The Good News Gets Out

Sunday 2nd May 2021: The Good News Gets Out

Image Credit: Good news by Phil Whitehouse licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Service

Words for the Service

Opening song

Praise Him on the trumpet,
The psaltery and harp,
Praise Him on the timbrel and the dance,
Praise Him with stringed instruments, too.
Praise Him on the loud cymbals,
Praise Him on the loud cymbals,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

 

Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

All: 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

Lord, we are sorry for the things we have done that have been selfish

All: Father, forgive us

We are sorry for things we have said that have hurt others

All: Father, forgive us

We are sorry for not always loving others as we should

All: Father, forgive us

Please fill us with your Holy Spirit and help us to be more like Jesus every day

All: Amen

 Absolution

May almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring us his pardon and peace, now and for ever.

All: Amen

Collect

Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life.

Give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father

Amen

Song

Good news, Jesus was born
Good news, He died on the cross
Good news, He rose again
Good news, He’s coming back soon

 

God sent Jesus His only son
To save me from my sin, He’s the only one
Who can change my heart and make me his own
He saved me, He loves me
My heart is his home

Closing prayer 

Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation Give us the courage to follow you

And to proclaim you as Lord and King To the glory of God the Father

All: Amen

Song (video)

Dismissal

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 8:26-40

26 But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert.

27 And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship;

28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

29 And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

30 And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

31 And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth:

33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth.

34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other?

35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus.

36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing.

40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.