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After the service, you are welcome to stay on and enjoy a coffee together in “breakout rooms”.

Please remain muted throughout except where directed otherwise. Before the service starts, this gives us an opportunity to wait on God in silence.

Sunday 11 April, Second Sunday in Easter

Welcome and Introduction (Rosemary)

Good Morning everyone. I’m Rosemary and will be leading your service this morning, along with Paul Hobbs preaching, Sandra bringing our intercessions, Frank our Bible Readings, Andy our Music and Paul Vickers will be coordinating it all behind the scenes as our Zoom Host.

This weekend, we have all been very saddened to hear the news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. I invite Randy to share an extract from a statement from The Rt Revd Paul Butler Bishop of Durham:

Dear Brothers and Sisters
I bring you the sad news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

“The Church of England in the Diocese of Durham and people across our region joins Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family and those across the country who mourn the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. His dedication to Queen and Country born out of his Christian faith stands as an inspiration for us all.”

“He gave a lifetime of devoted public service. He was a distinguished young Lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was outstanding as consort to The Sovereign. An exile as a baby from his native Greece, Prince Philip committed himself and his future to the United Kingdom. He is well remembered for his love of a wide range of sports, his sense of humour, and his long and devoted marriage to The Queen. As one baptised in the Orthodox faith, Prince Philip shared in a truly global Christian faith. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.”

“It was my personal privilege, as a bishop, to meet Prince Philip on a small number of occasions. Each time he took a keen interest in the people and setting in which we met. He listened thoughtfully and was always ready with an apposite comment or observation.”

+Paul

Thank you Randy, would you pray for us.

And please note that although the Government have asked that there be no physical books of condolence open for HRH Duke of Edinburgh, we can send a message through the Church of England online book: https://www.churchofengland.org/

And may I invite you now to join in our service by saying the parts that are written in bold, even though you will stay ‘muted’ during that time.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.
He has raised Jesus from the dead.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Let us pray:
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: Everlasting God (Andy)

Confession (Rosemary)

We come now to a time of Confession, calling to mind the things we are sorry for.

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.
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.

Absolution (Randy)

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Birthdays (Rosemary)

Today we celebrate Sandra’s birthday coming up on Saturday. Is anyone else celebrating a birthday this week? Please give me a wave if you are.
Father God, thank you for Sandra, our beautiful sister-in-Christ, and for all who are celebrating birthdays this week. Please bless them on their birthday and cause your face to shine upon them.

Before I hand over to Andy, for our next song, I’d like to share the wonderful news of his youngest daughter Rachel getting married to Benji on Friday at Jesmond Methodist church. Andy shares that both of them are Christians as well, which is wonderful to hear. We wish them well.
Amen.

Now let’s continue to worship God, through song as Andy brings us our medley.

Medley: 10,000 Reasons; I’m Forgiven; Amazing Grace (Andy)

Collect (Rosemary)

Almighty Father,
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Readings (Doreen)

We welcome Doreen in bringing our Bible readings to us from Acts 4.32-35 and John 20.19-31.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon (Paul)

We thank God for you Paul. Let’s pray for you now, before you bring your sermon to us this morning. (Transcript)

Let us declare our faith
in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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.

Song: Here is Love (Andy)

Prayers of Intercession (Sandra)

Sandra, can you please bring us our prayers of intercession now. Thanks. (Transcript)

The Lord’s Prayer (Sandra)

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
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.

Praise

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.
He has raised Jesus from the dead.
God has claimed us as his own.
He has brought us out of darkness.
He has made us light to the world.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Peace (Rosemary)

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
and also with you.

Notices (Rosemary)

After our service, we’d like to invite you to join with others in Breakout Rooms of 3-4 people. Alternatively, if you would like to be prayed for, please leave at the end of this service and join Jen Vickers and Ben Thomas from our trained Prayer Ministry Team on a separate Zoom link. Details of that Zoom link will be posted in ‘Chat’.

Over to Andy now, for our final song.

Song: And can it be (Andy)

Blessing and dismissal (Randy / Rosemary)

May the love of our Lord Jesus draw us to Himself.
May the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in His service.
May the joy of the Lord Jesus fill our souls.
May the blessing of God almighty
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be amongst you and remain with you always.
Amen.

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


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Image of HRH Duke of Edinburgh courtesy of the Press Association.
Some music taken from Worship Lyric Videos – all rights reserved.