Evening Prayer 1st July

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jul 1, 2020 07:30 PM London

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WEDNESDAY 1 JULY. EVENING PRAYER
GREETING
The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you
And also with you.
PREPARATION
Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by
sending us your Holy Spirit, and made known to every
race and nation the way of eternal life; open our lips by
your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PENITENCE
Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the
darkness. Together, let us confess our sins.
Silence is kept for one minute
Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us:
Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done
evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have
mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our
wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a
right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your
salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the God of love and power forgive you and free
your from your sins, heal and strengthen you by the
Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
Amen.
VERSICLES AND RESPONSES
O Lord, we call to you: come to us quickly.
Hear us when we cry to you.
Let our prayers rise up before you like incense.
Let our lifted hands be like an evening sacrifice.
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 WORD OF GOD
A READING
St Mark 8:28-34
When he came to the other side, to the country of the
Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met
him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that
way. Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with
us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us
before the time?’ Now a large herd of swine was feeding
at some distance from them. The demons begged him, ‘If
you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ And he
said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the
swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the
steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. The
swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told
the whole story about what had happened to the
demoniacs. Then the whole town came out to meet
Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave
their neighbourhood.
ADDRESS
ANTHEM
Hear my prayer, O Lord
Hear my prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come
unto thee.
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
PRAISE
Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the universe.
To you be glory and praise for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is
proclaimed in all the world.
To you be glory and praise for ever.
When the times had fully come you sent the Sun of
Righteousness.
In him the fullness of your glory dwells. To you be
glory and praise for ever.
PRAYERS
We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.
We pray to you our God.
Silence is kept for one minute
That the rest of this day may be holy, peace full and full
of your presence; in faith we pray.
We pray to you our God.
That we may hear and respond to your call to peace and
justice; in faith we pray
We pray to you our God.
That you will sustain the faith and hope of those who are
lonely, oppressed and anxious; in faith we pray
We pray to you our God.
That you will strengthen us in your service, and fill our
hearts with longing for your kingdom; in faith we pray
We pray to you our God.
God of mercy, you know us and love us and hear our
prayer: keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus
Christ our Saviour. Amen.
COLLECT
O Lord, from whom all good things come: Grant to us
your humble servant, that, by your holy inspiration we
may think those things that be good, and by your
merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
SENDING OUT
Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
a light no darkness can quench.
Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening:
and the day is almost over.
The darkness is not dark to you:
The night is as bright as the day.
Let your light scatter the darkness:
and fill your church with your glory. Amen.

 

Evening Prayer Wednesday 8 July

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Topic: Evening Prayer Wednesday 8 July

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Killiskey Parish
Sunday 3rd May 2020 @ 11.00am
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Preparation
GREETING
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
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.
Through him you have come to trust in God,
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are set on God.
1 Peter 1: 3, 21
OPENING PRAYER
Lord Jesus Christ,
risen from death to life in the Father’s love,
raise us to share in the new life,
that we may know your presence among us now,
and serve you in the power of the Spirit. Amen.
Opening Hymn: CH336 “Jesus, where’re thy people meet” (vs. 1, 2, 4 and 5)
Jesus, where’er thy people meet,
there they behold thy mercy seat;
where’er they seek thee, thou art found,
and every place is hallowed ground.
For thou, within no walls confined,
inhabitest the humble mind;
such ever bring thee where they come,
and going, take thee to their home.
Here may we prove the power of prayer
to strengthen faith and sweeten care,
to teach our faint desires to rise,
and bring all heaven before our eyes.
Lord, we are few, but thou art near;
nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
and make a thousand hearts thine own.
William Cowper (1731-1800)
CONFESSION
‘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.”’ John 20:19
In this Easter season we bring our fears and failings to the risen Christ:
When we are faced with a challenge, but retreat into old attitudes …
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
When we allow past hurts to undermine our present relationships …
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
When we face difficult times but fail to trust in your loving purposes …
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
When we look inwards to our selfish concerns rather than outwards to a world in need …
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
When we are agents of gloom rather than messengers of hope …
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins
and bring us to everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
JUBILATE: Psalm 100
1 O shout to the Lord in triumph | all the | earth;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his | face with | songs of | joy.
2 Know that the Lord | he is | God;
it is he who has made us and we are his
we are his | people · and the | sheep of · his | pasture.
3 Come into his gates with thanksgiving
and into his | courts with | praise;
give thanks to him and | bless his | holy | name.
4 For the Lord is good
his loving mercy | is for | ever,
his faithfulness through|out all | gener|ations.
Glory to the Father, and | to the | Son,
and | to the | Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be|ginning, is | now,
and shall be for | ever. | A|men.
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Let us pray that we may experience transformation in our own lives:
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
Raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Ministry of the Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Send your Holy Spirit upon us,
that your Word may take root
in the secret places of our hearts
and bear much fruit to your glory. Amen.
The First Reading: Acts 2: 42-47
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to
prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the
believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to
anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread
in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all
the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The Psalm: T&P 147 “The Lord’s my shepherd”
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
his goodness restores my soul.
And I will trust in you alone,
And I will trust in you alone,
For your endless mercy follows me,
your goodness will lead me home.
He guides my ways in righteousness,
and he anoints my head with oil,
and my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on his pure delights.
And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
for you are with me, and your rod and staff
are the comfort I need to know.
Stuart Townend (b.1963)
based on Psalm 23
The Second Reading: 1 Peter 2: 19-25
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious
of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you
suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called,
because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead,
he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that
we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were
like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Hymn before the Gospel : CH644 “Faithful Shepherd, feed me”
Faithful Shepherd, feed me
in the pastures green;
faithful Shepherd, lead me
where thy steps are seen.
Hold me fast, and guide me
in the narrow way;
so, with thee beside me,
I shall never stray.
Daily bring me nearer
to the heavenly shore;
may my faith grow clearer,
may I love thee more:
Hallow every pleasure,
every joy and pain;
be thyself my treasure,
though none else I gain.
Day by day prepare me
as thou see is best,
then let angels bear me
to thy promised rest.
Thomas B. Pollock (1836-96) altd.
The Gospel: John 10: 1-10
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by
some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The
gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and
leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him
because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him
because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did
not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before
me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through
me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill
and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
THE SERMON
COLLECT OF THE WORD
God of all power,
you called from death our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep;
send us as shepherds to rescue the lost, to heal the injured,
and to feed one another with understanding;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Responding
ACCLAMATION OF FAITH
Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe. 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
INTERCESSIONS
Our loving Father in heaven, as we recall the change that came over the disciples when they met the risen
Christ on that first Easter Day, we pray for the renewal of faith, hope and love among your people today:
We pray for our fellow human beings living in fear of persecution and violence …
Strengthen their hope that peace and justice will prevail.
Guide our President Michael D and the leaders of the nations.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our hope in your victory over evil.
We pray for those who, like Thomas, struggle with doubts and hard questions …
Make yourself known to them through the good news that Christ is alive, and through the witness of his
followers.
At Easter, Lord,
renew us by your Spirit.
We pray for those who, like the disciples, are burdened by guilt, failure or grief …
Give them a fresh awareness of Christ’s love and forgiveness.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our joy in your amazing grace.
We pray for all who are sent into the world to bear witness to Christ;
for bishop Michael, for ministers and missionaries …
Lead us by your Holy Spirit into new ways of serving you.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our commitment to your service.
We pray for those who are ill or frail …
Grant them healing and encouragement.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our trust in your fatherly care.
We remember those who have died …
We join with all Christians in lifting our voices
to proclaim the living Christ as
our Lord and our God. Amen.
PRAYERS ABOUT THE CURRENT CRISIS
Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold.
In your will, comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GENERAL COLLECT
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.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Let us sum up our prayers and praises in the words our Saviour Christ has taught us and say:
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.
Going out as God’s People
Closing Hymn: CH593 “O Jesus, I have promised” (vs. 1-4)
Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
be thou forever near me,
my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if thou wilt be my guide.
O let me feel thee near me!
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but Jesus, draw thou nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.
O let me hear thee speaking
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak and make me listen,
thou guardian of my soul.
O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee,
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and, Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
my Master and my Friend.
DISMISSAL PRAYER
May the road rise up to meet us.
May the wind be always at our backs.
May the sun shine warm upon our faces;
the rains fall soft upon our fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold us in the palm of his hand. Amen.
BLESSING
God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life:
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you and remain with you always.
Amen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Wednesday 17 June Evening Prayer

Wednesday 17 June Evening Prayer

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Topic: Evening Prayer

Time: Jun 17, 2020 07:30 PM London

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WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE EVENING PRAYER
GREETING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
PREPARATION
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 God’s holy word
proclaimed, to bring our needs and the needs of the world, and
to pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we may serve God
and know the greatness of God’s love.
PENITENCE
Let us confess our sins to God our Father.
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.
VERSICLES AND RESPONSES
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall 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 WORD OF GOD
PSALM
Psalm 31:21-24
Thanks be to the Lord *
for he hath shewed me marvellous great kindness in a strong
city.
And when I made haste, I said *
I am cast out of the sight of thine eyes.
Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer *
when I cried unto thee.
O love the Lord, all ye his saints *
for the Lord preserveth them that are faithful, and
plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.
Be strong, and he shall establish your heart *
all ye that put your trust in the Lord.
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.
FIRST READING
Nehemiah 9:1-8
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of
Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with
dust on their heads. Then those of Israelite descent separated
themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their
sins and the iniquities of their ancestors. They stood up in
their place and read from the book of the law of
the LORD their God for a fourth part of the day, and for
another fourth they made confession and worshipped
the LORD their God. Then Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah,
Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the stairs of the
Levites and cried out with a loud voice to the LORD their
God. Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah,
Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, ‘Stand up
and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting.
Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all
blessing and praise.’ And Ezra said: ‘You are the LORD, you
alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all
their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is
in them. To all of them you give life, and the host of heaven
worships you. You are the LORD, the God who chose Abram
and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the
name Abraham; and you found his heart faithful before you,
and made with him a covenant to give to his descendants the
land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite,
the Jebusite, and the Girgashite; and you have fulfilled your
promise, for you are righteous.
CANTICLE
Magnificat
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me
blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all
generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm, he hath scattered the
proud, in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted
the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he
hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as
he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
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.
SECOND READING
St Luke 6:12-19
Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray;
and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came,
he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he
also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his
brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and
Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of
Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas
son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a
great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people
from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and
Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their
diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits
were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for
power came out from him and healed all of them.
CANTICLE
Nunc Dimittis
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according
to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou
hast prepared before the face of all people; 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.
ADDRESS
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.
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.
THE COLLECTS
God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you:
Mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the
weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing
without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the
keeping of your commandments we may please you, both in
will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God from whom all holy desires, all good judgments
and all just works proceed: Give to your servants that
peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be
se to obey your commandments, and that we, being
defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time
in rest and quietness; through Jesus Christ your Son our
Lord. Amen.
Lighten our darkness, O Lord, we pray and in your great
mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.
GOING OUT AS GOD’S PEOPLE
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and believing, so
that by the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope. Amen.

Morning Prayer Trinity 1 – 14 June

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Topic: Morning Prayer Trinity 1

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Sunday 14th June 2020 @ 11.00am

MORNING PRAYER 1 – 14 JUNE 2020 THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Opening Hymn: CH59 “New every morning is the love”(vs. 1-3, 5, 6) New every morning is the love our wakening and uprising prove; through sleep and darkness safely brought, restored to life and power and thought.

New mercies, each returning day, hover around us while we pray; new perils past, new sins forgiven, new thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.

If on our daily course our mind be set to hallow all we find, new treasures still, of countless price, God will provide for sacrifice.

The trivial round, the common task, will furnish all we need to ask, room to deny ourselves, a road to bring us daily nearer God.

Only, O Lord, in thy dear love fit us for perfect rest above; and help us, this and every day, to live more nearly as we pray.

John Keble (1792-1866) altd. based on Lamentations 3: 22-23
SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE Through Christ let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of  lips that that acknowledge his name.                         Hebrews 13: 15

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 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.
FIRST CANTICLE
VENITE Psalm 95 1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord:    let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are all the corners of the earth and the strength of the hills is his also.

5 The sea is his, and he made it, and his hands prepared the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and fall down and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7 For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

8 Today if ye will hear his voice: harden not your hearts, as in the provocation and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;

9 When your fathers tempted me, provèd me, and saw my works.
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways;

11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest.   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 Old Testament
Exodus 19:2-8a After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” After the reading silence may be kept.
THE PSALM
Psalm 100 1  O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth; ♦︎    serve the Lord with gladness       and come before his presence with a song. 2  Know that the Lord is God; ♦︎    it is he that has made us and we are his;       we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. 3  Enter his gates with thanksgiving       and his courts with praise; ♦︎    give thanks to him and bless his name. 4  For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting, ♦︎    and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

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
Romans 5: 1-8 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

After the reading silence may be kept.

Hymn before the Gospel: CH662 “He who would valiant be” (Version 2) He who would valiant be ‘gainst all disaster, Let him in constancy follow the Master. There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent his first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

Who so beset him round with dismal stories, do but themselves confound – his strength the more is. No foes shall stay his might, though he with giants fight: he will make good his right to be a pilgrim.

Since, Lord, thou dost defend us with thy Spirit, we know we at the end shall life inherit. Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say, I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.
Percey Dearmer (1867-1936) after John Bunyan (1628-88) A LESSON from the Gospels
Matthew 9: 35 — 10: 8  Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. 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.
Hymn of Faith: CH560 “Alone with none but thee, my God”(adapted) Alone with none but thee, my God, I journey on my way: what need I fear when thou art near, O King of night and day? More safe am I within thy hand than if a host should round me stand.

The child of God can fear no ill, his chosen, dread no foe; ’tis not from chance our comfort springs, thou art our trust, O King of kings.

My destined time is fixed by thee, and death doth know his hour; did warriors strong around me throng, they could not stay his power: No walls of stone can man defend when thou thy messenger dost send.

My life I yield to thy decree, and bow to thy control in peaceful calm, for from thine arm no power can wrest my soul: could earthly omens e’er appal a man that heeds the heavenly call?

Attrib. Columba (c.520-597)
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 O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping of thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; through 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.

 CORONAVIRUS INTERCESSIONS God of Love,  we turn to you with prayerful hearts  and with confidence in your loving presence among us now  and in every moment of our lives.  We stand before you as a people of hope,  trusting in your care and protection.  May we be comforted by your love in these anxious times.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Generous and Merciful God,  fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old;  that we may look after each other in these challenging times,  especially those among us who are vulnerable.  May your example give us the courage we need  to go to the margins, wherever they may be.  Heal us of our fear.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Healing God,  bring healing to those who are sick with the Coronavirus  and be with their families and neighbours.  We pray especially who those who are isolated,  that they may know your love.  Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

God of Strength,  accompany all those who serve us with such love and generosity  in the medical profession and in all our healthcare facilities.   We give thanks for their continued work in the service of people.  We ask you to bless them, strengthen them  and guide them with your abundant goodness.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom,  we ask you to guide the leaders in healthcare and governance;  that they may make the right decisions for the wellbeing of people.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

O God of creation and God of life,  we, your people place ourselves and our world in your protection and love.  May your peace be with us  and enfold us today, tomorrow and during the time ahead.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God. Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
THE SERMON

Closing Hymn: CH456 “Lord, you give the great commission” Lord, you give the great commission: ‘Heal the sick and preach the word’. Lest the Church neglect its mission, and the Gospel go unheard, help us witness to your purpose with renewed integrity, with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you call us to your service: ‘In My name baptize and teach’. That the world may trust your promise, life abundant meant for each, give us all new fervour, draw us closer in community. with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you make the common holy: ‘This my body, this my blood’. Let us all, for earth’s true glory, daily lift life heavenward, asking that the world around us share your children’s liberty with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you show us love’s true measure: ‘Father, what they do, forgive’. Yet we hoard as private treasure all that You so freely give. May your care and mercy lead us to a just society; with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you bless with words assuring: ‘I am with you to the end’. Faith and hope and love restoring, may we serve as you intend and, amid the cares that claim us, hold in mind eternity. with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Jeffery Rowthorn (b. 1934)

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.
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

 

Compline Service – 10 June

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Topic: Wednesday Evening Compline

Time: Jun 10, 2020 07:30 PM Dublin

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WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE 2020:  COMPLINE

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
A Psalm or Psalms as appointed or the following psalm:  Psalm 4  Cum invocarem. 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 READING
John 14: 25-26 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

ADDRESS

RESPONSORY
Stand  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.

Almighty Father, hear our cry through Jesus Christ our Lord most high, who with the Holy Ghost and thee doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

POEM

SAINT TERESA’S BOOKMARK Let nothing disturb thee  Nothing affright thee; All things are passing; God never changeth; Patient endurance  Attaineth to all things; Who God possesseth In nothing is wanting; Alone God sufficeth.

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-82)

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 Kneel  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
Look down, O Lord,  from thy heavenly throne,  illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness,  and from the children of  light  banish the deeds of  darkness;   through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God our Creator, by whose mercy and might  the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:  We give into thy hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that only those things which thou dost bless will prosper. To thy great love and protection we commit each other and all for whom we have prayed, knowing that thou alone art our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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
The Almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,  bless and preserve us this night and for evermore. Amen.

Trinity Sunday 7th June

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Topic: Trinity Sunday Service of the Word

Time: Jun 7, 2020 10:50 AM Dublin

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Killiskey Parish

Sunday 7th June 2020 @ 11.00am

Trinity Sunday

Preparation

GREETING In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord be with you and also with you.

INVITATION TO WORSHIP Let us worship the Trinity:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come! Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

PRAISE Let us pray: Father, we praise you; through your Word and Holy Spirit you created all things. You reveal your salvation in all the world by sending to us Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Through your Holy Spirit you give us a share in your life and love. Amen.

PENITENCE Father, you come to meet us when we return to you: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Spirit, you give us life and peace: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Almighty God have mercy on you,  forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 Opening Hymn: CH6 “Immortal, invisible, God only wise”  Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might; thy justice, like mountains high soaring above, thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest, the true life of all; we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, and wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight; all laud we would render: O help us to see ’tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.
W. Chalmers Smith (1824-1908) based on 1 Timothy 1: 17; Psalm 36: 6

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY  Almighty and everlasting God,  you have given us your servants grace,  by the confession of a true faith,  to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity  and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity:  Keep us steadfast in this faith,  that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;  for you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ministry of the Word

The First Reading:  Isaiah 40: 12-17, 27-31 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,     or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,     or weighed the mountains on the scales     and the hills in a balance? Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,     or instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,     and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge,     or showed him the path of understanding? Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;     they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,     nor its animals enough for burnt offerings. Before him all the nations are as nothing;     they are regarded by him as worthless     and less than nothing. Why do you complain, Jacob?     Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord;     my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,     and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary     and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,     and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord     will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;     they will run and not grow weary,     they will walk and not be faint.

RESPONSORY Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest!

The Psalm: Psalm 8 1 O Lord our Governor : how excellent is thy Name in all the world! 2 Thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens : out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, 3 Because of thine enemies : that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 4 When I consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers : the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 5 What is man, that thou art mindful of him : and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 6 Thou madest him lower than the angels : to crown him with glory and worship. 7 Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands : and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet; 8 All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field; 9 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas. 10 O Lord our Governor : how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All God’s people here send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,  and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

RESPONSORY Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest!

Hymn before the Gospel: CH321 “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty” Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty, early in the morning our song shall rise to thee; holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty; God in Three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, God everlasting through eternity.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide thee, though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty! all thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea; holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty; God in Three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

The Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

COLLECT OF THE WORD God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

SERMON
Responding

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Let us make a statement of faith: We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is love.

We praise God the Father: who created the universe and keeps it in being. He has made us his sons and daughters to share his joy, living together in justice and peace, caring for his world and for each other.

We proclaim Jesus Christ, God the Son: born of Mary,  by the power of the Holy Spirit,  he became one of us, sharing our life and our death. He has made known God’s compassion and mercy, giving hope and declaring forgiveness of sin, offering healing and wholeness to all. By his death on the cross and by his resurrection, he has triumphed over evil. Jesus is Lord of life and all creation.

We trust God the Holy Spirit: who unites us to Christ, and gives life to the Church; who brings us to repentance and assures us of forgiveness.  The Spirit guides us in our understanding of the bible, renews us in the sacraments, and calls us to serve God in the world. Amen.

Hymn of Faith: Thanks and Praise 173 “You who dwell in the shadow of the Lord”  You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide in His shadow for life, say to the Lord, “My refuge, my rock in whom I trust.”

And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His Hand.

Snares of the fowler will never capture you, and famine will bring you no fear; under His Wings your refuge, with faithfulness your shield.

For to His angels he’s given a command, to guard you in all of your ways, upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Michael Joncas (b. 1951) based on Psalm 91 and Isaiah 40: 31

PRAYERS Let us pray:

We come boldly to the throne of grace, praying to the almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven.

Father of heaven, whose love profound A ransom for our souls has found: We pray for the world, created by your love, for its nations and governments … Extend to them your peace, pardoning love, mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven.

Almighty Son, incarnate Word, our Prophet, Priest, Redeemer, Lord: We pray for the Church, created for your glory, for its ministry to reflect those works of yours … Extend to us your salvation, growth, mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven.

Eternal Spirit, by whose breath the soul is raised from sin and death: We pray for families and individuals, created in your image, for the lonely, the bereaved, the sick and the dying … Breathe on them the breath of life  and bring them to your mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven.

Thrice holy! Father, Spirit, Son, Mysterious Godhead, Three in One: We pray for ourselves, for your Church,  for all whom we remember before you … Bring us all to bow before your throne in heaven, to receive life and pardon, mercy and grace for all eternity, as we worship you, saying,

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

GENERAL COLLECT Almighty God, May we worship you with lips and lives Proclaiming your majesty And finally see you in your eternal glory: Holy and Eternal Trinity, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER Let us sum up all our prayers and praises  in the words our Saviour Christ has taught us, saying: 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.

Closing Hymn: CH173 “God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name”(vs. 1 and 2) God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name; I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you to share His love as He told me to

He said: ‘Freely, freely, you have received, freely, freely give; go in My name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.’

All power is given in Jesus’ name in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name and in Jesus’ name I come to you to share His power as He told me to.
Carol Owens

Going out as God’s People

PRAYER Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy. Through them we come to know the mystery of your life. Help us to worship you, one God in three persons, by proclaiming and living our faith in you. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING God the Holy Trinity  make you strong in faith and love,  defend you on every side,  and guide you in truth and peace:  and the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Re-opening Of Nun’s Cross Church

Based on the Government’s current roadmap, it is planned to re-open the church for public worship on 26th July. Richard Henderson and Michael Norman have recommended that no more than 60 people can be accommodated and still allow for social distancing of two metres. Only every alternative row will be made available. Thought is being given to a system of one way into and one way out of the church.

Easter General Vestry

In current circumstances, it is still not possible to hold an Easter General Vestry. The existing Select Vestry, including churchwardens and glebewardens, will remain in place. As soon as circumstances permit, the General Vestry meeting will be held and a new Select Vestry elected.

The Earth Breathes Again

The Covid19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on human lives / activities across the world. Sadly, many of us know people who have lost loved family members: we remember them. Conversely, as humanity suffers, so Mother Nature has had a much-needed reprieve from humankind’s relentless onslaught. The air is cleaner, clearer, purer, fresher. Ditto rivers, lakes, canals. Traffic noises have reduced and once again people are rejoicing in the wonders of hearing birdsong. Post lockdown, as activities pick up, maybe we can all try not to revert to our old frenetic lifestyles of non-stop travelling; down time has been appreciated by many, including children who are learning some of life’s skills and pleasures (e.g. cooking, gardening, reading). The climate change problems we faced before the pandemic haven’t gone away and still need addressing. We’ve shown that reducing human activities reduces pollution, emissions etc., so it is incumbent on us all to continue to cut back on our patterns of wasteful consumption – don’t buy what we don’t need, don’t travel when we don’t need to travel, consider holidaying in Ireland rather than abroad, reduce hugely the number of flights taken. Buy as much local produce as possible (while also benefitting our economy). Think environment!

Thesis

Rachael Kinkead is a primary school teacher. She is undertaking a part-time Master’s at U.C.D., where she is undertaking the course: Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge. For the purpose of her thesis she would like to invite a small number of young adults (aged 18-30) from the Church of Ireland tradition to articulate their perspectives on Irish language and Irish identity in the context of their minority faith community.   Interviews will take place through a video-conferencing platform and will be organised at a time that suits the participant, and will take no longer than 60 minutes.

Eligible and willing participants are encouraged to contact Rachael at rachael.kinkead@ucdconnect.ie for further correspondence.