Holy Communion for 24th April

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Holy Communion for 24th April
Zoomed from Birdlip at 9.30am 

The Gathering

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

Corinthians 5.7.8


Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord, 
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection. 
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes, 
as faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in heaven. 
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.
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.

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, 
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

The Collect

Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the door of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.

The Liturgy of the Word

Acts 5:27-32
When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’

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

Revelation 1:4-8
John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 
Look! He is coming with the clouds;
   every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
   and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty

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

(Hymn: The Day of Resurrection Green 474/Red 75)

          The day of resurrection,
            Earth, tell it out abroad!
            the passover of gladness,
            the passover of God!
            From death to life eternal,
            from earth unto the sky,
            our God has brought us over
            with hymns of victory.

            Our hearts be pure from evil,
            that we may see aright
            the Lord in rays eternal
            of resurrection light;
            and, listening to his accents,
            may hear, so calm and plain,
            his own 'All hail!' and, hearing
            may raise the victor strain.

            Now let the heavens be joyful,
            and earth her song begin,
            the round world keep high triumph,
            and all that is therein;
            let all things seen and unseen
            their notes of gladness blend,
            for Christ the Lord is risen,
            our joy that hath no end.

 Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

John 20:19-31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


Profession of Faith

Let us declare our faith
in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Prayers of Intercession

In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.
That our risen Saviour may fill us and all those we love with the joy of his
glorious and life-giving resurrection.
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That isolated and persecuted churches
may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter …
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That God may grant us humility
to be subject to one another in Christian love …
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That he may provide for those who lack food, work or shelter
remembering especially the peoples of Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That by his power war and famine may cease through all the world,
remembering especially the peoples of Ukraine, Somalia and Ethiopia,
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick,
the weak and the dying,
to comfort and strengthen them …
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That, according to his promises,
all who have died in the faith of the resurrectio
may be raised on the last day …
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,
so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection,
we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant that, as his death has recalled us to life,
so his continual presence in us may raise us to eternal joy;
through Christ our Lord.

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

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. Allelulia.  John 20.19,20

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

(Hymn: Breathe on me Breath of God 69 Green/157 Red)

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
fill me with life anew, 
that I may love what thou dost love, 
and do what thou wouldst do. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
until my heart is pure, 
until with thee I will one will, 
to do and to endure. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
till I am wholly thine, 
till all this earthly part of me 
glows with thy fire divine. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
so shall I never die, 
but live with thee the perfect life 
of thine eternity

(We say goodbye to the Zoom Congregation.)
The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

Be present,  
Lord Jesus Christ,
our risen high priest;
make yourself known in the breaking of bread. 

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

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

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

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, 
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
almighty and eternal Father,
and in these days of Easter
to celebrate with joyful hearts
the memory of your wonderful works. 
For by the mystery of his passion 
Jesus Christ, your risen Son,
has conquered the powers of death and hell
and restored in men and women the image of your glory. 

He has placed them once more in paradise
and opened to them the gate of life eternal.
And so, in the joy of this Passover,
earth and heaven resound with gladness,
while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation sing for ever the hymn of your glory.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.

Jesus Christ is Lord:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

Lord of all life,
help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with Mary, Andrew and all the saints
to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,
for ever and ever.

The Lord's Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught 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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The president and people receive communion.
Authorized words of distribution are used and the communicant replies  

Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.  

Lord God our Father,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ
you have assured your children of eternal life
and in baptism have made us one with him:
deliver us from the death of sin
and raise us to new life in your love,
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

            (Hymn:  Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour 309 Green/263 Red)

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour, 
first-begotten from the dead. 
Thou alone, our strong defender, 
liftest up thy people's head. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Jesu, true and living bread! 

Here our humblest homage pay we, 
here in loving reverence bow; 
here for faith's discernment pray we, 
lest we fail to know thee now. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Thou art here, we ask not how. 

Though the lowliest form doth veil thee 
as of old in Bethlehem, 
here as there thine angels hail thee, 
branch and flower of Jesse's stem. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
We in worship join with them. 

Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished 
once for all when thou was slain, 
in its fullness undiminished 
shall for evermore remain. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Cleansing souls from every stain. 

Life-imparting heavenly Manna, 
stricken Rock with streaming side, 
heaven and earth with loud hosanna 
worship thee, the Lamb who died. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Risen, ascended, glorified! 


The Blessing

God the Father,
by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,
open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

God the Son,
who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory, give you joy as you share the Easter faith.

God the Holy Spirit,
who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord, empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace. 

And the blessing of God almighty,
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Be among you and remain with you always.

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

                                                                © Archbishops' Council 2013

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