Home Worship

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Corporate Worship whilst Physically Distant for St John the Baptist Parish Church, Bodicote

Wednesdays at 9.30am and Sundays at 6pm

During these extraordinary circumstances when we are not able to gather physically to worship together, it is our desire that we might share in a corporate act of worship in our homes, using the same liturgy at an appointed time.  This order of service follows the pattern of St Augustine’s Spiritual Communion as has been commended to us by +Steven.

The Book of Common Prayer reminds us that if one is unable to actually consume the consecrated bread and wine due to extreme sickness or disability, the desire is enough for God to grant all the benefits of communion. When being present at a celebration of the Eucharist is absolutely impossible, this act of prayer and meditation can provide the means by which you can associate yourself with the Eucharistic Action and open yourself to God’s grace and blessing. 

Invocation:

Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. 

Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord, to mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Collect:  see Weekly Sheet

First Reading:  see Weekly Sheet

The Psalm: Psalm 23:5-6 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Epistle: Revelation 3:20 

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you and you with me.

Gospel Reading:  see Weekly Sheet

Intercessory 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. Amen.

Act of Contrition:

O God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and for all the wrongs I have done and the good I have not done. Especially I confess…Forgive me for Jesus’ sake, and grant me strength and wisdom to amend my life. Amen.

Act of Reception:

In union, blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered at every altar of your Church where your blessed Body and Blood are offered this day, (and remembering particularly my own parish and those worshipping there) I long to offer praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory. And particularly for the blessings given me… 

I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament, and, since I cannot at this time receive communion, I pray you to come into my heart. I unite myself with you and embrace you with all my heart, my soul, and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you; let me serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer:

Post Communion Prayer:  see Weekly Sheet

Come Lord Jesus, and dwell in my heart in the fullness of your strength; be my wisdom and guide me in right pathways; conform my life and actions to the image of your holiness; and, in the power of your gracious might, rule over every hostile power that threatens or disturbs the growth of your kingdom, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. 

Blessing:

And may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ my Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be with me now and always. Amen

Online resources

The diocese continue to stream services on oxford.anglican.org/livestream. From this week it is also available to people dialling in by phone as well. The number to dial each week is 01865 920930. Press zero for the short service and 1 for the full Church at Home service. It takes a few seconds to retrieve the recording then the service will start.

The Church of England have launched a free telephone service whereby folk can use the phone and hear a message from Archbishop Justin Welby, hear a well known hymn, some prayers and even follow a service at the push of a button.  This facility is called “Daily Hope” and the phone number is:0800 8048044