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This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use if you are unable to attend church.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you

Opening Prayer (for a recording of the prayer, see below)

Holy God, source of all our life,
we gather today in a new and strange way.
Help us to know that, even though we are not together in our churches,
we are still together in you.
Even though we keep our physical distance,
we are together in spirit.

We are reminded that your creation is beyond our control.
And yet you have made us little less than the angels.
Who are we that you are mindful of us?

And yet we know you are Love.
And, safe in the knowledge of that love, we can draw close.
We know we have not always lived in your way.
We have not always loved our neighbour.
We have not always loved ourselves.
But we know you forgive us, you accept us,
even when we find it hard to forgive ourselves,
to accept ourselves.

You sent your Son, Jesus Christ,
to live our life,
to know our vulnerability,
to share even in our death,
so that when we find ourselves in the valley of the shadow of death,
when we know our own vulnerability,
we can know Christ with us,
walking alongside us,
leading us towards your fullness of life.

You send your Spirit,
breathed among us even when we keep our breath to ourselves,
uniting us with each other and with you,
giving us the strength to live in your love.

And so we gather, even though we are physically distant.
We gather to worship you, Spirit, Son and Father,
to bring our praise and our rage,
our worry and our love,
knowing that your abundant grace brings more healing than we can possibly imagine.

Amen.

Hymn: Amazing Grace (Singing the Faith 440)

1   Amazing grace — how sweet the sound —
    that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

2   God’s grace has taught my heart to fear,
his grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3   Through many dangers, toils and snares
    I have already come;
    God’s grace has brought me safe thus far,
    and grace will lead me home.

4   The Lord has promised good to me,
    his word my hope secures;
    he will my shield and portion be
    as long as life endures.

5   And, when this heart and flesh shall fail
    and mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess within the veil
    a life of joy and peace.

6   When we’ve been there ten thousand years
    bright shining as the sun,
    we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    than when we first begun
.

John Newton (1725-1807) (alt.)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 440

Let us pray together

Lord, I worship you today. Help me to see your calling in my life.

Open my eyes to what is possible when I see things through the eyes of your Son.

Forgive what is passed, protect me from all that is to come

Today’s Reading from the Old Testament

1 Samuel 16: 1–13

Other readings set for today

Psalm 23

Ephesians 5: 8–14

Today’s Gospel Reading:

John 9: 1–41

Time to Reflect

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A time of prayer

All seeing, all knowing God I call on you today. May your Spirit give your world a sense of calm and peace in these difficult times.

On this Mothering Sunday, we pray for all Mums.  The good ones and the not so good.  We remember all those who would have liked to have children but for whatever reason could not. 

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty:

For those people who are worried about leaving their home and those who cannot.

For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other. 

We pray for carers, doctors and nurses.

We continue to pray for those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend and act of worship today.

Keep a time of open prayer, or silence, and bring all your concerns to God. Be honest about how you feel. Lift people up before God. Ask for God’s help. Pray for the people of your church and of the place where you live. Be willing for God to open your eyes to how God’s love can become even more a part of your life. You may wish to close with the Lord’s Prayer.

Hymn: Listen to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hrh4lMgn-g or sing a verse of a hymn that comes to mind

The Grace

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
Amen.