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  • Epiphany 3, Morning Prayer, 24 Jan 2021

    Time: Jan 24, 2021 09:30 London

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    Iona Morning Prayer – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

    24th January 2021

     

    Leader Rev Petra Goodband

     

    Almighty God, as your Son, our Saviour, saved the crisis at the wedding in Cana we too petition you to be with us and protect us and we worship and honour you in our service today.

     

    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.

     

    Brightest and best of the sons of the morning lead by Adeline

     

    Brightest and best of the sons of the morning, dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid; star of the east, the horizon adorning, guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

    Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining; low lies his head with the beasts of the stall; angels adore him in slumber reclining, Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all.

    Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion, odours of Edom, and offerings divine, gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean, myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

    Vainly we offer each ample oblation, vainly with gifts would his favour secure: richer by far is the heart’s adoration, dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

     

     

    The world belongs to God, THE EARTH AND ALL ITS PEOPLE.

    How good it is, how wonderful,

    TO LIVE TOGETHER IN UNITY.

     

    Love and faith come together

    JUSTICE AND PEACE JOIN HANDS.

     

    If Christ’s disciples keep silent

    THESE STONES WOULD SHOUT ALOUD.

     

    Open our lips, O God,

    AND OUR MOUTHS SHALL PROCLAIM YOU PRAISE.

     

     

    The Confession

     

    Holy God, Maker of all

    HAVE MERCY ON US,

     

    Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor

    HAVE MERCY ON US,

     

    Holy Spirit, Breath of life

    HAVE MERCY ON US,

     

    We say together these words:

    Father of glory, holy and eternal,

    look upon us now in power and mercy.

    May your strength overcome our weakness,

    your radiance transform our blindness,

    and your Spirit draw us to that love

    shown and offered by your Son,

    our Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Amen.

     

     

    Let us in silence confess our faults and admit our frailty.

     

    Before God, with the people of God, I confess to my brokenness:

    to the ways I wound my life, the lives of others, and the life of the world.

     

     

    MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU, CHRIST RENEW YOU,

    AND THE SPIRIT ENABLE YOU TO GROW IN LOVE.

    AMEN

     

    Move among us, O God; give us life:

    LET YOUR PEOPLE REJOICE IN YOU

     

    Make our hearts clean within us:

    RENEW US IN MIND AND IN SPIRIT

     

    Give us again the joy of your help:

    WITH YOUR SPIRIT OF FREEDOM SUSTAIN US.

     

     

     

    Affirmation of our Faith

     

    We believe that God has a heart for justice. .. because Jesus gave himself as the sacrifice to pay for our sins.

     

    We believe God has a heart for freedom….because Jesus died to set us free from the power of sin.

     

    We believe God has a heart for the poor… because in his words and actions he speaks out for them.

     

    We believe God has a heart for the unloved… because although none of us deserve it, he has poured out his love upon us.

     

     

     

    Collect for Today

     

    Almighty God,

    whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

    the wonder of your saving presence:

    renew your people with your heavenly grace,

    and in all our weakness

    sustain us by your mighty power;

    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.

     

     

     

    Psalm 128

     

    Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.

     

    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

     

    The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!

     

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: World without end. Amen

     

    First Reading Genesis 14. 17-20

     

    After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said,

     

    ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth;

    and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.

     

    Second Reading Revelation 19. 6-10

     

    Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out:

    ‘Hallelujah!

    For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.

    Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory,

    for the marriage of the Lamb has come,

    and his bride has made herself ready;

    to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’

    (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.)

     

    And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’

     

    Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’

     

     

    Hear the Holy Gospel according to St John, Glory to you O Lord.

     

    John 2. 1-11

     

    On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’

     

    And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’

     

    His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’

     

    Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

     

    Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’

     

    So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’

     

    Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

     

    This is the gospel of the Lord, Praise to you O Christ

     

     

     

    Sermon by Rev Janet Day

     

     

     

    Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness lead by Jess Squire

     

    O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Bow down before him, his glory proclaim; with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness, kneel and adore him: the Lord is his Name! Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness, high on his heart he will bear it for thee, and comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness, guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

    Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine; for truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness, these are the offerings to lay on his shrine. These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness, he will accept for the Name that is dear; mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness, trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

     

     

    The 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 Lord be with you

    And also with you.

     

    Lord, have mercy on us

    Christ, have mercy on us

    Lord, have mercy on us.

     

     

    Intercessions lead by David Childs

     

    End with the family prayer, we boldly say

    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.

     

    Angle voices ever singing lead by Mark

     

    Angel voices ever singing round Thy throne of light, angel harps, forever ringing, rest not day nor night; thousands only live to bless Thee and confess thee Lord of might.

    Thou who art beyond the farthest mortal eye can scan, can it be that Thou regardest songs of sinful man? Can we feel that Thou art near us and wilt hear us? Yea, we can.

     

    Yea, we know Thy love rejoices o’er each work of Thine; Thou didst ears and hands and voices for Thy praise combine; craftsman’s art and music’s measure for Thy pleasure didst design.

    Here, great God, today we offer of Thine own to Thee; and for Thine acceptance proffer, all unworthily, hearts and minds and hands and voices in our choicest melody.

     

    Honour, glory, might, and merit Thine shall ever be, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, blessed Trinity: of the best that Thou hast given earth and heaven render Thee.

     

    May the road rise to meet you

    May the wind be always at your back

    May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

    And may the hand of a friend always be near.

    Blessings, honour and glory be yours, here and everywhere, now and forever. Amen.

     

    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. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with your always.

    Amen

     

    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

    WE WILL SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT,

    GOD IN COMMUNITY, HOLY AND ONE. AMEN.


  • Epiphany 2, Morning Prayer, 17 Jan

    Morning Prayer this Sunday
    Time: Jan 17, 2021 09:30 London

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    Morning Prayer – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany 17th January 2021

    Leader Rev Rachael Storer

    Jesus said, come to me, all whose work is hard, whose load is heavy; and I will give you rest.                                                                                         Matthew 11. 28

    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.

    I, the Lord of Sea and Sky led by Mark

    I, the Lord of sea and sky,
    I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin, my hand will save.
    I who made the stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear my light to them?
    Whom shall I send?   

    Refrain       Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold Your people in my heart    

    I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have born my peoples pain.
    I have wept for love of them, they turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone,
    Give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?  

    Refrain         

    I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will tend the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them, my hand will save
    Finest bread I will provide,
    Till their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give my life to them.
    Whom shall I send?      

    Refrain

    Words and music: Dan Schutte © 1981 Daniel L Schutte & New Dawn Music

    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.

    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.

    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 forever. Amen.

    Let us worship the Lord. All praise to his name.

    JUBILATE: Psalm 100

    1. O shout to the Lord in triumph all the earth:

    serve the Lord with gladness 

    and come before his face with songs of joy.

    2. Know that the Lord he is God:

    It is he who has made us and we are his 

    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

    3. Come into his gates with thanksgiving

    and into his courts with praise: 

    give thanks to him and bless his holy name.

    4. For the Lord is good his loving mercy is forever:

    his faithfulness throughout all generations.

    Glory to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now: and shall be forever.  Amen.

    Psalm 139. 1-6, 13-18
    O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

    You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

    you discern my thoughts from far away.

    You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.

    You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

    For it was you who formed my inward parts;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

    Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

    My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,

    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

    Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.

    In your book were written all the days that were formed for me,

    when none of them as yet existed.

    How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

    I try to count them – they are more than the sand; I come to the end – I am still with you.

    Glory to the Father,

    and to the Son:

    and to the Holy Spirit;

    as it was in the beginning, is now:

    and shall be forever. Amen.

    The Old Testament reading:- 1 Samuel 3. 1-10

    Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

    At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’

    But Eli said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’

    Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

    The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’

    Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

    Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

    This is the word of the Lord.

    Thanks be to God.


    The New Testament reading:  Revelation 5. 1-10

    Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

    Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.’


    This is the word of the Lord.

    Thanks be to God.

    The Servant King led by Ann Dean

    From heaven you came helpless babe
    Entered our world, your glory veiled
    Not to be served but to serve
    And give Your life that we might live

    Refrain             This is our God, The Servant King
    He calls us now to follow Him
    To bring our lives as a daily offering
    Of worship to The Servant King

    There in the garden of tears
    My heavy load he chose to bear
    His heart with sorrow was torn
    ‘Yet not My will but Yours, ‘ He said

                       Refrain

    Come see His hands and His feet
    The scars that speak of sacrifice
    Hands that flung stars into space
    To cruel nails surrendered

                       Refrain

    So let us learn how to serve,

    and in our lives enthrone him;

    each other’s needs to prefer,

    for it is Christ we’re serving.

                       Refrain

    Words and music: Graham Kendrick

    © 1983 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

    Gospel reading: John 1. 43-51

    The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him,

    ‘Follow me.’

    Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’

    Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’

    Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’

    When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’

    Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’

    Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’

    Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’

    Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

    Sermon by Gina Ayling

    Affirmation of the Faith

    I believe and trust in God the Father who created all that is. 

    I believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ who redeemed mankind. 

    I believe and trust in his Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God.

    I believe and trust in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

    The Lord is here: His Spirit is with us.       

    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.

    Be exalted, Lord, above the heavens: let your glory cover the earth.

    Renew your Church in holiness; and give your people the blessing of peace.

    Keep our nation under your care, and guide us in justice and truth.

    Let your way be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

    Do not let the needy, O God, be forgotten, 

              nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

    Lord, hear our prayer, for we put our trust in you.

    Intercessions

    Morning Has Broken led by Adeline Jennings

    Morning has broken like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
    Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
    Praise for them springing fresh from the world

    Sweet the rains new fall, sunlit from Heaven
    Like the first dewfall on the first grass
    Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
    Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

    Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
    Born of the one light, Eden saw play
    Praise with elation, praise every morning
    God’s recreation of the new day

    Words: Eleanor Farjeon © David Higham Associates

    Music: traditional Gaelic melody

    The Collect of the day

    Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new:

    transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,

    and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory;

    through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

    who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

    one God, now and forever. Amen

    The 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.

    Morning 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.

    The Lord is here.

    His Spirit is with us.        

    The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself; the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service; the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

    Go in peace and serve the Lord.  

    Thanks be to God.

    Let us end our worship together this morning by sharing the grace together:

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.


  • Epiphany 1, Holy Communion, 10 Jan 2020

    Topic: Sunday Worship
    Time: Jan 10, 2021 09:30 London

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    Holy Communion – Baptism of Christ

    January 10th 2021

    Leader Rev Janet 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                  

    Breathe on Me Breath of God

    Breathe on me, breath of God:

    fill me with life anew,

    that I may love as you have loved

    and do as you would do.

     Breathe on me, breath of God,

    until my heart is pure,

    until my will is one with yours

    to do and to endure.

     Breathe on me, breath of God;

    fulfil my heart’s desire,

    until this earthly part of me

    glows with your heavenly fire.

    Breathe on me, breath of God;

    so shall I never die,

    but live with you the perfect life

    of your eternity.

    Jubilate Hymns version of Breathe on me, breath of God Edwin Hatch (1835 – 1889)

    © Jubilate Hymns Ltd

    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

    Eternal Father,

    who at the baptism of Jesus

    revealed him to be your Son,

    anointing him with the Holy Spirit:

    grant that we who are born again by water and the Spirit

    may rejoice to be called your children;

    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.

    Old Testament reading:- Genesis 1. 1-5

    In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

    This is the word of the Lord. 

    Thanks be to God.

    Psalm 29

    Ascribe to the Lord, you / powers of / heaven :

    ascribe to the / Lord / glory and / strength.

    Ascribe to the Lord the honour / due to his / name :

    worship the / Lord • in the / beauty of / holiness.

    The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

        the God of / glory / thunders :

    the Lord is up/on the / mighty / waters.

    The voice of the Lord is mighty in / oper/ation :

    the voice of the Lord / is a / glorious / voice.

    The voice of the Lord / breaks the / cedar trees :

    the Lord / breaks the / cedars of / Lebanon;

    He makes Lebanon / skip like a / calf :

    and Sirion / like a / young wild / ox.

    The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning;

    the voice of the Lord / shakes the / wilderness :

    the Lord / shakes the / wilderness of / Kadesh.

    The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe

        and strips the / forests / bare :

    in his / temple / all cry, / ‘Glory!’

    The Lord sits enthroned a/bove the / water flood :

    the Lord sits enthroned as / king for / ever/more.

    The Lord shall give / strength to his / people :

    the Lord shall give his / people the / blessing of / peace.

    New Testament reading:- Acts 19. 1-7

    While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They replied, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ Then he said, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’ They answered, ‘Into John’s baptism.’ Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied – altogether there were about twelve of them.

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

    Gospel reading:-  Mark 1. 4-11

    Listen to the gospel of Christ according to St Mark.  Glory to you O Lord.

    John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

    In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

    This is the gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

    Talk – Rev Rachel 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 led by Laura Woodside-Jones may include these responses

    Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

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

    our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Celebrant Rev Canon Mark Beaton

    The Peace

    Jesus said, Peace I bequeath to you; my own peace I give you; a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.

    Christ, the Prince of Peace, breaks down the walls that divide us. God has called us to live in peace. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

    And also with you.

    Hymn led by  Petra

    Longing for light, we wait in darkness

    Longing for truth, we turn to You.

    Make us Your own, Your holy people

    Light for the world to see.

    Christ, be our light!

    Shine in our hearts.

    Shine through the darkness.

    Christ, be our light!

    Shine in Your church gathered today.

    Longing for peace, our world is troubled

    Longing for hope, many despair.

    Your word alone has pow’r to save us.

    Make us your living voice.

    Christ, be our light!…

    Longing for food, many are hungry

    Longing for water, many still thirst.

    Make us Your bread, broken for others

    Shared until all are fed.

    Christ, be our light!…

    Longing for shelter, many are homeless

    Longing for warmth, many are cold.

    Make us Your building, sheltering others

    Walls made of living stone.

    Christ, be our light!…

    Many the gift, many the people

    Many the hearts that yearn to belong.

    Let us be servants to one another

    Making Your kingdom come.

    Christ, be our light!…

    Writer(s): Bernadette Farrell

    As the following words of introduction to the Eucharist are said, you are encouraged to raise the bread and 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 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 ever living 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

    Refreshed by these Holy gifts, Lord God,

    we seek your mercy:

    that by listening faithfully to your only Son,

    and being obedient to the prompting of the Spirit,

    we may be your children in name and in truth

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,

    you have fed us at the table of life and hope:

    teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,

    that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son,

    Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Hymn led by Adeline

    1. God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name,
    I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name,
    and in Jesus’ name I come to you
    to share his love as he told me to.

    He said:
    ‘Freely, freely you have received;
    freely, freely give.
    Go in my name and because you believe,
    others will know that I live.’

    2. All power is given in Jesus’ name,
    in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name,
    and in Jesus’ name I come to you
    to share his power as he told me to.

    He said:
    ‘Freely, freely you have received;
    freely, freely give.
    Go in my name and because you believe,
    others will know that I live.’

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    The Lord be with you.  And also with you

    May 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 peace to love and serve the Lord.          In the name of Christ. Amen.
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