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

SUNDAY 18th APRIL 2021

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1. Jesus we enthrone you,
We proclaim you our King,
Standing here in the midst of us
We raise you up with our praise.
And as we worship, build a throne,
And as we worship, build a throne,
And as we worship, build a throne,
Come Lord Jesus and take your place.

2. Blessing and honour,
Glory and power
Be unto the Ancient of Days;
From every nation,
All of creation
Bow before the Ancient of Days.

Every tongue in heaven and earth
Shall declare Your glory,
Every knee shall bow at Your throne in worship;
You will be exalted, O God,
And Your kingdom shall not pass away,
O Ancient of Days.

Your kingdom shall reign over all the earth:
Sing unto the Ancient of Days;
For none shall compare to Your matchless worth:
Sing unto the Ancient of Days.

3. 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......

4. 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.......

Underneath Your wings
Overshadowing, overshadowing


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.


Risen Lord Jesus,
We say sorry for the times we have
failed to follow your commands
and not lived as your followers;
Forgive us we pray,
And let us live in the power
of your Resurrection life.
That we may show the world
Your love and your ways. AMEN.

5. Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus,
Thank you Lord, for loving me.
Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus,
Thank you Lord, for loving me.

You went to Calvary,
There you died for me,
Thank you Lord, for loving me. (Repeat)

You rose up from the grave,
To me new life you gave,
Thank you Lord, for loving me. (Repeat)

READING: Colossians 3:1-11

1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

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

GOSPEL: Luke 24:13-39

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

13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognising him.
17He asked them, 'What are you discussing together as you walk along?'
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, 'Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?'
19'What things?' he asked.
'About Jesus of Nazareth,' they replied. 'He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.'
25He said to them, 'How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?' 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going further. 29But they urged him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.' So he went in to stay with them.
30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, 'Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?'
33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, 'It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.' 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognised by them when he broke the bread.
36While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.'
37They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38He said to them, 'Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.'

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

SERMON: Robert Alleluia, CHRIST IS RISEN - He is risen indeed - so what?



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6. Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name.

The sun comes up; it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
Bless the Lord, O my soul.....

You're rich in love and You're slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find
Bless the Lord, O my soul.....

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
10,000 years and then forever more
Bless the Lord, O my soul.....


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. All: Broken for me, broken for you
The body of Jesus, broken for you.

Solo: He offered His body, He poured out His soul;
Jesus was broken, that we might be whole.

Solo: Come to My table, and with Me dine;
Eat of My bread and drink of my wine.

Solo: This is My body given for you;
Eat it remembering I died for you.

Solo: This is My blood I shed for you,
For your forgiveness, making you new.

8. Jesus, all for Jesus;
all I am and have and ever hope to be, repeat

All of my ambitions hopes and plans
I surrender these into your hands. repeat

For it's only in your will that I am free
For it's only in your will that I am free.

Jesus, all for Jesus;
all I am and have and ever hope to be.

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.


9. Crown him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon his throne;
Hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own:
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of him who died for thee,
And hail him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of peace,
Whose power a sceptre sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease
And all be prayer and praise:
His reign shall know no end,
And round his pierced feet
Fair flowers of Paradise extend
Their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years,
The Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres,
Ineffably sublime:
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail
Throughout eternity.


10. When all foundations have been shaken
When I'm left standing in the dark
And all I feel is my heart breaking
You still reign and You're still God

And when it feels all hope has faded
The heavy questions hit so hard
And though my soul may feel forsaken
You still reign and You're still God

Though I can't see what's before me
I know that I can trust Your heart
And this one truth will be my story
You still reign and You're still God

I will declare that You are with me
Though voices whisper that You're not
You'll never leave me nor forsake me
'Cos You still reign and You're still God

When my enemies surround me
I'll trust the victory of Your cross
And fix my eyes upon You Jesus
For You still reign and You're still God

You are good and You are faithful
As You have been from the start
You work in all things for Your glory
You still reign and You're still God

Yes this one truth will be my story
You still reign and You're still God

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