Collect for the day
Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
EPISTLE READING: A READING FROM THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO TIMOTHY
CHAPTER 3. VERSES 14 – 17 , CHAPTER 4. VERSES 1 – 5
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry our your ministry fully.
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongues with songs of joy.
3 Then said they among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them”.
4 The Lord has indeed done great things for us, and therefore we rejoiced.
5 Restore again our fortunes, O Lord, as the river beds of the desert.
6 Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy.
7 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed will come back with shouts of joy, bearing their sheaves with them.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
The Gospel Reading
HEAR THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, ACCORDING TO JOHN CHAPTER 5 VERSES 36- 47
Glory to you O Lord
But I have a testimony greater than John´s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.
You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father´s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you O Christ.
Please remember in your prayers, all those of our community who are unwell, or who have asked for our prayers.
Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, those whose anniversary falls at this time and those who still mourn their passing.
God of all grace, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of life and the word of his kingdom: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your true and living bread; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Welcome to all our visitors today
Regrettably, at the moment, we will be giving communion in one kind (the bread only) because of the pandemic situation. Please be assured that this is considered by the Anglican Church as full participation in the sacrament
Because of Covid 19 regulations, we are unable to pass round the offertory collection plate. We would therefore ask you to place your offertory in the basket provided as you leave church. Many thanks.