Sunday Service Material for 22 March

Welcome – Matthew Foy

For the introduction to our service please click here.

Prayer of the Day

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Opening Hymn – Great is Thy Faithfulness

Confession

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Bible Readings

1 Samuel 2v1-11 (available here)

Luke 1v46-55 (available here)

Talk

Our talk today from 1 Samuel 2 can be downloaded here.

Response Songs

O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer

God I Look To You – Bethany Wohrle

Prayers

To guide your prayers this morning…

  • Think of 1 or 2 characteristics of God and praise him for them
  • Think of how God has shown you grace this week and thank him for that
  • Pray for families on this Mothering Sunday
  • Pray for all those unwell with Coronavirus
  • Prayer for all the medical staff treating those with Coronavirus
  • Pray for wisdom governments and health authorities around the world
  • Pray for all those self-isolating and feeling anxious and lonely
  • Pray for those unemployed or fearing unemployment
  • Pray for scientists trying to develop treatments
  • Pray that Christians would be a light in the darkness at this time.
  • Pray that God would give us opportunities to point people to Jesus at this time.
  • Pray by name for 3 people you know who are struggling at this time.
  • Pray by name for 3 people in the church family that they would keep on trusting Jesus.

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.
Amen.

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Closing Hymns

Love divine all loves excelling

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