This week, Sunday 5 June, there will be an open air church service of Holy Communion to give thanks for HM The Queen and her lifetime of service, and to celebrate Pentecost, at 10am in the churchyard at St Mary’s, Horne. This will be insde the church if wet. And as always, there is an online service here, too, which this week is led by the Revd Nicholas Calver
To follow today’s service just click on the arrow here and find the words below.
Come down, O Love divine,
Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
Let holy charity
Mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.
And so the yearning strong,
With which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the pow’r of human telling;
Nor can we guess its grace,
till we become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Let your ways be known upon earth.
Your saving power among the nations.
We gather together to worship God and in thanksgiving for the seventy years of faithful service of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth. We give thanks for her example of faithfulness to God and to her people, and, on this Pentecost Sunday, we pray that God would strengthen her by his Holy Spirit and guide both her, and us, to walk in the light of the Spirit all the days of our life.
we give you thanks for the reign of your servant Elizabeth our Queen,
and for the example of loving and faithful service
which she has shown among us.
Help us to follow her example of dedication
and to commit our lives to you and to one another,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray:
The Collect for Pentecost
God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
The Gospel reading is from John 14: 25-27
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Talk by Revd Nicholas Calver
Act of Dedication
As we give thanks for Her Majesty’s service to us all,
let us dedicate our own lives once again
to the love and service of God and neighbour:
Lord of our lives and Father of all,
grant that our thanksgiving
may prove itself in service
to you and to our Queen,
our country and one another,
for your Name’s sake.
The National Anthem
God save our gracious Queen,
long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.
Send her victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us:
God save the Queen
Thy choicest gifts in store
on her be pleased to pour,
long may she reign:
may she defend our laws,
and ever give us cause
to sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen!
God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest;
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth,
and all humankind, peace and concord;
and to us and all his servants, life everlasting;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
Urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
Sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.
Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
Speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
Teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive Your people’s praise.
Lord, for our land in this our generation,
Spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
For young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.
Lord, for our world when we disown and doubt you,
Loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
Hungry and helpless, lost indeed without you:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.
Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us –
Self on the cross and Christ upon the throne,
Past put behind us, for the future take us:
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.
© Timothy Dudley-Smith, 9 Ashlands, Ford, Salisbury, SP4 6DY
Used by permission
Organist: Peter Nye
Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.