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King’s Lynn Minster – Pentecost 2020
31st May

Final service celebrated by Canon Chris Ivory as Vicar

Hymn:

     Come down, O love divine,
     seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
     O comforter, draw near,
     within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

     O let it freely burn,
     till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
     and let thy glorious light
     shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

     Let holy charity
     mine outward vesture be,
and lowliness become mine inner clothing:
     true lowliness of heart,
     which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

     And so the yearning strong,
     with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
     for none can guess its grace,
     till they become the place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Bianca da Siena (d.1434)
tr. R.F. Littledale (1833-90)

Priest :    In the name of the Father and of the Son
               and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

:              Alleluia. Christ is risen
               He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

:              Happy Birthday! Welcome from King’s Lynn Minster. Thank you for joining, in heart and mind, this celebration of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, which began with God’s initiative in Jerusalem and starting from there, spreads throughout the world, so that everyone, everywhere and always, may come to know God’s abiding love for all his creation, and for the least individual within in; and that they may come to the abundant, eternal, life, which is God’s will and gift for everyone and everything.

               This is the celebration of the uniting of all creation through the power of the Holy Spirit, and although, for now, we are separated in space and in time, wherever and whenever we turn to God in worship we are at one in love for God and our neighbour, through the present and transcendent life of the Spirit.

               It would be easier, and probably more appropriate, to ignore the fact that this is the last time I shall celebrate a service as Priest of the congregation of this Church. I stand where priests have stood for over 900 years with the same purpose and duty, so my brief span within that succession is really insignificant. But nonetheless, the separation that it marks is real for us, and is made more poignant by the physical separation in which our leave-taking has to be expressed.

               Christopher and I are here alone to celebrate this Eucharist on behalf of the whole Church, and that is complete in itself, but it is also a blessing that the contribution of others can be mixed into it to represent the deeper unity in worship in which we share wherever and whenever we participate in it subsequently.

               By the same token, we are united in praying God’s blessing for one another, for all that the future may bring for the life and work of the people of God in this place, as well as for Christopher and I as we take our leave.

               And so it is wonderful that Bishop Jonathan is able to join us in our worship.

Bishop:    Jesus Christ, whom we worship, is our crucified, risen and ascended Lord and we have walked with him through his journey of love. We have faced the agony of his suffering and death on a cross.
                We have rejoiced at his bursting free from the bonds of death. We have enjoyed his risen presence with us and his revelation of himself through the breaking of bread. We have seen his return to the throne
                before which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that this Jesus is Lord. And now, with the followers of his own time, we await the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, his gift to his people,
                through whom we make Christ known to the world

Priest:      What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything.
                Therefore, let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord, who has prepared good things for those who love him.

We confess to you our selfishness and lack of love:
     Lord, have mercy.
     Lord, have mercy

We confess to you our fear
     and failure in sharing our faith:
     Lord, have mercy.
     Lord, have mercy

We confess to you our stubbornness and lack of trust.
     Lord, have mercy.
     Lord, have mercy

The Bishop says the prayer of absolution

May the Father forgive you by the death of his Son
and strengthen you to live in the power of his Spirit all your days. Amen.

Pentecost responses:

Priest:      As we recollect out desire to be renewed and strengthened daily by the Holy Spirit let us take a moment consciously to open our hearts to God using the response, “fill us with your Spirit.”

     As we wait in silence,
     fill us with your Spirit.

     As we listen to your word,
     fill us with your Spirit.

     As we worship you in majesty,
     fill us with your Spirit.

     As we long for your refreshing,
     fill us with your Spirit.

     As we long for your renewing,
     fill us with your Spirit.

     As we long for your equipping,
     fill us with your Spirit.

     As we long for your empowering,
     fill us with your Spirit.

The Collect:

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Acts of the Apostles  chapter 2, verses 1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:  “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”’

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Psalm 104 

R/:     Lord, Lord send out your Spirit,
          and renew the face of the earth.

  1. Bless the Lord, O my soul! How manifold are your works, O Lord!
    The earth is full of your creatures.                                             R/
  2. May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    May the Lord be glad in all his works
    to him be my theme; I will be glad, glad in the Lord.                 R/
  3. If you take away their breath, if you take away their breath,
    they perish and return to their dust;
    when you send forth your spirit they are created,
    and you renew the face of the earth.                                         R/

The  Gospel: John 14.8-17 & 25-27
    
The Lord be with you
     and also with you.
    
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
     according to John.
     Glory to you O, Lord.

Philip said to Jesus, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.’

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

The Sermon: Canon Chris Ivory (text on on "Sermons" tab)

The Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
     he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
     and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
     under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
     in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
     to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is
     worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic
     and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
     for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Intercessions

The Peace.

God has made us one in Christ. He has set his seal upon us and,
as a pledge of what is to come, has given us the Spirit
to dwell in our hearts. Alleluia.

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

The Hymn:

Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
     in the holiest realms of light;
Holy Spirit, ever brooding
     o’er a world of gloom and night;
Holy Spirit, ever raising
     ‘Sons of earth’ to thrones on high;
living, life-imparting Spirit,
     thee we praise and magnify.

Holy Spirit, ever living
     as the Church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving
     through her, in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming
     in the Church the mind of Christ;
thee we praise with endless worship
     for the fruit and gifts unpriced.

Holy Spirit, ever working
     through the Church’s ministry;
quickening, strengthening, and absolving,
     setting captive sinners free;
Holy Spirit, ever binding
     age to age, and soul to soul,
in a fellowship unending–
     thee we worship and extol.

Timothy Rees (1874–1939)

Prayer over the gifts

Blessed be God, who feeds the hungry,
who raises the poor, who fills our praise.
Blessed be God for ever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

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, it is our duty and our joy,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and everlasting God,
through Jesus Christ, your only Son our Lord.
This day we give you thanks
because in fulfilment of your promise
you pour out your Spirit upon us,
filling us with your gifts, leading us into all truth,
and uniting peoples of many tongues
in the confession of one faith.
Your Spirit gives us grace to call you Father,
to proclaim your gospel to all nations
and to serve you as a royal priesthood.
Therefore we join our voices with angels and archangels,
and with all those in whom the Spirit dwells,
to proclaim the glory of your name,
for ever praising you and saying:

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
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.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice
made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

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.

The invitation to Communion

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

Communion

The Agnus Dei

Prayer after communion

Faithful God,
who fulfilled the promises of Easter
by sending us your Holy Spirit
and opening to every race and nation
the way of life eternal:
open our lips by your Spirit,
that every tongue may tell of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Commission

For fifty days we have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death. We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead might be at
work in us.

As part of God’s Church here in King’s Lynn,
I invite you to live out what you proclaim.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit,
will you dare to walk into God’s future,
trusting him to be your guide?
By the Spirit’s power, we will.

Will you dare to embrace each other
and grow together in love?
 We will.

Will you dare to share your riches in common
and minister to each other in need?
We will.

Will you dare to pray for each other
until your hearts beat with the longings of God?
We will.

Will you dare to carry the light of Christ
into the world’s dark places?
We will.

The Blessing:

The Bishop gives the blessing

          The Lord be with you
          and also with you.

May the Spirit, who hovered over the waters
when the world was created,
breathe into you the life he gives.  Amen.

May the Spirit, who overshadowed the Virgin
when the eternal Son came among us,
make you joyful in the service of the Lord.  Amen.

May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire
upon the Day of Pentecost,
bring the world alive
with the love of the risen Christ. Amen.

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

The Hymn

Ye that know the Lord is gracious,
     ye for whom a Corner-stone –
stands, of God elect and precious,
     laid that ye may build thereon,
see that on that sure foundation
     ye a living temple raise,
towers that may tell forth salvation,
     walls that may re-echo praise.

Living stones, by God appointed
   each to their allotted place,
kings and priests, by God anointed,
   shall ye not declare his grace?
Ye, a royal generation,
   tell the tidings of your birth;
tidings of a new creation
   to an old and weary earth.

Tell the praise of him who called you
   out of darkness into light,
broke the fetters that enthralled you,
   gave you freedom, peace and sight:
tell the tale of sins forgiven,
   strength renewed and hope restored,
till the earth, in tune with heaven,
   praise and magnify the Lord.

 C.A. Alington 1872-1955 © Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd

Dismissal

          Filled with the Spirit’s power,
          go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
          Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia

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King’s Lynn Minster  Sunday 24th May 2020
The Ascension of the Lord

Opening hymn:

Hail the day that sees him rise,         Alleluia.
to his throne above the skies;
            Alleluia.
Christ, the lamb for sinners given,    Alleluia.
enters now the highest heaven.
        Alleluia.

Lo! the heaven its Lord receives,      Alleluia.
yet he loves the earth he leaves;
       Alleluia.
though returning to his throne,        Alleluia.
still he calls mankind his own.          Alleluia.

Lord, though parted from our sight,  Alleluia.
far above the starry height,                Alleluia.
grant our hearts may thither rise,     Alleluia.
seeking thee beyond the skies.
       Alleluia.

Charles Wesley (1707-88)

Priest:    Alleluia. Christ is risen
All:        He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Welcome to King’s Lynn Minster, thank you for joining us. Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord to resume his place and glory as part of the Trinity of God, but he does not leave behind his humanity and promises that we shall not be left comfortless, bereft, because the presence of God among us continues through the Holy Spirit. In the presence and power of the Spirit we are united in worship even though separated physically.

So, let us pray.

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.

Invitation to confession

Seeing we have a great high priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, and make our confession to our heavenly Father.

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

The prayer of absolution.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Collect

Risen Christ,
you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:
help us to seek and serve you,
that we may join you at the Father’s side,
where you reign with the Spirit in glory,
now and for ever. Amen.

The Acts of the Apostles,  chapter 1, verses 1-11

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This,’ he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

     For the word of the Lord
     Thanks be to God

Psalm 47

R/        God mounts his throne to shouts of joy:
            a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
            God mounts his throne to shouts of joy:
            a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

  1. All you peoples clap your hands, shout to God,
    shout to God with cries of gladness.
    For the Lord the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.                         R/
  2. God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy,
    the Lord amid trumpet blasts.
    Sing praise to God, to God sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.                        R/
  3. King of all the earth is God; sing hymns of praise.
    God reigns over all the nations,
    God sits upon his holy throne.                               R/
     

The  Gospel: Luke 24.44-53
         
The Lord be with you
          And also with you
         
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
          according to Luke.
          Glory to you O, Lord.

Jesus said to the disciples, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you - that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

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

The Sermon: Canon Chris Ivory

The hymn:

How shall I sing that majesty
     which angels do admire?
Let dust in dust and silence lie;
     sing, sing, ye heavenly choir.
Thousands of thousands stand around–
     thy throne, O God most high;
ten thousand times ten thousand sound–
     thy praise; but who am I?

Thy brightness unto them appears,
     whilst I thy footsteps trace;
a sound of God comes to my ears,
     but they behold thy face.
They sing because thou art their Sun;
     Lord, send a beam on me;
for where heav’n is but once begun
     there alleluias be.

How great a being, Lord, is thine,
     which doth all beings keep!
Thy knowledge is the only line–
     to sound so vast a deep.
Thou art a sea without a shore,
     a sun without a sphere;
thy time is now and evermore,
     thy place is everywhere.

John Mason (1645-1694)

Intercessions

Jesus our exalted Lord has been given all authority.
Let us seek his intercession
that our prayers may be perfected by his prayer.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, great high priest,
living for ever to intercede for us;
pray for the Church, your broken body in the world
     that she may find peace and security,
     and faithfully fulfil your work in the world.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, king of righteousness,
enthroned at the right hand of the majesty on high,
pray for the world, and make it subject to your gentle rule,
     that people with power may use it
         for the good of humanity,
     that leaders of nations may be wise and just,
     that all people may seek to live in peace.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Son of Man,
drawing humanity into the life of God,
pray for your brothers and sisters in need,
          distress or sorrow,
     especially for those suffering in current crisis;
         for those who are sick and those who care for them;
          and for those who are distressed or fearful;
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, pioneer of our salvation,
bringing us to glory through your death and resurrection,
surround with your saints and angels
those who have died trusting your promises
     and those who face death separated from love-ones
and pray that the bereaved may find hope and consolation.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Lord over all things,
ascended far above the heavens and filling the universe,
pray for us who receive the gifts you give us for
     work in your service
     for the future life of your Church here
     for her leadership
     and that the congregation of this place
         may grow in every way for your glory.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ,
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order
     to worship at your feet;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
     and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Peace:

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
If you love me, rejoice because I am going to the Father.’ Alleluia.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you. Alleluia!

The Hymn

Christ triumphant, ever reigning,
Saviour, Master, King,
Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining,
hear us as we sing:

yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, the eternal name.

Priestly King, enthroned forever
high in heaven above!
sin and death and hell shall never
stifle hymns of love:

So, our hearts and voices raising
through the ages long,
ceaselessly upon you gazing,
this shall be our song:

Words Copyright © Michael Saward/Jubilate Hymns

Prayer over the gifts

Lord, receive our offering
as we celebrate the ascension of Christ your Son.
May his gifts help us to rise with him
to the joys of heaven,
where he lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

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 and good,
our duty and our joy,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ the King of glory.
Born of a woman,
he came to the rescue of our human race.
Dying for us,
he trampled death and conquered sin.
By the glory of his resurrection
he opened the way to life eternal
and by his ascension,
gave us the sure hope
that where he is we may also be.
Therefore the universe resounds with Easter joy
and with choirs of angels we sing for ever
to your praise:

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;
who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
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.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice
made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

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.

The invitation to Communion

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

Communion

The Agnus Dei  - Palestrina

Prayer after communion

God our Father,
you have raised our humanity in Christ
and have fed us with the bread of heaven:
mercifully grant
that, nourished with such spiritual blessings,
we may set our hearts in the heavenly places;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood 
of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls
and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

Christ our ascended King
pour upon you the abundance of his gifts
and bring you to reign with him in glory;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.   Amen.

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

 

King’s Lynn Minster - Sunday 17th May
Eucharist on The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Hymn

To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in:

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son;
And give him the glory - great things he has done!

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
To every believer the promise of God!
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus forgiveness receives:

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see:

Priest:    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
All:       Amen

Priest:    The Lord be with you
All:        And also with you

Priest:   Christ is Risen!
All:       He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Priest:    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.

All:         Most merciful God,
               Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
               we confess that we have sinned
               in thought, word and deed.
               We have not loved you with our whole heart.
               We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
               In your mercy forgive what we have been,
               help us to amend what we are
               and direct what we shall be;
               that we may do justly, love mercy,
               and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

The prayer of Absolution

Priest:    Almighty God,
               who forgives all who truly repent,
              have mercy upon you,
              pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
              confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
              and keep you in life eternal;
              through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Collect:

Priest:    Let us pray

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

 Readings

Acts 17:22 – 31

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor[a] he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God[b] and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Reader   For the word of the Lord.
All:        Thanks be to God.

Psalm 66:7 - end  
sung by Charlotte Rendall and Christopher Hayward 

 

The Gospel John 14. 15-21
read by the Revd Canon Chris Copsey

            The Lord be with you
            And also with you

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

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

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

Sermon: the Revd Peter Rowntree

The Creed

          We believe in one God,
          the Father, the Almighty,
          maker of heaven and earth,
          of all that is, seen and unseen.
          We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
          the only Son of God,
          eternally begotten of the Father,
          God from God, Light from Light,
          true God from true God,
          begotten, not made,
          of one Being with the Father;
          through him all things were made.
          For us and for our salvation
          he came down from heaven,
          was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
          and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
          For our sake he was crucified
          under Pontius Pilate;
          he suffered death and was buried.
          On the third day he rose again
          in accordance with the Scriptures;
          he ascended into heaven
          and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
          He will come again in glory
          to judge the living and the dead,
          and his kingdom will have no end.
          We believe in the Holy Spirit,
          the Lord, the giver of life,
          who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
          who with the Father and the Son is
          worshipped and glorified,
          who has spoken through the prophets.
          We believe in one holy catholic
          and apostolic Church.
          We acknowledge one baptism
          For the forgiveness of sins.
          We look for the resurrection of the dead,
          and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Intercessions
led by Andy Reeve

          Lord, in your mercy,
          hear our prayer.

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

The Peace:

              Alleluia.  Christ has been raised from the dead. 
              The peace of the Lord be always with you.
              And also with you. Alleluia!

Prayer over the gifts

               Creator of all, you wash away our sins in water,
              you give us new birth by the Spirit,
              and redeem us in the blood of Christ. 
              As we celebrate the resurrection,
              renew your gift of life within us. 
              We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.
All:        Amen.

Hymn

Love is his word, love is his way,
feasting with all, fasting alone,
living and dying, rising again,
love, only love, is his way.

Richer than gold is the love of my Lord:
better than splendour and wealth.

Love is his news, love is his name,
we are his own, chosen and called,
sisters and brothers, parents and kin.
Love, only love, is his name.

Love is his name, love is his law,
hear his command, all who are his:
'Love one another, I have loved you.'
Love, only love, is his law.

Love is his law, love is his word:
love of the Lord, Father and Word,
love of the Spirit, God ever one,
love, only love, is his word.

Luke Connaughton (1917-1979)
© McCrimmon Publishing Co. Ltd

The Eucharistic Prayer

Priest:    The Lord be with you
All:        and also with you.

Priest:    Lift up your hearts.
All:        We lift them to the Lord.

Priest:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All:        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:

All:        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.

Priest:    Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
              grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
              and according to your holy will,
              these gifts of bread and wine
              may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

          who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
          took bread and gave you thanks;
          he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
          Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
          do this in remembrance of me.

          In the same way, after supper
          he took the cup and gave you thanks;
          he gave it to them, saying:
          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.

          Great is the mystery of faith.
All:    Christ has died.
          Christ is risen.
          Christ will come again.

          And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
          his perfect sacrifice
          made once for the sins of the whole world;
          rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
          and looking for his coming in glory,
          we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
          As we offer you this our sacrifice
          of praise and thanksgiving,
          we bring before you this bread and this cup
          and we thank you for counting us worthy
          to stand in your presence and serve you.

          Send the Holy Spirit on your people
          and gather into one in your kingdom
          all who share this one bread and one cup,
          so that we, in the company of all the saints,
          may praise and glorify you for ever,
          through Jesus Christ our Lord;
          by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
          in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
          all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
          for ever and ever.
All:   Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Priest:    As our Saviour taught us so we pray:

All:        Our Father in Heaven,
              hallowed be your name,
              Your kingdom come,
              Your will be done,
              On earth as in heaven.
              Give us today our daily bread,
              Forgive us our sins
              As we forgive those who sin against us,
              Lead us not into temptation
              But deliver us from evil.
              For the Kingdom, the power,
              And the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen

Breaking of the Bread

Priest:    We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
All:        Though we are many, we are one body,
              because we all share in one bread.

All:        Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
              have mercy on us
              Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
              have mercy on us
              Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
              grant us peace.

The invitation to Communion

Priest:    Alleluia!  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
All:        Let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!

Spiritual Communion

Prayer after communion

Priest:    God our Father,
              whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
              may we thirst for you,
              the spring of life and source of goodness,
              through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
All:        Amen

All:        Almighty God,
              we thank you for feeding us
              with the body and blood
              of your Son Jesus Christ.
              Through him we offer you our souls
              and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
              Send us out in the power of your Spirit
              to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

Priest:    The Lord be with you
All:        And also with you

:             The peace of God, which passes all understanding
              Keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
              And of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
              And the blessing of God almighty,
              The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
              Be among you and remain with you always.
              Amen

Priest:    Abide in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.
All:        Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.

 

 

King’s Lynn Minster  Sunday 10th May 2020
Easter 5

Opening hymn:

Ye that know the Lord is gracious,
     ye for whom a Corner-stone –
stands, of God elect and precious,
     laid that ye may build thereon,
see that on that sure foundation
     ye a living temple raise,
towers that may tell forth salvation,
     walls that may re-echo praise.

Living stones, by God appointed
     each to their allotted place,
kings and priests, by God anointed,
     shall ye not declare his grace?
Ye, a royal generation,
     tell the tidings of your birth;
tidings of a new creation
     to an old and weary earth.

Tell the praise of him who called you
     out of darkness into light,
broke the fetters that enthralled you,
     gave you freedom, peace and sight:
tell the tale of sins forgiven,
     strength renewed and hope restored,
till the earth, in tune with heaven,
     praise and magnify the Lord.

 C.A. Alington 1872-1955
© Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd

Priest:    Alleluia. Christ is risen
All:        He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

It is good to be able to welcome you from the inside of the Minster. We look forward to the day when we shall be able again to gather together here, but for now it is at least reassuring that we can celebrate the Eucharist again at this altar in this house of prayer that has stood many trials and tribulations for over 9 centuries.

Although we cannot be together physically, we can be united spiritually in worship, one in faith and hope; united in spiritual communion as we look forward to the day when we will be able to share fully together in the sacrament. But whatever we face, we have the assurance that we are not alone. Just as Jesus tried to reassure his disciples on the night of his betrayal, equally he reassures us – “do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

So, let us pray.

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.

Trusting in God’s eternal mercy let us confess our sins

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

The prayer of absolution.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Collect

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.

The Acts of the Apostles,  chapter 7, verses 55-60
read by Linda Cooke

Standing before the high priest and the council, Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.

          For the word of the Lord
          Thanks be to God

Psalm 31

Response:

Preserve me, God, preserve me, God, I trust in you for my safety.

You, Lord, are all I have and you give me all I need,
is your hands is my future for you, Lord, are all I have.
I keep you ever before me, since you are near nothing can shake me,
for you, Lord are all I have.  R/

And so my heart rejoices, and my soul is glad within me,
for my body shall rest in safety, for you, Lord, are all I have.
From the powers of death you protect me, and in the grave you will not leave me,
for you Lord are all I have.  R/

The path to life you will show me,
from you delights ever flowing
in your presence, fullness of joy.  R/

The  Gospel: John 14.1-14
             
The Lord be with you
              and also with you.
             
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
              according to John.
              Glory to you O, Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.’

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

The Sermon: Canon Chris Ivory

The Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
     he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
     and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
     under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
     in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
     to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is
     worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic
     and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
     for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Intercessions

Led by Sue Nulty

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

The Peace:

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.”

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you. Alleluia!

The hymn:

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.

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!

G.H.Bourne, 1840-1925

Prayer over the gifts

Lord God, by this holy exchange of gifts you share with us your divine life. Grant that everything we do may be directed by the knowledge of your truth, through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
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.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice
made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

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.

The invitation to Communion

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

Communion

The Agnus Dei by Palestrina

Prayer after communion

Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ
is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns,
now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood 
of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls
and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

God, who through the resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ
has given us the victory,
give you joy and peace in your faith;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

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

Music: Hornpipe Militaire by John Jordan

 

 

King’s Lynn Minster
Eucharist on The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Hymn

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
in a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
'tis manna to the hungry soul,
and to the weary rest.

Dear name! the rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding-place,
my never-failing treasury filled
with boundless stores of grace.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
my Prophet, Priest, and King,
my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art,
I'll praise thee as I ought.

`Till then I would thy love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy name
refresh my soul in death.

Priest:          In the name of the Father and of the Son
                     and of the Holy Spirit
All:               Amen

Priest:          The Lord be with you
All:               And also with you

Priest:          Christ is Risen!
All:               He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Priest:     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.

All:        Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
              we confess that we have sinned
              in thought, word and deed.
              We have not loved you with our whole heart.
              We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
              In your mercy forgive what we have been,
              help us to amend what we are
              and direct what we shall be;
              that we may do justly, love mercy,
              and walk humbly with you, our God.  Amen.

The prayer of Absolution

The Gloria

All:        Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!
              Peace to all your people through the earth be given!
              Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,
              Singing hallelujah to our heavenly king.

               Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father's Son!
               With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone!
               Lamb once killed for sinners, all our guilt to bear,
               Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer.

               Christ the world's true Saviour, high and holy One,
               Seated now and reigning from your Father's throne:
               Lord and God, we praise you! Highest heaven adores:
               In the Father's glory, all the praise be yours!

The Collect:

Priest:          Almighty God,
                    whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
                    raise us, who trust in him,
                    from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
                    that we may seek those things which are above,
                    where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
                    one God, now and for ever. Amen

Readings

Acts 2:42 – end

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Reader:   For the word of the Lord.
All:          Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23 is sung

The Gospel:  John 10.1-10

Deacon:  The Lord be with you
All:         And also with you

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

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

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

Sermon:  by The Revd Angela Rayner

The Creed

All:    We believe in one God,
          the Father, the Almighty,
          maker of heaven and earth,
          of all that is, seen and unseen.
          We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
          the only Son of God,
          eternally begotten of the Father,
          God from God, Light from Light,
          true God from true God,
          begotten, not made,
          of one Being with the Father;
          through him all things were made.
          For us and for our salvation
          he came down from heaven,
          was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
          and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
          For our sake he was crucified
          under Pontius Pilate;
          he suffered death and was buried.
          On the third day he rose again
          in accordance with the Scriptures;
          he ascended into heaven
          and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
          He will come again in glory
          to judge the living and the dead,
          and his kingdom will have no end.
          We believe in the Holy Spirit,
          the Lord, the giver of life,
          who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
          who with the Father and the Son is
          worshipped and glorified,
          who has spoken through the prophets.
          We believe in one holy catholic
          and apostolic Church.
          We acknowledge one baptism
          For the forgiveness of sins.
          We look for the resurrection of the dead,
          and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Intercessions

Reader:       Lord, in your mercy,
All:              hear our prayer.

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

The Peace:

Priest:          Alleluia.  Christ has been raised from the dead. 
                    The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All:               And also with you. Alleluia!

Prayer over the gifts

Priest:          Creator of all,
                    you wash away our sins in water,
                    you give us new birth by the Spirit,
                    and redeem us in the blood of Christ. 
                   As we celebrate the resurrection,
                   renew your gift of life within us. 
                   We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.
All:             Amen

The Eucharistic Prayer

Priest:     The Lord be with you
All:         and also with you.

Priest:     Lift up your hearts.
All:         We lift them to the Lord.

Priest:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All:         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:

All:        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.

              Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
              grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
              and according to your holy will,
              these gifts of bread and wine
              may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

  who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
  took bread and gave you thanks;
  he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
  Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
  do this in remembrance of me.

  In the same way, after supper
  he took the cup and gave you thanks;
  he gave it to them, saying:
  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.

  And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
  his perfect sacrifice
  made once for the sins of the whole world;
  rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
  and looking for his coming in glory,
  we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
  As we offer you this our sacrifice
  of praise and thanksgiving,
  we bring before you this bread and this cup
  and we thank you for counting us worthy
  to stand in your presence and serve you.

  Send the Holy Spirit on your people
  and gather into one in your kingdom
  all who share this one bread and one cup,
  so that we, in the company of all the saints,
  may praise and glorify you for ever,
  through Jesus Christ our Lord;
  by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
  in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
  for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Priest:    As our Saviour taught us so we pray:

All:        Our Father in Heaven,
              hallowed be your name,
              Your kingdom come,
              Your will be done,
              On earth as in heaven.
              Give us today our daily bread,
              Forgive us our sins
              As we forgive those who sin against us,
              Lead us not into temptation
              But deliver us from evil.
              For the Kingdom, the power,
              And the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen

Breaking of the Bread

Priest:     We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
All:        Though we are many, we are one body,
              because we all share in one bread.

All:        Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
                   have mercy on us
              Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
                   have mercy on us
              Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
                   grant us peace.

The invitation to Communion

Priest:     Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world
              Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All:        Lord, I am not worthy to receive you
              But only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Spiritual Communion

Prayer after communion

All:        Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us
              with the body and blood
              of your Son Jesus Christ.
              Through him we offer you our souls
              and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
              Send us out in the power of your Spirit
              to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

Priest:    The Lord be with you
All:        And also with you

Priest:    The peace of God, which passes all understanding
              keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
              And of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
              And the blessing of God almighty,
              The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
              Be among you and remain with you always. Amen

Priest:   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
All:        In the name of Christ.  Amen

 

King’s Lynn Minster  Sunday 26th April 2020
Easter 3

Opening hymn:

Good Christians all, rejoice and sing.
Now is the triumph of our King.
To all the world glad news we bring:
         Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Lord of Life is risen for ay:
bring flowers of song to strew his way;
let all mankind rejoice and say
         Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise we in songs of victory
that Love, that Life, which cannot die,
and sing with hearts uplifted high:
         Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thy name we bless, O risen Lord,
and sing today with one accord
the life laid down, the life restored:
         Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

C.A Alington (1872-1955)
© Hymns Ancient & Modern

Priest:    Alleluia. Christ is risen
All:        He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Welcome, thank you for joining us as we continue to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord. The joy of the resurrection transcends the constraints under which we have to live at present and, although physically separated, we are one in faith, and spiritually united in worship. In heart and mind, we remain with the disciples on the day of resurrection, as we remember the two friends making the sorrowful journey home from Jerusalem to Emmaus; how they were joined by a stranger who engaged with their sadness, and how their grief was turned to joy as they recognised Jesus with them in the breaking of the bread.

Together, let us pray.

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.

Trusting in God’s eternal mercy let us confess our sins

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

The prayer of absolution.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Collect

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

The Acts of The Apostles  2.14a,36-41

On the day of Pentecost, 14Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, 36‘Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’

37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ 38Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added to their number.

For the word of the Lord
thanks be to God

Psalm 116 Join the response after the cantor and after each verse.

Gracious is the Lord and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.

O how can I repay you, Lord for your goodness to me?
I will raise the cup of salvation;
I will call on your name, O Lord.  R/

Grievous in your sight, O Lord, is the death of your faithful.
O Lord, I am your servant;
          you have freed me from all my bonds.  R/

A thanksgiving sacrifice I make; on the Lord’s name I will call.
I will carry out my vows to the Lord
          in the presence of all God’s people.  R/

The  Gospel: Luke 24.13-25
              The Lord be with you
              and also with you.
             
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
              according to Luke.
              Glory to you O, Lord.

On that same day, two of the disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ Jesus asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see Jesus.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Jesus; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!'’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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

The Sermon: Canon Chris Copsey

The Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
     he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
     and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
     under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
     in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
     to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is
     worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic
     and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
     for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Intercessions

In joy and hope let us pray.

We pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection, that we may always look forward with hope and see the signs of new life shining through the darkness of life

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter. That congregations dispersed by the need for safety, may remain united in love and service, to Christ, to one another and to neighbours

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That the leaders of the Church, and the leaders of nations, may have humility, wisdom and courage to discern the right ways to serve the common good of all humanity

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That there may be food for the hungry; shelter for those in need of refuge; safety for the vulnerable; peace for the fearful; consolation for the lonely, and rest for the weary

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That those who seek the ways to control, and prevent Corvid 19, and to treat those who are sick with it, may be inspired and successful in their endeavours

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That the sick and the dying may know his loving presence to strengthen and console them, and to bring them healing; that the anxious and fearful may be comforted

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That the dead may be raised to eternal life, and the bereaved may have hope.

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,
that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection, and the hope of eternal life

we pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers,
and direct us in the way of Christ,
that among the changes and chances of this mortal life,
we may always be defended by your gracious help;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.  Alleluia!

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you. Alleluia!

The hymn:

Alleluia! Alleluia!
     hearts to heaven and voices raise;
sing to God a hymn of gladness,
     sing to God a hymn of praise:
he who on the cross a victim
     for the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of glory,
     now is risen from the dead.

Christ is risen, we are risen;
     shed upon us heavenly grace,
rain, and dew, and gleams of glory
     from the brightness of thy face;
that we, with our hearts in heaven,
     here on earth may fruitful be,
and by angel-hands be gathered,
     and be ever, Lord, with thee.

Prayer over the gifts

Lord, receive these gifts from your Church.
May the great joy you give us
come to perfection in heaven,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
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.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice
made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

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.

The invitation to Communion

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

Communion

Prayer after communion

Living God,
your Son made himself known to his disciples
in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in all his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns,
now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood 
of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls
and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

God, who through the resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ
has given us the victory,
give you joy and peace in your faith;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Abide in the peace of Christ. Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia.

Music: Sortie in E flat by Lefebure-Wely

 

 

King’s Lynn Minster
2ND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

The Notices

The hymn:

Love's redeeming work is done,
fought the fight, the battle won.
Lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er!
Lo, he sets in blood no more!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
death in vain forbids his rise;
Christ has opened paradise.

Lives again our glorious King;
where, O death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, he all doth save;
where thy victory, O grave?

Soar we now where Christ has led,
following our exalted Head;
made like him, like him we rise,
ours the cross, the grave, the skies. 

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
thee we greet triumphant now;
hail, the Resurrection thou!

 

Priest:         In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
All:             Amen

Priest:         The Lord be with you
All:             And also with you

Priest:         Christ is Risen!
All:             He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

All:         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.

The priest says the prayer of absolution

 

All sing:

Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!
Peace to all your people through the earth be given!
Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,
Singing hallelujah to our heavenly king.

 Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father's Son!
With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone!
Lamb once killed for sinners, all our guilt to bear,
Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer.

Christ the world's true Saviour, high and holy One,
Seated now and reigning from your Father's throne:
Lord and God, we praise you! Highest heaven adores:
In the Father's glory, all the praise be yours!

 

Let us pray:

Almighty Father, 
you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again 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

 

The Acts of the Apostles   chapter 2, verse 14a and verses 22-32

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.  “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,

‘I saw the Lord always before me,

    for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;

    moreover my flesh will live in hope.

For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,

    or let your Holy One experience corruption.

You have made known to me the ways of life;

    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

‘He was not abandoned to Hades,

    nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.

 For the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.
 

 

The First letter of Peter chapter 1, verses 3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 For the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Gospel:  John 20.19-end

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

Glory to you, O Lord.

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.

 

Sermon: The Revd Angela Rayner

The Creed

Intercessions

Leader: Lord in your mercy
All:         Hear our prayer

 

The Peace:

 

 

Alleluia.  Christ has been raised from the dead.  

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you. Alleluia!

 

Hymn:

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And his righteousness;
And all these things shall be added unto you,
Allelu, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

Ask, and it shall be given unto you,
Seek, and ye shall find.
Knock, and the door shall be 
opened unto you,
Allelu, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

You shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of 
the Lord,
Allelu, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

Prayer over the gifts

Creator of all,
You wash away our sins,
You give us new birth by the Spirit,
And redeem us in the blood of Christ.
As we celebrate the resurrection, renew your gift of life within us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.
Amen

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
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.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice
made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

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.

The invitation to Communion

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

Communion

Prayer after communion

Almighty Father,
You have given your only Son to die for our sins
And to rise again 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

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood 
of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls
and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

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