We continue our DIY Services for those of you who may wish to take some time today, to pause, to reflect, to listen, to pray. There are links to prayers to read, videos of songs to sing or listen to and even a suggestion for getting creative.
Order of Service
Prayer: Based on Psalm 145:1-8
Song: The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate
Song: Everlasting God (Yesterday, Today and Forever)
This is a guide to help you reflect on the readings above. If you are on your own enjoy the time to reflect quietly. If you are home with others who would usually be at church with you find some time together. You can make notes as you follow each stage or may choose to talk with one another.
Take some time.
5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, it’s up to you.
Read through the Bible reading
Read it steadily two or three times or use the listening feature of the link above.
Notice which words or themes stand out to you.
You might like to make a note of them or highlight them in a physical Bible.
Notice how the reading makes you feel.
For example, is it comforting? Does it make you feel frustrated or angry? Does it make you feel excited?
Notice what or who the reading make you think about?
For example, Does the reading resonate with something in your own life? Or, are their words that make you think of someone else? Is there something that would be helpful to share with others?
Say a Prayer.
(The following is an example; you can use it or say your own)
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Thank you for the Bible, for the lessons we can learn and the guidance You give. I thought about [insert who and what the readings made you think about] and I would like to offer them into your hands. Be with them, with me, with us today. Amen.
“God is …”
The third in a series exploring what Christian’s believe – exploring what we think about God and our own ideas of things we bring to how we read the Bible.
Song: Here is Love Vast as the Ocean
Song: Father of Creation
Benediction: Based on Psalm 145:13-14
Create and Share
As we are all staying safe at home there are changes in what we are able to do and the time we have available. Some of us are balancing working from home with looking after children, others are more isolated as we live alone.
If you would like to draw, paint, write a story or a poem, knit, take a photo, write a prayer, or in whatever way you may be creative we would love to share your creations. This week’s theme is “God is…” and whether you are younger or older why not take some time to create as you reflect on the theme.
For Children and Young at Heart
You can follow the pattern above, praying and chatting with your children about the readings and using the model for reflection to discuss what they think about the readings.
There are a couple of additional songs to enjoy and perhaps get to know.
Song: Wonderful Lord
(by Doug Horley)
Song: Creator God
(Nick and Becky Drake)
Song: Fighting for Love
If you have any prayer requests or would like someone to pray with you via a phone call please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01895 548004