Great St Mary, Sawbridgeworth
Jesus left this earth and returned to his Father, ascending into heaven to take his throne over all dominions and powers.
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The Act of Worship on Sunday 24th (Easter-7)
In her message this week The Revd. Debbie Hore talks of receiving a lot of “Thank you's” from folk who have enjoyed taking part in our streamed Acts of Worship. Your support and encouragement are very much appreciated. So I was delighted to receive an email from a lady who was born and bred in Sawbridgeworth. For the full message and for details of Thy Kingdom Come 2021 click here.
She introduces the service by explaining that in
our Gospel this week, before ascending to heaven, Jesus prays for his
Disciples: “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”. (John 17.3). All our life we
struggle to know God, through words and parables, and through the world
which he has entrusted to us. At no stage can we say that we understand
God. Saint Augustine wrote: “God is not what you imagine or think you
understand. If you understand him, you have failed. My human mission is
to seek him through every means, and to remain a God-seeker until the
day when he reveals himself to me face to face.”
An Act of Worship for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Welcome and Introduction Gathering Before God
You are invited to light a candle, reminding us that we are in God’s presence. We are in the presence of the Living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Call to Worship: based on Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35
Holy God, called to worship you, we come, but we
come deeply grounded in the “real” world
Hope-giving God, called to praise you, we come, but we
also bring the pain of people’s
hopelessness to God.
Faithful God, called to honour you, we come, but we
also carry the grief of the world’s
orphans, the widows and the strangers in our midst, all of whom need
your justice, your mercy, your grace and your blessings.
Hymn: Shine, Jesus Shine
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.
Bible Readings: Acts 1.6-14 & John 17.1-11
Hymn: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
An act of spiritual Communion
We give thanks for the saving death and
resurrection of Jesus
Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
Anthem - St Richard’s Prayer (Forbes L’Estrange), sung by the Choral Scholars of St Martin's
The Lord’s Prayer
Keep watch, dear Lord,
Tend the sick, Give
rest to the weary,
Yours Lord, is the greatness, the power,
Yours Lord is the kingdom: you are exalted as
head over all.
SOME SAD NEWS...
Last Sunday Debbie told us that our dear friend and brother, Nick Bright, has passed from this world to the next.
Thursday 21st was Ascension Day and the Launch of Thy Kingdom Come 2020 Click here for what Debbie says about this.
An Act of Worship from Ascension Day with a very special guest preacher...
For details of
THY KINGDOM COME 2020 click here
For details of THY KINGDOM COME 2020 click here
Click HERE or on the poster above for full details of what help we are offering
The Licensing of Father Simon was scheduled to take place on the 20th May 2020 at 7.30pm in Great St Mary's but, because of the current emergency, we now have some further news:
Announcement from Churchwardens Anthony and Shona....
Arrival of Father Simon Vivien and Family
Along with Debbie, we received a call from Bishop Michael putting to us the logistical issues associated with Simon’s move at this time, (removal firms shut) and the importance of leaving (farewells) and arriving (welcoming) in the right way.
As a consequence, he would like to reschedule Simon and family’s move to Sawbridgeworth. Bishop Michael assured us this will take place as soon as possible once things return to (new) normal.
Do please share this news as widely as you can as we aren’t all yet connected to the ‘corporate’ email system.
With our prayers and best wishes to you all.Anthony and Shona.
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