HOLY COMMUNION FOR SUNDAY 10 MAY
A Service of Holy Communion for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, led by Revd Canon Jonathan Baker with Revd Wendy Wale (Reflection), Revd Tim Kelly (Reading), Peter Mounstephen (Intercessions), and musical contributions from Alison and Nick Wise, Rachel and Niamh Collins, Izzy Dodds, and Sammy Dent
Accompanying Service Sheet: LINK >
Minster Sunday School
Jonathan and Nell (helped by Maisie) have a talk and a craft activity for our young ones to enjoy!
Jonathan shares some notices
DAILY PRAYER FOR SATURDAY 9 MAY
Psalm 98: 1-6
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
Praise my Soul the King of Heaven LINK >
I was challenged the other day to practice being grateful, especially in these times when the news can often be difficult and overwhelming. I am grateful for sunshine, friendship, health, my home and family….the list goes on.
This Psalm reminded me of the Thursday evening claps for the NHS. A young girl in our street is learning the saxophone and she loudly blasts out the notes she’s learnt….a few more each week- as dogs bark, saucepans are banged and waves and cheers lift everyone’s spirits. Gratitude shifts our focus and helps us keep perspective. When we praise God, we are reminded that although we feel out of control, He remains our King, the Lord.
Spend some time writing a list or drawing a picture or sharing with a friend, all the things you are grateful for today.
As you sing along to Praise my Soul the King of Heaven – let God hear your prayer of praise….
Make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
DAILY PRAYER FOR FRIDAY 8 MAY
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.”
Do not be Afraid for I will go with you. LINK >
Reflection: Faith in a time of Crisis
Jesus is speaking to His disciples shortly before His death and resurrection. He is assuring them that God will not abandon them even though they may feel lost and alone. He knows that in the coming days their lives will be completely turned upside down, everything will change and their faith will be severely tested.
The disciples may not fully grasp all that Jesus is saying about the future, but they have the assurance that He is promising them a permanent existence lived in fellowship with Him – a relationship that transcends death and the hope of an abiding and a permanent home with God.
In times of crisis and uncertainty it is that trust and that belief that makes the unbearable bearable. It is that glimmer of light in the darkness that assures us that God is with us. God is our constant even when everything else in our life may be uncertain.
Lord when we are afraid may we hear your words of peace.
When we are in darkness may we see your eternal Light.
When our faith is tested and weak may we know your abiding and loving presence.
In the security of your love may we find our home, hope and refuge. Amen.
In Heavenly love Abiding LINK >
DAILY PRAYER FOR THURSDAY 7 MAY
John 12 v.46
I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.
Lord the light of Your love is shining LINK >
Light is beautiful and mysterious – like God. It is one but can be separated into many colours. Light has many functions. It helps us to see things – Jesus shows us what God is like. It guides us when we travel – Jesus leads us to The Father. It promotes growth and life – Jesus brings us everlasting life. It warms and comforts us – we are accepted, welcomed and loved by God. Light dispels darkness – Jesus is the Light of the World, and when we turn to him, God shines his face upon us.
Lord you are the Light that the darkness can never conquer. Pour your light into our lives today. Pour your light into all the areas of the world where you are most needed, needed to guide, to promote life and growth, and to bring comfort, love and assurance. Amen
DAILY PRAYER FOR TUESDAY 5 MAY
John 10 22-30
Loving Shepherd of thy sheep keep thy lamb, in safety keep. LINK >
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.
No one will snatch them out of my hand.
We hear the voice of our great shepherd king, loving us and reassuring us that we are utterly safe within his love. In this time of fear and uncertainty and isolation we can be comforted by knowing that we will always be within his great love, nothing can take us away from him not even death. Jesus is supremely confident of this because he knows that he and the Father are one.
His voice calls us and leads us on. He shepherds us, his sheep, and we are together, in his flock, even though we are physically apart at present.
Loving shepherd help us to hear your voice afresh every day.
We praise and thank you for your glorious eternal love which will never desert us.
Please help us to realise that these difficult days will one day be over and that your love will sustain us now and forever. Amen
DAILY PRAYER FOR MONDAY 4 MAY
John 10. 11-18
When Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd he is tapping deep into his people’s past with a powerful image of God’s love and care for us. ‘The Lord’s my shepherd, I shall not want’. In this passage the good shepherd is marked out by two qualities in particular that false shepherds do not possess. Firstly he knows his sheep and secondly he is willing to die to protect them. They are closely interlinked. We may feel that we are known by many people but there is much that we hide even from those closest to us and even from ourselves. They are usually the bits we find unattractive. But the Good Shepherd knows us as we truly are and is still willing to lay down his life for us. If we ponder that for just a moment it is the most wonderful good news.
The King of love, my shepherd is LINK >
Jesus, Good Shepherd, you know me and lead me in ways that are true and peaceful. You have given your life for me even when I have turned my back on you and sought me out when I strayed. Help me always to put my trust in you, in the dark places and by the still waters. Amen
HOLY COMMUNION FOR SUNDAY 3 MAY
A Service of Holy Communion for the Fourth Sunday of Easter with Revd Wendy Wale presiding, Revd Canon Jonathan Baker preaching, and contributions from Rod and Louise McPhee, Becky Hunt, Libby Burgess, Revd Anne Almond, Alice and Nick Wise
Accompanying Service Sheet: LINK >
Minster Sunday School
Claire Wilmoth tells us about the story of the Good Shepherd, and has some craft activities for our young ones to enjoy!
Jonathan shares some notices VIDEO LINK >
DAILY PRAYER FOR SATURDAY 2 MAY
Bible Passage John 6: 60-69
Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Song : What do I do? (Nick and Anita Haigh) LINK >
Peter’s words are full of anguish. Jesus’ teaching at this point was hard for the disciples to understand, and many ‘turned back and no longer went about with him’. Peter himself was probably wondering where following Jesus might take him; Jesus wasn’t turning out to be the kind of Messiah Peter was expecting.
But what was the alternative? Having encountered Jesus and trusted him, it wasn’t possible to go back to how life was before meeting Jesus as if nothing had happened. ‘To whom can we go?’
Have you ever wondered whether to throw in the towel where God is concerned? Have you ever been tempted to conclude that if there is a God, he doesn’t care about you, or that he can’t help you with any of your difficulties? Has your faith not led you where you expected?
But we face the same dilemma as Peter. What is the alternative? Where else will we find an explanation for both the beauty and the ugliness of the world? Where else will we find resources for loving, giving, and hoping in a world of cynicism and despair? Where else will we be assured of forgiveness, acceptance, and unconditional love?
Most people give up on God because it’s hard, not because they’ve found something better. Jesus holds you in his loving gaze and asks you the same question: ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ How do you answer him?
Lord, there are many things I do not understand, and you sometimes lead me where I do not want to go. Refresh me with your words of eternal life, and help me to believe and know that whatever happens, you are still the Holy One of God. Amen.
DAILY PRAYER FOR FRIDAY 1 MAY
In returning and in rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength (Isaiah 30:15) LINK >
Lord I come to you (The power of your love) LINK >
We all reach the limits of our human resourcefulness in different ways. This becomes particularly evident in difficult or stressful times when our strength and resourcefulness ebbs away and we try to keep going on empty batteries.
How often we forget that we can choose to open up and allow the love of Jesus to fill our lives with the power of the Holy Spirit!
Lord, I want to make the words of the song above, my own own prayer. Give me courage to rest in you and let you be at work in my life today.
DAILY PRAYER FOR THURSDAY 30 APRIL
John 6:44-51 LINK >
I am the bread of life LINK >
This is part of a longer conversation in Chapter 6 (verses 22 – 58). Once again Jesus finds himself at odds with the religious leaders as they argue about his claim to have come from heaven (v.38, 42), and once again he says, ‘Believe’ (v.47, see v.29, 35). That’s all he is asking, so simple and yet so hard. What he was saying didn’t add up, it didn’t make sense. How could he have come from heaven, how could he feed them, how could he give them eternal life, and in any case who did he think he was?
For us, it may seem that the sufficiency of belief is too easy so we try to add conditions – do this, don’t do that, and so on. Jesus says clearly, ‘In very truth I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life’. What that means in practice is worked out over a lifetime, but belief is where it starts.
Lord, I believe, please help my unbelief. Amen.
DAILY PRAYER FOR WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL
Proverbs 8 v.10
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
God I look to you LINK >
Wisdom can be described as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. I always think it’s about making decisions now, that we will be happy with later. Now, as always, God wants to be involved in our decisions, and to give us wisdom as to how to make the most of our time, in these unusual circumstances.
Love, care and compassion for each other is holding us within the safety of our homes. As we have precious time to bask in your presence, give us wisdom to still find ways of reaching out to others and ways of serving each other.
For Your Names sake. Amen.
DAILY PRAYER FOR TUESDAY 28 APRIL
John 6:30-35 LINK >
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart LINK >
“I am the bread of life”
Bread, we take it for granted. We can go into the baker’s shop and choose from many different kinds. One of the pleasures of a foreign holiday is discovering the different breads on sale there. First century Palestine grew a lot of grain and bread was a staple food in that economy. But its not a staple everywhere so what can the bread of life mean to Christians for whom rice, or yam or plantains is their main crop. Maybe they hear I am the rice of life or I am the manioc of life.
As Christians wherever we are we all hear Jesus say I am the staple of your life. I am that on which you can utterly depend. Jesus is the staple of our life who nourishes us in every way and in more ways than we can count.
Lord Jesus, help us to see you in all the parts of our lives, to know deep in our hearts that you love and cherish us far beyond what we can imagine, and to understand that we can utterly depend on you.
We praise and bless you for being the staple of our lives. Amen
DAILY PRAYER FOR MONDAY 27 APRIL
John 6. 25-29 LINK >
Hymn: Brother, sister, let me serve you LINK >
The word ‘essential’ has come to dominate our vocabulary in recent weeks. Only essential shops and services are open and we are urged to travel only when it is essential. And maybe our whole idea of what is ‘essential’ to life is gradually changing. Jesus speaks this morning about choosing what is essential. The crowd has followed him after the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 but Jesus challenges them not follow him simply to get another free meal but to receive ‘food that endures for eternal life’. We are learning about essentials; an income, food and a roof over our heads and, most of all, good relationships that we can trust in and which will sustain us even in hard times. This reflects what Jesus said to the crowd who followed him. ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ It is the very core of the Gospel that a living relationship with God is there for us through Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for all the relationships which sustain us and give us joy. May we give them the priority in our lives that they deserve. As we receive so may we give, enriching the bonds between us. Above all help us to deepen our relationship with you through the risen Christ that we may know ourselves truly yours. Amen
HOLY COMMUNION FOR SUNDAY 26 APRIL
A Service of Holy Communion for the Third Sunday of Easter with Revd Canon Jonathan Baker (President), Revd Tim Kelly (Reflection), David Lock (Reading), Ian Merryweather (Intercessions), and musical contributions by Rod and Louise McPhee, Rachel, Edward and Samuel Dent, and Catherine Marsh
Accompanying Service Sheet: LINK >
Minster Sunday School
Ben, Sarah and Isla tell the story of The Road to Emmaus and show us how to make flatbreads!
(Recorded prior to 20/4/20)
Jonathan shares some notices