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

and

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

Sunday 10th May


Welcome to our Service

Live on ZOOM videoconference facility –

10am “doors open” for 10.30am start.

To connect with this service:

·        On a landline phone or mobile: Phone 0131 460 1196

o       Meeting I.D. is: 851 3308 9340: Password: 006384

o       If asked for a “participant I.D.” “just press # to continue”.

·        From a computer, laptop, tablet, i-pad, smart phone, etc

o       In the browser go to https://join.zoom.us/ - and then “join a meeting” – meeting number and password as above.

o       If you haven’t already in the past, you are asked to run or download an app. You have to do this to join the meeting.

 

After the Service

If worshipping live on ZOOM – you are invited to stay “on the line” after the service to chat. I would encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and bring your cake and biscuits.

As we do this, I will probably ask the computer to split us into groups of 5 or 6 – an easier way to chat. I will be thinking of it like being around a table and sharing refreshments in the Parish Room or Hall.

 

As we start the service, Please “mute” your phone,         i-pad, tablet, laptop or computer

We suggest, if online, you use “Speaker view” {This is the view with one large picture and several small ones - “click” with curser or finger on “Speaker view”}

Christ is Risen

We say together the words printed in bold.

The Greeting

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All   He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Opening Prayer

All   Faithful one, whose word is life:

come with saving power

to free our praise,

inspire our prayer

and shape our lives

for the kingdom of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Song  As we are gathered – music from Jim Marsden

 

AS WE ARE GATHERED JESUS IS HERE
One with each other, Jesus is here
Joined by the Spirit, washed in the blood
Part of the body, the church of God
As we are gathered Jesus is here
One with each other, Jesus is here

 

As we are gathered Jesus is here
One with each other, Jesus is here
Joined by the Spirit, washed in the blood
Part of the body, the church of God
As we are gathered Jesus is here
One with each other, Jesus is here

Jesus is here

Jesus is here

Prayers of Penitence

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,

we come to you in sorrow for our sins,

and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,

and not by the power of your resurrection.

In your mercy, forgive us.

All   Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,

as faithless and not believing.

In your mercy, forgive us.

All   Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,

and doubted our home in heaven.

In your mercy, forgive us.

All   Lord, hear us and help us.

 

May the God of love and power

forgive us and free us from our sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

 

The Collect

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.

All Amen

 

Reading(s)

After each reading

This is the word of the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.

Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16 read by Helen Pooley

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.

5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.

16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

A reading from the New Testament 1Peter 2: 2-10

read by Jacqueline Perkins

2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”

8 and,“A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”  They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The Gospel Reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

John 14:1-14 Jesus Comforts His Disciples

read by Geoff Mackenzie

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Song  In Christ Alone –

John Wyatt from St John’s Church, Hoxton

 

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand

 

Reflection - Living Stones and a Chosen People

Paul

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith

in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All   Christ died for our sins

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he was buried;

he was raised to life on the third day

in accordance with the Scriptures;

afterwards he appeared to his followers,

and to all the apostles:

this we have received,

and this we believe.

Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession

Prayers are led by Rachel Strang

This response may be used

Jesus, Lord of life:

All   in your mercy, hear us.

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praise into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us

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.

 

Song  King of Kings, Majesty

music from Tony Murley

King of kings, Majesty
God of Heaven living in me
Gentle Saviour, closest friend
Strong Deliverer, beginning and end
All within me falls at Your throne

Your Majesty, I can but bow
I lay my all before You now
In royal robes I don't deserve
I live to serve Your Majesty

Earth and Heaven worship You
Love eternal, Faithful and True
Who bought the nations, ransomed souls
Brought this sinner near to Your throne
All within me cries out in praise.

Your Majesty, I can but bow
I lay my all before You now
In royal robes I don't deserve
I live to serve Your Majesty

I live to serve Your Majesty

 

 
Praise – to be said by all no matter how confused so unmute if you’re on Zoom

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All   He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.

All   He has brought us out of darkness.

He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

The Peace

Watch the short video to learn the British Sign Language version of the Peace.  Then we can respond to each other on Zoom – change to Gallery view so we can all see each other

https://youtu.be/CoIRm5HQGFg

 

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples

and said, ‘Peace be with you.’

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All   and also with you.

 

All may exchange a sign of Peace

 

Final Blessing – The Rev’d Martin Strang

 

God the Father,

by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,

open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

Amen.

God the Son,

who in bursting the grave has won a glorious victory,

give you joy as you share the Easter faith.

Amen.

God the Holy Spirit,

whom the risen Lord breathed into his disciples,

empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace.

Amen.

 

And the blessing …