St Mary’s Ecclesfield

 

Following Jesus, Celebrating Life, Welcoming All

 

Parish Worship

The Second Sunday of Easter

11th April 2021

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Amen

 

 

Hymn: 356 Jesus stand among us

Graham Kendrick (b. 1950) © 1977 Thankyou Music

 

Jesus, stand among us

at the meeting of our lives,

be our sweet agreement

at the meeting of our eyes.

 

Jesus, we love you,

so we gather here,

join our hearts in unity

and take away our fear

 

So to you we're gath'ring

out of each and ev'ry land,

Christ the love between us

at the joining of our hands.

 

Optional verse for Communion

 

Jesus stand among us

at the breaking of the bread;

join us as one body

as we worship you, our Head.

 

 

Blessed be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Through him you have come to trust in God,

who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,

so that your faith and hope are set on God.

 

Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

Confession

 

The risen Jesus came and stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” In this Easter season we bring our fears and failings to the risen Christ:

 

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love,

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed,

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us,

forgive us all that is past;

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light.

Amen

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

(We say the Easter Anthems.)

 

Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us:

so let us celebrate the feast,

not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness:

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 

Christ once raised from the dead dies no more:

death has no more dominion over him.

In dying he died to sin once for all:

in living he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin:

and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Christ has been raised from the dead:

the first fruits of those who sleep.

For as by man came death:

by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;

for as in Adam all die:

even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever.

Amen

 

 

The Collect

 

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.

Amen

 

 

The Word

 

Reading: Acts 4:32-35

 

The Believers Share Their Possessions

 

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

 

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Hymn: 644 There is a redeemer

Melody Green, based on Scripture © 1982 Ears To Hear Music / Birdwing Music / BMG Songs Inc / EMI Christian Music Publishing. Administered by CopyCare

 

There is a Redeemer,

Jesus, God's own Son,

precious Lamb of God, Messiah,

Holy One.

 

Thank you, O my Father,

for giving us your Son,

and leaving your Spirit

till the work on earth is done.

 

Jesus, my Redeemer,

name above all names,

precious Lamb of God, Messiah,

O for sinners slain.

 

When I stand in glory,

I will see his face,

and there I'll serve my King for ever,

in that holy place.

 

 

Gospel: John 20:19-end

 

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

 

Jesus and Thomas

 

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

 

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

 

The Purpose of This Book

 

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon

 

 

The Nicene Creed (Please stand)

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is,

seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

Amen

 

 

Hymn: 374 Led like a lamb

Graham Kendrick (b. 1950) © 1983 Thankyou Music

 

Led like a lamb to the slaughter,

in silence and shame,

there on your back you carried

a world of violence and pain.

Bleeding, dying, bleeding, dying.

 

You're alive, you're alive,

you have risen!

Alleluia! And the pow'r

and the glory is given,

alleluia! Jesus to you.

 

At break of dawn, poor Mary,

still weeping she came,

when through her grief she heard your voice

now speaking her name.

Mary, Master, Mary, Master.

 

At the right hand of the Father

now seated on high

you have begun your eternal reign

of justice and joy.

Glory, glory, glory, glory.

 

 

The Peace (please stand)

 

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples

and said, ‘Peace be with you.’

Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

 

The peace of the risen Lord be always with you.

And also with you. Alleluia!

 

 

Intercessions

 

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

At the end of the prayers:

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

Silence is kept

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer:

Believing in the promises of God, 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

 

Risen Christ,

for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,

to the praise of God the Father.

Amen

 

 

Blessing

 

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life,

and the blessing of God Almighty …

 

 

Hymn: 431 Love’s redeeming work is done

 Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

 

Love's redeeming work is done;

fought the fight, the battle won:

lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er,

lo, he sets in blood no more.

 

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;

Christ has burst the gates of hell;

death in vain forbids his rise;

Christ has opened paradise.

 

Lives again our glorious King;

where, O death, is now thy sting?

Dying once, he all doth save;

where thy victory, O grave?

 

Soar we now where Christ has led,

foll'wing our exalted Head;

made like him, like him we rise;

ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

 

Hail the Lord of earth and heav'n!

praise to thee by both be giv'n;

thee we greet triumphant now;

hail, the Resurrection thou!

 

 

 

Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the Name of Christ. 

Amen