On this Online Worship Page you will find a link to a service of Morning Prayer, another link to our Sunday (Home) School page and, special this week, (March 29th) a link to evening prayer with the Parishes of Waterford & St. Mark’s via Zoom.  

Each of these services include readings, prayers, music and spiritual exercises. Our hope is that these online offerings of prayer and worship will help us continue to make regular worship a priority together, even while we are forced to be apart.

We are living through challenging times, but we have an amazing opportunity to take up new practices of reading, singing, and praying in our own homes. We are not alone in this. God is in our midst, leading us through …

Morning Prayer – Sunday, March 29th

Sunday (Home) School – Sunday, March 29th

Evening Prayer (Zoom) – Waterford & St.Mark’s

Morning Prayer for Sun. March 22

Call to Worship

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:

O come, let us worship.

feel free just to listen or to sing along as you feel led

Lord, open our lips,
And our mouth 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.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:
O come, let us worship.

You can watch and listen to this week’s psalm here, or read it for yourself below.

In the psalm appointed for this Sunday king David likens his relationship with the Lord to a sheep following a shepherd. The sheep trusts that the shepherd knows what he is doing in the midst of threatening circumstances. The shepherd provides his sheep with everything they need, including protection in the midst of the shadow of death.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.
Refrain: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Refrain: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Refrain: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

A prayer to follow the psalm

Glory to you, Jesus Christ, our good shepherd. In the waters of baptism you give us new birth, at your table you nourish us with heavenly food, and in your goodness and mercy, you guide us beyond the terrors of evil and death to your Father’s home to dwell in eternal light. Glory to you for ever. Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word

You can watch and listen to the reading here, or follow the link below to read it for yourself.

St. Paul asserts that, in the Lord, Christians have become light, bearing fruit which is good, right and true. They now oppose and shun the darkness and its useless works from which they have come. Christ is the light who makes all this happen.

[Read the passage HERE at Biblegateway.com]

A prayer in response to the reading

We thank you Lord Jesus for bringing us into the light of your saving grace. Help us to reflect the light of Your love as we journey through times of darkness. Make us able to walk in Your Spirit and truth that we may be a channel through whom Your love, grace, healing and forgiveness flow to those around us, for we pray this in Your name. Amen.

The Gospel – John 15:1-11

Jesus wants his followers to know that his Father is working even now to ensure that they live lives that produce good spiritual fruit, things like love and joy and peace. To communicate this to them he uses the image of a vine and its branches which are continually dressed and pruned by the vine-grower. According to Jesus it’s God who does all the work to ensure that his followers bear good fruit. They just have to remain connected to him, to Jesus, like the branches to their vine.

[Read the passage HERE at Biblegateway.com]

A prayer in response to the reading

Heavenly Father, enable us to abide in your Son Jesus that he may abide in us. Cleanse us by your gracious Word and empower us by your life-giving Spirit to follow the way of Jesus, for we ask it in His name.

Sermon: Connected & Apart

Also be sure to check out John Mark Comer’s sermon on “Developing a Rule of Life” HERE at Bridgetown Church

Praise in Response to the Gospel

An Offering of Prayer

The Collect

Almighty God, through the waters of baptism your Son has made us children of light. May we ever walk in his light and show forth your glory in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

An offering of praise

Closing Prayer

God of light, your Word brings to us a new vision of your glory. Accept our offering of prayer and praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

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