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St John the Baptist Parish Church

Worship and Prayer

As a church community, our lives have been shaped by weekly services of public worship, together with all the activities that help us to serve others. For the time being there is no public worship and there are no church activities. We are all left wondering what we do now.

Well, the lack of public worship does not mean that we cannot all as individuals continue to worship God, to pray and to grow in faith. And so this website has been redesigned to focus on ways to help the church community as individuals to continue in worship, prayer and service until such time as we can gather again in public worship.

Sadly we have had to close the Church until further notice. 

The office of daily prayer

One of the glories of the Church of England is its worship. There are currently two collections of services and prayers authorized for use in the Church of England: The Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England.

For each collection, the services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer for today, yesterday and the next four weeks are also available in full on the Church of England website (www.churchofengland.org) to help you find time for God during your day.

The Church of England publishes daily services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline). These include the text of the psalm and the two Bible readings, and the appropriate Collect. You can easily print the service in an attractive format for reading later. 

 If you are interested in following one of more of the Daily Offices, we hope that this may be helpful.  

A prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak

Keep us, good Lord, 
under the shadow of your mercy 
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
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.
Amen.

For those in isolation

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope; 
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For those who are worried/social cohesion

Loving Jesus, you are compassionate to those in need
and heal the sick in body and mind.
Look kindly on those who are fearful at this time.
Help us all to put away all thoughts and actions
that separate us from you and from one another.
Give us grace to live our lives
confident in your promise that you are with us always.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick, 
and to assure the isolated 
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

 

Click here to see more ideas for personal worship and prayer