22nd June 2020
The re-opening of the Church
In the name of God the Father,  in the name of God the Son,
in the name of God the Holy Spirit, in the name of God.
Father of us all, we know that we, your people, are the Church, the body of Christ,
but we are aware that the house we call ‘church’ is special to us
because this is where we gather
to praise you together,
to ask forgiveness for our sins together,
to listen to your Word together,
to pray for the needs of all whom we love
and for the world and the people that are ours to cherish, together,
to give you thanks together,
to be united through our reception of communion.
This where we bring our children to be baptised and confirmed,
where we welcome people into full communion,
where we can ask for sacramental forgiveness for sins,
where we gather for Mass,
and where we pray for and say farewell to our dead.
We remember the deliverance of your people with Moses from slavery in the Exodus,
the return of your people from exile in Babylon with Nehemiah and Ezra,
when they stood to welcome the reading of the Word of God,
and, like them we rejoice as we say:
Psalm 121: May the house of the Lord be at peace.
Ps 121 N w flute copy
“Let us go to the house of the Lord”, they said, Oh how great was our joy when we heard!
Now our feet are set firm on Jerusalem’s soil at the gates of the City of God,
May the house of the Lord be at peace.
For the city is blessed now with unity, all restored in its beauty and calm.
Here the tribes of the Lord in their thousands have come to give thanks unto Israel’s God.
May the house of the Lord be at peace.
For they come to sing praises and thanks to God,and, as pilgrims, obey his commands.
In the city of justice where David has ruled they now pray for Jerusalem’s peace.
May the house of the Lord be at peace.
In this city may wholeness and peace abound, in your houses and palaces, peace!
For the sake of my friends and relatives here for the sake of God’s House, pray, “Shalom”.
May the house of the Lord be at peace.
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.
May the Lord bless us, and keep us from all harm,
and may he lead us to eternal life. 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Ps 121: words and music Noel Donnelly (c) Kevin Mayhew. Graphic (c) Netta Ewing.