St. Barnabas Waunarlwydd

Discovering the Love of God in Jesus Christ.

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Act of Worship– to be used on Wednesdays

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

May Christ, the true, the only light, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

Almighty God, from whose love neither life nor death can separate us: let the whole company of heaven praise you; let the whole church throughout the world praise you. Let us this day praise you.

We recall our lack of response to God’s love, our sins, our failures, our shortcomings and God’s great love in forgiving us:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Now we read God’s Word: Lectionary Readings

Daily Reading (click here for meditation for the day of the month)

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Most Merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


I lift up my eyes to the hills;
from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel
shall neither slumber or sleep;
The Lord himself watches over you;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
it is he who shall keep you safe.
The Lord shall watch over your going out
and your coming in,
from this time forth for evermore.

In your own words continue to pray for the world, the Church, your family and friends and those who need the healing touch of the Lord today. There follows a selection of prayers to help us pray about the impact of Covid-19:

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whatever 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. Amen.

For NHS hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and reliance to all who are caring for the sick. and your wisdomto those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health and wholeness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For 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.

As you are not able to receive the Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist at present remember your continued communion with him. Pause for a few moments as you offer yourself to God and he gives himself to you. Then say:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all who love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Our Father.......

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace.