Names

Sunday 11th Apr 2021: Names

Image Credit: Granite Cross by Tobias Lindman licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Service

Easter acclamation

Alleluia.  Christ is risen

He is risen indeed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

One minute’s silence

We pray:

Eternal God, our heavenly Father,  we bless your holy name for all that you have given us in and through the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

We give you thanks for his long and full life; for his strength of character; and for his devotion and service to family, nation and Common- wealth. 

We praise you for his generosity; his many contributions to our national life; and the encouragement he gave to so many, especially to the young.  

Accept our thanks and praise, we pray.  

Through the risen Christ, give comfort to the Queen and the Royal Family, and in your love and mercy receive him into your eternal kingdom.

We ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Hymn

1 O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast,

and our eternal home;

 

2 under the shadow of your throne

your saints have dwelt secure.

Sufficient is your arm alone,

and our defence is sure.

 

3 Before the hills in order stood,

or earth received its frame,

from everlasting you are God,

to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in your sight

are like an evening gone,

short as the watch that ends the night

before the rising sun.

 

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

soon bears us all away.

We fly forgotten, as a dream

dies at the op’ning day.

 

6 O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

still be our guard while troubles last,

and our eternal home.

Confession

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.

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.

Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone, and doubted our home in heaven.

In your mercy, forgive us

Lord, hear us and help us.

Absolution

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Collect

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others, and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father.  Amen

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God.

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.

Intercessions

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Merciful Father, 

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then were they glad when they saw the Lord.

The peace of the Lord be always with you 

And also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Communion – 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 right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation; in your love you made us for yourself.  

When we turned away you did not reject us, but came to meet us in your Son.

In Christ you shared our life that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened his arms of love upon the cross and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

And now we give you thanks because through him you have given us eternal life and delivered us from the bondage of sin and the fear of death into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

You have embraced us as your children and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

On the night he was betrayed, at supper with his friends he took bread, and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to them, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine, he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins; 

do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him: 

his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole Church throughout the world, we offer you this sacrifice of praise, and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

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. 

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread. 

Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Post communion prayer

Lord God our Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life

and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin, and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Amen.

Blessing and dismissal

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, make you perfect in every good work to do his will; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. 

Amen

We go into the world

To share God’s love and grow as God’s people

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord  

In the name of Christ.  

Amen

 

Readings

Acts 4:32-35

32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul: and not one of them said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

33 And with great power gave the apostles their witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

34 For neither was there among them any that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto each, according as any one had need.

John 20:19-31

19 When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had said this, he showed unto them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

23 whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and see my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and put it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30 Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book:

31 but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.