Online Service 24th May 2020
Welcome to the service for the Sunday after Ascension Also available via YouTube
Sunday Service 24th May 7th after Easter
Welcome and opening prayer Led by Margaret
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Christ has ascended!
Our High King – He shall reign for ever.
In the presence of the King of Life and Love we shall celebrate. Alleluia!
Good Morning and welcome to this service on the 7th Sunday after Easter.
In this service we remember the risen Christ ascending to Heaven, yet promising to send His Holy Spirit to be a constant presence alongside and within us.
So we begin our service with the prayer of preparation:
To whom all heart be 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 Christ our Lord Amen.
Confession and Absolution Led by Graham
As we have a great high priest, Jesus the Son of God,
let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith,
and make our confession to our heavenly Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, and ascended for us:
We have not loved you fully as our Redeemer, or honoured you fully as our Lord;
We have not been faithful in our love for our neighbours, or our care for the planet.
Forgive us, we pray; breathe into us a new spirit of service, and refashion us to your will: for your glory’s sake. Amen.
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bible Reading acts 1: 6-11 Read by Tim
6 They gathered around Jesus and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Hymn: Crown Him with many Crowns
1 Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless king
through all eternity.
2 Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o'er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save;
his glories now we sing
who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.
3 Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified;
no angels in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends their burning eye
at mysteries so bright.
4 Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time,
creator of the rolling spheres,
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
Reflection: In a cloud Led by Sharon(with thanks to Ruth Burgess)
In a Cloud. A cloud?
A bit dramatic, wasn’t it Jesus!
A bit over the top?
Hands raise, floating heavenwards…
And I’ll lay odds that future artists
Will dress you in shining white,
And paint the sky deep blue-
To match your eyes, of course.
Ok, even in this unprecedented time
There were some precedents;
Elijah, taken up in a chariot;
And that fiery cloud thing that moved about in the wilderness,
Guiding your people.
But those were the old ways, and you weren’t like that.
Is this really what you want us to remember about you Jesus?
That you disappeared in a cloud
And that you now live somewhere above the skies, Way beyond our reach?
No, because what about your stories, your friendship;
Your tears, your pain, your laughter?
What about the way you believed in us,
Trusted us, Sent us out to touch and heal;
To be your hands and feet throughout the world?
I’m not sure that you being alive somewhere
Where we cannot see you, talk with you,
Laugh and cry with you;
I’m not sure that would help us much Jesus.
Lord, please, can you find a way of living with us,
That’s close enough somehow for us to know you are near?
You said something once about a Spirit;
A Holy Spirit from God, who would come to us.
Does that mean you’re coming back to us, to dwell with us again?
No more clouds…
Prayers: Led by Hannah
Ascended Lord, you call those who follow you to a time of waiting, that they may be able to receive the gifts you delight to shower on your church, and to receive the empowering Holy Spirit.
Lord, Send your Holy Spirit
We pray for all who wait today, for the Nations of the world, waiting on wisdom regarding Coronavirus; Lord, send your wisdom
We pray for all who hunger or thirst; Lord, send your bread and refreshing
We pray for all who are oppressed and persecuted; Lord, send your justice;
We pray for all who are in places of danger; Lord, send your protection
We pray for all who are sick in mind body or spirit; Lord, send your healing
We pray for all who are anxious and fearful; Lord, send your peace
We pray for all who mourn; Lord send your comfort
We pray for all who are weary; Lord, send your rest
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray with confidence as Jesus Himself taught us:
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.
May the Lord Bless us and keep us,
May he make His face to Shine upon us;
May the lord look upon us kindly
And give us His Peace,
In the name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
A contribution to our weekly posting from Avril Shepherd. Avril read this at our local hospital two years ago on the 70thAnniversary of the founding of the NHS. It is even more profound in these times of Covid19 than it ever was.
REFLECTIONS ON THE HANDS OF A NURSE
Let us take a moment to remember our hands.
For these are no ordinary hands. These are the hands of a nurse,
These are the hands that help us do our work.
These are the hands that carry out the skills that make nursing possible.
Let us remember our hands and be grateful for what they do
For the eyes may see, the mouth may speak but it is the hands that hold, the hands
That heal, the hands that give the caring touch.
These are the hands that feel the first breath of a new born child,
These are the hands that feel the last breath of a dying one.
These are the hands that hold s family, who has just lost a loved one
These are the hands that clap for joy at the healing of a disease.
These are the hands that insert tubes that bring healing to the body.
These are the hands that touch a forehead and tell, within a degree, normal or Febrile.
These are the hands that feel a pulse and know fast or slow, weak or
Strong, effective or for naught.
These are the hands that restrain the angry from self-harm,
These are the hands that compress the sternum to return life.
These are the hands that clean unspeakable places on another person’s body, but
Do so with dignity and respect which allow that person to feel like a human being.
These are the hands that take up the task passed down from so long ago-to bring
Healing to the sick, comfort to the afflicted, hope to the hopeless
These are also the hands that can be clenched because sometimes something
Has got to change....
These are the hands of a nurse
These are the hands that have the privilege of being at the bedside
These are the hands of a nurse, the hands of strength compassion and love
These are the hands of life. These are the hands of a nurse.