Christ our model of prayer and suffering.
Prayer is the birthright of every Christian. It is natural to us as the air we breathe. The early Christians were people of deep prayer and suffered for their faith. Prayer and suffering are twos sides of the same coin by which Christ gives glory to God in me.
Please find below the intention and readings for:
Seventh Sunday of Easter - 24th May 2020
1 Peter 4:13-16
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
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All joined together in constant prayer
After Jesus was taken up into heaven, the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Father, glorify your son.
Jesus looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you."
Your prayers are requested at this time for:
The Sick: Sylvia, Karen Allen, Renz Belnas, Rupert & Lilian Downie, Roy Edwards, Charles Gibson, Anne Harcombe, Caroline Hargreaves, Keith Holdaway, Sylvia Hyles, Felix Mensah, Flora Stagg, David Wells.
The Housebound: Vera Adams, Godfrey Goolden, Blossom Moore, Jane Scott.
The Recently Departed: Cedric Fagon (Sheila’s former next-door neighbour); Sr Jean Harris (Nicky’s aunt); Rury Macleod (Catherine’s cousin); David Mansfield (friend of David Chapman).
Those whose Year’s Mind occurs at this time: Alan Goodrich; Penny Fenn-Clark; Errol Maduro; Richard Morson (Pr); Gordon Poole; Charles Mansfield.
Those who live in: St Julian's Farm Road; St Peter's Gardens; Stockfield Road.
People of our congregation and their families: Samod Soremekin; Nicola Stewart-Bell; Sharon Stewart-Bell: Kevin, Natasha, & Nikeshe; Anna Louise Sugden: Peter, Elly & David; Neil, Kate, Lily & Oliver.
Birthdays: Are you or any member of your family celebrating a birthday in the near future? Please let Sheila Launchbury know in good time for inclusion in the Bulletin. Mel Metherell celebrated her birthday yesterday (Saturday). May she be richly blessed in the coming year.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to remember today:
St Edward, New Addington
Dhanara Premraj (V); Lesley Clay (SPA)
In the worldwide Anglican Cycle of Prayer today is Anglican Communion Sunday, and we are asked to pray for
all members of the Anglican Communion around the world;
for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops;
for members of the Anglican Consultative Council;
for the Secretary General, The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon,
for the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York, and all priests and people.
A prayer in lockdown
The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)
Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.
Psalm 27 vv 1,4,7-8
Response: I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.
1. The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?
2. There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long,
to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life,
to savour the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold his temple.
3. O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
“Seek his face.”
I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.
Bishop Richard reflects on the Ascension of the Lord and talks of the considerations for our church as we come through these difficult times.
Our Choral Scholar, Gabriel Huc-Hepher, has kindly composed and recorded this responsorial psalm for you this week.
The choir sings the Agnus Dei from Missa Quarta Toni by Bardos Lajos
Recorded by the St Peter's Choir in 2019 under the direction of Philip Collin