This weeks service

Morning Service                       13/06/2021

The congregation are asked to stand

as the Bible is placed into the pulpit

Welcome & Intimations

Call to Worship:

HYMN:  132  Immortal, invisible, God only wise

1.      Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes,

most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2.      Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might,

thy justice like mountains high soaring above

thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

3.      To all, life thou givest, to both great and small.

In all life thou livest, the true life of all.

We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,

and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.

4.      Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,

thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight.

All praise we would render; O help us to see

‘tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

READING 1: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, and King Saul went home to Gibeah. 35 As long as Samuel lived, he never again saw the king; but he grieved over him. The Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king of Israel.

David Is Anointed King

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you go on grieving over Saul? I have rejected him as king of Israel. But now get some olive oil and go to Bethlehem, to a man named Jesse, because I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

“How can I do that?” Samuel asked. “If Saul hears about it, he will kill me!”

The Lord answered, “Take a calf with you and say that you are there to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will tell you what to do. You will anoint as king the man I tell you to.”

Samuel did what the Lord told him to do and went to Bethlehem, where the city leaders came trembling to meet him and asked, “Is this a peaceful visit, seer?”

“Yes,” he answered. “I have come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me.” He also told Jesse and his sons to purify themselves, and he invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Jesse’s son Eliab and said to himself, “This man standing here in the Lord’s presence is surely the one he has chosen.” But the Lord said to him, “Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.”

Then Jesse called his son Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. But Samuel said, “No, the Lord hasn’t chosen him either.” Jesse then brought Shammah. “No, the Lord hasn’t chosen him either,” Samuel said. 10 In this way Jesse brought seven of his sons to Samuel. And Samuel said to him, “No, the Lord hasn’t chosen any of these.” 11 Then he asked him, “Do you have any more sons?”

Jesse answered, “There is still the youngest, but he is out taking care of the sheep.”

“Tell him to come here,” Samuel said. “We won’t offer the sacrifice until he comes.” 12 So Jesse sent for him. He was a handsome, healthy young man, and his eyes sparkled. The Lord said to Samuel, “This is the one—anoint him!” 13 Samuel took the olive oil and anointed David in front of his brothers. Immediately the spirit of the Lord took control of David and was with him from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

READING 2:  Mark 4: 26-34

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. 27 He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. 28 The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain. 29 When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 “What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it? 31 It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. 32 After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

33 Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand. 34 He would not speak to them without using parables, but when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain everything to them.

HYMN:  158  God Moves In A Mysterious Way

1.      God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea

And rides upon the storm.

2.      Deep in unfathomable mines

Of never failing skill

He treasures up His bright designs

And works His sov’reign will.

3.      Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust Him for His grace;

Behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face.

4.      Blind unbelief is sure to err

And scan His work in vain;

God is His own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.

SERMON:

“God’s Map”

HYMN:  501  Take This Moment, Sign and Space

1.    Take this moment, sign and space;

take my friends around;

here among us make the place

where your love is found.

2.    Take the time to call my name,

take the time to mend

who I am and what I’ve been,

all I’ve failed to tend.

3.    Take the little child in me,

scared of growing old;

help me here to find my worth

made in Christ’s own mould.

4.    Take my talents, take my skills,

take what’s yet to be;

let my life be yours,

all I’ve failed to tend.

Offering Brought Forward

Prayer of Dedication

Prayer for others and ourselves

HYMN:  532  Lord, I Come to the Seashore

1.      Lord, you have come to the seashore,

neither searching for the rich nor the wise,

desiring only that I should follow.

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,

gently smiling, you have spoken my name;

all I longed for I have found by the water,

at your side, I will seek other shores.

2.      Lord, take my hands and direct them.

Help me spend myself in seeking the lost,

returning love for the love you gave me.

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,

gently smiling, you have spoken my name;

all I longed for I have found by the water,

at your side, I will seek other shores.

3.      Lord, as I drift on the waters,

be the resting-place of my restless heart,

my life’s companion, my friend and refuge.

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,

gently smiling, you have spoken my name;

all I longed for I have found by the water,

at your side, I will seek other shores.

Benediction

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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