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SUNDAY SERVICE 5TH APRIL

PALM/ PASSION SUNDAY

GREETING

Blessed be God:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:

and blessed be God’s kingdom,

now and for ever. Amen.

Dear friends in Christ, in our observance of Lent we have been preparing, by self-examination and spiritual discipline, to celebrate the mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ. Today we begin the solemn celebration of our salvation through his death on the cross and his resurrection to glory. We now recall our Lord’s entry, as king, into Jerusalem, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us follow him, that, as we died with Christ in our Baptism, so we may share his risen life.

COLLECT

Assist us mercifully with your help

Lord God of our salvation:

that we may enter with joy

into the celebration of those mighty acts

whereby you give us life and immortality;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end. Amen.

GOSPEL OF THE PALMS MATTHEW 21:1-11

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Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Matthew chapter 21 beginning at verse 1

Glory to Christ our Saviour

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.”  This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”  The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious Gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord.

BLESSING OF THE PALMS

Palm Palm Palm

Almighty and everlasting God,

may these palms be for us

a sign of Christ’s victory over sin and death;

and may we who have been baptised in his name,

worship him as king, obey him as Lord,

and follow him in the way of the Cross,

which leads to eternal life.

We ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Let us proceed in peace.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

HYMN

COLLECT FOR PURITY

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.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”

The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

There is no other commandment greater than these.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

God is love and we are God’s children.

There is no room for fear in love.

We love because God loved us first.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father, we confess to you

and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

and in what we have failed to do.

We are truly sorry.

Forgive us our sins,

and deliver us from the power of evil,

for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

God, who is both power and love,

forgive you

and free you from our sins,

heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,

and raise you

to new life in Christ our Lord.

Amen

LENT PROSE

COLLECT OF THE PASSION

Almighty God,

who, in your tender love for the human race,

sent your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,

to take our nature upon him,

and to suffer death upon the cross,

giving us the example of his great humility:

mercifully grant,

that we may both follow the example of his passion,

and also, be made partakers of his resurrection;

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end. Amen.

HYMN

GOSPEL READING MATTHEW 27:11-54

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Matthew chapter 27 beginning at verse 11

Glory to Christ our Saviour

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Pilate Questions Jesus

Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.”  But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Barabbas or Jesus?

Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.  While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.”  Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Pilate Hands Jesus over to Be Crucified

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So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”  So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him.  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

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As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.  And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of

a Skull),  they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”  Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

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From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.  But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious Gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord.

REFLECTION

“The Lord needs it”. What does the Lord need? To our surprise, of all the things that the Lord needs, it is a donkey. The Lord needs a donkey to fulfil the prophetic words of Scripture in Zechariah – “Look your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” What a different story we would be telling today, if the owners of the donkey refused to give it up! Maybe we would not have the story of the triumphal entry- well at least not in the way Jesus planned it. The Lord needed the owners’ help to fulfil God’s purposes.

We are not told the names of the owners but the fact that they understood that ‘the Lord’ referred to Jesus and voluntarily gave up their donkey suggests that they were either admirers or followers of Jesus. Otherwise they would have answered the disciples with the question: ‘But who is the Lord who needs my donkey?’ No matter how unknown a person is, he or she can play a crucial role in the unfolding of God’s plan. The Lord needs each of us to carry out his plans, just as much, as he needed the owners of the donkey. What do we have that the Lord wants to use?

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A donkey was very precious in those days. The donkey was equivalent of a car, truck or tractor- all in one! Add to this, the fact that the donkey had never been ridden, means that the donkey was brand new and it was of a very high market value. We can see that giving up this donkey, just because the Lord needed it, was a very big sacrifice. It was a generous and heroic act. These unnamed owners left wonderful tracks behind them of generosity and love.

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When we look at the other characters in our palm and passion narratives, how do they fare and what tracks do they leave behind them? In many cases the tracks they leave behind, reveal some ugly things. We see the hatred and fanaticism of Caiaphas and the religious leaders, who plotted Jesus’ death. We see the cold calculating evil of Judas, who betrayed Jesus. We see the weakness of Peter who disowned him. We see the cruelty of Herod who mocked him. We see the cowardice of Pilate, who, though he knew Jesus was innocent, signed his death warrant. We see the unthinking hostility of the crowd who shouted ‘Crucify him.’ We see the dutiful obedience of the soldiers who carried out the execution. All of them left behind tracks of denial, betrayal, false accusation and execution.

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But we also see some lovely things. We see the courage of Simon of Cyrene as he carried the cross for Jesus. We see the sympathy of the women of Jerusalem, who wept for him. We see the steadfast loyalty of a small group of friends, who stayed with him to the end, among those was his mother and the disciple John. We see the courage of Joseph of Arimathea in asking Pilate for Jesus’ body and his love in placing Jesus in his own tomb. We see the kindness of Nicodemus who provides the customary embalming spices and assists Joseph in preparing the body of Jesus for burial. All of them left behind tracks of love, empathy, support and loyalty.

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Christ, the main character in this passion narrative left behind tracks that he invites us to follow. He demonstrates powerfully that the only way to overcome evil is with goodness. He forgave those who killed him, and from the depths of his pain he reached out to others. He sympathised with the women of Jerusalem. He brought hope and life to the penitent thief. He looked with compassion on his mother and committed her to John’s care. Jesus’ tracks are ones of deep, sacrificial love as he journeys to Jerusalem with shouts of rejoicing followed by shouts of ‘crucify him’.

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On that journey to Jerusalem Jesus knew the heights of celebration and rejoicing and the depths of pain and suffering. Jesus is our great High Priest, who sympathises with us in our journeys of great rejoicing and of dreadful suffering. He will not abandon us. He will always be there for us, sharing our journey and giving us the strength, wisdom and courage we need. All that he asks of us, as we journey through life with all its ups and downs, is that we are faithful to him and that we leave behind us, as our testimony and witness to His love and faithfulness, tracks of love, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. In these trying days of isolation, lockdown and fear, we are to be his ambassadors, leaving tracks of his grace and kindness behind us, as we reach out and help those most in need. Amen.

CREED

We believe in one God,

the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living

and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,

the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father.

with the Father and the Son,

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

As we recall Jesus entering Jerusalem,

let us gather our thoughts to pray

Jesus the Anointed One,

as the crowds welcomed you and sang your praise,

so today we welcome you more deeply into our hearts and lives,

rejoicing in your unfailing love and kindness.

We do pray that more people will turn to you,

lean on you, trust in you, and proclaim you as the Messiah,

who brings healing and wholeness.

Lord Jesus, the Anointed One

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, humble Servant

who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey,

we pray for that real humility in our hearts,

which treats status and image casually,

and truth and loving service seriously.

Lord Jesus, humble Servant

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, gifted Teacher,

who said suffer the little children to come unto me,

reach out in love and care to all our children.

We think especially of our children,

who are being home-schooled, because of the lockdown,

and ask that you might grant their parents patience, wisdom, and creativity

as they seek to offer them all the support and help they need.

Lord Jesus, gifted Teacher

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, gentle healer,

we pray today for those in hospital,

who are suffering from this coronavirus and from all other illnesses

and ask for your gentle healing touch to be upon them.

We lift to you all, who are working for the hospital at this time,

from cleaners, to porters, to nurses and doctors,

asking that you will equip them

with the strength, courage, and skill they need,

and that you will grant them your protection and safety.

Lord Jesus, gentle healer

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, carer and provider,

we are conscious of many people,

who are struggling for financial survival.

Hear our cry for them that they might receive,

all the support and help they require.

We think of those using food banks,

and ask that the food banks will be well resourced

and the needs of the community met.

Lord Jesus, carer and provider

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, the Prince of Peace we pray for those

who are anxious and worried for themselves or for a loved one,

in the quiet we pray for….

draw near and give to them your gift of peace and comfort

We lift to you in prayer the trained staff,

who are carrying out testing for this virus,

as well as those who deliver and serve food to our supermarkets,

and those who dispense drugs and carry out essential work,

guard them, guide them and sustain them.

Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, the Resurrection and life,

you knew that on Palm Sunday,

you were riding to your death.

We pray for all on their last journey,

that though they be physically alone,

that you are with them,

and that you will not leave them nor forsake them.

We pray that your presence will be a great comfort to them and to their family

who so regrettably cannot visit them just now to say farewell.

Lord Jesus, the Resurrection and Life

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, our guide and our strength,

accompany us as we journey

through the unknown and uncertain,

and fill us with your light and hope. Amen

HYMN

BLESSING

May the Father,

who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

bring you by faith to his eternal life.

Amen.

May Christ,

who accepted the cup of sacrifice

in obedience to the Father’s will,

keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.

Amen.

May the Spirit,

who strengthens us to suffer with Christ

that we may share his glory,

set your minds on life and peace.

Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen


HOLY MONDAY SERVICE

THEME- MOTHER OF THE SONS OF ZEBEDEE

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GREETING

We meet in the presence of God
who knows our needs,
hears our cries,
feels our pain,
and heals our wounds.

His Spirit be with you
and also with you.

HYMN

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, you wept for the people of Jerusalem,
shedding tears of love and compassion for them.
We thank you for your heart of care and mercy toward us.
Lord Jesus, great is your faithfulness and love,
that has touched and inspired so many people over the years.
Thank you for the mother of James and John,
whose great love for her sons was expressed
in her request for them to have their share in your kingdom.
We pray today for those that we love dearly,
that they might accept your gift of love,
wrought for them at Calvary,
and that they might have their share in your eternal kingdom. Amen

READING MATTHEW 20: 20 -28

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The Request of the Mother of James and John

20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

A REFLECTION WRITTEN BY BISHOP GORDON MURSELL

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

THE MOTHER OF THE SONS OF ZEBEDEE

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Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father” (Matthew 20:20-23).

In Mark’s telling of this story (almost certainly earlier than Matthew’s), it is James and John themselves, not their mother, who make this request to Jesus. Why does Matthew get the mother to do it? Well, he could have heard a different version of the same story. It’s unlikely that he did it in order to shift the blame from the two disciples, since they quickly take centre stage themselves. Anyway, there are precedents in Scripture for women speaking out on behalf of their children – Bathsheba does it with king David on behalf of her child Solomon (1 Kings 1:15); and the Syro-Phoenician (or Canaanite) woman cries out to Jesus because her daughter is desperately ill (Matthew 15:21-28).

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Let’s look at Matthew’s version more closely. The mother of the sons of Zebedee comes to Jesus and kneels before him: the Greek word translated “kneel” is proskunein, which means “to worship.” She isn’t an ambitious woman wanting the best seats for her sons. She’s simply hoping that her two boys will have a future in Jesus’ coming kingdom. After all, together with her husband Zebedee, she has lost her livelihood once Jesus called James and John away from fishing to follow him. It’s true that she gets it wrong, misunderstanding completely what it will mean to be a follower of Jesus. The only people who get to sit “one at your right hand and one at your left” will be the thieves who are crucified along with Jesus. And if James and John are really going to follow Jesus, they must expect to suffer: being a Christian offers no insurance against that. Jesus tells the mother that she doesn’t know what she is asking. But he doesn’t send her away. And that brings us to the heart of the matter.

For the mother of the sons of Zebedee (the only one in the Zebedee family who isn’t given a name) appears once more in the Gospel of Matthew: at the foot of the cross. “Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee” (Matthew 27:55-6). She had “provided for” Jesus – the Greek word is diakonein, literally “to be a deacon” or “to serve.” This unnamed mother is a disciple. And she stands for millions in our world today.

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Think how it must feel if a member of your family becomes critically ill with coronavirus and you can’t visit them. Yet it is happening all over the world now. People desperately anxious about the future of those they love, yet utterly powerless to help them: the mother of the sons of Zebedee speaks for them. She gets a challenging answer from Jesus when she asks about

the future of her two boys. But she doesn’t give up. She keeps Jesus company right to the end. She takes her fears and hopes to the foot of the cross. Please God: so can we.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus you wept for Jerusalem,
and shed tears for all the mothers there,
we cry to you for those mothers,
who are anxiously concerned about their children at this time,
we ask that they will be kept safe and well,
and that they may be nurtured in your ways and truth.

Lord of compassion
Hear our prayer.

Jesus, you see the tears of those who are crushed,
those who fear for their lives, especially in refugee camps,
where there are no doctors or medicines,
and where life is poor and dangerous;
draw near to them and help us to reach out,
in whatever ways we can, to support and encourage them.

Lord of compassion
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, you see the tears of those,
who are tired of war and hostility,
and long for peace and stability.
Help those who are working for peace
to open the hearts and minds of those who rule,
that a new way forward may be found
and safety and peace established.

Lord of compassion
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus you see the tears of our doctors and consultants,
as they make, in the light of the coronavirus, decisions about life and death.
We lift them to you, conscious of their weariness and fear,
and ask for your strength, wisdom and protection.
We pray too for all working in hospitals and care communities,
seeking to help the most vulnerable and needy,
bless their labours and may your hand guide them.

Lord of compassion
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus you see the tears of those,
who mourn for a loved one.
You know their emptiness and grief,
and so we ask you to bring them your comfort and peace
and to sustain and hold them in these days.

Lord of compassion
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, you see the tears of those,
charged with governing our country,
who feel out of their depth with this current crisis;
grant them wise counsellors
and give them the wisdom and guidance they need.

Lord of compassion
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, you see our tears
for all manner of matters,
hold us, carry us,
and lead us gently in your paths,
in the sure and certain knowledge,
that we are loved and that we are yours,
and that we have a place in your kingdom. Amen

HYMN

BLESSING

The Lord bless you and watch over you,
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
The Lord look kindly on you
and give you peace;
and the blessing of God almighty,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you
and remain with now and forever. Amen


HOLY TUESDAY

THEME- PETER

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GREETING

Jesus Christ is the light of the world
a light no darkness can quench.

The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

HYMN

PRAYER

God of power and love,
as the hymn writer said,
it is a thing too wonderful,
almost too wonderful to be,
that your Son should come from heaven,
and die to save a child like me.
We praise you for the coming of Christ among us.

Christ has come among us
Give praise
Christ has come down from heaven
Give praise
Christ is on the earth
Give praise
Christ gives light to the world
Give praise
Christ is our strength and refuge
Give praise
Christ will never leave us
Give praise
Christ is always with us
Give praise. Amen

READING MATTHEW 26: 31- 35

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Peter’s Denial Foretold

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.

Peter’s Denial of Jesus

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw

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him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

A REFLECTION WRITTEN BY BISHOP GORDON MURSELL

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

PETER
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Peter gets very mixed treatment in the Gospel of Matthew. On the one hand, he is to be the rock on which Jesus will found his church (Matthew 16:18). And he’s bold, even rash: when he and the other disciples are in the boat at sea and a storm hits them, they all see Jesus “walking on the sea” (14:26); but only Peter has the courage to step out of the boat and try to walk towards Jesus. The boat represents the Church: the disciples represent us. It’s all too easy just to sit in the boat, especially in times of crisis – a holy huddle sheltering from the storm. But Peter doesn’t do that. He steps out of the boat to meet Christ, who is not in the boat, but outside, in the heart of the tempest. All goes well until Peter notices the strong wind. He takes his eyes off Jesus, and at once begins to sink (14:30). Even then, Jesus rescues him and gently reproves him for doubting. The moral is twofold: if you really trust Jesus, and keep your eyes on him, you can face the world’s fiercest storms. And being a Christian doesn’t mean sitting in church, waiting for outsiders to come to us: it means stepping out of it, to meet Christ “out there”, in the world he came to save.

But there is another side to Matthew’s presentation of Peter: the story of his denial of Christ (Matthew 26:69-75). The story is too well-known to need repeating, although some of the details are very powerful: notice how, after Jesus is arrested, Peter follows him, but “at a distance” (26:58) – suddenly it’s no longer fashionable or easy to be a disciple. Then he sits “outside” (26:69), hedging his bets again. His first denial is made privately, to a single person (“I do not know what you are talking about”, 26:70). The second and third denials are more public, accompanied with oaths, and far more serious (“I do not know the man!”). Then he hears the cock crow, and remembers Jesus predicting that he would deny him three times. “And he went out and wept bitterly” (26:75). If you have a recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, this would be a good time to listen to it, and hear how beautifully he sets this tragic scene. (Included at the very end of this service)

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Peter represents both the best and the worst of every Christian. He’s brave, outgoing, enthusiastic, willing to take risks, refusing to settle for the easy option. But he’s also prone to promising more than he can deliver (earlier he says to Jesus, “even though I must die with you, I will not deny you” (26:35), only to do precisely that). Like many of us, he’s at his best when he is in control of things – so he has the courage to step out of the boat. When he’s no longer in control, when he is powerless to stop the tragedy that is developing right in front of him, his faith deserts him.

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We are living at a time of unprecedented international crisis: no one knows how it will end. And, apart from following government guidelines and supporting one another as best we can, there is little we can do about the outcome. As with Peter, the coronavirus crisis is bringing out both the best and the worst in us – on the one hand, there’s the courage of NHS staff and all who keep vital services and businesses running; and on the other, there’s the selfishness of those who ignore the guidelines, or empty the supermarkets without caring about others. Peter fails to be the person he should have been, and longed to become. So do we. But being a Christian has nothing to do with being a success story. It has to do with coming to believe that we are loved and forgiven even when we fail. Peter is the rock, but a pretty crumbly kind of rock. Yet it is precisely on that fickle, unstable, all-too-human foundation that Christ built his Church. And if there’s room for St Peter in that Church, and in the kingdom it is called to proclaim, there is room for you and me too.

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He went out and wept bitterly taken from the book by Trevor Hart and Richard Bauckham entitled “At the Cross”

The cock crows and Peter remembers Jesus’ words:
“ before the cock crows you will deny me three times”.
And he went out and wept bitterly.

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I wonder what Peter was weeping about.
It was not for you that he wept.
Your situation was no better or worse.
You were going to die.
Peter had come to see the end.
Why the bitter tears?
The bitter tears were for Peter.
The bitter tears were for the death of the old Peter.
Peter the strong
Peter the true
Peter the man in charge
His tears were for the death of Peter in control;
Peter on top of things
Peter the man of integrity
Peter the faithful friend
Peter the afraid- of –nobody
Peter the superior to his weak brothers.
These were all self- images very dear to Peter.
He had depended on them for the meaning of his life.
Those were the things that made him special, different, admirable.
In one moment of clarity
he saw they were not the real Peter.
The real Peter was the one who to protect himself
would deny with a curse even knowing a friend he had sworn to stand by to death.
His tears were tears of mourning for his lost self –esteem.
It was a terrible loss.
He wept bitterly.

FOR PRAYER & REFLECTION

Lord Jesus,
too often we want to be
your disciples in our own way,
not yours;
too often we want you,
to endorse our projects
and give them success;

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too often we pursue
our own very worthy objectives;
instead of following you
on your way to the cross.

Forgive us.

Dispel our illusions
as we see you
in the world’s eyes as a failure,
condemned , mocked,
suffering, dead.

Restore and renew us.

Help us to surrender ourselves to God,
what we can and cannot do,
our failures and our achievements,
our hopes and aspirations.
Help us to leave success to God
desiring only to follow where you lead.

In your way to the cross
we find God’s grace to us
in our failure,
grace always greater than our failure.

Accept us again us your disciples
who would live for you and die for you,
who can live for you and die for you,
because you have died and live for us.

As you said again to Peter,
when, risen again, you spoke to him
of his continuing love for you
so you say to us:
Follow me.

HYMN

BLESSING

May God the Father,
who does not despise the broken spirit
give to you a contrite heart. Amen

May Christ
who bore our sins in his body on the tree,
heal you by his wounds. Amen

May the Holy Spirit,
who leads us all into truth,
speak to you words of pardon and peace. Amen

And the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you today and always. Amen

Bach Matthew’s Passion


HOLY WEDNESDAY

THEME -JUDAS

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GREETING

God is Spirit
Let us worship him in spirit and in truth.

The Lord is with us
Let us praise his name together.

HYMN

READING MATTHEW 26: 14-16, 47-50

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you are here hands on Jesus and arrested him. 

MATTHEW 27: 1-10

Jesus Brought before Pilate

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

The Suicide of Judas
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When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself.But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.” After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

A REFLECTION WRITTEN BY BISHOP GORDON MURSELL

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
JUDAS

When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself (Matthew 27:3-10).

Only Matthew tells us that Judas repented; and his account raises difficult questions. Why is Judas’ repentance not accepted? The chief priests at the time don’t accept it: they say, “What is that to us?” – institutional religion all too easily puts self-interest before compassion. And Christianity has demonized Judas by arguing that he committed the ultimate sin, of betraying his Lord – and not only his Lord, but his friend: in Matthew’s Gospel, Judas is the only person described by Jesus as a friend (“Friend, do what you are here to do”, 26:50). Judas himself accepts the terrible reality of what he has done (“I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” – in some manuscripts, the word “innocent” is replaced with the word “righteous”).

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And yet Judas repents. Are we to believe that his repentance isn’t genuine? But in that case, why bother to tell us about it at all? Peter clearly repents when he denies Jesus, and his repentance is accepted; but why not Judas’? Two possibilities in particular are worth considering.

First, it could be that Judas repents sincerely – but too late. “When Judas…saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented.” Jesus’ fate was already determined: there was nothing Judas could do to prevent it. There is a Biblical precedent for this: Esau repents of selling his birthright to his brother Jacob, but too late (read Hebrews 12:17). One of the things that makes bereavement so painful is the memory of things you could have said or done to the person you’ve lost, and didn’t – and now it’s too late. There is a deeply moving aria in Bach’s St Matthew Passion at this point, when the bass (representing Judas) sings: “Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder!” (“Give me back my Jesus! See, the lost son throws the money, the wages for murder, down at your feet!”). Most of us live with the pain and guilt we feel about things that happened in the past – and now it’s too late. And yet it isn’t: if as Christians we believe in the forgiveness of sins and the communion of saints, then in and through Christ’s redeeming love we can still ask those whom we love but see no longer to forgive us, just as we can and must forgive those who have hurt us.

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But there is a second possibility about why Judas’ repentance is not accepted: because he couldn’t believe he could ever be forgiven. Remember that, when Jesus is baptized, he hears the voice of his heavenly Father saying, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

 Just as Jesus begins his public ministry, a ministry which will bring him to the cross, he hears God saying, in effect, “you’re my child; I love you.” Whatever the future holds, he knows that he is loved. How many millions of people in the world never hear anyone say that to them? How many children grow up starved of love, unable to fulfil their unique potential because no one has ever told them they’ve got any? What makes Judas’ suicide so desperately sad is that he never knew, or simply could not accept, that even he was not beyond the reach of God’s redeeming love – and that even his terrible act of betrayal could and would be used to accomplish the healing of creation.

BALLAD OF JUDAS TREE
by RUTH ETCHELLS

In Hell there grew a Judas Tree
Where Judas hanged and died
Because he could not bear to see
His master crucified

Our Lord descended into Hell
And found his Judas there
For ever hanging on the tree
Grown from his own despair

So Jesus cut his Judas down
And took him in his arms
“It was for this I came” he said
“And not to do you harm

My Father gave me twelve good men
And all of them I kept
Though one betrayed and one denied
Some fled and others slept

In three days’ time I must return
To make the others glad
But first I had to come to Hell
And share the death you had

My tree will grow in place of yours
Its roots lie here as well
There is no final victory
Without this soul from Hell

So when we all condemned him
As of every traitor worst
Remember that of all his men
Our Lord forgave him first

PRAYER
from the book “At the Cross”
by Trevor Hart and Richard Bauckham

“Surely Lord it is not I”

So often we know even before we ask that it is.

We,
like Judas,
like all the disciples,
like every disciple who ever lived,
have betrayed Jesus,
for the most trifling of rewards.

May we, too, feel the burn of Jesus’ eyes as he speaks to us
Yes, it is you.”

Help us Lord
to confront our secret betrayals,
to know them as clearly and judge them as surely
as does your purifying and cauterizing gaze.

And on the other side of the shame and pain of crucifixion
may we discover your enduring and redeeming love
restoring us and raising us up
to a new fullness of life lived in your Son and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

HYMN

BLESSING

You are called and loved by God the Father
and kept safe by Jesus Christ.
Mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance,
from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen


MAUNDY THURSDAY

THEME- MRS PILATE

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GREETING

We meet in the presence of God
Who knows our needs
Hears our cries
Feels our pain
And heals our wounds

His Spirit be with you

and also with you

HYMN

COLLECT FOR PURITY

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

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INVITATION TO CONFESSION

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty”
We long for the fire of God’s cleansing
to touch our unclean lips,
for our guilt to be removed and our sin wiped out.
So we meet Father, Son and Holy Spirit
with repentance in our hearts.

CONFESSION

Lord God.
We have sinned against you;
We have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy according to your love,
wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us,
and restore us to the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ABSOLUTION

May the Father of all mercies
cleanse you from your sins
and restore you in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy.

Maundy Thursday

COLLECT FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

O God our Father,
as you invite us to share in the sacraments
that your Son gave to his Church
to proclaim his death until he comes:
inspire us by his service,
and unite us in his love;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen

READING JOHN 13:1-20

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Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,  got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”  For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”  After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?

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You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.  If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfil the scripture, ‘The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”

HYMN

READING MATTHEW 27: 15-23

Barabbas or Jesus?

Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus[h] Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

A REFLECTION WRITTEN BY BISHOP GORDON MURSELL

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
MRS PILATE

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While Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him” (Matthew 27:19).

Like the story of Judas’ repentance, the appearance of Pilate’s wife occurs only in the Gospel of Matthew. She only gets one line in the drama of Good Friday; but it’s a good one. As with Judas’ repentance, the word translated “innocent” could just as easily be translated “righteous.” At the very least, she is telling her husband that Jesus is not guilty of the charges brought against him; and she is quite likely to be telling him that Jesus is who he claims to be: the righteous one, the saviour of the world.

The great Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon left us a wonderful sermon on this verse. As a good Victorian man, he is horrified that a woman should dare to interrupt her husband in the way Mrs Pilate does: “her message to my ear,” says Spurgeon, “sounds rather authoritative for a woman to her husband, and he a judge!” Yet he concludes that Pilate’s wife was right to do what she did, and he ends his sermon by telling the wives of his congregation, “never keep back from an ungodly husband the word which may convert him from the error of his ways.”

But there is a deeper point here. At the very moment at which those closest to Jesus – the disciples (who “forsook him and fled”), the crowd, and the chief priests – are either denying him or condemning him to death, a Gentile woman recognizes him as righteous. The New Testament scholar Tom Wright has pointed out that, in Matthew’s version of the Passion, it is the women who either see or speak the truth: a woman anoints Jesus (she sees the truth even though she doesn’t speak); the serving-girls ask Peter whether he was there with Jesus in the garden (they speak the truth even if they don’t recognize Jesus as truth); the women at the cross and at the resurrection don’t speak, but they see the truth; and Mrs Pilate both sees and speaks it. On the basis of this, some later Christian traditions turn Pilate’s wife into a saint and give her a name, Claudia Procula (if you google that name, you will see what I mean).

The Crowd Rules | If I Walked With Jesus That seems a bit excessive. But there are two more things about the intervention of Pilate’s wife which we should notice. First, Pilate appears to follow his wife’s advice. He washes his hands in front of the crowd (some of you will have seen the cartoon which appeared at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, showing Pilate washing his hands for at least 20 seconds and singing “Happy Birthday to You” while doing so). He refuses to take the blame for Jesus’ death. Instead, “the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’” (Matthew 27:24-5). Those words have been all too often cited by Christians as justification for putting the blame for Jesus’ death on to the Jewish people, and on Jews for ever thereafter.

But that is dangerous nonsense. Jesus himself was a Jew, and (almost certainly) Matthew was a Jewish Christian himself. “The people as a whole” means all the folk gathered outside Pilate’s palace at a particular moment in history. And what Matthew is surely implying is: it could have been us. Waves of hysteria and hatred directed at “the other” (meaning anyone who is not like us) have been depressingly common in human (and in Christian) history. By telling her husband to avoid taking responsibility for Jesus’ death, Mrs Pilate is forcing us to ask: if I’d been there, how would I have reacted? How often, when I give way to easy populism, am I crucifying Jesus afresh? Which brings us to the other point…

PRAYERS

Lord Jesus we are reminded today
that though innocent and righteous,
you were nonetheless broken for us.
We pray for all who are broken
in body, mind or spirit.

Reach out in love

Lord Jesus your body suffered cruel physical wounds
from the hands of those, who were filled with hatred and fear.
We pray for all, who, in this lockdown,
are suffering domestic violence from the cruel hands of others.
Give them courage and strength to seek the support and help they need.

Reach out in love

Lord Jesus, your wounded hands bring healing.
We pray for those who are in pain
from illness and disease,
from war or terrorism,
from disaster or accident
Draw near with your divine touch and blessing.

Reach out in love

Lord Jesus, your mind was troubled with the weight of your calling,
and yet you had the ability to endure and persevere.
We pray for those who are struggling
with all the financial stress and pressure,
that this lockdown and virus have brought.
We ask that you will fill their hearts and minds with peace.
Grant them the courage to persevere and to hope,
knowing that by your hand all things are possible

Reach out in love

Lord Jesus, your faith was tested and proven true
by your ministry on earth, and by your work on the cross.
We pray to you for those,
whose faith has been battered by harsh realities of this world-
their confidence shaken,
their trust destroyed,
their love grown cold.
Restore and renew them in their faith.

Reach out in love

Lord Jesus, you passed from death to life,
we pray for those whose lives are ebbing away,
that they might have a holy death
and that they might share eternal life with you.
Comfort those who mourn,
especially those who did not get the opportunity to say farewell,
and surround and hold them in your love and peace.

Reach out in love. Amen

HYMN

BLESSING

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast to that which is good;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honour everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit,
and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you this day and forever. Amen


GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

THEME- THE CENTURION

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GREETING

We come from scattered lives to meet God
Let us recognise his presence with us

Silence

We meet in the presence of God
who knows our needs
hears our cries,
feels our pain
and heals our wounds

The grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus be with you

and also with you.

HYMN

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, you are the suffering servant
We may not know, we cannot tell
what pains you had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
you hung and suffered there.
By your wounds we are healed.
Thank you for that love that is so amazing,
so divine that demands my soul, my life, my all. Amen

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READING ISAIAH 53   

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him
.

He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

isaiah 53 and 54

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
and who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him
and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

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After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied ;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

HYMN

GOSPEL READING MATTHEW 27: 32-54

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The Crucifixion of Jesus

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots;then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

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The Death of Jesus

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

A REFLECTION WRITTEN BY BISHOP GORDON MURSELL

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
THE CENTURION
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Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Matthew 27:54)

…and the next character in Matthew’s account of the Passion. Three of the four Gospels describe a Roman centurion recognizing Christ in some way as he dies, but each puts it slightly differently. Luke’s centurion says “certainly this man was innocent” (Luke 23:47). Mark and Matthew both have the centurion say “Truly this man was God’s Son”, although Mark’s centurion was moved by the manner of Jesus’ death (Mark 15:39), whereas Matthew’s centurion became convinced by the natural phenomena that accompanied the death. But there is another, tiny but crucial, difference between Mark’s description and Matthew’s. Mark’s centurion literally says “Truly this man son of God was.” Matthew’s centurion literally says “Truly of God [the] son was this man.” Commentators have pointed out that the word order in Matthew (“of God [the] son”, theou huios in Greek) is precisely the same as countless inscriptions that have been found, in various parts of the Roman empire, in honour of the emperor, describing him as theou huios, son of God.

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Why does this matter? Because Matthew is claiming that Jesus, not the emperor, is the divine son of God. And it is a Roman soldier who points this out. Mrs Pilate and the Roman centurion are both pagans, not Jews, let alone disciples of Jesus. Over and over again, in Matthew’s Gospel, it is outsiders who see the truth about Jesus, while all too often Jesus’ own followers miss the point completely (as with the sons of Zebedee wanting to sit on thrones in Jesus’ kingdom, or Peter promising to follow Jesus and then promptly denying that he ever knew him). The most famous example of outsiders recognizing Jesus is Matthew’s story of the magi, or wise men, who bring gifts to Jesus and worship him while the locals either ignore him completely or (as with Herod) try to get him killed. There is judgment here on the Christian church down the ages: all too often, church members do what the first disciples so often did – miss the wood for the trees, argue about who should have the best seats, or give up their faith whenever it comes under pressure. And yet (as we noticed earlier) it is these frail human vessels – people like you and me – whom Jesus calls into his kingdom.

But that’s not all. In recognizing who Jesus was, Romans like Pilate’s wife and the centurion at the cross were acknowledging that the kingdom of Jesus would prove greater and more enduring than imperial Rome, or any other secular power. G.K. Chesterton put it like this:

To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come.
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star.
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless,
And all men are at home (from “The House of Christmas”).

In the crucifixion of a young Jewish man, a rough-hewn Roman soldier says to himself in effect, “we’ve just killed God’s Son.” And they had. But from his death, freely accepted, would spring a new kind of world order, and a new kind of hope for humanity.

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He was special, that’s all I can say,

And it’s not like me to hand out compliments, ask anyone.

I’ve seen all kinds,

the real dregs of society, murderers,

rapists, bandits , muggers, you name it.

And I’ve watched them all suffering without a shred of conscience.

Good riddance to them, that’s the way I look at it.

Felt the same with this one too, at first.

Blasted troublemaker.

Should have thought more carefully, shouldn’t he,

before he started raising expectations, stirring up the crowd?

But as I watched him that all changed;

You couldn’t help but be impressed.

There was something about him-

the quiet dignity, the complete composure

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the sheer courage of the man.

Nothing could shake him-

Not the mocking or the spitting,

Not the lying or the jeering,

not the flogging or the interrogation,

not even the thorns twisted so cruelly into his head.

And when it came to the end

As he staggered under that cross, just about all in,

As the blood spurted from those hands and feet,

as the life seeped from his broken body,

still the same.

He actually had time for others,

more than for himself!

Time for one of the two wretches hanging there alongside him,

time for his mother, for his friends,

time for his people who’d stood to gloat,

time even for us!

Amazing!

The Son of God some of them called him

And you know, what I think they might have been right.

He was special, there’s no doubt about it.

Confession – The Cathedral of St John the Baptist

CONFESSION

God shows his love for us
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Let us show our love for him
By confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Almighty God, long-suffering and of great goodness
we confess to you with our whole heart
our neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,

our wrong doing, thinking and speaking;
the hurts we have done to others,
and the good we have left undone.
O God forgive us, for we have sinned against you;
and raise us to newness of life
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
who in his great mercy
has promised the forgiveness of sins
to all those who with heartfelt repentance
and true faith turn to him;
have mercy on you
pardon and deliver you for all your sins
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and bring you to everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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COLLECT

Good Friday

Almighty Father,
look with mercy on this your family:
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed,
given up into the hands of sinners,
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen

HYMN

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PRAYERS

Let us pray to the Father who loved the world so much
that he sent His only Son to give us new life.
Simon from Cyrene was forced to carry for your Son

Silence

Give us grace to lift heavy loads for those we meet and to stand with those condemned to die.
Lord hear us

Lord, graciously hears us

Your Son watched the soldiers gamble
to share his clothes.

Silence

Transform the hearts of those

who make a profit from their victims
and whose hearts are hardened by work.
Lord hear us

Lord, graciously hears us

From the cross Jesus entrusted Mary his mother
and John the disciple to each other’s care

Silence

Help us also to care for one another
and fill our homes with the spirit of your love.
Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us.

The centurion was astonished to recognise your glory in the crucified Messiah

Silence

Open the minds of those who do not know you
to grasp in your Son the meaning of life and death.
Lord hear us

Lord, graciously hears us

Joseph of Arimathea came to take your Son’s body away.

Silence

Give hope and faith to the dying and bereaved,
gentleness to those who minister to them
and courage to those whose faith is secret.
Lord hear us

Lord, graciously hears us

Simon and Joseph, Mary and John
became part of your Church in Jerusalem.
Bring into your church today a varied company of people
to walk with Christ in the way of his passion
and to find their salvation in the victory of his cross.

Hear our prayer
and make us one in heart and mind
to serve you with joy for ever. Amen

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HYMN

BLESSING

May God the Father,
who does not despise the broken spirit
give to you a contrite heart. Amen

May Christ
who bore our sins in his body on the tree,
heal you by his wounds. Amen

May the Holy Spirit,
who leads us all into truth,
speak to you words of pardon and peace. Amen

And the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you today and always. Amen


HOLY SATURDAY SERVICE

GREETING

Jesus Christ is the light of the world
a light no darkness can quench
Stay with us Lord, for it is evening
and the day is almost over.
Even the darkness is not dark for you
and the night shines like the day.
Let your light scatter the darkness
and fill your church with glory.

HYMN

O God, Creator of heaven and earth:
as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb,
and rested on this holy Sabbath;
so may we await with him
the coming of the third day,
and rise with him to newness of life;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who now lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen

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PSALM 130

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord.

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord.

But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord.

It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord.

HYMN

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READING MATTHEW 27:57-66

The Burial of Jesus

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.”So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

A REFLECTION WRITTEN BY BISHOP GORDON MURSELL

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb (Matthew 27:57-61).

You may know the old joke about how Joseph of Arimathea, having buried Jesus in his own tomb, goes home, only to be ticked off by his wife for having given up their precious family tomb to a complete stranger. “Well,” says Joseph, “he only wanted it for the weekend.” Which of course is true, although Joseph could hardly have been expected to know it at the time, even if he was a disciple. The fact that he “went away” when he had finished burying Jesus is in stark contrast to the two women, Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary”, who remained behind, keeping vigil.

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Matthew presents Joseph as a good and godly person, a follower of Jesus, who is presumably devastated by his death, and who resolves to do all he can to honour the man in whom he had placed so much hope. So he goes boldly to the Roman governor, gets permission to take the body of Jesus, and buries it in his own private tomb. Then he goes away. He has done all he can. There is nothing more to be said, or done.

But the women don’t go away. Like the mother of the sons of Zebedee, they were present at the cross, while all the male disciples had deserted him and fled (Matthew 26:56). They remain at the tomb after Joseph has left, although we are not told for how long, or why. Perhaps they were simply grieving; perhaps they were waiting to see what might happen next. Whatever the reason, they were still there.

The Silence of God – Reasoned Cases for Christ

One of the most striking features of the Passion according to Matthew is the silence of God. Jesus prays in Gethsemane; but he gets no answer. God is silent through the long hours of Jesus’ trial, and remains silent when Jesus cries out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Only after Jesus has died does God suddenly intervene, tearing the curtain in the temple in two, causing the earth to quake and the tombs of the dead to be broken open. Even then, God does not speak. But God’s silence is not the same as God’s absence.

There are many occasions in the lives of Christians, and of others too, when God is silent. No voice is heard bewailing the huge number of deaths caused by Covid-19. No word from heaven eased the terrible deaths of millions in the Nazi death camps. It is possible that we will one day go to our own deaths without a sign or sound from God. And on the first Good Friday, no miracle rescued Jesus from the hands of the Romans or the religious leaders. God was silent.

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But God was there, present in the dying agony of Jesus, present in the loving devotion of Joseph of Arimathea, present in the women who kept vigil. The story of Easter is for Sunday, not for today. But it is a story of a God who is present even when silent, who will keep us company to the last moment of our earthly lives and beyond, and whose risen Son will end Matthew’s Gospel with words of life-giving hope: “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

HYMN

PRAYERS

“Just as I am, without one plea
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me to come to thee,
O Lamb of God I come.”

Lord Jesus, with the disciple you loved we see your cross,
we see you bow down your head and give up your spirit,
we see your side pierced,
we see the blood and the water flow.

Jesus Lamb of God, whose blood was shed for us,
cleanse us from our sin,
lift from us the burden of our guilt,
free us from the tyranny of evil.
Put to death in us, all that resists you.
Put behind us, all that hinders us from living for you.

Jesus, Rock of ages,
from whom the water of life flows
satisfy our thirst for true life,
nourish the shoots of new life in us,
fill us with your Spirit.

Jesus, Saviour of the world,
we see your power in your weakness,
your glory in your humiliation,
your sovereignty in your self- giving service,
your victory in your death.
Help us to recognise the power of truth and love,
Help us to acknowledge you as the only Lord.
Your kingdom come. Amen

HYMN

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BLESSING

May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son
bring you by faith to his eternal life. Amen

May Christ,
who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father’s will,
keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of the cross. Amen

May the Spirit,
who strengthens you to suffer with Christ,
that you might share his glory,
set your mind on life and peace
and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you today and always. Amen .

EASTER DAY SERVICE

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GREETING

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

HYMN

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God
to whom all hearts be 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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.
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.

ABSOLUTION

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.

GLORIA

COLLECT

Almighty God, who through Son, Jesus Christ,
have overcome death and opened the gates of eternal life:
grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of his resurrection
may be raised from the death of sin
by your life- giving Spirit;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen

What Does 1 Peter 1:21 Mean?

READING ACTS 10: 34- 43

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts people from every nation who fear him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

HYMN

GOSPEL READING John 20:1-18

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 1

Glory to Christ our Saviour.

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The Resurrection of Jesus

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

I have seen the Lord!

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,  Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord

SERMON

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I read a wonderful story about a Rector, who was asked to conduct a graveside burial service for a member of his church. The only problem was, the cemetery was more than an hour and a half away from the church. The Rector wasn’t feeling well, so he decided to travel with the Funeral Director in the hearse. By the time they arrived at the cemetery, the Rector was truly sick with flu-like symptoms. Feverish and sick, he made it through the service, but he was deathly pale and obviously not well. As they headed back home, the funeral director suggested the Rector might stretch out in the back of the hearse, since it was now empty. It had curtains and nobody would see him. The Rector decided to do so and promptly fell asleep. He awoke when the vehicle stopped. Taking a few minutes to fully awaken, he slowly sat up and drew the side curtain to see where he was. Suddenly he was face to face with a petrol station attendant. Needless to say the attendant was surprised and shocked to see a body in the back of the hearse rise up and stare back at him. With all the colour drained out of him and his eyes as wide as saucers, the attendant ran on shaky legs back into the petrol station, while the funeral director tried to catch up to explain the whole situation.

“I’m pretty sure,” that’s how the women who came to the empty tomb that first Easter morning . . . felt. They had to have run on shaky legs back to the disciples, their hearts pounding with both shock and excitement.” What happened that first Easter is an amazing story! A man had risen from the dead. Every once in a while we hear about someone whose heart has stopped and is given CPR and revived. BUT dead for three days! Buried in the ground for three days! Never before and never since has this happened in human history! This is new- this is good news! This good news took the breath of the disciples away, and changed their lives for ever. Their time with the Lord was not in vain after all- all Jesus said and promised is true. Alleluia! He is risen!

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For some disciples the truth of the resurrection took longer to penetrate than others. We read that the other disciple, that outran Peter, presumably John, entered the tomb, saw and believed. For John he just knew that the Lord has risen; that His Lord is alive. For Thomas, Mary, and undoubtedly others, it was not their immediate reaction to the news of the empty tomb. For them it was more of a gradual awakening, as the presence of the risen Lord touched them and the reality of the truth dawned upon them. My journey of faith was a gradual awakening but for some of my friends it was a very clear and sudden awareness of Christ in their lives. How we come to faith matters not; what matters is the life-changing impact this relationship with the Risen Lord has on us.

We can eavesdrop on Mary’s life- changing encounter with Jesus. We see in today’s gospel a distraught and traumatised Mary, who just wants to have one more glimpse of her Lord to say her final farewell. It didn’t matter to her that his body was wrapped up in cloths – all she wanted- was to be close to him. She had loved Jesus in life, now she loved him in death. She served him in life, now she meant to serve him in death. She was there at the tomb, alone, because death could not destroy her love.

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What she did not know was that death itself had been overcome and that Jesus had risen. For her the empty tomb spoke of a body being moved away, and so she cried out to Jesus, whom she believed was the gardener that “they have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where to find him.” In his new creative form Mary does not recognise Jesus, so Jesus asks her again-“Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Mary pours out her heart to him about her loss. It is not until Mary hears her own name uttered twice in the familiar indentation of Jesus that the truth dawns upon her. What an intimate moment of reunion as Mary replies in Aramaic “Rabboni” and clings to him.

Mary is yet to learn that she could not cling to Jesus in his new creative form in the same way as she had done in the past. Her life would now be changed for ever .She had to surrender to the new reality of the risen Jesus. It is only when we cease to cling to experiences, realities, relationships that have had their day that we move on and live in the future. The resurrection offers us like Mary hope for our own lives; it teaches that loss is often the prelude to new discovery; it leads us into a new deepening of trust.

Loss, in so many varied ways, is prevalent in our minds at the moment. Who would have believed me, if this time last year, I told you that in 2020 you would all be in lockdown; that you would only be allowed to leave your home for exercise once a day; that you would be mainly working from home; schools would be closed, retail shops would be closed and that rugby and footballs would be cancelled and all theatres and cinemas are closed? Yes it does sound incredible and whilst sadly true, it is not the whole story, for as one writer said “It is Friday but Sunday is coming.” It was true for Jesus, and it will be true for us.

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On Friday Jesus hung on a tree but Sunday is coming.

It was Friday and Mary was crying her eyes out. The disciples were running in every direction, like sheep without a shepherd. But that was Friday Sunday is coming.

It was Friday the cynics were looking at the world and saying that ‘as things have been so they shall be. You can’t change anything in this world; you can’t change anything. But those cynics did not know that it was only Friday, Sunday is coming!

It was Friday and on Friday those forces that oppress the poor and make the poor suffer so, were in control. But that was Friday Sunday’s coming.

It was Friday and on Friday Pilate thought he had washed his hands of a lot of trouble, but Sunday is coming.

On Friday the Pharisees were strutting around, laughing and poking each other in the ribs. They thought that they were back in charge of things, but they didn’t know that it was Friday and Sunday was coming.

Sunday’s coming that is the good news that the world is waiting to hear. Sunday is all about resurrection, hope, new beginnings, new possibilities and opportunities. This is the good news that we can enjoy and that’s the good news we have to share with the world.

It's friday but sunday is coming

When we are depressed and downcast in this lockdown, we are to remind people that Sunday is coming.

When people feel that they can never recover from this crisis, we have to share the truth that Sunday is coming.

When folks have lost all hope and meaning in life, we are to remind that Sunday is coming.

When people feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, we need to tell them Sunday is coming.

We must go to a world that is suffering from this coronavirus, from a struggling economy, from isolation and fear and tell them that Sunday is coming.

Our world may be in a mess-that’s Friday, Sunday is coming. There will be resurrection, there will be new hope- there will be joy. People, in different situations in life, will testify that from that pit of darkness and hopelessness comes resurrection- that Friday gives way to Sunday.

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The gap between Friday to Sunday can seem interminable, desperate and excruciating but that Friday will give way to Sunday- there will be resurrection. There will be joy. Easter is all about Jesus rising from the dead- it’s all about resurrection! It’s all about resurrection from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from sin to wholeness, from hopelessness to joy.

Yes, it was Friday but Easter Sunday is here. There will be resurrection in this life and in the next – for Christ is risen, he has risen indeed alleluia! Amen!

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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PRAYERS

As we celebrate this Easter day
we pray that our Risen Saviour
may fill us with the joy
of his glorious and life- giving resurrection…
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of our brothers and sisters around the world,
we pray that isolated and persecuted churches
may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter…
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of the coronavirus
we pray that you may grant us the humility
to serve one another in Christian love,
and that we might know
your hand of protection,
leading and guiding us.
God of glory
hear our prayer

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As we think of the demand for resources around the world
we pray that you may provide for those
who lack food, work or shelter,
particularly in the refugee camps.
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of countries in hostility and poverty
we pray that by your power war and famine
may cease through our world.
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of those who are sick,
with this pandemic and with other illnesses,
we pray that you may reveal your presence and love
to the sick, the weak and the dying,
to comfort and strengthen them.
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of the great news of Easter
help us to remember in times of difficulty,
that resurrection will come,
that darkness will give way to light,
despair to hope,
and sadness to joy.
Help us to bear witness to the resurrection.
God of glory
hear our prayer Amen.

HYMN

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BLESSING

God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,
has given us victory,
give you joy and peace in your faith;
and the blessing of God almighty, Father , Son and Holy Spirit
be with you this day and always. Amen

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SENTENCE FROM SCRIPTURE

Send forth your Spirit O Lord, and renew the face of the earth

OPENING HYMN

GREETING

We meet in the name of God.
God the Father,
God the Son,
God the Spirit
God is one.

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us

COLLECT FOR PURITY

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.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
There is no other commandment greater than these.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

God is love and we are God’s children.
There is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Loving God, we thank you for your Holy Spirit breaking down barriers within and without, barriers that distort our ability to lead a life fully integrated with you and your ways. Forgive us for the way we have deliberately resisted the Holy Spirit’s work

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

Forgive us for the barriers we create within ourselves, barriers that resist your healing work and prevent us moving toward wholeness. Forgive our self‐centredness, our anger, our fear of change, our lack of trust in your love.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

Forgive us for the barriers we create between you and ourselves, barriers that separate us from your love and the assurance of your salvation. Forgive our busyness, our independence, our desire to go our own way. 

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us. 

Forgive us for the barriers we create between ourselves and others, barriers that separate us from neighbours near and far and inhibit mutual love and care. Forgive our resentment of others, our love of control, our indifference to the poor.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

Forgive us for the barriers we create between ourselves and your beautiful creation, barriers that abuse your world and deny our responsibility as stewards. Forgive our greed, our misuse of resources, our pollution of the environment.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

God, by the power of your spirit, free us and break down these barriers. Turn us away from the bondage of a life lived for ourselves and our own desires, May your spirit guide us into the freedom of life lived for you and your purposes.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

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ABSOLUTION

God, who is both power and love,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

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COLLECT

O God, who on the day of Pentecost,
enlightened the hearts of your people
by the fire of the Holy Spirit:
give us wisdom and understanding,
and lead us into all truth,
that your Church may be kept in the unity of the Spirit
and the bond of peace;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the same Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen

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FIRST READING ACTS 2:1-21 read by David Kerr

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

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. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

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‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

SECOND READING 1 CORINTHIANS 12: 3b-13 read by Annabelle Guthrie

No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

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One Body with Many Members

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

GRADUAL HYMN

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GOSPEL READING JOHN 20:19-23

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 19

Glory to Christ our Saviour

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

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.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord

REFLECTION

“There is no tragedy like the tragedy of the unopened gift.”

Most of us love to receive gifts, and cannot wait to open them and see what treasure is inside. John Ortberg in one of his books talks about his grandfather phoning his mother and explaining, after his wife Florence’s death, that he was going through some of her things in the attic, when he came across a box of old dishes. He said that he was going to get rid of the dishes, but he noticed they were blue and that was his daughter’s favourite colour. So he invited her to have a look at them and see if she wanted to keep them.

So John’s mother went through the attic, expecting to find some run of the mill dinnerware. Instead when she opened the box, she was looking at some of the most exquisite china she had ever seen. Each plate had been individually painted with a pattern of forget–me–nots. The cups were inlaid with mother of pearl. The dishes and cups were rimmed with gold. The plates had been handcrafted in a Bavarian factory that was destroyed during the Second World War, so they were literally irreplaceable.

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Yet John’s mother had been in the family for twenty years and she had never seen this china before. She asked family members about it, and eventually one of the older family members told the story of the china. When Florence was very young, she was given this china over a period of years. They were not a wealthy family and so she only got a piece at a time for gifts like confirmation, graduation, or birthday. Whenever Florence received a piece of china, because it was so valuable, or because if it was used it might get broken, she would wrap it carefully in tissue, put it in a box, and store it in the attic for a special occasion. No occasion that special ever came along. So John’s grandmother went to her grave with the greatest gift of her life unopened and unused.

Anytime a gift is given the recipient must chose to respond in one of two ways- either this gift is so valuable it can’t be risked. Those who follow this first way realise that when the gift is brought out of the box, things may not always go well. The gift may be poorly used sometimes. It may not always be admired by others the way we want. It may even get broken.

Taking the gift out of the box is always a risk. The second way says: this gift is so valuable so it must be risked. Those who follow the second way understand that if the gift is not brought out of the box, it will never be used at all. To leave the gift in the box is to thwart the desire of the giver. “There is no tragedy like the tragedy of the unopened gift”

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This Pentecost Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ great gift to us of the Holy Spirit. This gift was given to us in baptism, or in our confession of faith. It is an incredible gift, as the first disciples discovered. It is a gift that is there for us all to enjoy. Sadly this gift is often ignored, unopened, even discarded, causing stagnation, unrealised potential, and unfulfilled longing in people’s lives. “There is no tragedy, like the tragedy of the unopened gift” Today this gift is there for us to open, allowing us to experience life in all its fullness.

This experience of life in all its fullness began for the first disciples on Pentecost. Pentecost is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”). It marks the gift of the Holy Spirit and is regarded by many as the birthday of the Christian Church. The disciples’ experience of the Holy Spirit began in a private room, where they were cocooned together and ready to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot. Without any specific warning a rushing wind, like a tornado, burst into the room and tongues of fire rested on the disciples.

What an incredulous moment that must have been! No doubt they would have experienced a whole gamut of emotions: fear and panic, bewilderment and confusion, astonishment and wonder, joy and peace. It was bizarre, people speaking different languages and the crowds understanding what was being said. There was diversity in the different languages but unity in the message.

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God breaks through all barriers and unites peoples from all races, cultures and backgrounds, not offering uniformity but diversity. God breaks, by his Spirit, through all the barriers that we humans erect outside us and within us and creates new opportunities for unity and growth.

So from being cocooned and safe in their private room, the disciples are now consumed by the Holy Spirit and are standing out in the public arena. They are changed forever- almost overnight they experience spiritual growth and transformation! We see with our own eyes evidence of this transformation in their whole demeanour and presence. These timid fearful disciples became outspoken courageous disciples. They are standing before a throng of people, accused at this early hour of being drunk. They do not hesitate to address the people. Peter dispels doubts about any drunkenness and explains clearly and unashamedly the gospel to them. He is bold and confesses his faith and loyalty in Christ. He is no longer denying Jesus or hiding away from the crowds but instead he is bolding proclaiming Jesus as Lord. From his cocoon, he is consumed, he is courageous, he confesses Christ as Lord and witnesses the conversion of more than 3,000- that’s some sermon, and not only is he convicted of the need to go and baptise people in the name of Christ but those gathered also capture and grasp this call to mission. The Christian church is born, full of vitality, energy and adventure.

Our churches often pale into insignificance when we think of that first Pentecost and wonder if our churches can be equally full of vitality, energy and adventure. Personally I believe so. After all it is the same Spirit, and today God’s Holy Spirit is at work in our world.

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Lives are being touched and changed daily by God’s Holy Spirit. Every year there are 2.7 million conversions to Christianity. Christianity is growing at 1.27% rate, with the followers of Jesus outnumbering every other faith. In this pandemic God’s Holy Spirit is at work, touching people’s lives through the greatly increased number of people tuning into online services, alpha courses, television and radio programmes. Pope Francis said this “Pandemic can be a place of conversion”.

What strikes me about those times of spiritual revival is that Christians have been passionate about their faith and have shared a spirit of excitement, of power and of love. This passion for Christ is so alive in them that it becomes infectious, touching and changing the lives of others. As a church if we want to see God move in Dumfries, just like he did in the book of Acts and Luke we need to have a passion for Christ, a reliance on, and a realisation of the power of the Holy Spirit to tear through and change people’s lives in an unexpected, immediate and miraculous way, leading people to Him!

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For this to happen, God wants to use us, you and me. You may think I could never be like Peter, standing up and speaking in front of so many people. Maybe not, it is a special gifting, but you could tell your family, your neighbours, your work colleagues, your leisure pursuit friends and acquaintances about the Gospel message. We will like Peter be given the right words to say to the right people at the right time. You may think that you would be too nervous and weak for God to work in and through you. Never -God delights in working through the weak and humble. Here is an incident recorded by Tony Campolo, who was at a school camp and witnessed God working through the weakness and humility of one boy for his glory. This is what he says:

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At camp there was a little boy who was suffering from cerebral palsy. His name was Billy. and they picked on him. Oh, they picked on him. As he walked across the camp with his uncoordinated body they would line up and imitate his grotesque movements. I watched him one day as he was asking for directions. “Which…way is…the…craft…shop? ” he stammered, his mouth contorting. And the boys mimicked in that same awful stammer, “It’s…over…there…Billy.” And then they laughed at him. I was irate.

But my anger reached its highest pitch when on Thursday morning it was Billy’s cabin’s turn to give devotions. I wondered what would happen, because they had appointed Billy to be the speaker. I knew that they just wanted to get him up there and make fun of him. As he dragged his way to the front, you could hear giggles rolling over the crowd. It took little Billy almost five minutes to say seven words. “Jesus…loves…me…and…I…love…Jesus.”

When he finished, there was dead silence. I looked over my shoulder and saw high school boys crying all over the place. A revival broke out in that camp after Billy’s short testimony. God did not choose a superstar, instead he chose a boy with cerebral palsy to break the spirits of the proud and draw them to himself. God excels in working through our weakness.

God loves taking weak people and working in and through them for his divine purposes. What we are asked to do, is to set the scene as best we can, by faithfully doing what God requires of us, then it is over to God. God’s task is to do the work. It is his ministry after all and he will draw people to himself and effect change and transformation. This change and transformation is multi- faceted. It can mean someone coming to faith for the first time or it can mean someone who has been a Christian for years, being reawakened to the love, passion and excitement of the Christian faith. The Holy Spirit is in the business of reawakening and bringing about change.

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I think it’s generally true that people are always looking to change their lives for the better. That’s why the self- help section of the book store has grown so big.  That’s also why there are so many commercials for diet and exercise products – lots of people out there trying to change their appearance for the better. People are always looking to improve, to change for the better. Isn’t that why people go to universities? Isn’t that why people go to conferences and seminars? People want to be changed for the better. God is interested in change. He’s interested in changing you and me. God’s Holy Spirit is there to change us to make us more like Christ and to make his church more vibrant and alive. What changes would you like to see in yourself and in the church that will make us more vibrant and alive?

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How do you know if a believer or a church is vibrant and alive? Look for the love! The Holy Spirit breaks down all barriers, between all races, genders, cultures, backgrounds and between classes and education, and pours out his love. A church that is alive is not mired down in trivialities, in pettiness, in naval gazing rather it is like that first Pentecost. It is filled with disciples that are passionate about Jesus; convicted with the urgency to share the good news like one who has discovered the vaccine for the coronavirus and cannot wait to share this good news with others so that they might all benefit. A church, that is alive, feeds on God’s word and is devoted to prayer and to practical acts of love. It is a church known for its actions of random kindness. It is a church known for its care of the poor and needy.

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St John’s has its vibrancy but is there something new, creative and different God by his Spirit is calling us to, in these days of change and transformation? Whatever he asks of us, we are able to accomplish this, for in our weakness is God’s strength and within us all we have a spirit of passion, power, love and excitement.

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Let’s open the doors of our hearts more fully to the gift of Holy Spirit. Let’s not box the Holy Spirit away in the attic of our hearts, but instead let’s open ourselves to this precious gift, and watch the wonders he will effect in our lives, in the church and in the world around. Amen

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THE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYERS

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As the body of Christ,
in the power of the Spirit,
let us pray.

We pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit
on the people of God, all over the world,
and in all worship traditions.
For a readiness to be changed and made new;
for a softening of the ground of our hearts
to receive without fear.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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We pray for all the peoples of the earth
to know you and honour your name.
For the healing of the nations
and a new thirst for righteousness and purity
at every level and in every aspect of society.
For a dissatisfaction with false gods,
and all that distracts from our true calling.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

We pray for the grace and power to live out our faith
in the real and challenging world,
among those we encounter,
and whose lives we share,
without compromising that calling
to be the body of Christ,
living with integrity and love.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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We pray for peace for those
who are troubled in mind or spirit,
thinking of those who have lost their jobs,
those whose businesses are under great stress and pressure,
those who are worrying about how to pay the mortgage
and feed their family,
for those concerned about schooling and education
for those who lack motivation and incentive
to work or carry out tasks at this time.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

We pray for healing and renewed strength
for those who are ill with Covid
and with other illness;
for those whose treatments have been cancelled
and who fear for their health in the future;
for those who are concerned about a loved one
and with restrictions at present are unable to visit them;
for all our families and friends in need at this time.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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We pray for those who have lost a loved one,
those whose lives feel empty and pointless,
and ask for your comfort, strength and healing for them.
Be near to all whose earthly life is coming to a close,
and may you lead them to newness of life,
in your nearer presence.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

We pray for new life in our created world.
Create in us a greater desire to be good stewards of our resources
and an increased willingness to share our gifts with others.
Be with all agencies who seek to alleviate poverty and suffering,
and guide all in authority in this pandemic
to make wise and good decisions for the benefit of all people.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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Lord Jesus, we give you thanks for the gift of your Holy Spirit,
who dwells within us,
and who is there to guide and lead us.
Help us to open our hearts fully to his presence and influence
and to experience through him,
life in all its fullness
Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Saviour, who
who taught us to pray together….

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.
Do not bring us
to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

HYMN

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BLESSING

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the word and works of God; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen

SERVICE FOR TRINITY SUNDAY 7TH JUNE 2020

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SENTENCE FROM SCRIPTURE

O Lord our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

OPENING HYMN

GREETING

We meet in the name of God.
God the Father,
God the Son,
God the Spirit
God is one.
The Lord is here
His Spirit is with us

COLLECT FOR PURITY

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.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
There is no other commandment greater than these.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

God is love and we are God’s children.
There is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father, we confess to you
and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry.
Forgive us our sins,
and deliver us from the power of evil,
for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

ABSOLUTION

God, who is both power and love,
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

GLORIA
sung by Billy Dewar- Riddick

COLLECT

Almighty and Everlasting God,
you have given us grace in the profession of true faith
to recognise the glory of the eternal Trinity:
keep us steadfast in this faith
and bring us to see you in your perfect and eternal unity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God world without end.
Amen

FIRST READING PSALM 8
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Divine Majesty and Human Dignity

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A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

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When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

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Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honour.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

SECOND READING 2 CORINTHIANS 13:5-13
read by Paul Wilson

Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.  For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect.  So I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

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Final Greetings and Benediction

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.  Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

GRADUAL HYMN

GOSPEL READING MATTHEW 28: 16-20
read by Reverend Chris Wren

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Matthew chapter 28 beginning at verse 16

Glory to Christ our Saviour

The Commissioning of the Disciples

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

What does Matthew 28:19 mean?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

This is the Gospel of Christ

Praise to Christ our Lord

REFLECTION

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty - Lyrics, Hymn Meaning and Story

The well- known hymn sung earlier “Holy Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” mentions “God in three persons blessed Trinity”. Less well -known and even less understood is what this hymn truly means. How can God be three persons? Why is the Trinity blessed? Our hearts sing what our minds cannot grasp. We sing of things too wonderful for ourselves. Psalm 8, another example of singing what our minds cannot fathom, is a beloved Psalm of praise to the mystery and wonder of God’s holiness. Anyone who has stared at the starlit sky or listened to children at play can sense the Psalm’s truth. So it is quite fitting that Psalm 8 and the Trinity are bound together- both contain mysteries beyond us and evoke in us wonder and awe.

Certainly the Trinity is a mystery beyond us. While Augustine was working on his book “On The Trinity” he was walking by the seaside one day, meditating on the difficult problem of how God could be three Persons at once, when he had a vision

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In this vision he saw a little boy filling a pail with water from the ocean, carrying it some distance, and then dumping it in another place. “What are you doing, little boy?” asked Augustine. “I am moving the ocean from this place to that place,” said the boy. “You foolish lad,” said Augustine, “you cannot empty the ocean with your little pail.” “You call me foolish,” replied the boy, “but what about you? Do you think that with your human mind you will succeed in encompassing the mind of God and emptying the depths of the Trinity?” Augustine awoke and concluded: The only way to think of the Trinity is to think of the unfathomable love of God, which unites creation and redemption and is made real to us through the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit has led us into the presence of God, who reveals himself in Christ, then our only adequate response is the awe of worship and the commitment of faith.

We are dealing with things too wonderful for us to know – and we speak of things which we do not understand. How can three be one? It defies both logic and understanding, for if we could understand God – contain him – then he would cease to be GOD. When we are dealing with theology and faith we are always dealing with something more than we can cope with. God will always be beyond the capacity of our human minds. As Rowan Williams has said – we can but “let God be God.” However this does not really let us off the hook!

Three In One – The Heart Beat

We live by faith as well as knowledge and it is FAITH that teaches us that God is indeed three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Faith teaches us that God is triune, but how did the Christian doctrine of Trinity originate? Was it stated in so many words by our Lord Jesus Christ? No! Was it formulated by the apostles? No! Did it develop by a blended mix of beliefs during the first century of Christendom? No! When and how did it emerge? This question is sharpened into acuteness by the fact that the word “Trinity” occurs nowhere in the Bible nor does sacred scriptures anywhere say that God is a triune God. What we can say with certainty is that although the term Trinity is not didactically stated in Scripture, it is plainly and amply revealed in the Old Testament, in the New Testament and in Creation. Tertullian (ca. 165-220) asserted the threeness aspect of God, being the first to use the word Trinity.

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The first sentence in Genesis (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”) indicates plurality in the Godhead. The Hebrew word for God is Elohim, which is plural.

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The letters “im” is universally the Hebrew plural. The verb “created” is singular. This is highly irregular in Hebrew for a plural subject must have a plural verb but the plural subject with the singular verb at once suggests a divine plurality, acting as a unity.

Likewise the sentence “Let US make man in OUR image after OUR likeness” indicates a divine plurality. Each week normally in church we hear the words “Hear O Israel the Lord our GOD is one Lord” In the translation from Hebrew it reads “Hear O Israel: the Lord (singular) our Gods ( plural) is Lord (echad= a unity).” There are countless references to the plural of the divine majesty in the Old Testament Isaiah 6 v8 “Whom shall I send, who will go for US?”

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In the New Testament we have many references to the Trinity, not least the one in our Gospel reading today “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Another reference is when the angel Gabriel announces to Mary: “The Holy Spirit” shall come upon you, and the power of “The Highest” (God the Father) shall overshadow you, and he shall be called “The Son of God”. We see here an intended indication of three persons, each distinct, yet divine.

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At Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan we have the Father’s voice from heaven-“This is beloved Son.” The Holy Spirit descends in a visible and symbolic form as a dove. The incarnate Son stands bodily there in his sinless manhood. Here is an exhibition of three and yet one. Everywhere there is essential oneness with the Father, yet distinction personally from the Father. Mystery? Yes, God is beyond our understanding.

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In creation we can see Trinitarian aspects. The physical universe consists of three basic realities: space, matter and time. Each is so distinct from the other two that the three are a real “threeness.” Yet the three are so one that they are a triune oneness. Take the first of that Trinity: space. It is basic because it underlies everything else. What is space? It consists of three directions- length, breadth and height. What is matter? It consists of energy, motion, and phenomena. What is time? It consists of past, present and future. The very basis of our humankind is triune. Humankind thinks, acts and feels. We are spirit, soul, and body.

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In short the Trinitarian concept runs through Scripture and through creation. What do we celebrate in the Trinity and what relevance if any does it have for my life and yours? In the Trinity we celebrate firstly God the Father’s greatness, creativity and wisdom – we celebrate his mighty power, in other words we celebrate God who is so much more than us, we celebrate God who is if you like beyond us. Secondly we celebrate God the Son in Jesus’ love for us, in his care and protection of us on our life’s journey- in other words we celebrate God the Son who is beside us. Thirdly we celebrate God the Spirit, who is there to guide us, fills us with God’s love, in other words we celebrate God the Spirit who blesses us with power and wisdom. So we celebrate in the Trinity God the Father who is beyond us, God the Son who is beside us and God the Spirit who is within us and blesses us.

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Matthew 28:20 NKJV - I Am With You Always, Even To The End Of The ... In the world God the Father has created, we see his wonderful imagination, creativity, wisdom, power and realise how much God is beyond us. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. That’s at least a billion trillion. Southern elephant seals can dive nearly a mile underwater and remain submerged for up to two hours. Tarantulas can grow replacement internal organs. Human being’s heart beats 100,000 times a day. The human nose can detect about 1 trillion smells. According to the World Register of Marine Species there are now 240,470 accepted species, but this is believed to be just a small proportion of the species that exist, with new marine life being discovered every day. What a wonderful world we live in! So great is the creativity, imagination and wisdom of God the Father that it cannot be fathomed! God is beyond us!

God is beside us in Jesus. As our Gospel reading said “I am with you always to the very end of the age.” Jesus is beside us when we are broken hearted. We see this in his pastoral touch with Martha and Mary in the loss of their brother Lazarus. He is there for us in our difficulties: we see this in the wedding at Cana. He is there for us in illness: we see this in the leper and the woman who touched the hem of his robe. He is there for us in our joy and happiness we see this when the disciples return full of excitement and joy after their mission. He is there when the disciples fear they are drowning in a storm. He is there for Peter when he tries to walk on the water. He is there for the thief on the cross. He is there for Peter in his brokenness after the resurrection.

In short Jesus is with us in all scenes of our lives, whether we are filled with joy and delight, or whether we are weighted down by our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. He is there for us when we are reluctant to forgive ourselves; when we are alone; when we are despairing and grieving; when we are lost and bewildered and when we are betrayed and persecuted. If we lean and trust in Jesus, we have all we need. Jesus is sufficient for us. He alone understands us, knows us and wants to be there for us in the joys and struggles of life. He is indeed God the Son, who is beside us. “I will never leave you nor forsake” says Jesus. “I will be with you to the end of the age.” What an amazing companion and friend we have in Jesus the Son, God who is beside us

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God by the Holy Spirit is within us and blesses us. I would be lost at times if it were not for my GPS (Sat Nav) in my car. In trying to find our way through life’s journeys, God has given us a spiritual GPS to guide us. That guide is the Holy Spirit. When we don’t know what to do or which way to turn, the Holy Spirit always points us in the right direction. Just as the GPS needs a map to be able to show us the way, so our spiritual GPS needs a map as well. The map is the Bible and Prayer. It is the map that shows us how to live life in a way that is pure and good. The Spirit brings truth from scripture and prayer to our attention and guides us accordingly to make the right decisions. Jesus knew that we needed help in making the right decisions in life. He promised that God would send the Holy Spirit “to guide us in all truth.” What an amazing helper and guide we have- God the Spirit dwells within to help, guide and bless us.

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So we celebrate the Trinity this morning- in whom we live and breathe and have our being. We celebrate God the Father who is beyond us. We celebrate God the Son who is beside us. We celebrate God the Spirit who dwells within us and blesses us. In the Trinity, there are three “persons” and yet one God, distinct yet one, demonstrating mutual respect and love and working together in harmony.

Trinity (Andrei Rublev) - Wikipedia The Trinity is an unfathomable mystery, but it is one we are invited to participate in, as Rublev in his painting of the Trinity, highlights with the open free space. We are invited into that oneness, into that love and into that harmony, thereby experiencing something of the holiness of the Trinity as we sing “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty!” Amen

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THE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
with awe and reverence we come to you.
We rejoice in your unity
and in your relationship of mutual love.
Unite your church together as one,
fill her with your Spirit,
that we might serve and work in harmony and love,
sharing your gospel of good news with others.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty,
Hear us and help us.

God the Father,
how majestic is your name in all the earth.
We rejoice in the works of your creative and imaginative hand,
blessing us with such beauty,
in the mountains, the oceans and waterfalls,
in the sun, moon and stars,
in the flowers, birds, fish and animals,
how great and numerous are your gifts to us.
Help us to be good stewards of the environment,
that we might bring an end to pollution and climate change,
and provide a safe future for all.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty,
Hear us and help us.

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God our Father,
thank you for your extravagant love for us.
We are grateful to you for meeting each day our every need,
and for protecting us throughout our lives.
We pray for those who feel starved of love,
and ask that someone might share your love with them today.
We lift to you all those who are struggling with poverty,
those who lack life’s basic necessities,
those who are worried and anxious about paying bills,
the homeless, the refugees,
those whose lives have been hit badly by this current crisis.
May we share your compassion and concern for all
and reach out to them today in practical love.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty,
Hear us and help us.

God the Son,
you graciously shared our humanity,
and experienced our joys and sorrows.
You modelled a perfect life of love,
teaching, healing, caring and inspiring,
all who encountered you.
We pray for all your disciples,
that we might imitate your life of love
be faithful in service,
bold in proclaiming the Gospel
in our homes and workplaces
and ready in and out of season
to explain our faith and hope in you.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty,
Hear us and help us.

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God the Son,
thank you that you promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
We pray today for those whose lives are in turmoil,
grappling with family issues,
living with great uncertainty,
facing important decisions,
be their guide, support and strength,
through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty,
Hear us and help us.

God the Spirit, breath of life and power
give life to the world,
guidance to all political leaders
direction to all artists and craftspeople,
wisdom to all entrusted with church leadership,
renew us all, with vision, vitality, purpose and zeal
for the glory and honour of your name.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty,
Hear us and help us.

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God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we hold before you in prayer
those who are sick at this time at home or in hospital,
those awaiting results of tests, and those recovering from surgery.
We remember those caring for loved ones in nursing homes
or in their own homes
and lift them to you for protection, love and strength.
We remember with thanksgiving those dear to us,
who are now in your nearer presence.
Grant that we may share with them the joy
of worshipping you for all eternity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We offer these prayers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who taught us to pray together….

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.
Do not bring us
to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

HYMN

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BLESSING

God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, has given us victory,
give you joy and peace in your faith;
and the blessing of God almighty, Father , Son and Holy Spirit
be with you this day and always. Amen

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