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
Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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.”
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
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:
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.