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,


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.”


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.

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