SERMON BY PAUL PHIPPS

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HYMN:THOU ART THE WAY


OFFERTORY

Find a photograph of a departed loved one and place it beside your candle/ cross/ icon/ Bible.  (It was actually the practice of St John Henry Newman to have together on display in his room images of the Saints together with pictures of his departed relatives and friends.)  Think of how Jesus has wept with you in your grief.  Think of how, as our Good Shepherd, he holds the living and the departed in his hands.  Think of how we shall be reunited in eternity.  And then recollect that in eternity we shall experience these and all our relationships as never before – made perfect by the transforming power of the death and resurrection of Christ for us all.


HYMN
I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE


PRAYERS

A PRAYER FOR THIS TIME OF WORLDWIDE SICKNESS


This prayer came through my door this week.  It was a photocopied sheet.  A bit of Googling reveals that it originates from the Roman Catholic Church in Madagascar:

Almighty and merciful Father
You show your love to all creation

We come before you asking for a quick control
of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world

Hear graciously the prayers we make for those
affected by the virus in various parts of the world

Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead
and consolation to the bereaved families

We pray that an effective medicine to
combat the sickness may be speedily found

We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities
that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people

Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord     Amen

DIY SUNDAY SERVICE
PASSION SUNDAY
29 MARCH 2020

HOW TO BEGIN

Today we start thinking about the Passion of the Lord.  So a Cross as a focus of attention would be particularly appropriate.  You could also light a candle, or use an Icon or open Bible as a focus of attention.  Place these on a purple or red cloth, if you have one.

OPENING PRAYER

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ

For all the benefits Thou hast given me

For all the pains and insults

Thou hast borne for me

O most merciful Redeemer

Friend and brother

May I know Thee more clearly

Love Thee more dearly

Follow Thee more nearly




ST JOHN’S GOSPEL, 11.1-44

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HYMN:  
FROM THEE ALL SKILL AND SCIENCE FLOW


A PRAYER FOR THE NEW DEANERY OF HANDSWORTH & CENTRAL BIRMINGHAM

Hear our prayer O Lord
For our Deanery of Handsworth & Central Birmingham

Hear our prayer for the outer estate and inner city areas
And for the city centre churches

We pray for Bishop David and Bishop Anne
And all the leadership of our Diocese
As today they Licence our new Area Dean Fr Douglas

Please bless Fr Douglas in his new work
Of helping us work together and in our individual Parishes
For the advancement of your Kingdom
And for the building up of your Church
According to your mind and heart and will

We pray for our city, nation and world
In these challenging times
That the prayers of all people of faith
May be united with the self-offering of Jesus
For our salvation in this age and in eternity  AMEN

Please add your own prayers for family, friends and neighbours
For St Matthew’s worshipping community
And all with whom we share our lives
And conclude with THE LORD’S PRAYER


HYMN:
LIFT HIGH THE CROSS


HOW TO END

Make a drink (something a bit celebratory) and talk about the experience of this morning’s worship.  Phone a friend to tell them about it – and hear their news or reflections.


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Aldridge Road/Birdbrook Road

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