Introduction

Look at the resources below, and decide what you would like to use for your worship. There is a variety to suit all ages. Set aside a time and a place (kitchen table, sofa) for God that works well for you. Try to keep Sunday special, but feel free to dip in to any of the resources at any time throughout the week. If you are able to, you might like to print children’s or all-age resources before you begin. Then simply worship just where you are, knowing that you are still connecting with your St Andrew’s family.

A message from our vicar, Revd Kate Wyles (click below)

Opening Prayer

Loving God, we have come to worship you.
Help us to pray to you in faith,
to sing your praise with gratitude,
and to listen to your word with eagerness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Our worship songs and hymns for this week: Click here to open the page.

Choose from the selection, or listen/sing to them all.

 
We say sorry to God: Confession

Say these words out loud.

Heavenly Father, we are sorry for the times we haven’t treated others with the care you show us.

For the things we say that hurt each other;
forgive us and help us, we pray.

For the times we insist on getting our own way;
forgive us and help us, we pray.

For the times we argue instead of making peace;
forgive us and help us, we pray.

For our angry words, lack of respect and failure to listen;
forgive us and help us, we pray.

And because sometimes we just get bored with each other;
forgive us and help us, we pray.

We receive God’s forgiveness: Absolution
Thank you, Lord, that when we say sorry to you, you forgive us.
Help us to be people who forgive each other too.
Amen

Worship Suggestions for families with younger children. Includes Bible story cartoon, song, activities and prayer, by Janice Vickers. Click here.
Material for older children and young people, including Fusion, by Patrick Coad. Click here.
 
 
Interview with Rachel Smith, midwife working in Pakistan and supported by St Andrew’s, by Rob Rattee. (Click below).
 
Sermon: Table people by Malcolm Herbert, with Bible reading of Luke 22.14-30.  (Click below)

 Sermon Questions for reflection or discussion

  1. What does, ‘A church that truly welcomes the stranger to sit and eat and fully share in God’s community’ look like?
  2. Now read Philippians 2:1-11. How might these words of St Paul’s challenge us when we struggle to welcome the stranger, whoever that might be for us?
  3. If the mind of Christ inhabited and shaped our minds what might our community/church or family be like? What might be different in your own life?
  4. You might like to use St Paul’s words to lead you in to prayer. Read Philippians 2: 1-11 again, slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your prayers. You could ask for the mind of Christ to inhabit and shape your mind.
 
Prayers

Prayers written by Nadia Bolz-Weber, led by Julie May.

Lent memory verse – Can you learn and remember it?
At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, ‘My God My God why have you abandoned me?’ Matthew 27.46

Colour your egg puzzle piece in a sad colour.

We end by saying The Grace (with actions):

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (hold out your hands as if someone is giving you a present)
And the love of God (put your hands on your heart)
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (hold your hands together)
Be with us all now and forever Amen!

Notices

Join us for on-line Church Coffee on Sunday 29 March at 11.30am. Follow this Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/996750042. All the instructions you need will follow and it’s free. 
Don’t forget your coffee, tea or squash! See you there.

Our Mission Partners are being affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of them have sent updates which we have posted as news updates on our Mission: Far & Near web site: www.goldsworthpark.org.uk/mission. Please take a look and remember them in your prayers through the week.

For an uplifting message and a piece of music for you to listen to each day during these uncertain and challenging times, see our Spring Musical Calendar: www.goldsworthpark.org.uk/spring