"Virtual" Holy Communion Wednesday 19th 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:
Mark 3.20 - end
Jesus and Beelzebul
Then he went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When
his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his
mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the
ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in
parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom
cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if
Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But
no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong
man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but
whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an
eternal sin’— for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’
The True Kindred of Jesus
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him.
A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and
sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And
looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever
does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’