Service at Home - Friday 29th May
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GATHERING

Note: 'We' and 'our' are appropriate even if you're worshipping
on your own as we all worship together as part of the one 'Body of Christ'






O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
The Lord is risen,
He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Hymn for Today   I The Lord of Sea and Sky
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We come in the name of Christ
to seek forgiveness for our sins,
to offer praise and thanksgiving,
to hear and receive God's holy word,
and to pray for the needs of the world,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit
to give to the service of God.

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CONFESSION
Jesus says,
'Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'
So we turn away from our sin and turn to Christ,
confessing our sins in penitence and faith.


Silence may be kept to recall our sins
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Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourself.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

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May the Father of all mercies cleanse us
from our sins, and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world
and in your great love fashioned us in your image.
Now, through the deep waters of death,
you have brought your people to new birth.
May Christ's light ever dawn in our hearts
as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever. Amen.

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COLLECT PRAYERS
For Yourself

Add your own personal concerns or thanks
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For Easter 7
O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us
to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

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For Churches Closed To Public Worship
Ever present God, be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing, be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness, be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen we may
with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness to an emerging world.
For Jesus' sake. Amen.

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PSALM
I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
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Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment;
his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
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As for me, I said in my prosperity,
‘I shall never be moved.’
By your favour, O LORD,
you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face; I was dismayed.
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To you, O LORD, I cried,
and to the LORD I made supplication:
‘What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!
O LORD, be my helper!’
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You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

(Psalm 30)


THE WORD OF GOD
First Reading: A reading from the Book of the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:22-28)
God doesn’t give up on us easily, despite our disobedience of him.

Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when through you I display my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading: A reading from the Gospel According to Matthew (Mat 12:22-32)
Jesus replies to his critics who can’t accept he’s God so suggest he comes in the name of the devil.
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Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one who had been mute could speak and see. All the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Can this be the Son of David?’ But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, ‘It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, that this fellow casts out the demons.’
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He knew what they were thinking and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property, without first tying up the strong man? Then indeed the house can be plundered. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
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Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Thanks be to God.

INTERCESSION PRAYER
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord in Your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.
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Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, 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.
Lord in Your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

You might like to add your own prayers on the following topics:
If you haven't tried it before, try it now in the privacy of your own home – God will hear you no matter how well you think you did it.


  • The Church, remembering all who lead our church world-wide, nationally and in our Benefice.
  • Your city, town or village and their organisations, including Schools, Care Homes, Clubs and Societies.
  • For those who are ill or mourning the loss of loved ones, especially any known to you.
  • For all involved in the coronavirus emergency. Include a prayer for those who are ill with the virus at home or in hospital and for those who care for them, especially members of our NHS.
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    Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.
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    You may like to add the prayer Jesus taught us: Our Father...
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CONCLUSION
(Bishop's Prayer)
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all those who are brought low;
that we may all find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As we return our attention to the world,
May we remember the love and Commandment of your Son, Jesus Christ,
To serve as he served us. Amen.

The Lord is risen,
He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Hymn for the Week   Christ Triumphant
 
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The book 'Common Worship', material from which is included in this Service,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000


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