Greeting

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

All        He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

Hymn

Father, Lord of all Creation,Ground of Being, Life and Love;Height and depth beyond descriptionOnly life in you can prove:You are mortal life’s dependence:Thought, speech, sight are ours by grace;Yours is every hour’s existence,Sovereign Lord of time and space.

Jesus Christ, the Man for Others,We, your children, make our prayer:Help us love as sisters, brothers,All whose burdens we can share.Where your name binds us togetherYou, Lord Christ, will surely be;Where no selfishness can severThere your love may all men see. Holy Spirit, rushing, burningWind and flame of Pentecost,Fire our hearts afresh with yearningTo regain what we have lost.May your love unite our action,Nevermore to speak alone:God, in us abolish faction,God, through us your love make known.

 

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.

Amen.

 

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.

Amen.

 

First reading
1 Peter 3:13-end

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God

 

Gospel
John 14:15-21

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God

 

Sermon

 

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.

Amen.

 

Hymn

Beauty for brokenness
Hope for despair
Lord, in the suffering
This is our prayer
Bread for the children
Justice, joy, peace
Sunrise to sunset
Your kingdom increase!

Shelter for fragile lives
Cures for their ills
Work for the craftsman
Trade for their skills
Land for the dispossessed
Rights for the weak
Voices to plead the cause
Of those who can’t speak.

God of the poor
Friend of the weak
Give us compassion we pray
Melt our cold hearts
Let tears fall like rain
Come, change our love
From a spark to a flame.

Refuge from cruel wars
Havens from fear
Cities for sanctuary
Freedoms to share
Peace to the killing-fields
Scorched earth to green
Christ for the bitterness
His cross for the pain.

Rest for the ravaged earth
Oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned
Our future, our dreams
Lord, end our madness
Carelessness, greed
Make us content with
The things that we need.  God of the poor…

Lighten our darkness
Breathe on this flame
Until your justice
Burns brightly again
Until the nations
Learn of your ways
Seek your salvation
And bring you their praise.  God of the poor…

 

Prayers of intercession

Lord, though we worship you today in our homes, we are joined together by our faith. As you

proclaimed to the Profit Isaiah ‘do not be afraid for I am with you’, help us to take this as our

watchword as we cope with the current problems associated with the current Coronavirus

pandemic.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Lord, we give thanks for all those on the frontline fighting against Coronavirus – those in the

NHS; care homes; scientists working on vaccines and cures and those who selflessly continue

to work or volunteer to provide food, power, transport and all the essential services we

currently depend on. Keep them safe Lord.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord despite all our current problems we take hope from the many signs of your power and

love; the greening of our countryside, the flowers in the hedgerows, the lambs in the fields,

the singing of the birds and the gift of generosity of spirit that is enabling so many people to

help those in need.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord we give you thanks for your decision to direct Toby’s vocation to become our priest.

We celebrate the innovative, successful and popular ways that he leads us in worship and

prayer and especially whilst our church building has been closed. Via the internet, he and his

family have brought a whole range of worship styles to our congregation and to our

community as a whole. We also give thanks for the lead he has given us in reaching out into

our local community and his worship with Pastor Anne, as we begin to work together to

provide help for the most disadvantaged members of society.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, take under your protection all those that are in sorrow or who are heavy hearted, those

in pain or distress. Give them strength to endure their hardships and endow them with your

boundless love. We give you thanks for the gift of life as we remember all of those we have

known and loved but see no more. Today we specially remember….. Lord keep them safe

with you in glory. Thank you, God.

Merciful Father

All        accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen

 

Collect

Risen Christ,

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command

and draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father.

All        Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven…

Hymn

1 O Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
be thou for ever 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 O let me see thy foot-marks,
and in them plant mine own;
my hope to follow duly
is in thy strength alone:
O guide me, call me, draw me,
uphold me to the end;
and then in heaven receive me,
my Saviour and my Friend.

 

Blessing

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 and love of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

And the blessing of God all-loving,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

will be with you now and always.

All        Amen!

 

 

Copyright

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

Father, Lord of all creation by Bishop Stewart Cross is (C) Copyright Mrs M Cross

Beauty for brokenness by Graham Kendrick is (c) Copyright 1993 Make Way Music

The blessing/dismissal is by Bruce Prewer