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A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

Sunday Service at Home

Sunday 22 March 2020

Hello and welcome to our gathering together. We are church wherever we worship, on our own or in community.

We are a church which can no longer worship within one building, but now in many, connecting in different ways to our community in service to our neighbour. 


You may like to have to hand a Bible, a candle to light, some music for reflection or praise. If you are worshipping with someone else in your household, you might like to take it in turns to read and join together for the bold type. Otherwise read silently or aloud depending on what you feel comfortable with. 


The Gathering

Though physically apart, we meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 


Lord, you are in this place, fill us with your power, cover us with your peace and show us your presence. Amen. 


A time to praise God and give thanks 

The Bible reminds us that creation itself teaches us about God and helps us to praise him. Look out of the window or go outside and reflect on this verse. 


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)


Go and find (or think about) an object which reminds you of something amazing. It might be a simple leaf. It might be a photograph. Spend time giving thanks to God. Even in the most difficult times, there are things we can give thanks for. 


A time to confess

Reflect on the day and on your relationships. - What good things have come from God today? - Where have I fallen short? - What might I do tomorrow? 


Christ came in humility to share our lives: forgive our pride. 

Lord, have mercy. 

Lord, have mercy. 


Christ came with good news for all people: forgive our silence. 

Christ, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy. 

Christ came in love to a world of suffering: forgive our self-centredness. 

Lord, have mercy. 

Lord, have mercy.


Readings and reflections

Spend some time with these readings:


2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Paul wrote this letter while at a distance from his fellow Christians in Corinth. But despite the distance they shared in suffering and also in consolation.


John 19:25b – 27

Jesus was to be separated from his mother. In this moment he placed her care into the hands of another. We too may be distanced from family, finding it hard to put their care into the hands of others. Pray for all those separated from family at this time and for all who are carers. 


How do we become again the ‘Mother Church’ in this time of need, reflecting our mothering God “How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.” Matthew 23:37



My sermon is on the website to listen to if you wish. 


Putting it into practice:

Write a letter or card of thanks, support and encouragement for someone looking after other people’s loved ones. This could include staff at Chelfham house, or a hospital ward.


Statement of faith

We believe in God our Father from whom every family in heaven and earth is named. 


We believe in God the Son who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love. 


We believe in God the Holy Spirit who strengthens us with 

power from on high.


We believe and trust in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.



Prayers are said, followed by our Lord’s prayer:


Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


For the vulnerable and the fearful, 

for the gravely ill and the dying, 

that they may know your comfort and peace:

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


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. Amen.


Spiritual Communion

If you would like to say prayers to join in with a spiritual communion, then this is the time. The prayers below offer Christians an opportunity to give thanks for their communion with him, particularly at times when they would ordinarily be present at the Eucharist.


Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. 


O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen

(after the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester)


Lord, in these days of mercy, 

make us quiet and prayerful; 

in these days of challenge, 

make us stronger in you; 

in these days of emptiness, 

take possession of us; 

in these days of waiting, 

open our hearts to the mystery of your cross. 

(Angela Ashwin)


Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you most humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness. 


We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 


And give us, we pray, such a sense of all your mercies that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth your praise, not only with our lips but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, 

and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 


Dismissal and blessing


Though many, we form one body in Christ. 

We belong to one another. 


By God’s grace we have different gifts. 

We will use them in faith. 


Rejoice in hope, stand firm in trouble, 

be constant in prayer. 

Filled with his Spirit we will serve the Lord. 


The almighty and merciful Lord, 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

bless us and keep us. Amen. 










Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright The Archbishops’ Council 2000


This service includes prayers from the Iona Community, WGRG Iona Morning Liturgy from the Wild Goose Worship Group, ‘A Wee Worship Book’ 4th incarnation, 1999