Virtual Church

Dear members of our OGBHA community,

For those who would like to join together in worship while we are unable to meet in our Church buildings we are offering an alternative via the Internet. To connect with each other we will be using a product called Zoom. I’ve been using this for a while for Diocesan meetings and other things, and I’ve chosen to use it for our worship because it means we can all see each other on screen and join in together. Worship isn’t primarily about watching, it’s about participating together as the Body of Christ, even when we are physically separated.

I know this can seem rather strange and a bit daunting, but I do ask you to participate if you possibly can. Your brothers and sisters in Christ need to connect with you, and we will be kept strong by our support of one another in these challenging times.

What you will need?

If you have a device that you already use to communicate with your children and grandchildren via Skype or Facetime or Voiper or other video service that will be suitable.

Some examples include smartphone, iphone, ipad, Android phone, Samsung Galaxy or a laptop, tablet or desktop computer (some desktop computers may not work – they need to have to have a microphone and speakers – if you can watch youtube videos and can hear the sound from them, then the computer should be fine).   

Ideally, you will also have a camera, so everyone else can see your smiling face too. (Your iphone/smartphone or table/ipad has one, and your laptop probably does, but your desktop computer won’t unless you’ve added one.) If you don’t have a camera, you’ll still be able to participate.

How to get the device ready?

You will need to install a small piece of software called Zoom. Don’t be deterred, it’s not very hard to do!

• For Apple idevices you will find it in the App Store called “ZOOM Cloud Meetings”. Click “Get”

• For Android devices you will find it in the Play Store called “ZOOM Cloud Meetings”.  Click “Install”

• For PC’s and Macs please open your web Browser and navigate to  Zoom Client for Meetings will be listed first.  Click “Download”.  If you have the option, click “Install”  If not, save the file.  When the download is complete you will need to open the file and install it.

After you have installed the software you can test that the installation has been successful.  In your web browser connect to  A new page will display.  Click on the join icon.

It can take about 30 seconds for the system to start and connect.  It won’t be instant.  Please be a little bit patient.

Jill McCoy

If you need some help or advice on how to get yourself ready to share in worship with Zoom, please call one of us:

Jon Mamonski 0419 507 513
Felicity Rousseax 0409 414 540
Jill McCoy 0425 805 827
Andrew McCoy 0411 134 218

You will also need a password to join the gathering. If you did not receive an email with this password, please contact one of the people above, or email


At about 9:15

• open zoom and click “join”.  

• When zoom has opened enter the meeting ID 488-270-257

and then press “Join Meeting”  (the presence of dashes is unimportant)

Alternatively you can click this link

  and you will be connected.  

After you start zoom you may see a message that says “Join with Computer Audio”.  You must click on this message to proceed to Zoom, 

If you have no Computer or Device?

If you don’t have a device but would like to listen to the service, you can use your telephone.

    Call (03) 7018 2005  

The call is answered automatically and you will be prompted to enter a Webinar ID.  

Please use the code 488-270-257 (without spaces is fine), and the password you have been given.

By joining in 15 minutes before we begin you can connect briefly with others who are joining us, and then prepare yourself for the service in a time of quiet reflection. 

The Anglican Parish of Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

A seasonal sentence may be used here

The minister continues in these or similar words.

Friends in Christ,
we come together to meet with God,
and to take our part in the building up of his Church.
We will lift up our hearts in thanks and praise,
hear from God’s holy word,
and pray for this world, and for ourselves.
[Today.. ]
The Bible tells us to approach God confidently,
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us then ask God to prepare us to worship in Spirit and in truth.

[Let us pray.]

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Two Great Commandments

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ Jesus said: ‘This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

Invitation to Confession

God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s table.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, with a sincere and a true heart.

Confession and Absolution

    Merciful God,
    our maker and our judge,
    we have sinned against you
    in thought, word, and deed,
    and in what we have failed to do:
    we have not loved you with our whole heart;
    we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
    we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
    Father, forgive us.
    Strengthen us to love and obey you
    in newness of life;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 The Priest declares God’s absolution of our sins.


We are the body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



First Reading

Second Reading



Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge
the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the
forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.



Prayer of the day

The intercessions conclude 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 today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.


Eternal God and Father,

by whose power we are created,
and by whose love we are redeemed:
Guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service,
and live this day in love to one another
and to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The priest pronounces God’s blessing on the people