ST. THOMAS & ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, DOXEY, ST16 1EQ

And

St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD, ST17 4Lj.

 

 

    Joint Holy   Communion from

Doxey Church 21st February 2021

 

 

Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ

be with you.

and also with you.                                               

 

Welcome.

 

Hymn:    There is a Redeemer

There is a redeemer
Jesus, God's own son
Precious lamb of God, Messiah
Holy one

 

Thank you oh my Father
For giving us your son
And leaving your spirit
'Til the work on earth is done.

 

Jesus my redeemer
Name above all names
Precious lamb of God, Messiah
Oh, for sinners slain.

 

Thank you oh my Father…

 

When I stand in glory
I will see his face
There I'll serve my king forever
In that holy place.

 

Thank you oh my Father…

 

Prayer of Preparation

       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.

 

Confession and receiving God’s forgiveness

 

 Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

 The first commandment is this:

 ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

 with all your soul, with all your mind,

 and with all your strength.’

 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

 There is no other commandment greater than these.

 On these two commandments hang all the law and

 the prophets.

 Amen. Lord, have mercy.

 

Invitation to Confession

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.

Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion,

and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

 

 

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.

 

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

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

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.

 

First Reading… 1 Peter 3: 18-22

 

 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

 

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Reading:

 

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

Glory to you, O Lord.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Hymn:   How Great Thou Art.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made.

I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

 

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur.

And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.

 

Then sings my soul…

 

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing.

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in.

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

 

Then sings my soul…

 

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,

And there proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

 

Then sings my soul…

 

Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession

After each section:

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

At the end:

 

Merciful Father

Accept these prayers.

For the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace

Since we are justified by faith,    

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has given us access to his grace.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also, with you

 

Hymn: As the Deer Pants for the Water

As the deer pants for the water,
So my soul longs after You,
You alone are my heart's desire,
And I long to worship You.

You alone are my strength my shield,
To You alone may my spirit yield,
You alone are my heart's desire,
And I long to worship You.

You're my friend and You are my Brother,
Even though You are a King,
I love You more than any other,
So much more than anything.

You alone are my strength……

I want you more than gold or silver,
Only you can satisfy,
You alone are the real joy giver,
And the apple of my eye.

You alone are my strength…

Eucharistic Prayer.

 

The Lord is here.

 His Spirit is with us.

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

to give you thanks and praise,

almighty God and everlasting Father,

through Jesus Christ your Son.

For in these forty days

you lead us into the desert of repentance

that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline

we may grow in grace

and learn to be your people once again.

Through fasting, prayer and acts of service

you bring us back to your generous heart.

Through study of your holy word

you open our eyes to your presence in the world

and free our hands to welcome others

into the radiant splendour of your love.

As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast

with joyful hearts and minds

we bless you for your mercy

and join with saints and angels

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.

 

We praise and bless you, loving Father,

through Jesus Christ, our Lord;

and as we obey his command,

send your Holy Spirit,

that broken bread and wine outpoured

may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

 

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends

and, taking bread, he praised you.

He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

 

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.

Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

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.

 

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,

in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice

made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,

we proclaim his death and resurrection

until he comes in glory.

 

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

 

Lord of all life,

help us to work together for that day

when your kingdom comes

and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people,

gather us in your loving arms

and bring us with St Thomas St Andrew St Paul and all the saints

to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,

for ever and ever.

All   Amen.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Draw near with faith.

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink

in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts

by faith with thanksgiving.

 

All: We do not presume

to come to this your table, O merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord

whose nature is always to have mercy.

Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.

Amen

 

 Revd Bill Mash receives the bread and the wine

 

Prayer after Communion

 

  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.

 

Hymn: O Praise the name

 

I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet
My Saviour on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph's tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone

 

O praise the Name of the Lord our God
O praise His Name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

 

Then on the third at break of dawn
The Son of heaven rose again
O trampled death where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King

 

O praise the Name…

 

He shall return in robes of white
The blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints
My gaze transfixed on Jesus' face

 

O praise the Name of the Lord our God
O praise His Name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

 

Blessing:

 

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,

to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;

and the blessing of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you now and always.

Amen.

 

The Dismissal

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 In the name of Christ. Amen.