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

 
Sunday 9th August 2020
HOLY COMMUNION

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1. Be free in the love of God,
Let His Spirit flow within you.
Be free in the love of God,
Let it fill your soul.
Be free in the love of God,
Celebrate His name with dancing.
Be free in the love of God,
He has made us whole.


For His purpose He has called us,
In His hand He will uphold us.
He will keep us and sustain us
In the Father's love.

God is gracious, He will lead us
Through His power at work within us.
Spirit, guide us, and unite us
In the Father's love.

2. Come now is the time to worship,
Come now is the time to give your heart.
Come just as you are to worship,
Come just as you are before your God. Come.

One day every tongue will confess you are God
One day every knee will bow,
Still, the greatest treasure remains
for those who gladly choose you now.

3. Father of life, draw me closer,
Lord, my heart is set on you;
let me run the race of time
with your life enfolding mine
and let the peace of God, let it reign.

O Holy Spirit, Lord, my comfort,
strengthen me, hold my head up high;
and I'll stand upon your truth,
bringing glory unto you,
and let the peace of God, let it reign.

O Lord, I hunger for more of you,
rise up within me,
let me know your truth.
O Holy Spirit, saturate my soul,
and let the life of God
fill me now, let your healing power
bring life and make me whole
and let the peace of God, let it reign



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.


CONFESSION

Heavenly Father,
we ask for your forgiveness,
For our wrong actions,
and the damage they have done,
For our wrong words,
and the hurt they have caused,
For the ways in which we have rejected your love,
and failed to live as followers of Jesus.
Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit on us
and make us new,
that we may live our lives
in the power of your Spirit. AMEN


READING: Romans 12:1-12

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

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

GOSPEL: John 14:15-21

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

15"If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them."

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

SERMON: Who are we? GOD'S SPIRIT-FILLED PEOPLE
Jesus gives us his Spirit to unite us, and equip us. We want to use his gifts to grow in fellowship, service and mission. We value all God's gifts, and encourage men, women and children to use them.

PRAYERS:

PEACE:

4. 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.


HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord is here.
All: His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, you made the world and love your creation.
You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.
His dying and rising have set us free
from sin and death.
And so we gladly thank you,
with saints and angels praising you, and saying:

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All: 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.


We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine out-poured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died
he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:
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.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life
and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.

Jesus Christ is Lord:

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


Lord of all life,
help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.
Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with all the saints
to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

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


5. Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

6. Purify my heart,
let me be as gold and precious silver.
Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold.

Refiner's fire, my heart's one desire
is to be holy.
Set apart for You Lord.
I choose to be holy,
Set apart for You, my master,
Ready to do Your will.


Purify my heart,
cleanse me from within and make me holy,
Purify my heart,
cleanse me from my sin, deep within.

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.


Notices

7. O church arise and put your armour on;
hear the call of Christ our captain.
For now the weak can say that they are strong
in the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth,
We'll stand against the devil's lies;
an army bold, whose battle cry is love,
reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
but to rage against the captor;
and with the sword that makes the wounded whole,
we will fight with faith and valour.
When faced with trials on every side
we know the outcome is secure,
and Christ will have the prize for which he died,
an inheritance of nations.

Come see the cross, where love and mercy meet,
as the Son of God is stricken;
then see his foes lie crushed beneath his feet,
for the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
and Christ emerges from the grave,
this victory march continues till the day
every eye and heart shall see him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in every stride,
give grace for every hurdle,
that we may run with faith to win the prize
of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
retelling triumphs of his grace,
we hear their calls and hunger for the day
when with Christ we stand in glory.

Blessing:


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