Easter Day is over but we continue to celebrate Easter each Sunday until Pentecost. We read of Jesus meeting his disciples. Today Jesus appears to Thomas. Thomas is known as ‘doubting’ but Thomas wanted evidence. We have to have a deeper faith, we cannot see, hear or touch Jesus. Yet we do, each day. We encounter Jesus in the phone call from a friend, in a smile from a neighbour as we pass on our daily exercise. Jesus shows us his love as he did to Thomas in these uncertain, unsettling times.
I go back to the remarks that I made in the second service I sent out. This Sunday would normally have been a communion service where we share bread and wine to remember Jesus. People may wish to read the passage below from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians then share bread and wine if they have company at the table, else just do this simple act and pray that we will gather again as soon as possible. You can read as much or as little of this service as you wish. Links to three hymns recorded by Steve Goodwin are included. A simple act of worship would be to light a candle at your normal worship time, say the Lord’s prayer, pray for the world and those you are concerned about and then say the prayer for all affected by Coronavirus at the bottom of this email.
The service sheet is attached below
With love, peace and prayers to all our congregation
Reverend John Spiers
The Institution of the Lord’s Supper
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Keep us, Good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from you love in Christ Jesus our Lord