19th April 2020

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Sunday 19th April 2020                 2nd 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 te 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 second Sunday of Easter

All:             Almighty Father

                   You have given your only Son to die for our sins

                   And to rise for our justification:

                   Grant us so to put away the leaven

                   of malice and wickedness

                   That we may always serve you

                   In pureness of living and truth;

                   Through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our 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:                                                  

1 Peter 1: 3-9                                                                        © The Message

A New Life

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

 

 

John 20: 19-31    To Believe                                                          © The Message

19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.

20-21 The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”

22-23 Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

24-25 But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”

But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”

27 Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”

28 Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”

29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

30-31 Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.

 

Reflection from the Rectory

 

Time to Pray        

 

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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