Order of Service 24th January 2021



Minister:  Rev. James Aitken

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 Order of Service

24th January 2020



Sunday 24th January 2020     Epiphany 3       

Good morning and welcome to everyone who has joined us on-line at St. Ninian's this morning.  We hope you will enjoy our worship of God together today. As a congregation our mission is to, 'Worship God together, encourage personal faith and prayer, spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, and love and care for others in our community.'

This is the season of Epiphany.  Traditionally, Epiphany falls on January 6th, and is commonly celebrated on the nearest Sunday.  Epiphany means ‘manifestation’ and is closely associated with the revelation of Christ in connection with the visit of the Magi.  However, many denominations now celebrate a season of Epiphany, of manifestations, between Christmas and Lent as Jesus calls his disciples and works his public ministry of teaching and healing manifesting his divine presence on earth.

St. Ninian’s uses the Revised Common Lectionary is an approved week-by-week three-year cycle of biblical readings.  The readings lead us from Advent through the Christian year, the Bible, and Jesus’ life through birth, baptism, his public ministry, his death, resurrection and ascension.

‘Spring Song’ Mendelssohn


We welcome one another with Christ's words 'Peace be with you'.



HYMN: 509

Jesus calls us!  O'er the tumult

of our life's wild restless sea,

day by day his voice is sounding,

saying, 'Christian, follow me'.


As, of old, Saint Andrew heard it

by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred,

leaving all for his dear sake.


Jesus calls us from the worship

of the vain world's golden store,

from each idol that would keep us,

saying, 'Christian, love me more'.


In our joys and in our sorrows,

days of toil and hours of ease,

still he calls, in cares and pleasures,

'Christian, love me more than these'.


Jesus calls us!  By your mercy,

Saviour, make us hear your call,

give our hearts to your obedience,

serve and love you best of all.


Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen


SCRIPTURE: Mark 1: 14 - 20 (New Revised Standard Version)

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying,“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea - for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.


HYMN: 339

Sing of Andrew, John’s disciple,
led by faith through ways untrod,
till the Baptist cried at Jordan,
‘There behold the Lamb of God.’
Stirred by hearing this new teacher,
Andrew, freed from doubt and fear,
ran to tell his brother Simon,
‘God’s Anointed One is here!’

Sing of Andrew, called by Jesus
from the shores of Galilee,
leaving boats and nets and kindred,
trusting in that ‘Follow me.’
When a boy’s small meal fed thousands,
when inquiring Greeks found care,
when the Spirit came in blessing —
Andrew faithfully was there.

Sing of Andrew, bold apostle,
sent to make the gospel known,
faithful to his Lord’s example,
called to make a cross his own.
So may we who prize his memory
honour Christ in our own day,
bearing witness to our neighbours,
living what we sing and pray.


SCRIPTURE: Jonah 3: 1 – 5, 10 (New Revised Standard Version)

1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.  4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”  The Ninevites believed God.  A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.



HYMN: 485

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind;
in purer lives thy service find,
* in deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all
our words and works that drown
the tender whisper of thy call,
as noiseless let thy blessing fall
as fell thy manna down.

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm!

* The last line of each verse is repeated.


Freely given, our offering supports the work of Christ's church and symbolises our spiritual dedication to the building-up of the Kingdom of God.


We give thanks for our blessings, and cry out for help for others and ourselves.


HYMN: 247

Moved by the Gospel, let us move 

with every gift and art. 

The image of creative love, 

indwells each human heart. 

The Maker calls creation good, 

so let us now express 

with sound and colour, stone and wood, 

the shape of holiness.


Let weavers form from broken strands

a tapestry of prayer. 

Let artists paint with skilful hands 

their joy in lament and care, 

Then mime the story: Christ has come. 

With reverence dance the word.. 

With flute and organ, chime and drum, 

God’s praise be ever heard.


O Spirit, breathe among us here, 

inspire the work we do. 

May hands and voices, eye and ear 

attest to life made new. 

In worship and in daily strife 

create among us still. 

Great Artist form our common life

according to Your will.



Go now in peace, never be afraid. 

God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true.

Know He will guide you in all you do.

Go now in love, and show you believe.

Reach out to others, so all the world can see.

God will be there, watching from above. 

Go now in peace, in faith and in love. 




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