Ardoch and Blackford Parish Churches

Sunday 6th September 2020

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6th September Order of Service

Welcome to our Service of Worship and First Hymn

Hymn: Beautiful Saviour (all my days)

Stuart Townend

Mairi leads us in prayer

Let us pray

Almighty and all loving God

We would bring you our praise

We would offer you our worship

We would open our hearts

We would tell of all you mean to us

We would proclaim your greatness

Eternal and all powerful God

We hunger to meet with you

To hear your voice

To know your will

To learn more of you

And to offer you a commitment

That does justice to your love

Gracious and all forgiving God

Help us then to acknowledge our faults

To confess our sins

To recognise our many weaknesses

To see all that is wrong in our lives

And to be a people who do justice to your mercy

Great and all transforming God

Enable us to serve you more faithfully

Love you more deeply

Know you more fully

Obey you more completely

And live in a way

That does justice to your renewing power

Everlasting God

You know what we are

And you know what we want to be

Lord hear our prayers

Receive our worship

And so help us become the people you would want us to be

To the glory of your name


Lord’s Prayer

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, the power, and the glory, for ever.



Our reader this morning is Eleanor Thomas from Ardoch Church.  She is reading from Psalm 149 v1 and Psalm 150

 Hymn: Free, Amen recorded by We the Kingdom

Over the last few weeks there has been much talk about re opening. As the world gradually unfolds and re opens, society begins to look very different, society and its people have changed. Many things will never go back to how they were before March 2020.

But what of our Church, how do we re open ….. when we never actually closed. The doors may have been secured to the element yes but our church grew in many different ways.

My concern is that if we don’t reopen our relationship with Christ to its greatest potential we will find ourselves more closed off and locked down than ever. So when I talk about reopening I’m talking about reopening as an Easter people.

I’m talking about reopening our eyes

I’m talking about reopening our hearts

I’m talking about reopening our lives.

I’m talking about reopening ourselves to something new,

Something different,

Something unexpected.

Something exciting

I’m talking about reopening to life, and life abundant, not just for ourselves but for everyone

I’m talking about singing a new song to the Lord

I’m talking about praising the Lord in new ways

I’m talking about praying like we have never prayed before

I’m talking about studying and using our bibles

I’m talking about taking our faith to the next level and out into our communities and really making a difference

We need to sing a new song to the Lord

If we turn to our bibles we can see that three Psalms start with precisely these words — Psalms 96, 98, and 149 — “sing to the Lord a new song.” As does Isaiah 42:10 (“sing to the Lord a new song”) and Psalm 33:3 (“sing to him a new song”). And Psalm 144:9 adds its voice to the chorus, “I will sing a new song to you, O God.”

Are you ready to sing a new song to the Lord

I  know that my heart is ready to sing a new song to the Lord , I may not have all the words  or quite the right tune yet  but that does not matter because I Know I have the spirit leading me .

So I simply invite you to join me on this amazing life changing adventure because “in the Spirit of the Lord there is freedom”


Our closing hymn is : To God be the Glory