Sunday 18 April

      St. Michael and All Angels                    Amersham on the Hill

HOLY EUCHARIST

EASTERTIDE

A warm welcome to this service

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 

Processional Hymn 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, 'Come unto me and rest; Lay down, O weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast.' I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn and sad;
I found in him a resting place, and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, 'Behold, I freely give the living water, thirsty one,
stoop down and drink and live.' I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, 'I am this dark world’s light; Look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright.' I looked to Jesus, and I found in him my star, my sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk till travelling days are done.
Horatius Bonar (1808 -1889)

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

Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father.   All:  Amen

The Liturgy of the Word

Reading  Acts 3.12–19 

Peter addressed the people,’ You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out. ‘

For the word of the Lord   All: Thanks be to God.

Reading  1 John 3.1–7 

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

For the word of the Lord  All: Thanks be to God.

Gradual hymn

Blest are the pure in heart, for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs, their soul is Christ's abode.

The Lord, who left the heav'ns our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with us, our pattern and our King.

Still to the lowly soul he doth himself impart,
and for his dwelling and his throne chooseth the pure in heart.

Lord, we thy presence seek; may ours this blessing be;,
give us a pure and lowly heart a temple meet for thee.
vv.1&3 John Keble (1792-1866) vv.2&4 William John Hall’s’ Psalms and Hymns’(1836)

Gospel Reading     Luke 24.3 6b–48

Alleluia, alleluia.  Jesus said, “All who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day. Alleluia, alleluia.    (cf John 6.40) 

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

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

While the eleven and their companions were talking about what they had heard, Jesus  himself stood among them and said to them,’ Peace be with you.’ They were startled  and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them,’ Why are you  frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you  see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them,’ Have you  anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them,’ These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you –that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets,  and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the  scriptures, and he said to them,’ Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to  rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

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

 

Sermon Sunday, April 18th. 2021. Easter 3 Acts 3, 12-19, Psalm 4, Luke 24, 36-48

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, 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 

In the power of the Spirit and in Union with Christ, Let us pray to the Father. 
O God, the creator and preserver of all, we pray for people in every kind of need; make your ways  known on earth, your saving grace among all nations. 
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.  We pray for the good estate of the catholic Church; guide and govern us by your good Spirit, that all  who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in  unity of spirit, in the bond of peace and in righteousness of life. 
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

We commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed, in  mind, body or estate; comfort and relieve them in their need, give them patience in their sufferings  and bring good out of their afflictions. 
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember those who have gone before us in the peace of Christ, and we give you praise for all  your faithful ones, with whom we rejoice in the communion of saints. 
Merciful Father,   All:  accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Dismissal

Hymn

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ear!
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, and drives away our fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole, and calms the troubled breast;
'tis manna to the hungry soul, and to the weary, rest.

Dear name! the rock on which I build, my shield and hiding-place,
my never-failing treas'ry filled with boundless stores of grace.

Jesus! my shepherd, brother, friend, my prophet, priest, and king,
my Lord, my life, my way, my end, accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart, and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art, I'll praise thee as I ought.

Till then I would thy love proclaim with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy name refresh my soul in death.
John Newton (1725-1807)

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. 

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.  

Recessional hymn verse 

All sing: 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.                      SMAA 23.2.17