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.

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Church Service on Sunday, February 13, 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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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 blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.

Jeremiah 17:7-8


The readings for this Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany:

Psalm: Psalm 1
First Reading:  Jeremiah 17:5-10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Gospel: Luke 6:17-26


Collect

Almighty and ever-living God,
your Son Jesus Christ healed the sick
and restored them to wholeness of life.
Look with compassion
on the anguish of the world
and by your power make whole
all peoples and nations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.