Order of service for Sunday 22nd March 2020

March 18, 2020

 

CHRIST CHURCH

SHOOTERS HILL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Eucharist in Lent

 

Please, leave this booklet in church. Thank you!

 

 

 

Preparation

 

Please, take some time before the service for quiet reflection, if possible. Focus on being in God’s presence and prepare yourself for the start of the service.

 

This is a Eucharist, or Communion Service. If you find it difficult to come up for communion, do let the Church Warden know and communion will be brought to you in your seat.

 

All adults who have been baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit are very welcome to receive communion. Children are welcome to receive communion once they have been admitted to communion. If you do not normally receive communion, or you would, for whatever reason, prefer not to receive communion, you are very welcome to come up for a blessing. If you bring your hymn book or this booklet with you to the communion station it will indicate that you would like a blessing rather than communion.

 

This prayer may help you as you prepare for the service:

 

 

Prayer of Preparation  

                     

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gathering

  [Stand]

Introit Hymn

                     

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

                   

           

The Greeting         

                     

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

                     

                               

 

[Kneel or sit]

Prayers of Penitence

 

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise. Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion, and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you  and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.  We are truly sorry 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 grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name.  Amen.

 

 

Kyrie Eleison

 

Lord, have mercy   Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy   Lord, have mercy

 

 

Absolution

 

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  [Kneel or Sit]

The Collect 

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you

 

Let us pray

 

Silence

 

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.        

Amen.

 

 

 

The Liturgy of the Word

          [Sit] 

Readings

1 Samuel 16: 1-13

The LORD said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.’ And the LORD said, ‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.” Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.’ Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come peaceably?’ He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.’ And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the LORD.’ But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the LORD chosen this one.’ Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the LORD chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The LORD has not chosen any of these.’ Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

 

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ephesians 5: 8-14

Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light - for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’

 

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 [Stand]

Gradual Hymn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gospel

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

John 9: 1-41

Aswalked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbours and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, ‘Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some were saying, ‘It is he.’ Others were saying, ‘No, but it is someone like him.’ He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.”Then I went and washed and received my sight.’ They said to him, ‘Where is he?’ He said, ‘I do not know.’

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, ‘He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.’ Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.’ But others said, ‘How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?’ And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, ‘What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.’ He said, ‘He is a prophet.’

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, ‘Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?’ His parents answered, ‘We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.’ His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, ‘He is of age; ask him.’

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, ‘Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.’ He answered, ‘I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’ They said to him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’ He answered them, ‘I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?’ Then they reviled him, saying, ‘You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.’ The man answered, ‘Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.’ They answered him, ‘You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?’ And they drove him out.

Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.’ He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped him. Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.’ Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, ‘Surely we are not blind, are we?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, “We see”, your sin remains.

 

              

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

                                    

 

Sermon  

[Stand]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Creed

 

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.

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Kneel or Sit]

Prayers of Intercession    

                     

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy         hear our prayer.

                               

(or)

                               

Lord, hear us.         Lord, graciously hear us.

                     

And at the end

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake

of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

          [Stand]

The Peace    

                     

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us access to his grace.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

                     

Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.

 

 

Offertory Hymn

 

 

 

Preparation of the Altar

                               

Prayer at the preparation of the altar.                   

God of mercy and compassion, your Word calls us home to faith and love. accept all we offer you this day; in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eucharistic Prayer    

                              

                                              

The Lord be with you

and also with you. 

                     

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

                     

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise, almighty God and everlasting Father, through Jesus Christ your Son. For in these forty days you lead us into the desert of repentance that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline we may grow in grace and learn to be your people once again. Through fasting, prayer and acts of service you bring us back to your generous heart. Through study of your holy word you open our eyes to your presence in the world and free our hands to welcome others into the radiant splendour of your love. As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast with joyful hearts and minds we bless you for your mercy and join with saints and angels for ever praising you and saying:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

                     

All glory be to you, our heavenly Father,

who, in your tender mercy, gave your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there by his one oblation of himself once offered a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world; he instituted, and in his holy gospel commanded us to continue, a perpetual memory of his precious death until he comes again.

 

Hear us, merciful Father, we humbly pray, and grant that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, we receiving these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine, according to your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

 

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

 

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

 

 

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

 

Jesus Christ is Lord:                  

Lord, by your cross and
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

 

Therefore, Lord and heavenly Father, in remembrance of the precious death and passion, the mighty resurrection and glorious ascension of your dear Son Jesus Christ, we offer you through him this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

 

Grant that by his merits and death, and through faith in his blood,

we and all your Church may receive forgiveness of our sins and all other benefits of his passion. Although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer you any sacrifice, yet we pray that you will accept this the duty and service that we owe. Do not weigh our merits, but pardon our offences, and fill us all who share in this holy communion with your grace and heavenly blessing;

 

through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

[Kneel or Sit]

The Lord's Prayer      

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking of the Bread    

                     

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

                                         

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agnus Dei

 

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

                                     

           

Giving of Communion     

                               

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

 

The president and people receive communion. Communicant members of other churches are welcome to receive communion here. If you would prefer not to receive communion, you are very welcome to come up for a blessing. Please, bring a book(let) to indicate you would like a blessing.

 

[Sit]

Communion Hymns

 

Prayer after Communion          

                     

Silence is kept.

                     

The Post Communion prayer is prayed.

 

Then we pray together:

                               

Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

 

 

Notices        

 

                                     

Thanksgiving Hymn

 

 

The Dismissal

 

May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit, give to you a contrite heart. Amen.

 

May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal you by his wounds. Amen.

 

May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak to you words of pardon and peace. Amen.

             

 

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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