10th May 2020

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Sunday 10th  May 2020                            5th Sunday of EASTER,

 

Leader:        Alleluia, Christ is risen.

All:             He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Leader:        Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

All:             By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a  living hope

Leader:        Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

All:             Through him you have come to trust in God,

Leader:        Who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,

All:             so that your faith and hope are set on God.

                                                                                                (1 Pet 1: 3, 21)

Leader:        (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 Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

                   The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:             And also with you.

 

Leader:        A welcome to our Youtube service and notices

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Collect for the fifth Sunday of Easter

All:             Almighty God

                   Who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ

                   Have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

                   grant that, as by your grace going before us

                   you put into our minds good desires,

                   so by your continual help

                   we may bring them to good effect;

                   through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

                   who is alive and reigns with you,

                   in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

                   one God, now and for ever.

                   Amen.

 

Leader:        Glory be to you,

All:             God, our strength and our redeemer.

Leader:        Almighty God,

                   Through the rising of your Son from the grave,

                   You broke the power of the grave,

                   You broke the power of death

                   And condemned death itself to die.

 

                   As we celebrate this great triumph

                   May we also make it the model for our living.

 

All:             Help us to identify in our lives

                   All that should rightly die -

                   Redundant relationships,

                   Tired habits,

                   Fruitless longings.

 

                   Resurrect in our lives

                   Faith, hope and love

                   As surely you raised Jesus Christ from the grave.

                   Amen.

 

We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.

 

Our Readings:                                                  

Acts 7: 55-60               The stoning of Stephen                © The Message

54-56 At that point they went wild, a rioting mob of catcalls and whistles and invective. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side. He said, “Oh! I see heaven wide open and the Son of Man standing at God’s side!”

57-58 Yelling and hissing, the mob drowned him out. Now in full stampede, they dragged him out of town and pelted him with rocks. The ringleaders took off their coats and asked a young man named Saul to watch them.

59-60 As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, “Master Jesus, take my life.” Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, “Master, don’t blame them for this sin”—his last words. Then he died.

 

John 14: 1-14      The Way, The Truth, The Life                         © The Message

1-4 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”

Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?”

6-7 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!”

Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.”

9-10 “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.

11-14 “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.

 

Reflection from the Rectory    

 

Time to Pray         (prayers from Colin and Binnie Rank)

 

Ending

Leader:        Today and tomorrow,

All:             Today and tomorrow,

 

Leader:        Lo, I am with you always,

All:             When we try to do your will,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             When we go

                   Where we do not know,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             When we meet

                   One we do not recognise,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             where faith ends and doubt begins,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             and should we forget you….

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             Today and tomorrow,

                   Today and tomorrow,

                   You are with us always

                   To the end of the world.

                   Amen.

 

 

Blessing:    May Christ, who makes saints of sinners,

                   Who has transformed those we remember today,

                   Raise and strengthen you that you may transform the world;

                   And the blessing of God Almighty,

                   The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

                   Be among you and remain with you always,

All:             Amen.

 

Leader:        Go in peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All:             Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

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