Sunday 18 October

Before we start…

We invite you to join the live zoom service at 10am. After the service, you are welcome to stay on and enjoy a coffee together in “breakout rooms”.

Please remain muted throughout except where directed otherwise. Before the service starts, this gives us an opportunity to wait on God in silence.

Introduction (Simon)

Good morning and welcome to the Church of the Holy Spirit.

This is the first time for me and maybe others here today, that I have been in Church for a service for over 6 months. And it’s not the same, we have cameras, an online presence, screens showing not just notices but people at home. Things are different, and it will be that things will be different forever. Some things we hope and pray will come back to us, I miss hugs, and being able to choose who to be with both inside and out and lots of other things. Things are different, and difference causes change.

When Jesus called his disciples to follow him, as he calls us now and every day, things were different from that moment on. Jesus’ words help us reflect on things, perhaps we think on the things the disciples hoped would come back to them, the jobs they left, their homes, maybe some of their friends. In the end the greatest difference they faced and we do comes at the end of our lives. In all these differences Jesus is on both sides. He stretches across the differences we face. He reaches from the side of eternal life to the side of passing life. After Jesus had passed from the disciples lives, he continued and still continues to reach across the difference in the bread and wine. What we can do in return of our God reaching out to us, is to praise him, praise him with our fleeting lives and our all too short song.

Let us sing to him now…

Song (Paul / Simon)

Confession (Simon)

Confession is a free gift, to set us free, free to wholeheartedly love, to love Jesus and one another and ourselves, free to forgive as we have been forgiven, free to have an open and close relationship with God, with our neighbour and with our true selves, our true being. If you want this free gift then pray together with me now:

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Absolution (Tom)

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Birthdays (Simon)

I know of one birthday this coming week of Mary Campbell. We pray for Mary and any others we know of that have celebrations this coming week, may God shine brightly in your life, and may the loving plans of God be celebrated in a world that he has overcome.

Let us sing ‘you shine’ together now:

Medley (Paul / Simon)

The Collect (Simon)

Faithful Lord,
Whose steadfast love never ceases
And whose mercies never come to an end:
Grant us the grace to trust you
And to receive the gifts of your love,
New every morning,
In Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen.

Bible Readings (Tricia)

Tricia is our Bible reader for today. The readings are Isaiah 45.1–7 and Matthew 22.15–22.

Sermon (Tom)

Tom is preaching live today here at Church of the Holy Spirit (transcript). Let’s pray for Tom now…

The Creed

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions (Sandra)

Sandra is going to lead us in our prayers now (transcript).

The Peace (Everyone)

The peace of God is boundless, and will reach us wherever we are, to bond us brothers and sisters together and so I can confidently say:

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

The Great Thanksgiving Prayer (Tom)

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise
through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word,
through whom you have created all things;
who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh;
as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin,
he lived on earth and went about among us;
he opened wide his arms for us on the cross;
he put an end to death by dying for us;
and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life;
so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (Tom)

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread (Tom)

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Communion (Tom)

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

This song plays during communion

Prayer after Communion (Tom)

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out
in the power of your Spirit
to live and work
to your praise and glory.
Amen.

Song (Paul / Tom)

Conclusion and blessing (Tom / Rosemary)

May the Father
from whom every family in earth and heaven receives its name
strengthen you with his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith:
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.


If you’re joining us real-time but were not on the zoom call, do consider joining us for coffee via zoom breakout rooms. Click here.


Some music taken from Worship Lyric Videos – all rights reserved.