The Gathering

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.



1. At the name of Jesus

every knee shall bow,

every tongue confess him

King of Glory now.

'Tis the Father's pleasure

we should call him Lord,

who from the beginning

was the mighty Word:


2. Humbled for a season,

to receive a name

from the lips of sinners

unto whom he came,

faithfully he bore it

spotless to the last,

brought it back victorious

when from death he passed.


3. Bore it up triumphant

with its human light,

through all ranks of creatures

to the central height,

to the throne of Godhead,

to the Father's breast;

filled it with the glory

of that perfect rest.


4. All creation name him,

with love strong as death,

but with awe and wonder,

and with bated breath;

he is God the Saviour,

he is Christ the Lord,

ever to be worshipped,

trusted and adored.


5. Truly, this Lord Jesus

shall return again,

with his Father's glory,

with his angel train;

for all wreaths of empire

meet upon his brow,

and our hearts confess him

King of Glory now.


Prayers of Penitence

Please bring to mind those occasions we have fallen short.


In baptism we died with Christ,

so that as Christ was raised from the dead,

we might walk in newness of life.

Let us receive new life in him

as we confess our sins in penitence and faith.


Like Mary at the empty tomb,

we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Like the disciples behind locked doors,

we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.


Like Thomas in the upper room,

we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


We receive God’s forgiveness with the following words:

May God who loved the world so much

that he sent his Son to be our Saviour

forgive us our sins and make us holy to serve him in the world,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



As forgiven people we sing to the glory of God:


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.

Glory to God in the Highest,

and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, Heav'nly King,

Almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.


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.


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.


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.


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.


 The Collect

We pray the collect for the day.

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.


The Liturgy of the Word

Acts 1.6–14

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’


Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.


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



Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;

bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

leave to your God to order and provide;

in ev'ry change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: your best, your heav'nly Friend

through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.


Be still, my soul: your God will undertake

to guide the future as he has the past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;

all now mysterious shall be clear at last.

Be still, my soul: the tempests still obey

his voice who ruled them once on Galilee.


Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

and all is darkened in the vale of tears,

then shall you better know his love, his heart,

who comes to soothe your sorrow and your fears.

Be still, my soul: your Jesus can repay

from his own fullness all he takes away.


Be still, my soul: the hour is hast'ning on

when we shall be forever with the Lord,

when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

sorrow forgotten, love's purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.




We listen to the Gospel reading.


Alleluia, alleluia.  I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;

I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore. 



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

Glory to you, O Lord.


After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.



We listen to the sermon.


The Creed

Please join in a statement of our shared belief:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.



Prayers of Intercession

We sit or kneel as we pray for our community, and for the world.

The prayers may include one of the following responses:

Lord, in your mercy   or   Lord, hear us.

hear our prayer.             Lord, graciously hear us.


Merciful Father

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour,

Jesus Christ. Amen.


As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

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.





The Peace

We all share in the peace of God; introduced by the following words:


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.

John 20.19, 20


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.




Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

Refrain:  Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
    Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.


I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have gilded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;

I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on. (Refrain ...)

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the human hearts before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on. (Refrain ...)

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make us holy, let us live that all be free;
While God is marching on. (Refrain ...)

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honour to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on. (Refrain ...)



We hear about some of the things that are going on within the life of the church.

Details of these are usually also on the pew sheet.


The Dismissal

May Christ,

who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future,

fill you with his new life;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.





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