Order of Service for Recorded Service

Order of Service Sunday 12th July 2020

Welcome to St. Ninian's

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.'

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



HYMN 202

Stand up and bless the Lord,
all people now rejoice,

stand up and bless the Lord your God
with heart and soul and voice.

Though high above all praise,
above all blessing high,
who would not fear His holy name,
and thanks and glorify?

O for the living flame
from His own altar brought,
to touch our lips, our minds inspire,
and wing to heaven our thought!

God is our strength and song,
and His salvation ours;
then be His love in Christ proclaimed
with all our ransomed powers.

Stand up and bless the Lord;
the Lord your God adore;
stand up and bless His glorious name,
both now and evermore.


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: Matthew 13: 1 – 9, 18 - 23 (New revised Standard Version)

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” 18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.  22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”


HYMN 349

In our lives plant seeds of hope,
in our homes plant seeds of love,
in our church plant seeds of joy.
Tell the world about God’s love,
tell the world about God’s love.

Jesus said, ‘If you have faith
small as a mustard seed,
in my name you’ll do great things,
you’ll do great things indeed.’

‘If a seed falls to the ground,
lies buried like the grain’,
Jesus said, ‘until it dies
it cannot grow again.’

Jesus told the story of
the seed the sower sows,
‘Listen to my Father’s words
and then your faith will grow.’

‘Some words fall among the thorns
and some on stony ground;
some are carried off and lost,
but others find good ground.’

SCRIPTURE: Romans 8: 1 - 11 (New Revised Standard Version)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin,  he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.



HYMN 527

Lord, make us servants of your peace:
Where there is hate, may we sow love;
Where there is hurt, may we forgive;
Where there is strife, may we make one.

Where all is doubt, may we sow faith;
Where all is gloom, may we sow hope;
Where all is night, may we sow light;
Where all is tears, may we sow joy.

Jesus, our Lord, may we not seek 
To be consoled, but to console,
Nor look to understanding hearts,
But look for hearts to understand.

May we not look for love's return,
But seek to love unselfishly,
For in our giving we receive,
And in forgiving are forgiven.

Dying, we live, and are reborn
Through death's dark night to endless day;
Lord, make us servants of your peace,
To wake at last in heaven's light.

OFFERING AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION. 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 dedicate our gifts to God, give thanks for our blessings, and cry out for help for others and ourselves.  During the prayers this response is used periodically:

Minister: Lord in your mercy,

Congregation: Hear our prayer.


HYMN 605 (Regent Square)

Thanks to God whose word was spoken

in the making of the earth.

His the voice that called a nation,

fired her vision, tried her worth.

God has spoken, God has spoken:

praise him for his open word.


Thanks to God whose word incarnate

came to save our human race.

Deeds and words and death and rising

testify to heaven's grace.

God has spoken, God has spoken:

praise him for his open word.


Thanks to God whose word was written

in the Bible's sacred page,

record of the revelation

showing God to every age.

God has spoken, God has spoken:

praise him for his open word.


Thanks to God whose word is published

in the tongues of every race.

See its glory undiminished

by the change of time and place.

God has spoken, God has spoken:

praise him for his open word.


Thanks to God whose word is answered

by the Spirit's voice within.

Here we drink of joy unmeasured,

life redeemed from death and sin.

God is speaking, God is speaking:

praise him for his open word.



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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