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Sunday Reflection: Holy Spirit (Zoom Sunday Service at 10am)

In addition to the Video below, this week we are holding a Sunday service on Zoom at 10am on the 31st of May. Please email Adam to request access details for this. You can sign up to be notified about future Zoom services by clicking here to join our mailing list.

Order of Service

The readings for this week can be found on the Sunday Worship Survival Kit.

This week, intercessions have been provided by Derek in High Littleton:

Mighty God, as we are gathered together, not physically but spiritually, joined in hope and in faith, we ask you to minister to our needs. Send the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Holy God, we pray for our church leaders, that they will be guided in their ministry by the influence of the Holy Spirit and that the Church, in the power of the Spirit, may make the Gospel understandable to people of every race, language, and culture. That the Holy Spirit of Peace may unite and reconcile the peoples and nations of the earth, bringing an end to war, hatred, discrimination and the present Covid-19 Pandemic.

Faithful God, we pray for our Benefice, that each of us, in these strange times, will be open to the opportunities to give of our individual talents enabling each church group to flourish as a witness to the “One Body” of the church. We pray that we all may develop more fully our response to all the gifts which the Spirit bestows on us for the service of the Body of Christ,

Father God we pray for your world and its peoples with all their needs, questions and longings. So often we struggle to understand the reasons behind things like the Corona Virus; and yet we know that in the midst of such events your love is shown in the acts of bravery, selflessness and compassion which we are seeing all around us especially by our health services and those in the wider community who continue to serve our needs.

We pray for all who suffer in such dreadful circumstances and for those who are tasked with providing the medical and community support and, eventually, in the long task of reconstruction.

Loving God, we pray for all those who are sick; guide them and strengthen them through their illness. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. We pray also for family members who look after loved ones and especially for children who care for parents. May they know your protection and peace.

Merciful God, we pray for all those who have died: give them a place at your banquet in heaven. May the Holy Spirit, who purifies us of sin and raises the dead, bring all our departed loved ones into the fullness of your presence. May they know your peace.

Dear God, be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve peace on earth.

Everlasting God, on this Day of Pentecost, we rejoice in the wonderful gift of your Spirit. Send him again into our hearts, into our lives, and into our world.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.