REMEMBERING HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE PHILIP 

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HYMN        


Eternal Father, strong to save, 

whose arm hath bound the restless wave, 

who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep 

its own appointed limits keep: 

    O hear us when we cry to thee 

    for those m peril on the sea.


O Christ, whose voice the waters heard 

and hushed theirraging at thy word, 

who walkedst on the foaming deep, 

and calm amid the storm didst sleep: 

    O hear us when we cry to thee 

    for those in peril on the sea.


O Holy Spirit, who didst brood 

upon the waters dark and rude, 

and bid their angry tumult cease, 

and give, for wild confusion, peace: 

    O hear us when we cry to thee 

    for those in peril on the sea.                


O Trinity of love and power, 

our brethren shield in danger's hour;

from rock and tempest, fire and foe,

protect them wheresoe'er they go: 

    thus evermore shall rise to thee 

    glad hymns of praise from land and sea.



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

All             Amen.


The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you

All            and also with you.


The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.

All             Let us rejoice and sing God's praise for ever.


Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All            He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Our Alleluias this morning are tempered by the sadness of our nation and the Commonwealth at the death of His Royal Highness PHILIP, Duke of Edinburgh. As we celebrate the second Sunday of Easter we also join together in remembering before God, His Royal Highness Prince Philip. We give thanks for his life, for his duty in serving this country and our Queen and we ask for God’s comfort for all those who grieve. 


Heavenly Father, renew our trust and confidence in Christ, 

and grant that together we may be one in him, 

through whom we offer our prayers and praises to the Father.  

All        Amen

O God, make speed to save us. 

All         O Lord, make haste to help us.  


Blessed are you, Lord our God, lover of souls: you uphold us in life and sustain us in death: to you be glory and praise for ever! For the darkness of this age is passing away as Christ the bright and morning star brings to his saints the light of life. As you give light to those in darkness, who walk in the shadow of death, so remember in your kingdom your faithful servant, PHILIP, Duke of Edinburgh, that death may be for him the gate to life and to unending fellowship with you; where with your saints you live and reign, one in the perfect union of love, now and for ever. 

All         Amen.  


All        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. 


PRAYERS OF PENITENCE


Christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.

Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and 

confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.       


All           Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

                we have sinned against you and against our neighbour

                in thought and word and deed,

                through negligence, through weakness,

                through our own deliberate fault.

                We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.

                For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

                who died for us,

                forgive us all that is past

                and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

                to the glory of your name. Amen.


Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen.


SUNG GLORIA         Tune: Thine be the glory


Glory to God!

Our hearts to you we raise! 

Joy and peace on earth, 

in highest heaven praise! 

Songs of adoration, Lord, 

to you we bring,

Praising your great goodness, 

Father, heav'nly king.


Glory to God! Our hearts to you we raise! 

Joy and peace on earth, 

in highest heaven praise!


Son of the Father, 

bearing this world's sin, 

Lamb of God, have mercy, 

grant us peace within. 

You, O Christ, are holy, 

you alone are Lord, 

With the Holy Spirit, 

evermore adored.


THE COLLECT


Hear, O Lord, the prayers of your people, 

as we remember before you 

His Royal Highness PHILIP, Duke of Edinburgh: 

We thank you for his life 

and for the love he received from you 

and showed among us:

and grant that we who confess your name on earth 

may with him be made perfect in the kingdom of your glory; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord, 

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

one God, world without end. 

All            Amen.



BIBLE READING :  Wisdom 3: 1–9

The Destiny of the Righteous


But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,

and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,

and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

and their going from us to be their destruction;

but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of men they were punished,

their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,

because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;

like gold in the furnace he tried them,

and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,

and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples,

and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide with him in love,

because grace and mercy are upon his elect,

and he watches over his holy ones.


This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.

HYMN


O God, our help in ages past, 

Our hope for years to come, 

Our shelter from the stormy blast, 

And our eternal home;  


Beneath the shadow of thy throne 

Thy saints have dwelt secure; 

Sufficient is thine arm alone, 

And our defence is sure.  


Before the hills in order stood, 

Or earth received her frame, 

From everlasting thou art God, 

To endless years the same.  


A thousand ages in thy sight 

Are like an evening gone; 

Short as the watch that ends the night 

Before the rising sun.  


Time, like an ever-rolling stream, 

Bears all its sons away; 

They fly forgotten, as a dream 

Dies at the opening day.  


O God, our help in ages past, 

Our hope for years to come, 

Be thou our guard while troubles last, 

And our eternal home;  



GOSPEL READING : John 20.19-end


The Lord be with you

All             and also with you.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 

All            Glory to you, O Lord.


When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’


But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’


A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’


Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. 


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All            Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

CREED


Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.

All          Though he was divine,

                he did not cling to equality with God,

                but made himself nothing.

                Taking the form of a slave,

                he was born in human likeness.

                He humbled himself

                and was obedient to death,

                even the death of the cross.

                Therefore God has raised him on high,

                and given him the name above every name:

                that at the name of Jesus

                every knee should bow,

                and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,

                to the glory of God the Father. Amen.                                                                                    Philippians 2.6-11

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 


In Easter joy and hope, let us pray to the Father. 

                                                                                 At the end of each section, the following responses may be used. 

Lord, in your mercy

All            hear our prayer.

                                                                                                                                    The prayers conclude with the following:

Jesus, the resurrection and the life,

we give you thanks 

for all who have lived and believed in you. 

Raise us with them to eternal life.

Jesus, Lord of life,

All             accept these prayers

                  for the sake of your Son,

                  our Saviour Jesus Christ.


The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, 

All         And there shall no torment touch them.  


You, Lord, have delivered my soul from death, 

All         My eyes from tears and my feet from falling.  


I will walk before the Lord 

All         In the land of the living.  


Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort: 

deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn, 

the members of the Royal Family, 

this Nation and all the Nations of the Commonwealth, 

that casting all our care on you, 

we may know the consolation of your love; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All         Amen.  


COMMENDATION  


O eternal Lord God, 

who alone spreads out the heavens, 

and rules the raging of the sea; 

who has compassed the waters with bounds 

until day and night come to an end: 

be pleased, most merciful Father, to receive

into your almighty and most gracious protection 

the soul of our brother PHILIP; 

and grant that, with him

and all the faithful departed, we may

at the last enter into the haven 

of thine unending joy and felicity; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                                       adapted from the naval prayer

All        Amen


May God in his mercy grant us, with all the faithful departed, rest and peace. 

All         Amen.  

THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT


THE PEACE


Jesus says: 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. 

Not as the world gives do I give you. 

Do not let your hearts be troubled, 

neither let them be afraid.’


The peace of the risen Lord be always with you 

All                  and also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.                                            

 

HYMN            


Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord. 

Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord. 

Thus, says the Lord, will the world know My friends. 

Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord.


Love, perfect love, is the gift of Christ our Lord. 

Love, perfect love, is the gift of Christ our Lord.

Thus, says the Lord, will the world know My friends. 

Love, perfect love, is the gift of Christ our Lord.



Faith, perfect faith, is the gift of Christ our Lord. 

Faith, perfect faith, is the gift of Christ our Lord.

Thus, says the Lord, will the world know My friends. 

Faith, perfect faith, is the gift of Christ our Lord.


Hope, perfect hope, is the gift of Christ our Lord. 

Hope, perfect hope, is the gift of Christ our Lord.

Thus, says the Lord, will the world know My friends. 

Hope, perfect hope, is the gift of Christ our Lord.


Joy, perfect joy, is the gift of Christ our Lord. 

Joy, perfect joy, is the gift of Christ our Lord.

Thus, says the Lord, will the world know My friends. 

Joy, perfect joy, is the gift of Christ our Lord.

 

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER  


The Lord is here.     

All             his Spirit is with us.                    


Lift up your hearts.

All            We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All             It is right to give thanks and praise.

           

It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;

in your love you made us for yourself.

           

When we turned away you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

All            You embraced us as your children

                  and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

           

In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

All            He opened his arms of love upon the cross

                  and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

           

On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:

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

do this in remembrance of me.

All            Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                  his body is the bread of life.

           

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; 

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

All            Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                  his blood is shed for all.

           

As we proclaim his death 

and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.         

All             As we eat and drink these holy gifts

                  make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

           

With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

           

All            Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                  God of power and might,

                  Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                  Hosanna in the highest.


THE LORD'S PRAYER


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

           

All            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.


BREAKING OF THE BREAD 


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All            Though we are many, we are one body,

                  ​because we all share in one faith.


All             Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

                  have mercy on us.

                  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

                  have mercy on us.

                  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

                  grant us peace.


INVITATION TO COMMUNION 


Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

All            Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


RECEIVING COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION


Lord God our Father,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ

you have assured your children of eternal life

and in baptism have made us one with him:

deliver us from the death of sin

and raise us to new life in your love,

in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All        Amen

All             Almighty God,

                  we thank you for feeding us

                  with the body and blood 

                  of your Son Jesus Christ.

                  Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

                  to be a living sacrifice.

                  Send us out in the power of your Spirit

                  to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

THE DISMISSAL


The Lord be with you

All             and also with you.


n this moment of sorrow the Lord is in our midst 

and consoles us with his word: 

‘No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, 

what God has prepared for those who love him.’

All             Amen.

BLESSING


May God in his infinite love and mercy 

bring the whole Church, living and departed, 

to a joyful resurrection  

and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom, 

and the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, 

be among you and remain with you always. 

All        Amen.



HYMN 


The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended, 

the darkness falls at thy behest; 

to thee our morning hymns ascended, 

thy praise shall sanctify our rest.


We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping, 

while earth rolls onward into light, 

through all the world her watch is keeping, 

and rests not now by day or night.

 

As o'er each continent and island 

the dawn leads on another day, 

the voice of prayer is never silent, 

nor dies the strain of praise away.


The sun that bids us rest is waking 

our brethren 'neath the western sky,

and hour by hour fresh lips are making 

thy wondrous doings heard on high.


So be it, Lord: thy throne shall never, 

like earth's proud empires, pass away;

 thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever, 

till all thy creatures own thy sway.



THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

God save our gracious Queen, 

Long live our noble Queen, 

God save the Queen.

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious, 

Long to reign over us: 

God save the Queen.

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All            Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 
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As we emerge from COVID-19 lockdown many are experiencing anguish and despair with an underlying fear of the unknown, that sense that the familiar has gone for ever. It hasn’t. We need to remember that there is a glimmer hope on the horizon — the vaccines. Over the last year we have learned a great deal about ourselves, our communities, our strengths and weaknesses, and have discovered a resilience and creativity we probably never knew we had.  


May the world be freed of this virus;

may the vaccine be successful;

may those who are sick recover; 

may those who grieve be comforted; 

may those who are exhausted in caring for the sick be given new reserves of energy; 

may those who maintain the necessities for our daily life be kept safe;

may those who fear for their livelihood, the economy and the future find hope. 

May God lighten the darkness 

and his love and grace lead us with  hope to better times. Amen.


Stay safe. We’ll get through this together.        Rev’d Nicki