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Service Sheet for the 4th Sunday in Lent, 27th March 2022


Welcome to St. Paul’s. If you are visiting, or here

for the first time please do stay behind for coffee

in the church garden after the Liturgy. Today we celebrate Mothering Sunday.


Presiding Priest: Fr. Leonard Doolan     Preacher: Fr. Leonard

Deacon: Revd Deacon Christine


Entrance Hymn   395  Let bells peal forth
Priest:        In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

All:            Amen.                                                                                       


Priest:        The Lord be with you

All:            And also with you




Words by Jonny Baker, taken from the book: ‘The Hospitality of God’ by Michael Perham


Deacon:     All are invited, all are included

All are made welcome, none are excluded

This is the table of Christ

Come if you’re young, come if you’re old

Come if you’re broken, come if you’re whole

Come if you’re weary of the trials of life

This is the table of Christ.



The priest welcomes everyone and introduces the service – all are invited to receive Holy Communion.



There will be a short moment of silence as we bring to mind our wrongdoings

 Deacon:     Lord, you are gracious and compassionate:

Lord, have mercy.

All:            Lord, have mercy.

Deacon:     You are loving to all and your mercy is over all your creation:

Christ, have mercy.

All:            Christ, have mercy.

Deacon:     Your faithful servants bless your name and speak of your glory:

Lord, have mercy.

All:            Lord, have mercy.


Absolution  (as we hear the words of God’s forgiveness)



The Priest then prays the collect for the day

God of love, passionate and strong, tender and full of care; watch over us and hold us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

First Reading:                                                Exodus 2, 1-10  (Lynn Stavrou)

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Reader: This is the word of the Lord              All:       Thanks be to God

Psalm:  539    This is the day of the Lord: we rejoice and are glad


The Gospel 

Deacon: The Lord be with you

All:        and also with you.

                                                                                                                                                 Deacon:Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St.John (Jn 19, 25-27)

All:        Glory to you, O Lord.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Deacon:  This is the Gospel of the Lord

All:         Praise to you, O Christ.        


Sermon:  Fr. Leonard


Profession of Faith (please stand)

Priest:        Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ.

Priest:        Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

source of all being and life,

the one for whom we exist?

All:             I believe and trust in him.

 Priest:        Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

who took our human nature,

died for us and rose again?

All:            I believe and trust in him.                                                      

Priest:        Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,

who gives life to the people of God

and makes Christ known in the world?

All:             I believe and trust in him.

Priest:        This is the faith of the Church.

All:            This is our faith.

                  We believe and trust in one God,

                  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Intercessions (please sit or kneel)

Lord in your mercy:  reply ‘hear our prayer’  Intercessor;   Joshua Barley


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


The Peace (please stand)

 Priest:        Christ is our peace.

He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross.

We meet in his name and share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:            and also with you.


Offertory Hymn  (during this hymn the collection will be taken)

                185   Sing we of the blessed Mother  (tune Abbots Leigh)


Liturgy of the Sacrament (please stand)      


Priest:        Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation;

you bring forth bread from the earth.

All:            Blessed be God for ever.


Priest:        Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation;

you create the fruit of the vine.

All:            Blessed be God for ever.


All:            Jesus the host washes your feet

                  makes you his guest and lays on a feast.

                  This is the table of Christ,

                  come if you’re rich, come if you’re poor,

                  come if the church stops you at the door,

                  come and eat bread, come and drink wine.

                  This is the table of Christ.


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 continues until…


           Sanctus:    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 the highest.


The priest continues with the Great Thanksgiving

Deacon:    Great is the mystery of faith:

All:            Christ has died:

                   Christ is risen:

                   Christ will come again.


At the end of the Great thanksgiving all say together:

All:            Amen.

Please kneel or sit      

Priest:        As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All:            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 ead 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 Christ.

All:            Though we are many, we are one body,

                  because we all share in one bread.


          All:            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.


Priest:        God’s holy gifts

for God’s holy people.

All:            Jesus Christ is holy

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.


Priest:        Eat and remember Jesus the one

Who gave up his life so you could belong,

This is the table of Christ.

Come if you’re thirsty, come and be filled

Come and be clean, come and be healed

Come and be held in the presence of God.

This is the table of Christ.


The Communion

All are invited to come forward and receive Holy Communion; if you wish you can receive a blessing.


Communion Hymn   307  Sweet Sacrament               



Priest:        Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast

you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal

life: help those who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace

within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



All:            Faithful God,

                  in baptism you have adopted us as your children,

                  made us members of the body of Christ

                  and chosen us as inheritors of your kingdom:

                  we thank you that in this Eucharist

                  you renew your promises within us,

                  empower us by your Spirit to witness and to serve,

                  and send us out as disciples of your Son,

                  Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.    


Blessing of the Flowers:

                  Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus admired the lilies of the field and taught us to imitate them by trusting in your love. Bless these flowers. Accept them as a sweet fragrance, and fill the hearts of those who receive them with your love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.                   The posies will now be distributed.                                  

Final Hymn  sung through several times – getting faster!


You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace,
And the mountains and the hills will break forth before you.
There’ll be shouts of joy and the trees of the fields
Will clap, will clap their hands.

And the trees of the fields will clap their hands,
And the trees of the fields will clap their hands,
And the trees of the fields will clap their hands,
While you go out with joy.



Priest:        May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water

welling up to eternal life,

perfect in you the image of his glory.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All:            Amen.




Deacon:     Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All:            In the name of Christ. Amen                                         


Fr. Leonard’s usual Day Off – Monday

Home tel :  210 72 14 906;  email

Deacon Chris: Day off – Friday  Home tel. 22950 53164

Swedish Church: contact Fr. Bjorn on  694 607 2428



  • COVID Certificates!!! Everyone should be responsible for the validity of their own certificates. Note that if you don’t have the booster your COVID certificate is time-limited. If you don’t have a valid certificate you will have to show a copy of a valid Rapid Test result or we will have to ask you to sit outside.
  • Easter this year is April 17th (Orthodox Easter is 24th April) – there will be an Easter Breakfast in the garden after the Liturgy. Contact Linda Paparsenos or Jane Mandalios if you can help.
  • Easter Candle Fund raising – you can make an Easter donation to St. Paul’s by adding and lighting a candle with your gift – see the website for information.
  • Easter Lilies – see the website to pay for a lily. A real lily will be part of the flower displays on Easter Sunday. A register of people’s ‘in memory’ names will be produced by Mary Pelides.
  • The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on April 3rd. We elect the Wardens and some of the Council members, and receive the Annual Accounts. Electoral Roll forms are available in church or on our church website. Election forms are available from Jean Mertzanakis. The Minutes of the 2021 APCM are now on the noticeboard.
  • There is now a weekly ‘online’ Prayer Group. Speak to Nelly Paraskevopoulou or Deacon Chris about the details. Zoom login address is on our website.
  • Holy Week (Great Week): Holy Wednesday Liturgy: 10.00hrs

                                                Holy Thursday Liturgy:      19.00hrs

                                                Good Friday Liturgy:          14.00hrs

Holy Saturday Liturgy:       20.00hrs





Liturgical material Copyright the Archbishops’ Council

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