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Worship at Home  31st May 2020
- Pentecost Balloons, Cake & Candles Today!!

Welcome to Worship

and Happy Birthday to YOU the Church!  

Jesus meets with his disciples then and now
John  20: 19 - 23

On the first day of the week, in the evening, when the disciples were together with the door's locked for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them and said “Peace be with you”. After he said this he showed them his hands and side the disciples were overjoyed when they saw the lord. Again Jesus said “Peace be with you as the Father has sent me I am sending you” and with that he breathed on them and said “Receive the holy spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them they are not forgiven.


We join in Prayer:
Into our emptiness, into our brokenness,
Lord, come down.

   Into our chaos and our unsettledness
Lord, come down.

   Into our fear and into our loneliness
Lord, come down.

Into our past and into our present
Lord, come down.

Into our future, with all its uncertainty
Lord, come down.
Into our world, with all its needfulness
Lord, come down.


Hymn   Come down, O Love divine


On Resurrection Day, the first day of the week, in the evening, after all the whispers and questions, after all the uncertainty and concerns over 'fake news' - women with stories of the stone rolled away, an empty tomb, a vision of angels, glimmers of hope, panic and fear - so many conflicting emotions - the disciples are in Lockdown - for fear of the enemy. We've had a taste of what that feels like; locking ourselves away from others because of an unseen enemy - Into that Lockdown on that first Easter evening, Jesus came to be with them and offered the same gift that he has offered people for over 2000 years - His Presence and His Peace - the gift is for you and me and anyone who asks for him today. We disciples of Jesus in 2020 have available to us the same Presence, Peace, Power and Promise that those people had all those years ago. Joy flooded that Upper Room when they experienced His Presence and His Peace for themselves. Jesus offers to flood our hearts and lives now with the Presence and Peace of His Holy Spirit.

This was the experience the Disciples received, without a shadow of a doubt when, on the day of Pentecost, Jesus came to them as he had promised in the form of his Spirit and they were filled to the brim with a certainty, a power and a presence which would never leave them.

Reading   Acts 2: 1 - 13

These people who once denied, deserted, doubted were now so filled with Jesus' Spirit that they begin a journey of adventure so awesome that the whole world would one day hear the good news of God's Love. During these years the Body of Christ - the Church - has been discovering ways of sharing this Good News in real and relevant ways - serving the present age - witnessing to God's Love in Jesus - being guided by the one who will never leave us.

Will you use every way possible to share this Good News, to flood the nations with grace and mercy? You don't have to do it alone or in your own strength, you can be empowered by His Presence and His Peace.  "As the Father sent me, I am sending you."  Make this your prayer today: 'Lord, fill me with your Spirit and make me ready to serve when and where you call.'

Hymn   Lord, the light of your Love is shining - Shine, Jesus, Shine

Praying for others:  

Living, Loving Lord, we celebrate today the birth and life of your church. Equip us with courage, compassion and comfort as we lift to you in prayer your damaged, hurting and frightened world. Equip those in authority with wisdom as they seek to guide all your people.

Equip those who serve and bring aid to your people throughout the world with the strength and grace they need. Equip us, your disciples with joy and hope as we share your good news and seek to make a difference to the lives of those you have placed into our care.  So may we see your world transformed and your kingdom come here as it is in heaven.


We share together in the words of 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.



Holding you in my Love and Prayers.
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