| Fourth Sunday in Lent 22nd March 2020 |
Live stream only Service led by the Revd Lucy Brierley.
| We are now broadcasting an act of worship from the church or the manse each Sunday morning at 10.30am. You can tune in via Facebook (www.facebook.com/wokingurc) or on the front page of our church website (www.wokingurc.org.uk). If you would like support in accessing either of these, please let us know and we will endeavour to help. Please do not turn up at the church on Sunday as there won’t be anyone there. This is the order of service so you can can join in from home and the sound of praise will be ringing right across our town! |
On Sunday, Churches Together in England is calling all Churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds. At 7pm please light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.
Welcome and Notices
Call to Worship
Hymns – Now when peace like a river
Blessed Be Your Name
Prayers & The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn – Creep, creep, creep (Let you light shine)
Bible Readings –
Mark 4 v35-41
1 John 4 v7-16
Hymn – The Lord’s my Shepherd (I will trust)
Hymn – Faithful God
| Prayers for Others (including Hymn – Father I place into your hands) |
Loving God, There is so much we don’t understand at the moment, and much which frightens us. We are seeing our lives change dramatically and many things are out of our control. We offer to you now everything that we are feeling, even those things we struggle to express. We thank you that you are a God who isn’t distant and far off, but who cares about the details of our lives. We thank you that in Jesus you came to live among us and experienced all the human emotions we feel. We thank you that because of him, we are never alone.
Father, I place into your hands the things that I can’t do
Father, I place into your hands the times that I’ve been through.
Father, I place into your hands the way that I should go,
for I know I always can trust you.
Today we’re concerned about people we love and perhaps can’t see at the moment. We pray especially for those who are unwell or have lost loved ones as a result of the coronavirus. We pray for those who have health complications on top of the worry about the virus. We thank you for the gift of the telephone and online communications.
Help us to use them well to be a blessing to others. We pray for all those working hard to serve others. We remember our government and the civil service, those working in healthcare and hospitals, schools and teachers trying to work out the way forward for vulnerable children, parents trying to work from home as well as looking after their children, those caring for others at home or in residential homes, those serving us in our shops and keeping food supplies going. We remember students who will not be able to sit their exams and all children whose school year has been cut short and who feel such a sense of loss. We pray for all who are missing the things they usually do and especially for those who are disappointed at the cancelation of big events they were looking forward.
We remember places and situations in the world which are no longer in our headlines but where great suffering continues to happen. Keep us faithful in prayer for them, that they won’t be forgotten.
Father, I place into your hands my friends and family.
Father, I place into your hands the things that trouble me.
Father, I place in to your hands the person I would be,
for I know I always can trust you
God of hope, we pray for the church. Keep us faithful and strong, a bright shining light for you. As we grieve the things we have lost, may we hold onto all to the truth that we are still a family, joined by cords that cannot be broken.
We pray for ourselves, in the face of life’s uncertainties and challenges, we ask the assurance of Christ’s presence, power and love. Keep us faithful in worship and prayer and safe in the knowledge that nothing can ever separate us from your love, in Christ our Lord.
Father, we love to see your face, we love to hear your voice.
Father, we love to sing your praise, and in your name rejoice.
Father, we love to walk with you and in your presence rest,
for we know we always can trust you.
We pray, keep our faith focused on Christ and fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we may give you all the glory.
Hymn – Great is thy faithfulness