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Morning Prayer Easter 3 18th April 2021

Topic: Morning Prayer Easter 3

Time: Apr 18, 2021 11:00 AM

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Killiskey Parish

Sunday 18th April 2021 @ 11.00am

 

MORNING PRAYER 1

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

 

Opening Hymn: CH250 “All hail the power of Jesu’s name”(vs 1, 3, 5 and 6)

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!

let angels prostrate fall.

bring forth the royal diadem,

to crown him Lord of all.

 

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race

ye ransomed of the fall,

hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all.

 

Let every kindred, every tribe,

on this terrestrial ball,

to him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all.

 

O that with yonder sacred throng

we at his feet may fall;

we’ll join the everlasting song

and crown him Lord of all.

 

Edward Perronet (1726-92)

and John Rippon (1751-1836)

based on Revelation 4: 9-11

 

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE

Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.
1 Corinthians 15: 20

 

Let us humbly confess our sins unto almighty God.

A GENERAL CONFESSION

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

THE ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins: He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

O Lord, open thou our lips

and our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

A CANTICLE

 

THE EASTER ANTHEMS

1 Corinthians 5: 7,8    Romans 6: 9-11      1 Corinthians 15: 20-22

1    Christ our passover is sacrificed for us,
therefore let us keep the feast,

2    Not with the old leaven
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness:
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

3    Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
death hath no more dominion over him.

4    For in that he died, he died unto sin once;
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

5    Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin;
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

6    Christ is risen from the dead:
and become the first-fruits of them that slept.

7    For since by man came death,
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

8    For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 

A LESSON

from the Old Testament

Acts 3: 12-19

When Peter saw it, he 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.

After the reading silence may be kept.

THE PSALM

Psalm 4

1          Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness : thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.

2          O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour : and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after lying?

3          Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himself the man that is godly  : when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4          Stand in awe, and sin not : commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.

5          Offer the sacrifice of righteousness : and put your trust in the Lord.

6          There be many that say : Who will shew us any good?

7          Lord, lift thou up : the light of thy countenance upon us.

8          Thou hast put gladness in my heart : more than men have, when corn and wine increase.

9          I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest : for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

 

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,: and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

A LESSON

from the New Testament

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.

 

Hymn before the Gospel: CH263 “Crown him with many crowns” (vs. 1, 3, 4 and 6)

Crown him with many crowns,

the Lamb upon his throne,

hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

all music but its own:

awake, my soul, and sing

of him who died for thee,

and hail him as thy matchless King

through all eternity.

 

Crown him the Lord of love;

behold his hands and side,

those wounds, yet visible above,

in beauty glorified;

no angels in the sky

can fully bear that sight,

but downward bends his wondering eye

at mysteries so bright.

 

Crown him the Lord of life,

who triumphed o’er the grave,

and rose victorious in the strife,

for those he came to save:

his glories now we sing

who died and rose on high,

who died eternal life to bring,

and lives that death may die.

 

Crown him the Lord of years,

the Potentate of time,

creator of the rolling spheres,

ineffably sublime:

all hail, Redeemer, hail!

for thou hast died for me;

thy praise shall never, never fail

throughout eternity.

 

Matthew Bridges (1800-94)

and Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) altd.

based on Revelation 19: 12

A LESSON

from the Gospels

Luke 24: 36b-48

While they were talking about this, 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.

After the reading silence may be kept.

 

 

BENEDICTUS

The Song of Zechariah    Luke 1: 68-79

1    Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

2    And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us
in the house of his servant David;

3    As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets
which have been since the world began;

4    That we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hands of all that hate us,

5    To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers,
and to remember his holy covenant;

6    To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham:
that he would give us,

7    That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
might serve him without fear,

8    In holiness and righteousness before him
all the days of our life.

9    And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest,:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

10  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people,
for the remission of their sins,

11  Through the tender mercy of our God
whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us,

12  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,: and to the Holy Spirit;

      As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

is said

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And 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, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

 

PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon 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. Amen.

O Lord, show thy mercy upon us
and grant us thy salvation.

O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness
and make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save thy people
and bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord,
because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts within us
and take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

THE COLLECTS

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Almighty God,

who hast given thine only Son

to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin,

and also an ensample of godly life;

Give us grace that we may always

most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit,

and also daily endeavour ourselves

to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE SECOND COLLECT For Peace

O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE THIRD COLLECT For Grace

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE SERMON

 

INTERCESSIONS

Risen Lord,

you reveal to us the radiance of the Father;

you bring us the peace that passes all understanding.

We rejoice in your presence and in the glory of your resurrection.

Strengthen our faith, O Lord Jesus,

that we may know you live in eternity

with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end. Amen.

 

Father,

we give you thanks for the gift of eternal life.

May we know in our lives that the crucified one is alive and comes to us:

Turn our doubts and disbelief into awe and wonder,

Until we rejoice in the glory and presence of the risen Lord.

We pray for churches struggling at this time,

for those who have lost vision and grown cold in their love;

For Christians who have lost faith or entered into deep doubt,.

We pray that the Church may witness to your resurrection.

 

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.

 

We pray for all who seek to relieve hunger and suffering:

for those who seek to help people rise out of their troubles.

We remember the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

We pray for peace-keeping forces and all who work for the well-being of others.

We remember especially any whose lives are in danger.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.

 

We give you thanks for those who have shared their food and faith with us,

for all who have sustained our bodies and our minds,

for those who have cared for the needs of our spirits.

We pray for those who have been deprived of love.

We pray for our homes and our neighbourhood.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.

 

We pray for all who hunger for food, for shelter,

For love, for spiritual refreshment;

For the many who feel rejected or lonely:

For the ill who have no one to care for them,

For all finding it hard to cope on their own.

We bring to you friends and loved ones who are ill.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.

 

We long for the day when we shall see Christ as he is in his glory.

We pray that, in your power, we may triumph over darkness and death

and share with the faithful in the light of your kingdom.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.

 

Prayers

 

A Prayer for the President and all in authority

Almighty God, who rulest over the kingdoms of the world; We commend to thy merciful care the people of this land, that being guarded by thy providence, they may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of this State and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, that they may serve thy people faithfully to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A Prayer for the Houses of the Oireachtas

Almighty God, source of all authority and wisdom: guide by your Spirit those who represent us in Dáil and Seanad. As representatives of the people keep them humble, as legislators make them compassionate, and as politicians defend their integrity. So may the proceedings of the Oireachtas serve the truth and promote the common good. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the servant Lord. Amen.

 

A Prayer for the Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and Clergy, and all People committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy 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. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [* especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

Closing Hymn: CH485 “Rise up and serve the Lord!”

Rise up and serve the Lord!

Have done with lesser things;

give heart and soul and mind and strength

to serve the King of kings.

 

Rise up and serve the Lord!

His kingdom tarries long;

proclaim the day of truth and love

and end the night of wrong.

 

Lift high the cross of Christ!

Tread where his feet have trod;

and, quickened by the Spirit’s power,

rise up and serve your God!

 

William P Merrill (1867-1954) altd.

 

A General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, We thine unworthy servants Do give thee most humble and hearty thanks For all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life: But above all, for thine inestimable love In the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, And that we show forth thy praise, Not only with our lips but in our lives; By giving up ourselves to thy service, And by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, To whom with thee and the Holy Spirit Be all honour and glory, World without end. Amen.

 

A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.                                                                        2 Corinthians 13: 13

 

 

Evening prayer – 14th April 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer

Time: Apr 14, 2021 07:30 PM Etc/GMT-1

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 EVENING PRAYER – Wednesday 14th April 2021

The Gathering of God’s People

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

and also with you.

 

Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving,

to hear and receive God’s holy word, to seek the forgiveness of our sins,

and to pray for the needs of the world, that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we may give ourselves to the service of God.

 

O Lord, open our lips,                                                 and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

Let us worship the Lord.                                             All praise to his name.

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation, to you be glory and praise for ever.
In the darkness of our sin you have shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Open our eyes to acknowledge your presence, that freed from the misery of sin and shame
we may grow into your likeness from glory to glory.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.             Blessed be God for ever.

 

 

Penitence

Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled against him.

Daniel 9: 9

Let us then renounce our wilfulness and ask his mercy by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

 

O God, our loving Father in heaven, we confess that we have sinned against you;

we have broken your commandments; we have often been selfish,

and we have not loved you as we should.

For these, and all our sins, forgive us, we pray: through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

All –  May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins,

and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Your word is a lantern to my feet,                 and a light upon our path.   Psalm 119:105

 

O Lord, your word is everlasting,                   it stands firm for ever in the heavens.  Psalm 119:89

 

Let us then receive the word of the Lord,      so may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.

 

Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

Psalm 135: 1 – 14                   Praise for God’s Goodness and Might

Alleluia, Praise the name of the Lord; give praise, you servants of the Lord,
you that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; make music to his name, for it is lovely.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself and Israel for his own possession.

 

For I know that the Lord is great and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and in all the deeps.
He brings up the clouds from the ends of the earth; he makes lightning with the rain and brings the winds out of his treasuries,

He smote the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn of man and beast,

he sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He smote many nations and slew mighty kings—

11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 He gave their land as a heritage, a heritage for Israel his people,

 

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever, and shall be remembered through all generations,
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people, and have compassion on his servants.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Gospel Reading – A reading from Mark chapter 12 beginning at verse 18.

 

The Question about the Resurrection

18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; 21 and the second married the widow and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; 22 none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. 23 In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”

This is the word of the Lord.                                       Thanks be to God.

 

The Sermon

 

Music – Spirit of God, unseen as the wind, gentle as is the dove.  

Chorus – Spirit of God, unseen as the wind, gentle as is the dove;
teach us the truth and help us believe, show us the Saviour’s love!

  1. You spoke to us long, long ago, gave us the written word;
    we read it still, needing its truth, through it God’s voice is heard. Chorus
  2. Without your help we fail our Lord, we cannot live His way;
    we need Your power, we need Your strength, following Christ each day. Chorus

 

The Apostles’ Creed

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, who made the world?

I believe and trust in him

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ,who redeemed mankind?

I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God?

I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith, we believe and trust in One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

The Prayers of the People

Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are in need of God’s healing balm at this time, those affected by the corona virus, through illness, isolation or anxiety, that they may find healing, relief and recovery:

Lord, hear us.                                      Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies for health and economics, that they may make wise decisions, in the interest of all in their care:

Lord, hear us.                                      Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses, medical researchers and all involved in the vaccine programme, that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health and loved ones,

Lord, hear us,                                      Lord, graciously hear us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying, for those who are in the raw stages of grief, that they may know your comfort and your peace:

Lord, hear us,                                      Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Silent Prayer – for those known to us who are in need of prayer at this time …..

Eyes of Jesus look upon them, Hands of Jesus hold them,

Arms of Jesus enfold them, Feet of Jesus guide them,

Heart of Jesus pour your love upon them. Amen

 

The Lord’s Prayer – Gathering our prayers and praises into one, we are bold to pray:

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.

 

Going Out as God’s People

 

A Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

 

For the love of our Father, the maker of all, the giver of all good things,

let us bless the Lord.                      Thanks be to God.

 

For Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lived and worked among us,

let us bless the Lord                       Thanks be to God.

 

For the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who teaches us and guides us,

let us bless the Lord.                      Thanks be to God.

 

For the grace of the Spirit in the work of the Church and the life of the world,

let us bless the Lord.                      Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

 

The Dismissal

We go into the world to walk in God’s light, to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.

 

 

The Blessing

Whoever you are, wherever you go, whatever your strengths, whatever your weaknesses,

God will be with you to hold, to heal, to guide and to bless.

Go then, in peace, assured of his love

And may the Almighty and Merciful Lord – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us.                          Amen.

 

 

 

Morning Prayer Easter 2 11th April 2021

Topic: Morning Prayer Easter 2

Time: Apr 11, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin

 

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Killiskey Parish

Sunday 11th April 2021 @ 11.00am

The Second Sunday of Easter

 

 

SERVICE OF MORNING PRAYER

The Gathering of God’s People

 

GREETING

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

 

Opening Hymn: CH338 “Jesus, stand among us” 

Jesus, stand among us

in your risen power;

let this time of worship

be a hallowed hour.

 

Breathe your Holy Spirit

into every heart;

bid the fears and sorrows

from each soul depart.

 

Thus with quickened footsteps

we will go our way,

watching for the dawning

of the eternal day.

 

William Pennefather (1816-1873) altd.

based on John 20: 19-23

 

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1: 3

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Beloved in Christ,

we come together to offer to Almighty God

our worship and praise and thanksgiving,

to confess our sins and to receive God’s forgiveness,

to hear his holy word proclaimed,

to bring before him our needs and the needs of the world,

and to pray that in the power of his Spirit

we may serve him and know the greatness of his love.

 

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

Let us confess our sins to God our Father.

 

Silence is kept.

 

Heavenly Father,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour

in thought and word and deed,

through negligence, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault;

by what we have done

and by what we have failed to do.

We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,

forgive us all that is past;

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

to the glory of your name. Amen.

 

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy on you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in eternal life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

 

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Praise the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

 

 

The First Reading: Acts 4: 32-35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

 

After the reading silence may be kept.

 

Psalm: Psalm 133

1  Behold how good and pleasant it is ♦︎

   to dwell together in unity.

2  It is like the precious oil upon the head, ♦︎

   running down upon the beard,

3  Even on Aaron’s beard, ♦︎

   running down upon the collar of his clothing.

4  It is like the dew of Hermon ♦︎

   running down upon the hills of Zion.

5  For there the Lord has promised his blessing: ♦︎

   even life for evermore.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son♦︎

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, ♦︎

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

The Second Reading: 1 John 1: 1 – 2: 2

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

 

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

After the reading silence may be kept.

 

 

 

Hymn before the Gospel: CH270“I know that my Redeemer lives”

I know that my Redeemer lives –

what joy the blessed assurance gives!

He lives, he lives, who once was dead;

he lives, my everlasting head.

 

He lives to bless me with his love;

he lives, to plead for me above,

he lives, my hungry soul to feed,

he lives, to help in time of need.

 

He lives, and grants me daily breath;

he lives, and I shall conquer death;

he lives, my mansion to prepare;

he lives, to lead me safely there.

 

He lives, all glory to his name;

he lives, my Saviour, still the same;

what joy the blessed assurance gives,

I know that my Redeemer lives!

Samuel Medley (1738-99)

based on Job 19: 25

 

The Gospel: John 20: 19-31

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

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

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

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

After the reading silence may be kept.

THE SERMON

 

 THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 again 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.

 

Hymn of Faith: CH613 “Eternal light, shine in my heart”

Eternal light, shine in my heart;

eternal hope, lift up my eyes:

eternal power, be my support;

eternal wisdom, make me wise.

 

Eternal life, raise me from death;

eternal brightness, make me see:

eternal Spirit, give me breath;

eternal Saviour, come to me:

 

Until by your most costly grace,

invited by your holy word,

at last I come before your face

to know you, my eternal God.

 

The Prayers of the People

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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.

 

Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and grant our government wisdom.

Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness
and let your servants shout for joy.

O Lord, save your people
and bless those whom you have chosen.

Give peace in our time, O Lord,
and let your glory be over all the earth.

O God, make clean our hearts within us
and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

THE COLLECTS

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Almighty Father,

you have given your only Son to die for our sins

and to rise again for our justification:

Grant us so to put away the leaven

of malice and wickedness

that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth;

through the merits of your Son

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

COLLECTS AT MORNING PRAYER

Go before us, Lord, in all our doings, with your most gracious favour,

and further us with your continual help;

that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you,

we may glorify your holy name,

and finally by your mercy attain everlasting life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Heavenly Father,

in whom we live and move and have our being:

We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us

that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life,

we may never forget your presence

but may remember that we are always walking in your sight,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

INTERCESSIONS

Lord Jesus Christ,

there are times when life seems a mystery,

when we can make no sense of anything,

not even our faith,

when the events of life confuse and trouble us

so that our minds are in turmoil

and our confidence is destroyed.

Help us to know you are with us at such times.

Speak again your word of peace,

and may our souls find rest.

 

Remind us of the experience of your followers –

that first Easter –

how you come to them in their confusion –

each still reeling from the shock of your death,

struggling to come to terms with the suffering you had endured,

and the apparent triumph of evil over goodness –

and how you restored their faith,

rekindling their joy,

reviving their vision

and renewing their commitment.

Speak again your word of peace,

and may our souls find rest.

 

We thank you for your promise to be with us always,

to the end of the age,

and we rejoice that we experience the fulfilment of those words

through the living presence of the Holy Spirit.

Whatever storms may confront us,

whatever trials we may face,

we know that you will always be there,

meeting us in our confusion to quieten our hearts.

Speak again your word of peace,

and may our souls find rest.

 

We thank you that the day will come

When your victory will be complete

and your will accomplished –

a day when the puzzles that confound us will be resolved,

when the forces that conspire against your kingdom

will be overcome

and when harmony will be established among the nations –

a day when you will speak your word to all.

Speak again your word of peace,

and may our souls find rest.

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

meet with us when life and our faith is weak,

and grant the assurance that, despite appearances,

your purpose continues unchanged,

your strength remains undiminished

and your love is indestructible.

Speak again your word of peace,

and may our souls find rest.

 

We ask it in your name.

Amen.

 

Closing Hymn: CH669 “God sent his Son, they called him Jesus”

God sent his Son, they called Him Jesus;

he came to love, heal and forgive

he lived and died to buy my pardon,

an empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives.

 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow;

because He lives, all fear is gone;

because I know he holds the future,

and life is worth the living just because he lives.

 

How sweet to hold a new-born baby

and feel the pride and joy it gives;

but greater still the calm assurance,

this child can face uncertain days because he lives.

 

And then one day I’ll cross the river;

I’ll fight life’s final, war with pain;

and then as death gives way to vict’ry

I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

 

Gloria Gaither (b. 1942) 

and William J Gaither (b. 1936)

 

 

Going Out as God’s People

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the Holy Spirit
you may abound in hope. Amen.                                                        Romans 15: 13

 

 

Evening prayer 7th April 2021

Topic: Evening prayer
Time: Apr 7, 2021 07:30 PM Etc/GMT-1

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PREPARATION

OPENING PRAYER

Stand

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

 

A SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE

Brethren, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith.                                                                      1 Peter 5: 8, 9

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Thanks be to God.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen.

 

Praise ye the Lord.

The Lord’s Name be praised.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

 

PSALM

Psalm 134

1 Behold now, praise the Lord, ■

all ye servant of the Lord.

2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord ■

even in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary ■

and praise the Lord.

4 The Lord that made heaven and earth ■

give thee blessing out of Zion.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

A READING

St. Mark 16:1-9

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. And all that had been commanded them they told briefly to those around Peter. And afterwards Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.

ADDRESS

 

RESPONSORY

Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

 

HYMN

Before the ending of the day,

creator of the world, we pray

that thou with wonted love wouldst keep

thy watch around us while we sleep.

 

O let no evil dreams be near,

or phantoms of the night appear;

our ghostly enemy restrain,

lest aught of sin our bodies stain.

 

All praise be thine, O risen Lord,

from death to endless life restored;

whom with the Father, we adore,

and Holy Spirit, evermore. Amen.

 

 

VERSICLE AND RESPONSE

The following responsory may be said:

Keep me as the apple of an eye.

Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE

NUNC DIMITTIS

The Song of Simeon  Luke 2: 29-32    

1 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, ■

according to thy word.

2 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, ■

which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

3 To be a light to lighten the Gentiles ■

and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy                   Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

PRAYER

Let us pray.

 

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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. Amen.

 

Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers,

to be praised and glorified above all for ever;

 

Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Let us praise him and magnify him for ever.

 

Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of  heaven

to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

 

The Almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.

Amen.

 

CONFESSION

 

A prayerful examination of the past day may be undertaken after which the following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

That we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, Through our own

grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, Forgive us all our sins, Deliver us

from all evil, Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, And bring us

to life everlasting; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The priest, when present, pronounces the absolution.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us

that thy people may rejoice in thee?

O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us

and grant us thy salvation.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

O Lord, hear our prayer

and let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray.

 

THE COLLECTS

Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, our homes,

and drive away all the snares of  the enemy;

Let thy holy angels dwell therein

to  preserve  us  in  peace;

and  may  thy  blessing  be  upon  us  evermore;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Almighty God, through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ you 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 s alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

THE ENDING

 

DISMISSAL

We will lay us down in peace and take our rest.

For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.

 

The Lord be with you

and with thy spirit.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

BLESSING

May Christ, who heals us through his blood, bless us.

May he restore in us whatever is lacking in our faith

and set us at liberty to worship him in freedom

through our words and deeds. Amen.

 

 

Easter Sunday Holy Communion

Topic: Easter Sunday Holy Communion

Time: Apr 4, 2021 11:00 AM

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 Sunday 4th April 2021 @ 11.00am

 Easter Sunday 

 The Gathering of God’s People

 GREETING

Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

 INTRODUCTION

This is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ was raised gloriously from the dead, crushing the power of sin and destroying the sting of death. Throughout the world Christians celebrate the mighty power of God as Christ calls us out of darkness to share in his marvellous light. May we, and all Christ’s people, shine as lights in the world to the glory of God the Father.

The Easter candle is lit, and the minister says:

May the light of Christ, rising in glory

banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

 

The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

OPENING HYMN: Thanks & Praise 9 “As we gather at your table”

As we gather at your table,

as we listen to your word,

help us know, O God, your presence;

let our hearts and minds be stirred.

Nourish us with sacred story

till we claim it as our own;

teach us through this holy banquet

how to make Love’s victory known.

 

Turn our worship into witness

in the sacrament of life;

send us forth to love and serve you,

bringing peace where there is strife.

 

 

Give us, Christ, your great compassion

to forgive as you forgave;

may we still behold your image

in the world you died to save.

 

Gracious Spirit, help us summon

other guests to share that feast

where triumphant Love will welcome

those who had been last and least.

There no more will envy blind us

nor will pride our peace destroy,

as we join with saints and angels

to repeat the sounding joy.

Carl P Daw Jr (b. 1944)

 

EASTER PRAISE AND CONFESSION

Living God,

we are here in the name of Christ.

We are here to celebrate once more his resurrection,

To rejoice once more at his victory over evil, hatred and death,

to give thanks once more for his living presence with us now and always.

Lord of life, hear us.

 

Receive our praise, our worship,

ourselves as we come before you.

Fill us with joy and wonder

as we hear again the message of the risen Christ,

and as we recognise his presence among us through his Holy Spirit.

Lord of life, hear us.

 

Living God,

We are here in the name of Christ.

We are here to confess our faults and failings,

to acknowledge our unworthiness of your love,

to seek your mercy and forgiveness,

and to ask for renewal in our lives.

Lord of life, hear us.

 

Receive our confession, our penitence,

ourselves as we come before you.

Cleanse and restore us through the love of Christ,

and strengthen us through the inner power of your Holy Spirit.

Lord of life, hear us.

 

So may we serve you better,

and live to your glory.

Lord of life, hear us

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s 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 OF THE DAY

Almighty God,

through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
you 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 and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Ministry of the Word

 

The First Reading:  Acts 10: 34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

 

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The Psalm: Psalm 118: 1–2, 14–24

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;•
his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim,•
‘His mercy endures for ever.’
14 The Lord is my strength and my song,•
and he has become my salvation.
15 Joyful shouts of salvation•
sound from the tents of the righteous:
16 ‘The right hand of the Lord does mighty deeds;
the right hand of the Lord raises up;•
the right hand of the Lord does mighty deeds.’
17 I shall not die, but live•
and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has punished me sorely,•
but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,•
that I may enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;•
the righteous shall enter through it.
21 will give thanks to you, for you have answered me•
and have become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders rejected•
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,•
and it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;•
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

The Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 15: 1-11

Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Gradual Hymn: CH283“The Day of Resurrection”

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.

 

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.

 

Now let the heavens be joyful,

let earth the 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 is risen,

our joy that has no end.

John of Damascus (c. 675 – c. 750)

  1. John Mason Neale (1818-66) altd.

 

The Gospel Acclamation

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead: Alleluia!

He has defeated the powers of death: Alleluia!

Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing; Alleluia!

He has the words of eternal life; Alleluia!

 

The Gospel: John 20: 1-18

Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ, according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 1

Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

This is the Gospel of the risen Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

SERMON

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is,

seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

INTERCESSIONS

In joy and hope let us pray to the Fathe:

That our risen Saviour may fill us

with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

That isolated and persecuted churches

may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

That you may grant us humility

to be subject to one another in Christian love

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

That he may provide for those who lack food, work or shelter

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

That by his power war and famine may cease through all the world

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick,

the weak and the dying,

to comfort and strengthen them

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

That, according to his promises,

all who have died in the faith of the resurrection

may be raised on the last day

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,

so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection,

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

 

Heavenly Father,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant that, as his death has recalled us to life,

so his continual presence in us may raise us to eternal joy;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

John 20: 19, 20

The peace of the risen Lord be always with you

and also with you.

 

Offertory Hymn: CH328 “Come on and celebrate”(sung twice)

Come on and celebrate!

His gift of love, we will celebrate

The Son of God who loved us

and gave us life.

We’ll shout your praise, O King

you give us joy nothing else can bring;

we’ll give to you our offering

in celebration praise.

 

Come on and celebrate,

celebrate, celebrate and sing,

celebrate and sing to the King.

Come on and celebrate,

Celebrate, celebrate and sing,

celebrate and sing to the King.

 

Celebrating at the Lord’s Table

 

AT THE PREPARATION OF THE TABLE

Be present, be present,

Lord Jesus Christ,our risen high priest;

make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen.

 

THE TAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE

Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us

therefore let us celebrate the feast.

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING      – Prayer 2 

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

 

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

 

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

 

All glory and honour, thanks and praise
be given to you at all times and in all places,
Lord, holy Father, true and living God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

For he is your eternal Word
through whom you have created all things
from the beginning
and formed us in your own image.

 

In your great love you gave him
to be made man for us and to share our common life.

 

In obedience to your will
your Son our Saviour offered himself as a perfect sacrifice,
and died on the cross for our redemption.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin
and reconciled us to yourself, our God and Father.

 

For he is the true Passover Lamb

who was offered for us

and has taken away the sin of the world.

By his death he has destroyed death

and by his rising to life

he has restored us to eternal life.

 

He is our great high priest

whom you raised from death

and exalted to your right hand on high

where he ever lives to intercede for us.

 

Through him you have sent upon us
your holy and life-giving Spirit
and made us a royal priesthood
called to serve you for ever.

 

Therefore with angels and archangels
and with all the company of heaven
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

 

Merciful Father, we thank you
for these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine,
and we pray that we who eat and drink them
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
in obedience to our Saviour Christ
in remembrance of his death and passion
may be partakers of his body and his blood,

who on the night he was betrayed took bread;
and when he had given 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.

After supper, he took the cup,
and again giving you thanks
he gave it to his disciples, saying,

Drink from 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.

 

Father, with this bread and this cup,
we do as our Saviour has commanded:
we celebrate the redemption he has won for us;
we proclaim his perfect sacrifice,

made once for all upon the cross,
his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
and we look for his coming
to fulfil all things according to your will.

Christ has died;

Christ is risen;

Christ will come again.

 

Renew us by your Holy Spirit,
unite us in the body of your Son,
and bring us with all your people
into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
with whom and in whom,
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of never-ending praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
are yours for ever and ever. Amen.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say

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 BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Jesus says, I am the bread of life,

whoever eats this bread will live for ever:

Lord, our hearts hunger for you;

give us this bread always.

 

THE GREAT SILENCE

 

When the minister has received communion, all keep silence for reflection.

 

The minister says

Let us continue to reflect together.

 

Jesus is the bread of life. Whoever comes to him will never go hungry.

 

Whoever believes in him will never be thirsty.                                                          cf. John 6: 35

 

Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven.

 

Whoever eats this bread will live for ever.                                                                cf. John 6: 51

 

Jesus was alive and rose again through the will of his Father.

 

Those who feed on Jesus will live because of him and he will raise them up on the last day.

  1. John 6: 57, 40

 

Going Out as God’s People

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Living God,
for our redemption you gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
you have delivered us from the power of our enemy.
Grant us so to die daily unto sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Benediction Hymn: “Let the earth rejoice and sing”

Let the earth rejoice and sing, alleluia!

At the triumph of our King, alleluia!

He ascends from mortal sight, alleluia!

Reigns now at our Father’s right, alleluia!

 

He who died upon a tree, alleluia!

Now shall reign eternally, alleluia!

He who saved our fallen race, alleluia!

Takes in heav’n his rightful place, alleluia!

 

 

Jesus, Lord, all hail to thee, alleluia!

On this day of victory, alleluia!

Thou didst shatter Satan’s might, alleluia!

Rising glorious from the fight, alleluia!

 

Jesus, Victor, hear our prayer, alleluia!

In thy triumph let us share, alleluia!

Lift our minds and hearts above, alleluia!

Strengthen all men in thy love, alleluia!


DISMISSAL

God the Father,

by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,

open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

Amen.

 

God the Son,

who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory,

give you joy as you share the Easter faith.

Amen.

 

God the Holy Spirit,

who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord,

empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace.

Amen.

 

And the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be with you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

Go in the peace of the Risen Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Easter Vigil

There will be a recording of the Easter Vigil available on the Killiskey YouTube channel from 7pm on Saturday 3rd which will include scripture readings, prayers and solos (including one from Revd Jack Kinkead)

The service leaflet is available here: Easter Vigil 03-04-21

or below here:

Wicklow and Killiskey Parishes

 Easter Liturgy

 Saturday 3rd April 2021 via YouTube

 


The Service of Light

 

Candles are lit.

 

The Revd Ken Rue says

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

on this most holy night,

when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life,

the Church invites her children throughout the world

to come together in vigil and prayer.

This is the Passover of the Lord.

We remember his death and resurrection

by hearing his word and celebrating his mysteries,

confident that we shall share his victory over death

and live with him for ever in God.

 

The new fire is kindled.

 

Let us pray.

 

Eternal God,

who made this most holy night

to shine with the brightness of your one true light:

set us aflame with the fire of your love,

and bring us to the radiance of your heavenly glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

May the light of Christ, rising in glory,

banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

 

Robin Heather is handed the Easter candle. He enters the church building, followed by the Revd Ken Rue. They pause just inside the entrance.

 

Robin Heather raises the Easter Candle and intones

 

(At the Porch)

The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

(Midway up the aisle)

The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

(At the crossing)

The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

Revd Ken Rue: We listen to the Easter Proclamation

 

The Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) sung by Robin Heather

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!

O Universe, dance around God’s throne!

Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!

Sound the victorious trumpet of salvation!

 

Rejoice, O earth, in glory, revealing the splendour of your creation,

radiant in the brightness of your triumphant King!

Christ has conquered! Now his life and glory fill you!

Darkness vanishes for ever!

 

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!

The risen Saviour, our Lord of life, shines upon you!

Let all God’s people sing and shout for joy.

 

It is right and good that with hearts and minds and voices

we should praise you, Father almighty, the unseen God,

through your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who has saved us by his death,

paid the price of Adam’s sin,

and reconciled us once again to you.

 

For this is the Passover feast,

when Christ, the true Lamb of God, is slain

whose blood consecrates the homes of all the faithful.

 

This is the night when you first saved our ancestors,

freeing Israel from her slavery

and leading her safely through the sea.

 

This is the night when Jesus Christ vanquished hell,

broke the chains of death

and rose triumphant from the grave.

 

This is the night when all who believe in him are freed from sin,

restored to grace and holiness,

and share the victory of Christ.

 

This is the night that gave us back what we had lost;

beyond our deepest dreams

you made even our sin a happy fault.

 

Most blessed of all nights!

Evil and hatred are put to flight and sin is washed away,

lost innocence regained, and mourning turned to joy.

 

Night truly blessed, when hatred is cast out,

peace and justice find a home, and heaven is joined to earth

and all creation reconciled to you.

 

Therefore, heavenly Father, in this our Easter joy

accept our sacrifice of praise, your Church’s solemn offering.

Grant that this Easter Candle may make our darkness light.

 

For Christ the morning star has risen in glory;

Christ is risen from the dead and his flame of love still burns within us!

Christ sheds his peaceful light on all the world!

Christ lives and reigns for ever and ever! Amen.

The Vigil

 

INTRODUCTION TO VIGIL READINGS

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

let us now listen attentively to the word of God,

recalling how he saved his people throughout history,

and in the fullness of time,

sent his own Son to be our Redeemer.

 

The First Reading read by Daniel Healy

Crossing the Red Sea

Exodus 14: 10-31; 15: 20-21

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’

 

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

 

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them:
‘Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’

 

Hymn: Thanks & Praise 150 “There is a higher throne” sung by Scott Golden

There is a higher throne

than all this world has known,

where faithful ones from every tongue

will one day come.

Before the Son we’ll stand,

made faultless through the Lamb;

believing hearts find promised grace:

salvation comes.

 

Hear heaven’s voices sing;

their thunderous anthem rings

through emerald courts and sapphire skies.

their praises rise.

All glory, wisdom, power,

strength, thanks, and honour are

to God, our King who reigns on high

for evermore.

 

And there we’ll find our home,

our life before the throne;

we’ll honour Him in perfect song

where we belong.

He’ll wipe each tear-stained eye,

as thirst and hunger die;

the Lamb becomes our Shepherd King:

we’ll reign with Him.

Keith Getty (b. 1974)

and Kristin Getty (b. 1980)

 

Response: The Lord is my strength and my might.

He has become my salvation.

 

Collect: Lord God our redeemer,

who heard the cry of your people and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery:

free us from the tyranny of sin and death and, by the leading of your Spirit,

bring us to our promised land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Psalm 114 read by Stephen and Sally Smith

1    When Israel came out of Egypt,  ♦

the house of Jacob from a people of a strange tongue,

2    Judah became his sanctuary,  ♦

Israel his dominion.

3    The sea saw that, and fled;  ♦

Jordan was driven back.

4    The mountains skipped like rams,  ♦

the little hills like young sheep.

5    What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?  ♦

O Jordan, that you were driven back?

6    You mountains, that you skipped like rams,  ♦

you little hills like young sheep?

7    Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,  ♦

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8    Who turns the hard rock into a pool of water,  ♦

the flint-stone into a springing well.

 

Response: I will sing to the Lord,

who has triumphed gloriously.

 

Collect: Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation. You heard the agony of your people as they cried out from slavery and you gave Moses to lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear the cry of the enslaved and the homeless today and lead us through the turbulent sea of life to our true home with you, O Lord, our maker and redeemer. Amen.

THE EASTER ACCLAMATION

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

A joyful fanfare is played on the organ

 

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS (sung by Tim Hicks)

Revd Ken Rue: The lights are turned on as we prepare to praise God in the words of the

Gloria in Excelsis

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s 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.

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s people on earth. Amen.

 

The Second Reading:  Read by Stella Mew

Dying and Rising with Christ

Romans 6: 3-11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Hymn: CH 247 “When I survey the wondrous cross” (vs 1, 2 and 4) sung by Patricia Butler

When I survey the wondrous cross

on which the Prince of Glory died;

my richest gain I count but loss,

and pour contempt on all my pride.

 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

save in the death of Christ, my God;

all the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his blood.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were an offering far too small;

love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

based on Galatians 6: 14;

Philippians 3: 7-8

 

Response: Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?

 

Revd Ken Rue: Let us pray that we may reign with the risen Christ in glory.

 

We keep silence for a few moments.

 

Collect: Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity. Amen.

 

The Gospel Reading: Read by Revd Ken Rue

The Resurrection of Jesus

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

Alleluia.

He has defeated the powers of death.

Alleluia.

Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.

Alleluia.

He has the words of eternal life.

Alleluia.

 

Mark 16: 1-8

Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ according to St Mark, Chapter 16, beginning at verse 1

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

 

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

Collect: Blessed are you, sanctifier of time and space, maker of dancing quarks and ancient quasars, of energy and element, your saving love endures for ever; as your holy light pierces the cold darkness of death and chaos; may the glorious radiance of resurrection dispel the shadows in our lives and conform us more closely to your risen Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour, praise and glory. Amen.

 

Hymn: Thanks & Praise 89 “This is the night of new beginnings” sung by Revd Jack Kinkead

This is the night of new beginnings.

This is the night when heaven meets earth.

This is the night filled with God’s glory,

promise of our new birth!

 

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your Church Gathered today.

 

This is the night Christ our Redeemer

rose from the grave triumphant and free,

leaving the tomb of evil and darkness,

empty for all to see.

 

Now will the fire kindled in darkness

burn to dispel the shadows of night.

Star of the morning, Jesus our Saviour,

you are the world’s true light!

 

Sing of the hope deeper than dying.

Sing of the power stronger than death.

Sing of the love endless as heaven,

dawning throughout the earth.

 

Into this world morning is breaking.

All of God’s people, lift up your voice.

Cry out with joy, tell out the story,

all of the earth rejoice!

Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957)

 

PRAYERS

On this holy night when Jesus Christ rose from the dead

and restored our life of grace

we turn to God our Father in prayer

asking for all our needs:

 

For all who believe in the Resurrection,

that through our sharing in the life of the Risen Lord,

this Easter may mark for us a new beginning in our life of faith.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

For peace in our world, that the peace promised by the Lord

will become a reality for all people.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

For all those baptised

that they may continue to grow in faith and love of God.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

That the people of every nation may come to share the joy of this night,

and that the Good News of the death and Resurrection of Christ

may gladden the hearts of all.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

That we may come to live forever in Christ

with those whose lifelong vigil for the Lord has ended

remembering that Christ has destroyed the power of death

and opened the gates of heaven to all.

Lord in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

God our Father,

as we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ your Son

we ask you to strengthen us in faith

that we may proclaim the pardon and peace you have given us.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ

who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

 

Closing Hymn: CH 288 “Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son” sung by Scott Golden

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.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is nought 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.

The Dismissal

 

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.

John 20: 19, 20

BLESSING

God the Father,

by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,

raise you up to walk with him in the newness of his risen life:

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

DISMISSAL

With the risen life of Christ within you, go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Maundy Thursday Devotional and Fellowship Meal

Topic: Maundy Thursday Devotional and Fellowship Meal

Time: Apr 1, 2021 07:30 PM Dublin

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MAUNDY THURSDAY DEVOTIONAL AND FELLOWSHIP MEAL

The early Christians used to regularly share meals together. In Acts 2 vs 46 and 47 we read: “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.”

The current coronavirus crisis prevents us from gathering in our church communities  as we normally would to mark the events of Holy Week. However, it does not stop us praying in our homes, giving thanks, and preparing spiritually for the great celebration of Easter.

Tonight’s devotional takes place in the context of a  meal shared  ‘virtually’  at  a  distance  between  households. A candle is lit.

The Gathering of God’s People

Greeting

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

God of our days and years, we set this time a part for you.

Form us in the likeness of Christ so that our lives may glorify you. Amen.

Tonight we  recall  Jesus’  final  meal   with  his  disciples  before his  arrest and   crucifixion.  As  we  do  this,  we also recall and honour  the  roots  of our  Christian faith in the  history  of the people  of Israel. Jesus gathered with his friends  to celebrate the Passover, the festival which marked the deliverance of God’s people from  slavery in Egypt.

The Collect for Purity

Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Penitence

Lord God,

you sent your Son to reconcile us to yourself and to one another.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,

you heal the wounds of sin and division.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit,

through you we put to death the sins of the body – and live.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God,

at the Last Supper your Son Jesus Christ washed the disciples’ feet

and commanded them to love one another.

Give us humility and obedience to be servants of others as he was the servant of all;

who gave up his life and died for us,

yet is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Hymn: CH525 “Let there be love shared among us” (sung twice)

Let there be love shared among us, let there be love in our eyes,

may now your love sweep this nation, cause us, O Lord, to arise;

give us a fresh understanding

of brotherly love that is real,

let there be love shared among us, let there be love.

David Mowbray (b. 1938)

Listening to God’s Word

Exodus 12:1-14, 17, The story of the first Passover

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month  shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month  of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that  on  the  tenth  of this month they  are to  take a lamb  for  each family, a lamb  for  each household.  If  a  household  is  too  small  for  a  whole lamb,  it  shall join  its closest neighbour  in obtaining  one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion  to the number of  people  who  eat of  it. Your lamb shall be without  blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from  the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth  day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts  and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs.

You shall let none of it remain until  the morning;  anything that remains until  the morning  you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly.  It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the  land  of  Egypt that  night,  and  I  will  strike down  every firstborn  in  the  land  of  Egypt,  both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

This day shall be a day of remembrance  for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord;  throughout   your generations  you  shall observe  it  as a perpetual   ordinance…  You  shall observe the festival of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought  your companies out of the  land  of  Egypt: you  shall  observe  this  day  throughout your  generations  as a  perpetual ordinance.

 

The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation;

this is my God, and  I will  praise him, my father’s  God, and  I will  exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)

Exodus 14:13-20, Crossing the Red Sea

…Moses  said  to  the   people,  ‘Do  not   be  afraid,  stand firm, and   see   the   deliverance  that   the  Lord  will accomplish for  you today; for  the  Egyptians whom  you see today you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and  you have  only to keep  still.’

Then  the  Lord said  to Moses,  ‘Why  do  you  cry out  to  me?  Tell the  Israelites  to  go forward.  But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and  his chariot drivers.’

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind  them; and  the  pillar  of  cloud moved from  in front  of them  and took  its place behind  them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

 

The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation;

this is my God, and  I will  praise him, my father’s  God, and  I will  exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)

Bible Responsory, Deuteronomy  6:4-9

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie

down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

 

At the  time  of Jesus’  baptism,  his  cousin  John,  a  prophet,  declared  Jesus  to be the Lamb of God who  takes away  the  sin  of the  world  (John 1:29).  Jesus’  identity  as  the  ‘Lamb  of God’  takes   on  a special meaning  in the  context  of  the  Passover festival. Even as they  gather  to  celebrate  the festival, Jesus is aware that the time has come to complete his work of sacrifice and salvation.

Matthew 26:17-19, 26-29, Jesus and his Disciples Celebrate the Passover Meal

On  the   first   day  of  Unleavened  Bread  the  disciples  came  to  Jesus,   saying,

‘Where   do   you   want    us   to   make    the    preparations   for  you  to  eat   the Passover?’  He said,  ‘Go  into  the  city  to  a certain  man,  and   say  to  him,  “The Teacher  says,  My time  is  near;  I  will  keep  the  Passover at  your  house with my  disciples.”   ’          So  the    disciples   did   as  Jesus  had directed  them,  and they prepared the  Passover meal…

While they were eating,  Jesus  took  a loaf of bread,  and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the  disciples, and  said, ‘Take, eat;  this is my body.’ Then  he  took  a cup,  and   after   giving  thanks  he  gave  it  to  them,  saying,  ‘Drink from  it, all of you; for this is my blood  of the covenant, which is poured  out  for  many for  the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit  of the vine until that day when  I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

Worthy is the Lamb,

to receive honour and glory and blessing. (cf Revelation 5:12)

John 13:1-17, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet

Now before the festival of the Passover,  Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world  and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world,  he loved them  to the end. The devil had already put  it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all

things into his hands, and that he had come from  God and was going to God,  got up from  the table, took  off his outer  robe,  and tied  a towel  around  himself. Then he poured water   into  a  basin  and   began to  wash   the disciples’ feet and to  wipe them  with  the towel that  was tied around  him. He came to  Simon  Peter, who said  to him,  ‘Lord,  are   you  going  to  wash  my feet?’  Jesus  answered,  ‘You  do  not  know  now  what  I am doing, but later  you  will understand.’  Peter  said  to  him, ‘You  will never  wash  my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have  no share with me.’ Simon Peter  said  to him, ‘Lord, not  my feet  only but  also my hands and  my head!’ Jesus said  to him, ‘One who has  bathed does not need to wash,  except for the  feet, but  is entirely clean. And you are  clean, though not  all of you.’ For he  knew who was to betray  him; for this reason he  said, ‘Not all of you are  clean.’

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned  to the table, he said to  them,  ‘Do  you  know what   I  have   done to  you?  You  call  me  Teacher  and   Lord—and  you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to  wash  one  another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to  you. Very truly,  I tell  you, servants are  not  greater  than  their master,  nor  are  messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.’

Worthy is the Lamb,

to receive honour and glory and blessing. (cf Revelation 5:12)

Hymn: CH530 “Ubi caritas et amor” (vs 1,3 and 6)

1Ubi caritas et amor, Ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Your love, O Jesus Christ, has gathered us together. Let us love one another as God has loved us.

The love of Jesus Christ will never have an end.

Taizé Community

Reflection

Affirmation of Faith

We have  listened  again  this  night  to  the  story  of God’s  love  for his people and his gift to us in Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God,  who takes away the sins of the world,  and so we re-affirm  our faith:

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, who made the world?

I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed mankind?

I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God?

I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.

We believe and trust in One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

1 Translation: Where charity (i.e., ‘loving-kindness’) and love are found, God himself is there.

Prayers

Loving Father, we give you thanks, for you are our rescuer.

Blessed be God for ever.

We give thanks for the gift of Christ, whose body was given for us and whose blood was shed for us.

Blessed be God for ever.

We give thanks that we may know the empowering presence of the Spirit this night and always.

Blessed be God for ever.

We give thanks for the example of Christ as servant and who leads us in the way of servanthood.

Blessed be God for ever.

In silence or aloud we offer prayers for the needs of the world, for our community  and our loved ones…

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, we are bold to pray:

 

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. Amen.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever.        Amen.

God of compassion,

through your Son Jesus Christ

you have reconciled your people to yourself.

As we follow his example, may we obey you with willing hearts and serve one another in holy love,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fellowship Meal

Hymn: CH428 “Let us break bread together”

Let us break bread together, we are one;

let us break bread together, we are one.

We are one as we stand

with our face to the rising Son, O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us drink wine together, we are one;

let us drink wine together, we are one.

Let us praise God together, we are one;

let us praise God together, we are one.

based on a North American traditional folk hymn

Grace

Generous God, we give you thanks for the gifts of food and fellowship we are about to share.

Blessed be God for ever. Amen.

Wednesday in Holy Week

Topic: Wednesday in Holy Week
Time: Mar 31, 2021 07:30 PM London

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WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH

 SERVICE OF WHOLENESS AND HEALING

 The Gathering of God’s People

In the name of Christ, we welcome you. We have been called out of darkness into God’s marvellous light. Grace and peace be with you.

And also with you.

 The love of God has been poured into our hearts, through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us: we dwell in God and God lives in us.

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon God’s name:

make known God’s deeds among the peoples.

Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name:

and speak of all God’s marvellous works.

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God almighty:

who was and is and is to come.

 

THE COLLECT

Heavenly Father, you anointed your Son Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit and with power to bring us the blessings of your kingdom. Anoint your Church with the same Holy Spirit, that we who share in his suffering and victory may bear witness to the gospel of salvation; 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.

 Proclaiming and receiving the word

THE GOSPEL

St. John: 13:21-32

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, ‘Do quickly what you are going to do.’ Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival’; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.

ADDRESS

ANTHEM

Crucifixus a 8

Crucifixus etiam pro nobis; sub Pontio Pilato passus et sepultus est.

He was crucified also for us, under Pontius Pilate he suffered and was buried.

Antonio Lotti

 

Prayer and Penitence

 

God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation.

We praise and bless you, Lord

 

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly.

We praise and bless you, Lord

 

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence.

We praise and bless you, Lord

 

Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being.

We praise and bless you, Lord

 

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured or disabled, that they may be made whole.

Hear us, Lord of life.

 

Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence.

Hear us, Lord of life.

 

Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering, wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.

Hear us, Lord of life.

 

Mend broken relationships, and restore to those in distress soundness of mind and serenity of spirit.

Hear us, Lord of life.

 

Sustain and support those who seek your guidance and lift up all who are brought low by the trials of this life.

Hear us, Lord of life.

 

Gant peace and a holy death to those who are dying, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved.

Hear us, Lord of life.

 

Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world.

Hear us, Lord of life.

 

You are the Lord, you perform mighty wonders.

You have declared your power among the peoples.

 

With you, Lord, is the well of life

and in your light do we see light.

 

Hear us, Lord of life,

heal us, and make us whole.

 

Let us be silent before God.

 

A period of silence follows

 

O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to your for help; for your are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

 

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

The gospel calls us to turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. As we offer ourselves to him in penitence and faith, we renew our confidence and trust in his mercy.

 

Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you. Ps. 55:22

 

In returning and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and trust shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15

 

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

You bring pardon and peace to the sinner:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

You bring light to those in darkness:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

God, the Father of mercies, has reconciled the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, not holding our sins against us, but sending his Holy Spirit to shed abroad his love among us. By the ministry of reconciliation entrusted by Christ to his Church, receive his pardon and peace to stand before him in his strength along this day and evermore. Amen.

 

Prayer for healing

Our help is in the name of the Lord

who has made heaven and earth.

 

Blessed be the name of the Lord:

now and for ever. Amen.

 Blessed are you, sovereign God, gentle and merciful, creator of heaven and earth. Your Word brought light out of darkness, and daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth. When we turned away from you in sin, your anointed Son took our nature and entered our suffering to bring your healing to those in weakness and distress. He broke the power of evil and set us free from sin and death that we might become partakers of his glory. His apostles anointed the sick in your name, bringing wholeness and joy to a broken world. By your grace renewed each day you continue the gifts of healing in your Church that your people may praise your name for ever.

 

Hear the prayer we offer for all your people. Remember in your mercy those for whom we pray: heal the sick, raise the fallen, strengthen the fainthearted and enfold in your love the fearful and those who have no hope. In the fullness of time complete your gracious work. Reconcile all things in Christ and make them new. Restore us in your image, renew us in your love, that we may serve you as sons and daughters in your kingdom; through your anointed Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit we lift our voices of thanks and praise:

Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Prayer is offered for healing and reconciliation

 

May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind, and spirit, deliver you from evil, and give you peace. Amen.

 

The almighty Lord, who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him, whom all things in heaven, on earth and under the earth obey, be now and evermore your defence. May you believe and trust that the only name under heaven given for health and salvation is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Going out as God’s people

 

God has made us one in Christ, and has set a seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come, has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

 

Let us go in the joy and peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Tuesday in Holy Week

Topic: Tuesday in Holy Week
Time: Mar 30, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Tuesday of Holy Week – 30th March 2021

Opening Responses                                                         

We come to you to hear words …. Words full of meaning, rather than empty chatter

And to take them into our hearts

We come to you to learn what is important and to put to one side, the less important and the unnecessary

And to take it all into our hearts

We come to you to see your words, words of action

And to take the vision into our hearts

We come to you to feel your words, words of compassion, touching the core of our beings

And to take your touch into our hearts

 

The Collect for Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, who by the passion of your blessed Son, made an instrument of shameful death, to be for us the means of life: grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer pain and loss for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ: who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever Amen.

 

Psalm 71 verses 1 – 14 – A Prayer to God for help in old age.     

Appeal for help.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil       and cruel.

Confession that the Lord has always been his hope.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendour all day long.

Prayer for continual help in waning years.

Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.
11 They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.” 12 Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.
13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.

 

Central confession of unfaltering hope.

 

14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever, Amen.

God’s Word to Us – John 12 verses 20 – 36                                    

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

27 “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — “Father, save me from this hour” No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people[a] to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

34 The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah[b] remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”

35 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

 

Reflection

Music – The Servant King by Graham Kendrick                             

From heaven you came helpless babe, entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve, and give Your life that we might live

This is our God, The Servant King, He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering, Of worship to The Servant King

There in the garden of tears, my heavy load he chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn, ‘Yet not My will but Yours, ‘ He said

This is our God, The Servant King, He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering, Of worship to The Servant King

Come see His hands and His feet, the scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered

This is our God, The Servant King, He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering, Of worship to The Servant King

The Prayers                                                                                                                                                                                                

The Greeks wanted to see Jesus….                 May we see Jesus….

May we open our eyes and look for him in the most unlikely of people and places…

To see him in the unlovely and the unlovable as well as the lovely…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

The people did not really understand Jesus …                       we bring you our lack of faith…

our failure to follow and serve you ….                       Our refusal to trust your words…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

Jesus’ soul was troubled…we pray for all tonight whose hearts, minds or souls are troubled..

the ill, the bereaved, the anxious…                those living in fear, those who fear the future

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

Jesus promises to draw all people to himself …

We remember those who have drawn us to Jesus …. drawn us to God…

Our parents, grandparents, teachers, ministers, youth leaders .…….

and we thank God for their faithfulness …..               Help us to be faithful too…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

Jesus tells us to believe in the light…..           May we become children of light….

Following Jesus’ way in our daily lives….         By the power of the Holy Spirit…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

A time of open Prayer………

As our Saviour Christ has taught us so we pray –

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 Blessing for Passiontide and Holy Week

Christ draw you to himself and grant that you find in his cross, a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven: and the Blessing of God Almighty, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.                      Amen

 

 

An Easter Carol

Spring burst today,

For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.

 

Flash forth, thou Sun,

The rain is over and gone, its work is done.

 

Winter is past,

Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last.

 

Bud, Fig and Vine,

Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine.

 

Break forth this morn

In roses, thou but yesterday a Thorn.

 

Uplift thy head,

O pure white Lily thro’ the Winter dead.

 

Beside your dams

Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.

 

All Herds and Flocks

Rejoice, all Beasts of thickets and of rocks.

 

Sing, Creatures, sing,

Angels and Men and Birds and everything.

 

All notes of Doves

Fill all our world; this is the time of loves.

 

Christina Rosetti (1830-94)

 

Commentary by Philip Comfort and Daniel Partner:

This poem ties in various images from Song of Solomon, especially the passage below where the beloved asks his lover to join him in celebrating spring’s arrival after a long winter. Again, Christ’s resurrection can be seen in a similar way. When Christ arose from the grave, sin’s long, cold dominion over humanity ended, and new life burst forth in the hearts of the followers. As we enter this season of new life, let us not only be glad winter is past, but let us rejoice that Christ is risen!

 

My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; now the winter is past, rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land. fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, come away.

 

Song of Solomon 2: 10-13