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Readings & Prayers

While the church is closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the weekly Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings will be here for easy access along with prayers and intercessions.

May God bless each and everyone of us.

Sunday 31st May ~ Pentecost

The Collect:

God, who 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 a 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 

The Epistle is written in the 2nd chapter of the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the rushing of a mighty 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 them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs ~ we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”  Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” 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. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘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. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ The new converts devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.       

This is the Word of the Lord  All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John: All: Glory to You, O Lord

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After He said this, He showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone their sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord:   All: Praise to You, O Christ

Prayers 31st May

O God, who on this day of Pentecost enabled your Spirit- filled people to bear witness to their Lord so that all those of different races could hear the good news in their own language. Pour your Spirit on the church today so that it may fulfil its mission to preach the gospel to all peoples of the world.

Lord hear our prayer. Amen

Lord, you are everywhere to be found. Your Spirit is active in all the world.

We see you in the dynamic forces of continuing creation. We hear you in the conversation of friends, the arguments that reveal the truth, the debate amongst nations. You are present in laboratory and lecture room, in research, and all human thoughtfulness. Spirit of God, you work within and beyond our experience.  Lord hear our prayer.  Amen

Give us an awareness of your presence, sensitivity to respond to your promptings, the ability to measure our actions to your guidance, and, above all, eyes unclouded by prejudice so that we may proclaim you Lord everywhere we see your power at work.

 Lord hear our prayer.  Amen

We praise you, O God, for the fellowship of the Spirit, who unites us in the bond of peace as members of the one body. Deepen our communion one with another in Christ, and grant that through your Spirit continually working in us we may daily increase in the knowledge of your love, and learn to love others as you love us.  Lord hear our prayer. Amen

Living God, thank You for the surpassing greatness of Your power to us who believe. Because You came to dwell in us on Pentecost, we have Your mighty strength with which You raised Christ from the dead. Strengthen us in our inner being, so that we can know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and be filled with all the fullness of God.

O God, empty us of self and fill us with the Holy Spirit, that we may bring forth abundantly the the fruit of love, joy and peace, and glorify You day by day.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ: Amen.

 God’s Spirit came at Pentecost

God’s Spirit came at Pentecost
to folk who feared their hope was lost;
inspired by wind and fire of grace,
they faced a crowded market place.
There, speaking tongues unlike their own,
They preached the Gospel of Christ made known.

A multiracial audience heard
What God through the apostles said.
Some scorned the depths to which they’d sunk
While others laughed and called them drunk.
Yet many who had come to mock
Found faith in Christ, the solid rock.

Even now, as on that earliest day,
We feel uncertain, so we pray:
Lord, give us Pentecost again
Through city square and country glen.
With or without new tongues of flame
Make your church worthy of your name.

Now blest God who, through his son,
calls unlike people to be one;
And blest be Christ, ascended Lord,
by heaven’s community adored.
And bless the Spirit who, on earth,
Brings all God’s promises to birth

John L. Bell & Graham Maule

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