With shutdowns and restricted movement taking place due to Covid-19 we’re not going to be able to worship with one another in the way that we’re normally used to. We know it won’t be the same as our usual gathering together but here are links to some on-line prayer and worship resources that you can access from home.
Services of daily prayer
These are available on the Church of England website. There are services of Daily Prayer in both contemporary and traditional forms and for all times of day. Once you get to the page, click the ‘More Options’ link to filter by date, time of day and form of service.
The BBC Radio 4 Daily Service & Sunday Service
Follow this link to get the BBC’s daily service. You can usually get to around 20 previous daily services too. Each are around 14 minutes long.
For the BBC Sunday worship click here. These are normally 38 minutes long.
A Sermon for every Sunday
This is a really great website where, as the name suggests, you can see and hear Sermons for every Sunday. These are delivered by a number of different preachers, some of them very well known. These are normally around 15 minutes long and usually a manuscript is available for reading too. Often you can access sermons on the same texts from earlier years as well, so you get a wide variety of approach and tone.
You can find the Lectionary readings for any given Sunday by clicking here.
Jim Somerville, who runs the Sermon for every Sunday website, suggests lighting a candle, taking time to pray, going through the readings and reflecting on them, before listening to the sermon for that Sunday. Then finish with prayer. Oh, and don’t forget to blow the candle out when you’re done!
Our own sermon archive
Feel free to dip into the archives and read some reflections and sermons from our very own Ministry Team. At last count there were 70 sermons there, enough to keep you going for well over a couple of months if you ration yourself to one a day!
#LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation
From Archbishop Justin Welby & Archbishop John Sentamu: This Lent, we hope both adults and children might engage in God’s plea for us to “Care for Creation”. It is an opportunity for us to rebuild our relationship with our planet, and in turn with the God who is Lord of everything. Click on this link to sign-up to daily e-mails.
Ways to pray if you can’t get to church
This is a booklet with lots of good hints, tips and examples for praying at home: Prayers_if_you_cant_get_to_church
Spring Harvest Home
Spring Harvest Home is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Lined up for the week after Easter, there will be some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of “Unleashed – The Acts Church Today”. Never has there been a more appropriate time to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together.
Prayers about the outbreak
For our final on-line worship resource, if you want to pray specifically about the outbreak, this Church of England site gives you some models to work from. Here’s an example:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Oh and don’t forget your Bible. It may be well thumbed or it may be on a shelf somewhere but it contains all you’ll ever need.
Be safe and look after yourselves. God bless.