"Virtual" Holy Communion Friday 17th July 2020
Message from our Padre, David Osborn:
Good Afternoon, thank you for joining us for our regular Wednesday afternoon act of Holy Communion.
As we come together virtually, in the presence of our Lord, take a little time after our Communion to pray for all effected by the virus pandemic, pray also for family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.
This Sunday, I will be holding our service by PodCast, I shall post details in our News section on the website and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Please join us on Sunday at 11.00.
God Bless you and your family
Act of Spiritual Communion
First settle yourself quietly without distractions.
Turn the phone and TV off.
You might want to play quiet, reflective music in the background.
You may want to light a candle as a focus.
You could even set up a ‘prayer corner’ with any religious images, statues, candles etc.
Be still, and know that God is with you.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Now call to mind your sins and make this act of contrition:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Ask God for his forgiveness:
May the Lord in all his mercy, grant me forgiveness of my sins, deliver me from evil, and bring me to the joy of eternal life.
At this point read the Opening Prayer (Collect) for the day – or for the previous Sunday if you have this available from a pewsheet or online. If not, then use this general prayer:
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
Now read the Gospel of the day or of the previous Sunday. If you have no access to online resources or no current pewsheet, you may read one of the following Gospel passages:
The Question about Paying Taxes
So they watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he
said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor. So they asked him,
‘Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no
one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the
emperor, or not?’ But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, ‘Show me a denarius. Whose
head and whose title does it bear?’ They said, ‘The emperor’s.’ He said to them, ‘Then give to the
emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they were
not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his
answer, they became silent.