Service for the 3rd Sunday of Easter: 16th May 2021 at St Paul’s and on Zoom
Fr. Leonard is leading the worship and is preaching.
Priest: Alleluia. Christ is risen!
All: He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, (tune St. Fulbert)
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In strains of holy joy.
For Judah’s Lion bursts His chains,
Crushing the serpent’s head;
And cries aloud through death’s domains
To wake th’imprison’d dead.
Devouring depths of hell
Their prey at His command restore;
His ransom’d hosts pursue their way
Where Jesus goes before.
Triumphant in His glory now
To Him all power is given;
To Him in one communion bow
All saints in earth and heaven.
While we, His soldiers, praise our King,
His mercy we implore,
Within His palace bright to bring
And keep us evermore.
All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to Thee,
While endless ages run.
Deacon: Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by
putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and pure heart.
There follows a short period of silence and stillness
Deacon: Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life.
All: Kyrie eleison
Deacon: Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins.
All: Christe eleison
Deacon: Lord Jesus, you feed us with the living bread, your life for the world.
All: Kyrie eleison
Priest: 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 (tune Cwm Rhrondda)
Glory be to God in heaven, song of joy and peace we bring,
Thankful hearts and voices raising to creation’s Lord we sing:
Lord we thank you. Lord we bless you,
Glory be to God our King. Glory be to God our King.
Lamb of God, who on your shoulders bore the load of this world’s sin,
Only Son of God the Father, you have brought us peace within:
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy,
Now your glorious reign begin,
Now your glorious reign begin.
Collect: Let us pray (Collect of the Day)
Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good fo others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. Amen.
First Reading (please sit) Acts 3, 12-19 (Reader: Sue Stephos)
When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,
Reader: This is the word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
1 A brighter dawn is breaking, (Tune: Nun Lasst Uns Gott)
and earth with praise is waking;
for thou, O King most highest,
the power of death defiest;
2 And thou hast come victorious,
with risen body glorious,
who now for ever livest,
and life abundant givest.
3 O free the world from blindness,
and fill the world with kindness,
give sinners resurrection,
bring striving to perfection.
4 In sickness give us healing,
in doubt thy clear revealing,
that praise to thee be given
in earth as in thy heaven.
Deacon: Alleluia. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. He has defeated the powers of death.
Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing. He has the words of eternal life.
Deacon: The Lord be with you
All: and also with you
Deacon: Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke (Luke 24, 36-48)
All: Glory to you, O Lord
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Deacon: This is the gospel of Christ
All: Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon Fr. Leonard
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 Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who 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.
Intercessions: (kneel or sit) Lord in your mercy; All: hear our prayer
Peace: The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then were they
glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia. The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All: And also with you. Alleluia.
1 Come, let us join our cheerful songs (Tune: Nativity)
with angels round the throne;
ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
but all their joys are one.
2 ‘Worthy the Lamb that died,’ they cry,
‘to be exalted thus’;
‘Worthy the Lamb,’ our lips reply,
‘for he was slain for us.’
3 Jesus is worthy to receive
honour and power divine;
and blessings, more than we can give,
be, Lord, for ever thine.
4 Let all that dwell above the sky,
and air, and earth, and seas,
conspire to lift thy glories high,
and speak thine endless praise.
5 The whole creation joins in one
to bless the sacred name
of him that sits upon the throne,
and to adore the Lamb.
The Lord’s Prayer: (to be prayed in whichever language you chose)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
All: Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work: who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.
1 Lord of our life and God of our salvation, (Tune: Iste Confessor)
Star of our night and Hope of ev’ry nation:
Hear and receive Your Church’s supplication,
Lord God Almighty.
2 See round Your ark the hungry billows curling;
See how Your foes their banners are unfurling
And with great spite their fiery darts are hurling,
O Lord, preserve us.
3 Lord, be our light when worldly darkness veils us;
Lord, be our shield when earthly armor fails us;
And in the day when hell itself assails us,
Grant us Your peace, Lord:
4 Peace in our hearts, where sinful thoughts are raging,
Peace in Your Church, our troubled souls assuaging,
Peace when the world its endless war is waging,
Peace in Your heaven.
Blessing and sending out
Priest: The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his
will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, and ….
Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
All: In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Notices – You will need this Zoom link for May 2nd onwards. This will be for the whole of May and until Pentecost (June 20th) at 12.00. After that the Zoom 12 Noon service will cease. Any changes will be notified. The order of service is also on the website each week. Also the church will be open to limited numbers (9 people) for worship. This will be in St. Paul’s at 10.00am (not shown on Zoom). Pre-register your attendance with Fr. Leonard.
Fr. Leonard’s usual Day Off – Monday (in emergencies contact Deacon Christine)
(Fr. Leonard on Leave from 3rd May- 8th May) Home tel: 210 72 14 906; email email@example.com
Deacon Chris: 22950 53164: Day off – Friday
Swedish Church: contact Fr. Bjorn on 694 607 2428; (Swedish Sunday Mass at St. Paul’s at 12 Noon)