St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15

Sunday 24th OCTOBER 2021
11:00 & 18:30 HOLY COMMUNION

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1. Jesus, we celebrate your victory;
Jesus, we revel in your love.
Jesus, we rejoice, you've set us free
Jesus, your death has brought us life.

It was for freedom that Christ has set us free,
No longer to be subject to a yoke of slavery;
So we're rejoicing in God's victory,
Our hearts responding to his love.

2. Alleluia, sing to Jesus!
his the sceptre, his the throne;
Alleluia, his the triumph,
his the victory alone:
hark, the songs of peaceful Sion
thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus out of every nation
hath redeemed us by his blood.

Alleluia, not as orphans
are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia, he is near us,
faith believes, nor questions how;
though the cloud from sight received him,
when the forty days were o'er,
shall our hearts forget his promise
"I am with you evermore".

Alleluia, bread of angels,
thou on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia, here the sinful
flee to thee from day to day:
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
earth's Redeemer, plead for me,
where the songs of all the sinless
sweep across the crystal sea.


Heavenly Father,
you sent your Son Jesus Christ
to make us ready to meet with you.
Send your Holy Spirit on us now, we pray,
that we may hear your word,
Share in your communion,
receive your grace,
and be renewed in your love. AMEN.


Almighty God, we ask for your forgiveness for all we have done wrong;

Father forgive us and make us new

For our wrong actions, and the damage they have done......

Father forgive us and make us new

For our wrong words, and the hurt they have caused......

Father forgive us and make us new

For our wrong thoughts, and the things which have put up barriers to your love......

Father forgive us and make us new

For the times we have failed to live as followers of Jesus during the past week......

Father forgive us and make us new

Lord help us to receive your forgiveness, rejoice in the new life of Jesus, and live as your people in the world.

Father forgive us and make us new

3. Men of faith, rise up and sing
of the great and glorious King;
You are strong when you feel weak,
in your brokenness complete.

Shout to the north and the south,
sing to the east and the west:
Jesus is saviour to all,
Lord of heaven and earth

Rise up, women of the truth,
stand and sing to broken hearts:
Who can know the healing power
of our glorious king of love?
Shout to the north.....

We've been through fire, we've been
through rain;
We've been refined by the power of his name.
We've fallen deeper in love with you -
You've burned the truth on our lips.
Shout to the north.....

Rise up, church with broken wings;
fill this place with songs, again,
Of our God who reigns on high:
by his grace again we'll fly.
Shout to the north.....

4. I want to be close, close to Your side
So Heaven is real and death is a lie
I want to hear voices of angels above
Singing as one
Hallelujah, holy, holy
God Almighty, the great I am
Who is worthy, none beside Thee
God Almighty, the great I am

I want to be near, near to Your heart
Loving the world and hating the dark
I want to see dry bones living again
Singing as one
Hallelujah, holy, holy……..

The mountains shake before You the demons run in fear
At the mention of the name King of Majesty
There is no power in hell
Or any who can stand
Before the power and the
Presence of the great I am
Hallelujah, holy, holy

5. Here I am, down on my knees again
Surrendering all, Surrendering all

Find me here, Lord as You draw me near
Desperate for You, Desperate for You
I surrender

Drench my soul, as mercy and grace unfold
I hunger and thirst, I hunger and thirst

With arms stretched wide, I know You hear my cry
Speak to me now, Speak to me now

I surrender, I surrender
I want to know You more, I want to know You more

Like a rushing wind, Jesus breathe within
Lord have Your way, Lord have Your way in me

Like a mighty storm, stir within my soul
Lord have Your way, Lord have Your way in me

6. I am a new creation,
No more in condemnation,
Here in the grace of God I stand
My heart is overflowing,
My love just keeps on growing,
Here in the grace of God I stand.

And I will praise you Lord,
Yes I will praise you Lord,
And I will sing of all that you have done.

A joy that knows no limit,
A lightness in my spirit,
Here in the grace of God I stand.

READING: Acts 10:24-28

24The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26But Peter made him get up. ‘Stand up,’ he said, ‘I am only a man myself.’
27While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28He said to them: ‘You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.

Reader: This is the word of the Lord
All: Thanks be to God

GOSPEL: Matthew 28:16-20

Reader: Hear the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
All: Glory to you O Lord

16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

Reader: This is the Gospel of the Lord
All: Praise to you O Christ

SERMON: Robert ‘MEET THE SPIRIT’: “The Spirit for all nations...”

PRAYERS: led by Gladys

PEACE: Robert

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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.

It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;
in your love you made us for yourself.

When we turned away you did not reject us,
but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.
He opened his arms of love upon the cross
and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

On the night he was betrayed,
at supper with his friends
he took bread, and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
he gave you thanks, and said:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts
make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole Church throughout the world
we offer you this sacrifice of praise
and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. AMEN.

Breaking of the 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.

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

Prayer after Communion

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.

7. Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changes not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou has been Thou for ever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

8. Light of the world,
you stepped down into darkness,
opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart to adore you,
hope of a life spent with you.

So here I am to worship,
here I am to bow down,
here I am to say that you're my God:
You're altogether lovely,
altogether worthy,
altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days,
oh so highly exalted,
glorious in heaven above,
humbly you came to the earth you created,
all for love's sake became poor.
So here I am to worship......

And I'll never know
how much it cost
to see my sin upon that cross
And I'll never know
how much it cost
to see my sin upon that cross
So here I am to worship......

9. When the music fades, all is stripped away
and I simply come
longing just to bring something that's of worth
that will bless your heart.
I'll bring you more than a song,
for a song in itself is not what you
have required
You search much deeper within
through the way things appear,
you're looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the heart of worship,
and it's all about you, all about you,Jesus,
I'm sorry, Lord for the thing I've made it,
when it's all about you, all about you, Jesus

King of endless worth.
no one could express how much you deserve.
Though I'm weak and poor
all I have is yours, every single breath
I'll bring you more than a song,
for a song in itself is not what you
have required.
You search much deeper within,
through the way things appear,
you're looking into my heart.

10. The Church's one foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is his new creation
by water and the word:
from heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy Bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
and for her life he died.

Elect from every nation,
yet one o'er all the earth,
her charter of salvation
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses
with every grace endued.

Yet she on earth hath union
with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
like them the meek and lowly,
on high shall dwell with thee.

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