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.

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us worship God.

Please say with me the prayer of approach:

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy Name,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn

Reading

Ezekiel 37: 1–14

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)

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

We bring our prayers to God our Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray.

God our Creator, you have made all things and all people, and so we pray for your world. At a time of fear and crisis, we pray for human solidarity. Give wisdom, we pray, to those in leadership, in this country and across the world, and grant wisdom too to those who wield influence through the media. And as our attention is focussed on the health emergency, keep us mindful of other needs, eclipsed by the concentration on the pandemic.

B: Lord, in your mercy:

R: Hear our prayer.

God our Redeemer, your loving purpose is to heal our diseases. So we pray for those who are sick, at home or in hospital, for those who are vulnerable or afraid, and for all who are working so hard to bring care, relief and healing. Encourage and sustain all in the health service, in this country and across the world. Inspire and bless those who are developing vaccines. May their efforts speedily bear fruit.

B: Lord, in your mercy:

R: Hear our prayer.

God our Reconciler, you restore relationships and build community. We pray that you will show us how to overcome isolation and how to care for one another, even in these times of involuntary separation. Bless your Church, in these weeks of impaired fellowship, and show us how even this hard experience can help us to come closer to you.

B: Lord, in your mercy:

R: Hear our prayer.

(Quietness for our own prayers).

B: Lord, in your mercy:

R: Hear our prayer.

We say together the prayer that Jesus gave us:
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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/4tBgRE5zkMY?

Hymn – chosen by John Winterbottom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG07mrT61J8

Final Blessing (for a recording, see below)

We affirm our enduring community in Christ as we say the Grace together:

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.

Lectionary: Sunday, 29th March

Lectionary readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent:

Ezekiel 37: 1–14

Psalm 130

Romans 8: 6–11

John 11: 1–45