Easter 7  Sunday after Ascension Day 24th May 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Easter 7 

 

Sunday after Ascension Day

 

24th May 2020

 

Collect

Risen, ascended Lord,

as we rejoice at your triumph,

fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace,

to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Our readings

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

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.’

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Acts 1. 6-14

A reading from the first Epistle of Peter

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.                               1 Peter 4.12-14, 5.6-11

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.                              ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.                  John 17.1-11

Please include in your prayers: Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound: Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, Dilys Garland, David Colby, Margaret and Kevin Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin, Wendy, Liz Wing

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. Amen.

 

Thy Kingdom Come 21-31 May

 

Is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. Praying for people to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ.

Care for those you are praying for, pray for those you are caring for                       During these difficult and trying times, we believe that now more than ever, presents an incredible opportunity for the Church worldwide, to unite in prayer so that our family, friends and neighbours will come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ for themselves. One of our Key themes for Thy Kingdom Come is prayer and care. As we are praying for those we love to come to know the hope and love of Christ we also are encouraging all to see how they can show God’s love towards them. By caring for them. Here are 5 ideas on how we can care and love those we know, even when we are socially distanced:                                        1. Keep up contact. Make a phone call, send an email, letter or card saying that you are praying for them at this time                         2. Keep an eye out for the anniversaries of life events. Make that phone call to let people know you care.                                                             3. Send a small gift or book purchased on line, maybe insert life words etc.                                       4. Serve where you can in delivering groceries or medications.                                                  5. Make sure the people you pray for know how much you value them by whatever means you can find.

* Virtual services

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online/virtual-services/virtual-services

*Canon Jessica Martin has a daily reflection on Ely cathedral web-site https://www.elycathedral.org/worship-at-home/daily-reflections

*From Bishop Dagmar of Huntingdon

Sunday Reflection https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNTXQ0WgBGVbVCQmPz6ILXvrZ14lsYo2z

 

Free Telephone Church Service

Daily HOPE. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

Callers hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options.

 

Christian Aid Week 10th–16th May

We know of £630 sent from our parishes

Thank You

 

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