Social Distance Worship - March 22, 2020

An alternative gathering for the Coronavirus pandemic.


Social Distance Worship [SDW] is not a livestream, but a liturgy that can be followed from the comforts of your home, or any other place beyond the sanctuary, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This liturgy features prayers, Bible readings and recordings of a sermon and worship songs from our regular services. Each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. (CET) we will post a new SDW liturgy to our website, and you can find today’s liturgy on this page.


I. Greeting


II. Opening

(Listen in silent meditation or sing along)

As the grains of wheat
Once scattered on the hill
Were gathered into one to become our bread;
So may all Your people
From all the ends of earth,
Be gathered into one in You.

As this cup of blessing
Is shared within our midst
May we share the presence of Your love.

As the grains of wheat
Once scattered on the hill
Were gathered into one to become our bread;
So may all Your people
From all the ends of earth,
Be gathered into one in You.

Let this be a foretaste
Of all that is to come
When all creation shares this feast with You.

As the grains of wheat
Once scattered on the hill
Were gathered into one to become our bread;
So may all Your people
From all the ends of earth,
Be gathered into one in You.


III. Adoration

Prayer of Adoration

O Loving God, I come this day to thank You for Your presence, which goes beyond the sanctuary and sacred times like services. Because You are with me as I go through life from day to day, then every place is a sanctuary and every moment is a sacred time. Lord, be glorified in the worship that I offer now, and in the worship of my brothers and sisters who bless Your name in other places. May our praises bring You joy and all our thanks uplift Your heart. Amen.

Song of Adoration (God In My Living)

God in my living, there in my breathing
God in my waking, God in my sleeping
God in my resting, there in my working
God in my thinking, God in my speaking

Be my everything, be my everything
Be my everything, be my everything

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming
God in my watching, God in my waiting
God in my laughing, there in my weeping
God in my hurting, God in my healing

Be my everything, be my everything
Be my everything, be my everything

Christ in me, Christ in me
Christ in me, the hope of glory
You are everything

Christ in me, Christ in me
Christ in me, the hope of glory
Be my everything

Be my everything, be my everything
Be my everything, be my everything
Be my everything, be my everything
Be my everything, be my everything


IV. Confession

Prayer of Confession

My Lord Jesus, with fellow believers in other places I bring to You my failures, and I long for Your forgiveness and Your grace that conquers every sin. I confess that sometimes I am blinded by a selfish heart, and sometimes I blind others with a heart of condemnation. Lord, in Your mercy, forgive me for these failures, and use me as Your instrument to care and heal instead of harm. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.

 (Confess in Silence)

Song of Confession (Come, Said Jesus’ Sacred Voice)

“Come,” said Jesus’ sacred voice
“Come, and make My paths your choice
I will guide you to your home,
Weary pilgrim, hither come.

“Hither come, for here is found
Balm that flows for every wound
Peace that ever shall endure
Rest eternal, sacred, sure.

Confession of Forgiveness

(Read this aloud)

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;  the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

Song of Forgiveness (Psalm 42 – Genevan Psalter)

“Comfort, comfort now My people
Tell of peace”, so says our God.
Comfort those who sit in darkness
Mourning under sorrow’s load.

To God’s people now proclaim
That God’s pardon waits for them.
Tell them that the war is over;
God will reign in peace forever!

For the herald’s voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Calling us to true repentance
Since the Kingdom now is here.

Oh, that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Let the valleys rise to meet Him,
And the hills bow down to greet Him!

Straight shall be what long was crooked,
And the rougher places plain!
Let your hearts be true and humble,
As befits His holy reign!

For the glory of the Lord
Now on earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token,
That God’s Word is never broken!


V. Message

Scripture Reading (John 9:1-7;24-34)

 1 As He [Jesus] passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” Having said these things, He spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then He anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

24 Later on the Pharisees called the man who had been blind a second time, and they said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man [Jesus] is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where He comes from, and yet He opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

Sermon

Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams

Title: The Blame Game


VI. Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

O Gracious Lord, I thank You for this moment of enjoying Your presence, and I thank You for receiving all the prayers that You have heard today. As I and all Your people go about this brand new week, may we never cease to answer Your summons or calling for our lives on earth. To let Your love change us that it might be made known to others. To leave ourselves behind and take the risk of caring for others. To show Your matchless worth by bringing healing and freedom to others. And to put aside our fears and change this world for the sake of others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Song of Thanksgiving (The Summons)

Will you come and follow Me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let My love be shown? Will you let My name be known,
Will you let My life be grown in you and you in Me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let Me answer prayer in you and you in Me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in Me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
Through My sight and touch and sound in you and you in Me?

Lord Your summons echoes true when You but call my name.
Let me turn and follow You and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in You and You in me.


VII. Closing

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.

Amen.

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The concept of this service is © All Souls.