UPDATED 23rd MARCH 2020
As you may be aware the situation has moved on again. Given this update there are no services until further notice and churches are now to remain closed.
Alan will read an act of worship at home, 10am Wednesdays and 10.30am Sunday's. We will send out the words being used to enable people to join in at home at the same time if they wish.
Over Easter he will read services at home on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday in each parish.
Our parishes are establishing help systems for those “at home” and so anyone being willing to provide some shopping / prescription fetching etc, may I ask you to let me know so I can add you to my list of possibles.
PLEASE STAY SAFE AND STAY AT HOME
Prayers about the outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
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. Amen.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be
restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Personal Prayers particularly when we can’t get to church
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care. Amen
I am giving you worship with all my life,
I am giving you obedience with all my power,
I am giving you praise with all my strength,
I am giving you honour with all my speech.
I am giving you love with all my heart,
I am giving you affection with all my sense,
I am giving you my being with all my mind,
I am giving you my soul,
O most high and holy God. Praise to the Father,
Praise to the Son, Praise to the Spirit,
The Three in One. Amen