Easter 6 2020
This page contains all of the resources for our Sunday act of worship. You are encouraged to join us at 9:30am if you are from Widford or Wareside or 11am if you are from Hunsdon because these are the normal times of the services in these villages.
However, if you are unable to make this, please follow in your own time. Our use of common resources means that, though we are separated, we can nonetheless worship together.
If you have not worshipped with us before, you might like to watch our explanatory video guide first… (Actually, there’s good advice within it for everyone!)
Sentence of Scripture
As you come to him, the living Stone –
rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him –
you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.
(1 Peter 2:4-5a)
Prayer of Preparation
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Choose “Come down, O Love Divine” (traditional) or “Behold our God” (contemporary)
Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
by the lakeside
you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
Prayers of Penitence
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:8-9)
Let us admit to God the sin that always confronts us.
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing
and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(cf. Psalm 51)
Hear the words of comfort our Saviour Christ says to all who truly turn to him:
God so loved the world
that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
Hear what Saint Paul says:
This saying is true and worthy of full acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
(1 Timothy 1.15)
First Bible Reading
Choose “All my hope on God is founded” (traditional) or “Jesus is Lord” (contemporary)
Second Bible Reading
Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(cf. Philippians 2.6-11)
Use the player below to hear the prayers or click to read.
Almighty God, you made the world and everything in it. You are the Lord of heaven and earth, and you do not live in temples built by human hands. Whilst we are sad not to be able to meet with other members of your family on earth, we rejoice that we can meet you in our homes and that you still hear us when we pray in faith. We pray:
For your church:
Lord of the nations, we thank you that in the midst of this worldwide crisis, your Spirit is at work for good; stirring people to seek you, reach out for you and find you. We pray for all those in our own nation who have taken steps to explore the Christian faith over the recent weeks by accessing some form of online service. In your great mercy, keep their interest alive that they may hear, weigh and respond to the good news of your love in Jesus Christ.
We pray for our churches and churches around the world as we all proclaim your gospel by word and deed. Make us attentive to your Word in these strange days, and keep us in step with your Spirit, that we might know and share your incomparable and all-surpassing peace.
For the world:
Almighty and eternal God, we thank you for your interest in the affairs of the nations. In these days, as our leaders wrestle with the issues that have been raised by the virus, please also give them and their advisors sufficient time and energy to deal effectively with the many other pressing matters of government – for wisdom in trade negotiations, in worldwide counter-terrorism efforts and in future planning towards creating a safe and equitable world where all people can thrive.
We pray especially for all those who have been involved in encouraging the nations to take steps towards more responsible usage of the planet’s resources and better care for our environment: give them strength to carry on their good work, that when the worst of the pandemic is past and the rebuilding work begins, their voice will not be lost within the cacophony of other interests, but will instead be both heard and granted the attention it so desperately needs.
For our communities:
Loving Father, our hearts are moved in wonder that you should love us and seek to enfold us in the life of the glorious Trinity. Help us to share your love with those with whom we are in regular contact.
We remember before you our own families, from whom we are separated at this time and we ask your mercy and blessing upon them and the families of our neighbours and friends. Bring your consolation to all who feel the pain of isolation, and through our words and example of faith, may they know not only our love for them, but your endless and immeasurable love.
We pray these things in the name of Jesus.
The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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.
Choose “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” (traditional) or “Consider Christ” (contemporary)
God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you always.
Watch and share with a friend…
Some material in this service is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) and is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council. cf. www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship