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

7th Sunday of Easter

24 May 2020, 12:30 a.m.

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 Jesus’ instructions to His disciples before he ascended into heaven. He told them that they were to be His witnesses first in Jerusalem, then in Judea and Samaria and finally to the ends of the earth. Then, after Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples returned to Jerusalem where they stayed and devoted themselves to prayer. (Acts 1v6-14)

Prayer for 7th Sunday of Easter: Eternal God, giver of love and power, send your holy spirit to comfort, strengthen and confirm in us Jesus’ mission: to go out into the world to preach the gospel of His kingdom; and live the good news we proclaim. 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.