"Virtual" Holy Communion Wednesday 1st 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:
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were
brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to
him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you
cannot be my manager any longer.” Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that
my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am
ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people
may welcome me into their homes.” So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked
the first, “How much do you owe my master?” He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He
said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” Then he asked another, “And
how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take
your bill and make it eighty.” And his master commended the dishonest manager because he
had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own
generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of
dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very
little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who
will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to
another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will
either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You
cannot serve God and wealth.’