"Virtual" Holy Communion Friday 26th 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:
He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not
invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite
you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the
crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for
you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’
The Parable of the Great Dinner
One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in
the kingdom of God!’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.
At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for
everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have
bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies.” Another said,
“I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.”
Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.” So the slave returned
and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his
slave, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled,
the blind, and the lame.” And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is
still room.” Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel
people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited
will taste my dinner.” ’