Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

5th Sunday of Easter

10 May 2020, midnight

Opening Prayer Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Prayer Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they 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 them that trespass against us. Deliver us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

A Thought for Today Today we reflect on what Jesus told his disciples before he died on the cross. In reply to questions about where he was going, Jesus said he was going to his father’s house, where there are lots of rooms, to prepare a place for his disciples and then he would return for them. When the disciples said they did not know the way Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life”. Today, we are invited to be disciples of Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life. Today we are invited to join Jesus when he returns and to go with him to his father’s house and to stay in rooms prepared by Him.

Prayer for 5th Sunday of Easter Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father. Amen

Prayer of blessing May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Closing Note This message is sent to you with love and prayers as: a word of encouragement and a sign of hope in these quite extraordinary times.