Sunday 10th May

ORDER OF SERVICE FOR SUNDAY MAY 10th

Alleluia, Christ is risen! 

Our key Eastertide themes are of light out of darkness and newness of life.  The celebration colours of gold and white reappear in church decoration and vestments, emphasising the joy and brightness of this season of fifty days. 

During Eastertide we encounter the fullness of resurrection life through some of the most well-known and well-loved stories of Jesus, including his appearance before Thomas as Lord and God, accompanying others as a stranger on the road to Emmaus, and cooking breakfast for the disciples on the shores of Lake Galilee. In John’s gospel we are given the imagery of Jesus as Shepherd, and every day during Eastertide set readings from the Acts of Apostles remind us that this is our story too, as the first Christians discover how to recognise the risen Christ in their lives and in each other.

The Gathering

Opening Hymn

1. Have faith in God, my heart, Trust and be unafraid;

God will fulfil in every part each promise He has made.

2. Have faith in God, my soul, His cross for ever stands;

And neither life nor death can pluck His children from His hands.

3. Lord Jesus, make me whole; Grant me no resting place,

Until I rest, heart, mind, and soul, The captive of Thy grace.                                    Bryn Austin Rees

The Greeting

The Lord be with you.                        All  and also with you.

Acclamation

Alleluia.  Christ is risen.                     All  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.       All  He has given us new life and hope. He has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.         All   He has brought us out of darkness. He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.                        All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Invitation to Confession

In baptism we died with Christ, so that as Christ was raised from the dead, we might walk in newness of life. Let us receive new life in him as we confess our sins in penitence and faith.       (cf Romans 6.4) 

Confession

Like Mary at the empty tomb, we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.                               All   Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors, we are afraid to be seen as your followers. 

Christ, have mercy.                             All   Christ, have mercy. 

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

Lord, have mercy.                               All  Lord, have mercy.

Absolution 

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.    All     Amen.

The Collect

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen 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        

 Acts 7.55–60

Standing before the high priest and the council, Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’  But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.  Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.  While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’  Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’  When he had said this, he died. For the word of the Lord, thanks be to God. 

1 Peter 2.2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.  Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: ‘See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’ To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner’, and ‘A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.’  They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.   For the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn        

1. Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly,

while the gath'ring waters roll, while the tempest still is high;

hide me, O my Saviour, hide, till the storm of life is past;

safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last.

2. Other refuge have I none; hangs my helpless soul on thee;

leave, ah, leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.

All my trust on thee is stayed, all my help from thee I bring;

cover my defenceless head with the shadow of thy wing.

3. Plenteous grace with thee is found, grace to cleanse from ev'ry sin;

let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.

Thou of life the fountain art; freely let me take of thee;

spring thou up within my heart, rise to all eternity.                                           Charles Wesley

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia. 

I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore. Alleluia, alleluia.  (cf Revelation 1.17,18)

The Lord be with you.                                                                    All  and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.       All  Glory to you, O Lord.

John 14.1–14

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  And you know the way to the place where I am going.’  Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’  Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say, “Show us the Father”?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?  The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.  Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.’

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

Sermon       follow link to this week's reflection

Affirmation of Faith  

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All   Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles: this we have received, and this we believe. Amen.   (cf 1 Corinthians 15.3-7)

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All        Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.  Amen.     

Prayers of Intercession 

Let us pray for the church and for the world and let us give thanks to God for his goodness.

First let us pray for the world wide church at this time of crisis when most congregations are unable to meet together. May the Holy Spirit support our church leaders and bind us together in our separation so that we may come through to a new sense of togetherness.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the leaders of governments throughout the world, and especially for our own government and their specialist advisors. May they be strengthened in their resolve to protect in particular the weak and vulnerable. Inspire us to play our part as best we can.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the countries and peoples in the world beset by other problems as well as the virus. We remember particularly the conflict in the Yemen and countries of Africa with little health infrastructure. Lord, help us to turn to them in their hour of need.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

This is Christian Aid week. Let us give thanks for the work of Christian Aid and pray that, despite the impossibility of the usual collections, they may receive the donations they need to continue their work unabated.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us remember any we know who as sick, and all those dedicated to their care, especially to doctors, nurses and other health care workers. In a moment of silence let us name any known to us and pray for their safety.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And finally let us remember any who have died recently or whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn

1. Christ is the world's true light, its captain of salvation,

the day-star clear and bright, of ev'ry race and nation;

new life, new hope awakes where'er we own his sway:

freedom her bondage breaks, and night is turned to day.

2. In Christ all races meet, their ancient feuds forgetting,

the whole round world complete, from sunrise to its setting:

when Christ is throned as Lord, all shall forsake their fear,

to ploughshare beat the sword, to pruning-hook the spear.

3. One Lord, in one great name unite us all who own thee;

cast out our pride and shame that hinder to enthrone thee;

the world has waited long, has travailed long in pain;

to heal its ancient wrong, come, Prince of Peace, and reign!           George Wallis Briggs

Blessing

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you, and remain with you always.                  All    Amen.

We are raised to new life with Christ. Go in his peace.  Alleluia, alleluia.              

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.  

Recessional Hymn verse

Father, we love you,

we praise you, we adore you.

Glorify your name in all the earth.

Glorify your name, glorify your name,

glorify your name in all the earth.

 

Enriching the Christian Year (1993), Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), New Patterns for Worship (2002) and Times and Seasons (2006), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.  CCL No 908682.