Morning Worship on 17 May

Welcome to this week’s online Windmill United Benefice service, led by Rev Nicholas Calver with a talk by Rev Dr Tony Rich. You can join in with the hymns and words of the service as though you were in church, pausing to hear the music (recorded at previous services in the benefice), readings, talk and prayers, or just listen to it all if you prefer.

The hymn ‘Lord of beauty, thine the splendour’ is sung
(Recorded at the joint benefice Epiphany service at St Bartholomew, Burstow on 5 January 2020; organist, Roger Hind)  

Lord of beauty, thine the splendour 
shown in earth and sky and sea, 
burning sun and moonlight tender, 
hill and river, flower and tree: 
lest we fail our praise to render 
touch our eyes that they may see.

Lord of wisdom, whom obeying 
mighty waters ebb and flow, 
while unhasting, undelaying, 
planets on their courses go: 
in thy laws thyself displaying, 
teach our minds thyself to know.

Lord of life, alone sustaining 
all below and all above, 
Lord of love, by whose ordaining 
sun and stars sublimely move: 
in our earthly spirits reigning, 
lift our hearts that we may love.

Lord of beauty, bid us own thee, 
Lord of truth, our footsteps guide, 
till as Love our hearts enthrone thee, 
and, with vision purified, 
Lord of all, when all have known thee, 
thou in all art glorified.

Greeting and Confession

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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 true heart.

The Confession
Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

The Gloria is sung

Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!
Peace to all your people through the earth be given:
Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,
Singing alleluia to our heavenly king.

Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father’s Son:
Seated now and reigning from your Father’s throne,
Lamb of God the Saviour, all our sin to bear,
Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer.

Christ the world’s true Saviour, high and holy One,
With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone!
Lord and God, we praise you; Highest heaven adores:
In the Father’s glory, all the praise be yours!

The Collect and readings

Collect for the sixth Sunday of Easter
God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;
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

A reading from Acts 17: 22-31
by Steve Robinson

The Gospel reading from John 14: 15-21
by José Case Green

Talk
by Rev Dr Tony Rich

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

The Creed
Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
this we believe. Amen.

The Intercessions
led by Judith Calver

The Peace
The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples
and said:  Peace be with you. 
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. 
The Peace of the Lord be always with you

The anthem is ‘I give to you a new commandment’
(text from John 13 v 34 and from an early western church hymn; music by Peter Nardone, b 1965)
Recorded by the joint benefice choir at St John the Baptist, Outwood on Advent Sunday, 2 December 2018; organist, Peter Nye

I give to you a new commandment,
a new commandment I give to you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.

Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est.
congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
exultemus et in ipso iucundemur.
timeamus et ameamus Deum vivum.
et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Where true love is, there is God.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.

Closing prayers and blessing

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
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.

Eternal God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Lord Jesus, give us your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips,
and your love in our hearts.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

May the love of the Father fill our hearts,
May the love of the Lord Jesus fill our homes,
And may the grace of the Holy Spirit bind us together in love. Amen

The hymn ‘I, the Lord of sea and sky’ is sung
(organist: Peter Nye)

I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart


Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.Edit