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


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1. Jesus, name above all names,
Beautiful Saviour, Glorious Lord;
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

Anointed, above his companions,
Man of sorrows, lover of righteousness
Messiah, life-giving Spirit,
Mighty deliverer, priest and King.

2. Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer
You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won't grow weary

You're the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.....

3. Who can know the mind of our Creator?
Who can speak of wonders yet unseen?
Who can reach the heights of understanding,
Or sing the notes of wisdom's melody?

Who has weighed the dust of every mountain?
Who has walked the mysteries of the deep?
Who has laid the earth on its foundations?
And who commands the waves upon the sea?

I stand in awe of You
I stand in awe of You
So glorious and true
I stand in awe, I stand in awe

You have seen the end from the beginning
You have been before the world began
You have reached to me within my darkness
And in the light of mercy now I see

4. There is a hope so sure, a promise so secure:
the mystery of God at last made known.
Treasures so vast appear, all wisdom, knowledge here:
it's Christ in us, the hope of glory!

And the life that I now live, no longer is my own,
Jesus lives in me the hope of glory.
And each day I live, no longer is my own,
Jesus lives in me the hope of glory.

There is a life so true, a life of love so pure,
for all our sin a perfect sacrifice.
And when that life was nailed, on cruel cross impaled,
our sinful flesh with him was crucified.

There is a life so strong, that a whole world of wrong,
and all the powers of hell could not defeat.
For Jesus rose again, and if we died with him,
with him we'll rise to share his endless life.


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.


Have mercy upon us,
most merciful Father;
in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live
and serve you in newness of life,
to the honour and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

From the Prayer Book for the church in the West Indies.

READING: Isaiah 42: 6-8

6'I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
    I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people
    and a light for the Gentiles,
7to open eyes that are blind,
    to free captives from prison
    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
8'I am the Lord; that is my name!
    I will not yield my glory to another

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

GOSPEL: Luke 19: 1-10
Zacchaeus finds a new beginning as he encounters Jesus...

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

1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.' 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7All the people saw this and began to mutter, 'He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.'
8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.'
9Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.'

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

SERMON: Robert NEW BEGINNINGS: Close encounters with Jesus - Zacchaeus



5. I will sing the wondrous story
of the Christ who died for me, -
how He left the realms of glory
for the cross of Calvary.
Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
of the Christ who died for me, -
sing it with His saints in glory,
gathered by the crystal sea.

I was lost: but Jesus found me,
found the sheep that went astray,
raised me up and gently led me
back into the narrow way.
Days of darkness still may meet me,
sorrow's path I oft may tread;
but His presence still is with me,
by His guiding hand I'm led.

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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

6. All I once held dear, built my life upon,
All this world reveres, and wars to own,
All I once thought gain I have counted loss;
spent and worthless now, compared to this.

Knowing You, Jesus, Knowing You.
There is no greater thing.
You're my all, You're the best,
You're my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You, Lord. (last time: Love you Lord)

Oh, to know the power of Your risen life,
And to know You in your sufferings.
To become like You in Your death, my Lord,
So with You to live and never to die.

7.  Abba Father, let me be,
Yours and yours alone,
May my will for ever be
Evermore your own.
Never let my heart grow cold,
Never let me go.
Abba, Father, let me be
Yours and yours alone.

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.


8. 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)


9. The Lord bless you and keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His face toward you
And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children

May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you

He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you

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