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Praying Together at Home

Holy Week Worship Six days of worship from Monday of Holy Week to Holy Saturday

 

We have designed these prayers to be used in the morning.
Rev Clive and the Ministry Team will be praying these words at 10.30am and you may wish
to join us in prayer at this time, even if we cannot be together in person.

However, if that
time doesn’t work for you, pick a different time: the important thing is committing ourselves
to spend time with God in prayer.
Remember – you are never alone – at any time there are people across the world joining
their prayers with the saints and all the hosts of Heaven.
You may like to spend some time thinking about where and how you will pray. We suggest
finding somewhere where you are unlikely to be interrupted. Switch your mobile phone off,
or leave it in another room.
Some people find it helps to have something to focus on. Perhaps you could light a candle,
set up a cross, or a picture of Jesus or something that helps you to think about God.
Each day of Holy Week has a similar pattern (with bible readings, reflections and hymns)
and we have suggested things and people that you may want to pray for and space for your
own prayers.
Finally, if you run out of words know that God is with you, and that the Holy Spirit
‘intercedes with sighs too deep for words.’ (Romans 8:26)
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If you would like someone in the ministry team to pray with you on the telephone or via
email, please contact any of the following people:
Priest in Charge
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Reader Ministers
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Monday 6 April


Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with us this day, as we offer ourselves to you.
Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves,
and keep us in your care.

 

Opening prayer


Almighty God,
as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son,
help us to see and know your love for us,
so that in humility, love and joy
we may place at his feet all that we have and all that we are;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.


Bible readings and reflection


Isaiah 42:1-9 John 12:1-11


At the beginning of Holy Week, we are reminded that Jesus raised Lazarus
from the dead. Jesus, who brings life to all, is now beginning his final journey
towards death.
Imagine everyone sitting around the table, enjoying a meal together. Jesus is
talking with his friends when Mary anoints his feet, and wipes them with her
hair.
What do you want to talk to Jesus about today?
What would like to hear him say to you?
We can’t literally pour perfume on Jesus’ feet: How can you show your love for
Jesus?


Song – Father hear the prayer we offer


Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength, that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.


Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.


Not forever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smite the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.


Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.


Prayers


We pray for:
• those who, like Mary, are not understood by society. We thank you for
Your love for them and ask that we might show such extravagant love.
• those who have no food to eat this evening, or are alone and have no
one to share a meal with. We thank you for your provision and that you
never leave us alone.
• all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. We ask for your mercy and healing
presence to be known by those who cry out in pain and desolation.
• those who are persecuted for their faith and ask that you would
encourage them.
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…


The Lord’s Prayer
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.


Blessing


We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs.
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
May our God, who overcame death and brings life to us all, bless us and those
we love. Amen


Tuesday 7 April


Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with us this day, as we offer ourselves to you.
Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves,
and keep us in your care.


Opening prayer
Almighty God, you are our joy.
Help us to discover our inner joy in times of darkness
so that we may fill our hearts with your everlasting love;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.


Bible readings and reflection
Isaiah 49:1-7 John 12:20-36


Even in the week of his death, people are still coming to see Jesus. Jesus is
beginning to be anxious, saying “my soul is troubled” and asks for God’s name
to be glorified.


‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’ – Where do you want to see Jesus in your own life or
in the lives of others?
What are the things that make you anxious or worried that you need to ask for
God’s help with?
How can you glorify God’s name this week?


Song – Father we love you


Father, we love You
We worship and adore you
Glorify your name in all the earth
Glorify your name, Glorify your name
Glorify your name in all the earth


Jesus, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify your name in all the earth
Glorify your name, Glorify your name
Glorify your name in all the earth

Spirit, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify your name in all the earth
Glorify your name, Glorify your name
Glorify your name in all the earth


Prayers


We pray for:
• those who want to see Jesus, but struggle to believe. That God will give
them the gift of faith.
• the things that worry us. Help us to entrust everything to you, knowing
that you are the source of love.
• God’s name to be glorified in our homes and communities.
• those who continue to research the Coronavirus. Thank you for his gift
of wisdom to them.
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…
The Lord’s Prayer
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.


Blessing


We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs.
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
May our God, the bringer of peace in times of trouble, bless us. Amen.

Wednesday 8 April


Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with us this day, as we offer ourselves to you.
Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves,
and keep us in your care.


Opening prayer


Almighty God,
you call us to forgive as we have been forgiven.
Give us strength to love and forgive those who have hurt us,
so that we may together rejoice in your freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.


Bible readings
Isaiah 50:4-9a John 13: 21-30


Judas by Peter de Rosa
Judas, if true love never ceases,
How could you, my friend, have come to this:
To sell me for thirty pieces of silver,
Betray me with a kiss?
Judas, remember what I taught you:
Do not despair while dangling on that rope.
It’s because you sinned that I sought you,
I came to bring you hope.
Judas, let’s pray and hang together,
You on your halter, I upon my hill.
Dear friend, even if you loved me never,
You know I love you still.


Reflection


What mistakes do you need to ask God’s forgiveness for?
How does God’s abundant love make you feel?
Song – God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name
God forgave my sin in Jesus' name.
I've been born again in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share his love as he told me to.
(refrain)


He said 'Freely, freely you have received; freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe
others will know that I live.
All pow'r is giv'n in Jesus' name
In earth and heav'n in Jesus’ name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share his pow'r as he told me to.
(Refrain)


God gives us life in Jesus' name
He lives in us in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share his peace as he told me to.
(Refrain)


Prayers


We pray for:
• help to forgive others as we are forgiven by God
• courage to love those who hurt us
• the unity of the church throughout the world
• a deepening of our own walk with God, so that we too may find a place
at his table
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…
The Lord’s Prayer
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.


Blessing


We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs.
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
May our God, who created us in love, bless us. Amen.


Maundy Thursday


Today we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples,
when he washed their feet and left them the new commandment to love one
another.


There is no formal end to today’s service
as Good Friday’s service is a continuation of todays.
You are invited at the end to keep watch with the disciples.
Before you begin, you may wish to wash your hands
or wash the hands of those living with you:
remembering that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples
and calls us to be cleansed of our sins.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with us this day, as we offer ourselves to you.
Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves,
and keep us in your care.


Opening prayer


God our Father,
your Son Jesus Christ was obedient to the end
and drank the cup prepared for him:
may we who share his table
watch with him through the night of suffering and be faithful.
Amen


Bible readings and reflection
Exodus 12:1-14 John 13: 1-17, and 31-35


Today almost everything has a price and can be purchased. However, Jesus
washes his disciples’ feet, showing that the gift of service is at the heart of
community and that no one is above offering humble service. We should not
only offer such service but be prepared to accept the service of others.
How can you be a servant to others?
When do you find it hard to accept help from others?
How can you live out Jesus’ commandment to love one another?


Song – A New Commandment


A new commandment I give unto you,
that you love one another as I have loved you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
By this shall all know that you are my disciples,
if you have love one for another;
by this shall all know that you are my disciples:
if you have love one for another.
A new commandment I give unto you,
that you love one another as I have loved you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.

 


Prayers


We pray for:
• those who we find it difficult to love
• those who do not know that they are loved by God
• those who are in positions of leadership: that they would reflect Christ’s
servanthood
• for the times we find it difficult to serve and be served
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…
We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs.
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.


The Lord’s Prayer


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.


Song – Abide with me


Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens Lord, with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee
In life, in death, o Lord, abide with me


The Watch


After the disciples had sung a hymn they went to a place called Gethsemane.
Jesus said to his disciples ‘Sit here while I pray’. He took with him Peter and
James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them,
‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’
You are invited to remain with Jesus, reflecting on his words:
“Could you not watch with me one hour?”


Good Friday


Today we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with us this day, as we offer ourselves to you.
Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves,
and keep us in your care.


Opening prayer


Eternal God,
in the cross of Jesus we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen


Bible readings and response
Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 John 18 and 19


The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing,
but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.
To those who are called,
Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the folly of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
This is the wood of the cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world.
Come, let us worship.


Song – When I survey the wonderous cross


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.


Prayers


We pray for:
• the unity of Christ’s church
• those in positions of leadership and responsibility: for good decisions
that bring life to all
• for those who do not believe the good news of Jesus Christ: those who
have lost faith, those who are scornful, and all who deny Christ crucified.
We ask for compassion that you will draw us all into your fold
• those who suffer, who are unjustly punished or imprisoned, especially
because of their faith
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…
The Lord’s Prayer
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.


Dismissal


We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs.
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
Holy Saturday On this day we mourn Jesus’ death with the first disciples.
However, we also begin to see the first signs of the resurrection and look
forward in hope.
Today the church recalls that Jesus descended to the dead
and brought salvation to those who had already died.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with us this day, as we offer ourselves to you.
Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves,
and keep us in your care.


Opening prayer


Almighty God,
Pour out the fullness of blessings on your people;
We have recalled the dying of your Son and look towards his resurrection from
the dead:
Give us peace, increase our faith and be our eternal salvation; through Jesus
Christ our Saviour.
Amen.


Bible readings and reflection
Job 14.1-14 Matthew 27:57-66


There is nothing to see today: no cross to gaze upon, no empty tomb to look
into.
The disciples have run away: they are afraid and do not understand.
Today we wait in silence and hope.
Extract from the song Holy Darkness by Daniel L Schutte
Holy darkness, blessed night
Heaven's answer hidden from our sight
As we await you, O God of silence
We embrace your holy night

Song – The Day Thou Gavest


The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended;
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.
We thank Thee that Thy church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.
As o'er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.
The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren 'neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.
So be it, Lord! Thy throne shall never,
Like earth's proud empires, pass away;
Thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.


Prayers


We pray for:
• courage to hope when we have no reason to hope
• those who are close to death and those who journey with them
• all those who are mourning the death of those they love
• confidence to share the good news of Jesus conquering death, even
when we have doubts
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…


The Lord’s Prayer
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.


Dismissal


We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs.
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
Copyright acknowledgements:
• The Archbishop’s Council 2000
• Hymns published under licence
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirusliturgy-and-prayer-resources Accessed 18 March 2020
• Blessing prayer by Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist
Conference
Some material has been adapted.