Sunday Worship – 29th March 2020 – coming soon
Join us as we worship and pray together – we suggest at 10am.
Click through each section and take time out with God and your family.
The video links will open on a new page – come back to this page to re-join the order of service.
If you prefer to link to a playlist which will run through the service automatically, please click here (you may need to click the “play all” button and hit “skip ads” on some of the song videos).
Click here to hear Patrick’s Welcome. (You may need to click the play button in the middle of the screen)
A very good morning and welcome to our online service at the Church on the Heath. This is the first time that I’ve ever welcomed people to a service in this way, and I know many ministers up and down the country will be saying the same thing. And if this is the first Sunday in our twenty year history we haven’t gathered together physically to worship at the Church on the Heath, for other churches it may be for hundreds years. So in the face of this global coronavirus pandemic, these are extraordinary times
And over the coming weeks and months, as we work out how to best meet in worship, together, God will be guiding us into new thinking, new ideas, and new understandings of what it means to be a worshipping community that prays, praises, serves wherever there is need in Jesus name.
Also, in meeting this way, we join with thousands of believers who, across the world and down through the ages, who, for reasons of persecution, war, famine, political upheaval, natural disasters – for all sorts of reasons – have had to adapt and adjust and learn to worship and be the church in new and creative ways. And now it’s our turn.
Now some churches are ‘live streaming’ their services and we may find in the coming weeks that we do this too. But for this week, we’ve put together some songs, some prayers, a reading and a talk and a children’s activity. And you can simply click through this order of service as you go along.
Well today is Mothering Sunday, and coming as it does now just after schools close, and we don’t know for how long, not only do we want to give thanks for all that mothers do, we also want to recognise that unusually difficult and demanding days lie ahead, so we especially today, want to hold them, and of course all parents and carers, in our prayers.
So let’s just be still as I read Psalm 46 and lead us in a prayer.
Lord wherever we are now, sat in our homes, on our own or with our loved ones, perhaps at the kitchen table or in our living room, help us to know that you are with us and that we are gathered in your name and as your church.
We thank you that at this moment, when so many churches across the world are uniting online rather than physically, you are with us and glad that we are turning to you. So meet with us now, turn our hearts to praise and may we know your peace and strength as we take this time to be with you now.
In Jesus name, Amen
We’re going to worship through song. Just click on the link. Each song comes with the words, so you may want to sing along. It may not be your choice of song, but if you can enter into this worship, there’s something about knowing that we’re all sharing in these same songs at this time.
Click on the name of the song to open the video link (you may have to click the play button in the middle of the screen):
Click here to pray our intercessions with Betty – do join in the Lord’s Prayer at the end.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day 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.
Reflecting on the world-wide situation
Let’s continue to pray for all our sisters and brothers across the world who have been, and are continuing to be, affected by COVID-19. We pray that all will know God’s overwhelming, steadfast love.
Pray for the countries currently suffering from the greatest outbreaks
We pray for those who are particularly fearful at the moment.
Pray for those in our communities who feel vulnerable and scared.
Pray that the love of God might be their peace. That they may know that even in the darkest times God’s love brings hope.
We pray for the most vulnerable and isolated in our neighbourhoods.
Pray for those who are currently self-isolating in our neighbourhoods.
Pray for older people who are concerned about shopping, regular hospital appointments and general day to day contact with other people.
Bring to God the regular activities for older and more vulnerable people provided by our churches. Pray for wisdom for church leaders to know how to keep people connected and safe.
We pray for the medical staff on the frontline of care, we pray that they will be sustained physically, emotionally and spiritually in the coming weeks.
Pray for medics in our own congregations.
We pray that God will be their shield and their strength.
We pray for wisdom and insight as to how to support those in our congregations and communities involved in frontline care.
Pray for our world leaders and for the leaders in our own country that they will seek the wisdom of God as they make decisions over the coming days.
Pray for physical strength for our leaders
We pray for all those leading the scientific response to COVID-19 across the world.
Pray for the scientists from across the globe as they look for ways to alleviate symptoms and as they seek a vaccine for the future.
Pray for all God’s people in this time of uncertainty and concern. That our eternal hope would make an earthly difference.
Pray for a sense of calm and clarity as well as strength to face what is ahead. That Christians will be ‘beacons of hope’ and ‘carriers of the message of peace’ at this time.
Pray for the work of our mission partners here and overseas
Pray for our mission partners and their local communities, especially those who are living in countries where the health services and infrastructure might not be adequate to protect a global pandemic.
In our month of special prayer for the Mother’s Union, we pray for not only their work here in prisons and among the most vulnerable, but for their work overseas often as stalwarts in their communities.
Pray that God will use His servants to accompany people pastorally and missionally through this valley of uncertainty, fear and even potential death. May we be a people of Hope in encouraging others in the face of crisis to lean on God’s sustaining presence and unfailing providence.
We pray for others in all parts of our world who daily face the uncertainty of life.
We pray for those caught in war and for those who face hunger today
We pray for those struggling with sickness and ill health because of other diseases, such as malaria – which continue even while Covid-19 gets all the attention.
We acknowledge the Lord’s sovereignty in and through all things and pray using the words of Paul to the church in Ephesus (Ephesians 3:14-21 (NRSV)):
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
Click here for Robyn & Sim reading (you may need to click the play button in themiddle of the screen).
New Wine (In the Crushing)
you may need to click the play button in the middle of the screen
Paper Flower Prayers – Mothering Sunday 22 March 2020
Proverbs 31: 28-29
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Our mums are so special to us. They care for us and play with us, they look out for us and pick us up when we fall down.
Print out the magical water blossom template here.
choose one of the flowers
write on each petal something that you love about your Mum
make a set of leaves
Fold your paper flower and put it onto the leaves
put it on the surface of some water.
As you watch the petals unfurl, thank God for your Mum and all the things she does for you.
Bishop Jo’s Mothering Sunday Talk
You may need to click the play button in the middle of the screen
Read the text of Bishop Jo’s talk here.
Click on the song titles (you may need to click the play button in the middle of the screen)
For reflection: Go Peaceful in Gentleness
Click here for a prayer of blessing. (You may need to click the play button in the middle of the screen)
Click here for our notices, including a special message from Evan. (You may need to click the play button in the middle of the screen)