7th Sunday of Easter - The sunday after Ascension Day

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Thy Kingdom Come
We’ll all have our personal dreams relating to the restrictions we’re
subject to at this time because of the Coronavirus pandemic. I wonder
what you most hope for at the moment? For some of us in self-isolation
it will be the ability to go beyond our homes for the first time, for others
it may be the opportunity to travel further afield and visit family or
friends, for others still it is the news that they have a job to go back to
after lockdown. For Mark and I, the thing we most desire right now is to
be able to pick up our little grandson Harry and give him lots of hugs.
What of hope for our Church life though? We’d all like this to grow and
flourish and we’d like to be able to use our churches for worship again.
Since lockdown they have been closed and our worship has all been on
line, streamed via Zoom. It has been a steep learning curve for those of
us leading worship. Some of us love worship like this, some don’t and, of
course, sadly not everyone has been able to access worship like this
easily. However, at the same time something quite amazing has
happened. Here, and widespread across other benefices, attendance has
increased, significantly so at festivals such as Good Friday and Ascension
Day. Furthermore, as our streamed worship is cross benefice worship it
has brought our benefice together more readily and speedily than we
could ever have imagined would be possible.
The ten day period between Ascension and Pentecost that we’re
currently in has become a particular time in the church year when
Christians across the different denominations pray together for ‘ Thy
Kingdom (to) Come.’ One of the signs of the Kingdom is growth in
community. What this current time is showing us is that our hope for
church growth can become reality. We now know that it will include
church and worship in forms we never imagined possible– but it can
happen, and it is happening. Let’s praise God for that, Alleluia, Alleuia!
Rev Carol
Join us each day to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. We
have services streamed every day and you can download
the app of the daily Services (including an audio version)
Services today
10.30am Benefice Service of Holy Communion streamed live
The Collect
O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion Prayer
Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Readings
Acts 1. 6-14 & John17. 1-11


John 17: 1-11
Jesus Prays to Be Glorified
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2
For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to
all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the
only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you
glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father,
glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They
were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now
they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave
them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with
certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for
them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they
are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come
to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in
the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of
your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
The work of the church. The work of the church especially for all members
of the Anglican Communion around the world, For the Archbishop of
Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops. For
members of the Anglican Consultative Council, For the Secretary General, The
Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, For the staff at the Anglican Communion
Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York. Also the
Diocese of Salisbury
This Benefice especially The Wellbridge Surgery and The Bere Regis Surgery
also farms across all parts of the Benefice. For those who live in Hollow Oak,
Hyde, Lane End, Lower Woodbury and Turnerspuddle.
Those who are ill, especially those suffering from the Coronavirus; We pray
too for Margaret Bartlett, Mary Fegan, Jenny Silavs, Joan Booth and John Scott.
The families and friends of those who have died in recent days, Ben Mayall, Sally Cheeseman and Amanda Parker also the families and friends of those whose anniversary of death falls at this time.

This Week

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ 10 day prayer time to Pentecost is underway. There will be Services streamed in the benefice every day-see the separate leaflet. Also see https://www.thykingdomcome.global/prayer-resources
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am Morning Prayer
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9pm Night Prayer
Tuesday 7pm ‘Going Deeper’ Session 5, Sharing Resources
Wednesday 10 am Holy Communion (BCP)
Saturday 8.30 Benefice Breakfast Prayer
All of our Worship on Sundays and mid-week will continue to be streamed live in the coming weeks. Please be in touch if you haven’t received details of how to log in.
Tuesdays at 7pm: ‘Going Deeper’ 5 An opportunity to explore our discipleship together. Contact Rev Carol for log in details
The Church Office is closed but work continues: email address woolchurchoffice@gmail.com Tel. 07729484866.
West Purbeck Benefice Facebook/ Twitter & Instagram Pages
Bruce South, our Benefice IT Admin. Person, has set up the pages. Please email holyroodit@gmail.com with things that you’d like posted.
Clergy Contact Details:
Rev Carol Langford 01929 462215 holyroodvicar@outlook.com
Rev Sandra Williams 01929 792235 revsandrawestpurbeck@outlook.com
Rev Jenny Alidina 01929 551502 jennyalidina@irishollow.co.uk
Rev Judy Hill 01929 462888 reverendjudy@talktalk.net
Sunday 31th May
Service: 10.30am Benefice Pentecost Praise
Streamed Live