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:
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.
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 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
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.
May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God