"Our own personal resurrection story"

We are still family even while we are apart, so while we are unable to gather because of the ongoing health crisis, I will be sharing material on the blog each Sunday morning, and posting notes to those unable to access the internet. Of course you are free to use this material at any time, but my hope is that as many of us as possible will be reading these words during our usual service time - Sunday at 10:30 if you're new or need a reminder! - gathering in time if not in space.

Over the next few weeks, we will be thinking about what resurrection life may look like for us in the light of the current health crisis. Where do we go from here? Is there still space for fear as well as hope? What might look like the old life and what will be made new?

As before, each 'service' includes prayer, links to song videos, a reading from scripture and a brief reflection. The reflection will now be followed by a question for you to ponder, and it would be great to hear your thoughts in the comments. I am also including some more songs which might not be familiar to the congregation at SBC, as this may offer an opportunity to introduce some new ones which we might like to learn when we come together. And I have attempted to use my limited tech skills to create multivocal recordings for the Lord's Prayer and the Grace, featuring the voices of five members of the church. (Thanks to Elisabeth, Mark, Clare, Liz and Steve for lending their voices.)

This service includes communion, so you may like to prepare by setting aside something eat and drink. Variants on bread and wine are perfectly acceptable!

Call to worship

Begin by holding in your mind all those you would normally be worshipping with, then hear these words from Psalm 33 as a call to come to worship with a voice of praise.

Song: Faithful one

Faithful one, so unchanging;

ageless one, you're my rock of peace.

Lord of all I depend on you -

I call out to you, again and again;

I call out to you, again and again.

You are my rock in times of trouble,

you lift me up when I fall down.

All through the storm your love is the anchor;

my hope is in You alone.

Brian Doerkson © 1989 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing


Here you may like to return to one of the patterns of prayer suggested previously, but I also offer a focus for prayer below. However you pray, I invite you to end with the Lord's Prayer.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory

forever and ever.


Reading: Luke 24:13-35, read by Clare Robertson-Hughes

Reflection, by our minister Leigh Greenwood

You can also find the text of the reflection here.

Song: Resurrection Day

Because You're risen I can rise, because You're living I'm alive

Because Your cross is powerful, because You rose invincible I can get up off the floor

This is my resurrection day, nothing's gonna hold me in the grave

This is my resurrection day, nothing's gonna hold me down

Say goodbye to my yesterdays, ever since I met You I am changed

This is my resurrection day, nothing's gonna hold me down

Because You rolled my stone away, because my debt has all been paid

Because You stand in victory, because You crushed the enemy I can get up off the floor

This is my resurrection day...

The good news is the good news 'cause You chose the rugged cross

The good news is the good news 'cause You rose up from the dust

Your gospel is the power that is saving all of us

So I can get up off the floor, come on, get up off the floor

This is my resurrection day...

Rend Collective ‎© Sparrow Records; 2018 Rend Family Records


The video above includes liturgy spoken by our minister Leigh Greenwood, a prayer read by Steve Martin, and a song recorded by Clare Robertson-Hughes and John Hughes. If you would like to read along or would prefer a member of your household to lead the liturgy, you can also find the text here. The prayer and song begin around two minutes in.

Song: Be thou my vision

This one doesn't have the lyrics on screen, but as we're missing folkUS, I wanted to find a version that was a bit more folky.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art -

Thou my best thought, in the day or the night; waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.

Thou my great Father; thine own may I be, Thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.

Be Thou my battle shield, sword for the fight; be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight;

Thou my soul's shelter, and Thou my high tow’r: raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise; Thou mine inheritance, now and always;

Thou and thou only first in my heart, High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Eleanor Hull © 1972 Public Domain


Close your time of worship by again holding in your mind those you love and would be worshipping alongside, and use the words of the grace: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit remain with us all evermore. Amen.

We spent some time earlier thinking about loving the world, but we love because God first loved us, so to play us out this week we have Love Divine, recorded by Mike Sole on our very own organ.