United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Worship on the Fifth Sunday of Easte


Alleluia, Christ is risen!

All        He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

Glorious God of all, You are the giver of new life,
You are the one to whom we owe each breath,
You are the reason for our hope.
Send your enlivening spirit, be present with us as we come close You,
seeking Your light to see what has been revealed
seeking Your warmth to set hearts aglow with Your love
seeking Your truth, that we might trust.
As we proclaim the Easter gospel, that in Your is life which conquers death,
make us anew Your beloved children.

All        Amen.



Be still for the presence of the Lord
The Holy One is here
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground
Be still for the presence of the Lord
The Holy One is here.

Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around
He burns with holy fire
With splendor He is crowned
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant King of light
Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place
He comes to cleanse and heal
To minister His grace
No work too hard for Him
In faith receive from Him
Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.


Prayers of penitence

Christ died to sin once for all, and now he lives to God.

Let us renew our resolve to have done with all that is evil

and confess our sins in penitence and faith.


All        Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy

forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly,

love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.



May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.



First reading
1 Peter 2:1-10

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”


“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God


John 14:1-14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God




Affirmation of faith

All   I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe 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, 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 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.




Christ is our cornerstone,
on him alone we build;
with his true saints alone
the courts of heaven are filled;
on his great love
our hopes we place
of present grace
and joys above.

O then with hymns of praise
these hallowed courts shall ring;
our voices we will raise
the Three in One to sing;
and thus proclaim
in joyful song,
both loud and long,
that glorious name.

Here, gracious God, do thou
for evermore draw nigh;
accept each faithful vow,
and mark each suppliant sigh;
in copious shower
on all who pray
each holy day
thy blessings pour.

Here may we gain from heaven
the grace which we implore;
and may that grace, once given,
be with us evermore,
until that day
when all the blest
to endless rest
are called away.


Prayers of intercession

Jesus, you are the stone rejected by the builders but you are the keystone of God’s

house, make us living stones in the temple of your Church. We pray for all those

called to service in your Church, bringing your living word and love to this your


You are the way, the truth and the life:

Ever-living Christ, hear our prayer


Let us give thanks for the selfless and courageous service and sacrifice of those who

brought peace to Europe, seventy-five years ago. Let us pray for nations still

devastated by war, for their people and their leaders, and for those who suffer the

effects or memories of past wars; for veterans, for those who mourn, and for all

innocent victims whose lives have been shattered by the cruelty of others.

You are the way, the truth and the life:

Ever-living Christ, hear our prayer.


Lord, you call us to do great things in your name! In this week of Christian Aid, let us

reflect on how your love reaches out to us in the good times and the times when we

find ourselves in need. All that we have is given by you, let us reach out to our

neighbours near and far and share what we have with happy hearts and the

assurance that your love lifts us up and unites us.

You are the way, the truth and the life:

Ever-living Christ, hear our prayer.


Father God, we give you thanks and praise, you are steadfast in your love and

through your grace you make us whole. We pray for all those who are your healing

presence in these difficult days –whether they be shopkeepers or surgeons, drivers

or doctors, each plays a part. Strengthen them with your loving and healing presence

that they may know your peace in troubling times.

You are the way, the truth and the life:

Ever-living Christ, hear our prayer.


God of the resurrection, in whom the future is always bigger than the past, through

your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, you wipe every tear from the eyes of those who

mourn and are in pain. We pray for all those who have gone before us, those known

to us and loved by us, those who laid down their lives for us in conflicts and all who

have been touched by the coronavirus.

You are the way, the truth and the life:

Ever-living Christ, hear our prayer.


You promise a time when you yourself will be with us, transform us through the

resurrection of your Son who makes all things new. Through the gifts of the Holy

Spirit transform the hearts and minds of all your people, put a new song in to our

hearts that guided by prayer we may create a new world in your image until you

come again in glory.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour,

Jesus Christ, Amen



Risen Christ,

your wounds declare your love for the world

and the wonder of your risen life:

give us compassion and courage

to risk ourselves for those we serve,

to the glory of God the Father.

All        Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven…



Thy hand O God has guided
Thy flock from age to age
The wondrous tale is written
Full clear on every page
Our fathers owned Thy goodness
And we their deeds record
And both of this bear witness
One Church one faith one Lord.

Thy heralds brought glad tidings
To greatest as to least
They bade men rise and hasten
To share the great King’s feast
And this was all their teaching
In every deed and word
To all alike proclaiming
One Church one faith one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness
Through many a scene of strife
The faithful few fought bravely
To guard the nation’s life
Their gospel of redemption
Sin pardoned man restored
Was all in this enfolded
One Church one faith one Lord.

Thy mercy will not fail us
Nor leave Thy work undone
With Thy right hand to help us
The victory shall be won
And then by men and angels
Thy name shall be adored
And this shall be their anthem
One Church one faith one Lord.



If the God who raised Jesus from the dead is for us, who dare be against us?

All        We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.


Step out into the world in humble confidence:

there is nothing about to happen that God has not foreseen,

and no situation where Christ will not be there ahead of you,

preparing a place and an opportunity for you.

All        Thanks be to God.


The peace of God, which goes beyond all understanding,

keep your hearts and minds

in the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

And the blessing of God all-loving,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

will be with you now and always.

All        Amen!




Common Worship is (c) Copyright Archbishops Council of the Church of England

Biblical texts are from the Holy Bible New International Version Anglicised (NIV-UK) is (c) Copyright Biblica, Inc

Be still for the presence of the Lord by David J Evans is (c) Copyright 1986 Thankyou Music

The blessing/dismissal is by Bruce Prewer