Worship Resources

29 March 2020: Passion Sunday
We may not be together in church for a while but we can still pray and worship wherever we are and our ministry team will continue a pattern of services on behalf of us all, praying for our community and the world. 
 
We are praying Morning Prayer at 8.30am and Evening Prayer at 4pm.  
 
On Sundays you may like to use the worship resources provided below, which includes a Spiritual Communion order of service and a Church Alive order of service. Activities for children are also available. As the church building is completely closed, Myles is unable to provide organ music. Instead, you may like to watch and sing along to Passiontide and Holy Week hymns recorded by Richard McVeigh. Debbie Thomson has kindly recorded the songs for our Church Alive service. 
 
The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ. The form of prayer offers Christians an opportunity to give thanks for their communion with him, particularly at times when they would ordinarily be present at the Eucharist. The Book of Common Prayer instructs us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves. Making a Spiritual Communion is particularly fitting for those who cannot receive the sacrament at the great feasts of the Church, and it fulfils the duty of receiving Holy Communion ‘regularly, and especially at the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun or Pentecost’ (Canon B 15). 
 
The evening service this Sunday is in the style of the Taizé community. Taizé is a small village in eastern France. For over 50 years it has been the home of a Christian monastic community made up of brothers from many different countries, speaking many different languages and, uniquely, belonging to several different Christian denominations. The community has developed a unique style of meditative singing which focuses on the repetitive chanting of short phrases from the Bible and other Christian text in a range of languages including Latin, the ancient language of the Western church. 
 
Finally, you might like to listen to the Archbishop of Canterbury lead a virtual service on the radio at 8am on Sunday mornings.  
 
 
 

Spiritual Communion

For use when prevented by a serious reason from attending a celebration of the Eucharist

You may wish to find a space for prayer in front of a cross, a candle, or a special place. You might choose to make your Spiritual Communion at a particular time of day, or after viewing a live streamed service. Some recorded hymns can be found at the end of this section.

The Lord is here.
The Spirit is with us.

Reflect on the day and on your relationships.

– What good things have come from God today?
– Where have I fallen short?
– What might I do tomorrow?

You may wish to say or pray:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Collect

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Old Testament Reading

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3 He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’ 4 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.’

7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ 10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

11 Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD.’

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice;
      let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2 If you, Lord, were to mark what is done amiss,
    O Lord, who could stand?
3 But there is forgiveness with you,
    so that you shall be feared.
4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
    in his word is my hope.
5 My soul waits for the Lord,
    more than the night watch for the morning,
      more than the night watch for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the Lord,
    for with the Lord there is mercy;
7 With him is plenteous redemption
    and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

New Testament Reading 

Romans 8:6-11

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not  ave the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Gospel Reading 

John 11:1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ 4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ 5 Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

7 Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ 8 The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ 9 Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ 11 After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ 12 The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ 13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. 15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ 16 Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ 23 Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ 24 Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ 25 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ 27 She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’

28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ 37 But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ 40 Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Sermon

Rev’d Peter Haughton. 

[Transcript available to download here]

Intercessions

Pray for the needs of the world, for your local community, and for those close to you.

Written by Betty Wood

Let us pray to our loving God as children in his family…

Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow, where the Blood of Christ was shed,
Perfect Man on thee was tortured, Perfect God on thee has bled.
God of love, hear our prayer

Help us Lord not to shrink from being crucified with Christ, so that we no longer live, yet Christ lives in us. May we live day by day by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us, and by whose wounds we have been healed.
In faith we pray, Lord have mercy.
God of love, hear our prayer

Creator God, thank you that through using technology, we have the opportunity to be together in prayer, that we remain the “Church without walls”. Lord we are living through stressful times, and we pray that you will sustain us through the forthcoming weeks of anxiety. We are sorry that we only seem to turn to you in the down times of our lives and forget to thank you for the good times. Be with us and all who need your loving touch at this time. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
In faith we pray, Lord have mercy.
God of love, hear our prayer

God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation because of the Corona virus. In their loneliness, be their consolation, in their anxiety, be their hope, in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the Cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord.
In faith we pray, Lord have mercy.
God of love, hear our prayer

Gracious God, let us never forget as daily life becomes more difficult, and restrictions cause annoyance, that they are many for whom this has been normality for years; affected by drought, destructive storms, floods and fire; struggling in poverty, or forced by war to adopt the life of a refugee. May we remember to be thankful for what we have, and work together selflessly for all who need our help.
Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.
God of love, hear our prayer

Bless the good neighbours Lord who call to check that all is well with those unable to get out, and whose gentle act of service brings a ray of light into a day that would otherwise be cheerless. Bless them and all who likewise give of their time for others, in following your good example, that this might become a better and more caring world in which to live.
Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.
God of love, hear our prayer

We pray for all who work in stressful situations, in healthcare, teaching, law enforcement, social services and other occupations where patience, love and perseverance can wear thin, and daily stress levels rise. Keep them safe and well, equipped to follow their vocation in this most difficult of times. At the day’s end grant them a peaceful rest.
Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.
God of love, hear our prayer

Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” In the name of Jesus we pray, Lord help us to take up our cross and follow you.
God of love, hear our prayer

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,
who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or

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.

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

Give thanks for the saving death and resurrection of Jesus and ask him to be with you now.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits you have given me,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly, day by day.
Amen.

You might then add one or more of the following prayers:

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today,
as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.
Amen.

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord, in these days of mercy,
make us quiet and prayerful;
in these days of challenge,
make us stronger in you;
in these days of emptiness,
take possession of us;
in these days of waiting,
open our hearts to the mystery of your cross.
          Angela Ashwin

Almighty God,
Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you most humble and hearty thanks
for all your goodness and loving kindness.
We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world
by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the means of grace,
and for the hope of glory.
And give us, we pray,
such a sense of all your mercies
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful,
and that we show forth your praise,
not only with our lips but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to your service,
and by walking before you in holiness
and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Conclude with the following:

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
and keep us in eternal life. Amen.

Hymns for Passion Sunday

Some hymns you might like to use with the Spiritual Communion service this Sunday (words available within the videos): 

When I survey the wondrous cross
Drop, drop slow tears
It is a thing most wonderful
 
Recordings by Richard McVeigh for the Beauty in Sound YouTube channel
 

Church Alive

Welcome to our Church Alive service. Whilst we are not all together in church, we are together in spirit. Our normal service is adapted from screen to paper and there are links to music where possible if you would like to sing.

 

Opening Song: Father I Place Into Your Hands

Father, I place into your hands the things I cannot do,
Father, I place into your hands the things that I’ve been through.
Father, I place into your hands the way that I should go,
For I know I always can trust you.

Father, I place into your hands my friends and family.
Father, I place into your hands the things that trouble me.
Father, I place into your hands the person I would be,
For I know I always can trust you.

Father, we love to see your face, we love to hear your voice.
Father, we love to sing your praise and in your name rejoice.
Father, we love to walk with you and in your presence rest,
For we know we always can trust you.

Father, I want to be with you and do the things you do.
Father, I want to speak the words that you are speaking too.
Father, I want to love the ones that you will draw to you,
For I know that I am one with you.

 

Opening Prayer

If you are able, and it is safe to do so, light a candle at this point and as you do so try to think of something good that has happened in the past week despite all the changes we have gone through because of the Coronavirus

Lord, we light this candle, to remind
us that you are the light of the world.
As we gather together in spirit,
make our voices ready to sing your praise;
our hearts open to receive your love
and our minds alive to your Spirit.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We seek God’s healing and forgiveness

We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden,
to ask for his forgiveness and peace.

Lord, forgive us when we don’t always trust you,
when we don’t always trust that you know best.
Father forgive us

Forgive us when we turn away from you,
when we don’t understand why things have gone wrong,
Father forgive us

Forgive us when we feel let down and hurt,
thinking that you have rejected us and abandoned us.
Father forgive us

We hear words assuring us of God’s forgiveness

May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Bible Reading – John 11:1-45

This week’s reading is quite long but it tells the story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead.

The Death of Lazarus

1 A man named Lazarus, who lived in Bethany, became sick. Bethany was the town where Mary and her sister Martha lived. (2 This Mary was the one who poured the perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was sick.) 3 The sisters sent Jesus a message: “Lord, your dear friend is sick.”

4 When Jesus heard it, he said, “The final result of this sickness will not be the death of Lazarus; this has happened in order to bring glory to God, and it will be the means by which the Son of God will receive glory.”

5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 Yet when he received the news that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. 7 Then he said to the disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

8 “Teacher,” the disciples answered, “just a short time ago the people there wanted to stone you; and are you planning to go back?”

9 Jesus said, “A day has twelve hours, doesn’t it? So those who walk in broad daylight do not stumble, for they see the light of this world. 10 But if they walk during the night they stumble, because they have no light.” 11 Jesus said this and then added, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I will go and wake him up.”

12 The disciples answered, “If he is asleep, Lord, he will get well.”

13 Jesus meant that Lazarus had died, but they thought he meant natural sleep. 14 So Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 but for your sake I am glad that I was not with him, so that you will believe. Let us go to him.”

16 Thomas (called the Twin) said to his fellow disciples, “Let us all go along with the Teacher, so that we may die with him!”

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been buried four days before. 18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Judeans had come to see Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother’s death.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died! 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask him for.”

23 “Your brother will rise to life,” Jesus told her.

24 “I know,” she replied, “that he will rise to life on the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; 26 and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord!” she answered. “I do believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

Jesus Weeps

28 After Martha said this, she went back and called her sister Mary privately. “The Teacher is here,” she told her, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up and hurried out to meet him. (30 Jesus had not yet arrived in the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.) 31 The people who were in the house with Mary comforting her followed her when they saw her get up and hurry out. They thought that she was going to the grave to weep there.

32 Mary arrived where Jesus was, and as soon as she saw him, she fell at his feet. “Lord,” she said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died!”

33 Jesus saw her weeping, and he saw how the people with her were weeping also; his heart was touched, and he was deeply moved. 34 “Where have you buried him?” he asked them. “Come and see, Lord,” they answered.

35 Jesus wept. 36 “See how much he loved him!” the people said.

37 But some of them said, “He gave sight to the blind man, didn’t he? Could he not have kept Lazarus from dying?”

Lazarus Is Brought to Life

38 Deeply moved once more, Jesus went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone placed at the entrance. 39 “Take the stone away!” Jesus ordered.

Martha, the dead man’s sister, answered, “There will be a bad smell, Lord. He has been buried four days!”

40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believed?” 41 They took the stone away. Jesus looked up and said, “I thank you, Father, that you listen to me. 42 I know that you always listen to me, but I say this for the sake of the people here, so that they will believe that you sent me.” 43 After he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 He came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave cloths, and with a cloth around his face. “Untie him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go.”

The Plot against Jesus

45 Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did, and they believed in him.

 

Introducing the Theme & Learning Spaces

Not being able to break out into our learning spaces, here are a few thoughts about the theme for today.If there is enough interest, then an online bible study could be arranged in the future using the Zoom platform on Sunday morning (let us know)

For young people

Some material to download:

Combined children and youth activities
Children’s sheet

If Only…

Having read the bible story what questions does it leave you with?
Why did Jesus seem to deliberately not respond to Mary and Martha’s initial plea to come?
How would you have felt if you were them when you realised he wasn’t coming?
Why were the disciples so reluctant and what do you think changed their mind?
Do you see any conflict between Jesus’ humanity and his divinity?
What do you think about the bystanders’ polar reactions?

For Reflection

  • Who/what do you call upon when things go wrong?
  • When things go wrong, how is Jesus present for you?
  • …and when things are going well?

 

Song: Breathe on me breath of God

Breathe on me, breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love the way you love,
and do what you would do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until my will is one with yours,
to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with you the perfect life
for all eternity.

 

O Lord, Hear Our Prayers

Here are a few suggested topics for you to pray about. If you have specific prayers you would like included in future weeks then do sent them to Linda and she will add them in

We pray for…

Our world: Suffering through the effects of the Coronavirus; The World Health Organisation and other agencies dealing with this; governments and world leaders as they respond to the needs of their people; scientists working to develop treatments and vaccines

Our communities: Local hospitals and surgeries that are under increasing pressures; our supermarkets and food suppliers; the West End Coronavirus Support Group and other local groups that are helping in their neighbourhood

Our church: For all of the family of St James’, those who are self-isolating, those who are vulnerable and frightened; those who feel lonely; for all those who miss seeing and being with their families; giving thanks for the pastoral team who are working hard to create ‘buddies’ for everyone; for the sense of regular prayer that continues each day

For the sick and the dying: for all who are unwell at this time, for those suffering from long-term illness and worried about their treatments, for all who are caring for family at home. For all those for whom this time is affecting their mental health

We also remember those who have died recently, may they rest in peace and rise in glory; for the sadness of those who mourn and for those who are unable to funerals to say their farewells because of the restrictions in place

Thanksgiving: for the opportunities that have been given to us to appreciate the world around us, the recent spell of sunshine that has brightened the day, for the hope that we have in Christ for our future

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen

We say the Lord’s 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.

 

Song: The Spirit Lives to Set Us Free

The Spirit lives to set us free,
walk, walk in the light.
He binds us all in unity,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light,
walk in the light,
walk in the light,
walk in the light of the Lord.

Jesus promised life to all,
walk, walk in the light;
the dead were wakened by his call,
walk, walk in the light.

By Jesus’ love our wounds are healed,
walk, walk in the light.
The Father’s kindness is revealed,
walk, walk in the light.

The Spirit lives in you and me,
walk, walk in the light.
His light will shine for all to see,
walk, walk in the light.

 

Sending Out Prayer

As we wait on you, Lord God,
renew our strength, our hope, and our vision
to be your arms in this world,
reaching out and enfolding with love
all those we are in contact with this week,
however we achieve that.
Amen.

 

The Peace

God will speak peace to his people, to those who turn to him in their hearts. So do all you can in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources

Taizé service

Worship and Prayer in the style of the Taizé Community

Welcome to our online Taizé worship! Please feel free to sit quietly within your home and join in as you feel most comfortable, singing is permitted, but don’t upset the neighbours. We will be following a pattern based on the worship of the Taizé Community, one of whose aims has always been to make Christian worship as simple and uncluttered as possible.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Verse from scripture: Psalm 18:2

‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge’. 

Taizé Chant: Nothing can trouble

Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten;
those who seek God can never go wanting.

Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten:
God alone fills us.

Opening prayer

Heavenly Father, in our worship help us to sing your praise, confess our sins, hear your word and bring our prayers to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

Father we come to you to say sorry for our sins:
For the times we turn away from you; Father forgive.
For the times we behave without thought of others; Father forgive.
For often failing in what we do, think and say; Father forgive.
For giving in to temptations; Father forgive.

Merciful Lord, grant us pardon and forgiveness of all our sins,
time for amendment of life and bless our new beginnings. Amen

Psalm 103: 1-8  

Response: Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless his holy name;
                           Bless the Lord my soul, who leads me into life.

  1. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name
  2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (Say response)
  3. Who forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities;
  4. Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with faithful love and compassion; (Sing/say response)
  5. Who satisfies you with good things, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
  6. The Lord executes righteousness and judgement for all who are oppressed. (Sing/say response)
  7. He has made his ways known to Moses and his works to the children of Israel.
  8. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness. (Sing/say response)

Reading: Psalm 56: 10-11a

“In God, whose word I praise; in the Lord, whose word I praise;
In God I trust; I am not afraid.”

Taizé Chant: The Lord is my light

The Lord is my light, my light and salvation: in God I trust, in God I trust.

 

New Testament reading: 2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

Chant: Keep watch with me

Music by Margaret Rizza

During this chant you are invited to light a candle or a votive if you have one

Keep watch with me, pray with me and do not be afraid,
Keep watch with me, pray with me and do not be afraid.

This will be followed by a few minutes of silence for silent reflection.

Some words of comfort for thought in the Silence

Psalm 9:9 : The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Isaiah 41: 10: Do not fear for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Psalm 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Intercessions

during which we sing the Taizé chant refrain

O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer: when I call answer me.
O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer: come and listen to me.

Let us pray to God the Father, through his Son Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

O Lord hear my prayer……

May your peace shine among us and your love set us free

O Lord hear my prayer……

Keep us persevering in faith and set in our hearts the desire for your Kingdom.

O Lord hear my prayer……

Guide your Church along the way of the Gospel; may your Holy Spirit keep her welcoming.

O Lord hear my prayer……

We pray for the leaders of the nations, and for the politicians who represent us. Inspire them with the spirit of wisdom, honesty and service.

O Lord hear my prayer……

O Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Strengthen those who are sick and those going through difficult times. Especially at this time we pray for all NHS staff, giving thanks for their commitment in trying times.

O Lord hear my prayer……

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,
who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Taizé chant: Within our darkest night

Within our darkest night you kindle the fire that never dies away, that never dies away.
Within our darkest night you kindle the fire that never dies away, that never dies away.

 

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low:
that they may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

 

Blessing             

Let us bless the Lord,
We give our thanks to God,

‘Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it’

Give us strength to do your will and may we be blessed by his presence,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

The words of the chants are reproduced under church Copyright Licence No.109591

 Prepared and recorded at home by David Forster – BCM Worship leader