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Worship at Home
 
 

Worship at Home

I post below a suggested order of service for families or individuals worshipping at home, from Richard Steel



An Order for a Service of Worship in Isolation

The Collects and Readings may most easily be found Here

If you are praying with others from your household, all may join in the words in bold.
If you are alone, remember your church community, and the unseen communion of all Gods people across space and time.

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 It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not be dismayed.(Deuteronomy 31:8)

 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

 Whilst we may feel alone, we are never alone because Jesus promised to be with us until ‘the end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:20)

 

Opening

We meet in isolation from friends and family, yet not from God.
And through Him we are part of the ‘communion of saints;’
through Him, the Head of the Body, we are all part of His Church.
Let us recognise his presence with us now.

Silence

As Gods people we are scattered;
But we worship God now together, across the distance yet joined.

Let us pray:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people,
and kindle in us the fire of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

In the light of Jesus, let us examine ourselves and confess our sins. 

Confession:

 
Either:

God of mercy, 
we acknowledge that we have all sinned.
We turn from the wrong that we have thought and said and done,
and we are mindful of all that we have failed to do.
For the sake of Jesus who died for us,
forgive us for all that is past,
and help us to live each day
in the light and love of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Or

Lord, you created us in your own image.
Forgive us when we do not honour your image in us 
and care for the world that you gave us. 
Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

 Jesus, you invite us to be perfect
as our heavenly Father is perfect. 
Forgive us when we fail to be live up to your calling
Christ, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, we recognise our part in the failings of society,
Forgive us for the sins that separate us from one another
and from you.
Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

Absolution:

May the God of love bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins, and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The collect for the day may be read.

 A reading from Scripture.

 If you have access to the daily Lectionary this could be one or more readings from there. If not this service could be combined with any reading plan you already use. 

Or you could use one or more of the following:

One of the Psalms e.g. 8, 19, 22,121

Lamentations 3: 19-26; Isaiah 40:31

John 14:27; John 15:1-8

Romans 8:38,39; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

 

The Creed:

 We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
F
or us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. 
Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession:

One of the two outlines here may be used, or a simple unstructured time of prayer

As a royal priesthood, let us pray to the Father 
through Christ who ever lives to intercede for us.
Your name be hallowed, 

Your kingdom come.

Reveal your kingdom among the nations;
may peace abound and justice flourish ...

We pray especially for all countries responding to the effects of Covid-19,
for discernment for response co-ordinators, politicians and scientists,
health for all who are unwell.

We pray especially for protection for those vulnerable through medical contact, 
lack of sanitation, poverty or overcrowding.
Your name be hallowed.

Your kingdom come.

Send upon us the gift of the Spirit
and renew your Church with power from on high. 

We especially pray for all who are physically isolated  (you may wish to name those you know)

Whilst we your Church are apart, 
help us to continue to grow in ever deepening relationship
with you and with our neighbours.
Your name be hallowed.

Your kingdom come.

Deliver the oppressed, strengthen the weak,
heal and restore your creation ...

We especially pray for all life blighted by our lack of care.
Help us to change our selfish ways and to choose, instead, life for all.
Your name be hallowed.

Your kingdom come.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Church on earth,
we join our prayers with all the saints in glory ... 

We bring to mind all who have recently died  

(you may wish to name those you know)

and the loved ones they leave behind. 

Strengthen all who mourn and grant them your peace.
Your name be hallowed.

Your kingdom come.

Or

We give you thanks and praise for your life-giving and life-extending love.

May your church help others to extend their lives and to rejoice in your world.
We pray for all who are working for justice and freedom of captives,
For all who seek to bring food to the hungry and comfort to the lonely.
Lord, as you raise us up, help us to lift others out of their troubles.
Our God is here.

He comes to save us.

We remember all who have worked hard and achieved nothing,
All who have laboured in vain, all whose work has been frustrating,
All whose work or livelihood has been destroyed. 
We pray for the unemployed, the homeless, all who hunger and thirst.
Our God is here.

He comes to save us.

God, strengthen the bonds of the community where we live;
Direct all who have dealings with groups or the care of individuals.
We pray for all who feel isolated or cut off from others.
We pray for our own homes and loved ones.
Our God is here.

He comes to save us.

We pray for all who have difficulty in communicating with others,
Those with hearing and speech difficulties, and the blind.
We remember all who are mentally or severely physically handicapped.
We pray for those caring for children with autism or adults with learning difficulties,
For all who are finding their lives restricted through illness.
Our God is here.
He comes to save us.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, you have opened for us the kingdom of heaven.
We remember before you the whole company of saints, and pray for our loved ones departed.
Our God is here.

He comes to save us.

Space for personal prayers (Other suggestions for prayer are below)

The prayers end with the Lords Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
Now and for ever.
Amen.

Silence is kept

Faithful God, may we who have shared in this time of worship
gl
ory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
our salvation and hope,
and in our unseen fellowship with all Gods people
on  earth and in heaven.
Fill us, good Lord with your Spirit of love;
and as you have blessed us with your presence,
so make us one in heart and mind, In Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

You might like to pray this prayer over your family, community, country and world now and every day.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you and give you peace.

(Numbers 6:24-26)

Ending

Eternal Lord, may we soon be able to gather once again together,
in your house, to worship you. 
Amen.  

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops Council, 2000

Other prayers:

Lord, at times such as this,
when we realise that the ground beneath our feet
is not as solid as we had imagined,
we plead for your mercy.
As the things we have built crumble about us,
we know too well how small we truly are
on this ever-changing, ever—moving, fragile planet we call home.
Yet you have promised never to forget us.
Do not forget us now.

(Dlana Macalintal, USA)

 
T
hank you for your friendship.
Help us to cherish friendship.
May our friendships be centred upon you.
May our friendships draw us closer to you.
May our conversations be spiritual food and drink.
May we be faithful friends.
And may we be willing to befriend and be befriended by others. Amen

(Based loosely on Aelred of Rievaulxs Spiritual Friendship)

Father God,
Even in these difficult and complex times
Your steadfast love never ceases
Your mercies never come to and end
They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is your faithfulness.  Amen

Father God, Joy giver
Fill our hearts with your joy that your joy might be our strength
Fill our hearts with your joy that we might share your joy with others
And let us sing for joy to you our Lord.
Let us shout aloud to you, the rock of our salvation. Amen

 
Christ be with me: Christ within me;
Christ before me: Christ behind me;
Christ on my right: Christ on my left;
Christ above me: Christ beneath me;
Christ around me: now and ever.
I bind unto myself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity;
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise the Lord of your salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.  Amen.

Almighty God, heavenly Father,
breathe your Holy Spirit into my heart
and inspire me with love for goodness and truth.
May I,
trusting you, have no fear;
knowing your compassion,
be ever mindful of your love;
and serving you faithfully,
live eternally with you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are our Lord and with us still
You are our Love, keep us from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are our Saviour this very day.

(A prayer from Celtic oral tradition (1st millennium} adapted for use)

Lord
Help me to live this day,
Quietly, easily;
Help me to lean upon Thy great strength,
Trustfully, restfully;
To wait for the unfolding of Thy will,
Patiently, serenely
To meet others,
Peacefully, joyously;
To face tomorrow,
Confidently, courageously. Amen         

(St Francis of Assisi)

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