11 July 2021 is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Feeling fated to despair and failure? Feeling rejected, shamed and guilty? Everyone does at times and today’s Scripture is a place to turn for reassurance. Ephesians, Chapter One.
Below, you will find the main Scripture we’ve mentioned and then Rev. Geoff McKee’s video service from St James’ Church, including prayers, further Bible readings and the sermon. There is also Kath Robertson’s musical selection, featuring a “future hit” at St James’… 🙂
This week , we have included a full Order of Service with “time stamps” for the different elements of the service so you can find them quickly within the video service, if you wish. Is this a help?
Main reading for this week
Ephesians 1:3-14 (New International Version)
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Order of Service – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
NOTE: Time stamps refer to the relevant point in the video recording, below.
Welcome and Intimations (2:00)
Call to Worship (2:40)
Praise: MP307 I will enter His gates & MP324 I’m redeemed, yes I am (3:14)
Prayers of Adoration and Confession (6:07)
Praise: MP21 All the riches of His grace (15:15)
Readings: Amos 7:7-15 & Psalm 85:8-13 (18:07)
Praise: MP1072 In Christ alone (21:12)
Readings: Ephesians 1:3-14 & Mark 6:14-29 (25:35)
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession (42:20)
Praise: MP708 To God be the glory! (45:38)