"Virtual" Holy Communion Friday 31st 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:
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Faith and Wisdom
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because
you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect,
so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it
will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way,
must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Poverty and Riches
Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because
the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers
the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with the rich; in the midst of a busy
life, they will wither away.