Sunday, 22 May 2022

Church Service on Sunday, May 29, 2022

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n your homes.

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Saget, Father George. Ascension, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56518 [retrieved April 17, 2022]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KeurMoussaAutel.jpg. 

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany,

he lifted up his hands and blessed them.

While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Luke 24:50-53




The readings for this Ascension of our Lord

Psalm:  Psalm 47
First Reading:  Acts 1:1-11
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:44-53


Collect:

Almighty God,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
ascended far above all heavens
that he might fill all things.
Grant that your Church on earth
may be filled with his presence
and that he may remain with us always,
to the end of the world;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Church Service on Sunday, May 22, 2022

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May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us
 so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Psalm 67:1-7


The readings for this Sixth Sunday of Easter:

Psalm:  Psalm 67
First Reading:  Acts 16:9-15
Second Reading: Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Gospel Reading: John 14:23-29


Collect:

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass all understanding.
Pour into our hearts such love toward you,
that we, loving you above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Church Service on Sunday, May 15, 2022

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The readings for this Fifth Sunday of Easter:

Psalm:  Psalm 148
First Reading:  Acts 11:1-18
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel Reading: John 13:31-35


Collect:

Living God,
so teach us to know you
through your Son Jesus Christ,
that we may walk in harmony with his will,
and share the power of his eternal life;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Monday, 2 May 2022

Church Service on Sunday, May 08, 2022

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All the angels were standing around the throne

and around the elders and the four living creatures.

They fell down on their faces before the throne

and worshiped God, saying:

 

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”




The readings for this Fourth Sunday of Easter:

Psalm:  Psalm 23
First Reading:  Acts 9:36-43
Second Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
Gospel Reading: John 10:22-30


Collect:

God of peace,
who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of an eternal covenant,
make us perfect in goodness
so that we may do your will;
and create in us what is pleasing to you;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Monday, 25 April 2022

Church Service on Sunday, May 01, 2022

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I will exalt you, Lord,
    for you lifted me out of the depths
    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
    and you healed me.
    You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
    you spared me from going down to the pit.

Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
    praise his holy name.
    For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
    weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.


The readings for this Third Sunday of Easter:

Psalm:  Psalm 30
First Reading:  Acts 9:1-6
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel Reading: John 21:1-19


Collect:
God of life and love,
your Son made himself known to his disciples
in the breaking of bread.
Open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in his redeeming work,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.




Monday, 18 April 2022

Church Service on Sunday, April 24, 2022

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The readings for this Second Sunday of Easter:

Psalm:  Psalm 118:14-29
First Reading:  Acts 5:27-32
Second Reading: Revelation 1:4-8
Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31


Collect:
Almighty and eternal God,
the strength of those who believe
and the hope of those who doubt,
may we, who have not seen, have faith
and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.




Monday, 11 April 2022

Church Service on Sunday, April 17, 2022

Note:  While we will not hold a Good Friday service at ARDA this week on April 15th, CHS is providing online Worship Resources you can use in your homes.  Please follow this link to reach them. 

We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, April 17th, when we will meet at ARDA for an Easter Sunday service (following strict safety precautions).

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Resurrection of Christ, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56588 [retrieved April 11, 2022]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:0000_Mosaics_of_Resurrection_of_Christ.JPG - Eugenio Hansen, OFS. 


Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,
 “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
John 20:16


The readings for this Easter Sunday:

Psalm:  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
First Reading:  Acts 10:34-43
Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Gospel Reading:  John 20:1-18


Collect
Lord of life and power,
through the mighty resurrection of your Son,
you have overcome death
and opened the gate of everlasting life.
Grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory,
who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday, 3 April 2022

Church Service on Sunday, April 10, 2022

Please note: Because of the current COVID situation, we will not be meeting at ARDA this week. Instead, we invite you to access our online Worship Resources linked below.

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Morgner, Wilhelm, 1891-1917. Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54247 [retrieved February 20, 2022]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wilhelm_Morgner_001.jpg.


When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Luke 19:37-38


The readings for this sixth Sunday of Lent:

Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
First Reading:  Isaiah 50:4-9a
Second Reading:  Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel: Luke 19:28-40



Collect

Lord Jesus Christ,
on the first Palm Sunday
you entered the rebellious city
where you were to die.
Enter our hearts, we pray,
and subdue them to yourself.
And as your disciples blessed your coming
and spread garments and branches in your way,
make us ready to lay at your feet
all that we have and are,
that we too may bless your coming
in the name of the Lord.

Monday, 28 March 2022

Church Service on Sunday, April 03, 2022

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This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
    the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honor me,
    the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
  the people I formed for myself
    that they may proclaim my praise.

Isaiah 43:16-21


The readings for this fifth Sunday of Lent:

Psalm: Psalm 126
First Reading:  Isaiah 43:16-21
Second Reading:  Philippians 3:4b-14
Gospel: John 12:1-8



Collect:

Almighty God,
your Son came into the world
to free us all from sin and death.
Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit,
that we may be raised to new life in Christ,
and serve you in holiness and righteousness
all our days;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.





Sunday, 20 March 2022

Church Service on Sunday, March 27, 2022

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

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Murariu, Elena. Return of the Prodigal Son, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=59103 [retrieved February 20, 2022]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_return_of_the_prodigal_son,_Elena_Murariu.jpg.  


‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’

Luke 15:31


The readings for this fourth Sunday of Lent:

Psalm: Psalm 32
First Reading:  Joshua 5:9-12
Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32



Collect

Almighty God,
you have delivered us from the death of sin
and raised us to new life in your love,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ;
and in baptism you have made us one with him
so that now we are the children of light.
Grant that we may walk in his light
and show forth your glory in the world;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.




Monday, 14 March 2022

Church Service on Sunday, March 20, 2022

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

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You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

 I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63


The readings for this third Sunday of Lent:

Psalm: Psalm 63:1-8
First Reading:  Isaiah 55:1-9
Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9



Collect

Almighty God,
you give the water of eternal life
through Jesus Christ your Son.
May we always thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.


Monday, 7 March 2022

Church Service on Sunday, March 13, 2022

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One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:4-5


The readings for this second Sunday of Lent:

Psalm: Psalm 27
First Reading:  Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Second Reading:  Philippians 3:17-4:1
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35




Collect

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy
but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory
before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we,
walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other
than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Church Service on Sunday, March 06, 2022

Note:  We will resume face to face meetings this week at ARDA!

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The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’

Luke 4:5-8


The readings for this first Sunday of Lent:

Psalm: Psalm 91:1-2;9-16
First Reading:  Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Second Reading:  Romans 10:8-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13


Collect

Almighty God,
your Son Jesus Christ
fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are but did not sin.
Give us grace to discipline ourselves
in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Sunday, 27 February 2022

Church Service on Ash Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Please note: Because of the current COVID situation, we will not be meeting at ARDA for an Ash Wednesday Service. Instead, we invite you to access our online Worship Resources linked below.

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However, we are planning on resuming our face to face gatherings on March 06.

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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.

Please use the Worship Resources provided here (click on this link) for an Ash Wednesday Service.


Temptation of Christ, Stained glass, Priory Church, Bolton Abbey, UK

Medieval stained glass in churches had a two-fold purpose – partly to teach an illiterate congregation through pictures but also, more importantly, to create an image of heavenly glory in coloured light which would draw people’s eyes upwards to thoughts of heaven.  The great nineteenth century architect and artist, Augustus Pugin, who designed a large part of the Palace of Westminster, also designed this glass for Bolton Priory in 1851, continuing the medieval ideal by presenting the whole Gospel in thirty-six powerful scenes from the life of Jesus, from the Annunciation to Pentecost, against a background of intricate, jewel-bright colours, the intense blue being perhaps the most attractive of all.


 The readings for this Ash Wednesday


Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17
First Reading:  Joel 2:1-2; 12-17
Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6;16-21


Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God, 

you hate nothing you have made 

and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:

Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, 

that we, worthily lamenting our sins 

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, 

perfect remission and forgiveness; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 









Sunday, 20 February 2022

Church Service on Sunday, February 27, 2022

Please note: Because of the current COVID situation, we will not be meeting at ARDA this week. Instead, we invite you to access our online Worship Resources linked below.

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However, we are planning on resuming our face to face gatherings on March 06.

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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, due to Covid19 restrictions or any other reason you are encouraged to use the Worship Resources provided here (click on this link)* in your homes.

*Resources will be updated a few days before the service.



JESUS MAFA. Transfiguration, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48307 [retrieved January 3, 2022]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact). 


While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them,
and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
A voice came from the cloud, saying,
“This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone.
The disciples kept this to themselves
and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
Luke 9:34-36



The readings for this Transfiguration Sunday:

Psalm: Psalm 99
First Reading:  Exodus 34:29-35
Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36, 37-43a


Collect

God of light and truth,
open our eyes to the glory of your presence
in the world around us,
but chiefly in the face
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord;
that we may grow into his likeness,
and attain the happy fulfilment of our hope
when the splendour of the Saviour
will be revealed;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 14 February 2022

Church Service on Sunday, February 20, 2022

Please note: Because of the current COVID situation, we will not be meeting at ARDA this week. Instead, we invite you to access our online Worship Resources linked below.

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However, we are planning on resuming our face to face gatherings on March 06.

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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, due to Covid19 restrictions or any other reason you are encouraged to use the Worship Resources provided here (click on this link)* in your homes.

*Resources will be updated a few days before the service.


But to you who are listening I say:
Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek,
turn to them the other also.
If someone takes your coat,
do not withhold your shirt from them.
Give to everyone who asks you,
and if anyone takes what belongs to you,
do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Luke 6:27-31



The readings for this Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany:

Psalm: Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
First Reading:  Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Gospel: Luke 6:27-38


Collect

Almighty God,
your Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving love.
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.