"Virtual" Holy Communion Wednesday 9th September 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:
Food Offered to Idols
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge.’ Knowledge
puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the
necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him.
Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that ‘no idol in the world really exists’,
and that ‘there is no God but one.’ Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or
on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the
Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through
whom are all things and through whom we exist.
It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to
idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience,
being weak, is defiled.