09.05.21 – Easter VI

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
O Lord, open our lips, and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
Let us worship the Lord. All praise to his name.

Being Sorry Being Forgiven

The grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for all.

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness (A moment of recollection)

Heavenly Father, You have loved us with an everlasting love,
but we have gone our own way and broken your laws.

We are sorry for our sins and turn away from them.

For the sake of your Son who died for us forgive us, cleanse us, and change us.

By your Holy Spirit enable us to live for you and to please you more and more,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

God has promised in his word that when we confess our sins,
he forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.   Thanks be to God. 

Your word is a lantern to my feet  and a light upon our path.  c.f. Psalm 119:105
O Lord, your word is everlasting:  it stands firm for ever in the heavens.  c.f. Psalm 119:89
Let us then receive the word of the Lord. so may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.

The Ministry of the Word


We praise you, O God, we acclaim you | as the | Lord; „
all creation worships you, the | Father | ever|lasting.
To you all angels, all the | powers of | heaven, „
the cherubim and seraphim, | sing in | endless | praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of | power and | might, „
heaven and | earth are | full of · your | glory.
The glorious company of a|postles | praise you; „
the noble | fellowship · of | prophets | praise you.
The white-robed army of | martyrs | praise you; „
throughout the world, the | holy | Church ac|claims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy | of all | praise, „
the Holy Spirit, | advo|cate and | guide.

Acts 10: 44-48

44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

Psalm 98

1  Sing to the Lord a new song,
   for he has done marvellous things.
2  His own right hand and his holy arm
   have won for him the victory.
3  The Lord has made known his salvation;
   his deliverance has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4  He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness  towards the house of Israel,
   and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
5  Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth;
   break into singing and make music.
6  Make music to the Lord with the lyre,
   with the lyre and the voice of melody.
7  With trumpets and the sound of the horn
   sound praises before the Lord, the King.
8  Let the sea thunder and all that fills it,
   the world and all that dwell upon it.
Let the rivers clap their hands and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
      for he comes to judge the earth.
10  In righteousness shall he judge the world
   and the peoples with equity.

John 15: 9-17

9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants* any longer, because the servant* does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

(Extract From) Victimae Paschali – A Song of the Resurrection
Come, Christians, bring your sacrifice of praise
to Jesus Christ, our conquering victim and our Easter king.
Jesus, the sinless lamb, has saved the sinful flock and reconciled us to the Father.
Speak, Mary, friend of Christ, what did you see on sorrow’s road? Tell us your story.

‘I saw the tomb of the living Christ.
I saw his resurrection glory.
I saw the witnessing angels.
I saw the head-cloth and the shroud.
Christ my hope has risen, and goes before his own to Galilee.’
We know that Christ is truly risen, defeating death and hell’s dark thrall,
so conquering king, have mercy on us all. Alleluia.

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from there 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.

The Lord be with you and also with you.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

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.

Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, guide and defend our rulers and grant our government wisdom.
Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness and let your servants shout for joy.
O Lord, save your people and bless those whom you have chosen.
Give peace in our time, O Lord, and let your glory be over all the earth.
O God, make clean our hearts within us and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

Collect Of The Word  Easter VI : Loving God,

your Son has chosen us and called us to be his friends;
give us grace to keep his commandments, to love one another,
and to bear fruit which will abide; through him who is the true vine,
the source of all our life, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life, we may never forget your presence but may remember that we are always walking in your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

You call us to service * to be your eyes and ears
hands and voice in this your world

To open our eyes not only to the beauty and love which you create
but the injustice, hate and suffering that mankind generates

To open our ears not only to the chattering of this coming week
but the searching  fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet

To open our hands not only to those we choose our lives to share
but in welcome love and fellowship to all who you draw near

To open our mouths not only to speak platitudes and simple words
But the truths you lay  upon our hearts Your Word for this your world

You call us to service to be your eyes and ears hands and voice in this your world

Loving God
your love be the centre
and the focus
of our lives

Healing God
heal the hurts and wounds
the scars that form
within and without

Forgiving God
may we know forgiveness
and being forgiven
know release

Liberating God
liberate our hearts and minds
our faith and
our theology

Restoring God
restore the damaged
rebuild the broken
make us whole

A Thanksgiving
Let us give thanks to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
For the love of our Father, the maker of all, the giver of all good things, let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For Jesus Christ our Saviour,who lived and worked among us,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For his suffering and death on the cross and his resurrection to new life, let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For his rule over all things and his presence in the world,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who teaches us and guides us,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For the grace of the Spirit in the work of the Church and the life of the world, let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

The Blessing

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
raise you up to walk with him in the newness of his risen life:
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

We go into the world to walk in God’s light,
to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ.  Amen.

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