Service For The First Sunday After Trinity

 

A Service For The First Sunday After Trinity

A very warm welcome to this Service of Holy Communion
Please join in the words in bold type.

Notices are given and Banns are read.                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                The Gathering                                 

The Lord be with you
and also with you.                                   

                                                                                                                 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.
                                    

                                                                                  Prayers of Penitence

 St Paul says
‘Be imitators of God;
love as Christ loved;
do not grieve the Holy Spirit;
put away all anger and bitterness,
all slander and malice.’

So let us confess our sins to God,
who forgives us in Christ.                         

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.
                         

The president says                                    

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.                                     

                                                                                        Gloria in Excelsis                                   

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
                         

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
                         

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of
 God the Father.
Amen.

                                                                                                             The Collect     

God of truth,
help us to keep your law of love
and to walk in ways of wisdom,
that we may find true life
in Jesus Christ your Son.
Amen              

                                                                             The Liturgy of the Word

Isaiah 61:1-4  The Good News of Deliverance (NRSV)

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
   because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
   to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
   and release to the prisoners; 
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
   and the day of vengeance of our God;
   to comfort all who mourn; 
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
   to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
   the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
   the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. 
They shall build up the ancient ruins,
   they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
   the devastations of many generations. 

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

Christ, whose glory fills the skies
Christ, the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by Thee;
Joyless is the day’s return,
Till Thy mercy’s beams I see,
Till Thou inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more Thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.
                                                

Gospel Reading  

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.             

Then Jesus went home. Again such a large crowd gathered that Jesus and his disciples had no time to eat.  When his family heard about it, they set out to take charge of him, because people were saying, “He's gone mad!”
Some teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebul in him! It is the chief of the demons who gives him the power to drive them out.”
So Jesus called them to him and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?  If a country divides itself into groups which fight each other, that country will fall apart.   If a family divides itself into groups which fight each other, that family will fall apart.  So if Satan's kingdom divides into groups, it cannot last, but will fall apart and come to an end.
“No one can break into a strong man's house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.
“I assure you that people can be forgiven all their sins and all the evil things they may say.  But whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, because he has committed an eternal sin.”  (Jesus said this because some people were saying, “He has an evil spirit in him.”)

Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside the house and sent in a message, asking for him.  A crowd was sitting around Jesus, and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, and they want you.”
Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”  He looked at the people sitting around him and said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers!   Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother.”
                                                                         (Mark 3:20-35 Good News Translation)

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

                                                                                                                   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.
                                                                        

Prayers of Intercession          

For the unity of the Church in witness and proclamation of the Gospel….
Let us pray to the Lord.
Let us pray to the Lord.

For the peace and stability of all people and for the leaders of the nations…
Let us pray to the Lord.
Let us pray to the Lord.                         

For places of work, education and leisure…
Let us pray to the Lord.
Let us pray to the Lord.

For a blessing on our homes;
for our relations and friends and all whom we love….
Let us pray to the Lord.
Let us pray to the Lord.

Let us commend ourselves,
and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.                         

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.
                         

                                                                The Liturgy of the Sacrament                          

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.
If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit.

The peace of the Lord be always with you     
and also with you.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
  And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
  Most sure in all His ways.

O loving wisdom of our God,
  When all was sin and shame,
He, the last Adam, to the fight
  And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood
  Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
  Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
  Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s presence, and His very self
  And essence all-divine.

And in the garden secretly,
  And on the cross on high,
Should teach His brethren, and inspire
  To suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
  And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
  Most sure in all His ways.     
             

(The Zoom congregation leave the service and conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and the Grace.)

                                                                                                                             Preparation of the Table                        

Generous God,
creator, redeemer, sustainer,
at your table we present this money,
symbol of the work you have given us to do;
use it, use us,
in the service of your world
to the glory of your name.
Amen 

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.                         

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.

Father, we give you thanks and praise
through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word,
through whom you have created all things;
who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.                         

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh;
as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin,
he lived on earth and went about among us;
he opened wide his arms for us on the cross;
he put an end to death by dying for us;
and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life;
so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.                         

Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
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.
                         

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;                         

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.                         

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
                         

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.                         

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
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.

                                                                                                  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.                        

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.
                         

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             

Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink
in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.                                     

The president and people receive communion.
Authorized words of distribution are used and the communicant replies

Amen.                         

                                                                                    Prayer after Communion        

Eternal Father,
we thank you for nourishing us 
with these heavenly gifts:
may our communion strengthen us in faith,
build us up in hope,
and make us grow in love;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.                         

We say this prayer:                        

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.
                         

                                                                                                            The Dismissal                         

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak;
help the afflicted; honour everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.                         

The ministers and people depart.

© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005

                         

 

 


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