Welcome to our Morning Service
May 31st 2020
Good Morning Everyone, as always here are a couple of songs to help us to quieten down in preparation for the service.
Today’s service will be a little quieter and more meditative. Please watch the welcome video below.
The reading was from Acts 2:1-21
2 songs now. Feel free to join in or just listen.
Let’s spend a few moments asking God to forgive us and turn our hearts back to loving him with every part of us.
Because of all that Jesus has done for us in his death and resurrection, and because of all he continues to do for us, we receive the forgiveness of God. Lord, fill us once again with your Holy Spirit, that we might be wholly yours, wholly empowered by you. In Jesus name, 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.
Shirley is going to lead our prayers of intercession. Let’s pray
Loving heavenly Father. Thank you that we can still come together each Sunday even though we can’t be in the church building. We are so grateful for what we can do and look forward to being together again once it is safe to do so. Thank you also for the lovely weather which means we don’t have to spend all the enforced isolation indoors and don’t get wet in the various queues which we find ourselves a part of. It is so lovely that people are actually chatting to each while we are waiting. We lift up all those people who can’t get out at all and are feeling isolated, be with them and let them feel your love and support.
Lord we ask you to keep our families and ourselves safe at this time. Help us to use our common sense about what we should and shouldn’t be doing not just for our own safety but for the wellbeing of those we come into contact with too. Thank you for keeping us safe so far.
We pray for all the key workers who are still keeping the country on its feet, protect them and let them know that they are appreciated. Keep them strong and in good spirits. We pray for the various things that are starting again on Monday, for those children who are going back to school, the parents who may be worried about them and the teachers who will need to keep the children at a suitable distance from each other. We pray also for the people meeting up with each other for the first time in a while that they don’t inadvertently cause spread of the virus.
We lift up Sheila and the family to you. Thank you that they know you Lord. Let them feel your love enfolding them at this time and ask that they continue to receive your peace.
This week we pray for Chloe and Sam. We pray for their friends in Kampala who are struggling to feed themselves. Help the team with their fundraising so that they can feed families in need and give them wisdom as they plan how to re-start the various projects that they are involved in once they are allowed to. Thank you for the grant which they recently received, not only because it will help the ribbon sandal project but that it was such an encouragement to the team too. On a personal note we pray that they will be able to see Sam’s family soon and also that Chloe’s pregnancy progresses well and that their unborn little girl stays safe and well.
Now take a few seconds to bring anyone on your heart at this time before the Lord ……
We bring all these things to you in Jesus’ name.
As a response to those prayers, and continuing our prayers of blessing on our communities and our nation (Thy Kingdom Come), let’s pray with this now, well-known song: (quite a quiet version in parts)
And now Greta is going to speak to us
Responsive song for our thoughts and prayers
Our Closing song
The only NOTICES are that Phill’s funeral will be held on Monday 8th June at 2.30pm. As you will know, the current regulations do not allow more than a very few invited guests to attend. Please do not try and come. BUT the family hope to have a Thanksgiving service at a later date. Also the service on the 8th will be streamed, so you will be able to follow it online if you would like to (just one camera from a distance). Chris will let you have the details once he has received them.
Before the final prayers, a reminder that there is the option of coffee on zoom after the service if you would like. Click on the link here if you would like to join.
Two final Prayers from the Anglican material for Pentecost:
Blessed are you, sovereign God, overflowing in love.
With Pentecost dawns the age of the Spirit.
Now the flame of heaven rests on every believer.
Strong and weak, women and men tell out your word;
the young receive visions, the old receive dreams.
With the new wine of the Spirit
they proclaim your reign of love.
Amid the birth pangs of the new creation
the way of light is made known.
Source of freedom, giver of life,
blessed are you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All Blessed be God for ever.
May the Spirit,
who hovered over the waters when the world was created,
breathe into you the life he gives.
May the Spirit,
who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us,
make you joyful in the service of the Lord.
May the Spirit,
who set the Church on fire upon the Day of Pentecost,
bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.