We will meet at 11am and start the service at 11.05am. Please use MUTE on your computer at 11.05am for the service, especially wherever we are singing together, except in the sections where marked. If you’d like to say something at other times, please ‘raise your hand’ (you will find this in the Participants section) or type it in under ‘chat’ and it will appear on the screen.
Lord, we light this candle,
to remind us that you are the light of the world.
As we gather together in spirit,
make our voices ready to sing your praise;
our hearts open to receive your love
and our minds alive to your Spirit.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We bow before you, O God,
and we confess that we have let you down.
We have turned away from you and gone our own way.
We have allowed material things to dominate our lives,
and to occupy our minds.
We are sorry.
Help us to learn how to be still and know that you are God.
Help us to seek simplicity, to slow down and not to hurry,
to require nothing more than what you give,
and to fear being vulnerable,
so that we can be complete in your presence.
May the God of love and power
Forgive you and free you from your sins,
Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
Jesus sent the disciples out to do his work in pairs and not alone. Think of the people who have shared your faith journey over the years and especially those who have shared in God’s work with you. Give thanks for them.
Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. 7 And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. 8 He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveller’s bag, no money. 9 He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.
10 “Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. 11 But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”
12 So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. 13 And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.
Today we might particularly pray:
For those who serve in the field of mission, at home or abroad.
For courage to trust God and vulnerability to accept hospitality from others.
For those living on the streets or without access to the basic necessities of life
For those countries struggling to cope with the pandemic due to a lack of resources and vaccines.
For our Bishops, Tim, David and Debbie and for healing and unity for the diocese.
For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit, for the dying and the bereaved, for comfort and strength.
For the souls of those who have died that they may rest safely in God’s eternal kingdom.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
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.
Lord, you sent your disciples into the world
to share your word with those in need –
may we approach this coming week with a similar desire.
You sent them carrying little but trusting much –
may we live this week with a similar attitude.
May our lives be less about us and our needs,
and more about you,
and your love and care for all people
in all places and circumstances.
May we love as you love.
We ask in your name.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen