Service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter – 12th May 2024

Welcome to St. Paul’s Athens especially if you are here for the first time or visiting Athens. After the Liturgy we gather in the church garden for coffee and refreshments 


The presiding priest and preacher this morning is Fr. Terry Hemming, the deacon is Revd. Deacon Christine Saccali


Entrance Hymn   

Introit: 128 (Gonfalon Royal) Eternal Monarch, King most high


 Priest: Alleluia! Christ is risen

 All:     He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


The priest then welcomes the people of God and then the Deacon leads us into Confession.


Deacon: Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life.

Kyrie eleison

All:             Kyrie eleison

Deacon: Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins.

Christe eleison

All:            Christe eleison

Deacon: Lord Jesus, you feed us with the living bread.

Kyrie eleison

All:            Kyrie eleison


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.


Glory to God in the highest, peace to his people on earth

Glory to God in the highest, peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ only Son of the Father, Lord God , Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us,

have mercy on us,

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father,


In the glory of God the Father. AMEN

Collect:  Let us pray    (remain standing as the priest prays the Collect of the Day) 

Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know our peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

First Reading    (please sit)  Acts 1. 15-17, 21 end                                                          

In those days Peter stood up among the brothers and sisters (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Brothers and sisters, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus,  for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”

“So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,  beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.”  So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.  Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”  And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Reader: This is the word of the Lord.

All:         Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


Psalm  Ps. 1 (please remain seated)

Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path that sinners tread
or sit in the seat of scoffers,
 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

 The wicked are not so
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous,
 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.



2nd Reading                                              1 John 5. 9-13

If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son.  Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son.  And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Reader: This is the word of the Lord.

All:         Thanks be to God

Gospel Hymn Gradual: 345 (Vulpius) Christ is the King, O friends rejoice!


Gospel Reading       

Deacon:     Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The Lord is risen. Alleluia!

All (sung): Alleluia               


Deacon:  The Lord be with you

All:             and also with you


Deacon:  Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John (John 17. 6-19 )

All:             Glory to you, O Lord


“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you, for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I have been glorified in them.  And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.  While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

At the end of the Gospel

Assistant:     This is the gospel of the Lord.

All:                 Praise to you, O Christ. Alleluia


Sermon   (Please sit) Fr Terry Hemming



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:  (sit or kneel)  Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer

The Deacon invites the congregation to share the peace

Peace:  Alleluia! Alleluia! The risen Lord came among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you’. Then were they glad when they saw the Lord! Alleluia!


Priest: Alleluia! Alleluia! The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:     And also with you. Alleluia! Alleluia!


Offertory Hymn :  130 (Llanfair) Hail the day that sees him rise

(The Collection will be taken)


Priest: Be present, be present Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest: make yourself known in the breaking of bread.  Amen.


The Great Thanksgiving Prayer ( Please remain standing for this)

Priest:  The Lord be with you

All:        and also with you

Priest:  Lift up your hearts

All:        We lift them to the Lord

Priest:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All:        It is right to give thanks and praise

The priest then continues the prayer to which we all listen with prayerful hearts until ‘for evermore praising you and singing’…


All:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

        Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in

        Blessed is he who comes in the name of Lord, hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the



The prayer continues until the Acclamation:


Deacon:     Let us proclaim the mystery of faith

All:                Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.


At the end of the Thanksgiving Prayer Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer:  (to be prayed in your own language)

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.

Priest: We break this bread to share in the body of the risen Christ.

All:       Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.


Sung:   Jesus, Lamb of God have mercy on us.

Jesus bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus redeemer of the world

grant us peace grant us peace.


Invitation to Holy Communion

Priest:  Alleluia! Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us

All:       Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!


All baptized Christians may come forward to receive the body and blood of Christ. If you wish you may receive a blessing. 


Communion Hymn:  131 (Ach Gott Und Herr) O King most high of earth and sky


Post Communion Prayer:  Let us pray     (please stand)


 Priest: Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom; confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


All: You have opened to us the Scriptures, O Christ, and you have made yourself known in the breaking of bread. Abide with us, we pray, that blessed by your royal presence, we may walk with you all the days of our life, and at its end behold you in the glory of the eternal Trinity, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Post Communion Hymn:  375 (Lord of the Dance) I danced in the morning


Priest:   The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and strengthen you to proclaim the word and works of God; and the blessing …

Deacon:  Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia

All:             Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!


Fr Terry Hemming contact email: mobile 6973670585

Deacon Christine Saccali:  mobile 6977377655 Day off Friday

Swedish Church: contact Fr. Bjorn on 694 607 2428

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  • Advance Notice – the Spring Bazaar will be on Saturday 25thSpeak to Lynn Stavrou about how you can help.
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  • A POS is available so you can make your Sunday donation by card
  • -A QR code is now functioning, you can donate simply by scanning it. It can be found at the back of the church and on the noticeboard.
  • Weekly ‘online’ Prayer Connect Group on Tuesdays at 09.00 a.m. Zoom login is on our website.
  • Coffee Mornings, Community Connect, Thursday 16th May 10.30-12.30 in the church garden. Ask Anne Dedes for information


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