Sorry about the bell ringing last week, I think I left the video on private. Let's have another go this week....
Some thoughts on home worship for the SUNDAY BEFORE THE ASCENSION DAY
(The streets were full in London, the Victory Day for the European war. The churches were thronged all day with enthusiastic worshippers, alike in the capital and the provinces. At St. Paul’s and the Abbey it was necessary to hold successive services at intervals of an hour throughout the afternoon. The Church Times May 11th 1945)
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
The Ascension Day approaches, when we celebrate the final triumph of our Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly life
The hymn “Alleluia, sing to Jesus”
Read the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 17 verses 22 to 31
Then pray the Collect of the day
God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and forever. Amen
Read the Epistle for the day from 1 Peter Chapter 3 verses 13 to 22
Hymn “Great is thy faithfulness”
Read the Gospel for the day from St. John Chapter 14 verses 15-21
Pray the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
Add a few short prayers
Thank God for the lives of Doreen Wheatcroft and Mark Elton.
Continue to pray for any others known to you who are ill or very vulnerable.
Pray for Cath. Brumfit who is to be our new Rector. She is at present a curate at Wheaton Aston.
Offer any prayers of your own.
Pray this prayer for our homes
Visit this home, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it the snares of the enemy.
May your holy angels dwell with us in peace, and may your blessing be always with us;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
The Hymn: “I the Lord of sea and sky”
The peace of the Lord be always with you and the blessing the our Lord Jesus Christ
be with you and those you love, this day and always and the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be upon you and those you love this day and for evermore.