Easter 4 April 24, 2021

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THE DEANERY OF RADNOR & BUILTH

Holy Communion on the 4th Sunday of Easter

 

Leader Rev Janet Day, Celebrant Rev Rachael Storer, Preacher Rev Mark Beaton

 

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 Ann Dean

 

I am trusting you, Lord Jesus, You have died for me; Trusting you for full salvation, Great and free.

I am trusting you for pardon; At your feet I bow; For your grace and tender mercy, Trusting now.

I am trusting you to guide me; You alone shall lead; Every day and hour supplying All my need.

I am trusting you for power, Yours can never fail; Words which you yourself shall give me Must prevail.

I am trusting you, Lord Jesus; Never let me fall; I am trusting you forever, And for all.

 

Words: Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-79) altd. Music: Ethelbert William Bullinger (1837-1913)

 

 

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

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek thoe things which are above,

where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

First bible reading:- Acts chapter 4 verses 5 to 12

 

The rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

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

 

Psalm 23 from The Message translation by Eugene Peterson

 

GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of GOD for the rest of my life.

 

 

 

Second bible reading:- First Letter of John chapter 3 verses 16-24

 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

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

 

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

John chapter 10 verses 11 to 18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

 

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

 

 

 

Sermon – Rev Mark Beaton

 

 

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 Sue Moore

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

The Lord is my shepherd,

I’ll trust in him always.

He leads me by still waters,

I’ll trust in him always.

Always, always, I’ll trust in him always.

Always, always, I’ll trust in him always.

Words: based on Psalm 23. Music: Anonymous

 

As Rev Rachael 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.

Because in his victory over death a new age has dawned,

the long reign of sin is ended

a broken world is being renewed and we are once again made whole.

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

Merciful Father, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:

keep us always under his protection, and give us grace to follow in his steps:

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Hymn Led by Jess Squire

 

To God be the glory, great things he has done, So loved he the world that he gave us his Son, Who yielded his life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain: Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, And give him the glory, great things he has done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, To every believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Refrain.

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done, And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son; But purer, and higher, and greater will be Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see. Refrain.

Words: Frances J van Alstyne (Fanny J Crosby) (1820-1915) Music: William H Doane (1832-1916)

 

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.


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