You may find this useful for worship on Sunday 29 March, courtesy of Rev William Seale (Kells Union of Parishes).
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SERVICE OF THE WORD – LENT 5
INVITATION TO WORSHIP
This is the day that the Lord has made:
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Lord direct our thoughts, help us to pray, and lift up our hearts to worship you in Spirit and in truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Spirit of God fills the whole world:
Come, let us worship.
‘Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.’ Psalm 124:7
Heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault;
by what we have done and by what we have failed to do. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.
Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: Grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross, we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
READING – Romans 8:6-11
6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe and trust in God the Son?
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Almighty and All–loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray to you through Christ the Healer for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19 in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers, skill to healthcare professionals and researchers, comfort to everyone in distress and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord who showed compassion to the outcast, acceptance to the rejected and love to those to whom no love was shown. Amen
Almighty God and merciful Father, we give you hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation and preservation, and for all the blessings of our creation and preservation, and for all the blessings of this life; but above all for your love in redeeming the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
We ask you to give us such a sense of all your mercies, that our hearts may be truly thankful, and that we may praise you, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Lord Jesus Christ, you emptied yourself, taking the form of a servant.
Through your love, make us servants of one another.
Lord Jesus Christ, for our sake you became poor.
May our lives and gifts enrich the life of your world.
Let us say together:
Be with us Lord, as we go out into the world. May the lips that have sung your praise always speak the truth;
may the ears which have heard your Word listen only to what is good, and may our lives as well as our worship be always pleasing in your sight, for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, establish, strengthen and settle faith us in the faith.