A Reflective Service… worship in a time apart

We come from near and far in our isolation to meet with God.
Let us recognise God’s presence with us now.

Keep a short silence, still your heart.

As God’s people we have gathered.
Let us worship God together now.

We pray

Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful people,
and kindle in us the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Keep a short silence, trusting that a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The read and reflect on the Bible reading for today.

We affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God:
Though he was divine, he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.  Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.  He humbled himself
and was obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:  that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, and every voice proclaim
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

                                                                                                     cf philippians 2.6-11

We offer prayers of intercession in the quiet of our heart.

Lord, meet us in the silence – and hear our prayer.

Silence for prayer is kept:
Pray for yourself in your isolation, that God would sit with you
Pray for others in their loneliness
Pray for our country
Pray for the world

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Silence is kept

Faithful God, may we who have shared in this time of worship
glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our salvation and hope, who reigns as Lord now and forever.

Fill us, Good Lord with your Spirit of love;
and as you have fed us with your presence,
so make us one in heart and mind,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.