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Instructions for the online service below:

> Start at the beginning of the service below and go through to the end.

> Watch online videos in full screen mode if possible.

> If you are living in a household group, try and go through the service together.

> Children's Colouring Sheets - based on the service theme below - Click here to download for Ascension, and here for Pentecost.

May 2021

Ascension (13 May)

and Pentecost (23 May)

Church bells call us to worship: Bells ring for the feast of the Ascension, St Georges Cathedral, Capetown, South Africa - Click here to listen.

Welcome and invitation to Confession: Said by the Rector - Click here to listen.

Confession: You say:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your name. Amen.  

Absolution: Said by the Rector - Click here to listen.

Collects for Ascension and Pentecost:

You Say:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,

that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ

to have ascended into the heavens,

so we in heart and mind may also ascend

and with him continually dwell;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


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.


A Hymn to sing: At the name of Jesus - Click here for music and words.

Read the full Bible passages: Click here to view if you wish to read the full Bible passages for Ascension / And here for Pentecost.

Gospel Reading for Ascension: Luke 24: 44-53, read by Charles Ailiobini - Click here to listen.

A Video Song: Hosanna (from Hillsong worship) - Click here to watch.

Psalms: Click here to listen to Psalm 47, and here to listen to Psalm 104 - Press the play button in the media player that comes up. / Click stop at the end of the Psalm you are listening to.

Gospel Readings for Pentecost: John 15: 26-27, read by Alexander Ailiobini (Click here to listen), and John: 16: 4-15, read by Victoria Ailiobini (Click here to listen).

Creed: Let us declare our faith in the words of this early Biblical Creed:

Christ died for our sins

in accordance with the scriptures;

he was buried;

he was raised to life on the third day

in accordance with the scriptures;

afterwards he appeared to his followers,

and to all the apostles;

this we have received,

and this we believe.


(1 Corinthians 15: 3-7)

A Hymn to sing: I’ve got a home in Glory Land - Click here for the words and music.

A Talk: ‘You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you’ - By the Rector - Click here to listen.

A Song to listen to: Come thou fount of every blessing, Performed by the Crosby Family - Click here to listen.

The Prayers: Said by David Thompson - Click here to listen.

The Lords Prayer: You Say:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be 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. Amen.

Peace: Click here to listen - After these words share the peace with those you are sharing this service with, or think of your loved ones wherever they are.

A Hymn to sing: Breathe on me breath of God - Click here for the music and lyrics.

A Blessing: Said by the Rector - Click here to listen.

Prayers to end out service and the Grace:

You Say:

God our Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:

may we thirst for you,

the spring of life and source of goodness,

through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


Faithful God,

who fulfilled the promises of Easter

by sending us your Holy Spirit

and opening to every race and nation

the way of life eternal:

open our lips by your Spirit,

that every tongue may tell of your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Be with us all, evermore.


Dismissal: You say: Let us depart in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

A Music Video to conclude our worship: Inta Elaahi (You are my God) - Performed by the Better Life Team, Egypt - Click here to listen (Click on the video settings button to see subtitles in English).

This service will stay online throughout May. We will have a new online service every month.