Church Services

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the wonderful things you have done.

I will sing with joy because of you. I will sing praise to you, Almighty God

Psalm 9:1-2

22 March 2020

St Gabriel's Walthamstow Mothering Sunday Service

During this period where COVID19 is presenting us with the greatest challenge we have faced in a generation, we are encouraging all our members to observe the Government and NHS advice and to stay home and stay safe.

While this does mean that we cannot meet for public worship, we can all pray with one another in our homes, united by God’s spirit.

St Gabriel’s Church community has put together this beautiful service for Mothering Sunday, why not watch along.

You can follow along with the liturgy which you will also see here.

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Opening Prayer:

Praise God who loves us.
All   Praise God who cares.

We light this candle to remind us that the love of God is like a light in our darkness.
All   Blessed be God for ever.

We praise you, our God, for all mothers who have loved and laughed and laboured as they cared for their children;
All   Blessed be God for ever.

We praise you, our God, for all mothers who have wept in sorrow and joy for their children:
All   Blessed be God for ever.

We praise you, our God, for Jesus, born of a woman and nurtured in her love, and for Mary, a reminder of your patient, waiting love.
All   Blessed be God for ever.

Confession:

Let us call to mind our sin, our failure to value the love of others and our failure to love as Christ has loved us.

Silence for reflection

Your love gives us life from the moment of conception. We fail to live as your children.
Lord, have mercy.
All   Lord, have mercy.

You call us to do good. We seek our own good.
Christ, have mercy.
All   Christ have mercy.

You hear us when we cry for help. We ignore the cries of others.
Lord, have mercy.
All   Lord, have mercy.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus

Christ our Lord.
All   Amen.

Reading 1: Ephesians 5:8-14
Reading 2: John 9:1-41

Prayers:

As children of a loving God who always listens to our cries, let us pray to our Father in heaven.

God of love,
All   hear our prayer.

Loving God, you have given us the right to be called children of God. Help us to show your love in our homes that they may be places of love, security and truth.

God of love,
All   hear our prayer.

Loving God, Jesus, your Son, was born into the family of Mary and Joseph; bless all parents and all who care for children; strengthen those families living under stress and may your love be known where no human love is found.

God of love,
All   hear our prayer.

Loving God, we thank you for the family of the Church. We pray that all may find in her their true home; that the lonely, the marginalized, the rejected may be
welcomed and loved in the name of Jesus.

God of love,
All   hear our prayer.

Loving God, as we see the brokenness of our world we pray for healing among the
nations; for food where there is hunger; for freedom where there is oppression; for joy where there is pain; that your love may bring peace to all your children.

As God’s children, and heirs with Christ
we cry in the Spirit, ‘Abba’, Father.

All   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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Loving God, accept the cries of our heart as we offer you prayers;
through them transform us and all creation until you are in all and through all.
We ask these and all our prayers in the name of Jesus.
All   Amen.

Blessing:

Praise God who loves us.
All   Praise God who cares.

May God, who gave birth to all creation, bless us:
may God, who became incarnate by an earthly mother, bless us:
may God, who broods as a mother over her children, bless us.
May almighty God bless us, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
All   Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All   In the name of Christ. Amen.

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 10.00 am

Prayer for our Community

Date: Fifth Sunday of the month

Time: 10.30 am

Child friendly worship for all the family.

DateSecond and fourth Sundays

Communion with a mix of organ and piano led songs.

Date: First and Third Sunday of the month.

A mix of the new and traditional with lively songs and Talk

We are committed to safeguarding children and young people and all victims of abuse and vulnerable adults. Our PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practices on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.
Church of England Safeguarding Policy
Our parish safeguarding officer is Emma Clements: enquiries@walthamstowchurch.org.uk

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Important News

17th March 2020: St Gabriel's, in the Parish of Walthamstow, will suspend all public services, including Sunday worship, from today (17th March 2020) until further notice in keeping with the latest public health advice and today’s guidance from The Church of England.