OUR SERVICE THIS WEEK

A MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE to share at 10.00 on Sunday 31st May 2020

Welcome Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace
From God our Father
And the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
And also with you

We make our prayerful request to God
for his help in this continued time of trouble

In the day of my trouble, I have sought the Lord.
God our shepherd,
you led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget your people in their troubles,
but raise up your power to sustain the poor and helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Hear the Words of Comfort from PSALM 94 verse 19:

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind,
when my heart is in turmoil,
quieten me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”

Our first Hymn

[in the Zoom meeting, the opening introduction to the hymn will be  played for us by Joyce Williams as we all listen. Then Joyce will play all the verses with everyone muted and we can sing along at home]

1 Come down, O Love divine,
Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

2 O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let thy glorious light
Shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3 And so the yearning strong,
With which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace,
Till Love create a place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling

Our Prayers

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen


The Invitation To Confession

We have come together (by visual or spiritual link) in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word
To pray for the needs of the world
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.
And so, let’s confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Most Merciful God
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
We confess that we have sinned
In thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy, forgive what we have been
Help us to amend what we are
And direct what we shall be.
That we may act justly, love mercy
And walk humbly with you, our God. Amen

We pray that the Father of all mercies
May cleanse us from our sins
And restore us in his image
To the praise and glory of his name
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The night has passed,
and the day lies open before us;
let’s pray with one heart and mind.

Let us pray that our risen and ascended Lord will lead us to eternal life.
Lord, listen to the prayers of your people.
In faith we pray: We pray to you our God.

Please then offer your own prayers to our Heavenly Father.

Prayers for this week

The two special Collects for Pentecost

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

We read Psalm 104
[in the online Zoom meeting, Shawn Costello will read this for us]

Psalm 104:24-35

24 How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
27 All creatures look to you
    to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
    they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
    they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
    and the wicked be no more.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Praise the Lord.

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

In the Zoom meeting Corinne & Graham Morris will play and sing for us this Pentecost hymn

1 Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
and lighten with celestial fire;
thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

2 Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our mortal sight.

3 Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but one;
that through the ages all along
this may be our endless song:

4 Praise to thine eternal merit,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

We read from the second of the two Books written by St Luke. The Acts of the Apostles. We read how Luke records the coming of the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus on his Ascension
[in the Zoom meeting, I will read this for us]

Acts 2

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome
11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.
30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.
31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”’

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks Be To God

Ponder upon the coming of the Spirit.

Many call the day of Pentecost the ‘birthday of the Christian church’.

Amongst those wider group of disciples present, was not only the 12 apostles including Matthias recently appointed to fill the vacancy after Judas’ death following his betrayal of the Lord, but there was another significant figure.

Who am I speaking of?

Well, she was there at the first birthday of the first Christian (if I may call Him that). Yes, Jesus’ mother Mary.

So having given birth to Jesus our Lord. Mary now witnessed the fulfilment of His promise on His Ascension. The coming of the Holy Spirit, the helper, the third person in the Holy Trinity.

I believe that’s something wonderful to reflect upon today.

So let’s try to ‘‘Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today through the record of St Luke in his second book – Acts of the Apostles”.

After reflection, we’ll say THE LORD’S PRAYER

Trusting in the compassion of God,
we pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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. Amen

At this continuingly deeply troubling time, although Reverend Jenni is having a short break off, she  & I would like to offer to share the Peace with you:

“The Peace
of the Risen & Ascended Lord be always with you”

Our second Hymn [in the Zoom meeting, the opening introduction to the hymn will be played for us by Joyce Williams as we all listen. Then Joyce will play all the verses with everyone muted and WE CAN SING ALONG AT HOME]

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.

2. Holy, holy, holy! All saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.


Our Closing Prayers and The Grace

Heavenly Father, we praise you
for all the blessings given to the sick for whom we pray,
for those stricken by the coronavirus,
and all suffering in any way in body, mind or spirit.

With our whole hearts, dear Lord,
we thank you today
for those who care for the sick and the vulnerable
for the sick who have been made whole,
for those who are better,
and for those who have been drawn closer to you.
We bless you for the sense of your presence
enabling those who suffer to endure with patience.

And finally, dear Lord,
we thank you for bringing good out of evil,
joy out of suffering,
and above all, for the cross of your Son Jesus Christ
and the certain hope of the redemption
of body and soul to everlasting life.
Amen

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
Amen

Merciful Father, you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ
to be the good shepherd,
And in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again.
Keep us, we pray, always under his protection,
And give us the grace to follow in his footsteps;
Through Jesus Christ our Risen Lord. Amen

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore. Amen

[we end the service here with The Grace]

The Zoom service will end with a CLOSING REMINDER OF THE BLESSING TAUGHT BY YAHWEH TO MOSES by Paul

28.5.2020                                               LLM Paul