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Home Worship

This page has resources to help you worship at home during the coronavirus lockdown. The entries, selected for their accessibility during the current restrictions, encourage Bible reading, Prayer, and Praise for young and old.

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Click “More” when hovering over Bible references to hear David Suchet reading the chapter on Bible Gateway.

While there you can also read the passage in the easy to understand New International Reader’s Version (NIRV).

 

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“Bible 2020 is a global movement reading God’s Word aloud across the world.”

Their Reading Plan and app are freely available.

“The Scottish Bible Society has produced a series of fun-filled and easy to use daily activities, to enable families to get the most out of [Bible 2020].”

They give more information along with their free family resource covering the Bible readings throughout the year.

 

The Christian Classic Ethereal Library is a treasure trove of works in a variety of formats including pdf, eBook, and mp3. E. M. Bounds peerless writings on prayer and the great Reformer John Calvin‘s insightful Commentaries are available. The Prince of Preachers, C. H. Spurgeon‘s much admired devotional “Morning and Evening” can also be easily accessed through their app.

 

The following is the current entry from “Morning and Evening”:-

Tuesday, May 24th - Morning

Blessed be God, which hath nor turned away my prayer. - Psalm 66:20

— Morning & Evening, with Charles Spurgeon Devotionals

In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly, we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may be some who think their prayers worthy of acceptance—as the Pharisee did; but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospect, weeps over his prayers, and if he could retrace his steps he would desire to pray more earnestly. Remember, Christian, how cold thy prayers have been. When in thy closet thou shouldst have wrestled as Jacob did; but instead thereof, thy petitions have been faint and few—far removed from that humble, believing, persevering faith, which cries, "I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me." Yet, wonderful to say, God has heard these cold prayers of thine, and not only heard, but answered them. Reflect also, how infrequent have been thy prayers, unless thou hast been in trouble, and then thou hast gone often to the mercy-seat: but when deliverance has come, where has been thy constant supplication? Yet, notwithstanding thou hast ceased to pray as once thou didst, God has not ceased to bless. When thou hast neglected the mercy-seat, God has not deserted it, but the bright light of the Shekinah has always been visible between the wings of the cherubim. Oh! it is marvellous that the Lord should regard those intermittent spasms of importunity which come and go with our necessities. What a God is He thus to hear the prayers of those who come to Him when they have pressing wants, but neglect Him when they have received a mercy; who approach Him when they are forced to come, but who almost forget to address Him when mercies are plentiful and sorrows are few. Let His gracious kindness in hearing such prayers touch our hearts, so that we may henceforth be found "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit."

 

Pray for Scotland encourages a weekly prayer pattern modelled on the Apostoles’ prayers for the Church. The advice is taken from their helpful Praying for the Church leaflet:-

Simply read [the following] verse(s) and turn it into your prayer, first for your own life, then for the church…the heart of each prayer is highlighted in bold.

On Tuesdays use Ephesians 3:16-19.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 

They also encourage a weekly prayer pattern for our communities and nation. The following advice is taken from their helpful Praying for our Communities guide:-

On Tuesdays:-

pray for nurseries, schools and colleges, for young people struggling with addiction or facing homelessness.

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trypraying has a good seven-day guide to help get you started available as a free app or booklet.

You can try day one on their site to get started straight away.

They also have children and youth editions that you can preview online by exploring their resources section.

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SU Scotland have great resources including this leaflet to help children pray and this video of the Lord’s prayer in Makaton.

 

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explorers can read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and try making something like this:-

Thank you God for...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vineyard Worship have released the following boxset of worship for kids of all ages:-

Their youtube channel features songs with lyrics including the popular “Great Big God” below:-

 

Doug Horley has released a collection of 50 Awesome Action Songs – Fun and Funky Praise and Worship for Kids available through Apple, Google Play, and amazon.

 

Keith & Kristyn Getty have songs available through Apple, Google Play, and amazon.

Their youtube channel features a playlist of songs with lyrics including the popular “O Church Arise” below:-

 

Matt Redman has songs available through Apple, Google Play, and amazon.

His youtube channel features songs with lyrics including the popular “Blessed by your name” below:-

 

All popular hymns, old and new, are available to stream and download from Apple, Google Play, and amazon. With the usual safety caveats, most hymns with lyrics can be found by searching youtube.

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