Whilst we are not able to meet together in our normal worship place, it doesn’t mean we can’t still worship God!
Here’s a toolkit that helps you build your own Sunday Church Service at home… Don’t feel you have to do everything- just pick what will help you be open to meeting with God today.
It is good to mark the beginning of your worship somehow. Maybe light a candle if you have one, or say the words below.
“Lord, direct our thoughts, and teach us to pray.
Lift up our hearts to worship you in spirit and truth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”
READING & REFLECTION
Ephesians 5:8-14 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
‘Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.’
You may want to reflect on the reading with Pray As You Go
FAITH IN ACTION
Crises can often make us see things clearly again, things are stripped back and we see things in a new light. One of the core beliefs Christians have about God is that He is generous. Watch the video and think about God’s generosity might shape your action during this time.
Read through the prayer written by Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971)
“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Spend some time praying about people or situations causing you anxiety today. Listen to the song whilst you pray.
Finish by saying the 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.