Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Church Service on Sunday, January 3, 2021

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.

If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. 
We have seen his glory, 
the glory of the one and only Son, 
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

The readings for this second Sunday after Christmas Day:

Psalm:  Psalm 147:12-20
First Reading:  Jeremiah 31:7-14
Second Reading:  Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel: John 1:10-18


Collect:
God of power and life,
you are the glory of all who believe in you.
Fill the world with your splendour
and show the nations the light
of your truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Friday, 25 December 2020

Church Service on Sunday, December 27, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.

If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 

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picture of small red bird flying

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
 you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
  kings of the earth and all nations,

    you princes and all rulers on earth,
  young men and women,
    old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
 And he has raised up for his people a horn,

    the praise of all his faithful servants,
    of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.

                                                           Psalm 148:7-14


The readings for this first Sunday after Christmas Day:

Psalm:  Psalm 148
First Reading:  Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Second Reading:  Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel:  Luke 2:22-40


Collect:
Almighty God,
you have shed upon us the new light
of your incarnate Word.
Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts,
may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Monday, 21 December 2020

Church Services on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25, 2020

 Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We look forward to seeing you on for our special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

  • Thursday, Dec. 24th at 6:30pm - Christmas Eve Service
  • Friday, Dec. 25th at 10:00am -   Christmas Day Service (All Age Service)
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“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:14

beautiful black madonna and baby Jesus

JESUS MAFA. Virgin and Child, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48380 [retrieved December 20, 2020]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact). 


Psalm:  Psalm 96
First reading:  Isaiah 9:2-7
Second reading:  Titus 2:11-14
Gospel reading:  Luke 2:1-14, 15-20

The collect for Christmas Day:

God our Father,

your Word has come among us

in the Holy Child of Bethlehem.

Grant that the light of faith

may illumine our hearts

and shine in our words and deeds;

through him who is Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Monday, 14 December 2020

Church Service on Sunday, December 20, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.

If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 

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But the angel said to her, 
“Do not be afraid, Mary; 
you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son, 
and you are to call him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called 
the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him 
the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; 
his kingdom will never end.”
                                                                         Luke 1:30-33



The lectionary readings for this fourth Sunday of Advent are:

First reading:  2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Second reading: Romans 16:25-27 
Gospel:  Luke 1:26-38


Collect:
Heavenly Father,
you chose the Virgin Mary,
full of grace,
to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour.
Fill us with your grace,
that in all things
we may embrace your will,
and with her rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 7 December 2020

Church Service on Sunday, December 13, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.

If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.
                                             Isaiah 61:1-3


The lectionary readings for this third Sunday of Advent are:

Psalm:  Psalm 126
First reading:  Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Second reading:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 
Gospel:  John 1:6-8, 19-28 


Collect:
God of power and mercy,
you call us once again
to celebrate the coming of your Son.
Remove those things which hinder love of you,
that when he comes
he may find us waiting
in awe and wonder for him;
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 30 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, December 6, 2020

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.

If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 

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A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

                                                  Isaiah 40:3-5


The lectionary readings for this second Sunday of Advent are:

First reading:  Isaiah 40:1-11
Second reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a 
Gospel:  Mark 1:1-8


Collect:
Almighty God,
you sent your servant John the Baptist
to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah.
Inspire the ministers and stewards of your truth
to turn our disobedient hearts to you,
that when the Christ shall come again
to be our judge
we may stand with confidence before his glory;
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 29, 2020

 Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.

If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 

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Restore us, O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.

                                 Psalm 80:3



The lectionary readings for this first Sunday of Advent are:

First reading:  Isaiah 64:1-9
Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel:  Mark 13:24-37


Collect:
Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away
the works of darkness
and put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ
came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge both the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 16 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 22, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.


If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 


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The lectionary readings for this twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 95:1-7
First reading:  Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24
Second reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
Gospel:  Matthew 25:31-46

The Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
it is your will to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son,
our Lord and King.
Grant that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together
under his gentle and loving rule;
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 15, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.


If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 


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“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’"  Matthew 25:28-30


The lectionary readings for this twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost are:

First reading:  Zephaniah 1:7;12-18
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel:  Matthew 25:14-30


The Collect:

Almighty God,
you sent your Son Jesus Christ
to be the light of the world.
Free us from all that darkens and ensnares us,
and bring us to eternal light and joy;
through the power of him
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 8, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.


If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 


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"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!"  Amos 5:24


The lectionary readings for this twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 70
First reading:  Amos 5:18-24
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel:  Matthew 25:1-13


The Collect:

Eternal God,
you caused all holy scriptures
to be written for our learning.
Grant us so to hear them,
read, mark, learn,
and inwardly digest them,
that we may embrace and ever hold fast
the blessed hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us
in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 1, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.


If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 


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"Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory".  1 Thessalonians 2:9-12


The lectionary readings for this twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 43
First reading:  Micah 3:5-12
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Gospel:  Matthew 23:1-12


The Collect:

Almighty God,
your servant Abraham obeyed your call,
rejoicing in your promise
that in him all the families of the earth
should be blessed.
Give us faith like his,
that in us your promises may be fulfilled;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Church Service on Sunday, October 25 , 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.


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Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, 

the Pharisees got together. 

One of them, an expert in the law, 

tested him with this question: 

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart

 and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 

This is the first and greatest commandment. 

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


The lectionary readings for this twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 1
First reading:  Leviticus 19:1-2; 15-18
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Gospel:  Matthew 22:34-46


The Collect:

O God our redeemer,

you heard the cry of your people,

and sent your servant Moses

to lead them out of slavery.

Free us from the tyranny of sin and death,

and by the leading of your Spirit

bring us to our promised land;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.