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.

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

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!

A short service for 10th May the Fifth Sunday after Easter

This is also Christian Aid Week

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 5th Sunday of Easter, we hear of Jesus telling his disciples that he is the way, the truth and the life and that where he is we can be too. They are frightened and bewildered given all that has happened; they did not know what to think or do. Thomas again is the one who has to ask the question to be sure of what Jesus was saying. Jesus’ response is as true for us today. No one needs to be ashamed of their doubts; for in the end, those who seek will find. But we need time to seek. So often in our busy lives other things get in the way or take over. This has been a time for all of us to have some space and reflect. When things get back to normal, whatever that will be, we need to remember the things we missed and took for granted, and find time to keep them and Jesus at the forefront of our lives.

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://youtu.be/L40WL1WLmWU

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 hopefully tonight we will hear the beginnings of how the government see us returning to a more normal life. Also remember all those who gave their life in war as we “celebrate” the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on Friday. Pray for all those you are separated from any you know who have Covid-19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud. Please remember especially Viv and the family of Brian Tabner, and the souls of Mary Lindsay and Bill Gent to be laid to their rest this week

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 5:

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us

you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen 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 1-14

Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them. “Believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so. And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am. You know the way that leads to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; so how can we know the way to get there?”

Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me. Now that you have known me,” he said to them, “you will know my Father also, and from now on you do know him and you have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father; that is all we need.”

Jesus answered, “For a long time I have been with you all; yet you do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Why, then, do you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe, Philip, that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I have spoken to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “do not come from me. The Father, who remains in me, does his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do. I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do — yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son. 1f you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

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 reflect on what you have learnt from 7 weeks of lock down and what you have missed. Pray for those who have found this a very difficult time and those who are fearful of the future.

Let everybody with you share the bread and reflect on their own lives and give thanks for all their blessings. Remember especially the work of Christian Aid protecting those who have least from storms, from drought, and now from coronavirus. Pray for our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness and help Christian Aid provides in getting them soap, clean water and medical supplies.

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

Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

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,

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to

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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:

Eemail 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 bea Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space!

A short service for 3rd May the Fourth Sunday after Easter

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 4th Sunday of Easter, we hear of Jesus telling us that he is the gate keeper and how we must be aware of those who will try and rob us of our faith. There is a Jewish legend about Moses which tells of him guarding his father-in-law Jethro’s sheep when a lamb wanders off and gets stuck in a dark ravine. When Moses finds the lamb he puts it on his shoulders and carries it back to the flock. God says to him because you searched and brought back one of the flock you shall lead my flock Israel. We are challenged to care for each other and search for those that are lost.

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 contributed. For those not on social media if you have a SMART TV you can watch YouTube on it! At the end of this week’s reflection David has offered some advice on ways to record yourself!

The link is: https://youtu.be/fvAaMM3rifI

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. This week hopefully we will hear the beginnings of how the government see us returning to a more normal life. Also remember all those who gave their life in war as we “celebrate” the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on Friday. Pray for all those you are separated from any you know who have Covid-19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud. Please remember especially Viv and the family of Brian Tabner, and the souls of Mary Lindsay and Bill Gent to be laid to their rest this week

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 4:

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen  

Reading for today

John 10 v 1-10

Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth: the man who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who goes in through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him; the sheep hear his voice as he calls his own sheep by name, and he leads them out. When he has brought them out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep fol-low him, because they know his voice. They will not follow someone else; instead, they will run away from such a person, because they do not know his voice.”

Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he meant.

So Jesus said again, “I am telling you the truth: I am the gate for the sheep. All others who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever comes in by me will be saved; they will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness.

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 evented 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 remember all those who are challenged this week to come up with the beginnings of a “road map” for returning to a more normal life.

Let everybody with you share the bread and reflect on their own lives and how they will seek to make the world, in the future, a better place. Share with each other what is in your heart, 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

Merciful Father,

you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:

keep us always under his protection,

and give us grace to follow in his steps;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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:

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 there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space!

Men’s Breakfast May is here…

Mens Breakfast – a bit of a departure this one but odd times and all that. The meeting tomorrow will be on ZOOM. A month ago we thought that was a 70s ice lolly. If you know what Zoom is and you want to come to Men’s Breakfast see you tomorrow morning. Many Blessings Mark

The Speaker is Bruce ‘the poet’ back by popular request. He has bought a computer camera especially. Have your bacon sandwich ready.

Agenda
30 minutes …
Intro
Recent tales from holiday of a lifetime
Talk about the poem (below)
Read another two poems
Talk about them
Q&A

From a Flanders Field
A poppy in my lapel is a very small token
of millions of lives lost and millions more broken. I wear it each year and I wear it with pride, one vivid red petal for each one who’s died. Another life wasted in mankind’s quest for war against each other fighting, not knowing what for? I don’t understand and I pray I never will mankind’s constant quest to fight and to kill, man’s constant quest for the savagery of war with troops not knowing what they’re fighting for simply marching bravely on and following orders inch by wretched inch pushing back the borders.
I salute the fallen and those who can’t be healed as I wear my red poppy from a Flanders field.
It won’t stop the wars and it won’t halt the fight but I hope and I pray with all my might
that one day soon the fighting will cease
and men of war will become men of peace.
But until the day when through God, peace is sealed I’ll wear my red poppy from a Flanders Field!
© Bruce N H Simpson 2012

Thank you Bruce. We had our first Zoom Men’s Breakfast. Bruce and his sons Michael in Singapore and Matt in Clitheroe joined us for some exceptional thoughtful poetry. First Zoom, first Men’s Breakfast with international participation and StJames Men joining from living rooms (and fields) of Forton, Lancaster and Morecambe.