Sunday 3rd May

ORDER OF SERVICE FOR SUNDAY MAY 3rd

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

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

Deacon        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 

President     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.

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord, give us such knowledge of his presence with us that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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 forever.  Amen.    

The Liturgy of the Word        

Acts 2.42-47

Many were baptized and were added to the community.   They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.  All who believed were together and had all things in common;   they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.   Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,   praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.  For the word of the Lord, thanks be to God. 

Psalm 23        Response: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters. He shall refresh my soul and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.                                    Response

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.      Response

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.            Response

Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.                                   Response

1 Peter 2.19-25

Brothers and sisters: it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly.  If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that?  But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval.  For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.  ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’  When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.  For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.  For the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading         

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 10.1–10               

Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.  The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.  They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’  Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.  So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them.  I am the gate.  Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’

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)

Prayers of Intercession 

Let us be still in God’s presence. 
Love and be loved,
Fall deep into silence,
The silence of God.

Into the stillness we bring all who work in our hospitals and care homes.  Make them aware, Lord, of your sustaining presence as they cope with  pressures for which they were unprepared and which are without precedent.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

And Lord into the stillness we bring the families and friends of all those who have died prematurely as a result of the coronavirus. Bring them the assurance of your presence alongside them as they mourn.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

And we bring into the stillness, with thankfulness for all they continue to do for us in isolation, Debbie and Peter.  And all who are working to maintain a semblance of normality for St Michael’s in these strange times.  Help St Michael’s, even as a dispersed community, to continue to be a place for loving, a place for hoping, a place for trusting, a place for forgiving and a place for serving.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

In our fear, Lord, be our confidence. 
in our weakness, be our strength. 
In our panic, be our calm. 
In our sickness be our healing.  
in our confusion, be our anchor. 
In our insecurity, be our rock. 
In our darkness, be our light. 
In our grief, be our solace. 
In our despair, be our hope. 
In our storm, be our sunshine. 
In our night, be our day. 

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

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace                                           

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.  (John 20.19, 20)

The peace of the Lord be always with you.     All   and also with you.

Preparation of the Table

Risen Lord Jesus Christ, we believe you, and all we have heard is true. When you break bread may we recognize you as the fire that burns within us, that we may bring light to your world.   All    Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer E              

The Lord is here.                                                All    His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.                                             All    We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.             All    It is right to give thanks and praise.

And now we give you thanks because Christ our paschal sacrifice has made us children of the light, rising to new and everlasting life. He has opened the gates of heaven to receive his faithful people. His death is our ransom from death, his resurrection is our rising to life. The joy of the resurrection renews the whole world, while the choirs of heaven sing for ever to your glory.

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.

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, gave it to them and said: 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.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

Deacon     Great is the mystery of faith:

All             Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with St Michael and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever. All        Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, 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

Lord, we died with you on the cross.        All    Now we are raised to new life. 

Now we share in your resurrection.          All    Live in us, that we may live in you.

Agnus Dei

All     Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

         Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

         Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Alleluia.  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.      All  Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Prayer after Communion

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

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.

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

All                Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.  

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.