Although we can’t be together this Sunday as one big family, we’re still connected by God’s love for us and our love for him and each other! Below is a suggested structure for you to spend time worshipping God and receiving from him today. Please don’t feel like you have to stick to 9:30am on a Sunday – find a time that will work for you and your family without other distractions.
In the current climate, this may seem a very odd title, but in the church calendar we are in Ordinary Time.
The period between Pentecost and the beginning of Advent is called ordinary time.
We celebrate what God does to empower us to live out the Gospel day to day and week to week in the context of our ordinary lives.
Ordinary time provides a perfect canvas on which to portray how God works through us in daily life in our families, our work, our relationships with our neighbours, in our communities and in the world, in our care for creation, in our recreation and leisure activities.
Suggestion: If you are worshiping on your own, please read the normal black print in your mind, then read aloud the bold black print.
If you are with someone else why not take turns in ‘leading’ saying the normal black print, then saying together the bold print
The Lord be with you
And also with you
This is the day that the Lord has made
Let us rejoice and be glad in it
We have come together in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving,
To hear and receive God’s holy word,
To pray for the needs of the world,
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins,
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.
Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’
So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith. We say together:
Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ.
May the God of love and power
Forgive us and free us from our sins,
Heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
And raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.
11 ‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and light
13 ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5: 11-16 (NIVUK)
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
1 John 5:19-21 (NIVUK)
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Firstly, if you have become a follower of Jesus for the first time, we’d love to know and support you on your new journey! Please drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on social media.
Suggestion: For the discussion parts of this, you could do this by setting up a WhatsApp video call/ Skype/ phone call, or by chatting it through with any members of your family who are with you in your home.
- What most struck you from today’s teaching?
- What questions do you still have?
- What’s one thing (big or small) that you think God might be saying to you?
- Who could you tell this to so they can pray and discuss it with you?
- What do you think you could do about what God is saying?
We say together:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.
Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we come to our time of prayer, we are encouraged to pray by these words from the Bible:
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
(1 Timothy 2: 1-2)
The following prayers are suggested words that have a space for you to add any people or specific situations you want to include.
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
You taught us that all who would seek to be first should be last.
And all who would lead should serve
But we often redefine leadership on our own terms and for our own gain.
We lift to you today all who have the responsibility of leadership, influence, and power.
We ask for your strengthening where decisions are tough,
Your wisdom to discern the best way forward,
Your softening towards those they lead
And your courage to balance risk and safety.
Bless every selfless act of leadership they display.
For all that is good comes from you – and every servant leader reflects your best plan.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
We think of………………………………..
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
We pray for peace throughout the world
and for everyone’s heart to be filled with love,
so that we can all live together in harmony,
whatever our differences are.
We pray especially for refugees and asylum seekers everywhere, that they will be welcomed into their new communities and not treated cruelly.
We continue to pray for the time when everyone will have food, water, shelter, medical supplies, and the chance to sleep without fear of tomorrow.
God of Love
Hear our prayer
God of life, we ask for your healing power
on those who are enduring pain and illness.
We especially think of ………………………
We share the grief of people close to us, who have recently lost loved ones.
We especially think of …………………………………………………
We remember that as we weep with the grieving,
We know your everlasting light shines with us,
in moments of great sadness and great joy.
Within our darkest night.
Let your light shine
God of mercy,
you know us and love us
and hear our prayer:
keep us in the eternal fellowship of
Jesus Christ our Saviour.
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 forever.
The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.
We say 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.