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For where two or three

are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them.

MATTHEW 18:20

These are extraordinary times. Though we are unable to gather together for worship this morning due to the precautions surrounding COVID-19, we still have an opportunity to worship at home, and as we each do so, we do so together, united in spirit as we seek God together.

Follow through this post, pausing to think about each reading, listening to each song, as we start our prayers on the Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

Worship at Home Service for Deliverance from the Coronavirus

 

 

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 12, 2021

(Light up a candle)

 

 

 

Gathering the Community

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you 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.

Confession

 

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed

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 lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light. Amen.

Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent

God of power and mercy, you call us once again to celebrate the coming of your Son. Remove those things which hinder love of you, that when he comes, he may find us waiting in awe and wonder for him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn

 #88 'Come, Thou long expected Jesus'

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The Word of God

Luke 3: 7-18

Silence for Reflections

 

Prayer of the People

As we gather in the name and power of our risen Lord, through whom the glory of God is revealed, let us offer our prayers to almighty God, saying, “Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer"

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. R~

 

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. R~

 

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. R~

 

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. R~

 

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. R~

 

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth. R~

 

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us. R~

 

Give comfort and strength to those in need of our prayers, especially -

David E's sister Joyce H.

Kim V. & her Mom Sheila E.

Maysen R. & Mom Cheryl

Dianne's daughter Lynne T.

Carol L's daughter Alex

Jerry & Genny S.

Michelle & Cliff

Cort & Joan B.

Eric & Elizabeth K.

Iain L. & son Gregor

Norma T.

Shelagh G's dad Stewart

Isabel G. and her husband Joe

Carol M's grandson Thomas

Ralph R. and his wife Frannie

Dianne's cousins Ken H. & his wife Jeanette

Dianne's friend Sarah G.

 Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer"

 

Let us pray. May the Lord God Almighty who loves you protect you. May Jesus Christ, His Son who died for you save you.  And may the Holy Spirit who broods over the chaos and fills you with his presence, intercede for you and in you for others at this time. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us –

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. Amen.

 

Diocese of Niagara prayer for Deliverance from Coronavirus

 

 

Loving God, whose peace passes all our understanding; as we face this present pandemic, and experience fear and anxiety, may we hear your voice, bringing calm to the storms of our time.

 

Strengthen those who work to limit the spread of infection, and those who seek to care for the sick, and keep us mindful of those most vulnerable.

 

May we shape our living to protect one another, and may our changing habits, practices and sacrifices, be for the greater love of our community and all your people. Amen

 

Doxology

 

Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church, and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Alleluia!