Neil has put together a service, hymns, talk and readings for us all to follow together at home. It changes every week and started in mid March 2020.

Follow the words and videos in the order below, if you are on our mailing list then you will have received the words, hymns, readings and reflection by email. You can also use these to follow the service if you like.

Services at Home
The Rev Neil Popham

Service for St Lawrence’s Day 9th August

We have a change to the format this week. Firstly we have the normal layout below, with individual videos and words laid out for you to follow at your own pace; and secondly Neil has now added another option where all the individual videos are joined together in one video.

So you can EITHER just play the first video all the way through for the entire service OR skip the first video and proceed to the service as normal, either way we hope you enjoy the service.

Entire Service Watch or Skip to below


Service Introduction from Neil and opening prayer

Opening Prayer

This is the day which the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Hymn: All creatures of our God and King followed by In Christ alone

Collect for St. Lawrence

Almighty God, who made Lawrence a loving servant of your people and a wise steward of the treasures of your Church: fire us with his example to love as he loved and to walk in the way that leads to eternal life; 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.

Confession and Absolution

Listen and follow with the words below

The saints were faithful unto death and now dwell in the heavenly kingdom for ever. As we celebrate their joy, let us bring to the Lord our sins and weaknesses, and ask for his mercy.

We are often slow to follow the example of Christ.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

We often fail to be known as Christ’s disciples.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

We often fail to walk the way of the cross.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and make you holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10. John 12:24-26

Talk: Reflection

This week’s Reflection from Neil

Hymn: Jesus, all for Jesus

We bring our requests to God

Please be quiet for your own prayers;
perhaps asking that you might know and understand God, who is
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayers led by Neil


You may wish to use this prayer,
Steadfast lover of all,
we name, in word and silence,
our joys, concerns and thanks …

Spirit of holiness
comfort the grieving and lonely,
in their day of sorrow,
encourage the weak
and sustain the helpless
that they too may know a new beginning.

Our Father which 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, for ever and ever.


Hymn: O Church arise shall go out with joy


Closing Prayer by Neil words below

Glory to God:
whose power, at work among us,
can do infinitely more than all we can ask or conceive;
to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and those whom you love,
and remain with you always.