Lent and the run up to Easter

If you are considering visiting church during Lent and Easter, here is a useful summary of our services over the next six weeks or click here for more information:

Easter 2023 guide

25-2 at 14.30   Sung Eucharist, Children’s Church

3-3 at 14.30     Choral Eucharist

10-3 at 14.30   Sung Eucharist, Mothering Sunday

17-3 at 14.30   Choral Eucharist

24-3 at 10.00   Palm Sunday, OCC

28-3 at 19.30   Maundy Thursday Eucharist, combined OCC

29-3 at 11.00   Good Friday devotional

31-3 at 14.30   Easter Sunday Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

Our Remembrance Sunday service offers a chance to think, to show respect and consideration, and to honour those who selflessly gave up so much to ensure that we live our lives in a free and democratic society. We owe so much to them and it is our duty never to forget.

At the same time we pray for peace in our world, we pray for unity in Christ’s kind and gentle kingdom. We ask for healing to be brought to the wounds of war.

And as you remember them, remember us, O Lord; grant us peace in our time and a longing for the day when people of every language, race, and nation will be brought into the unity of Christ’s kingdom. This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Next Sunday 29th October at 14.30 the Choir will be joined by the Anglican Singers for a beautiful sung service. The Choral Evensong is a service with Choral Works and Readings. It offers a chance for quiet contemplation as the Choir sings responses, the Canticles, a sung psalm and an anthem. There will also be hymns. All are welcome to join us.

 

 

Today is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate the three persons of God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

“In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”   Matthew 28,19

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you”    St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians

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Opening Hymn 146

Holy, holy Holy Lord God Almighty

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The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

 

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The Readings

Isaiah 40: 12-17, 27-end
2 Corinthians 13: 11-end
Matthew 28: 16-end

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The Psalm

Psalm 8
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The Anthem

As truly as God is our Father – William Mathias
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Hymn 358

Father of Heaven, whose love profound
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Prayer for Trinity

 

Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory, who are three Persons yet one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

 

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Final Hymn 436

Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven

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Closing Prayers

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

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

We are really excited to be welcoming Revd. Mpho Tutu this Sunday 4th June as our Guest Preacher. She will give the sermon in our Eucharist service which starts at 14.30. This is a Choral Service so our choir will also be there, leading a sung service with hymns, a sung psalm and an anthem sung by the choir.

 

We really hope to see you there!

 

More information here…

We welcome you to this written service for Pentecost – Whit Sunday. It’s the fiftieth day after Easter when the Holy Spirit came with tongues of fire and touched the Apostles, helping them to preach with confidence.

 

We open with a prayer for peace in our world :

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: on this Day of Pentecost, kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

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Opening Hymn 342

Breathe on me breath of God

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The Collect

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

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Hymn 138

Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

 

The Readings

Acts 2: 1-21
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20: 19-23

 

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The Psalm

Psalm 104
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The Anthem

Holy Spirit, truth divine – Andrew Carter

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Hymn 137

Come down o Love divine

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The Intercessions

As we are gathered together here in hope and in faith, we ask you to minister to our needs. Send the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

We pray for our church leaders, that they will be guided in their ministry by the influence of the Holy Spirit and that the Church, in the power of the Spirit, may make the Gospel understandable to people of every race, language, and culture. That the Holy Spirit of Peace may unite and reconcile the peoples and nations of the earth, bringing an end to war, hatred, and discrimination.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

We pray for our own church family, that each of us will be open to the opportunities to give of our individual talents enabling each of us to flourish as a witness to the “One Body” of the church. We pray that our newly baptized brother and sister may develop more fully their response to all the gifts which the Spirit bestows for the service of the Body of Christ in the church.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

We pray for all those who have died: give them a place at your banquet in heaven. May the Holy Spirit, who purifies us of sin and raises the dead, bring all our departed loved ones into the fullness of your presence.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Everlasting God, on this Day of Pentecost, we rejoice in the wonderful gift of your Spirit. Send it again into our hearts, into our lives, and into our world.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

Hymn 362

Glorious things of thee are spoken

 

Closing Prayers

Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

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

We wish you all a joyful and Happy Easter as we celebrate through worship this day when Jesus was resurrected. Join us in prayer, read today’s Bible Readings and listen to hymns and anthems selected for Easter Day.

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Opening Hymn 110

Jesus Christ is risen today

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The Collect

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity. Amen.

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The Readings

Acts 10: 34-43
Colossians 3: 1-11
John 20: 1-18
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The Anthems

Joy is come – Andrew Carter

Oculi Omnium – Charles Wood

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Hymn 104

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

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The Intercessions

Heavenly Father, we come before You on this day of remembrance and deepest thanks for Your Son’s sacrifice, overcoming the world’s temptations and offering Himself for the sins of the whole world.

A life of selfless love and a sacrifice of this extent is impossible for us to imagine – despite our best intentions we all consider our own interests first.

But however unworthy we are, Father, we thank You that You have given us the eyes to see, though dimly, the wonder of Your Son’s sacrifice and resurrection, the re-birth of Your creation, and the blessing of that glorious hope that You have set before us of entering Your Kingdom, when Your Son shall come again;

We continue to pray of the world at large; vainly struggling to make human sense of Your unfathomable creation, looking only to its own devices, but sliding ever further into chaos;
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We continue to pray for the Church world-wide struggling in the restless waters of the world;
particularly for the Church of England facing a profound rift within its leadership,
and for all Christian leaders, particularly for our kings, Charles and William Alexander;
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all in need or distress at this time,
for those suffering from the atrocities being perpetrated in so many areas of the world;
for those suffering directly or indirectly from the consequences of climate change;
for all sick and suffering; the mentally ill, the lonely, and the bereaved;
We pray particularly for our own congregation, for those on our Chaplaincy Prayer List,
and for all those for whom we personally wish to pray ….
Comfort, O God, all in distress, relieve them from their suffering if it be Your will,
and lift them up in Your everlasting arms;
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, as You have given us to believe with confidence that Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, grant that we may ever be conscious of His presence and ready to meet Him when He shall return again;
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen

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Closing Hymn 120

Thine be the Glory

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Closing Prayers

God of Life, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection have delivered us from the power of our enemy: grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

God our Father, whose Son, the light unfailing, has come from heaven to deliver the world from the darkness of ignorance:let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding that we may know the way of life, and walk in it without stumbling; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Welcome to our Palm. Sunday written service, the day when we commemorate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the first day of Holy Week. In this service you can read the extended Gospel reading, join us in prayer and listen to the anthem and hymn for today.

We open with our unifying Christian message, a prayer for peace in the world and remember those facing unrest and sadness.

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.   John 14.27

 

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

 

Palm Sunday Reflection

Rev Derek Akker

On this Palm Sunday let us bring the donkey back into the story with the words of:

‘The Donkey’ by G K Chesterton.

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
Of all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

The poem is told through the voice of the donkey and its of the sad existence. The donkey opens with the unsettling words of blood red moon and flying fish, the prelude to the birth of something ugly. The words have a bitter tone reinforcing the negative status of the donkey in the world.

The poem ends where the donkey with his long-ears, huge-head and screeching cry, carrying the Prince of Peace. An event leading towards Jesus’ unthinkable appointment with death. Jesus had his face towards the cross, where he would, defeat death by his own death.

The poem concludes with the donkey having the last word, a word of honour, finally being recognised by the people. As Christ rode him into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, it was as if everyone loved donkeys now, because they were tied to this story and the events of Holy Week.

The story portrays the absurdity of Palm Sunday: just think, the Messiah, the King of Israel entered Jerusalem with no throne or army at his side, but on a donkey. This animal, a downtrodden beast, has hosted the majesty of the Christ.

There’s a wider point not just about Easter but human life as a whole: we’re invited to see in the lowly and unimpressive, glimpses of glory and dignity. All humanity is graced to be made in the image of God, all humanity is wonderfully made.

In a society still so locked into superficial judgements, there is a timely warning in the events of Palm Sunday. It’s God – not human judgements – who gives creatures their glorious dignity, our God often turns things upside down.

 

 

Readings for today

At the Procession with Palms – Gospel. Luke 19:28-40. Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. …

Isaiah 50:4-7. The Lord GOD has given me. …

Philippians 2:6-11. 

 

 

The Intercessions

(Intercessions are taken from – Passiontide and Holy Week – Common Worship Seasonal Material)

Let us pray to the Father, who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son to give us life. Simon from Cyrene was forced to carry the cross for your Son. Give us grace to lift heavy loads from those we meet and to stand with those condemned to die.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Your Son watched the soldiers gamble to share his clothes. Transform the hearts of those who make a profit from their victims, and those whose hearts are hardened by their work.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

The thief, who was crucified with Jesus, was promised a place in your kingdom. Give pardon and hope, healing and peace to all who look death in the face.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

From the cross Jesus entrusted Mary his mother and John his disciple to each other’s care. Help us also to care for one another and fill our homes with the spirit of your love.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

In Mary and John your Son created a new family at the cross. Fill our relationships, and those of new families today, with mutual care and responsibility, and give us a secure hope for the future.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

The centurion was astonished to see your glory in the crucified Messiah. Open the eyes of those who do not know you to see in your Son the meaning of life and death.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Joseph of Arimathaea came to take your Son’s body away. Give hope and faith to the dying and bereaved, and gentleness to those who minister to them.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

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.

Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen 

 

The Anthem

The anthem for Sunday is: Hosanna to the Son of David – Orland Gibbons

 

Hymn NEH 511

Ride on, ride on in majesty

 

Closing Prayers

Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

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