Worship Where You Are
Sunday 19th April 2020
2nd Sunday of Easter
Welcome to our latest Sunday worship while we are still in lockdown. Today is the second Sunday of Easter as 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 the website. Compine 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.
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.
The above video is 'My Hope', by the Tommy Coombes Band. The words are can be particularly powerful in the transmission of the Gospel of Jesus.
As we approach the throne of grace, we remember that even though we are physically apart, we are gathered as a chaplaincy and as members of the universal church - the very Body 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
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
22 "You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25 For David says concerning him, "I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.' 29 "Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, "He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.' 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Psalm for the Day
1 Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge;
I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,
all my good depends on you.’
2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,
upon those who are noble in heart.
3 Though the idols are legion that many run after,
their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
neither make mention of their names upon my lips.
4 The Lord himself is my portion and my cup;
in your hands alone is my fortune.
5 My share has fallen in a fair land;
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
6 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel,
and in the night watches he instructs my heart.
7 I have set the Lord always before me;
he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.
8 Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices;
my flesh also shall rest secure.
9 For you will not abandon my soul to Death,
nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.
10 You will show me the path of life;
in your presence is the fullness of joy
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
1 Peter 1:3-9
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." 26
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." 28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe." 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Sermon - Rev. Dan Langdon-Griffiths, Chaplain
Prayers for Our Community
The Breaking of Bread
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!
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.