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Sunday Service for 24th May

Suitable for use alone or as a family group at home
You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background or make use of the Benefice website links to provide opening and closing music and hymns. The links shown only work on the website itself. We would urge you to use the website ( wherever you can and only use the printed version as an additional service sheet and for the daily prayer/meditation sheet.

Organ Prelude from Pauntley Church (Click to load)

Opening prayer
The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. God is close to those who trust him.
Nahum 17
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Hymn; At the name of Jesus (Click to load)

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

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

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.

Collect for 7th Sunday of Easter

Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen

Collect for Churches closed to Public Worship

Ever present God, be with us in our isolation, be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness, be joy in our sadness, be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion, be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen we may with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities and speak of your goodness to an emerging world. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Bible Readings

Read either or both passages for the Day
1. Acts 1, 6=14
2. 1 Peter 4, 12-14 & 5, 6-11


If you wish, read the psalm for this week, Psalm 68 v 1 - 10 or Psalm 23

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

Hymn My Jesus, my saviour (Music on Website only)

The Gospel Reading

Read the Gospel for the day

John 17, 1-11

Address from Caroline Dunnett (Click to load)

Thought for the Week

What strikes you in the gospel today? To me it is the fact that we are listening into Jesus praying, and that Jesus is praying for us. He is not modelling the ideal prayer, he is not teaching us the Lord’s prayer (Our father, who art in heaven....) here he is allowing us to draw near to him to hear him pray. I don’t know how often people pray for you that you can hear them, but here Jesus is praying for you. The resurrection season within our church’s year is drawing to end; how fit it is then, to reflect on what eternal life actually is. Within Jesus’ prayer he gives us a definition; it is to know God and Jesus. It is that simple yet that profound. Throughout John’s gospel we can see Jesus modelling this relationship with God, this eternal life, life that we can partake of by praying to God, and allowing Jesus to pray for us. Caroline Dunnett, Reader Leadon Vale
Reflect for a moment or two before making your own personal prayers. Listen to the next hymn on website as you reflect on the needs of our world this coming week.

Hymn with Leadon Vale Virtual Choir Christ whose Glory fills the skies (Click to load)

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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

You may like to pray about the following topics

• The Church, remembering all who lead our church world-wide, nationally and in our Benefice, including our Rector designate Rev Kat Mepham, still suffering from the aftereffects of Coronavirus.
• Our village and their organisations, including Schools, Care Homes, Clubs and Societies.
• For those who are ill or mourning the loss of loved ones.
• For all involved in the coronavirus emergency. Please include prayers for those who are ill with the virus, at home or in hospital.

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. Amen

The Conclusion
The Lord bless us with every spiritual gift
as we wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Hymn: Christ Triumphant (Click to load)

Organ Postlude from Pauntley Church (Click to load)

Note that there will be get together on Zoom at 11.00am this Sunday so we can have our end of service ‘tea and biscuits’ together in Cyber-space. Details are with the Churchwardens if you have not received your own invitation.

If you wish to end with a simple remembrance of the Last Supper, (our self- communion) this can be said here.
Almighty God, we thank you for food and drink and we ask you to bless these offerings as our response to Jesus’ command to “Do this in remembrance of me.” Amen
Also please remember that God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is with us as we eat our home Holy Communion. As you receive the food and drink reply with these words
I/We receive this offering as the Body and Blood of Christ.


Common Worship: Daily Prayer, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2005 and published by Church House Publishing.

Daily Prayers
For use with your daily prayers during the coming week
Bishop’s Prayer for use during the week
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.
Thought for each weekday
Week, 25 - 30 May 2020
A verse from one of the lectionary readings for the day to think and pray about.

Monday May 25th
I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18 v 1-2
Pray that in these times of anxiety and stress God will be our strength and rock on whom we can depend.

Tuesday 26th
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12 v 12-13
Pray that we may support each other by prayer and helping others in this present crisis. Pray that as we look forward to Pentecost Sunday that God’s holy spirit will strengthen each one of us.

Wednesday 27th
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! Psalm 36 v 5-7a
God’s love is infinite. Pray that we will never forget that we are loved by God and his presence is with us at all times.

Thursday 28th
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139 v 23
Pray that we will be able to share our anxious thoughts with God and that he will give us that peace and inner serenity.

Friday 29th
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 John 4 v 15-16
Pray that we will be able to share God’s love for us by helping our family, friends and neighbours.
Saturday 30
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[a] as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2 v 1-4
As we prepare to worship God tomorrow, on Pentecost Sunday, pray that as a church we will be revived by God’s Holy Spirit. Pray in the words of the song:-
Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me
Make me, mould me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.

Virtual Tea and Biscuit chat
There will be a get together on ‘Zoom’ at 11.00am next Sunday, May 24, to enable us to talk and exchange our news for about 30 minutes. after our service.
The ’Zoom’ Meeting code (ID) and Password are set out below.
ID 517 739 4144
Password 1B0GiZ
Please note that, when you open Zoom and put in the meeting ID, the meeting will show up as a meeting held by David Clowes. To ensure you can join in easily, please advise him by e mail that you are hoping to join in before the end of Saturday