Worship Resources

Holocaust Memorial Day

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial day, we would  encourage you to explore the Holocaust Memorial Day website. This contains information about why it is important to maintain this commemoration and also has links to a series of harrowing and moving 'Life Stories'.

In the past we have used a meditation around the life and death of Jane Haining, a Scottish missionary who was working with children in Romania during the holcaust and lost her life because she refused to leave her charges. We are unable to broadcast our version of this meditaion, but a different version can be found here.

 

 Meditation on Creation

Sometimes we are faced with difficult things that we come up against. Things that we need to think how to reconcile with our faith. One of these issues is where we see the suffering and death toll from 'natural' disasters. How do we reconcile a loving creator God with a creation that causes such distress? The soultion lies in understanding three stages in the story of creation -

'In the beginning', God ceated. And he was pleased with what he saw.  God's creation was good and was for the best of purposes - he made the perfection of the Garden of Eden just for us!

'From now on ...' The effect of the Fall was not just on man, but on creation too. The Kingdom of God, including creation, suffered from mans' rebellion against God. This was God's will. Just as we feel discomort at being in the Kingdom of God in a world that does not recognise His dominion, so does all of creation. We no longer enjoy the perfection that God created.

'Then I saw ..'  Revelation teaches that there is not only salvation for us, but salvation for creation to. Just as we are reborn to a new resurrection body, God creates a new Heaven and a new Earth. Just as we are put right with God by grace, so is creation - by God creating a new Earth with none of the imperfections we see today.  

More and more we see that what we term 'natural' disasters can often be explained as effects that we have had on our planet. As people of God, we have a responsibility to do all we can to care for the world that God has given to us for our own sake, the sake of others and the sake of creation itself.

As part of our Harvest celbrations, we included in our worship a meditation on creation and the video of this will be available after the service has concluded. During the service, the readings are read aloud by two voices, but if you are watching alone, the voices you need to hear for yourself. The video of the refelction will be available here following the service.

Daily readings

There have been some requests for daily readings. It is not possible at the moment to host a daily reading on our site, but the following link will take you to Bible Gateway.  Their home page offers a daily verse, and the whole bible is available to search by verse or topic in a huge variety of languages and versions.

A UK based alternative is the Bible Society daily readings, found here.

Looking for music?

One of the best sties for looking at modern worship songs is Praisecharts. This site lets you sample some of the best new chroistian music. The 'bare' version of the site only lets you listen to 90 second clips, but you can hear full clips if you create a (free) account.

Supporting  prayer

The Church of Scotland website has a page which is designed to support individuals in prayer. The page gives you a range of topical prayer ideas and serves as a brilliant point of focus if you are looking for a quiet time. The page can be found here.

Singing The Blessing

As covid-19  disrupted normal daily life, worship was one of the areas to suffer. Some pioneers, though  used the fact that worshipers could not meet physically to explore the use of video collaborations. Unnoticed by me, a huge international head of steam built up behind a project  to sing a blessing for the nation. This has been based around a song, ‘The Blessing’ written by Kari Jobe. 

The passage in Romans uses the picture of the people of God as one body, with many parts; sometimes in unison, sometimes in harmony, but the effect is more than the sum of the parts. These videos are a perfect illustration.

Several different versions of The Blessing are listed below (though Ireland don’t seem to have got the e-mail!). There are more available on the web if you are interested. There are enough for you to pick one a day as a reminder through the week of the picture of God’s people as one body, parts who are unique, but in unity.

The version from Ukraine has been added as we pray for peace and do whatever we can to support the humanitarian crisis unfolding.

Australia blessing  

British sign language blessing    

Canada blessing  

Celtic blessing (Gaelic)  

Dance blessing   

Hawaii blessing   

Irish blessing   

New England

New Zealand blessing

UK Blessing 

Ukraine Blessing

Ukraine Blessing - pray for Ukraine

Zimbabwe blessing  

Avandale and Drumclog (Strathaven)

Lyrics and chords 

 Crossreach prayer diary