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How to use this service.

We invite you to walk through this service in much the same way you would at church. If you are able, pause at 10 am on Sunday morning and use this service, knowing that others in the community are doing so at the same time. Perhaps you want to call a fellow parishioner and leave the phone on speaker so you can say the service together. Say the various prayers and readings out loud (if you can), pause to let the words settle in your mind and heart. Listen to the music or sing along if you want to. After you are finished, perhaps a phone call with someone to discuss what caught your attention, or just to catch up with each other. Remember to pour a cup of coffee first - virtual coffee hour!

Know that we, your priests, are holding you in prayer, as we too worship through this service. Be attentive to the ways in which God becomes present to you, even as you worship on your own.

Sunday, March 29, Fifth Sunday of Lent

Opening Sentences

Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall proclaim your praise. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever, Amen.

(or…Glory to the Creator, the Redeemer and the Sustainer; as it was when it all began, as it is now, and as it will always be. Amen)

Opening Hymn 

Rejoice Today with One Accord - Link to Hymn

Collect Prayer

Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ, and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.  

The Readings

Ezekiel 37.1–14   Psalm 130   Romans 8.6–11   John 11.1–45  See attachment below

Reflection – "Those Bones Never Saw It Coming" see attachment below


Till My Soul Be Still - Link to Anthem  (you may choose to listen to this piece in quiet reflection)                                  

Prayers of the People - see attachment below

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.  Amen.


In The Bulb There is a Flower – Link to Hymn 

Prayer for the Gifts 

(though we cannot gather together, there are many gifts we are grateful for - those that are offered for the continuing ministry of the church through these exceptional times, and for the gifts we have received from each other like a phone call, the prayers of others, someone picking up our groceries - and so we give thanks)

Giver of life, your Son has destroyed the power of death for all those who believe in him. Accept all we offer you this day and strengthen us in faith and hope; through Jesus Christ, the Lord of all the living.

Closing Hymn

Love Divine All Loves Excelling  Link to Hymn


May the Lord bless us and keep us. May the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. May the Lord look upon us with favour and grant us peace. Amen