A short service for 12th July 5th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world. Today we return to church for public worship for the first time since 15th March. Deo Gratis Public worship will be very different compared to the last time you went to church.

You can find details at

We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 5 can be watched at:

We will be live streaming the 10am Eucharist and this can be watched on the Church Facebook page:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758

If you can’t join us at 10am you catch up at anytime. The service we will use in church is below.

A short service for the 12th July – 5th Sunday after Trinity

The Greeting Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Peter: There is one body and one spirit. There is one hope to which we are called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. Peace be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of preparation

All: Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, and 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.

Confession Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

We say together the Collect for Trinity 5

All: O Lord, from whom all good things come: grant to us your humble servants, that by your Holy inspiration we may think those things that are good, and by your merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever, Amen.

Reading Matthew 13: 1-9 & 18-23 The Parable of the Sower

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” . “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Address

Prayers Eucharistic prayer

Peter May God be with us.

All: And also with you

Peter: Lift up your hearts to Jesus

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Peter: Let us give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say: Amen

We say together 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.

Concluding Prayer

All: Gracious God, lover of all, in this sacrament we are one family in Christ your Son, one in the sharing of his body and blood and one in the communion of his Spirit: help us to grow in love for one another and come to the full maturity of the Body of Christ. We make our prayer through your Son our Saviour. Amen

Blessing Dismissal Peter: Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord All: In the name of Christ Amen

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way. If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar: email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away, please email them to Peter on the above email. There has been a service sheet for every week whilst we were unable to have public worship. The future services sheets will contain the services which will be used in church. Public worship has returned but it is far from what we are used to, not least there are no hymns. When we are able to return to all gathering together as the “pleb sancta dei” there will be a huge celebration and the promised Champagne reception. For now the Champagne is still in the cooler! Watch this space!

A short service for 5th July 4th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, we hear that Jesus offers to take our yoke and the heavy burden from our shoulders. It is easy to be weighed down by all life can throw at us and feel that the weight is too much to bear. Jesus tells us that if we put our faith in him he will help us and hold us. It would be very easy to think that this weekend marks the end of our lock down and from now on life will return to “normal”. For many people the challenges this pandemic has brought are just about to face them. Whether that’s the fear of going out, the loss of their livelihood or facing up to the future without loved ones who have died during lockdown. The world, this nation and this village needs to see Christian love in action more than ever. The Christian faith is about the heart driving the head.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about 20 mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch-up via the Church Facebook page. The Reflection can be down-loaded from the church website www.stjameschurchforton.org or viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Trinity 4 by clicking the link below.

We should be live just before 10am. If you cannot watch live you will be able to view it later on catch-up. If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Prayers of Penitence

Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 4:

God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Reading Matthew 11 v 16-19 & 25—end

“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying, For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Prayers

We pray for our preparations to begin public worship again

We remember those who are sick especially John Bookless, Andrew Dodgson, Amy Hall, and Derek Oldham

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here All: His spirit is with us Peter : Lift up your hearts All: We lift them to the Lord Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say: All: Amen

We say together 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.

A Concluding Prayer

Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

May the knowledge of God guide us in wisdom; the gentleness of Christ restore our hope; and the power of the Holy Spirit set us free: and the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

As we share bread ask God to give you the vision to know those around you who are crying out for help and the sensitivity to reach out to help and support them.

These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

Email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship

Resumption of public worship at St James’

Public worship will resume at St James’ on Sunday 12th July. There are a number of restrictions on what we are or not allowed to do. Details of arrangements will be posted on the church website and social media.

For the last 15 weeks this service sheet has contained an advert for the Champagne reception we will have when we can all return to public worship. When I first printed a sheet back in March I believed there would be a day when we could simply return to how it was before 17th March. Now I am not sure when “normality” will return or what that will be. So the Champagne is still in the cooler and will be out just as soon as we can have the celebration of worship without restrictions.

Watch this space!

A short service for 28th June 3rd Sunday after Trinity

The last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/ dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, in Matthew 10, we reach the point when Jesus tell his disciples to go out. He makes it clear to them that “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes God’s messenger because he is God’s messenger, will share in his reward.”

How do people see you? When they look at you, do they feel that you are welcoming them in as Christ would have done? As I say in the reflection, what does your “front door” say to those who look and stare? We are God’s hands and feet on this earth and the challenge is that through the way we live our lives we bring people to faith in Christ. Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10 am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about twenty mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch-up via the Church Facebook page. The Reflection can be watched by clicking the link below.

We should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live you will be able to view it later on catch up! If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it. If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table

The Greeting

Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Prayers of Penitence Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reading Matthew 10 v 40—42 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes God’s messenger because he is God’s messenger, will share in his reward. And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good, will share in his reward. You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward.”

Prayers

We pray for our preparations to begin public worship again We remember those who are sick especially John Bookless, Andrew Dodgson, Amy Hall, and Derek Oldham

We pray for those who have died recently especially Alan Moorhouse

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter: Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say:

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 3: Almighty God, you broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

We say together 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.

As we share bread ask God to help you understand how people see you so they can as Matthew tells us see Christ in you. These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer .

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

The Blessing

May we be inspired and refreshed in faith. May our life’s work be to learn and deepen our understanding of being God’s love in the world. May we find fulfilment in the work of the kingdom on earth and may we have confidence that the reward awaits us in heaven: and the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way. If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar: email and telephone number below Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship Date for your diary: The first Sunday we are able to hold public worship FOR ALL there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space! Resumption of public worship at St James’

You will be aware that the Government has now decreed that public worship can resume from the 5th July. We still await the guidance on what that will mean in terms of social distancing, extra provisions in church, records for contact tracing etc. What we do know is that at this stage it will not be public worship as we knew it before 23rd March. Once we have been able to assess the guidance we will put information on the Church website and social media giving details.

A short service for 21st June 2nd Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the gospel challenges us as Jesus tells his disciples how they and their families may be challenged and divided as they go out and share His gospel message with the world. Jesus tells them that following him may end up dividing their family. We have all seen families divided by many things including faith. Our challenge is to find ways to share our faith and commitment with our families and the world around us. We offer prayers regularly for others. We also need to ask God to bless us to give us the strength we need as we live the gospel in our daily lives. A A Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh, wrote a short poem called Vespers: Which begins “A little boy kneels at the foot of his bed” in it there is a verse :

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.

And what was the other I had to say?

I said “Bless Daddy,” so what can it be?

Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10 am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about 20 mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch-up via the Church Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758

The Reflection can be downloaded from the church website www.stjameschurchforton.org or viewed on Youtube. You can click below to view this week’s Reflection for Trinity 1:

We should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live you will be able to view it later on catch-up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table.

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Prayers of Penitence

Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love.

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 2: Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AmenWash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Reading Matthew 10 v 24-39

“No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names! “So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows! “For those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will do the same before my Father in heaven. But if anyone rejects me publicly, I will reject him before my Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; your worst enemies will be the members of your own family. “Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples; those who love their son or daughter more than me are not fit to be my disciples. Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples. Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.

Prayers We give thanks for the birth of Everly Elizabeth and pray for Jenni and Aaron her parents and for Trudie and Martin her grandparents . We remember those who are sick especially John Bookless, Amy Hall and Derek Oldham

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter: Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say:

All: Amen

We say together 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.

As we share bread ask God to give you the wisdom and strength to proclaim his holy word and show his love to the world and pray for your family and friends. These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

Loving Father,

we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:

sustain us with your Spirit,

that we may serve you here on earth

until our joy is complete in heaven,

and we share in the eternal banquet

with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

Almighty God, give us grace to be not only bearers but doers of your word; not only to accept but obey your commands; not only to profess but to practice the faith; not only to love but to live your gospel; and the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship.

A short service for 14th June 1st Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/ dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the gospel reading tells of the disciples being sent out but warned by Jesus that it would be hard and they would be rejected and need to be prepared to move on if people did not want to listen. In the last week we have seen rioting on our streets, violence against police and wanton vandalism. In the Reflection I refer to the words of John Bunyan who himself was incarcerated in Bedford jail for holding views not acceptable at the time. You cannot change history including our own and no matter what great good we may do we are all sinners. I think we would do well to heed the words of George Orwell in 1984. “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue, street and building has been renamed, every date altered. And the process is continuing day by day minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” In this divided and broken world the challenge, like that to those first disciples is to bring the love of God to all we meet no matter how hard that might be.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about 20 mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch up via the Church Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758

The Reflection can be downloaded from the church website www.stjameschurchforton.org or viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Trinity 1 at:

We should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live I think you will be able to view it later on catch up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table.

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Prayers of Penitence

Peter: What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

For the spirit searched everything. Therefore let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord,

Who has prepared good things for those who love Him.

All: Father eternal giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

Through ignorance through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love and marred your image in us,

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past,

And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

Reading Matthew 9 v 25 to 10v14

Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep with-out a shepherd. So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.” Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter) and his broth-er Andrew; James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Mat-thew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Patriot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. These twelve men were sent out by Jesus with the following instructions: “Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. Instead, you are to go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and preach, “The Kingdom of heaven is near!’ Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases, and drive out demons. You have received without paying, so give without being paid. Do not carry any gold, silver, or copper money in your pockets; do not carry a beggar’s bag for the trip or an extra shirt or shoes or a walking stick. Workers should be given what they need. “When you come to a town or village, go in and look for someone who is willing to welcome you, and stay with him until you leave that place. When you go into a house, say, “Peace be with you.’ If the people in that house welcome you, let your greeting of peace remain; but if they do not welcome you, then take back your greeting. And if some home or town will not welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place and shake the dust off your feet

Prayers

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter : Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say:

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 1:

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you,

mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you,

grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments

we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

We say together 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.

As we share bread we do so knowing the love and forgiveness of the God. Pray for all those you find hardest to forgive or love. Ask god to give you strength to go and and show his love to all people.

These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

Eternal Father,

we thank you for nourishing us

with these heavenly gifts:

may our communion strengthen us in faith,

build us up in hope,

and make us grow in love;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

May we prove ourselves disciples of Christ, may we have the courage of our convictions and may we go out in the faith of God’s promise of salvation; and the blessing of God almighty

the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email.

A short service for 7th June Trinity Sunday

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, Trinity Sunday, this is the day when we reflect on God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. People see God in different ways, to some he is a Father figure watching over them; to others faith is about being like Jesus and spending their lives doing good works; and there are those for whom the spirit has moved them so much they can claim to have been slain by the spirit. For many of us the three different aspects are intertwined. The important thing is to be convicted by the charge Jesus gave his disciples before he left them, to go out and make disciples of everybody we meet. This morning’s gospel is that great commission.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection which can be viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Trinity below:

At Pentecost, and the birthday of the Church, we experimented with live streaming the 10am short Eucharist service from Church on the Church Facebook page. It was well received so we will continue to do that each week. People have also commented that they welcome the opportunity to “do church” at other times so you can view the Reflection and the live streamed service at a time to suit you. The live streamed service lasts about 20 minutes. The main reflection is available on the Church website www.stjameschurchforton.org as usual.

I should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live I think you will be able to view it later on catch up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Peter: Alleluia! Christ is risen

All: He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Prayers of Penitence

Peter: What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

For the spirit searched everything. Therefore let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord,

Who has prepared good things for those who love Him.

All: Father eternal giver of light and grace,

We have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

Through ignorance through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love and marred your image in us,

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past,

And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

Reading Matthew 28 v

The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, even though some of them doubted. Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

Prayers

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter : Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine

At the end of the prayer we all say; Holy Holy Holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect for Trinity Sunday:

Almighty and everlasting God,

you have given us your servants grace,

by the confession of a true faith,

to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity

and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity:

keep us steadfast in this faith,

that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

We say together 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.

As we share bread we do so knowing the love and forgiveness of the Father, the example of His Son and filled by the Holy Spirit we can go out and proclaim the gospel to all those we meet.

These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

All praise to you, our God and Father,

for you have fed us with the bread of heaven

and quenched our thirst from the true vine:

hear our prayer that, being grafted into Christ,

we may grow together in unity

and feast with him in his kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen

The Blessing

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side,

and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty

the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email.

A short service for May 31st Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday)

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the Feast of Pentecost (Whit Sunday), is the day when we remember the sending of the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of the disciples and send them out to every highway and byway to tell people of the love of Jesus and God’s promise to His people.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection which can be viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Pentecost (Whit Sunday) below:

As it is Pentecost, and the birthday of the Church, I am also going to attempt to live stream the 10am short Eucharist service from Church on the Church facebook page. It will take the form I have been using for the last 10 weeks. I may say a few short words about the reading but the main reflection is above.

I should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live I think you will be able to view it later on catch up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with Peter in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table.

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Peter: Alleluia! Christ is risen

All: He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Prayers of Penitence

Peter: What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

For the spirit searched everything. Therefore let us in penetince open our hearts to the Lord,

Who has prepared good things for those who love Him.

All: Father eternal giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

Through ignorance through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love and marred your image in us,

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past,

And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

Reading John 20 v19-23

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Prayers

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter : Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine

At the end he says………by whom and with whom in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory are yours Almighty Father, world without end.

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect 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 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

We say together 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.

As we share bread we do so knowing that filled by the Holy Spirit God is empowering us to go out into the world to share His love. These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and strength you to proclaim the word and works of God; ad the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel: 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or realtives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship

Date for your diary:

The first Sunday we are able to hold public worship FOR ALL there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space.

Messy Church for Pentecost

We hope this finds you all well and that you enjoyed our first newsletter.

As we approach Pentecost (31st May), we thought we would share some further ideas and activities.

We have also put together an online Forton Messy Church which you can view here

Historically, Pentecost (Shavuot) is a Jewish feast celebrating the giving of the

Torah on Mount Sinai and the summer wheat harvest.

For Christians, Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday, 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead.

Jesus had already gone back to Heaven so the disciples and new believers of Jesus were waiting to receive the Holy Spirit because that’s what Jesus told them would happen.

Watch the story by clicking on this link below:

Here are some of the creative ideas which we included in the online Forton Messy Church and a few more for you to make.


Share the story of Pentecost by making a bookmark for you family and friends.

Make a Pentecost Spinner

A Reflection for Pentecost

Once Jesus left his followers on their own – they hid. They were frightened. It took this extraordinary moment of Pentecost, the realisation that in fact Jesus hadn’t left, his Spirit was still with them, to free them and move them into a totally different way of life. The Spirit led them from the locked room not just to face the world, but to change the world. The Father did indeed love each and every one of them, ‘from the beginning of time’, as Jesus had told them – and now that the Spirit had fired them up, they realised that they had been chosen to be courageous.

Over the last few weeks, we have all had to be courageous in facing the challenges which this lockdown has brought. We will need to continue to show that courage as we go forward. We can learn much from the story of Pentecost and trust that the Holy Spirit works in each and every one of us.

Spirit-filled people work for change, so that all people are given a chance and have choices.

Spirit-filled people get involved with local issues, bringing the Gospel values – not their own prejudices and fears – to bear on subjects close to the hearts of their local communities.

Spirit-filled people love, are joyful, try to bring peace into all their relationships,

are trustful, gentle and wise.

A Pray for Pentecost

Come Holy Spirit into our hearts and set them ablaze.

Spirit of Wisdom, guide our actions so they tell of God’s love.

Spirit of Truth, open our eyes to see the world as it really is.

Spirit of Power, motivate us to work for justice throughout the world.

Spirit of Love, inspire us to respect the dignity of each and every person.

Come, Holy Spirit. AMEN

If you would like to share any photographs, ideas or have wish to share any response to this newsletter, please send to:

ruthross500@aol.com using the subject title Messy Church.

Please feel free to share this Newsletter with anyone for whom it may be appropriate.

Please keep safe and well.

Forton Messy Church Team

A short service for 24th May the Sunday after Ascension Day

CHRIST our Passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast; not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. 5v7

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/ dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the Sunday after Ascension Day or the 7th Sunday of Easter, we hear the story of Jesus ascending into heaven and his disciples returning to Jerusalem, to the upper room. Jesus had told them that everything would be alright and his Father would send the Holy Spirit. From this passage in Acts you could think that they must have been very confused, maybe frightened. When Luke tells the story of the Ascension in his Gospel he says they went back to Jerusalem rejoicing. What is clear is that they went back to pray. Prayer is at the centre of Jesus’ life, his disciples’ life and so it must be for us. Prayer appears to come easy for some; is hard for others; and a mystery to many. Prayer is something we need to work at. This period between Ascension Day and Pentecost (Whit Sunday) we are encouraged to focus on our daily prayer so that when the Holy Spirit comes we are ready to go out into the world like a mighty wind. If you have not already done so you can download special material produced to help us during this period at

https://www.thykingdomcome.global.

I offer this short service for your use. Thanks to the continuing support from a friend who has supported me over the years with producing and recording public events and all those from the village who have been prepared to share their inner most thoughts. For those not on social media if you have a SMART TV you can watch YouTube on it!

The link is: https://youtu.be/JLZj2TsUTSU

Throughout the Easter Season we begin our service by saying

Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed Alleluia

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

Spend some time in silence reflecting on your hopes and fears for the future as we begin to move from lock down to a more normal life and what it means to “Be Alert”. We are all experiencing more bird song, more wildlife and a clearer sky—what it is God is saying to you in all this?

Offer to God the things you are sorry for, the things you wished you hadn’t  done and the things you have failed to do.

You could then all say together the Collect for Easter 7:

God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ, with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to the place where our Savior Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Reading for today

Acts 1 v6 –14

Jesus is Taken Up to Heaven

When the apostles met together with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?”

Jesus said to them, “The times and occasions are set by my Father’s own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be. But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After saying this, he was taken up to heaven as they watched him, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They still had their eyes fixed on the sky as he went away, when two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them and said, “Galileans, why are you standing there looking up at the sky? This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven.”

Then the apostles went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is about a kilometre away from the city. They entered the city and went up to the room where they were staying: Peter, John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Patriot, and Judas son of James. They gathered frequently to pray as a group, together with the women and with Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.

The Sharing of Bread

We now know it will possibly be many more weeks before we can gather together in St James’ and share bread and wine. The church has no provision for the vicar celebrating the Eucharist with his own family whilst the rest of the congregation are in their own homes with their family breaking bread together; so as with so many things in this crisis we have invented one. This is not a Eucharist as we know it Sunday by Sunday. This is simply an opportunity to share together with loved ones and remember Jesus’ command to follow him as disciples of the crucified, risen and ascended Lord.

On the night Jesus was betrayed he had a very special meal with his family and friends where he broke bread and shared it with his friends. Since then in every conceivable human circumstance, people have found no better thing than this. For kings at their crowning and for of criminals going to the scaffold; for armies in triumph or for a bride and bridegroom in a little country church; for a good crop of wheat; or for a sick old woman afraid to die. Today we break this bread in thanksgiving for all we have; for those suffering during this Covid-19 pandemic, and for wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help each of us make the world a better place in the future for all God’s people.

As you take the Bread, and break it say “Every time we break this bread we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us and that through his resurrection that he brings life and light to the world”

As you break bread this morning think about your own prayer life and what prayer means to you. Pray for yourself and your family. Pray for those you know who are sick. Pray for the soul of Tony Hindle the motorcyclist killed on Hollins Lane, and for his family and friends. Pray also for the driver of the JCB and his family. Pray for the mission of the church here in Shireshead and Forton.

Share with each other what is in your heart, and your soul.

Say together the Lord’s Prayer in which ever version you prefer/are used to.

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.

Lord’s Prayer in Zulu

Baba wethu osezulwini Maliphathwe ngobungcwele igama lakho. Umbuso wakho mawufike. Intando yakho mayenziwe emhlabeni njengasezulwini. Awusiphe namhla isinkwa sethu semihla ngemihla. Usithethelele izono zethu njengoba nathi sibathethelela abasonayo. Ungasingenisi ekulingweni kodwa usisindise kokubi. Amen.

A Concluding Prayer

God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever..Amen

The Grace—hold hands and say the grace together

The Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all now and for evermore. Amen.

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

Contact details

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship

Date for your diary:

The first Sunday we are able to hold public worship FOR ALL there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space!

A short service for 17th May the Sixth Sunday after Easter

Next Thursday (21st) is Ascension Day

CHRIST our Passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast; not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. 5v7

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the 6th Sunday of Easter, we hear of Jesus telling his disciples that he is going on a journey but they know where he is going and they can be with Him. He promises them that God will send them a guide and comforter to show them the way. We know that this is the Holy Spirit who will come at Pentecost. Hindsight is everything they must have been very frightened as many of us are now, as we begin to move into whatever the future holds. The disciples had a choice; go back to what they did before and forget all about what Jesus had taught them or walk on into an uncertain future believing God would provide. They chose the latter and so must we. Eternal life is not about holding on to the past it is about grasping the future. Will we be safe; have a job; a pension; freedom to meet with family and friends; go on holidays. We don’t know but as Christians we have to put our trust in God that he will show us the way to place to which he is leading us. I offer this short service sheet for your use. Thanks to the continuing support from a friend who has supported me over the years with producing and recording public events and all those from the village who have been prepared to share their inner most thoughts. For those not on social media if you have a SMART TV you can watch YouTube on it!

The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT5XPiym_no

Throughout the Easter Season we begin our service by saying

Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed Alleluia

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it. Spend some time in silence reflecting on your hopes and fears for the future as we begin to move from lockdown to a more normal life and what it means to “Be Alert”. We are all experiencing more bird song, more wildlife and a clearer sky what it is God is saying to you in all this. Offer to God the things you are sorry for, the things you wished you hadn’t done and the things you have failed to do.

You could then all say together the Collect for Easter 6:

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Reading for today John 14 v 15-21

The Promise of the Holy Spirit “If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you for ever. He is the Spirit who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you. “When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you. In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live. When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you. “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. My Father will love those who love me; I too will love them and reveal myself to them.”

This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

The Sharing of Bread

We now know it will possibly be many more weeks before we can gather together in St James’ and share bread and wine. The church has no provision for the vicar celebrating the Eucharist with his own family whilst the rest of the congregation are in their own homes with their family breaking bread together; so as with so many things in this crisis we have invented one. This is not a Eucharist as we know it Sunday by Sunday. This is simply an opportunity to share together with loved ones and remember Jesus’ command to follow him as disciples of the crucified, risen and ascended Lord.

On the night Jesus was betrayed he had a very special meal with his family and friends where he broke bread and shared it with his friends. Since then in every conceivable human circumstance, people have found no better thing than this. For kings at their crowning and for of criminals going to the scaffold; for armies in triumph or for a bride and bridegroom in a little country church; for a good crop of wheat; or for a sick old woman afraid to die. Today we break this bread in thanksgiving for all we have; for those suffering during this Covid-19 pandemic, and for wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help each of us make the world a better place in the future for all God’s people.

As you take the Bread, and break it say “Every time we break this bread we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us and that through his resurrection that he brings life and light to the world.”

As you break bread this morning pray for the mission of the church for your own Christian life and for the work of the Holy Spirit working in people’s lives to bring them to Christ. Pray for the mission of the church here in Shireshead and Forton. Ask God to inspire and guide he church here to discern what is the best way to move form lockdown to the community gathering once more together to praise God. Share with each other what is in your heart, and your soul.

Say together the Lord’s Prayer in which ever version you prefer/are used to.

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

A Concluding Prayer

God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

The Grace—hold hands and say the grace together

The Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all now and for evermore. Amen.

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

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There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship.

Date for your diary: The first Sunday we are able to hold public worship FOR ALL there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space!