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

 
Sunday 25th July 2021
12noon HOLY COMMUNION

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1. Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord:
unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out my soul, the greatness of his name;
make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy name, the Lord, the Mighty One,

Tell out my soul, the greatness of his might;
powers and dominions lay their glory by
proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out my soul, the glories of his word:
firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children's children and for evermore.

2. Come on and celebrate
His gift of love, we will celebrate
The Son of God who loved us
And gave us life.
We'll shout your praise, O King,
You give us joy nothing else can bring,
We'll give to you our offering
Of celebration praise.

Come on and celebrate,
Celebrate, Celebrate and sing,
Celebrate and sing to the King.
Come on and celebrate,
Celebrate, Celebrate and sing,
Celebrate and sing to the King.

3. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest,
Lord we lift up your name with hearts
full of praise,
Be exalted, O Lord, my God,
Hosanna in the highest.

Glory, glory, glory to the King of kings,
Glory, glory, glory to the King of kings,
Lord, we lift up your name, with hearts
full of praise,
Be exalted, O Lord, my God,
Glory to the King of kings.

4. My Jesus, my Saviour, Lord,
there is none like You,
All of my days I want to praise.
the wonders of your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter,
tower of refuge and strength,
let every breath, all that I am,
never cease to worship you.

Shout to the Lord all the earth let us sing
power and majesty, praise to the King.
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
at the sound of Your name.

I sing for joy at the work of your hands,
For ever I'll love you, for ever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in you.

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,
You sent your Son into the world
To show us your love;
We say sorry for all we have done wrong.
Give us grace to receive Jesus,
to believe in Jesus,
to walk in his light
and to follow his ways, always. AMEN


GOSPEL: Luke 1:26-33 and Luke 2:1-20 (edited)

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

Luke 1:26-33

26God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. 27He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. 28The angel came to her and said, "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!"
29Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant. 30The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. 31You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, 33and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!"

Luke 2:1-20 (Edited)

1At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 3Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown.
4Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. 5He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, 6and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. 7She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger - there was no room for them to stay in the inn.
8There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, 10but the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. 11This very day in David's town your Saviour was born - Christ the Lord! 12And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God:
14"Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!"
15When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds ...... hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. 17When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. 18All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. 19Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. 20The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.

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

SERMON: Robert MEET JESUS: The baby born in Bethlehem
Jesus came into the world as a human baby in a place called Bethlehem. The Bible tells us that Mary was his mother, but God was his father. God wanted us to know who he was, and what he cared about, so he sent his Son to meet us.

PRAYERS:

PEACE:

5. From heaven you came, helpless babe,
Entered our world, your glory veiled.
Not to be served but to serve,
And give your life that we might live.

This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow him,
to bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to, the Servant King.

There in the garden of tears,
My heavy load he chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow Was torn,'Yet not my will
But yours' he said.

Come see his hands and his feet,
The scars that speak of sacrifice;
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered.

So let us learn how to serve,
And in our lives enthrone him;
Each other's needs to prefer,
For it is Christ we're serving.

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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

6. 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......

7. You are holy, holy,
Lord, there is none like you.
You are holy, holy,
glory to you alone.

You are holy, holy,
Lord, there is none like you.
You are holy, holy,
glory to you alone.

I'll sing your praises for ever,
deeper in love with you.
Here in the courts where I'm close to your throne,
I've found where I belong.

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 and BIRTHDAYS

8. Jesus, hope of the nations
Jesus, comfort for all who mourn
You are the source of Heaven's hope on earth.
Jesus, light in the darkness
Jesus, truth in each circumstance
You are the source of Heaven's light on earth.
In history You lived and died
You broke the chains, You rose to life

You are the hope living in us
You are the rock in whom we trust
You are the light shining for all the world to see
You rose from the dead conquering fear
Our Prince of Peace drawing us near
Jesus our hope, living for all who will receive
Lord, we believe

BLESSING


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