"Virtual" Holy Communion Friday 29th May 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:
Matthew 12 verses 22-32
Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one
who had been mute could speak and see. All the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Can this be the
Son of David?’ But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, ‘It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the
demons, that this fellow casts out the demons.’ He knew what they were thinking and said to them,
‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will
stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? If I
cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will
be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has
come to you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property, without first
tying up the strong man? Then indeed the house can be plundered. Whoever is not with me is
against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be
forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the
Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Prayer of the day
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory, for in your ascension you are
crowned King of kings and Lord of lords. As we worship you on your heavenly throne, prepare our
hearts for the coming of your Spirit. To you, Lord Jesus, who will come back in the same way you
went up into heaven, be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.