Last week we celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we were reminded of God’s abundant and generous love and that it is in God’s nature to want to share this with us always. God empowers us with his love to make a difference in the world. Most of us will have been shocked and deeply saddened by the news of George Floyd’s murder in the United States and the following lack of justice. It has opened the wound of longstanding racism in our world. We have wanted to stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters all over the world. A friend of ours in London expressed it like this:
‘There is no Black suffering, that is not also the suffering of Christ. Therefore, there is no Black suffering that is not all of our suffering.’
In our online service this week, which will be available to watch on our YouTube channel from 9am on Sunday morning, we will take a moment to read the Archbishops’ statement and we also hear Joseph Marema give his reflections. In our worship we find the balance of acknowledging the harsh reality we live in and the hope we have in Jesus that we can be a lifegiving community defined by love, equality, peace and joy. The service booklet, which can be used in conjunction with this service, is available to view/download here. The order of service for our Sunday Xtra Service is available to view/download here.
When can we go back into the church building?’ is a question often asked of us. The honest answer is ‘We don’t know.’ We will have to live with that uncertainty a bit longer. Most of us manage, and we even grow in our faith while not in the building. The most important gift from God is community and we can build and maintain this even now, so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and connect with others. We are here for one another.
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
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. Amen.
- Weekly@ are lectionary based children’s resources aimed at 5-11 year olds. These resources can be printed out and used at home on a weekly basis by those who wish to do so. This Sunday’s theme is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28: Jesus’ Great Commission
A video for children about Jesus’ Great Commission by Rene Pfitzner.
Other Worship Resources
- Diocese of Leeds with a list of churches who live stream services: https://www.leeds.anglican.org/covid-19/live-streaming
- Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/
- Learning to Pray (Church of England): https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/learning-pray
- Sacred Space for online daily prayer: https://www.sacredspace.ie/
- Worship in and with Creation – Resources for Outdoor Worship
- Faith at Home – A national Church of England campaign that supports the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Click here to find out more.
- Light at Home – Weekly sheets by the Diocese of Leeds to support families at home. Each sheet has a bible story, prayers, something to do together and a challenge. Click here for this week’s sheet.
- Reflections on the racisim displayed in the murder of George Floyd and our response to it as a church