| ©2018 St. Blasius Old Parish Church, Shanklin

Hymn: At the name of Jesus
Song of Praise: Glory to God
Hymn: All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SPIRITUAL COMMUNION St Blasius Home Page St Blasius Home Page St John’s Home Page St John’s Home Page
Hymn: Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour
The Lord Bless you and Keep you (by John Rutter) Sung by students from years 8,9,10 and 11 at Manor C of E Academy in York
Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Opening our hearts to God Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Acknowledging our need of Forgiveness Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart. (We keep a moment of quiet for silent reflection) Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light. Amen. Affirming God’s Forgiveness May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen. Collect Prayer O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Bible Readings Acts 1.15-17, 21-end 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers * (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people) and said, 16 ‘Friends, * the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.’ 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place * in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles. 1 John 5.9-13 9 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God * have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Reflections By Reverend Jonathan Hall On this 7th Sunday of Easter, we stand between Ascension Day and our celebration of Pentecost. For the disciples, it was indeed a time of waiting. Having spent time with the risen Jesus, he had ascended into heaven, with the promise that they would receive the special gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen them for the work he was leaving in their hands. Jesus calls each one of us to continue the work he began. He calls each of us, to give of ourselves in love and service, as we share in making his love known and in the building of his kingdom. However, just as Jesus made it clear to the disciples that they should wait until they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit – he calls us to wait on the Spirit in prayer, so that we are not doing things in our own strength, but tin and through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is no accident that the Archbishops have chosen this time between the Feast of the Ascension (last Thursday) and Pentecost (which we celebrate next Sunday), for the time when they ask all Christians around the world to share in praying “Thy Kingdom Come.” For this is a time of waiting in joyful expectation and hope. Hope that many more will come to know the love of God made known in Christ and will want to share in bringing in the values of God’s Kingdom. This is the sixth year that The Archbishops have asked churches of all denominations to share in praying at this time. Throughout this week there is a particular focus on Sharing our Faith – Sharing the way in which knowing Jesus makes a difference in our lives, so that others may come to know him too. The problem is that for many of us, this is a really difficult area. However strong our own faith is, we feel awkward about talking about matters of faith with those around us. This is partly the nature of our society at this time. Many are suspicious of religion and very sadly, there is a certain political correctness that says we do not mention faith – especially in the context of medical or social care. Even when it comes to sharing our faith with family, friends or neighbours, we might be afraid of getting tong tied, afraid that we won’t be able to come up with a suitable theological answer to a difficult question they might ask. We might be afraid of what they will think and simply feel embarrassed to share something personal to us. There can be 101 different reasons why we shy away from sharing our faith. But, help is at hand on the Thy Kingdom Come website! Each day during this week of prayer, in a series of short video presentations, individual Christians share something of their faith, what it means to them, and gives some insights into how the living out of their faith impacts on others through responding to God’s call to love and serve him. You can watch one of these by clicking on the link below. In this video Methodist Youth President, Phoebe Parkin, shares her thoughts on the importance of prayer and thankfulness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y-SozZO51A&t=206s As we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we should expect that God will use us to help answer our prayer. He will give us opportunities to witness to Him with the people we have been praying for. He will use us to invite people to know and experience the goodness of His Kingdom and to join His family. But we won’t be doing that in our own strength, we will be doing it through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The challenge for each one of us, is to use the God given opportunities that arise in the coming days and weeks to talk about our faith with others and share the difference that knowing Jesus makes in our live. If following on from that, each one of us, during this year, brought just 1 friend, or 1 neighbour, or 1 colleague from work, or 1 other member of our own family to church, and enabled them to find the love of God in our Church, by the end of this year, that would be 60 new members of the church family. So let us all pray “Thy Kingdom Come” and offer ourselves to share in building God’s kingdom, right here and now. Amen.
Prayers Loving heavenly Father, we thank you for calling each of us to be part of your church family and for the love, care, support and encouragement that we both give and receive from one another. May our times of worship and reflection strengthen and equip us for loving and serving you in the community. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. Lord God, we pray for the world in which we live. We prayer especially at this time for all areas of conflict and in particular for a restoration of peace between Israel and Palestine. Raise up effective leadership at this difficult and challenging time, and channel international aid to support all those who are suffering. We continue to pray for the leaders of all the nations – for wisdom and insight, as they seek ways to bring the spread of coronavirus under control. We hold before you, all those who are still suffering through the virus and remember those who care for them. We pray especially for the people of India and an effective international resolve to ensure that vaccines and other medical supplies are made available to the poorest nations. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. We pray for our own local community, giving thanks for our families, friends and neighbours and all those with whom we share our daily lives. We pray especially for those who are lonely and isolated and those who are unable to see loved ones. We pray for all our local care homes, remembering the residents, staff and families at this difficult time. We remember before you, all those who we know to be in particular need of your love and care at this time. We hold before you all those who are sick… May your healing love surround and strengthen them. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. We give thanks for all those who have shared this earthly life with us, but who have now journeyed on into your presence. We remember especially those known to us in the silence of our hearts, giving thanks for their life and love, commending them into your eternal love and protection… May all those who mourn the loss of loved ones, know the comfort of your love for them and find hope and courage through your promise of eternal life all who believe and trust in you. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. In a moment of quiet, we bring before God, our own special thoughts and prayers at this time – people or situations we place into your care and protection, or things for which we want to give you thanks and praise.
God’s Blessing May God the Father, who has given to his Son the name above every name, strengthen us to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord. May God the Son, who is our great high priest passed into the heavens, plead for us at the right hand of the Father. May God the Holy Spirit, who pours out his abundant gifts upon the Church, make us faithful servants of Christ our King. And may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.
John 17.6-19 6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that * you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, * so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. * 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. * 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Hymn: What a friend we have in Jesus
We gather together all our prayers and praises in the words that Jesus taught us… The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday 16th May 2021 7th Sunday of Easter Worship and Prayer

| ©2018 St. Blasius Old Parish Church, Shanklin

Hymn: At the name of Jesus
Song of Praise: Glory to God
Hymn: All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SPIRITUAL COMMUNION St Blasius Home Page St Blasius Home Page St John’s Home Page St John’s Home Page
Hymn: Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour
The Lord Bless you and Keep you (by John Rutter) Sung by students from years 8,9,10 and 11 at Manor C of E Academy in York
Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Opening our hearts to God Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Acknowledging our need of Forgiveness Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart. (We keep a moment of quiet for silent reflection) Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light. Amen. Affirming God’s Forgiveness May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen. Collect Prayer O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Bible Readings Acts 1.15-17, 21-end 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers * (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people) and said, 16 ‘Friends, * the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.’ 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place * in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles. 1 John 5.9-13 9 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God * have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Reflections By Reverend Jonathan Hall On this 7th Sunday of Easter, we stand between Ascension Day and our celebration of Pentecost. For the disciples, it was indeed a time of waiting. Having spent time with the risen Jesus, he had ascended into heaven, with the promise that they would receive the special gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen them for the work he was leaving in their hands. Jesus calls each one of us to continue the work he began. He calls each of us, to give of ourselves in love and service, as we share in making his love known and in the building of his kingdom. However, just as Jesus made it clear to the disciples that they should wait until they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit – he calls us to wait on the Spirit in prayer, so that we are not doing things in our own strength, but tin and through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is no accident that the Archbishops have chosen this time between the Feast of the Ascension (last Thursday) and Pentecost (which we celebrate next Sunday), for the time when they ask all Christians around the world to share in praying “Thy Kingdom Come.” For this is a time of waiting in joyful expectation and hope. Hope that many more will come to know the love of God made known in Christ and will want to share in bringing in the values of God’s Kingdom. This is the sixth year that The Archbishops have asked churches of all denominations to share in praying at this time. Throughout this week there is a particular focus on Sharing our Faith – Sharing the way in which knowing Jesus makes a difference in our lives, so that others may come to know him too. The problem is that for many of us, this is a really difficult area. However strong our own faith is, we feel awkward about talking about matters of faith with those around us. This is partly the nature of our society at this time. Many are suspicious of religion and very sadly, there is a certain political correctness that says we do not mention faith – especially in the context of medical or social care. Even when it comes to sharing our faith with family, friends or neighbours, we might be afraid of getting tong tied, afraid that we won’t be able to come up with a suitable theological answer to a difficult question they might ask. We might be afraid of what they will think and simply feel embarrassed to share something personal to us. There can be 101 different reasons why we shy away from sharing our faith. But, help is at hand on the Thy Kingdom Come website! Each day during this week of prayer, in a series of short video presentations, individual Christians share something of their faith, what it means to them, and gives some insights into how the living out of their faith impacts on others through responding to God’s call to love and serve him. You can watch one of these by clicking on the link below. In this video Methodist Youth President, Phoebe Parkin, shares her thoughts on the importance of prayer and thankfulness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y-SozZO51A&t=206s As we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we should expect that God will use us to help answer our prayer. He will give us opportunities to witness to Him with the people we have been praying for. He will use us to invite people to know and experience the goodness of His Kingdom and to join His family. But we won’t be doing that in our own strength, we will be doing it through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The challenge for each one of us, is to use the God given opportunities that arise in the coming days and weeks to talk about our faith with others and share the difference that knowing Jesus makes in our live. If following on from that, each one of us, during this year, brought just 1 friend, or 1 neighbour, or 1 colleague from work, or 1 other member of our own family to church, and enabled them to find the love of God in our Church, by the end of this year, that would be 60 new members of the church family. So let us all pray “Thy Kingdom Come” and offer ourselves to share in building God’s kingdom, right here and now. Amen.
Prayers Loving heavenly Father, we thank you for calling each of us to be part of your church family and for the love, care, support and encouragement that we both give and receive from one another. May our times of worship and reflection strengthen and equip us for loving and serving you in the community. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. Lord God, we pray for the world in which we live. We prayer especially at this time for all areas of conflict and in particular for a restoration of peace between Israel and Palestine. Raise up effective leadership at this difficult and challenging time, and channel international aid to support all those who are suffering. We continue to pray for the leaders of all the nations – for wisdom and insight, as they seek ways to bring the spread of coronavirus under control. We hold before you, all those who are still suffering through the virus and remember those who care for them. We pray especially for the people of India and an effective international resolve to ensure that vaccines and other medical supplies are made available to the poorest nations. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. We pray for our own local community, giving thanks for our families, friends and neighbours and all those with whom we share our daily lives. We pray especially for those who are lonely and isolated and those who are unable to see loved ones. We pray for all our local care homes, remembering the residents, staff and families at this difficult time. We remember before you, all those who we know to be in particular need of your love and care at this time. We hold before you all those who are sick… May your healing love surround and strengthen them. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. We give thanks for all those who have shared this earthly life with us, but who have now journeyed on into your presence. We remember especially those known to us in the silence of our hearts, giving thanks for their life and love, commending them into your eternal love and protection… May all those who mourn the loss of loved ones, know the comfort of your love for them and find hope and courage through your promise of eternal life all who believe and trust in you. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. In a moment of quiet, we bring before God, our own special thoughts and prayers at this time – people or situations we place into your care and protection, or things for which we want to give you thanks and praise.
God’s Blessing May God the Father, who has given to his Son the name above every name, strengthen us to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord. May God the Son, who is our great high priest passed into the heavens, plead for us at the right hand of the Father. May God the Holy Spirit, who pours out his abundant gifts upon the Church, make us faithful servants of Christ our King. And may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.
John 17.6-19 6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that * you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, * so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. * 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. * 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Hymn: What a friend we have in Jesus
We gather together all our prayers and praises in the words that Jesus taught us… The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday 16th May 2021 7th Sunday of Easter Worship and Prayer

| ©2018 St. Blasius Old Parish Church, Shanklin

Hymn: At the name of Jesus
Song of Praise: Glory to God
Hymn: All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord
Hymn: Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour
The Lord Bless you and Keep you (by John Rutter) Sung by students from years 8,9,10 and 11 at Manor C of E Academy in York
Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Opening our hearts to God Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Acknowledging our need of Forgiveness Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart. (We keep a moment of quiet for silent reflection) Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light. Amen. Affirming God’s Forgiveness May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen. Collect Prayer O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Bible Readings Acts 1.15-17, 21-end 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers * (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people) and said, 16 ‘Friends, * the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.’ 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place * in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles. 1 John 5.9-13 9 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God * have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Reflections By Reverend Jonathan Hall On this 7th Sunday of Easter, we stand between Ascension Day and our celebration of Pentecost. For the disciples, it was indeed a time of waiting. Having spent time with the risen Jesus, he had ascended into heaven, with the promise that they would receive the special gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen them for the work he was leaving in their hands. Jesus calls each one of us to continue the work he began. He calls each of us, to give of ourselves in love and service, as we share in making his love known and in the building of his kingdom. However, just as Jesus made it clear to the disciples that they should wait until they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit – he calls us to wait on the Spirit in prayer, so that we are not doing things in our own strength, but tin and through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is no accident that the Archbishops have chosen this time between the Feast of the Ascension (last Thursday) and Pentecost (which we celebrate next Sunday), for the time when they ask all Christians around the world to share in praying “Thy Kingdom Come.” For this is a time of waiting in joyful expectation and hope. Hope that many more will come to know the love of God made known in Christ and will want to share in bringing in the values of God’s Kingdom. This is the sixth year that The Archbishops have asked churches of all denominations to share in praying at this time. Throughout this week there is a particular focus on Sharing our Faith – Sharing the way in which knowing Jesus makes a difference in our lives, so that others may come to know him too. The problem is that for many of us, this is a really difficult area. However strong our own faith is, we feel awkward about talking about matters of faith with those around us. This is partly the nature of our society at this time. Many are suspicious of religion and very sadly, there is a certain political correctness that says we do not mention faith – especially in the context of medical or social care. Even when it comes to sharing our faith with family, friends or neighbours, we might be afraid of getting tong tied, afraid that we won’t be able to come up with a suitable theological answer to a difficult question they might ask. We might be afraid of what they will think and simply feel embarrassed to share something personal to us. There can be 101 different reasons why we shy away from sharing our faith. But, help is at hand on the Thy Kingdom Come website! Each day during this week of prayer, in a series of short video presentations, individual Christians share something of their faith, what it means to them, and gives some insights into how the living out of their faith impacts on others through responding to God’s call to love and serve him. You can watch one of these by clicking on the link below. In this video Methodist Youth President, Phoebe Parkin, shares her thoughts on the importance of prayer and thankfulness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y- SozZO51A&t=206s As we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we should expect that God will use us to help answer our prayer. He will give us opportunities to witness to Him with the people we have been praying for. He will use us to invite people to know and experience the goodness of His Kingdom and to join His family. But we won’t be doing that in our own strength, we will be doing it through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The challenge for each one of us, is to use the God given opportunities that arise in the coming days and weeks to talk about our faith with others and share the difference that knowing Jesus makes in our live. If following on from that, each one of us, during this year, brought just 1 friend, or 1 neighbour, or 1 colleague from work, or 1 other member of our own family to church, and enabled them to find the love of God in our Church, by the end of this year, that would be 60 new members of the church family. So let us all pray “Thy Kingdom Come” and offer ourselves to share in building God’s kingdom, right here and now. Amen.
Prayers Loving heavenly Father, we thank you for calling each of us to be part of your church family and for the love, care, support and encouragement that we both give and receive from one another. May our times of worship and reflection strengthen and equip us for loving and serving you in the community. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. Lord God, we pray for the world in which we live. We prayer especially at this time for all areas of conflict and in particular for a restoration of peace between Israel and Palestine. Raise up effective leadership at this difficult and challenging time, and channel international aid to support all those who are suffering. We continue to pray for the leaders of all the nations – for wisdom and insight, as they seek ways to bring the spread of coronavirus under control. We hold before you, all those who are still suffering through the virus and remember those who care for them. We pray especially for the people of India and an effective international resolve to ensure that vaccines and other medical supplies are made available to the poorest nations. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. We pray for our own local community, giving thanks for our families, friends and neighbours and all those with whom we share our daily lives. We pray especially for those who are lonely and isolated and those who are unable to see loved ones. We pray for all our local care homes, remembering the residents, staff and families at this difficult time. We remember before you, all those who we know to be in particular need of your love and care at this time. We hold before you all those who are sick… May your healing love surround and strengthen them. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. We give thanks for all those who have shared this earthly life with us, but who have now journeyed on into your presence. We remember especially those known to us in the silence of our hearts, giving thanks for their life and love, commending them into your eternal love and protection… May all those who mourn the loss of loved ones, know the comfort of your love for them and find hope and courage through your promise of eternal life all who believe and trust in you. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer. In a moment of quiet, we bring before God, our own special thoughts and prayers at this time – people or situations we place into your care and protection, or things for which we want to give you thanks and praise.
God’s Blessing May God the Father, who has given to his Son the name above every name, strengthen us to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord. May God the Son, who is our great high priest passed into the heavens, plead for us at the right hand of the Father. May God the Holy Spirit, who pours out his abundant gifts upon the Church, make us faithful servants of Christ our King. And may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.
John 17.6-19 6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that * you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, * so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. * 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. * 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Hymn: What a friend we have in Jesus
We gather together all our prayers and praises in the words that Jesus taught us… The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday 16th May 2021 7th Sunday of Easter Worship and Prayer
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