May 2nd 2021

Bible and Blossom

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The Live Stream has now moved from YouTube to
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Sunday 2nd May 2021 Fifth Sunday of Easter (Easter 4)                      

Stream Code: - The Sunday Service

 

Leader:                  We come from scattered lives to meet with God.

                             Let us recognise his presence with us.

 

 

Leader:                  Jesus says, ‘I am the Way for you.’

All:                       And so we come to follow Christ.

 

Leader:                 Jesus says ‘I am the Truth for you.’

All:                       And so we come to dwell in the light.

 

Leader:                 Jesus says, ‘I am the Life for you.’

All:                       and so we come,

                             Leaving behind all else to which we cling.

 

The Peace:

Leader:                 Alleluia, Christ has been raised from the dead 1 Cor 15: 20

 

                              The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                       And also with you.

 

Leader:      A welcome to our online service and notices

The new camera in All Saints, Kemble is now operational and so our services are now being filmed from there. The link (as previously) is on our website BUT will now direct you to THE SUNDAY SERVICE website https://thesundayservice.gallery.video/thamesheadcofe where you will see a full page image of our logo. When the camera goes live this will become the camera view in All Saints Church. The service sheet and zoom link for coffee will be unchanged from our website.

Please join us for coffee on Zoom immediately after this service (click on the second link on this service sheet at the top of page.)

Please accept our apologies for some problems recently with our livestream. Last week the uplink slipped during the service causing the stream to stutter and fail. We are working hard both to learn how to use it and ensure it is robust.

 

Zoom Children’s Church is at 9:30am via a private link please speak to Rev Trevor Kemp for how to join or see our website.

Reopening of churches for services – details are on the website and will be updated (the usual calendar has been removed)

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm – Everyone Welcome. just join via our website link or speak to Rev Trev

Zoom coffee mornings weekdays 10:30 (link on Virtual Church Hall tab)

Zoom Night Prayer (compline) 9:00PM Mon-Fri – via website.

Zoom Prayer Meeting Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00am

 

PLEASE REMEMBER ALL ‘LIVE’ SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS. It will help greatly (and avoid potential disappointment) if you contact the Church Warden(s) in advance to confirm there is room in the building.

 

HYMN: 491                   Love Divine                              Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

 

Love divine, all loves excelling,

Joy of heaven to earth come down!

Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,

All Thy faithful mercies crown.

 

Jesus, Thou art all compassion,

Pure unbounded love Thou art;

Visit us with Thy salvation,

Enter every trembling heart.

 

Come, Almighty to deliver,

Let us all Thy grace receive;

Suddenly return, and never,

Never more Thy temples leave.

 

Thee we would be always blessing,

Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,

Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,

Glory in Thy perfect love.

 

Finish then Thy new creation,

Pure and spotless let us be;

Let us see Thy great salvation

Perfectly restored in Thee!

 

Changed from glory into glory,

Till in heaven we take our place;

Till we cast our crowns before Thee,

Lost in wonder, love and praise.

 

 

A time for reflection and confession:

 

Leader:        In baptism we died with Christ,

                   So that as Christ was raised from the dead,

                   We might walk in newness of life.

                   Let us receive new life in him

                   As we confess our sin in penitence and faith                 

c f Romans  6:4

All:              Like Mary at the empty tomb,

                   We fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Leader:        Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.

 

All:              Like the disciples behind locked doors,

                   We are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Leader:        Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.

 

All:              Like Thomas in the upper room,

                   We are slow to believe.

Leader:        Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.

 

Leader:        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.

 

Collect Prayer:

 

                   Risen Christ,

                   Your wounds declare your love for the world

                   And the wonder of your risen life:

                   Give us compassion and courage

                   To risk ourselves for those we serve,

                   To the glory of God the Father.

                   Amen.

 

 

Reading :             Acts 8: 26-40   © NRSV

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31 He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
    and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
        so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
        For his life is taken away from the earth.’

34 The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’[b] 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

HYMN: 423        Your Alive (Led like a lamb)      Graham Kendrick ©Thankyou Music

 

Led like a lamb to the slaughter

In silence and shame,

There on Your back You carried a world

Of violence and pain.

Bleeding, dying, bleeding, dying.

 

You’re alive, You’re alive,

You have risen, Alleluia!

And the power and the glory is given,

Alleluia, Jesus, to You.

 

At break of dawn, poor Mary,

Still weeping she came,

When through her grief she heard Your voice

Now speaking her name.

Mary, Master, Mary, Master!

 

At the right hand of the Father

Now seated on high

You have begun Your eternal reign

Of justice and joy.

Glory, glory, glory, glory.

 

 

 

Reading:    1 John 4: 7-21       ©NRSV      

 

God Is Love

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. 15 God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love[a] because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

 

Sermon

 

Let us pray….

 

Affirmation of faith

 

All:             We believe in God above us,

                   Maker and sustainer of all life,

                   Of sun and moon,

                   Of male and female.

 

                   We believe in God beside us,

                   Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh,

                   Born of a woman, servant of the poor,

                   Tortured and nailed to a tree.

 

                   A man of sorrows, he died forsaken.

                   He descended into the earth

                   To the place of death.

 

                   On the third day he rose from the tomb.

                   He ascended into heaven

                   To be everywhere present,

                   And his kingdom will come on earth.

 

                   We believe in God within us,

                   The Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire,

                   Life-giving breath of the church,

                   Spirit of healing and forgiveness,

                   Source of resurrection and of eternal life.

                   Amen.

 

                  

Now let us pray together

INTERCESSIONS (end with Lord’s Prayer) led by

 

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.

Ending:

Leader:        This is love, not that we loved God,

All:             but that he loved us and sent his son.

 

                   He is the sacrifice for our sins,

All:             that we might live through him.

 

                   If God loves us so much

All:             We ought to love one another.

 

                   If we love one another,

All:             God lives in us.

cf 1 John 4: 12

                            

Blessing:

                  

                   May Christ,

                   Who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future,

                   Fill you with his new life;

                   And the blessing of God almighty,

                   The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

                   Be with you and remain with you always, Amen.

 

 

All:    We go into the world to walk in God’s light,

          To rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory. Amen.

 

HYMN:  310 Holy Holy Holy                                            Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

 

1         Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

           early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;

           holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!

           God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

 

3         Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide thee,

           though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,

           only thou art holy, there is none beside thee

           perfect in power, in love, and purity.

 

4         Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!

           all thy works shall praise thy name

           in earth and sky and sea;

           holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!

           God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

 

           God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

 

 

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