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Sunday 18 April

Welcome and Introduction (Kirsty)

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Good morning everyone!

I am so delighted to be here in Holy Spirit Church this morning. It’s my first time in the building in about six months and like you all, I’ve missed immensely being here and being with you, so if I get a bit giddy – someone just throw a sheet over me like a parrot in a cage and I’ll calm down!

A very warm welcome to you, wherever you are joining our service this morning. Hello to everyone on Zoom. Hello to everyone in the building. It’s great to see you all. And if you’re joining in the service at another time, either online or using the paper transcript – we are with you in Spirit and God bless you now, whenever your ‘now’ is. Welcome all.

Let’s pray:
Holy Spirit, we welcome You most of all. Thank you for being with us and bringing us together despite distances of time and location. Please infuse our worship this morning with passion and adoration for God, our Father. Help us to love you more and more.

Song (Val, Cath and Helen)

Happy Day

Confession (Kirsty)

Psalm 24 asks: Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? Who can stand in that holy place? – The ones with clean hands and a pure heart. This is something we can only achieve through repentance and Jesus’ death so we’ll ask Him for that in our confession.

Lord Jesus, we are so very sorry for all the things we have done, or neglected to do, which have fallen short. We are sorry for our weaknesses and doubts. Lord, the things we could have done differently, we bring before You now.

Jesus, thank you so much for giving up your life and accepting separation from God so that we can be clean and pure and holy in your sight. Thank you for rising from death and being reunited with Your Father to bring this to completion. Thank you, Holy Spirit for your help and inspiration every day, to be more like Jesus.

Absolution (Tom)

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.

Birthdays and events (Kirsty)

Thank you Tom. Please don’t forget, this evening is our Annual Parochial Church Meeting at 6pm – the link to the Zoom meeting is in this week’s email. Today is also special because it’s somebody’s birthday. Dennis! It’s also Eleanor’s tomorrow (Monday) and John S’s on Thursday. Is there anyone else celebrating a birthday this week? Let’s pray for these guys now:

Lord, thank you so much for Dennis and Eleanor, and John. We are so blessed to be able to call these wonderful humans our brothers and sister. Thank you for their humility and the encouragement they bring us as we walk together. I ask that you will bless each of them in the year to come, with quality time with their families and an ever-deeper love for You.

Unfortunately, the congregation here isn’t able to sing happy birthday but I think you’re allowed to hum, and you can definitely clap! And everyone on Zoom is allowed to join in, so let’s sing or hum happy birthday to Dennis, Eleanor and John…

And we’ll keep on singing or humming now with our medley.

Medley (Val, Cath and Helen)

O Praise the Name (Anastasis)

Faithful One

The Father’s Song

Readings (Caroline)

Caroline has our readings for us this morning from Acts 3:12-19, 1 John 3.1-7 and Luke 24.36b-48.

Sermon (Tom)

Thank you, Caroline. Tom, can I do a socially distant prayer for you please, before you speak to us? (Transcript.)

Lord God, thank you so much for Tom – for who he is, for the preparation he has given to the talk this morning and for the words your Spirit has laid in his heart for us. As always, Lord please open our hearts and minds to hear from you today.


Thank you, Tom. Let’s use the words of the Creed to guide our response to what we’ve just heard.

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come.

We believe in God the Father
Who created all things:
for by his will they were created
and have their being.

We believe in God the Son
Who was slain:
For with his blood
He purchased us for God,
From every tribe and language,
From every people and nation.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit:
The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘come!’
Even so come, Lord Jesus!

Intercessions (Rosemary)

Rosemary, will you continue our prayers with the intercessions, please? (Transcript.)

Collect (Kirsty)

Thank you, Rosemary. And we’ll round up our prayers by joining with the whole Anglican community, all around the world, in saying the collect together:

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Peace (Kirsty)

The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.

Let’s share a socially-distanced peace with one another.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Wonderful! Let’s praise Him again now as we prepare our hearts remember Jesus’ greatest gift to us.

Song (Val, Cath and Helen)

Crown Him With Many Crowns

The Great Thanksgiving Prayer (Tom)

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

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.

We give you thanks and praise
for the gospel we have received.
Christ died for our sins. Alleluia.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Death comes to all through Adam,
and sin reigns for a time.
New life without end comes through Christ,
and he reigns for ever. Alleluia.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Death, where is your victory?
Death, where is your sting?
Death is swallowed up in victory,
the victory you give us in Christ. Alleluia.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

We have been crucified with Christ,
and live his risen life,
to praise you for ever with angels and archangels.
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Jesus Christ is Lord:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Prayer (Tom)

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.

Breaking of the Bread (Tom)

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.

Communion (Tom)

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Prayer after Communion (Tom)

Living God,
your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in all his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Song (Val, Cath and Helen)

Thine Be The Glory

Blessing and Dismissal (Tom / Rosemary)

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

God the Father,
by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,
open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

God the Son,
who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory,
give you joy as you share the Easter faith.

God the Holy Spirit,
who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord,
empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Be among you and remain with you always.

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

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