This is not a normal order of service. For the second week we continue our experiment 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
Call to Worship
(inspired by John 3:16)
Here is Love Vast as the Ocean
(by William Rees)
Oh How I Need You
(by All Sons and Daughters)
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 Genesis 6:9-8:22 and/or John 3:1-21
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.
It’s not really a sermon. It’s something written by Rich as
he reflected on the past week and thinking about the words of John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone
who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did
not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the
world might be saved through him.”
I Stand Amazed in the Presence
(by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel)
God of Justice
(by Tim Hughes)
and Young at Heart
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
There are a
couple of additional songs to enjoy and perhaps get to know.
Song: Whoopah Wahey (by Doug Horley)
Song: God’s Love is Big (by Vineyard Worship)
Song:Fighting for Love (by iSingPop)
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