The ASCENSION EUCHARIST on behalf of the Friday Parish Hall congregation is being celebrated at home by Rev James Hair at 10.00am today.

Readings: Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:44-53

COLLECT FOR ASCENSION DAY
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

REFLECTION By Rev James Hair
The Acts reading seems to be particularly pertinent, “Lord are you going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?”
Restore is about looking back.
Some people want things back as they were pre-Covid.
We wait for the time when churches will re open and normal service will resume.
The Ascension is about a new way of being in the Kingdom with Christ, and what the eleven expected and hoped for was not what they got.
They were told, according to the Gospel passage, to wait until they were clothed with power from on high.
Whatever happens, it will be different, we are required to stay alert, a command from our Lord, not the government.
Stay alert, wait, pray and listen, because He is with us, even to the end of time.

HYMN
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God

 

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

DOCTORS: Damian Mayo, Jenny Mayo, Charlotte Cox
NURSES: Caroline Frost, Penny Hensman, Ruth Tunski, Jenny Olding, Stephanie Smith
POLICE: Tom Wrenn, Scott Brodrick (RN)
FUNERAL DIRECTORS: Ian Parker
NURSING HOMES: Jemma Frizelle
RETAIL AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Chris Jones (Sainsbury’s home delivery driver), Christine Horton (BP Garage, Portchester), Nick Knight (Tescos at Cosham), Natalie Ejemai (Tescos at Fratton) Debbie Foster and
Wendy Castle at Morrisons, Horndean, Keith Fleming-Brown (preparing hot meals for distribution to the
community)and Mark and Wendy Pyatt (delivering food through Portchester Community Centre to the community)

If you have a special prayer request we will put this on the page and ask for your prayers. Contact the Vicar on irev@ymail.com or phone 02392 375422.

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