Worship of the Week

Each week we feature an online service from the previous Sunday and a prayer from the Weekly Worship materials prepared for that date. We'd love you to join in worship with us.

Service video

Prayer of the Week - 18 to 23 October 2021

Prayer of approach

All praise and glory,
honour and power be to Your name,
God Almighty.
You are holy and majestic in Your person
and in Your ways.
High and lifted up, nothing escapes Your view.

Jesus taught us that You even know when a sparrow falls from a tree
and You tend to the flowers of the field
as if each one was irreplaceable.
How much more are we, all humankind,
the work of Your hands and the apple of Your eye.

Such a reminder is staggering,
difficult for us to comprehend,
especially when we know ourselves to be far from perfect.
Yet, because of Christ, You look past our faults to our potential,
You show mercy rather than condemn us,
You express interest in what we can be
rather than what we have been,
You grant grace upon grace.

Thank You, Lord.
Thank You that rather than write us off and leave us without hope,
You draw ever closer to us and promise that,
where we turn away from our past failings
You will bring restoration.

Thank You, Lord.
Thank You that in Your hands
our brokenness is not something that resigns us to the rubbish tip.
Instead, You are the original recycler,
taking what we are,
wasting nothing of our life experience,
and fashioning us into something beautiful.

Thank You, Lord.
Thank You that despite our waywardness
and because of Your compassion,
there is still hope for us to be purposeful in the things of Your Kingdom.
In this regard, the stories of old,
the tales of those who have gone before us,
both in bible times and since then,
give us reason to believe that all is not lost.

And so, we pray that You will speak to us clearly today
as we read from and reflect upon each passage from the Bible.
May Your written word be brought to life
by the presence of Your living word.

Take our lives, then,
as we once more lay them before You,
as we submit to You and Your ways,
as we put fresh faith in Your plan and purpose,
as we again take on trust the promises of Christ.

And hear us as together we pray the words of Your Son, our Saviour:
Our Father…

More information

You can find more Church of Scotland worship on our Kirk Services Online page. Please note that this page does not include every Church of Scotland service that is streamed online but aims to provide a selection from each region.

The Church of Scotland provides worship resources for each week of the year on our Weekly Worship pages.

Find a service near you by using the Church of Scotland Church Finder. Due to the pandemic some churches may be closed or have limited space available, so if in doubt, please telephone ahead or email if you plan to visit for worship.