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Praying Together at Home
Sunday 29th March 2020


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 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
Rev Clive Watts: 07534 899522 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reader Ministers
Pam Knowles: 07702 215785 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rex Shaw: 01509 880691 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ron Hetherington: 01509 880760 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pastoral Assistant and Pastoral Coordinator
David Spencer: 07905 230825 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Beverly Lott: 01509 412876 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday 29th March


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 me in your care.


Opening prayer


Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Bible readings and reflection


Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45


Today’s readings are full of hope, reminding us that the resurrection is real, and new
life is possible.


Take time to read the gospel passage slowly and prayerfully again.
Is there a word or a passage that stands out to you?


Pause to spend time with that word/ passage.


What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?


If Jesus were stood before you what would you like to ask him?


Song – I will sing the Wondrous Story


I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me;
How he left the realms of glory
For the cross on Calvary.


Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me.
Sing it with his saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.


I was lost but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray;
raised me up and gently led me
back into the narrow way.
Days of darkness still may meet me;
sorrow's paths I oft may tread,
but his presence still is with me,
by his guiding hand I'm led:


He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet,
Then he'll bear me safely over,
made by grace for glory meet.
Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me.
Sing it with his saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.


Prayers


We pray for:
• our world, for the leaders who are making difficult decisions as every day
brings new changes and challenges. For our nation, that decisions might be
made with wisdom and care for the benefit of all.
• frontline workers, Drs, nurses, carers, shop workers, refuse collectors, postal
workers and many others. For God’s grace and guidance as they work to keep
vital services running.
• for our loved ones, those we know who may be ill, those who are struggling,
those who are confused and conflicted for those who are bereaved and
mourning… (you might like to name names here)
• for the villages of Barrow-upon-Soar, Walton le Wolds, Burton on the Wolds,
Prestwold, Hoton, Cotes and Wymeswold. For all who live here that God’s
peace might reign and that his perfect love might settle our fears.
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…


Prayers for Lady Day


The 25th of March is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also
known as Lady Day, when we remember the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary with the
news that she was carrying the Christ-child. This is the Patronal Festival for St Mary’s
Church at Wymeswold and this Sunday would have been a day of celebration as we
all gathered together for a group wide service. These prayers are taken from that
service…


On this day the Father made our salvation known to Mary
by the message of an angel.
Filled with confidence, let us pray.


You chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son.
Have mercy on all who wait for your redemption.


Through your angel Gabriel you brought a message of peace and joy to Mary.
Give to the world the joy and peace of salvation.


By the consent of your handmaid and the power of the Holy Spirit,
your Word came to dwell among us.
Open our hearts to receive Christ, as Mary the Virgin received him.


You look with compassion on the lowly
and fill the hungry with good things.
Encourage the downhearted, help all those in need
and comfort those near to death.

To you, O God, nothing is impossible,
and you alone do marvellous things;
save us, and bring us on the last day
with all the faithful departed
into your glorious kingdom.

Grant, O Lord,
that by the riches of your grace
we may grow up into him who unites our life to yours,
even he who is the first-born of all creation,
your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.


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.


The Magnificat


The Magnificat, taken from Luke 1:46-55 is traditionally read or sung for the
Annunciation, you may like to read and reflect on those words, or perhaps listen to a
choral music version of this, or the words of the hymn Tell Out My Soul which is based
on the Magnificat.


1 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
2 From this day all generations will call me blessed;

the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.
3 He has mercy on those who fear him,

from generation to generation.
4 He has shown strength with his arm

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
5 Casting down the mighty from their thrones

and lifting up the lowly.
6 He has filled the hungry with good things

and sent the rich away empty.
7 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,

to remember his promise of mercy,
8 The promise made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.
Amen.


Blessing
May we know the deep peace of the God
who knows and perfectly loves us.
May we take the yoke of Jesus upon us,
knowing that he bears our load with us.
May we know the indwelling Spirit
bringing us wisdom and peace.
Amen