Worship at Home

Below are some simple words that can be said at home at any time.    Although we may not all be in the building we are still one congreation.

While thinking about what we should do (or not do), here are some thoughts from +Olivia about how we should be:

  • Calm: the opposite will lead us to do things which might impact seriously on others – like panic buying.
  • Caring: those who self-isolate, (those in high-risk groups, or who have been in contact with the virus) need to know that we care about them. Phone calls, messages, letters, cards, food left on the doorstep are all signs that we care.
  • Considerate: let’s look out for one another, and act collectively to prevent the spread. It isn’t just about me, it’s about us
  • And of course, Christ-like: let’s live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly – and let’s bless each other by the way we behave.  

Below are some words to help us pray:

Preparation

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,
according to your judgement give us life.

Praise

We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as the Lord;
all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The Word of God & Reflection

[For the week's reading and a short reflection please see the see the Pew Sheet]

Prayers

Prayers may include these concerns:

  • The Church
  • The leaders of the nations
  • Our friends, families and neighbours
  • All those in need of prayer at this time
  • Remembering those who have died
  • Ourselves

The Collect for this week

[For the week's Collect please see the see the Pew Sheet]

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.

Conclusion

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God

 

Worship at Home - Blogs

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Sun, 24 May 2020 18:31
Louise's blog

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Click here for this week's Pew Sheet for 24th May, 7th Sunday of Easter.

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© Sarah Bourne
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Published by Louise Adey Huish on Mon, 18 May 2020 13:14
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Sharing inspiration: Time and change

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Published by Louise Adey Huish on Wed, 13 May 2020 09:44
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Well, I don’t know about you, but now I’m just getting bored. The novelty has well and truly worn off, the Dunkerque spirit has faded, the war probably isn’t going to be o...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00
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On the 75th anniversary of VE Day last Friday, we were treated on television to some poignant moments and uplifting messages from people across the country.  We saw P...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Sat, 9 May 2020 09:20
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Putting in the Seed

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© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 7 May 2020 10:05
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If you've been saying Psalm 23 on a daily basis during this period of lockdown, you may find that it starts to lose its impact as a consequence of over-familiarity. Sometimes it...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 6 May 2020 00:00
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St Benedict came up in Zoom conversation last Wednesday evening after our weekly live-streamed Compline.  Our discussion was to do with the importance of looking for Christ in...

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Published by Louise Adey Huish on Mon, 4 May 2020 16:46
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You may have watched the Diocesan service yesterday, and heard Archdeacon Judy preaching on Christ the Good Shepherd (the 4th Sunday of Easter is known as ‘Good Shepherd Sun...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00
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Catherine of Siena (1347 -1380) was an Italian 14th century mystic and teacher of the faith, and today (29...

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Published by Louise Adey Huish on Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:58
Louise's blog

Exodus 16 tells the story of how God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness, after Moses had led them out of slavery in Egypt. They had been wandering round for quite a w...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Fri, 24 Apr 2020 09:32
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Whenever I spend any length of time gardening, I find myself surrounded by metaphor. So, with apologies to anyone for whom a garden is just a garden, here are some of the things...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00
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I was uplifted by watching BBC 1’s Together at Home concert on Sunday evening.  And it wasn’t only because of the contri...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Tue, 21 Apr 2020 09:21
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During these weeks of glorious weather, I’ve been spending most of my time trying to reclaim my sorely-neglected garden from invasive weeds and unwanted creepy-crawlies....

© Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Sat, 18 Apr 2020 17:35
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In what has, up to now, been the most beautiful Easter week – weather-wise – that I can remember, I thought I would share with you my favourite Easter poem. It’s by e. e...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:00
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It’s been a very different Holy Week and Easter Day this year!  The Easter narrative is the same; we have shared in the joy of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection with equal awe a...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 8 Apr 2020 00:00
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As we move through our Holy Week observances, we prepare for the most important days in the Christian year: Maundy Thursday when Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his discip...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Sat, 4 Apr 2020 13:11
Louise's blog

I wrote this piece some years ago and have revisited it for the blog – not least because I imagine quite a few people are doing jigsaws right now to help pass the time!...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Fri, 3 Apr 2020 16:31
Louise's blog

'Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.' 1 Thess. 5: 16-18...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 1 Apr 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

Yesterday (31st March) was the day in the church calendar when we commemorate John Donne, priest, poet and former Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London from 162...

Published by Jeff West on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:54
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Today, 31 March, the Church of England commemorates John Donne, priest and poet, who died on this day in 1631.  I must admit he's not my favourite 17th-century Anglican poet - I...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00
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A few days ago while weeding the garden, I came face to face with a frog, hiding in a clump of snowdrops. I'm not sure which of us was more shocked, him or me. I weeded round hi...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:08
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Those of you who enjoyed my choice of sonnet last week about the gift of carers might find sustenance in another poem by Malcolm Guite.  In this poem we are first brought face t...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00
Louise's blog

1. 'Help!'

When we are upset, it’s sometimes hard to formulate our thoughts.  I’ve long been convinced that God hears the simplest of prayers, and so I’m...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00
Louise's blog

Being able to say ‘Thank you’ is an essential part of our mental health – as well as making us nicer people! Guidelines from the charity Mind, published to help us through...

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Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00
Louise's blog

‘New every morning is the love

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© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00
Louise's blog

It’s only too easy to find that our prayer life degenerates into an endless shopping list held up to God. Praying for other people – what we call ‘intercessory prayer’—i...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00
Louise's blog

Lockdown

This poem came from a friend of a friend of a friend, shared via email.

Yes there...

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Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00
Louise's blog

John O' Donohue was an Irish poet, author, priest and Hegelian philosopher. As an author he is best known for popularizing Celtic spirituality. This is taken from his book 'Bene...

An Introduction to the Bible

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