We continue with our series on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians on this Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – 08 August 2021.
The main reading is below and then a listing of the Order of Service for today, the video of the service conducted by Rev. Geoff McKee and a Musical Selection from our Director of Music, Katherine Robertson.
The accompanying photograph is an ‘archive’ image (no ‘social distancing markers’ on pews!) of the gentle light from the main stained glass window on the north wall of the Church.
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Main scripture for today
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 (New International Version)
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Order of Service
Welcome and Intimations
Call to Worship
Praise: The love of Jesus calls us (Tune: Aurelia)
Prayers of Adoration and Confession
Praise: MP456 Make me a channel of your peace
Readings: 1 Kings 19:4-8 & Psalm 34:1-8
Praise: MP181 God forgave my sin
Readings: Ephesians 4:25-5:2 & John 6:35, 41-51
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Praise: CH4 622 We sing a love that sets all people free
Here is love vast as the ocean
Welsh Christian, William Rees, wrote this wonderful hymn. It became known as the love song of the Welsh Revival of 1904. Many contemporary Christian artists have since rediscovered it. This version is sung by Robin Mark, a Northern Irish Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist, based in Belfast. The hymn emphasises the great love that God showed in sending His Son that we might have everlasting life.