Worship Where You Are
Sunday 10th of May 2020
5th Sunday of Easter
Welcome to our latest Sunday worship while we are still in lockdown. Today is the fifth Sunday of Easter. We continue to give thanks to God for his love for us, poured out on the cross in Jesus, saving us from our sins, and opening the way to life through his name.
This week we will continue to share Compline and Healing services on this website. Compline will be online from 7pm on Monday and Friday and the healing service will be available from 7pm on Wednesday. If you would like to submit names of people for us to hold in prayer, please send them by noon on Wednesday.
The church is built up by the gifts of its members, and it lives by the love we share in Christ. You may notice that we have added a virtual 'retiring collection', that is to say, it is now possible for people online to make one-off donations to the chaplaincy using a credit or debit card.
Be safe and well. Bless you,
You may use the recorded liturgy to help you follow this service, or for those praying in pairs or larger family groups, you may decide that one person will lead, while others respond with the words in bold type.
You may wish to spend some time in silence or listening to gentle music before following the service.
As we consider the promises of Christ that he came to offer abundant life, we might also consider which external powers govern our own hearts and deny us the abundance of Christ.
The light and peace of Jesus Christ be in your home
and all who dwell in it.
The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Let us rejoice and sing God’s praise for ever. Alleluia
Here are words you may trust.
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead:
he is our salvation, our eternal glory.
If we die with him, we shall live with him;
if we endure, we shall reign with him.
If we deny him, he will deny us;
if we are faithless, he keeps faith.
For he has broken the power of death
and brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel.
Prayers of Penitence
Christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.
In a time of silence, we call our sins to mind and resolve to sin no more.
Like Mary at the empty tomb,
we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
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.
As we worship our loving God, play one or more of the following worship songs, or other music.
Join in singing or just enjoy the words and music in God's holy presence
The Word of the Lord
But filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.
The Psalm for the Day
Psalm 31 1-5 & 15-16
1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge, a
strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Free me from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.
15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from my enemies and from
those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
1 Peter 2.2-10
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,”
“A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
14‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ 5Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ 6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
8 Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ 9Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
Sermon - Rev. Dan Langdon-Griffiths, Chaplain
Prayers for Our Community
The Breaking of Bread
At the end of the prayers we pray together:
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Lord God, we praise You and we thank You,
We are the product of Your creativity, made to be like You;
When we rebelled against You, and denied our true selves,
You stepped into our flesh and our reality,
and submitted to the cross so that we could find our way home.
And now, in gratitude, we join in the love song of creation
for all eternity:
Jesus died; Jesus came alive again; Jesus is coming back.
We remember how all things were made new:
On the night before He died, Jesus took the loaf of bread,
and after blessing it, and breaking it, He gave it to His friends:
Remember Me whenever You eat. This is my body given for all.
When supper was finished, He took the cup of wine,
and after blessing it, He gave it to His friends:
Remember Me whenever You drink. This is my blood shed for all.
With thanksgiving we eat and drink;
With joy we remember,
And with Christ's inclusive love we gather together around His table.
Those gathered share the bread and the wine, remembering as we do that Jesus died for us, and determined to live in the love of God.
Dedicating Ourselves to God
God of our salvation,
you have restored us to life,
you have brought us back again into your love
by the triumphant death and resurrection of Christ.
Continue to heal us,
as we go to live and work
in the power of your Spirit,
to your praise and glory.
You believe Jesus has been raised from the dead in glory.
You believe you have been raised with Christ.
May your hearts and minds be set on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and all those you love,
now and always,
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia!
In the name of Christ, Alleluia, Alleluia!
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Food For The Road: Life Lessons From The Lord’s Table, material from which is included here,
is copyright © John van de Laar 2005
Bible Readings taken from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.