: Words – Psalm 23, The Scottish Psalter 1650; Music – Bob Chilcott (b.1955)
Hymns from Church Hymnary 4th edition
Hymns used under licence from CCLI 247862
Streaming licence 351013
St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church of Scotland Edinburgh. Charity SC008990