"Virtual" Holy Communion Friday 19th June 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:
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to
be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of
God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who
subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will
obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has
been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have
the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our
bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what
is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but
that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart,
knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the
will of God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called
according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to
the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those
whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those
whom he justified he also glorified.