United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Worship on the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Greeting

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

All        He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

Lord of all time and space, who was and is and is to come,
we worship and adore You for You alone are worthy of our praise.
There is none before you, none above you.
Your glory is ever before us
and this morning we are glad to take our place alongside all those who even now,
on earth and in heaven, are raising their voices to exalt You,
their minds to know You and their hearts to love You.
May our worship be a fitting offering –
a gift in return to the giver of every good and perfect gift.
In Jesus’ name, we pray; Amen.

 

Hymn

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 angel in the sky

can fully bear that sight,

but downward bends his burning eye

at mysteries so bright.

 

Crown him the Lord of peace,

whose power a sceptre sways

from pole to pole, that wars may cease,

and all be prayer and praise:

his reign shall know no end,

and round his piercèd feet

fair flowers of paradise extend

their fragrance ever sweet.

 

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.

 

Prayers of penitence

What God has prepared for those who love him,

he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

for the Spirit searches everything.

Therefore, let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord,

who has prepared good things for those who love him.

 

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 4:12-14, 5:6-11

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

 

This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God

 

Gospel
John 17:1-11

After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed:

‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

‘I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.

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

Majesty, worship his majesty
Unto jesus be all glory, power and praise
Majesty, kingdom authority flow from his throne
Unto his own his anthem raise.

So exalt lift up on high the name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify, Christ Jesus the king
Majesty, worship his majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified
King of all kings.

 

Prayers of intercession

As it was Ascension Day on Thursday, risen Lord you reign in glory. Rule in our hearts and

lives, mould our wills to your will and bring every knee to bow in humble adoration; for you

are one with the Father and the Spirit, holy and eternal.

All        Amen

We hope soon to be able to worship together. God the source of life and joy we thank you

for the gift of music, its uniting different voices in one song, its stirring of the depth of the

heart in praise; fill us with its vibrancy, that our lives may rejoice in your love and be

renewed in the spirit of hope now and always.

All        Amen

King of Kings and Lord of Lords hear our prayer for Elizabeth our Queen and all who share

with her in the government of this country. May she be an instrument of your peace and

justice and may this nation proceed in unity and concord and be a beacon of hope to the

world, through Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace – the source of true glory.

All        Amen

Christ be our light, our hope our way. Christ be our shield in the darkest day. Christ be our

song of joy and delight. Christ be our steps through day and night. Christ be our peace

within our hearts. Christ be our all and never depart.

Thanks be to thee our Lord Jesus Christ for all the benefits you have given us, for all the

pains and insults you have born for us. Oh, most merciful Redeemer friend and brother, may

we know you more clearly and follow you more nearly now and forever.

All        Amen

 

Collect

Risen, ascended Lord,

as we rejoice at your triumph,

fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,

that all who are estranged by sin

may find forgiveness and know your peace,

to the glory of God the Father.

All        Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven…

 

Hymn

The head that once was crowned with thorns

is crowned with glory now:

a royal diadem adorns

the might Victor’s brow.

 

The highest place that heaven affords

is his, is his by right,

the King of kings, and Lord of lords,

and heaven’s eternal Light;

 

The joy of all who dwell above,

the joy of all below,

to whom he manifests his love,

and grants his name to know.

 

To them the cross, with all its shame,

with all its grace, is given:

their name, an everlasting name,

their joy, the joy of heaven.

 

They suffer with their Lord below

they reign with him above;

their profit and their joy to know

the mystery of his love.

 

The cross he bore is life and health,

though shame and death to him;

his people’s hope, his people’s wealth,

their everlasting theme.

Blessing

As we go from this time of worship, remind us, God, that this is the beginning, not the end.  That You call us to Yourself then send us out to love and to serve. So may the blessing of

God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be amongst you and remain with you 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

Majesty by Jack Hayford is (c) Copyright Rocksmith Music Inc

The opening prayer and blessing are from The Church of Scotland Weekly Worship