This is the 25th October and the twenty first Sunday after Pentecost.
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The theme of the service today is Jesus and the Law .
Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost
Almighty God, your Son has shown us how to love one another.
May our love for you overflow into joyous service
and be a healing witness to our neighbours
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Holy One, you planted us by living water,
that we might be rooted in righteousness.
You call us to be holy as you are holy.
Assured of your love,
help us to cast aside all fear,
that we may love our neighbours as ourselves. Amen.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they
gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment.
And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this
question: "What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David."
He said to them, "How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord,
saying, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet"'?
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?"
No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone
dare to ask him any more questions.
God of salvation,
who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost,
hear our prayers on behalf of those who are lost in our day,
receiving our petitions and thanksgivings with your unending compassion.
visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us,
that we may hurry to make you welcome
not only in our concern for others,
but by serving them generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.
PRAYER IN TIME OF CRISIS
Lord Jesus, In the midst of a storm, You said, ‘Peace, be still’.
Bid our anxious fears subside, Sustain your church in faith, hope and love.
Bring our nation, and our world through this tumult.
Grant wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities, And healing and hope to all those who are infected.
Creator of all,
you have called us and chosen us to be your people.
By the power of your Holy Spirit
may we bear witness with joy and conviction
to the good news of Jesus Christ.
And the Blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you this day, and in all the days to come. Amen.
Message from Rev John Smith
Our thanks to Alasdair MacFarlane for the beautiful autumn photos
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