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

6th Sunday of Easter

17 May 2020, 10 a.m.
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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 instructed his disciples to do. He told them that if they loved him they would keep his commandments. And if they kept his commandments they would live and the Father would love them and send the Holy Spirit to them so they would not be alone. Today, we are invited to show that we love Jesus by keeping his commandments and if we do not only will we live forever but we shall also be loved by Jesus’ father and receive from the Father the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Sunday Gospel - John14v15-21)

Prayer for 6th Sunday of Easter Lord God, deliver us from the powers of darkness, by the death of your son. Give us thirst for the water that Jesus gives: the water of eternal life, water from the spring of life; water from the source of all goodness. Call us to life in your presence and eternal joy in the Kingdom of his son. 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.