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

vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

To donate ring 020 7523 2269 or go online at:

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/give-money/make-donation

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.

26th April the third 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 3rd Sunday of Easter, we hear again the story of Cleopas and his companion journeying on the road to Emmaus. People have speculated where Emmaus might have been but nobody knows for certain. It’s a bit like our journey at the moment. Nobody knows how long it might be before life can socially return to normal. Some say life will never return to the “normal” we had before Covid 19. Whilst Cleopas and his companion had clearly decided to go back to what they were doing before they met Jesus their hearts and minds were open enough to hear and see Jesus when he called. We need to keep open hearts and minds so that when we are able to meet together again we can be open to the call of Jesus to do whatever is right for the future of the Church here in this village.

I offer this short service sheet for your use. Thanks to the continuing support from a friend who has suported 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!

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

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 how this pandemic and the month of “lock down” has changed your life and the lives of your family and friends some of whom you may be separated from because of distance or to protect them. Pray for any you know who have Covid-19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud. Please remember especially the soul Brian Tabner and his family Viv, David and Lawrence and the soul of Ron and the Heath family.

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 3:

Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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 Luke 24 v13 –35

On that same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village named Emmaus, about eleven kilometres from Jerusalem, and they were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them; they saw him, but somehow did not recognize him. Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about to each other, as you walk along?”

They stood still, with sad faces. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have been happening there these last few days?” “What things?” he asked. “The things that happened to Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “This man was a prophet and was considered by God and by all the people to be powerful in everything he said and did. Our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and he was crucified. And we had hoped that he would be the one who was going to set Israel free! Besides all that, this is now the third day since it happened. Some of the women of our group surprised us; they went at dawn to the tomb, but could not find his body. They came back saying they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive. Some of our group went to the tomb and found it exactly as the women had said, but they did not see him.”

When Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, how slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then to enter his glory?” And Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets.

As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther; but they held him back, saying, “Stay with us; the day is almost over and it is getting dark.” So he went in to stay with them. He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, and said the blessing; then he broke the bread and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Wasn’t it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others and saying, “The Lord is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!” The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized the Lord when he broke the bread.

This is the word of the Lord                    Thanks be to God

The Sharing of Bread

We now know it will be at least another three weeks and 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”

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 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

Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples

in the breaking of bread:

open the eyes of our faith,

that we may see him in all his redeeming work;

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: 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!

19th April Sunday after Easter Day (Easter 2)

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 Easter, is usually known as Low Sunday because after all the church services leading up to Easter and then Easter Day when even those who are not necessarily regular attenders come and share in proclaiming the greatest news in history, that Christ is risen—some decide its time for a Sunday off! Even clergy have tended to have a holiday on Low Sunday! This year will be different and it will be interesting to see how many people share in our Sunday worship. The Easter Day reflection was viewed over 260 times. I would be one of the first to say that the Church can get itself hung up on numbers and it is about a community of faith of which church going is a part, but given the numbers viewing the reflections it may be in the post Covid-19 world there is a case for both public worship and youtube reflections or even live streaming the service! 

I offer this short service sheet for your use. Thanks to the continuing support from a friend who has sup- ported me over the years with producing and recording public events I have also recorded a reflection for Easter Sunday which can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube. For those not on social media if you have a SMART TV you can watch YouTube on it! 

The link is: https://youtu.be/nR8yaFPqhZw 

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 how this pandemic and the last 27 days of “lock down” has changed your life and the lives of your family and friends some of whom you may be separated from because of distance or to protect them. Pray for any you know who have Covid -19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud. 

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 2: 

Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen 

The Sharing of Bread 

We now know it will be at least another three weeks and 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” 

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. 

Remember in your prayers any in your family who are sick at this time; those who are finding this “lock down” hard because of loneliness, separation from family and friends; the challenges of occupying children and home schooling them; those who have died. We especially remember the soul of Brian Tabner who died. Please pray for his wife Viv, and his family. 

Reading for today John 20 v24 –29 

Jesus appears to Thomas 

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” 

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 

This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God 

A Reflection from Peter: This can be found on the Forton Village Life and St James Church, Facebook and above.

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 Lord God our Father, 

through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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!

A short service for 12th April Easter 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.

This is Easter Sunday a day when we would have gathered at the old church, St Paul’s, to celebrate the Easter dawn with the blessing of the new fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle as a symbol of Jesus’ victory over the grave to shine as light in the world. You may like to use as your candle today the one you or your family received when you were baptised. If more than one of you in your house has one perhaps you could light them all—just be careful!

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 I have also recorded a reflection for Easter Sunday which can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube. 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=Q7PvDbad0pg&t=12s

You might like to begin by proclaiming that it is Easter Day

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 how this pandemic and the last 20 days of “lock down” has changed your life and the lives of your family and friends some of whom you may be separated from because of distance or to protect them. Pray for any you know who have Covid-19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud.

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 Sunday:

Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity. Amen

Reading for today

John 20 v 1-14

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

A Reflection from Peter: This can be found on the Forton Village Life and St James Church, Facebook pages and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7PvDbad0pg&t=12s It lasts 13 minutes

The Sharing of Bread

It will possibly be many 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 s caffold; 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”

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.

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 of Life,

who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son

to the death of the cross,

and by his glorious resurrection

have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

grant us so to die daily to sin,

that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;

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.

Palm Sunday, 5th April 2020

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 table and share with me in spirit, break bread, and offer up prayers for themselves and those in their household who wished to join them. 

This is Palm Sunday a day when traditionally the church has processions of Palm: St James normally walks from the Vicarage garage to the church. This year we can’t do that but you could make your own palms and if you need help doing that on the Church web page Cathy Picken, Archdeacons David’s wife offers her Blue Peter guide. On the website there is also a link to a reflection for Palm Sunday which thanks to Ruth Ross’ initiative, concludes with people in the village who have been encouraged to wave home-made palms. 

I offer this short service which you might like to use. Thanks to the continuing support from a friend who has supported me over the years with producing and recording public events I have also recorded a reflection for Palm Sunday which can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube – follow the link below or if you have a SMART TV you can watch YouTube on it. 

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

Spend some time in silence reflecting on how this pandemic and the last 13 days of “lock down” has changed your life and the lives of your family and friends some of whom you may be separated from because of distance or to protect them. Pray for any you know who have Covid-19 and those who care for them. You can share these silently or out loud. 

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 Palm Sunday: 

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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 Matthew 21: 1-11 

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 

This took place to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet: 

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 

“Hosanna to the Son of David!” 

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” 

This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God 

The Sharing of Bread 

It will possibly be many 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. 

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 thanks- giving 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 he brings life and light to the world” 

Let everybody with you share the bread and reflect on how they will seek to make the world, in the future, a better place. 

A Reflection from Peter: This can be found on the Forton Village Life and St James Church, Facebook pages and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcSU9T4_ack It lasts 8 minutes 

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

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

(or)

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

Lord Jesus Christ, 

you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father.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. 

Acknowledgments: The readings are from the NIV; Prayers from Common Worship; Some of words under Sharing of Bread from Dom Gregory Dix, The Shape of Liturgy 

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 

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 9.45pm followed by a huge celebration in church. Watch this space!