Lent

HYMN


In the name of the Father, 

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

All             Amen.

The Lord be with you

All             and also with you.


PRAYER OF PREPARATION


Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these.

On these two commandments hang all the law and                     the prophets.

All            Amen. Lord, have mercy.



PRAYERS OF PENITENCE


Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, 

returned from the Jordan 

and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 

where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. 

Let us confess our sins remembering before God 

the times when we have fallen from temptation into sin.



We confess to you our selfishness and lack of love:

fill us with your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy.

All            Lord, have mercy.

We confess to you our fear and failure 

 in sharing our faith:

 fill us with your Spirit.

Christ, have mercy.

All            Christ, have mercy.


We confess to you our stubbornness and lack of trust:

fill us with your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy.

All            Lord, have mercy.


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.


THE COLLECT


All            Amen.



THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE



This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN

GOSPEL READING


The Lord be with you

All             and also with you.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N. 

All            Glory to you, O Lord.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All            Praise to you, O Christ.



SERMON

 

THE CREED


All             I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                   creator of heaven and earth.

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

                   who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

                   born of the Virgin Mary,

                   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,

                   he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

                   and he will come 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 OF INTERCESSION

Scripture assures us that God our Father hears the prayers of those who come in faith and hope. In the power of the Spirit and in the name of the Son, let us present our intercessions to him. 

Lord, in your mercy

All            hear our prayer.


Ever faithful God, you hear the prayers of those who turn to you in faith and trust: hear these our prayers that our Lenten journey may bring us closer to you and each other. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord,

All              accept these prayers

                   for the sake of your Son, 

                   ​our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Since we are justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has given us access to his grace.     


The peace of the Lord be always with you

All             and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

HYMN

PREPARATION OF THE TABLE AND OFFERTORY

OFFERTORY PRAYER


Lord God of all, accept our material offerings 

but also the offering of our lives. 

Help us to live simply, generously and courageously, 

that our lives may point to you.

All                        Amen


Wise and gracious God,

you spread a table before us;

nourish your people with the word of life

and the bread of heaven.

All                        Amen

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER


The Lord be with you     

All             and also with you.                    

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 indeed right and good

to give you thanks and praise,

almighty God and everlasting Father,

through Jesus Christ your Son.


For in these forty days

you lead us into the desert of repentance

that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline

we may grow in grace

and learn to be your people once again.

Through fasting, prayer and acts of service

you bring us back to your generous heart.

Through study of your holy word

you open our eyes to your presence in the world

and free our hands to welcome others

into the radiant splendour of your love.


As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast

with joyful hearts and minds

we bless you for your mercy

and join with saints and angels

for ever praising you and saying:


All             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 glory be to you, our heavenly Father,

who, in your tender mercy,

gave your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption;

who made there by his one oblation of himself once offered

a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction

for the sins of the whole world;

he instituted, and in his holy gospel 

commanded us to continue,

a perpetual memory of his precious death 

until he comes again.

            

Hear us, merciful Father, we humbly pray,

and grant that, by the power of your Holy Spirit,

we receiving these gifts of your creation, 

this bread and this wine,

according to your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution,

in remembrance of his death and passion,

may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you 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 gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

            Drink this, all of you;

            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.


Jesus Christ is Lord. 

All             Lord, by your cross and resurrection

                   you have set us free.

                   You are the Saviour of the world.


Therefore, Lord and heavenly Father,

in remembrance of the precious death and passion,

the mighty resurrection and glorious ascension

of your dear Son Jesus Christ,

we offer you through him this our sacrifice of praise

and thanksgiving.


Grant that by his merits and death,

and through faith in his blood,

we and all your Church 

may receive forgiveness of our sins

and all other benefits of his passion.

Although we are unworthy, 

through our manifold sins, to offer you any sacrifice,

yet we pray that you will accept this

the duty and service that we owe.

Do not weigh our merits, but pardon our offences,

and fill us all who share in this holy communion

with your grace and heavenly blessing;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.

All             Amen.


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.


                   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


Draw together with faith.

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink

in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts

by faith with thanksgiving.


All            Lord, I come not because I must 

                   but because I may;

                   I come, not to declare that I am righteous,

                   but because I desire to be a true disciple of you, 

                   our Lord Jesus Christ:

                   I come, not because I am strong, 

                   but because I am weak;

                   not because I have any claim on heaven’s rewards,

                   but because in my frailty and sin 

                   I stand in constant need of heaven’s mercy and help. Amen.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION


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


Lord be with you

All             and also with you.


Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,

to deny yourselves, take up your cross, 

and follow him;

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


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All            In the name of Christ.  Amen.








Copyright: Liturgical material: primary sources, The Archbishops Council 2000

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION


Let us pray in the peace of this Christmas celebration that                         

our joy in the birth of Christ will last for ever.


Christ Jesus, thank you for letting us share in your birthday

We thank you for the joys of this day:

for the joy of giving and receiving;

the joy of reunion with family and friends;                                               

the joys of feasting and of laughter.


In the midst of our joy we bring before you 

the needs of the world.


Christ, born in a stable,

give hope to those who are homeless or outcast.

                 Inspire us to help those in poverty, 

                 or less fortunate than ourselves.


Christ, at whose birth the angels rejoiced, 

comfort those for whom this Christmas 

is a sad or lonely season. 

                 Inspire us to share your love.


Christ, worshipped by the shepherds, 

receive the worship we offer. 

                 Inspire us to share our faith with others.


Christ, before whom the wise men knelt, 

give humility and wisdom to all who govern. 

                 Inspire us to work for justice and peace for all.


Christ, born as a human child, walk with us as friend and                          

brother; bless our homes and all whom we love. 

                 Inspire us to live as one family.


Christ, who is with us through the joy and sorrow, the good                  

and the bad, the excitement and despair of our lives. 

Be with us in our laughter and our tears, to rejoice and comfort.

                 We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                 for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                 for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                 and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                 within us. Amen.


Let us pray to the Lord using the words he taught 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.

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                 And also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

                 And also with you.


May the joy of the angels,

the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,

the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas.
                  

May the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always.
                 Amen.

CAROL CP57


Joy to the world, the Lord is come!  

let earth receive her King;  

let every heart prepare him room,   

and heaven and nature sing,  

and heaven and nature sing, 

and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.


Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns! 

let all their songs employ;  

while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains  

repeat the sounding joy, 

repeat the sounding joy,   

repeat, repeat the sounding joy. 


He rules the world with truth and grace,  

and makes the nations prove   

the glories of his righteousness   

and wonders of his love, 

and wonders of his love, 

and wonders, wonders of his love.

 
 

Palm Sunday

Hymn: Ride on, ride on in majesty!

sung by St. Michael's Singers  - The Hymn Makers: There is a Green Hill Far Away


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 armies of the sky
look down with sad and wond'ring eyes
to see th'approaching sacrifice.


Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
the Father on his sapphire throne
awaits 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 pow'r and reign.

We Gather to Worship God

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father 

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 

        and also with you    



Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the church throughout the world. Christ entered Jerusalem this day in triumph, a triumph that led through suffering and death to resurrection and new life. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life. All the people gathered to welcome Jesus, their king, into Jerusalem

riding on a donkey.


And so I ask, as we gather this morning, will you welcome Jesus who comes among us?

        We will.

The people hold up their palms and say


        Jesus, we welcome you into the midst of us today.

        Let these palms be for us signs of your victory; 

        and grant that we who bear them in your name 

        may for ever honour you as our King in all we do and say, 

        and follow you in the way that leads to eternal life. 

    

        Jesus came among us. He was one of us.

       Christ came to show us the way.

        Jesus Christ is the light of the world



Hymn: Rejoice, the Lord is King

sung by St. Michael's Singers  - The Hymn Makers: Charles Wesley (Love Divine)

        Rejoice, the Lord is King,
        Your Lord and King adore;
        Mortals, give thanks and sing
        And triumph evermore:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

        Jesus, the Saviour reigns,  

        The God of truth and love:

        When He had purged our stains  

        He took His seat above:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

        His kingdom cannot fail;
        He rules o’er earth and heav’n;
        The keys of death and hell
        Are to our Jesus giv’n:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

        He sits at God’s right hand
        Till all His foes submit,
        And bow to His command,
        And fall beneath His feet:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.


We say sorry to God


Let us think for a moment about the way we have lived our lives in the past few days, remembering as we do that God loves us and wants to forgive the times when we forget his teaching and have failed to love others.


As we watch the gates open for Jesus' triumphant entry,

let us open the gates of our own hearts

that we may confess, with all honesty,

the sin that resides within.


        Triumphant God,

        we join the crowd today, cheering your entry into our lives.

        But how quickly we turn from shouts of joy to taunts of hatred.

        Instead of greeting you when the going gets tough,

        we choose to greet you only when it is convenient for us.

        In the moments when tough choices have to be made,

        we build walls to keep people out

        instead of bigger tables to invite more guests.

        We, the builders of these walls,

        have rejected you, the chief cornerstone.

        Give us courage to build tables instead of walls.

        Give us strength to accept your call upon our lives.

        Give us righteousness that we might know the difference

        between what is easy and what is right.  Amen.


     

Friends, 

God's steadfast love endures forever.

There is no wall high or thick enough

to separate us from the love of God.

Jesus marched into Jerusalem to save us

and save us, he will!

In the name of Jesus Christ, our sins have been forgiven.  

        Amen.


Collect

True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory.    

        Amen.


We hear God's word:

The Lord be with you

        And also with you


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

        Glory to you, O Lord.


At the end, the reader says


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

        Praise to you, O Christ.

Talk

 

We profess our faith

        I believe in God the Father,

        from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.


        I believe in God the Son,

        who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.


        I believe in God the Holy Spirit,

        who strengthens us with power from on high.

    

        I believe in one God;

        Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.        


Hymn: My Song is Love Unknown

sung by St. Michael's Singers  - The Hymn Makers: There is a Green Hill Far Away


        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.

We say our prayers


Lord, we pray 

for those who have not seen you enter the gates of their lives:

those who have turned you away,

those who have been too busy to look,

those who have been hurt by others and are afraid to trust,

those who have been given a distorted view of you.

Open their eyes, O King of kings,

for you are the ‘one before all things’.

Lord, in your mercy

        hear our prayer


We finish our prayers by saying together the prayer Jesus taught us

        Father, who art in heaven,

        hallowed be Thy name.

        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.


We share the sign of peace


Christ came and proclaimed the gospel,

peace to those who are far off

and peace to those who are near.

Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life.


The peace of the Lord be always with you

        and also with you.                         


Let us offer one another a sign of God's peace.



We receive God's blessing 


The Lord be with you

        And also with you.

This Holy Week 

will you walk carefully around the exquisite sawdust carpets, 

- experiencing their beauty from afar, 

not getting involved in the procession. 

The passion of our Lord. 


Or will you be a carpet maker or float carrier 

and get totally absorbed in the beauty and emotion 

of waking in the procession with our Lord. 

May you be drawn together, with all the church,

into one great company of disciples,

together following our Lord Jesus Christ

into every walk of life,

together serving him in his mission to the world,

and together witnessing to his love.


And the blessing of God almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

        Amen.


Hymn: Lift High the Cross

sung by The Choir of Norwich Cathedral & Neil Taylor


        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        Come let they follow where our our captain trod,
        our King victorious, Christ the Son of God.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        Let every race and every language tell

        of him who saves our souls from death and hell.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        From farthest regions let them homage bring

        and on his cross adore their Saviour King.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease

        beneath the shadow of its healing peace.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        For thy blest cross which doth for all atone
        creation’s praises rise before thy throne:
        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
        till all the world adores his sacred name.



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

        In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

Holy Week Meditation

A Time of Prayer and Meditation

God, as we walk through holy week towards the cross, 

may we remember the wonder of who you are. 

Beyond sin your love is in exhaustible, 

beyond brokenness your forgiveness is incomprehensible, 

beyond betrayal your grace is poured out eternally, 

beyond death your life is an imaginable, 

beyond human understanding your ways are always higher than ours.

Amen

Come to us this evening, O God, 

    All       Lighten our darkness.  

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Speak to us this evening, O God,  

    All       Speak to us your truth. 

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Dwell with us this night, O God, 

    All        Dwell with us in love. 

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Our help is in the name of the Lord

    All        Who made heaven and earth

It is evening after a long day,

what has been done has been done: 

what has not been done has not been done; 

hand it to God and let it be.

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    All        Most merciful God,

    All        we confess to you,

    All        before the whole company of heaven and one another,

    All        that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

    All        and in what we have failed to do.

    All        Forgive us our sins,

    All        heal us by your Spirit

    All        and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

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O God, make speed to save us.

    All        O Lord, make haste to help us.

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    All        Glory to the Father and to the Son

    All        and to the Holy Spirit;

    All        as it was in the beginning is now

    All        and shall be for ever. Amen.

God we gather this evening to thank you for the many blessings of this day and in our lives. We praise you for your generous goodness new every day.

    All        To you our God we offer praise and thanks.

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We pause to remind ourselves of all we have to be thankful for.

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To you who created the earth and the heavens,

To you who are always merciful and forgiving,

To you who call us into relationship with yourself,

    All        Thanks and praise to God our creator.

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For entering human history as one of us,

For your life poured out in sacrifice for us,

For dying that we might live,

    All        Thanks and praise to Christ our redeemer.

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For the comfort of your indwelling presence,

For the wisdom of your guidance and direction,

For drawing us together as one family,

    All        Thanks and praise to the Holy Spirit our enabler.

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Through your will we are made whole,

Through your love we are renewed in body, mind and spirit

Through you we become one community from every tribe and nation.

    All        Thanks and praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


The Word of the Lord

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O God, as these words are read, 

    All        In our hearts may we feel your presence. 


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Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word.

May it be a lantern to our feet, a light upon our paths, 

and a strength to our lives.


Reflection and meditation

 

Prayers of Intercession

We have a moment of silence to offer up our own personal prayers


Father God, we thank you 

for the many blessings you gave us this day,

for all the good you have enabled us to do; 

for the experiences that have taught us humility and patience 

for the hope that your life, death and resurrection 

inspire within us. Amen.

Let us now pray together using the words Jesus taught us.


    All        Our Father, who art in heaven,

    All        hallowed be thy name;

    All        thy kingdom come, thy will be done;

    All        on earth as it is in heaven.

    All        Give us this day our daily bread.

    All        And forgive us our trespasses,

    All        as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    All        And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

    All        For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

    All        for ever and ever. Amen.


Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

Come with the dawning of the day

and make yourself know to us

in the faces and actions of those we meet.

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet evening and a perfect night.

    All        Amen.

 

Easter Sunday

We Gather to Worship God


Our Lord Jesus Christ, did the most amazing thing, he died for our sins and then miraculously came back to life.  His death and resurrection give us confidence that we shall share his victory over death and live with him for ever in God. We are here today to celebrate, and to worship him.  

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        Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All        He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

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        The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you

All        and also with you.

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        The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.

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

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        Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All        He is risen indeed. Alleluia.


Hymn

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           Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

           Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

           Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!

           Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

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           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!

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           But the pain which He endured, Alleluia!

           Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!

           Now above the sky He's king, Alleluia!

           Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!


We say sorry to God

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Let us think for a moment about the way we have recently lived our lives in the past few days, remembering as we do that God loves us and wants to forgive the times when we forget his teaching and have failed to love others.       

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        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.       


A moment of silence for personal confession.

        Like Mary at the empty tomb,

        we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

        Lord, have mercy.

All       Lord, have mercy.

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       Like the disciples behind locked doors, 

       we are afraid to be seen as your followers. 

       Christ, have mercy.

All       Christ, have mercy.

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       Like Thomas in the upper room, we are slow to believe.

       Lord, have mercy.

All       Lord, have mercy.

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        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.


Prayer for the day


        God of glory,

        by the raising of your Son

        you have broken the chains of death and hell:

        fill your Church with faith and hope;

        for a new day has dawned

        and the way to life stands open

        in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

All        Amen.

The word of God


At the end of each reading the reader says

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        This is the word of the Lord.

All        Thanks be to God.

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Hymn


           The day of resurrection! 

           Earth, tell it out abroad; 

           the Passover of gladness, 

           the Passover of God. 

           From death to life eternal, 

           from earth unto the sky, 

           our Christ hath brought us over, 

           with hymns of victory.

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           Our hearts be pure from evil, 

           that we may see aright 

           the Lord in rays eternal 

           of resurrection light; 

           and listening to his accents, 

           may hear so calm and plain 

           his own "All hail!" and, hearing, 

           may raise the victor strain.

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           Now let the heavens be joyful! 

           Let earth her song begin! 

           The round world keep high triumph, 

           and all that is therein! 

           Let all things seen and unseen 

           their notes in gladness blend, 

           for Christ the Lord hath risen, 

           our joy that hath no end.


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Profession of faith


All        We believe in God the Father,

            from whom every family

            in heaven and on earth is named.

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            We believe in God the Son,

            who lives in our hearts through faith,

            and fills us with his love.

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            We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

            who strengthens us

            with power from on high.

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            We believe in one God;

            Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.     


Prayers of intercession 


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


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


        Life giving God

All        Give us new life in you.

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Our  prayers of intercession 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.

            Amen.


Trusting in the compassion of God, 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.


The Peace of God


The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, 

'Peace be with you.’ Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.   

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        Alleluia. The peace of the Lord be always with you

All         and also with you. Alleluia. 


        Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


Hymn


        Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.

        Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

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        Jesus is Lord of all the earth.

        He is the King of creation.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

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        Spread the good news o'er all the earth:

        Jesus has died and has risen.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

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        We have been crucified with Christ.

        Now we shall live for ever.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

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        God has proclaimed his gracious gift:

        Life eternal for all who believe.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.

              Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

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        Come, let us praise the living God,

        Joyfully sing to our Saviour.

             Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.

             Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

        May you know that the Lord is with you. 

All        And also with you.

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        May you open your heart to him today. 

        May you know his love within you.

        May his light shine upon you.

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        Heavenly Father,

        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.

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        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 he had supper with his friends.

        Whilst they were eating, he took bread, 

        and when he had given thanks, 

        he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 

        'Take it; this is my body.'

        Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, 

        He told them:

        'This is my blood of the covenant,”

        which is poured out for many 

        for the forgiveness of their sins; 

        do this in remembrance of me.’

        Christ invites us to share in a meal together.

        Christ invites us to share in service and humility.

        Christ invites us to share in strength and renewal. 

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        We gather in faith.

        We share a meal together in love.

All        Father, we eat and drink in remembrance of him.


We share a meal together in love.

 

        Loving God, host and guest,

        Come to us, commune with us, connect us;

        make us true companions

        with all who seek your meaning and truth, 

        beauty and love.

All        May we find community together.

We receive God's blessing 

and go out to serve Christ in the world


        The Lord be with you

All        And also with you.

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         May we be drawn together, with all the church,

         into one great company of disciples,

         together following our Lord Jesus Christ

         into every walk of life,

         together serving him in his mission to the world,

         and together witnessing to his love.

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         And  may the blessing of God almighty, 

         the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
         be among us and remain with us always.

All         Amen.


Hymn


             Thine be the glory,

             Risen, conquering Son,

             Endless is the victory

             Thou o'er death hast won;

             Angels in bright raiment

             Rolled the stone away,

             Kept the folded grave-clothes

             Where thy body lay.

                 Thine be the glory,

                 Risen, conquering Son;

                 Endless is the victory

                 Thou o'er death hast won!


             Lo, Jesus meets us,

             Risen from the tomb;

             Lovingly he greets us,

             Scatters fear and gloom;

             Let the Church with gladness

             Hymns of triumph sing,

             For her Lord now liveth,

             Death hath lost its sting.

                 Thine be the glory,

                 Risen, conquering Son;

                 Endless is the victory

                 Thou o'er death hast won!


             No more we doubt thee,

             Glorious Prince of life;

             Life is naught without thee:

             Aid us in our strife;

             Make us more than conquerors

             Through thy deathless love;

             Bring us safe through Jordan

             To thy home above:

                 Thine be the glory,

                 Risen, conquering Son;

                 Endless is the victory

                 Thou o'er death hast won!


         Go out to serve Christ in the world. Alleluia, alleluia.

All        Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Eastertide

Prayers of Intercession

We have a moment of silence to offer up our own personal prayers


Father God, we thank you 

for the many blessings you gave us this day,

for all the good you have enabled us to do; 

for the experiences that have taught us humility and patience 

for the hope that your life, death and resurrection 

inspire within us. Amen.

Let us now pray together using the words Jesus taught us.


    All        Our Father, who art in heaven,

    All        hallowed be thy name;

    All        thy kingdom come, thy will be done;

    All        on earth as it is in heaven.

    All        Give us this day our daily bread.

    All        And forgive us our trespasses,

    All        as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    All        And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

    All        For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

    All        for ever and ever. Amen.


Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

Come with the dawning of the day

and make yourself know to us

in the faces and actions of those we meet.

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet evening and a perfect night.

    All        Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession

We have a moment of silence to offer up our own personal prayers


Father God, we thank you 

for the many blessings you gave us this day,

for all the good you have enabled us to do; 

for the experiences that have taught us humility and patience 

for the hope that your life, death and resurrection 

inspire within us. Amen.

Let us now pray together using the words Jesus taught us.


    All        Our Father, who art in heaven,

    All        hallowed be thy name;

    All        thy kingdom come, thy will be done;

    All        on earth as it is in heaven.

    All        Give us this day our daily bread.

    All        And forgive us our trespasses,

    All        as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    All        And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

    All        For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

    All        for ever and ever. Amen.


Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

Come with the dawning of the day

and make yourself know to us

in the faces and actions of those we meet.

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet evening and a perfect night.

    All        Amen.

 
 
 
 
 

HYMN CP 444


GOD is working his purpose out, 

as year succeeds to year,

 God is working his purpose out,   

and the time is drawing near; 

nearer and nearer draws the time, 

the time that shall surely be, 

when the earth shall be filled 

with the glory of God  

as the waters cover the sea. 


From utmost east to utmost west, 

wherever feet have trod,  

by the mouth of many messengers  

goes forth the voice of God,

 'Give ear to me, ye continents, 

ye isles, give ear to me, 

that the earth may be filled 

with the glory of God  

as the waters cover the sea.'


What can we do to work God's work, 

to prosper and increase 

the love of God in all mankind, 

the reign of the Prince of peace?

What can we do to hasten the time,  

the time that shall surely be,  

when the earth shall be filled   

with the glory of God  

as the waters cover the sea? 


March we forth in the strength of God,  

with the banner of Christ unfurled, 

that the light of the glorious gospel of truth 

may shine throughout the world; 

fight we the fight with sorrow and sin, 

to set their captives free, 

that the earth may be filled 

with the glory of God 

as the waters cover the sea.


All we can do is nothing worth 

unless God blesses the deed; 

vainly we hope for the harvest-tide 

till God gives life to the seed; 

yet nearer and nearer draws the time, 

the time that shall surely be

when the earth shall be filled 

with the glory of God 

as the waters cover the sea.

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


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.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE 

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.’ 

This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP489 


JESUS, Lord, we look to thee, 

let us in thy name agree:

show thyself the Prince of peace;  

bid all strife for ever cease.


Make us of one heart and mind,  

courteous, pitiful, and kind,  

lowly, meek in thought and word, 

altogether like our Lord.


Let us for each other care, 

each the other's burden bear; 

to thy church the pattern give, 

show how true believers live.


Free from anger and from pride, 

let us thus in God abide; 

all the depths of love express, 

all the heights of holiness.

GOSPEL READING

Alleluia, alleluia.

He called you to this through our gospel,

that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                                 2 Thessalonians 2:14

                Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!                             

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 2:1-11

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

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. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN CP305


I come with joy, a child of God, 

forgiven, loved and free, 

the life of Jesus to recall, 

in love laid down for me.


I come with Christians far and near

to find, as all are fed, 

the new community of love 

in Christ's communion bread.


As Christ breaks bread, 

and bids each proud division ends.

The love that made us, makes us one, 

and strangers now are friends.


The Spirit of the risen Christ, 

unseen, but ever near, 

is in such friendship better known,  

alive among us here.


Together met, together bound 

by all that God has done, 

we'll go with joy, to give the world

the love that makes us one.


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                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.

                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.

                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.

                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.

                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:

                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                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught 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.


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

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

God of glory,

you nourish us with your Word

who is the bread of life:

fill us with your Holy Spirit

that trough us the light of your glory

may shine in the world.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

May God who revealed himself through the miracles of Christ 

by transforming water into wine,

reveal himself to us and transform our lives;

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


HYMN   CP418

Father, Lord of all creation, 

ground of being, life and love;  

height and depth beyond description  

only life in you can prove: 

you are mortal life's dependence: 

thought, speech, sight are ours by grace; 

yours is every hour's existence,  

sovereign Lord of time and space.


Jesus Christ, the Man for others, 

we, your people, make our prayer:

help us love - as sisters, brothers -

all whose burdens we can share.


Where your name binds us together   

you, Lord Christ, will surely be; 

where no selfishness can sever  

there your love the world may see. 


Holy Spirit, rushing, burning   

wind and flame of Pentecost,   

fire our hearts afresh with yearning  

to regain what we have lost. 

May your love unite our action,  

never more to speak alone: 

God, in us abolish faction,

God, through us your love make known

God shines in your hearts:

Christ is the light of the world!

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit, to to share the message of his call:

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 
 

Follow Me

HYMN CP4


LORD, as the day begins 

lift up our hearts in praise; 

take from us all our sins, 

guard us in all our ways:

 our every step direct and guide 

that Christ in all be glorified!


Christ be in work and skill, 

serving each other's need; 

Christ be in thought and will, 

Christ be in word and deed:

our minds be set on things above 

in joy and peace, in faith and love.


Grant us the Spirit's strength,  

teach us to walk his way; 

so bring us all at length 

safe to the close of day:

from hour to hour sustain and bless, 

and let our song be thankfulness.


Now as the day begins  

make it the best of days; 

take from us all our sins, 

guard us in all our ways:

our every step direct and guide 

that Christ in all be glorified!

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


Eternal Lord,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole creation

to your glory, hidden through past ages

and made known

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE 

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.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP308


JUST as I am, without one plea 

but that thy blood was shed for me, 

and that thou bidst me come to thee, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, though tossed about  

with many a conflict, many a doubt, 

fightings and fears within, without, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; 

sight, riches, healing of the mind, 

yea, all I need, in thee to find,  

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, thou wilt receive, 

wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve: 

because thy promise I believe, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, thy love unknown 

has broken every barrier down; 

now to be thine, yea, thine alone, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, of that free love 

the breadth, length, depth, and height to prove, 

here for a season, then above, 

O Lamb of God, I come.

GOSPEL READING

Alleluia, alleluia.

He called you to this through our gospel,

that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                                 2 Thessalonians 2:14

                Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!                             

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 1.43-end

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

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.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN CP233


JESUS calls us: o'er the tumult

Of our life's wild restless sea, 

day by day his sweet voice soundeth, 

saying, 'Christian, follow me':


As of old Saint Andrew heard it 

by the Galilean lake,  

turned from home and toil and kindred 

leaving all for his dear sake.


Jesus calls us from the worship 

of the vain world's golden store, 

from each idol that would keep us,  

saying, 'Christian, love me more.'


In our joys and in our sorrows, 

days of toil and hours of ease, 

still he calls, in cares and pleasures, 

that we love him more than these.


Jesus calls us: by thy mercies,  

Saviour, make us hear thy call, 

give our hearts to thine obedience, 

serve and love thee best of all.


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                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.

                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.

                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.

                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.

                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:

                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                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught 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.


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

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

God of glory,

you nourish us with your Word

who is the bread of life:

fill us with your Holy Spirit

that trough us the light of your glory

may shine in the world.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

God who called you to work with him,

strengthen you by the power of his Spirit,

that you may be worthy of his calling;

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


HYMN   

CP622


WILL you come and follow me,  

if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don't know 

and never be the same? 

Will you let my love be shown, 

will you let my love be known, 

will you let my life be grown  

in you and you in me?


Will you leave yourself behind 

if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind 

and never be the same? 

Will you risk the hostile stare  

should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer   

in you and you in me?  


Will you let the blinded see 

if I but call your name? 

Will you set the prisoners free  

and never be the same? 

Will you kiss the leper clean,  

and do such as this unseen,  

and admit to what I mean  

in you and you in me? 


Will you love the 'you' you hide 

if I but call your name? 

Will you quell the fear inside  

and never be the same? 

Will you use the faith you've found  

to reshape the world around,   

through my sight and touch and sound  

in you and you in me? 


Lord, your summons echoes true   

when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you  

and never be the same.  

In your company I'll go  

where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I'll move and live and grow  

in you and you in me. 

God shines in your hearts:

Christ is the light of the world!

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit, to to share the message of his call:

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 

Candlemass

HYMN CP513


LORD, the light of your love is shining, 

in the midst of the darkness, shining; 

Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us, 

set us free by the truth you now bring us, 

shine on me: shine on me: 

        Shine, Jesus, shine, 

        fill this land with the Father's glory; 

        blaze, Spirit, blaze,   

        set our hearts on fire. 

          Flow, river, flow, 

        flood the nations with love and mercy;  

        send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!


Lord, I come to your awesome presence, 

from the shadows into your radiance;  

by the blood I may enter your brightness,  

search me, try me, consume all my darkness: 

shine on me: shine on me: 

        Shine, Jesus, shine, 

        fill this land with the Father's glory; 

        blaze, Spirit, blaze,   

        set our hearts on fire. 

          Flow, river, flow, 

        flood the nations with love and mercy;  

        send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!


As we gaze on your kingly brightness,  

so our faces display your likeness,  

ever changing from glory to glory,  

mirrored here, may our lives tell your story: 

shine on me: shine on me: 

        Shine, Jesus, shine, 

        fill this land with the Father's glory; 

        blaze, Spirit, blaze,   

        set our hearts on fire. 

          Flow, river, flow, 

        flood the nations with love and mercy;  

        send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


God of heaven,

you send the gospel to the ends of the earth

and your messengers to every nation:

send your Holy Spirit to transform us

by the good news of everlasting life

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE 

Revelation 12.1-5a


A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 

Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne;

This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP80


When candles are lighted on Candlemas Day 

the dark is behind us, and spring's on the way. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


The kings have departed, the shepherds have gone, 

the child and his parents are left on their own.

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


They go to the temple, obeying the law, 

and offer two pigeons, the gift of the poor. 

         A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


But Anna and Simeon recognise there 

the Christ-child who came at the turn of the year. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


The old who have suffered and waited so long 

see hope for the world as they welcome the young. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


They gaze at God's wonderful answer to prayer, 

the joy of the Jews and the Gentiles' desire. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


"The light is increasing and spring's in the air.

Look back with thanksgiving! Look forward with awe!

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


Great Spirit of Jahweh, with courage inspire 

your everyday saints who face up to despair. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


The candles invite us to praise and to pray 

when Christmas greets Easter on Candlemas Day. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.

GOSPEL READING

Alleluia, alleluia.

He called you to this through our gospel,

that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                                 2 Thessalonians 2:14

                Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!                             

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 1:21-28

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


The peace which the world cannot give,

the deep peace of him who stilled the storm;

the peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN CP346     


O CHRIST, the Healer, we have come 

to pray for health, to plead for friends.

How can we fail to be restored, 

when reached by love that never ends?


From every ailment flesh endures

our bodies clamour to be freed; 

yet in our hearts we would confess 

that wholeness is our deepest need.


How strong, O Lord, are our desires, 

how weak our knowledge of ourselves!

Release in us those healing truths 

unconscious pride resists or shelves.


In conflicts that destroy our health

we diagnose the world's disease;

our common life declares our ills:

is there no cure, O Christ, for these?


Grant that we all, made one in faith, 

in your community may find 

the wholeness that, enriching us, 

shall reach the whole of humankind.


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                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.

                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.

                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.

                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.

                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:

                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                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught 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.


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

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

Generous Lord,

in word and eucharist we have proclaimed the mystery of your love:

help us so to live out our days

that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

The Lord of Light and love,

cleans you by the power of his Spirit,

protect you from all danger from within and without, 

keep you forever in his caret;

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


HYMN   CP494

KING of glory, King of peace, 

I will love thee;  

and, that love may never cease, 

I will move thee. 

Thou hast granted my request, 

thou hast heard me; 

thou didst note my working breast,  

thou hast spared me.


Wherefore with my utmost art 

I will sing thee, 

and the cream of all my heart 

I will bring thee.

Though my sins against me cried,  

thou didst clear me,  

and alone, when they replied,   

thou didst hear me.


Seven whole days, not one in seven, 

I will praise thee; 

in my heart, though not in heaven, 

I can raise thee.

Small it is, in this poor sort   

to enrol thee: 

e'en eternity's too short 

to extol thee.

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit;

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 
 

ADVENT

Advent is the traditional time of year leading up to Christmas. 

Advent means  'Coming". There are three meanings of  'coming'  that Christians describe at Christmas.

 

Join in the story and sing your way to Christmas at this years services on zoom.

ADVENT 1

ADVENT

ADVENT 3

ADVENT 4

ADVENT 5
EMANUEL
'GOD WITH US"

 

4th Advent Sunday

THE GREETING


HYMN CP 44

ANGELS from the realms of glory, 

wing your flight o'er all the earth; 

ye who sang creation's story  

now proclaim Messiah's birth:

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.


Shepherds in the field abiding, 

watching o'er your flocks by night,

God with us is now residing; 

yonder shines the infant Light: 

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.

     

Sages, leave your contemplations; 

brighter visions beam afar; 

seek the great Desire of Nations; 

ye have seen his natal star:

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.


Saints before the altar bending, 

watching long in hope and fear, 

suddenly the Lord, descending, 

in his temple shall appear:

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.


Though an infant now we view him, 

he shall fill his Father's throne, 

gather all the nations to him; 

every knee shall then bow down:        

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son 

and of the Holy Spirit.

All           Amen.


The Lord be with you

All               and also with you.



PRAYERS OF PENITENCE


When the Lord comes,

he will bring light to the things now hidden in darkness,

and will disclose the purposes of the heart.

Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins.

Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of Peace:

All                  Lord have mercy


Christ Jesus, 

you are Son of God and Son of the holy Virgin Mary:

All                 Christ have mercy


Lord Jesus, 

you are Word made flesh and splendour of the Father.

All                 Lord have mercy


May God who loved the world so much

that he sent his Son to be our Saviour

forgive you your sins 

and make you holy to serve him in the world,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE COLLECT


Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All                     Amen.


Sisters and brothers, 

in this holy season we prepare ourselves for the Lord’s coming. 

Let us now be open in

heart and mind as the Lord comes to us through his holy

Word.


THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE

Romans 16.25-end


Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever! Amen.


This is the word of the Lord.

All             Thanks be to God.


HYMN A&M 242


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord :

unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice; 

tender to me the promise of his word; 

in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name :

make known his might, the deeds his arm has done; 

his mercy sure, from age to age the same; 

his holy name, the Lord, the Mighty One.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might: 

powers and dominions lay their glory by; 

proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight, 

the hungry fed, the humble lifted high. 


Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word:

firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

to children's children and for evermore.

I am your servant, Lord.

Let your will be done to me.

All             Jesus is Lord, alleluia!

                 Jesus shall come, alleluia!


GOSPEL READING


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 1:26-38

All             Glory to you, O Lord.


In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

All             Glory to you, O Christ.


SERMON


THE CREED


Let us affirm our faith in the all holy God who is Father,      

Son and Holy Spirit:


I believe in God the Father, who created all things:

All            for by his will they were created and have their being.


I believe in God the Son, who was slain:

All            for with his blood, he purchased us for God, from  

                every tribe and language, from every people and 

                nation.


I believe in God the Holy Spirit:

All            the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’

                 Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  Amen.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION


Since Christ will come in glory to gather all things to the Creator, 

let us make our needs known so that our world might be ready 

for the day of the Lord.


After each prayer, one of the following responses may be used:


Lord, in your mercy    

All            Hear our prayer             

The prayers conclude with the following:


Hasten, Lord, the day when people will come 

from east and west, from north and south, 

and sit at table in your kingdom 

and we shall see your Son in his glory.


Merciful Father,

All            accept these prayers 

                 for the sake of your Son, 

                 our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT


THE PEACE


From on high the Father has sent a Son to dwell among us

that we may know and share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All                  and also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.



HYMN CP 242

The Angel Gabriel from heaven came, 

his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;

'All hail,' said he, 'thou lowly maiden Mary, 

most highly favoured lady.' Gloria!


'For known a blessed Mother thou shalt be, 

all generations laud and honour thee,  

thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold; 

most highly favoured lady.' Gloria!


Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,

'To me be as it pleaseth God,' she said,

'My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name': 

most highly favoured lady. Gloria!


Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born 

in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn, 

and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say 

'Most highly favoured lady.' Gloria!

PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

PRAYER OF PREPARATION 


As the grain  once scattered in the fields and the grapes  

once dispersed  on the hillside are now reunited  on this 

table in bread  and wine, so, Lord, may your whole     

Church soon be gathered together from the corners  of 

the earth into your kingdom.

All                          Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER


The Lord be with you

All                and also with you.


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 indeed right  and good to give you thanks  and praise, 

almighty God  and everlasting Father, through Jesus  

Christ your Son. For when he humbled himself to come  

among us in human flesh, he fulfilled the plan you 

formed before he foundation of the world to  open for us  

the way of salvation. Confident that your promise will be 

fulfilled, we now watch for the day when Christ  our Lord  

will come again in glory. And so we join  our voices with 

angels and archangels and with  all the company  of 

heaven to proclaim your glory for ever praising you and  

saying:


All              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.


Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you 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 gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:


Drink this, all of you;

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.


Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection 

and glorious ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


Great is the mystery of faith:

All              Christ has died:

                  Christ is risen:

                  Christ will come again.


Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love

and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

        

Through him, and with him, and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:


All             Blessing and honour and glory and power

                   be yours for ever and ever.  Amen.

THE LORDS 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 bread.


THE INVITATION


He who was with God in the beginning,

is with us in this bread.

He of whom the prophets spoke,

now gives himself to us in this cup.

Jesus offers a share in his divine life

for those who love him

and who want to love him more.


So, come,

you who have much faith

and you who have little,

you who have been here often

and you who have not been for some time.

Come, not because it is I who invite you:

it is our Lord.

It is his will that those who want him

should meet him here.


All           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 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 our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

                and our souls washed through his most precious                         

                blood and that we may evermore dwell in him, 

                and he in us. Amen.


We sing together twice


All           Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world.

                In your mercy, come and heal us; 

                Lord, hear our prayer.

                Take away our sins, forgive us,

                Lamb of God, restore, redeem us,

                grant us peace, Lord, in your mercy, 

                Lord, hear our prayer.

                                                                                          Words, Nick Fawcett

                                                                                          Tune, Ar Hyd Y Nos

SHARING OF COMMUNION 


We gather in faith

We share a meal together in love.

All            Father, we eat and drink 

                in remembrance of him.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 

Heavenly Father,

who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of the promised saviour:

fill us your servants with your grace,

that in all things we may embrace your holy will

and with her rejoice in your salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All          Amen.


All          Loving Father,

              your Son Jesus Christ has come to us

              in word and Spirit, in bread and cup.

              Make us holy

              and bring us to perfection,

              when we stand before him

              as he comes to judge the living and the dead. Amen.


THE DISMISSAL

THE BLESSING


God is with you, a light to your path,

a companion for your journey,

a sure support and presence at all times;                                    

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    CP 35


People, look East. The time is near  

of the crowning of the year.

Make your house fair as you are able, 

trim the hearth and set the table.

People, look East and sing to-day:  

Love, the Guest, is on the way.


Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare 

one more seed is planted there:  

give up your strength the seed to nourish 

that in course the flower may flourish.  

People, look East, and sing today: 

Love, the Rose, is on the way.


Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim 

one more light the bowl shall brim 

shining beyond the frosty weather, 

bright as sun and moon together.

People, look East, and sing today: 

Love, the Star, is on the way.


Angels, announce with shouts of mirth 

him who brings new life to earth.

Set every peak and valley humming 

with the word, the Lord is coming. 

People, look East, and sing today: 

Love, the Lord, is on the way.


With love and compassion,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


With judgement and mercy,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


In power and glory,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


In wisdom and truth,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


Go in peace to prepare the way of the Lord.

All          In the name of Christ. Amen.

 
 
 

Remembrance Sunday

THE GATHERING 


We meet in the presence of God.
We commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between nations,
that all people may, together, live in freedom, justice and peace.
We pray for all, who in bereavement, disability and pain
continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.
We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives,
in world wars and conflicts past and present,
have been given and taken away.


I lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.         Psalm 121


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.

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

    

Jesus said,
''Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”


As we realise our failure to live up to Christ's standards 

and to obey his commands, let us come in penitence to seek God's forgiveness, as we say together:


        Almighty and merciful God, Lord of men and nations,
        we confess with shame the sins, both private and public,
        by which we have broken your law and grieved your Spirit.
        We acknowledge the reproach that war has brought
        upon the name of Christ.
        We confess our lack of love for you and for our fellow men.
        For the sake of your Son, who died for us,
        save us from our sins.
        Take from us all hatred and bitterness,
        whether in thought, word or action.
        Teach us to forgive, as we are forgiven,
        so that we may grow more like him
        and live our lives according to your will.
        Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        

Almighty God, who has promised to forgive all who repent of their sins 

and believe in his Son, Jesus Christ;
grant us pardon for our sins, peace in our hearts,
strength in his service, and everlasting life.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

        Amen.


THE COLLECT


God, our refuge and strength,

bring near the day when wars shall cease

and poverty and pain shall end,

that earth may know the peace of heaven

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        Amen.


BIBLE READING 

Hebrews 10:32-35


Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.


HYMN

        O valiant hearts who to your glory came

        Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;

        Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,

        Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.


        Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war

        As who had heard God’s message from afar;

        All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,

        To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.


        Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;

        Into the light that nevermore shall fade;

        Deep your contentment in that blest abode,

        Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.


        Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,

        Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,

        While in the frailty of our human clay,

        Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self same way.


        Still stands His cross from that dread hour to this,

        Like some bright star above the dark abyss;

        Still, through the veil, the Victor’s pitying eyes

        Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.


        These were His servants, in His steps they trod,

        Following through death the martyred Son of God:

        Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise

        They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.


        O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,

        Whose cross has bought them and whose staff has led,

        In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land

        Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.        


CHRISTIAN WORDS


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 


Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:


For the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss; 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;
May God give peace

        God Give Peace


For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity;
May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free;

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search of reconciliation and peace. 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,
And those whose names we will never know.
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world,
And grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.
As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future;
For you are the source of life and hope, 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

Prince of peace,
Bring your peace into our disordered world.
Come now to live in our hearts.
Bring your order into our chaos.
Hasten the day when you will come again,
and all men will acknowledge your sovereign rule.
In your name we ask this.     

    Amen.


THE PEACE


Jesus said,
'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
'


The peace of the Lord be always with you

        and also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


Lord, we are reminded today of how easy it is to speak of peace, 

and how difficult it is to pursue it; 

how straightforward it is to talk of breaking down barriers, 

yet how demanding actually to live as peacemakers. 

Yet we are reminded also that this is what you want from us 

— to live in such a way that we heal wounds rather than create them, 

that we unite rather than divide, that we reconcile rather than separate. 


HYMN

           MAKE me a channel of your peace. 

        Where there is hatred, let me bring your love; 

        where there is injury, your pardon, Lord; 

        and where there's doubt, true faith in you. 


            O Master, grant that I may never seek  

            so much to be consoled as to console, 

            to be understood as to understand,  

            to be loved, as to love with all my soul.


        Make me a channel of your peace.   

        Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope;  

        where there is darkness, only light;  

        and where there's sadness, ever joy.  


            O Master, grant that I may never seek 

            so much to be consoled as to console, 

            to be understood as to understand,  

            to be loved, as to love with all my soul.


        Make me a channel of your peace.  

        It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 

        in giving to all men that we receive,  

        and in dying that we're born to eternal life. 

         

THE ACT OF COMMITMENT 

Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service.

Will you strive for all that makes for peace?

        We will.

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?

        We will.

Will you work for a just future for all humanity?

        We will.

Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us that have not yet been cast out by love: may we accept the hope you have placed in the hearts of all people, and live lives of justice, courage and mercy; through Jesus Christ our risen redeemer.

        Amen


THE BLESSING

The congregation stands

God grant to the living grace,
to the departed rest,
to the church, the state and all people
unity, peace and concord,
and to us and all God’s servants

life everlasting.

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

        Amen.


HYMN

        I vow to thee, my country, 

        all earthly things above, 

        entire and whole and perfect, 

        the service of my love:

        the love that asks no question, 

        the love that stands the test, 

        that lays upon the altar 

        the dearest and the best; 

        the love that never falters, 

        the love that pays the price, 

        the love that makes undaunted 

        the final sacrifice.

 

        And there's another country 

        I've heard of long ago, 

        most dear to them that love her, 

        most great to them that know; 

        we may not count her armies, 

        we may not see her King; 

        her fortress is a faithful heart, 

        her pride is suffering; 

        and soul by soul and silently 

        her shining bounds increase, 

        and her ways are ways of gentleness 

        and all her paths are peace.


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.

 

CANDLES OF REMEMBRANCE

Jesus is the light of the world. 

Whoever follows Jesus will not walk in darkness, 

but will have the light of life.


Jesus rose from the dead to bring God’s new life.

Light in the midst of darkness

Life in the midst of death.


We often find it difficult to let go of our loved ones and leave them in God’s keeping. Let our candles be a sign of God’s love for all our loved ones, demonstrating your faith that all who trust in the risen Christ are safe in God’s keeping.


Grief is not forever, but Love is....

Death is not the extinguishing of the light, but the putting out of the lamp because dawn has come.

 

 Souls Day

HYMN


For all the saints who from their labours rest, 

who thee by faith before the world confessed, 

thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.

Alleluia. Alleluia.


Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; 

thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;  

thou, in the darkness, still their one true Light.  

Alleluia. Alleluia.  


O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, 

fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,  

and win, with them, the victor's crown of gold.  

Alleluia. Alleluia.


O blest communion, fellowship divine!  

we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;  

Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.

Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, 

steals on the ear the distant triumph-song, 

and hearts are brave again and arms are strong.  

Alleluia. Alleluia.


The golden evening brightens in the west;  

soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest:  

sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.

Alleluia. Alleluia.


But lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day;

the saints triumphant rise in bright array: 

the King of Glory passes on his way.

Alleluia. Alleluia.


From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,

through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Alleluia. Alleluia.


WELCOME


In the name of Christ, who died and was raised by the glory of 

God the Father: grace, mercy and peace be with you.

And also with you.


We have gathered here tonight to remember and give thanks 

for those we have loved and who have died. 


To hold them before God. 

And to hold before God the love and the pain their loss brings.

We pray for each other here this evening:

For those who know what it is like to lose someone close...

For those who care for and support the bereaved...

And for family and friends not with ua but grieving non the less.

Heavenly father, through your holy spirit 

draw close to each of us

and minister your peace and healing, 

that we may have hope for the future 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen


Life has many mysteries. 

We do not have all the answers.


Jesus told us he was going ahead to prepare a place for us.

Let us live as people of hope and expectation.


HYMN


There is a land of pure delight, 

where saints immortal reign; 

infinite day excludes the night, 

and pleasures banish pain. 


There everlasting spring abides,  

and never-withering flowers; 

death, like a narrow sea, divides  

that heavenly land from ours.


Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood

stand dressed in living green; 

so to the Jews old Canaan stood, 

while Jordan rolled between.


But timorous mortals start and shrink

to cross the narrow sea, 

and linger shivering on the brink,  

and fear to launch away.


O could we make our doubts remove,  

those gloomy doubts that rise,  

and see the Canaan that we love  

with unbeclouded eyes;


Could we but climb where Moses stood,  

and view the landscape o'er,   

not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood, 

should fright us from the shore!


Father in heaven,

we thank you that you made us in your own image

and gave us gifts in body,... mind... and spirit.

We thank you now for our loved ones 

and what they meant to each of us.

As we honour their memory 

make us more aware that you are the one 

from whom comes every perfect gift, 

including the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Amen. 

   

READING

A reading from the book of Wisdom 3.1-5,9  


The souls of those who have pleased God are safe in his hands and protected from pain.

Only in the minds of the foolish are those people dead and their death considered a disaster, or a destruction. 

In fact, they are at peace and destined never to die, though others may have thought they were being punished.

They will be richly rewarded, because God tested them for a while and found them worthy of being his children.

All of God's faithful people will understand truth and live with him in love, because God is kind and merciful to those he chooses to be his holy people.


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE


HYMN


The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want;  

he makes me down to lie  

in pastures green; he leadeth me   

the quiet waters by. 


My soul he doth restore again,  

and me to walk doth make

within the paths of righteousness,  

e'en for his own name's sake.


Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale, 

yet will I fear none ill; 

for thou art with me, and thy rod

and staff me comfort still.


My table thou hast furnishéd

in presence of my foes; 

my head thou dost with oil anoint, 

and my cup overflows. 


Goodness and mercy all my life 

shall surely follow me; 

and in God's house for evermore 

my dwelling-place shall be.


We thank you that you sent your Son Jesus Christ 

to die for us and rise again.

His cross declares your love to be without limit;

his resurrection, that death our last enemy is doomed.

By his victory we are assured of the promise 

that you will never leave us or forsake us;

That neither death nor life,

nor things present nor things to come,

can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.


PRAYERS


Let us pray that we will understand the gospel message, take it into our hearts and rejoice in the wonderful freedom and new life that awaits us after we die. Free from illness, disability and pain. Washed in the light of love. 


Jesus, our way and truth and life,

you drew your disciple Thomas from doubt to faith:

reveal the resurrection faith to the doubting and the lost.


God, we want to believe. 

Help our unbelief.


God, we feel the pain of loss and separation.

Help us heal that pain.


God, we want so much for our loved ones to return and tell us that all is well.

Help us to believe the message of hope that Jesus gave us.


God we thank you for all we were given by those who have died.

Let us journey on with those memories and use them well in our lives.


God, we pray we will live our lives as if each day was a precious gift.

May we know that at our end we shall be with united with those we have loved and who have left us.


Hear us, O merciful Father;

as we remember in love

those whom we have placed in your hands.

Acknowledge, we pray, the sheep of your own fold,

lambs of your own flock,

sinners of your own redeeming.

Enfold them in the arms of your mercy,

in the blessed rest of everlasting peace,

and in the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen


WE REMEMBER THE DEPARTED


The names of the departed are read out.


Heavenly Father, 

we bless you that in bearing your image 

our loved ones have brought light to our lives 

for we have seen:

in their friendship reflections of your compassion

in their integrity demonstrations of your goodness

in their faithfulness glimpses of your eternal love.

Grant to each of us, beloved and bereft,

the grace to follow their good example

so that we with them 

may come to your everlasting kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, 

who died and rose again 

and open the gate of glory, 

to whom be praise for all eternity.

Amen


Let us spend a few moments in silence 

to remember our dearly departed. 

Perhaps there is something 

that you would have liked to have said to them:

something you would like to say sorry for,

or perhaps you would just like to say thank you 

for what they gave to you during their life. 

So in the quiet of your heart

offer up your own prayers to God.

 

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.


BLESSING AND DISMISSAL 


God the Father,

by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,

open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.


Neither death nor life can separate us from the love of God

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thanks be to God.

glory, 

to whom be praise for all eternity.

Amen


Let us spend a few moments in silence 

to remember our dearly departed. 

Perhaps there is something 

that you would have liked to have said to them:

something you would like to say sorry for,

or perhaps you would just like to say thank you 

for what they gave to you during their life. 

So in the quiet of your heart

offer up your own prayers to God.

 

Couple Blessing

 

God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them            

                                                                                                                                                                                                 1 John 4.16

This is the day the Lord has made! 

       Let us rejoice and be glad in it!


Welcome! We have come together in the presence of God, 

to ask his blessing on you, Ian and Rebecca, 

and to share in the joy of their love for one another.


You have been sharing your lives together for some time 

and today were to have been married but this has unfortunately been delayed. 


We thank God for the time that has passed, 

and look forward with faith to the time that lies ahead.

We give thanks for the love which God has, in his goodness, showered upon you, 

and we look forward to that same love surrounding you as you journey on together.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you as you look forward to your new wedding day in X. 


Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.


Love never dies. 

We don’t yet see things clearly. 

Its as if we’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. 

But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! 

We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, 

knowing him directly just as he knows us!


But for right now, until that completeness, 

we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: 

Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. 

And the best of the three is love.


What is love?

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all -- one known only by those who love.


“There is the mystery of the relationship between two persons: what the marriage service in the Prayer Book calls 'the mystery of one flesh', a man and a woman who, through growing together by the daily unspoken giving and receiving of love in small ways, find that over the years each has been invaded and shaped by the reality of the other, in a way that does not diminish, but rather enhances, each of them.”


The gift of love has come to you both.

Love is the true meaning of life. No money can buy it.

It is a gift from God, who is love.

True love needs people to be faithful to each other for ever.

This is hard, but God's Holy Spirit can help to make it work.

So in August next year you will come to church to make their wedding vows in God's house, 

and to ask for God's help in keeping them.


I pray that your families and friends will support you as you continue to look forward to and prepare for your marriage.

May the light of Christ shine on you today and when you make your vows, 

and may you reflect this light in your future life together.



Prayers


In the reading from Corinthians we hear that:

Love is patient.

       Lord, help us to be patient and always be prepared to go on a little bit longer than we want to.


Love is kind.

       Lord, help us to put kindness at the heart of all we do.


Love does not envy.

       Lord, rather than wanting more,

       help us to look at the many things we already have and be grateful for them.


Love does not boast.

       Lord, if there are things that we are good at,

       help us to use them to further your kingdom,

       and not to brag about them for our own gratification.


Love is not proud.

       Lord, help us in moments when we feel arrogant and superior to remember that we are all your

       precious children and that none of us is more important than any other, and that you love us all

       equally.


Love is not rude.

       Lord, we know we can so easily be rude or impolite, especially when we want things done 'our way'.

       We so often fail to be patient and kind.

     

        Father, forgive us.


Love is not self-seeking.

       Lord, we are so good at putting ourselves first.

       We can so easily be the centre of all we do, being absorbed in what we think is important,

       showing no interest in those around us.

       Help us to turn away from ourselves and become aware of the needs of others.


Love is not easily angered.

       Lord, when we feel anger welling up in us, and we want to scream and shout,

       help us to turn our anger to love.

Love keeps no record of wrongs.

       Lord, we know you will always forgive us, whatever we do.

       Help us to live our lives forgiving others as you have forgiven us.


May we walk as children of love, striving at all times to do better and  praising God for the blessings showered upon us.

       Amen


Let us join together and say the words Jesus taught 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.


Ian and Rebecca 

May God the father of wisdom strengthen your knowledge of each other; 

may Christ our Lord who died for us teach you the meaning of true love; 

may the Holy Spirit be poured out upon you to fill you with his gifts and fruits and abundance. 

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Go out into the world with hopes and dreams renewed to live and love in the peace of God.

       With the help of God we will.

        Amen.



The Blessing

God, you are love and you created love.

Your Son Jesus died on the cross to show that love is the only true power.

Come now, Holy Spirit of God, and fill Ian and Rebecca with your love. 

Bless them with a love for each other so strong that it will endure all things.

Bless them in their work and in their companionship;

awake and asleep,

in joy and in sorrow,

in life and in death.

Make them people who love everyone.

Fill them now with trust in your love to guide their lives.

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 

be with them and all who are and would have been with them today,

this day and always. 

       Amen.

 

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