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

 
SUNDAY 13th June 2021
12noon HOLY COMMUNION

This service will be livestreamed to the St John's Facebook page.
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A PDF version of this page can be downloaded here and the Sunday Club Lesson here.

1. I believe in Jesus:
I believe He is the Son of God,
I believe He died and rose again,
I believe He paid for us all.

(Men) And I believe He's here now,
(Women) I believe that He is here.
(All) Standing in our midst.
(Men) Here with the power to heal now,
(Women) With the power to heal,
(All) And the grace to forgive.

I believe in You, Lord;
I believe You are the Son of God,
I believe You died and rose again
I believe You paid for us all.

(Men) And I believe You're here now..
(Women) I believe that You're here.
(All) Standing in our midst.
(Men) Here with the power to heal now,
(Women) With the power to heal,
(All) And the grace to forgive.

2. Over all the earth, you reign on high,
Every mountain stream, every sunset sky.
But my one request, Lord, my only aim;
Is that you'd reign in me again.

Lord, reign in me, reign in your power;
overall my dreams, in my darkest hour.
You are the Lord of all I am,
so won't you reign in me again.

Over every thought, over every word,
May my life reflect the beauty of my Lord;
'Cause you mean more to me than any earthly thing,
So won't you reign in me again.

3. You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord

It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only

And all the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing
Great are You, Lord
And all the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing
Great are You, Lord

It's Your breath in our lungs....

4. Everyone needs compassion,
Love that's never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.
Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.
Saviour, He can move the mountains......

(Bridge) Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We're singing for the glory of the risen King (x2)

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

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.


CONFESSION

Lord God, who reigns on high,
We say sorry for the things we have got wrong:
We repent of our wrong beliefs,
We confess our lukewarm hearts,
and ask forgiveness for the times
when we have not listened to you;
Give us grace to hear
what your Spirit says to your Church,
Create in us pure hearts
and renew your spirit in us. AMEN


5. 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.

READINGS:

1 Peter 2:4-10
4As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him - 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says:
‘See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.’
7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,’
8and: ‘A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.’
They stumble because they disobey the message - which is also what they were destined for.
9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

1 Samuel 3:1-10

1The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
2One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, ‘Here I am.’ 5And he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am; you called me.’
But Eli said, ‘I did not call; go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down.
6Again the Lord called, ‘Samuel!’ And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am; you called me.’
‘My son,’ Eli said, ‘I did not call; go back and lie down.’
7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8A third time the Lord called, ‘Samuel!’ And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am; you called me.’
Then Eli realised that the Lord was calling the boy. 9So Eli told Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’
Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

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

GOSPEL: John 10:1-5, 14-15 and 27

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

1‘Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognise a stranger’s voice.
14‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep.
27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

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

SERMON: Robert LIVING IN FAITH - And following God's call

PRAYERS:

PEACE:

Continues at top of next column

6. O for a thousand tongues to sing
my dear Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive,
the mournful broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
And spread through all the earth abroad
the honours of thy name.

HOLY COMMUNION

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

7. O perfect love, O perfect sacrifice;
fountain of life poured out for me.
What heights and depths of heaven’s mercy,
the faithfulness that I believe.
And to whom shall I run, and in whom shall I hide?
Only You hold the truth I desire.
O perfect love, my prayer shall ever be
To be found in Jesus

O perfect love, O perfect mystery;
You were condemned but I go free.
What truth to know that I can rest upon;
Your perfect love has covered me.
And what can this heart know,
And what can this heart tell
But of grace that has rescued me.
O perfect love.....

O perfect love, forever shall I sing
Of heaven’s gates flung wide for me
Where fear of death and tears of hopelessness
Are swallowed up in victory.
And what praise shall be sung
Still to the Holy One,
To the saviour, Redeemer and King.
O perfect love, my song shall ever be
I am found in Jesus

8. Jesus Christ I think upon your sacrifice:
you became nothing, poured out to death.
Many times I've wondered at your gift of life,
and I'm in that place once again.
I'm in that place once again.

And once again I look upon the cross where you died,
I'm humbled by your mercy and I'm broken inside.
Once again I thank you,
Once again I pour out my life.

Now you are exalted to the highest place,
King of the heavens where one day I'll bow.
But for now I marvel at this saving grace,
And I'm full of praise once again.
I'm full of praise once again.

NOTICES and BIRTHDAYS

10. All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
him serve with fear, his praise forth tell,
come ye before him, and rejoice.

The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

For why? the Lord our God is good;
his mercy is for ever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood.
and shall from age to age endure.

BLESSING

11. O spread Your wings of mercy over me
And guard my heart with true humility
No shadow of the darkness pressing in
Only the holy overshadowing
Underneath Your wings, overshadowing

No refuge will I seek but God alone
No hiding place save only at Your throne
Only the cross, the blood to wash my sin
Only the holy overshadowing
Underneath Your wings, overshadowing

You are my shield, and my glory
You are the lifter of my head
And though the storms may rage around me
I’ll be safe within
Beneath the holy overshadowing

No burden on my back too hard to bear
Only the easy load You bid me wear
Until these troubles pass, my heart will sing
Praise for the holy overshadowing
Underneath Your wings, overshadowing
You are my shield, and my glory.......


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