Services whilst we are closed due to Corona virus

                                           

         

 

    St Clement Church Community Pentecost Service

 

Good morning to you all and Happy Birthday! 

She’s finally cracked I hear you say, but no, this great festival, the Day of Pentecost, is considered the birthday of the Church, the giving of the Holy Spirit, the event for which the earthly life of Jesus was the preparation.  So make sure you celebrate today, treat yourself to something special, cake? Wine? Chocolate? all three?  The vicar says you can………and on the wonderful day when we can worship together in person we’ll have another celebration then too.

Following the ‘doggy’ contribution last week, check out Truro Cathedral’s website where you’ll find that Bounce, Lis and Alan Bashforth’s very talented dog has his very own blog, bless him..

And this week Angela has written a short story of another kind of ‘Lockdown.’  Keep the contributions coming in!

The covid restrictions are beginning to lift, but I hope you will be careful if you go out and about and keep yourselves safe.

Much love and prayers and may Christ’s love sustain you always. 

Rev Di and family xx

 

 

Let us pray;

What God has prepared for those who Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Our prayers of Penitence

Saint Paul teaches us not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Let us therefore confess those sins that hinder his work among us…..

The Spirit brings us life in Christ:

Lord forgive us when we have closed our hearts to his renewing power.

Lord, have mercy.

 

The Spirit leads us into the truth of Christ:

Lord, forgive us when we have closed our minds to learning something new.  Christ, have mercy.

 

The Spirit makes Christ known in the world: Lord forgive us when we have failed to bear witness to the gospel of Christ.

Lord, have mercy.

 

May Almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our failings, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Let us pray our Collect for the Day of Pentecost

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire: strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.  

                                                                                           

Our Bible reading today is taken from the Book of Acts (Acts 2.1-21)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 

 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.  And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.   

Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?   And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?   

Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”  All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
        and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
    and signs on the earth below,
        blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
        before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 

 

Reflection

The power of the Holy Spirit given to us at Pentecost unites us all with one voice, whatever our language or nationality might be.

In the times before the pandemic lockdown, I expect those of us who’ve travelled abroad have seen signs that have obviously been literally translated for us English visitors.

Such signs can often be very amusing, here’s a few of examples;

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo; ‘When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn.  Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigour.’

On the office door of a doctor in Rome; ‘Specialist in women and other diseases.’

In a Greek tailor shop; ‘Order your summers suit.  Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.’

And one that Ken and I see when we go on holiday to Malta on the local garage forecourt; ‘’Always wash with mud first’’

Translating from one language to another is often difficult, and on that Day of Pentecost the disciples with their Galilean accents would’ve had trouble speaking to, or understanding, those gathered in Jerusalem who’d come from all over the world of that time. 

But we’re told the crowd asked; ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?’

Some scoffed saying, "They’re drunk!" The mob couldn’t imagine that God would use ignorant and unlearned people from the backwater of Galilee to speak the languages of those present with such skill and precision.

But in spite of the mockery, Peter gets up and speaks about Jesus, powerful words from the Acts of the Apostles we read today.  And so began the life of the church, the powerful movement that’s at the heart of who we are and what we do.
Every time we gather for worship, even though we’re momentarily apart, we meet with the promise that God will speak to us. His word of reassurance of the forgiveness of our sins, his Word to us from the Scriptures, his Word to us through the sermon, (hopefully!) and his Word of blessing as we face whatever the week ahead will bring.

God spoke to those gathered at the first Pentecost and he speaks to us now, which leads me to ask, what difference does God's Word and his Spirit make in our lives? What are the characteristics of people under the power of the Spirit?

Well, I’m glad you asked…….

Spirit-filled people are people who know God's love, we know we're not perfect, but we know we have forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Spirit-filled people are changed people. Through God's Word and the Sacraments, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives to bring light into our darkness; to turn death into life.

Spirit-filled people have a new language. I don't mean we go around speaking pious sounding words all day or use the name of Jesus in every other sentence. But rather we speak words that heal and restore, that build people up instead of tearing them down.

Spirit-filled people are moved to love those around them. We are given a new outlook on the problems and the needs of other people, we’re happy to help and care for others.

Spirit-filled people want to share what Jesus means to them. The news about Jesus is too good not tell. We’re not afraid to let people know that Jesus is someone special to us.

Spirit-filled people are concerned about the concerns of God.  We’re concerned in the way humanity is destroying God’s creation, we’re concerned for the starving, the dying, the homeless, and the sick. We’re concerned for our pandemic stricken world.
Spirit-filled people are praying people. It’s the Spirit who gives us a child's confidence to go to our heavenly Father in prayer. It’s the Spirit who enables us to pray the most unlikely prayers in the face of suffering, wherever we might be.

Spirit-filled people are worshipping people, who give thanks and praise to the God who has done to so much for us even though we haven’t done anything to deserve it.

Often though, we have to admit, when God has spoken, we haven’t been listening, or if we have listened we don’t get what he’s saying.

But God’s love for us is constant and he will keep repeating himself time and time again until we do get it; He says to each of us; ‘You are my child. I have sent you my Son and given you my Spirit that you may believe and have eternal life’. 

Let us hear those words and with communicate them to others by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the communal language of Christ’s love.  

May Christ bless us all and keep us safe in these difficult times. Amen.

 

We close this reflection with our words of hope:

Because he lives we can face tomorrow, because he lives all fear is gone.

Because we know he holds the future, and life is worth the living,

just because he lives.  Amen.

 

 

Affirmation of our faith

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day and afterwards he appeared to his followers and to all the apostles: this we have received, and this we believe. This is the faith of the Church. This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Our Intercessions this week are written by Liz Davies

Let us pray:

Spirit of mercy, truth and love, shed Thy blest influence from above, and still from age to age convey the wonders of this sacred day.

The Spirit came and Your church was born,

in wind and fire and words of power.                           

The Spirit came blowing fear aside,

and in its place weak hearts were stronger.

The Spirit came as Your word foretold,

with dreams and signs, visions and wonders.

The Spirit came and is here today,

to feed the hearts of a world that hungers.

We ask for Your forgiveness, Lord, when we forget the power that lies within, and trust instead upon our human strength. Remind us of that glorious day when Your Spirit transformed the lives of those who hid in fear, into men of power. Renew these hearts which have grown cold with flames of fire, as on that Pentecost, that this might be the church that You desire.

Lord graciously hear us

 

Dear Lord, we are custodians of the world that You created and yet too often we take with little thought for the consequences;

You told us to love our neighbour and yet too often we think only of ourselves with little thought for those less fortunate than ourselves;

we are told to follow You but too often we leave the straight and narrow and wander off the path following our own will.

Lord, graciously hear us

 

May the Holy Spirit be in us to guide us when we go astray; to inspire us when we are discouraged; to enlighten us when we are confused; to comfort us when we are lonely or unhappy and to show us Your love in the world around us and those we meet.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Dear Lord, there is much pain and suffering in the world. May dictators and governments feel Your love and guidance to rule with care for those they govern; may factions and individuals learn that tolerance and working together rather than violence is the way for a happier and peaceful life for all and may we live our lives as You would have us.

Lord, graciously hear us

Dear Lord, we bring before You all those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. May they feel the warmth of Your love, and may they know that the Holy Spirit is with them giving them strength when they are weak, comfort when they are low, courage when they are afraid and peace when they are troubled.                                                                                                  Bless and comfort them in their time of need.

We remember those who have recently died in the faith of Christ, especially Nigel, John, and Ewan, and ask that your love comforts their bereaved families.  We also remember those whose year’s mind occurs at this time.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Unfailing comfort, heavenly guide, still o’er Thy holy Church preside;                                                                   still let mankind Thy blessings prove, Spirit of mercy, truth and love.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,

Let us pray with confidence as our risen Lord 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.

 

The Peace

God has made us one in Christ.  He has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come, has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts

Alleluia!  May the peace of the risen Lord be always with us.

 

Blessing

May the Spirit of truth lead us into all truth, give us grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and strengthen us to proclaim the word and works of God.  And may the presence of God watch over us, the power of God protect us and those whom we love, and may we never forget that wherever we are, God is also.  Amen. 


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