A Service for the Homebound


Call to Worship                                                                                   

 Come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand. (Ps. 95: 6-7)

(You may use the light/bold print to take turns at readings if there is more than one person)

Hymn   suggestions: Fairest Lord Jesus / Holy, Holy, Holy / Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Praying with the Psalmist                                         

 PSALM 121

Levavi oculos

1      I will lift up my eyes unto the hills; 

         from whence comes my help?

2      My help comes from the Lord, 

         who has made heaven and earth.

3      He will not let your foot be moved, 

         and he who keeps you will not sleep.

4      Behold, he who keeps Israel

         shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5      The Lord himself is your keeper;

         the Lordis your defense upon your right hand,

6      So that the sun shall not burn you by day, 

         neither the moon by night.

7      The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; 

         indeed, it is he who shall keep your soul.

8      The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in,

         from this time forth for evermore.

The Gloria Patri

          Glory be 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.


New Testament Reading

            From the Gospel of John                                           From Colossians


In the beginning was the Word.                      He is before all things.

The Word was with God . . . is God.                In Him all things hold together.

In Him was life.                                                All things were created by and for him.

The Word became flesh.                                  God’s fullness dwelt in him.

He was in the world.                                        To reconcile all things.


Leader: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Prayers of Intercession

 Leader:  Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our  common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well beloved son     that when two or three are gathered in Christ’s name, you will also be there.Grant now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this    world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.

(A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom, 4th& 5thCenturies)

 We bless you, O God most high and Lord of mercies, you who works great and  mysterious deeds for us, glorious, wonderful, and numberless; who provides us with sleep as rest from our infirmities and as a repose for our bodies tired by labor.  We thank you that  you have not destroyed us in our transgressions, but in  your love  toward humankind you have raised us up, as we lay in despair, that we  may glorify  your majesty.Amen.

(A Prayer of St. Basil the Great, 4thCentury)

Pray for our world, and for one another…

Praying for the Global Health Crisis – Here’s a prayer guide.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

For thine is the kingdom,the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.  


Closing Hymn                                                                           How Can I Keep from Singing?

(the recording below is from the “DITA at 10” conference, Duke University)

    How Can I Keep from Singing?


  1. My life flows on in endless song;

Above earth’s lamentation

I hear the sweet thought far off hymn

That hails a new creation.

Chorus: No storm can shake my inmost calm

While to the rock I’m clinging;

Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n earth,

How can I keep from singing?


  1. Through all the tumult and the strife

I hear the music ringing:

It finds an echo in my soul,

How can I keep from singing? (chorus)


  1. What though my joys and comfort die?

The Lord my Savior liveth:

What thought the darkness gather round!

Songs in the night He giveth. (chorus)


4. The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,

A fountain ever springing:

All things are mine since I am His

How can I keep from singing? (chorus)


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

La gracia del Señor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios, y la comunión del Espíritu Santo, sean con todos vosotros. Amén. (2 Corintios 13;14)

A Prayer for the Global Health Crisis

God is our refuge and strength; A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Our God who is with us, Emmanuel, we come to you asking you for your assistance, and to lend your ear in this time of distress.

Hear, our prayer O Lord.

As you lifted once a paralyzed man from his bed, we ask you to come and visit us, and raise our bodies and spirits.

Hear, our prayer O Lord.

Grant to us the gift of your Holy Spirit, that our bodies and souls may be protected from infirmity.

Lord, Have mercy.

And we pray for those who are now suffering from this disease: we beseech you, O Lord, to visit them, encourage them, and heal them according to your great lovingkindness.

Lord, Have mercy.

As you once listened to the cry of the Canaanite woman, we beseech you to hear our voice, for every country hit hard by this disease, and specially: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and many other places in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Lord, Have mercy.

And we pray Lord for the families, friends, and medical personnel who care for the sick, and for those who are being monitored.

Be their Rock of Ages.

Please bless all scientists, researchers, public health officials and governments who seek and prescribe treatments, and for those who are working toward a vaccine.

Be their wisdom!

 And for all of us, Lord, guide us so that this may be a time of reflection and good will to work to eradicate the diseases that threaten our bodies, and the hate that threatens our souls.

Lord, Have mercy.

O God our help in ages past, the God who heals and comforts; our Maker, and the Maker of wonders; the one who alone is worthy to be praised: incline your ear to us, and grant, in your mercy, the prayers of your people.



I was Glad / Me Alegré Carlos Colón

I had the joy of leading a Vespers service with Mariachi Ágape of San Antonio at the Calvin Symposium of Worship. We opened with this musical setting inspired by Psalm 122. You can find the music in GIA’s bilingual hymnal, Santo/Santo/Santo. Thank you to Maestros Juan Bautista Ortiz and Isaac Ortiz for their gracious leadership. And also to Brian Hehn for the video.