"Virtual" Holy Communion Friday 5th 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:
The Mission of the Seventy
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every
town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but
the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his
harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry
no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first
say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on
that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking
whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to
house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;
cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” But
whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even
the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this:
the kingdom of God has come near.”