Sunday 5th June Penticost

Morning Service for the Day of Pentecost from St. John’s –5th June 2022

Before we start today’s service, there are two messages we would like you to read and pray about.

Firstly Bishop Christopher writes:

“I write to you from the Houses of Parliament. I have been here all week. The Ukrainian Crisis has been a constant theme. Each day I’ve led prayers in the House of Lords, with the persistent threat of war in Europe lending them great urgency and poignancy.

As the week has unfolded, our worst fears have been realised and the people of Ukraine are now suffering a terrible onslaught. One of the lines from the ancient psalm I used this morning says, ‘I sought the Lord, and he heard me: yea he delivered me out of all my fears’.

So, this is the time to increase our prayer and to seek the Lord, that God’s ways of peace would prevail and break through the violence. I call on all people of prayer across Coventry and Warwickshire to join the wave of prayer that is rising in the world.”

Please click here to read the remainder of Bishop Christopher’s Video…



As you will know by now, our advertisement for a new Minister was unsuccessful. The position has now been re-advertised.

We ask that you will please pray as this new  advert go’s live

This is again for a fulltime minister for the two benefices of Fillongley with Corley and Ansley with Arley.

Thank you.


We start this morning with special prayers of celebration for Queen Elisabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Gracious God, 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. 

All: Amen. 

O Lord, the Way, the Truth, and the Life,

we give you thanks for your servant Elizabeth our Queen.

May she ever be provided with all she may need

for her ministry among us,

strengthened to meet every demand

which her office may make,

and in all things nourished by your word and example,

who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign,*

world without end.


The Coronation Prayer of Thanksgiving (adapted) 

Lord of our lives and Father of all,

let our thanksgiving prove itself in service

to you and to our Queen, our country and one another,

for your Name’s sake. 

All: Amen. 

A Prayer of Dedication, from the Silver Jubilee Year

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, bless our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and all who are in authority under her; that they may order all things

in wisdom and equity, righteousness and peace, to the honour and glory of your name and the good of your Church and people; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

1st Hymn – Lord, for the Years

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you

Loving Lord,

Fill us with your life-giving,

joy-givingr peace-giving presence,

That we may praise you now with our lips,

and all the day long with our lives

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Cast your burden upon the Lord

All: And he will sustain you

Create in us clean hearts, O God

All: And renew a right spirit within us

Cast us not away from your Presence

All: And take not your Holy Spirit from us

Give us the joy of your saving help

All: And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Blessed be the Lord day by day

All: The God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.

We have a moment of quiet, to call to mind the things we

Have thought, said and done which we know grieve the God

who loves us 

Come, let us return to the Lord and say: 

All: Almighty God

Long-suffering and of great goodness

I confess to you.

I confess with my whole heart

My neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments

My wrong doing, thinking and speaking:

The hurts I have done to others,

And the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

And raise me to newness of life;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May the God of love and power

Forgive us and free us from our sins,

Heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

And raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

We praise God for his love and forgiveness with:- 

2nd Hymn – Praise my soul the King of heaven

  • Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
    to his feet your tribute bring;
    ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    who like you his praise should sing?
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    praise the everlasting King.
  • Praise him for his grace and favour
    to our fathers in distress;
    praise him, still the same as ever,
    slow to blame and swift to bless;
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    glorious in his faithfulness.
  • Father-like, he tends and spares us,
    Well our feeble frame he knows;
    in his hands he gently bears us,
    rescues us from all our foes:
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    widely as his mercy flows.
  • Angels, help us to adore him;
    you behold him face to face;
    sun and moon, bow down before him,
    praise him all in time and space.
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    praise with us the God of grace.
                  (by  Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) 

Our First Reading is taken from – Acts Chap: 2

1 When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place.

2 Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there.

4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world.

6 When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages.

7 In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans!

8 How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages?

9 We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia,

10 from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome,

11 both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia – yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!”

12 Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, “What does this mean?”

13 But others made fun of the believers, saying, “These people are drunk!”

14 Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to speak to the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means.

15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose; it is only nine o’clock in the morning.

16 Instead, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:

17 “This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams.

18 Yes, even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message.

19 I will perform miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below. There will be blood, fire, and thick smoke;

20 the sun will be darkened, and the moon will turn red as blood, before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes.

21 And then, whoever calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.’

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ

Our Second Reading is From – John Chap: 14

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father; that is all we need.”

9 Jesus answered, “For a long time I have been with you all; yet you do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Why, then, do you say, “Show us the Father’?

10 Do you not believe, Philip, that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I have spoken to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “do not come from me. The Father, who remains in me, does his own work.

11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do.

12 I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do – yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.

13 And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son.

14 If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

15 “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.

16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever.

17 He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you.

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ

Sermon for the Day of Pentecost – 

We think of and thank God for the coming of the Holy Spirit to be with us and guide us through our lives.

We also thank God for the life and service of our Queen as we celebrate her Jubilee.


3rd Hymn – Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

  • Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
  • Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise. 
  • Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
    nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
    Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
    Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
  • To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small,
    in all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
    we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
    and wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee.
  • Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
    Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
    all praise we would render, O help us to see
    ’tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!
  • Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
      (by Walter C Smith  – 1824 to 1908) 

Let us declare our faith in God.

All: We believe in God the Father,

From whom every family

In heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son

Who lives in our hearts through faith,

And fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit

Who strengthens us

With power from on high.

We believe in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Prayers and Intercessions

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.


We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us 

All: Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed by your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread,

Forgive us our sins

As we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, ‘

Now and for ever.


4th Hymn Shine Jesus Shine 

 All: Eternal Giver of love and life

Your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into 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.


5th Hymn – All people that on earth do dwell  

  • All people that on earth do dwell,
    Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
    Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
    Come ye before Him and rejoice.
  • The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
    Without our aid He did us make;
    We are His flock, He doth us feed,
    And for His sheep He doth us take.
  • O enter then His gates with praise;
    Approach with joy His courts unto;
    Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
    For it is seemly so to do.
  • For why? The Lord our God is good;
    His mercy is for ever sure;
    His truth at all times firmly stood,
    And shall from age to age endure.
  • To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
    The God whom Heaven and earth adore,
    From men and from the angel host
    Be praise and glory evermore.
    (by William Kethe, 1550)

A Special Closing Prayer for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

0 God who providest for thy people by thy power,

and rulest over them in love: Vouchsafe so to bless thy

Servant our Queen, that under her this nation may be wisely governed, and thy Church may serve thee in all gc

and grant that she being devoted to thee with her whole heart,

and persevering in good works unto the end,

may, by thy guidance, come to thine everlasting kingdom;

through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,

who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,

ever one God, world without end.

All: Amen.

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil

And keep us in eternal life. 

All: Amen

© 702211


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