Morning Worship on 19 April

Welcome to this week’s online Windmill United Benefice service led by Rev Dr Tony Rich. 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 ‘Alleluia, Alleluia, Hearts to heaven’ is sung

Alleluia, Alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise;
Sing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise;
He who on the cross a victim for the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of glory, now is risen from the dead.

Christ is risen, Christ the first-fruits of the holy harvest field,
Which with all its full abundance at his second coming yield;
Then the golden ears of harvest will their heads before him wave,
Ripened by his glorious sunshine from the furrows of the grave.

Christ is risen, we are risen; shed upon us heavenly grace,
Rain, and dew, and gleams of glory from the brightness of Thy face;
That we, with our hearts in heaven here on earth may fruitful be,
And by angel-hands be gathered, and be ever, Lord, with Thee.

Alleluia, Alleluia, glory be to God on high;
Alleluia to the Saviour, who has gained the victory;
Alleluia to the Spirit, fount of love and sanctity;
Alleluia, Alleluia, to the Triune Majesty.

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.

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.

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. 

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 for the Sunday after Easter
Almighty Father,
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Listen to a reading from Acts 2: 14, 22-32
Read by Peter Nye

Listen to the Gospel reading from John 20: 19 to the end
Read by Rosie Yeldham

Rev Dr Tony Rich

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 prayers are said
Led by David Spruce

The Peace
You may be thinking of those physically present with you when you say the words of the peace or thinking of others who are present in spirit

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

Listen to the anthem ‘This Joyful Eastertide‘ (English traditional arranged by Charles Wood, 1866-1926), recorded at St Mary’s, Horne, on 22 April 2018

This joyful Eastertide, away with care and sorrow!
My Love, the Crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain; but now is Christ arisen.

Death’s flood hath lost its chill, since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.

My flesh in hope shall rest, and for a season slumber,
till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number. 

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 ‘Jesus, Prince and Saviour’ is sung

Jesus, Prince and Saviour, Lord of life who died;
Christ the friend of sinners, mocked and crucified;
For a world’s salvation, he his body gave,
Lay at last death’s victim, lifeless in the grave.

Lord of life triumphant, risen now to reign!
King of endless ages, Jesus lives again!

In his pow’r and Godhead ev’ry vict’ry won;
Pain and passion ended, all his purpose done.
Christ the Lord is risen! Sighs and sorrows past,
Death’s dark night is over, morning comes at last!

Resurrection morning! Sinners’ bondage freed;
Christ the Lord is risen – he is ris’n indeed!
Jesus, Prince and Saviour, Lord of Life who died,
Christ the King of Glory now is glorified!

Timothy Dudley-Smith (b.1926) © administered by OUP in Europe
Used by permission. 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.