"Virtual" Holy Communion Friday 21st August 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:
A Lamp under a Bushel Basket
He said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and
not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything
secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ And he said to them, ‘Pay
attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will
be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing,
even what they have will be taken away.’
The Parable of the Growing Seed
He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and
would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know
how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.
But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for
it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds
on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth
large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’
The Use of Parables
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not
speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.