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WORDS FOR SUNDAY

Here are the words we will use at 9.30am.

The Gathering

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

Hymn

I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me,
in love laid down for me.

 

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ's communion bread,
in Christ’s communion bread.

 

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends,
and strangers now are friends.

 

The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here,
alive among us here.

 

Together met, together bound
by all that God has done,
we'll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one,
the love that makes us one.

Prayers of Penitence

Please sit as we bring to mind those occasions we have fallen short.

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 sins in penitence and faith.

 

cf Romans 6.4

 

Like Mary at the empty tomb,

we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Like the disciples behind locked doors,

we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Like Thomas in the upper room,

we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

We receive God’s forgiveness with the following words:

May God who loved the world so much

that he sent his Son to be our Saviour

forgive us our sins and make us holy to serve him in the world,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

As forgiven people we sing to the glory of God:

 

Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.

 

Glory to God in the Highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, Heav'nly King,

Almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

 

Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.

 

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.

 

Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.

 

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.

 

Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.

 

The Collect

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.

 

The Liturgy of the Word

Acts 10: 9-16, 24, 34-35, 44-48

About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But Peter said, ‘By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.’ The voice said to him again, a second time, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.

 

The following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

 

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.’

 

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

 

This is the word of the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn

A new commandment I give unto you,
that you love one another as I have loved you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
By this shall all know that you are my disciples,
if you have love one for another;
by this shall all know that you are my disciples:
if you have love one for another.

 

Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;

I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

Alleluia.

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

Please sit as we listen to the sermon.

 

The Creed

Please stand as we say a statement of our shared belief:

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

We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.

Jesus, light of the world,

bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations …

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us.

 

Jesus, bread of life,

give food to the hungry …

and nourish us all with your word.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us.

 

Jesus, our way, our truth, our life,

be with us and all who follow you in the way …

Deepen our appreciation of your truth

and fill us with your life.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us.

 

Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep,

recover the straggler,

bind up the injured,

strengthen the sick

and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us.

 

Jesus, the resurrection and the life,

we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you …

Raise us with them to eternal life.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us,

accept our prayers, and be with us always.

Amen. 

 

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

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.

Amen.

 

 The Peace

We all share in the peace of God; introduced by the following words:

 

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples

and said, ‘Peace be with you.’

Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

 

John 20.19, 20

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

  

 

Notices

We hear about some of the things that are going on within the life of the church.

Details of these are usually also on the pew sheet.

 

 

Hymn

O God who longs to make us whole in body, spirit, mind,  

we praise you for the hopes and dreams you share with humankind:

for those in pow’r whom you inspired to share the nation’s wealth,

that rich and poor alike might know security and health.

    

We give you thanks for those who strive that knowledge might increase;

for all in office, ward or home whose efforts never cease;

for those who give of wealth or self, who care or who campaign,

and all who bravely watch and wait to share your people’s pain;

    

for those in countless walks of life who daily work and strive

to keep each other safe and well, and help the weak to thrive;

for those who go beyond the call in myriad other ways,

and keep alive the light of hope in dark and cheerless days.

    

O give us grace to trust your love when hope remains concealed,

to watch and pray beside the ones who are not swiftly healed.

And grant us faith, when death itself provides its own release,

to trust in your undying love to give them perfect peace.

    

Give us, O God, your loving zeal to comfort, heal and save,

to care for one another ‘from the cradle to the grave’.

Then north to south, and east to west, let love and hope extend,

until the universe is whole and justice knows no end.

 

The Dismissal

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 among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.