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    Morning Prayer Easter 3 18 April 2021

     

    Service prepared by Rev Janet Day who is also bringing the word.

     

     

     

    The service is led by Rev Rachael Storer

     

     

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Grace and peace be with you. And keep you in the love of Christ.

     

    Hymn led by Adeline Jennings

     

    How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, good news, Proclaiming peace, announcing news of happiness; Our God reigns; our God reigns!

    Our God reigns, our God reigns, our God reigns, our God reigns!

    He had no stately form, he had no majesty, that we should be drawn to him. He was despised and we took no account of him, yet now he reigns with the Most High.

    Now he reigns, now he reigns,

    now he reigns with the Most High!

     

    Out of the tomb he came with grace and majesty; he is alive, he is alive. God loves us so – see here his hands, his feet, his side, yes, we know he is alive.

    He is alive, he is alive,

    he is alive, he is alive!

     

     

    Words and music: Leonard E Smith Jnr © 1974 Thankyou Music

     

     

    The Confession

    Let us confess our sins to the Father and seek his pardon and peace.

     

    Almighty and merciful God,

    we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed.

    We have not loved you with all our heart.

    We have not loved others as Christ loves us.

    We are truly sorry.

    In your mercy, forgive what we have been,

    help us to amend what we are,

    and direct what we shall be;

    that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

    to the glory and praise of your name. Amen.

     

     

    The Absolution

    God our Father, who by our Lord Jesus Christ has reconciled the world to himself and forgives the sins of all who truly repent, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, and grant you the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     

     

     

    Invitation

    We have come together as the family of God in our Father’s presence to offer him praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive his word, to bring before him the needs of the world, and to seek his grace that through his Son Jesus Christ we may give ourselves to his service.

     

     

    The Morning Office

    O Lord, open our lips,

    and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

     

    We sing to you, O Lord, and bless your name:

    and tell of your salvation from day to day.

     

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

    as it was in the beginning, is now,

    and shall be for ever. Amen.

     

    Let us worship the Lord.

    All praise to his name.

    The first reading is Acts 3. 12-19

     

    Peter said to the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

    ‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.

    This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

     

    Psalm 4

    Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness :

    you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;

    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

    How long will you nobles dishonour my glory :

    how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?

    But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness :

    when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

    Stand in awe, and sin not :

    commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

    Offer the sacrifices of righteousness :

    and put your trust in the Lord.

    There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’ :

    Lord, lift up the light of your countenance up/on us.

    You have put gladness in my heart :

    more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.

    In peace I will lie down and sleep :

    for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

     

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

    as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

    Our second reading is 1 John 3. 1-7

    See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

    Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.

    Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

    This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

     

    Hymn led by Jess Squire

     

    Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here;

    come bow before Him now with reverence and fear:

    in Him no sin is found –

    we stand on holy ground.

    Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here.

     

    Be still, for the glory of the Lord, is shining all around

    He burns with holy fire, with splendour He is crowned

    how awesome is the sight –

    our radiant King of light !

    Be still, for the glory of the Lord, is shining all around.

     

    Be still, for the power of the Lord, is moving in this place:

    He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister His grace –

    no work too hard for Him

    iIn faith receive from Him.

    Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

     

    Words and music: David J Evans © 1986 Thankyou Music

     

     

     

     

    Hear the Holy Gospel according to St Luke chapter 24 verses 36b-48

    Glory to you O Lord

    Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

    They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

    Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’

    Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

    Praise to you O Christ

     

    Sermon – Rev Janet Day

     

     

    Apostles’ Creed

     

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

     

    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, died, and was buried.

    He descended to the dead.

    On the third day he rose again.

    He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

     

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen

     

     

    Prayers

     

    The Lord be with you.

    And also with you.

     

    Lord, have mercy on us.

    Christ, have mercy on us.

    Lord, have mercy on us.

     

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

     

    Intercessions

     

    Collect for the Day

     

    Almighty Father,

    who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples

    with the sight of the risen Lord:

    give us such knowledge of his presence with us,

    that we may be strengthened and sustained

    by his risen life

    and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

    through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

    who is alive and reigns with you

    and the Holy Spirit,

    one God, now and for ever.

     

    Collect for Peace

     

    O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,

    to know you is eternal life,

    to serve you is perfect freedom:

    defend us your servants from all assaults of our enemies, that we may trust in your defence

    and not fear the power of any adversaries;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    Third Collect

     

    Eternal God and Father,

    by whose power we are created,

    and by whose love we are redeemed:

    guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,

    that we may give ourselves in love and service

    to one another and to you;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    Hymn led by Mark

     

    He is exalted, the King is exalted on high; I will praise him. He is exalted, forever exalted and I will praise his name! He is the Lord; forever his truth shall reign. Heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name. He is exalted, the King is exalted on high!

     

    Words and music: Twila Paris © 1985 Straightway/Mountain Spring/ EMI Christian Music Publishing

     

     

    The Lord be with you.

    And also with you.

     

    The Blessing

     

    The peace of God which passes all understanding

    keep your hearts and minds

    in the knowledge and love of God

    and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    And the blessing of God almighty,

    the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

    be among you and remain with you always.

    Amen.

     

    Go in the peace of Christ.

    Thanks be to God.


  • Easter Sunday, 4 April 2021

    Topic: Easter Sunday Worship

    Time: Apr 4, 2021 09:30 London

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    Holy Communion on Easter Day

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Grace and peace be with you. And keep you in the love of Christ.

    Hymn led by Adeline Jennings

    Jesus Christ is risen today, alleluia,

    our triumphant holy day; alleluia,

    who did once upon the cross; alleluia,

    suffer to redeem our loss; alleluia!

     

    Hymns of praise then let us sing; alleluia,

    unto Christ our heavenly king; alleluia,

    who endured the cross and grave; alleluia,

    sinners to redeem and save: alleluia!

     

    But the pains which he endured; alleluia,

    our salvation have procured; alleluia,

    now above the sky he’s King; alleluia,

    where the angels ever sing: alleluia!

    From “Surrexit Christus hoodie”, anon, C14 trans John Baptist Walsh in Lyra Davidica, 1708

     

    Heavenly Father, all hearts are open to you.

    No secrets are hidden from you.

    Purify us with the fire of your Holy Spirit that we may love and worship you faithfully, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

    Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

     

    We confess our sins saying:-

    Heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

    and have failed to do what we ought to have done.

    We are sorry and truly repent.

    For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,

    forgive us all that is past and lead us in his way to walk as children of light. Amen.

    Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on you and set you free from sin, strengthen you in goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    The Gloria

    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

    Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

    we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

     

    Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

    you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

    you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

    receive our prayer.

     

    For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

    you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

    with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

     

    The Collect

    Lord of all life and power,

    who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

    overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him:

    grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

    may reign with him in glory;

    to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might,

    now and in all eternity.

    Amen.

     

    Old Testament reading:-

    Isaiah 25. 6-9

    On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

    Psalm 65 verses 9 to 13

    You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.

    Acts 10. 34-43

    Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

    We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

    Alleluia, alleluia.

    I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one:

    I was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore.

    Alleluia

    The Lord be with you And also with you

    Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to St John Glory to you, O Christ

    Gospel reading:- John 20. 1-18

    Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’

    Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

    Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

    They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’

    She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

    Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’

    Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’

    Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher).

    Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’

    Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

     

    Sermon – Rev Rachael Storer

    Apostles’ Creed

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, died, and was buried.

    He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

    He ascended into heaven

    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church,

    the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

     

    The Intercessions

    Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

    Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

    our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

     

    The Peace

    Peace is the seed-bed of righteousness, and peacemakers will reap its harvest.

    The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.

     

    Hymn led by Mark, Crown Him With Many Crowns

    Crown him with many crowns,

    the Lamb upon his throne,

    while heaven’s eternal anthem drowns

    all music but its own!

    Awake, my soul, and sing

    of him who died for thee

    and hail him as thy matchless king

    through all eternity.

    Crown him the Lord of life

    triumphant from the grave,

    who rose victorious from the strife

    for those he came to save:

    his glories now we sing

    who died and reigns on high;

    he died eternal life to bring

    and lives that death may die.

     

    Crown him the Lord of love,

    who shows his hands and side

    those wounds yet visible above

    in beauty glorified.

    No angel in the sky

    can fully bear that sight,

    but downward bends his burning eye

    at mysteries so bright.

     

    Crown him the Lord of peace

    his kingdom is at hand;

    from pole to pole let warfare cease

    and Christ rule every land!

    A city stands on high,

    his glory it displays,

    and there the nations ‘Holy’ cry

    in joyful hymns of praise.

     

    Crown him the Lord of years,

    the potentate of time,

    creator of the rolling spheres

    in majesty sublime:

    all hail, Redeemer, hail,

    for you have died for me;

    your praise shall never, never fail

    through all eternity!

     

    Jubilate Hymns version of part of hymn beginning Crown him with crowns of gold – Matthew Bridges (1800 – 1894) and Godfrey Thring (1823 – 1903) © Jubilate Hymns Ltd SMD

     

    As Rev Janet says the following words of introduction to the Eucharist, you are encouraged to raise the bread, then the wine, which you have brought to the table.

    Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

    Through your goodness we have this bread to offer,

    which earth has given and human hands have made.

    It will become for us the bread of life.

    Blessed be God for ever.

     

    Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

    Through your goodness we have this wine to offer,

    fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

    It will become our spiritual drink.

    Blessed be God for ever.

     

    The Eucharistic Prayer 4

    The Lord be with you. And also with you.

    Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy

    at all times and in all places

    to give you thanks, holy Father,

    all-powerful and everliving God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Who by his death has destroyed death

    and by his rising to life again has restored to us eternal life.

    And so with the hosts of angels and all the company of heaven

    we proclaim the glory of your name and join in their unending hymn of praise:

    Holy, holy, holy Lord.

    God of power and might,

    heaven and earth are full of your glory.

    Hosanna in the highest.

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Hosanna in the highest.

    All praise and thanks to you, true and living God, Creator of all things, Giver of life.

    You formed us in your own image;

    but we have marred that image and fall short of your glory.

    We give you thanks that you sent your Son to share our life;

    you gave him up to death that the world might be saved,

    and you raised him from the dead that we might live in him and he in us.

    Sanctify with your Spirit this bread and wine, your gifts to us,

    that they may be for us the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

     

    On the night he was betrayed, he took bread,

    and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying,

    Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you:

    do this in remembrance of me.

    In the same way after supper he took the cup,

    and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,

    Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood of the new covenant

    which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins:

    do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.

     

    Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

    Christ has died.

    Christ is risen.

    Christ will come in glory.

     

    As he has commanded us, Father, we remember Jesus Christ, your Son.

    Proclaiming his victorious death, rejoicing in his resurrection

    and waiting for him to come in glory we bring to you this bread, this cup.

    Accept our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

    Restore and revive your people,

    renew us and all for whom we pray with your grace and heavenly blessing,

    and at the last receive us with all your saints into that unending joy promised by your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father, forever and ever.

    Amen.

    As our Saviour taught us, we boldly pray:

    Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name,

    thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Prayer of Humble Access

    We do not presume to come to this your table,

    merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness,

    but in your manifold and great mercies.

    We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

    But you are the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy.

    Grant us therefore gracious Lord so to eat the flesh of your dear Son

    Jesus Christ and to drink his blood,

    that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us. Amen.

    The Communion

    The bread is broken

     

    Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup

    we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

     

    Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

    Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

    Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace.

     

    Come let us receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    given for us and feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

     

    The body of Christ keep you in eternal life. Amen. We share the bread

    The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life. Amen. We share the wine

     

    Give thanks to the Lord for he is gracious: his love is everlasting.

    Post Communion Prayer

    Living God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son

    to the death of the cross,

    and by his glorious resurrection have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

    grant us so to die daily to sin,

    that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

     

    Hymn Led by Adeline Jennings

     

    In Christ alone my hope is found,

    He is my light, my strength, my song;

    This cornerstone, this solid ground,

    Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

    What heights of love, what depths of peace,

    When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

    My Comforter, my All in All,

    Here in the love of Christ I stand.

     

    In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,

    Fullness of God in helpless babe.

    This gift of love and righteousness,

    Scorned by the ones He came to save:

    Till on that cross as Jesus died,

    The wrath of God was satisfied –

    For every sin on Him was laid;

    Here in the death of Christ I live.

     

    There in the ground His body lay,

    Light of the world by darkness slain:

    Then bursting forth in glorious day

    Up from the grave He rose again!

    And as He stands in victory

    Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,

    For I am His and He is mine –

    Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

     

    No guilt in life, no fear in death,

    This is the power of Christ in me;

    From life’s first cry to final breath,

    Jesus commands my destiny.

    No power of hell, no scheme of man,

    Can ever pluck me from His hand:

    Till He returns or calls me home,

    Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

     

    Stuart Townend & Keith Getty Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music (Adm. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family, songs@integritymusic.com)

    The Lord be with you. And also with you

     

    God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,

    strengthen you to walk with Him in His risen life.

    And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

    be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

     

    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!

    In the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

     

    An Order for the Holy Eucharist, material from which is included in the booklet, is copyright © Church in Wales Publications and the Representative Body of the Church in Wales 2004, 1994.


  • Palm Sunday 28 March

    Time: March 28, 2021 09:30 London

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    Morning Worship on Palm Sunday 28th March 2021

    The service is led by Gina Ayling with Mark Beaton preaching – service prepared by Janet Day.

    Please have a palm cross or other cross to hold up in the service if you are able to do so.

    O God, you know us to be set
    in the midst of so many and great dangers,
    that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant to us such strength and protection
    as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
    who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever.

    Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

    and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
    And also with you

     

    Hymn – Ride on! Ride on in majesty! led by Jess Squires

    Ride on! ride on in majesty!
    Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
    O Saviour meek, pursue thy road
    with palms and scattered garments strowed.

    Ride on! ride on in majesty!
    In lowly pomp ride on to die;
    O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
    o’er captive death and conquered sin.

    Ride on! ride on in majesty!
    The angel-squadrons of the sky
    look down with sad and wondering eyes
    to see the approaching sacrifice.

    Ride on! ride on in majesty!
    Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
    the Father on his sapphire throne
    expects his own anointed Son.

    Ride on! ride on in majesty!
    In lowly pomp ride on to die;
    bow thy meek head to mortal pain,
    then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

     

    The Confession and Absolution

     

    Lord God,

    We have sinned against you;

    we have done evil in your sight.

    We are sorry and repent.

    Have mercy on us according to your love.

    Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

    Renew a right spirit within us

    And restore to us the joy of your salvation,

    Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

     

    May the Father of all mercies

    Cleanse us from our sins,

    And restore us in his image

    To the praise and glory of his name,

    Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Amen

     

    The Commemoration of our Lords Entry into Jerusalem

     

    Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest.

     

    The Lord be with you. And also with you

     

    Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings; we may share his risen life.

     

    Now hold your palms/crosses aloft

     

    God our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die, let these palms be for us signs of his victory; and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen

     

    Bible readings

     

    Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a


    The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,

    to know the word that sustains the weary.

    He wakens me morning by morning,

    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

    The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;

    I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.

    I offered my back to those who beat me,

    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;

    I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

    Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced.

    Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

    He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me?

    Let us face each other!

    Who is my accuser? Let him confront me!

    It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.

    Who is he that will condemn?

     

    Psalm 31: 9-16

     

    Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body with grief.
    My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
    my strength fails because of my affliction,
    and my bones grow weak.
    Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
    and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
    I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.
    For I hear many whispering,
    “Terror on every side!”
    They conspire against me
    and plot to take my life.

    But I trust in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
    My times are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
    Let your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.

    Philippians 2: 5-11

    In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

    Who, being in very nature God,

    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
    rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very nature of a servant,

    being made in human likeness.

    And being found in appearance as a man,

    he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

     

    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

    and gave him the name that is above every name,

    that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

    to the glory of God the Father.

     

    Hymn My song is love unknown led by Adedline

     

    My song is love unknown,

    My Saviour’s love to me;

    Love to the loveless shown,

    That they might lovely be.

    O who am I,

    That for my sake

    My Lord should take

    Frail flesh, and die?

     

    He came from His blest throne

    Salvation to bestow;

    But men made strange, and none

    The longed-for Christ would know:

    But oh, my Friend,

    My Friend indeed,

    Who at my need

    His life did spend.

     

    Sometimes they strew His way,

    And His sweet praises sing;

    Resounding all the day

    Hosannas to their King:

    Then “Crucify!”

    Is all their breath,

    And for His death

    They thirst and cry.

     

    They rise and needs will have

    My dear Lord made away;

    A murderer they save,

    The Prince of life they slay.

    Yet cheerful He

    To suffering goes,

    That He His foes

    From thence might free.

     

    In life, no house, no home

    My Lord on earth might have;

    In death, no friendly tomb,

    But what a stranger gave.

    What may I say?

    Heav’n was His home;

    But mine the tomb

    Wherein He lay.

     

    Here might I stay and sing,

    No story so divine;

    Never was love, dear King,

    Never was grief like Thine.

    This is my Friend,

    In whose sweet praise

    I all my days

    Could gladly spend.

     

    Mark 15: 1-47

     

    Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. 

    “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

    “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 

    The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

    But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.

     

    Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.  A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.  The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

     “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate,  knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.

    “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

    “Crucify him!” they shouted. 

    “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

    But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

    Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

     

    The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.  They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.  And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”  Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

     

    A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.  And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

     

    It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.  The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews. They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,  come down from the cross and save yourself!”

     

    In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!  Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

    At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

     With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

    The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

     Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.  In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

     

     It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,  Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.  Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.  When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.  So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.  Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

     

     

    The Address by Mark

     

    An affirmation of faith – Apostle’s Creed


    I believe and trust in God the Father,

    source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist.

    I believe and trust in God the Son,

    who took our human nature, died for us and rose again.

    I believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,

    who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world.

    This is the faith of the Church. This is our faith.

    We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    Amen.

     

    Let us pray.

    Lord, have mercy on us

    Christ, have mercy on us

    Lord, have mercy on us.

     

    Our Father who art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy name,

    thy kingdom come,

    thy will be done,

    on earth as it is in heaven. 

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses

    as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation 

    but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom,

    the power and the glory

    forever and ever.

    Amen

     

    Intercessions by David Day

     

    The Collect


    Almighty and everlasting God,

    who in your tender love towards the human race

    sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

    to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross:

    grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

    and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

    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.

     

    Hymn All Glory Lord and Honour led by Mark

     

     

    Refrain

    All glory, laud, and honour,

    to thee, Redeemer, King,

    to whom the lips of children

    made sweet hosannas ring.

     

    Thou art the King of Israel,

    thou David’s royal Son,

    who in the Lord’s name comest,

    the king and blessed one.

    Refrain

     

    The company of angels

    are praising thee on high,

    and we with all creation

    in chorus make reply.

    Refrain

     

     

    The people of the Hebrews

    with palms before thee went;

    our prayer and praise and anthems

    before thee we present.

    Refrain

     

    To thee, before thy passion,

    they sang their hymns of praise;

    to thee, now high exalted,

    our melody we raise.

    Refrain

     

    Thou didst accept their praises;

    accept the prayers we bring,

    who in all good delightest,

    thou good and gracious King.

    Refrain

     

     

     

    Conclusion

     

    The Lord be with you:
    And with your spirit.

    The peace of God, which  passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen    

     

    Go in peace and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.   

     

    Let us end our worship today by sharing the grace with one another

    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    and the love of God,

    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

    be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

     


  • Lent 5, Morning Worship, 21 March

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    Time: Mar 21, 2021 09:30 London

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    Morning Worship

    5th Sunday of Lent

    March 21st 2021

    Led by Rev Rachael Storer

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen

     

    One thing I have asked of the Lord,

    this is what I seek:

    That I may dwell in the house of the lord

    all the days of my life;

    to behold the beauty of the Lord

    and to seek Him in His temple.

     

    Call: Who is it that you seek?

    Response: We seek the Lord our God.

    Call: Do you seek him with all your heart?

    Response: Amen. Lord have mercy.

    Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?

    Response: Amen. Lord have mercy.

    Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?

    Response: Amen. Lord have mercy.

    Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?

    Response: Amen. Christ have Mercy.

     

    Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to Jerusalem to worship at the feast of the Passover. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we would like to see Jesus.’

     

    John 12:20-21

    Hymn – Open our eyes, Lord – led by Adeline Jennings

     

    Open our eyes, Lord, We want to see Jesus, To reach out and touch him And say that we love him. Open our ears, Lord, And Help us to listen; Open our eyes, Lord, We want to see Jesus.

    Words and Music: Robert Cull © 1976 Maranatha! Music

     

    The Commandments

     

    Our Lord Jesus Christ said: If you love me, keep my Commandments;

    happy are those who hear the word of God and keep it.

     

    I am the Lord your God: you shall have no other gods but me. Amen.

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    You shall not make an idol of anything and worship it. Amen.

    God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    You shall not dishonour the name of the Lord your God. Amen.

    You shall worship him with reverence and awe.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    Remember the Lord’s day and keep it holy. Amen.

    Christ is risen from the dead: set your mind on things that are above.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    Honour your father and your mother. Amen.

    Live as servants of God; honour all humanity; love your Christian brothers and sisters. Lord, have mercy.

     

    You shall not commit murder. Amen.

    Make peace with anyone who has a grievance against you; overcome evil with good. Lord, have mercy.

     

     

    You shall not commit adultery. Amen.

    Know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    You shall not steal. Amen.

    Be honest in all that you do and care for those in need.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    You shall not give false evidence. Amen.

    Let everyone speak the truth in love.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    You shall not covet the possessions of others. Amen.

    It is more blessed to give than to receive.

    Lord, have mercy.

     

    Love your neighbour as yourself, for love is the fulfilling of the law. Amen.

     

    The Confession

     

    Lord Jesus, you were sent to heal the contrite.

    Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

     

    Lord Jesus, you came to call sinners.

    Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.

     

    Lord Jesus, you plead for us at the right hand of the

    Father. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

     

    Absolution

     

    Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on you and set you free from sin, strengthen you in goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    Declaration of faith

     

    To whom shall we go?

    You have the words of eternal life,

    and we have believed

    and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.

     

    Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.

     

    Collect for the day

     

    Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world:

    grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

    we may triumph in the power of his victory;

    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.

     

    Jeremiah 31:31-34

    “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,”

    declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbour, or say to one another,

    ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me,

    from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

     

    Psalm 51:1-12

    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

    For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

    Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

    Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

     

     

    Hymn – O for a heart to praise my God – led by Mark

     

    O for a heart to praise my God A heart from sin set free A heart that’s sprinkled with the blood So freely shed for me

    A heart resigned, submissive, meek My great Redeemer’s throne Where only Christ is heard to speak Where Jesus reigns alone A humble, lowly, contrite heart Believing, true, and clean Which neither life nor death can part From him who dwells within A heart in every thought renewed And full of love divine Perfect and right, and pure, and good A copy, Lord, of thine

    Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart Come quickly from above Write thy new name upon my heart Thy new best name of love

     

    Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788). Music: Tune University, Charles Collignon (1725-1785)

     

    Hebrews 5:5-10

     

    Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest.

    But God said to him,

    “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”

    And he says in another place,

    “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

    During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

     

    John 12:20-33

     

    Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

     

    Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.

     

    “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”

    Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

     

    Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

     

    Sermon by Gina Ayling

     

    Intercessions led by Laura Woodside Jones

     

    Canticle

    Christ, as a light – illumine and guide me.

    Christ, as a shield – overshadow me.

    Christ under me – Christ over me;

    Christ beside me – on my left and my right.

    This day be within and without me,

    Lowly and meek, yet all powerful.

    Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;

    in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.

    This day be within and without me,

    Lowly and meek, yet all powerful.

    Christ as a light;

    Christ as a shield;

    Christ beside me on my left and my right.

     

    Hymn – I heard the voice of Jesus say – led by Jess Squire

     

    I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest; Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon my breast.” I came to Jesus as I was, Weary and worn and sad; I found in him a resting place, And he has made me glad.

    I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give The living water; thirsty one, Stoop down, and drink, and live.” I came to Jesus, and I drank Of that life-giving stream; My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, And now I live in him.

    I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light; Look unto me, thy morn shall rise, And all thy day be bright.” I looked to Jesus, and I found In him my star, my sun; And in that light of life I’ll walk, Till travelling days are done.

     

    The Blessing

     

    May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,

    wherever He may send you.

    May he guide you through the wilderness,

    and protect you through the storm.

    May he bring you home rejoicing

    at the wonders he has shown you.

    May he bring you home rejoicing

    once again into our doors.

     

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

    Amen

     

    Morning Prayer from Celtic Daily Prayer . The Northumbria Community