Service 25/10/2020

Service:- Sunday 25 October 2020

The congregation are asked to stand

as the Bible is placed into the pulpit

Welcome & Intimations

Call to worship

Hymn:  CH4 229  We Plough the Fields and Scatter

1. We plough the fields and scatter

The good seed on the land,

But it is fed and watered

By God’s almighty hand:

He sends the snow in winter,

The warmth to swell the grain,

The breezes and the sunshine,

And soft, refreshing rain.

Refrain:

All good gifts around us

Are sent from heaven above;

Then thank the Lord,

O thank the Lord,

For all his love.

2. He only is the maker

Of all things near and far;

He paints the wayside flower,

He lights the evening star;

The winds and waves obey him,

By him the birds are fed;

Much more to us, his children,

He gives our daily bread.

Refrain:

All good gifts around us

Are sent from heaven above;

Then thank the Lord,

O thank the Lord,

For all his love.

3. We thank thee then, O Father,

For all things bright and good,

The seed time and the harvest,

Our life, our health, our food.

Accept the gifts we offer

For all thy love imparts,

And what thou most desirest,

Our humble, thankful hearts.

Refrain:

All good gifts around us

Are sent from heaven above;

Then thank the Lord,

O thank the Lord,

For all his love.

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

& Lord’s Prayer

Bible Readings: 

Psalms 40:1-13 

A Song of Praise

40 I waited patiently for the Lord’s help;

then he listened to me and heard my cry.

He pulled me out of a dangerous pit,

out of the deadly quicksand.

He set me safely on a rock

and made me secure.

He taught me to sing a new song,

a song of praise to our God.

Many who see this will take warning

and will put their trust in the Lord.

Happy are those who trust the Lord,

who do not turn to idols

or join those who worship false gods.

You have done many things for us, O Lord our God;

there is no one like you!

You have made many wonderful plans for us.

I could never speak of them all—

their number is so great!

You do not want sacrifices and offerings;

you do not ask for animals burned whole on the altar

or for sacrifices to take away sins.

Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,

    and so I answered, “Here I am;

your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.

How I love to do your will, my God!

I keep your teaching in my heart.”

In the assembly of all your people, Lord,

I told the good news that you save us.

You know that I will never stop telling it.

10 I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;

I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.

In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent

about your loyalty and constant love.

11 Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.

Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.

A Prayer for Help

12 I am surrounded by many troubles—

too many to count!

My sins have caught up with me,

and I can no longer see;

they are more than the hairs of my head,

and I have lost my courage.

13 Save me, Lord! Help me now!

Hymn:  CH4 233 Come, you thankful people, come 

1. Come, you thankful people, come,

raise the song of harvest home!

All is safely gathered in

ere the winter storms begin:

God, our maker, will provide

for our needs to be supplied;

come to God’s own temple, come;

raise the song of harvest home.

2. All the world is God’s own field,

harvests fruit his praise to yield;

wheat and tears together sown,

here for joy or sorrow grown:

first the blade and then the ear,

then the full corn shall appear:

Lord of harvest, grant that we

wholesome grain and pure may be.

3. For the Lord our God shall come

and shall bring his harvest home;

from his field shall in that day

all offences purge away;

give his angels charge at last

in the fire the weeds to cast,

but the fruitful ears to store

in his care for evermore.

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come-

bring your final harvest home!

gather all your people in

free from sorrow, free from sin,

there, for ever purified,

in your presence to abide:

come, with all your angels, come,

raise the glorious harvest home!

Sermon:

“Now Thank We All Our God”

Hymn:  CH4 231  For the Fruit of All Creation

1. For the fruit of all creation,

thanks be to God.

For these gifts to every nation,

thanks be to God.

For the plowing, sowing, reaping,

silent growth while we are sleeping,

future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,

thanks be to God.

2. In the just reward of labour,

God’s will is done.

In the help we give our neighbour,

God’s will is done.

In our world-wide task of caring

for the hungry and despairing,

in the harvests we are sharing,

God’s will is done.

3. For the harvests of the Spirit,

thanks be to God.

For the good we all inherit,

thanks be to God.

For the wonders that astound us,

for the truths that still confound us,

most of all that love has found us,

thanks be to God.

Offering Brought Forward

Prayer of Dedication & Thanksgiving

Hymn:  CH4 182  Now Thank We All Our God

1. Now thank we all our God,

with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done,

in whom this world rejoices;

who from our mothers’ arms

has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.

2. Oh, may this bounteous God

through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts

and blessed peace to cheer us;

and keep us still in grace,

and guide us when perplexed;

and free us from all ills,

in this world and the next.

3. All praise and thanks to God

Who reigns in highest heaven – 

the Father and the Son

and Spirit – now be given:

the one, eternal God,

whom earth and heaven adore;

for thus it was, is now,

and shall be evermore.

Blessing & Threefold Amen

May the God of peace go with us

As we travel from this place.

May the love of Jesus keep us

Firm in hope and full of grace.

The congregation are asked to stand

as the Bible is removed from the pulpit


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