Sunday 10/5/20

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SUNDAY 10/5/20 

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Sermon, readings, prayers & hymns.

8.00pm Bishop Keith has called for us to pray for the Diocese and for the World every Sunday evening by lighting a candle. 

On line, TV & Radio  

8.10am BBC Radio 4 a Christian Service.

Chester Cathedral. Stream - Chester Cathedral

The Prayer Book Society has links to numerous on line services

A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

John 14: 1 - 14
3 May 2020

It is John Malbon's turn to provide the 'sermon' this week. It's based on the Gospel for the week - John chapter 14 verses 1 to 14.   He says "A sermon needs a voice to come alive.   Try reading this one aloud.   If two or more are sharing the worship you could divide it up between you.     
Happy discovering ....


This has been drilled into our consciousness. Government messages have stressed it.  The media have trumpeted it.  Even grandchildren have reminded us.   STAY HOME.   We Brits would put 'at' between those two words. No matter, the message is unmistakeable.  STAY HOME.

For most of us home is sweet.  But for others home can be dangerous, disruptive and dark.  Charities like NSPCC and Children's Society look out for our children.  'Railway Children', a charity based in Sandbach, rescues vulnerable children from railway stations around the world, including our own country. They need our support and our prayers. And sadly there are some people who have no home.

At best, home means welcome, safety, companionship.  And in our Gospel reading Jesus tells us of a home that God the Father is even now preparing for us who believe. Room for all who want to be there and a welcome even warmer than the Prodigal Son received.

The last section of John chapter 13 records Peter's boast that he would lay down his life for Jesus.  Jesus gives Peter the devastating news "before the cock crows you will disown me three times" And so it happened.  

So, this home that Jesus offers is not for those who consider themselves perfect.  This home is for any and for all who have followed His way, believed the truth and walked the life to which Jesus has invited us.  No matter how stuttering our steps or faltering our faith.
We could echo the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor executed by the Nazis for his opposition to their regime.  "Who am I?  Whoever I am, Thou knowest O God, I am Thine".

To all who believe Jesus says "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me".  His promises are sure. We can join the Psalmist:

"God is our refuge and strength, An ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear".
Psalm 46 verses 1 and 2.


Prayers for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
10 May 2020

The Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us
the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.  Amen.

Post Communion Prayer
Eternal God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way,
the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way  Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.

Jesus, light of the world,
bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations…
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, bread of life,
give food to the hungry..
and nourish us all with your word.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, our way, our truth, our life,
be with us and all who follow you in the way ….
Deepen our appreciation of your truth
and fill us with your life.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, Good Shepherd, who gave your lif for the sheep,
recover the straggler,
bind up the injured,
strengthen the sick
and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

A Prayer for VE Day

From the Act of Commitment for Peace
Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace,
for the relief of want and suffering,
and for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
give us wisdom;
give us courage;
give us hope;
and keep us faithful now and always.

Jesus, the resurrection and the life,
we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you …
Raise us with them to eternal life.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us,
accept our prayers, and be with us always.

Other Prayers you may wish to use

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

For those who are ill
Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For one who is ill or isolated
O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me 
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

For the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference