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Passion Sunday 29th March – the 5th of Lent
The Bible readings for today are:
- Psalm 130
- Romans 8: v6-11
- John 11: v1-45
We cannot join together in church to pray and hear from God’s word but we can read and pray in our different places around the usual service times of 8.30 and 10am today and also around 10.30am on Wednesday.
The Bible readings for the coming week (30th March to 5th April) are set out below.
You may find this special prayer leaflet for Lent and Passiontide useful.
We have prepared the short video below to help in our worship together this Passion Sunday – we hope you find it helpful.
Bible Readings for 30th Mar - 5th Apr
- Monday 30th Mar: Psalm 73, Exodus 8:1-19, Hebrews 11:17-31
- Tuesday 31st Mar: Psalm 35, Exodus 8:20-end, Hebrews 11:32-12:2
- Wednesday 1st Apr: Psalm 55, Exodus 9:1-12, Hebrews 12:3-13
- Thursday 2nd Apr: Psalm 40, Exodus 9:13-end, Hebrews 12:14-end
- Friday 3rd Apr: Psalm 22, Exodus 10, Hebrews 13:1-16
- Palm Sunday 5th Apr: Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21:1-11
Praying Together – when sickness is near
General – you may like to view or download this whole prayersheet
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From one who is ill or isolated
O God, help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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We are now looking towards Easter and beginning to explore what is coming up. Our focus will be ‘service’ and we shall be exploring how Jesus showed service to others and how we too, following His example, can serve others. This will be based on Matthew 20 verse 28 ‘ I did not come to be served but to serve.’
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