Morning worship on 26 April

Welcome to this week’s online Windmill United Benefice service, led by Rev Nicholas Calver. You can either read all the words of the service, pausing to hear the music (recorded at previous services in the benefice), readings, talk and prayers. Or, if you are sharing the service with someone, one of you can read the words in regular type and you can all join in the parts in bold

The hymn ‘Rejoice the Lord is King’ is sung

Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals, give thanks and sing,
and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

Jesus the Saviour reigns,
the God of truth and love;
When he had purged our stains,
he took his seat above.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice, again I say, rejoice

His kingdom cannot fail;
he rules o’er earth and heav’n;
The keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus giv’n.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice, again I say, rejoice

He sits at God’s right hand
till all his foes submit,
And bow to his command,
and fall beneath his feet.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice, again I say, rejoice

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 third Sunday of Easter
Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
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 2: 36-41
by Sarah Hayes

The Gospel reading from Luke 24: 13-35
by Steve Longhurst

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 Michael Harvey

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 ‘O for a closer walk with God’
(music by C V Stanford, 1852-1924, and words by W Cowper, 1731-1800) Recorded at St Mary’s, Horne on 30 June 2019

O for a closer walk with God, a calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road that leads us to the Lamb.

Return O holy Dove, return! Sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn and drove Thee from my breast.

So shall my walk be close with God, calm and serene my frame:
So purer light shall mark the road that leads me to the Lamb.

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 ‘We have a Gospel to proclaim’ is sung

We have a gospel to proclaim,
Good news for all throughout the earth;
The gospel of a Saviour’s name:
We sing his glory, tell his worth.

Tell of his birth at Bethlehem,
Not in a royal house or hall,
But in a stable dark and dim,
The Word made flesh, a light for all.

Tell of his death at Calvary,
Hated by those he came to save;
In lonely suff’ring on the cross:
For all he loved, his life he gave.

Tell of that glorious Easter morn,
Empty the tomb, for he was free;
He broke the pow’r of death and hell
That we might share his victory.

Tell of his reign at God’s right hand,
By all creation glorified.
He sends his Spirit on his Church
To live for him, the Lamb who died.

Now we rejoice to name him King:
Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
This gospel-message we proclaim:
We sing his glory, tell his worth.

CCLI: 845257

Organist: Peter Nye
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.