| ©2018 St. John the Evangelist, Sandown

Ascension Day Worship and Prayer “Thy Kingdom Come”
Ascension Day marks the first day of “Thy Kingdom Come” - an annual invitation to prayer called by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Lasting for eleven days, the focus is specific prayer in churches, households and as individuals for friends, families, communities and countries to come to know the saving love of God in Jesus Christ, and for ourselves, that empowered by God’s Spirit we would grow in confidence to show and tell of God’s love. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will: Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know Come to realise that every aspect of life is held in God’s love by prayer After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing. Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come ’picks up this tradition. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes ’to God’s call.
Hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise
The Lord’s Prayer Looking for the coming of his kingdom, we pray with confidence as our Saviour has 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.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed, Alleluia! As brothers and sisters in Christ, for forty days we have been celebrating with joyful hearts the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, his bursting from the tomb and his defeat of the power of sin and death. He appeared to his disciples many times and told them about the kingdom of God. Today we recall how he left this earth and returned to his Father, ascending into heaven to take his throne over all dominions and powers. Collect Payer for Ascension Day Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Hymn: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
God’s Blessing May God the Father bless us with his compassion; May Jesus Christ bless us with a vision of a world transformed; May the Holy Spirit bless us with gifts to use in God’s service; And so may each of us rejoice to know the goodness of the Lord, now and evermore. Amen.
The Acts of the Apostles 1.1-11 - The Ascension of Christ “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. ’So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel? ’He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ’When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.“ ’
Matthew 28.16-20 The Great Commission Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
For Reflection By Reverend Jonathan Hall During much of the 1990’s Erica and I lived in the market town of Sherborne, in Dorset. It was during our time in Sherborne that I trained or ordination. Some of you may have visited Sherborne Abbey. It is a magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Behind the Altar, is a beautifully carved Victorian Reredos, which depicts the Ascension. Christ is dramatically represented rising towards the clouds, as the disciples stand below, looking up to the heavens in awe and wonder. As you look at the carving, the eye is definitely drawn upwards. However, I think the most important detail, is towards the bottom of the carving. It is a small detail, which would be very easy to miss – a detail which I only noticed when it was pointed out to me by a former Curate of the Abbey.
Immediately below the ascending Lord, in the ground where he had been standing, there is a footprint. This footprint, carved in the ground, is a powerful reminder that although Christ has ascended, he has left his mark upon the earth. In his teaching, in his ministry, in his example, Jesus has left us some footprints to follow. His love, his compassion, his kindness, his humility, his forgiveness, are all “footprints” into which he invites us to place our own, as we follow his way. As St Teresa expresses so beautifully in her ancient prayer – “Christ has no body on earth but yours.” As we celebrate the Ascension of Christ, we affirm his call to each one of us continue the work he began, by modelling our lives on his, so that others may come to see, and know, and feel his love at work in our world today. I invite us each to spend some time meditating on the words of St Teresa’s prayer – praying that God’s Spirit at work within us will enable us to offer ourselves afresh in his love and service. John Talbot’s modern setting of the prayer, offers music, words and pictures to help us in our personal reflections:
Affirming our Faith Let us affirm the faith of the Church which Christ commissions us to share with the world I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Intercessions (Based on Prayers from the “Thy Kingdom Come” Service) Heavenly Father, we bring our prayers to you now through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us: Lift up our hearts to the heavenly places and inspire us to serve you as a royal priesthood: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Let all peoples acknowledge your kingdom and grant on earth the blessing of peace: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Send down upon us the gift of the Spirit and renew your Church with power from on high: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Help us to proclaim the good news of salvation, and grant us the needful gifts of your grace: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Let us commend the world, for which Christ prays, to the mercy and protection of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Collect Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In a moment of quiet, we pray for 5 people (friends, family, colleagues) who we long to come to know God’s love in their lives…
Using the BLESS acrostic can help us to focus our prayers for our friends:  Body 		– health, protection, energy Labour 	– employment/unemployment, retirement, adequate income  Emotional 	– inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience  Social 	– healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children, friends, reconciliation; love  Spiritual 	– openness to God, faith, trust, hope
You may like to listen to the words of this well known Taize chant, as you pray…
Taize Chant: O Lord hear my Prayer
Hymn: Crown him with many crowns
Opening our hearts to God’s Spirit As we wait in silence, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we listen to Your word, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we worship You in majesty, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your refreshing, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your renewing, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your equipping, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your empowering, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.
During the coming days as we wait to celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit at Petnecost, you may like to make use of the resources on the “Thy Kingdom Come” website: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
Sandown Isle of Wight St. John the Evangelist

| ©2018 St. John the Evangelist, Sandown

Ascension Day Worship and Prayer “Thy Kingdom Come”
Ascension Day marks the first day of “Thy Kingdom Come” - an annual invitation to prayer called by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Lasting for eleven days, the focus is specific prayer in churches, households and as individuals for friends, families, communities and countries to come to know the saving love of God in Jesus Christ, and for ourselves, that empowered by God’s Spirit we would grow in confidence to show and tell of God’s love. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will: Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know Come to realise that every aspect of life is held in God’s love by prayer After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing. Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come ’picks up this tradition. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes ’to God’s call.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed, Alleluia! As brothers and sisters in Christ, for forty days we have been celebrating with joyful hearts the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, his bursting from the tomb and his defeat of the power of sin and death. He appeared to his disciples many times and told them about the kingdom of God. Today we recall how he left this earth and returned to his Father, ascending into heaven to take his throne over all dominions and powers. Collect Payer for Ascension Day Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Acts of the Apostles 1.1-11 - The Ascension of Christ “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. ’So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel? ’He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ’When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.“ ’
Matthew 28.16-20 The Great Commission Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise
Hymn: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
For Reflection By Reverend Jonathan Hall During much of the 1990’s Erica and I lived in the market town of Sherborne, in Dorset. It was during our time in Sherborne that I trained or ordination. Some of you may have visited Sherborne Abbey. It is a magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Behind the Altar, is a beautifully carved Victorian Reredos, which depicts the Ascension. Christ is dramatically represented rising towards the clouds, as the disciples stand below, looking up to the heavens in awe and wonder. As you look at the carving, the eye is definitely drawn upwards. However, I think the most important detail, is towards the bottom of the carving. It is a small detail, which would be very easy to miss – a detail which I only noticed when it was pointed out to me by a former Curate of the Abbey.
Immediately below the ascending Lord, in the ground where he had been standing, there is a footprint. This footprint, carved in the ground, is a powerful reminder that although Christ has ascended, he has left his mark upon the earth. In his teaching, in his ministry, in his example, Jesus has left us some footprints to follow. His love, his compassion, his kindness, his humility, his forgiveness, are all “footprints” into which he invites us to place our own, as we follow his way. As St Teresa expresses so beautifully in her ancient prayer – “Christ has no body on earth but yours.” As we celebrate the Ascension of Christ, we affirm his call to each one of us continue the work he began, by modelling our lives on his, so that others may come to see, and know, and feel his love at work in our world today. I invite us each to spend some time meditating on the words of St Teresa’s prayer – praying that God’s Spirit at work within us will enable us to offer ourselves afresh in his love and service. John Talbot’s modern setting of the prayer, offers music, words and pictures to help us in our personal reflections:
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Affirming our Faith Let us affirm the faith of the Church which Christ commissions us to share with the world I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Intercessions (Based on Prayers from the “Thy Kingdom Come” Service) Heavenly Father, we bring our prayers to you now through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us: Lift up our hearts to the heavenly places and inspire us to serve you as a royal priesthood: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Let all peoples acknowledge your kingdom and grant on earth the blessing of peace: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Send down upon us the gift of the Spirit and renew your Church with power from on high: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Help us to proclaim the good news of salvation, and grant us the needful gifts of your grace: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Let us commend the world, for which Christ prays, to the mercy and protection of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Collect Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In a moment of quiet, we pray for 5 people (friends, family, colleagues) who we long to come to know God’s love in their lives…
Using the BLESS acrostic can help us to focus our prayers for our friends: Body – health, protection, energy Labour – employment/unemployment, retirement, adequate income Emotional – inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience Social – healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children, friends, reconciliation; love Spiritual – openness to God, faith, trust, hope
Taize Chant: O Lord hear my Prayer
You may like to listen to the words of this well known Taize chant, as you pray…
The Lord’s Prayer Looking for the coming of his kingdom, we pray with confidence as our Saviour has 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.
Hymn: Crown him with many crowns
Opening our hearts to God’s Spirit As we wait in silence, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we listen to Your word, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we worship You in majesty, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your refreshing, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your renewing, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your equipping, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your empowering, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.
God’s Blessing May God the Father bless us with his compassion; May Jesus Christ bless us with a vision of a world transformed; May the Holy Spirit bless us with gifts to use in God’s service; And so may each of us rejoice to know the goodness of the Lord, now and evermore. Amen.
During the coming days as we wait to celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit at Petnecost, you may like to make use of the resources on the “Thy Kingdom Come” website: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

| ©2018 St. John the Evangelist, Sandown

The Acts of the Apostles 1.1-11 - The Ascension of Christ “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. ’So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel? ’He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ’When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.“ ’
Matthew 28.16-20 The Great Commission Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Hymn: Crown him with many crowns
Ascension Day Worship and Prayer “Thy Kingdom Come”
Ascension Day marks the first day of “Thy Kingdom Come” - an annual invitation to prayer called by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Lasting for eleven days, the focus is specific prayer in churches, households and as individuals for friends, families, communities and countries to come to know the saving love of God in Jesus Christ, and for ourselves, that empowered by God’s Spirit we would grow in confidence to show and tell of God’s love. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will: Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know Come to realise that every aspect of life is held in God’s love by prayer After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing. Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come ’picks up this tradition. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes ’to God’s call.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed, Alleluia! As brothers and sisters in Christ, for forty days we have been celebrating with joyful hearts the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, his bursting from the tomb and his defeat of the power of sin and death. He appeared to his disciples many times and told them about the kingdom of God. Today we recall how he left this earth and returned to his Father, ascending into heaven to take his throne over all dominions and powers. Collect Payer for Ascension Day Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
God’s Blessing May God the Father bless us with his compassion; May Jesus Christ bless us with a vision of a world transformed; May the Holy Spirit bless us with gifts to use in God’s service; And so may each of us rejoice to know the goodness of the Lord, now and evermore. Amen.
For Reflection By Reverend Jonathan Hall During much of the 1990’s Erica and I lived in the market town of Sherborne, in Dorset. It was during our time in Sherborne that I trained or ordination. Some of you may have visited Sherborne Abbey. It is a magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Behind the Altar, is a beautifully carved Victorian Reredos, which depicts the Ascension. Christ is dramatically represented rising towards the clouds, as the disciples stand below, looking up to the heavens in awe and wonder. As you look at the carving, the eye is definitely drawn upwards. However, I think the most important detail, is towards the bottom of the carving. It is a small detail, which would be very easy to miss – a detail which I only noticed when it was pointed out to me by a former Curate of the Abbey.
Immediately below the ascending Lord, in the ground where he had been standing, there is a footprint. This footprint, carved in the ground, is a powerful reminder that although Christ has ascended, he has left his mark upon the earth. In his teaching, in his ministry, in his example, Jesus has left us some footprints to follow. His love, his compassion, his kindness, his humility, his forgiveness, are all “footprints” into which he invites us to place our own, as we follow his way. As St Teresa expresses so beautifully in her ancient prayer – “Christ has no body on earth but yours.” As we celebrate the Ascension of Christ, we affirm his call to each one of us continue the work he began, by modelling our lives on his, so that others may come to see, and know, and feel his love at work in our world today. I invite us each to spend some time meditating on the words of St Teresa’s prayer – praying that God’s Spirit at work within us will enable us to offer ourselves afresh in his love and service. John Talbot’s modern setting of the prayer, offers music, words and pictures to help us in our personal reflections:
Affirming our Faith Let us affirm the faith of the Church which Christ commissions us to share with the world I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Intercessions (Based on Prayers from the “Thy Kingdom Come” Service) Heavenly Father, we bring our prayers to you now through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us: Lift up our hearts to the heavenly places and inspire us to serve you as a royal priesthood: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Let all peoples acknowledge your kingdom and grant on earth the blessing of peace: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Send down upon us the gift of the Spirit and renew your Church with power from on high: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Help us to proclaim the good news of salvation, and grant us the needful gifts of your grace: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Let us commend the world, for which Christ prays, to the mercy and protection of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer Collect Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In a moment of quiet, we pray for 5 people (friends, family, colleagues) who we long to come to know God’s love in their lives…
You may like to listen to the words of this well known Taize chant, as you pray…
Using the BLESS acrostic can help us to focus our prayers for our friends: Body – health, protection, energy Labour – employment/unemployment, retirement, adequate income Emotional – inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience Social – healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children, friends, reconciliation; love Spiritual – openness to God, faith, trust, hope
Opening our hearts to God’s Spirit As we wait in silence, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we listen to Your word, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we worship You in majesty, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your refreshing, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your renewing, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your equipping, make us ready for Your coming Spirit. As we long for Your empowering, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.
Hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise
Hymn: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
Taize Chant: O Lord hear my Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer Looking for the coming of his kingdom, we pray with confidence as our Saviour has 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.
During the coming days as we wait to celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit at Petnecost, you may like to make use of the resources on the “Thy Kingdom Come” website: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
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