Welcome to our Morning Service

As we gather, here’s a song that probably none of us know, but it puts us in a right perspective of the coming week...


 

April 5th 2020

 

 

Now please watch this welcome video...
Let’s worship with these two contemporary songs...
If you have small children, here are a couple of Palm Sunday videos, and some material for next week. Feel free to go off and watch these now, but the rest of us will continue our together time. (If you don’t have children ignore the next few clips, wait for my capital letters!...)
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A quiet song for reflection...
Now Sue Newbitt will lead us in prayers...

Our Father, our dear Father, this morning we lift before you all of suffering humanity, and our first thought is to ask for deliverance.  We have not seen a pandemic spread like this, due to increased travel opportunities, and we are fearful of being overwhelmed by disaster.  Pour out on every one of us, we pray, your Holy Spirit, your blessing and your peace that passes understanding, so that we may continue to be your people and carry out your work as best we can in these times of great trouble.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

 

We pray for all those in authority over us – the Church, the Government, our local authorities, the police – that they may show wisdom and good sense in all their decisions.  May their priority be the safety and health of those who look to them for guidance.  May they communicate their reasoning effectively so that we understand and comply with what we must and must not do.  May these decisions be balanced; and when doctors have to make life and death decisions, as they will, may they have clear guidelines and be supported in making those decisions.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

 

 

We pray for all those who are at risk in this unprecedented situation, for those who have Covid-19 and for those whose health needs go unmet as resources are concentrated against the virus.  We lift before you all those healthcare professionals who put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of our continued safety; and especially those who have voluntarily separated themselves from their young families so that they can continue to work on the front line of care.  May they be safe and protected themselves in their struggle against disease and ill-health. 

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

 

 

We pray for everyone whose livelihood has been swept away; we pray for all the businesses forced to close, for the hairdressers and coffee shops, florists and theatre groups, for all the enterprises making life about more than just survival.  And we pray for those working in essential services like food shops and butchers and greengrocers and post offices, that they may be safe as they go about their work day by day.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

 

 

Lord, we are blessed in where you have placed us, enfolded by forests and hills with their comforting sense of permanence; but let us also remember those marooned in cities and tower blocks, whether crammed in with family members or alone and isolated in every way.   And those without the resources to wash their hands often, and the space to self-isolate.  Especially we bring before you the vulnerable, isolated with their abusers and cut off from their support networks.  May they know your presence, Lord, may they be comforted in their troubled lives.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

 

 

But we give you thanks, Father God, for all those who are looking to help others, often in unusual ways.  For online church services such as this one; for prayer groups over Zoom.  For all those offering home schooling help online, piano lessons over Skype, exercise classes on Vimeo and live concerts via YouTube.  For everyone who has called a lonely friend, done some shopping, collected a prescription or even just put a teddy – or a candle – in the window to cheer a child out for a daily walk.  There are so many unreported acts of kindness, dear Lord, and we bless you and thank you for all of them, and pray that they will spread all over the world as people’s need grows.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

 

 

Lord, we love you and we know that you love us, and so we ask of you that you will help us not to be merely human in our concern for ourselves and those we care about; but superhuman in our love for all your troubled and suffering children.  And we ask that when we emerge from this plague, as we surely will, that this superhuman love and kindness will remain and make the world a better and more equitable place. 

 

For the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we bring all these prayers before you now. Amen.

Let’s close with a final hymn...
Final prayers

Christ crucified draw you to himself,

to find in him a sure ground for faith,

a firm support for hope,

and the assurance of sins forgiven;

and the blessing of God Almighty, the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you, now and ever more.

 

Go in peace to serve the Lord

In the name of Christ, Amen.