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A message from Revd Paul Roberts

I hope this letter finds you safe and well? We continue to live in challenging times and with our Prime Minister’s recent announcement it appears that this period of isolation will continue for some considerable time. Tomorrow is the feast of St Matthias – the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. I rather like the figure of St Matthias, rather like a substitute being brought in to replace an injured player – his story not only reminds us that we might at any time be asked to step in and serve our Lord, but also that the apostles, even then were pragmatic and responded to events forced upon them.

I have sent a letter to a number of our regular congregation who are not on email inviting them to a new service of morning prayer that I will be leading at 10am on Sunday mornings. It is open to all, but I am particularly aware that for some of our number, broadcast services on Youtube and video conferencing is not possible. Post is taking a little longer to get to people at the moment – please do share these details with anyone that you think would benefit.

This service will be a shortened form of morning prayer, including singing, a short sermon and prayers. Requests for prayers for particular people and situations will be invited before the service begins. Phone calls are at the standard rate, which will be free if you have free evening and weekend calls.

Simply because we cannot physically meet, it is vital, as Christ’s body that we gather and pray together.

Sunday Telephone Worship

[For security reasons the instructions for taking part have been omitted. If you wish to do so and have not received the details by email, please call Revd Paul Roberts or one of the Churchwardens. You can find their telephone numbers by clicking on the link to the Church’s ‘Welcome’ Page in the left hand column of the screen. You may also wish to ask to be added to Revd Paul’s email list for the future.]

The details will be the same each Sunday. Please phone in a few minutes before 10am which will allow me to welcome you and give you any instructions for worship. Several common prayers that we may say together in worship are shown below.

During worship I will mute people’s phones, as the system does not cope well with multiple people speaking (praying!) at the same time. In the event that you do need to speak during worship, you will need to press *6 to unmute the call.

Coffee After Worship

[The instructions are not included here, but you can obtain them as described above.]

Again, these numbers will not change from now on.

Finally, morning prayer at 9.30am on Friday mornings:

[Again, the instructions are not included here, but you can obtain them as described above.]

These details will not change from week to week, but I will send a reminder including the psalm we will use.

In summary, Sundays will look like this for the foreseeable future:

Sunday Timetable

0900 Sunday service (usually communion) published on Youtube

1000 Sunday telephone service begins.

1100 Coffee after worship – we meet for social time after worship. This meeting is open to those on the phone or online.

I’ve included below prayers we will use in telephone worship. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With every blessing


Prayers for use in our telephone worship together

Opening Responses

The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Let us rejoice and sing God's praise for ever.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of General Confession

Almighty God, our 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.
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.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty God,
we thank you for the gift of your holy word.
May it be a lantern to our feet,
a light upon our paths,
and a strength to our lives.
Take us and use us
to love and serve all people
in the power of the Holy Spirit
and in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Date: 14/05/2020

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