Morning Worship on 24 May 2020

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship, led by Rev Nicholas Calver with a talk by Rev Charles Sargent. All the music was recorded at previous services in the benefice.

The hymn ‘Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour’ is sung

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour,
First begotten from the dead,
Thou alone our strong defender,
Liftest up thy people’s head.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Jesu, true and living bread!

Here our humblest homage pay we,
Here in loving rev’rence bow;
Here for faith’s discernment pray we,
Lest we fail to know thee now.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Thou art here, we ask not how.

Though the lowliest form doth veil thee
As of old in Bethlehem,
Here as there thine angels hail thee,
Branch and Flow’r of Jesse’s Stem.
Alleluia, alleluia,
We in worship join with them.

Paschal Lamb! Thine offering, finished
Once for all when thou wast slain,
In its fullness undiminished
Shall for evermore remain,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Cleansing souls from ev’ry stain.

Life-imparting heav’nly manna,
Stricken rock with streaming side,
Heav’n and earth with loud hosanna
Worship thee, the Lamb who died,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Ris’n, ascended, 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 seventh Sunday of Easter
O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
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 1: 6-14
by Sarah Prentice

The Gospel reading from John 17: 1-11
by Barbara Prentice

Talk
by Rev Charles Sargent

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 Ann Sheppard

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 ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’
(Words by Robert Bridges, 1844-1930, inspired by text by Martin Janus, 1620-82;
music by JS Bach, 1685-1750)
Sung by the United Benefice Choir at Horne on 13 October 2019

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

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 ‘How lovely on the mountains’ is sung

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him
Who brings good news, good news,
Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness:
Our God reigns, our God reigns.
Our God reigns, our God reigns,
Our God reigns, our God reigns!

You watchmen, lift your voices joyfully as one,
Shout for your king, your king!
See eye to eye, the Lord restoring Sion:
Our God reigns, our God reigns.
Our God reigns, our God reigns,
Our God reigns, our God reigns!

Waste places of Jerusalem, break forth with joy!
We are redeemed, redeemed.
The Lord has saved and comforted his people:
Our God reigns, our God reigns.
Our God reigns, our God reigns,
Our God reigns, our God reigns!

Ends of the earth, see the salvation of our God!
Jesus is Lord, is Lord!
Before the nations, He has bared His holy arm,
Our God reigns, our God reigns.
Our God reigns, our God reigns,
Our God reigns, our God reigns!


Organist: Peter Nye

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