Online Service 17th May 2020

Welcome to the service for the 6th Sunday after Easter Also available via YouTube

Online Service 17th May 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday)

 

YouTube Service

 

 

Welcome…..Today is Rogation Sunday. This is the time when we especially pray that the crops in farms, gardens and the sea be protected from harm and disease and will grow well during the spring and summer. We ask Our Lord to bless our crops.

Prayer

Let us be quiet now and kneel, who never knelt before.

Here where the leaves paint patterns light on a leaf-strewn forest floor; for we who saw no God at all in sea or earth or air,

Baptised by beauty, now look up to see God everywhere.

Amen.

Invitation to Confession

Let us ask God to have mercy on our tired land,

and to prosper the work of our soiled tired hands.

Let us ask God to forgive our delusion of self-sufficiency

so that we may praise him for his provision and goodness.

Kyrie Confession

Lord, you give us this good earth,

yet we take your generous gifts for granted.

Lord, have mercy.

Response: Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you give us this good earth,

but we squander its rich resources.

Christ, have mercy.

Response: Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you give us this good earth,

but we fail to share your bounty with all of your children.

Lord, have mercy.

Response: Lord, have mercy.

 

Absolution: Said by all

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.

 

May we all express our thankfulness to God by praying together”:……..

 

Benedicite – a Song of Creation ( All say):

 

1    Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

2    Bless the Lord you heavens:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

3    Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

4    Bless the Lord all people on earth:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

5    O people of God bless the Lord:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

6    Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

7    Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

8    Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit:  

bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart;

bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit:  

sing his praise and exalt him for ever. Amen.

 

Now follows the Gospel reading”

 

Reading

A reading from the Holy Gospel of Saint John chapter 16 verses 23b to end”

Response: Glory be Thee O Lord”

Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 26 On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Response: Praise be to Thee O Christ

 

 

Reflection:

O lord open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise”

~This gospel reading is one of great hope and assurance, it is the final address of Jesus to his disciples in the upper room. It is an intimate address charged with excitement, promise and a measure of threat in the future.

Today is Rogation Sunday, it calls upon us to make an Act of faith. Faith that we may ask of our Heavenly Father in Jesus name for a blessing upon our crops.

This is the particular day that we call to mind the particular needs of those who care for the ecology of our world whether that be farming on land, sea or air. It is the day we specially ask God for a blessing upon our crops and protection from disaster for them during the growing season that they may come to full harvest.

We have just learnt from our Gospel that Jesus has told his disciples and thus us his disciples of today that we may indeed ask of our heavenly father because he Loves us. Today we can bring to mind the miracle of growth how these seeds, transform into these plants which in turn becomes this food crop. (this is a visual presentation on youtube)

Rogation days arose from an ancient roman festival called “Robigalia”, a series of ceremonies in which the ancient Romans invoked protection from disease especially “rust” upon their crops. The Roman word for rust was “robigo”. As was our practice Christians took over this festival and we prayed to God to “Ask” for the protection from disease and growth of our crops on those “Robigalia” days. We used the word “Rogation” for those days, from the Latin “Rogare” which means “to Ask”.

In more recent times in medieval Britain, parishes “beat their” bounds on rogation days. This involved walking around the parish boundaries and hammering wooden poles in to mark those parish boundaries. Or another historical source says that young boys were taken on beating of the bounds and in order to help them recall where the boundaries lay, they were beaten against stones near the boundaries or dunked in streams! Making sure the young boys never forgot where the parish boundaries were. There is tell that neighbouring church wardens used to fight at the boundaries if they disputed the marking. Maps and satnavs were not so readily available then!

Long gone are those days. Today the ancient practice of walking the parish boundaries is conducted in a much reduced fashion, if at all, often a prayer walk is organised and those who take part stop and pray at certain points for that area of the parish.

So, how does this link to us here now in the midst of great puzzlement of Covid-19 and Rogation Sunday?

Faith is our link….

We keep Faith remembering the last verse of this reading when Jesus tells his disciples:

I have said this to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

In those very powerful words, we know in no uncertain terms that things will not be easy, there are threats, but…but we are to have the excitement of living in Faith and the promise that we are in the love and care of God our heavenly father.

Thus we pray sincerely for those who plant our seeds and care for our crops, in the excitement of our living Faith, and have the promise of knowing they will grow, and the knowledge that if we Ask this of the Father because Jesus told us “the Father himself loves us”, our crops will be Blessed.

This is the Act of Faith required of us, let us therefore make it. ~ “Thank you for listening”

Please do join me in praying:

Heavenly Father, Let Your blessing be upon this land, bringing gentle rains and ripening sun for a joyful growing season and full harvest”. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

We sing “For the Beauty of the Earth” …….

Hymn:

 

For the Beauty of the Earth

1 For the beauty of the earth, 
for the glory of the skies, 
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies. 

Refrain: 
Christ, our Lord, to you we raise 
this, our hymn of grateful praise. 

2 For the wonder of each hour 
of the day and of the night, 
hill and vale and tree and flower, 
sun and moon and stars of light, [Refrain]

3 For the joy of human love, 
brother, sister, parent, child, 
friends on earth, and friends above, 
for all gentle thoughts and mild, [Refrain] 

 

4 For yourself, best gift divine, 
to the world so freely given, 
agent of God's grand design: 
peace on earth and joy in heaven. [Refrain]

 

Let us now make our prayers of Intercession”…

Prayers of Intercession:

You may wish to join in The Response to each prayer, which will be after the words:

Lord, we pray, may those who sow in tears”

The Response is:

Reap with shouts of joy”.

 

Let us pray to God our creator,

who has given us the earth’s goodness for our delight,

and entrusted it to our care and tenderness.

For all who live in captivity to debt,

whose lives are cramped by fear

from which there is no turning

except through abundant harvest;

Lord, we pray:

may those who sow in tears

(Response) “reap with shouts of joy”.

 

For all who depend on the earth for their daily food and fuel,

whose forests are destroyed for the profit of a few;

Lord, we pray:

may those who sow in tears

(Response) “reap with shouts of joy”.

 

For those who labour in poverty,

are oppressed by unjust laws,

are prevented from speaking the truth,

and long for a harvest of justice;

Lord, we pray:

may those who sow in tears

(Response) “reap with shouts of joy”.

 

For all who are captive to greed and waste and boredom,

whose harvest joy is choked

with things they do not need;

Lord, we pray:

may those who sow in tears

(Response) “reap with shouts of joy”.

 

 

 

Save us Lord, from all that holds us captive,

Restore to us right vision,

that our mouth may be filled with laughter

and our tongue with songs of joy.

Amen.

 

Let us Pray the Lord’s Prayer; together:

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.

 

Blessing. All may wish to pray this.

May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is the source of all goodness and growth,

pour his blessing upon all things created,

and upon us his children,

that we may use his gifts to his glory and the welfare of all peoples. Amen.

 

Let us all Pray:

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Dismissal

Tend the earth, care for God’s good creation,

and bring forth the fruits of righteousness.

 

All please Say:

We go in the peace to Love and Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.