God’s Promised Helper

Sunday 17th May 2020: God’s Promised Helper

Image Credit: Mandarin Dictionary by Ian Lamont licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Welcome to all who are tuning in. This is st Paul’s church during coronavirus pandemic lockdown  And it is Easter 6.

Worship Songs

Words for the Service

So let’s all say or even shout 3 times as I light the Easter candle:

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

This morning we will be praying, reading the bible together, and blessing each other wherever we are. May we all know God’s presence with us in a new way this day. We can not meet together but we are together in Spirit. Even though we can not meet together to celebrate and give thanks, Easter and all it means is still a reality. Jesus Christ rose from the grave. Death could not hold him. He has the final word and so we have a living hope in him for the here and now and also for the life to come. Jesus is next to the father in heaven and we will join him one day.

Through it all we can still proclaim that Jesus is Lord and the Lord reigns.

We pray the prayer of preparation together:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession

This is a kyrie confession so just repeat the last line of each part after me:

Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you feed us with the living bread.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

May the God of love

bring us back to himself,

forgive us our sins,

and assure us of his eternal love

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Collect Easter 6

Risen Christ,

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command

and draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

Blessing

The almighty and merciful Lord,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us.

Amen.

Readings

John 14:15-21

15 If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever,

17 even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world beholdeth me no more; but ye behold me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 In that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him.

1Peter 3:13-18

13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

14 But even if ye should suffer for righteousness’ sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled;

15 but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear:

16 having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.

18 Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;