Sunday 3rd May the Fifth Sunday of Easter

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You will need for today’s service, a small bowl of water, a candle a pen and paper.

If you are doing this alone, say the Bold and normal type. If in a group assign one person to say the normal type and everyone join in with the bold type. The Italics are directions for actions within the service.

 

We are currently in the Easter period.

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Light your candle as you pray:

As we light this candle in prayer we ask God’s blessing on us, our family, our church and world. We ask Christ to surround and his Angels to protect us.

Loving God,
open our ears to hear your word
and draw us closer to you,
that the whole world may be one with you
as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Psalm (Poem) for the Week say this aloud quietly and slowly

Psalm 22.25-end

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
    before those who fear you I will fulfil my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—
    may your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord
    and he rules over the nations.

All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
    declaring to a people yet unborn:
    He has done it!

Penitence where we reflect on the good and bad of the last week

 

Meditation on our last week:

Quietly look at your candle burn before you.

Think of the one thing that you are most proud of this week

Where have you surprised yourself with your kindness or patience

Quietly think it over and relive that moment in your mind.

Feel the Joy within you as you notice God’s presence.

Write it down and place it by your candle

Think of one thing that you are ashamed of this week.

What led to that thought, action or inaction?

How did this make you feel?

Now touch the water in your bowl and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead

Then say aloud:

Lord God I am your child my I turn away from the darkness of depression to the joy of love

 

Pray aloud:

The Prayer for the week:

Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

The Word where we listen to the Bible Readings and the Sermon

This week’s readings are:

Acts chapter 8 verses 26-end

1 John chapter 4 verses 7-end

This week our featured reading is from John chapter 15 verses 1-8 read it aloud below.

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have  spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are  gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

 

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Sermon

Click to play this week’s sermon

 

 

 

 

Intercessions we pray for others and our world.

 

Spend some time thinking about situations in your life or in our community and world.

What is it in the Church that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down

What is in your family that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down

What have you seen on the news that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down

What have you heard about within our community that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down

Who do you know who is sick at the moment? Think for a moment and write it down

Think about your loved ones who have passed, Think for a moment and write it down

Take a drop of water on your finger, touch each person or situation you have written, as you do this pray aloud for each one written..

Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on us.

 

Thanksgiving where we say Thank you to God and bring to him all we thought and prayed about today

 

Listen to the choir sing, this is a hymn they sing during communion. As you listen think back over all the readings, prayers, sermon and your own life. Within you heart, say thank you to God for those things that led you to feel that deep Joy within you.

Click to listen to the Choir

 

 

This week’s challenge:

Each week we are called to put our prayer into action:

Can we be proud of the good within ourselves as a church and as people?

 

Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord

In the name of Christ Amen.

 

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