As is our custom at this stage of summer, we now join The Queen and other members of The Royal Family for Divine Service at Crathie Parish Church on Royal Deeside.
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive)
Min: The Lord is risen!
All: He is risen indeed!
Min: This is the day that the Lord has made
All: We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Min: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you
Hymn 39 God the Lord, the King Almighty
PRAYER OF APPROACH AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Hymn 530 One more step along the world I go
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you came among us and called upon us to walk in your ways and so reflect your glory. We confess that we have not always listened to that call – condoning evil, greed, and prejudice, whilst walking away from neighbours in need. Set us fee from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed, and grant us the grace to grow into the likeness and image of your Son, our Saviour – the One who is the Light of the world. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions”. Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”
While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.
The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.
GOSPEL LESSON: St Matthew 15: 21-28
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Hymn 167 Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
Hymn 231 For the fruits of all creation
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Hymn 615 Holy Spirit, ever living