Liturgy for a Dispersed Church

This liturgy is able to be used to guide your worship at home, and is used for online-only services during Covid-19  lockdowns.

Gathering In God’s Name

One or more of these sentences of Scripture is read.
Through Christ let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God,
the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.            – Hebrews 13.15

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honour and glory and praise!                             – Revelation 5.12

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts,
who was, and is, and is to come!                                – Revelation 4.8

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.                                         – 1 Peter 1.3

Open our lips, O Lord,
and we shall declare your praise.

Confession and forgiveness

Dear friends, the Scriptures urge us to acknowledge our sins, and not to conceal them from God our heavenly Father, but to confess them with a penitent and obedient heart, so that we may be forgiven through his infinite goodness and mercy.

We ought always to admit our sins before God, and especially when we come together to give thanks for the good things we have received at his hands, to offer the praise that is his due, to hear his holy word, and to ask what is necessary for the body as well as the soul.

Therefore, let us draw near to the throne of our gracious God, as we pray:
God of all mercy,
we humbly admit that we need your help.
We have wandered from your way.
We have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and have failed to do what is right.
You alone can save us.
Have mercy on us,
wipe out our sins and teach us to forgive others.
Bring forth in us the fruit of your Spirit
that we may live the new life to your glory.
This we ask in the name of Jesus our Saviour. Amen.

 God desires that none should perish,
but that all should turn to Christ, and live.
In response to his call we acknowledge our sins.
God pardons those who humbly repent,
and truly believe the gospel.
Therefore we have peace with God, through Jesus Christ. Amen

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His steadfast love endures forever!

Grace and peace be with you
and also with you.

 

THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Prayer before the readings:
Heavenly Father, give us wisdom and understanding.
As we listen to your Word, may we know you better,
love you more, and learn to please you in all we do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The first reading, which concludes with:
Hear the word of the Lord,
 thanks be to God.

The Psalm of the Day is read  together, concluding with:
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever will be. Amen.

The second reading, which concludes with:
Hear the word of the Lord,
 thanks be to God.

 

A Reflection

The Apostles’ Creed

Let us together affirm our faith as we say the Apostles creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

We pray together:
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.
Save us from the time of trial
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
    now and forever. Amen.

Lord, show us your mercy,
and grant us your salvation.
Keep our nation under your care,
and guide us in justice and truth.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness,
and make your chosen people joyful.
Lord, save your people,
and bless your inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
for you are our help and strength.
Create in us clean hearts, O God,
and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

The Prayer of the Day

Intercessory Prayer

The prayers conclude with one of the following prayers:
Faithful God, you have promised to hear the prayers of all who ask in Jesus’ name.
In your mercy, accept our prayers.
Give us what we have asked in faith, according to your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, you have given us grace to agree in these our prayers, and you have promised that when two or three ask together in your name you will grant their requests.
Fulfil now, Lord, our desires and prayers as may be best for us. Grant us, in this life, knowledge of your truth and in the age to come, life eternal. Amen.

Thanksgiving for our Offerings

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God for ever.

The Grace

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.