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

 
Sunday 20th September 2020
HOLY COMMUNION

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1. He that is in us is greater than
he that is in the world
He that is in us is greater than
he that is in the world.


Therefore I will sing and I will rejoice
For his Spirit lives in me.
Christ the Living One has overcome
And we share in His victory.

All the powers of death and hell and sin
Lie crushed beneath His feet,
Jesus owns the Name above all names
Crowned with honour and majesty.

2. My lips shall praise you, my great Redeemer;
my heart will worship, Almighty Saviour.


You take all my guilt away,
turn the darkest night to brightest day;
you are the restorer of my soul.

Love that conquers every fear,
in the midst of trouble you draw near;
you are the restorer of my soul.

You're the source of happiness,
bringing peace when I am in distress;
you are the restorer of my soul.

3. 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.

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

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours
as ourselves.
Give us grace, we pray
to live as children of a Heavenly Father
to follow in the steps of Jesus your son,
and to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.


READINGS:

Exodus 13:21-22
21By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Exodus 14:5-6
5When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!" 6So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him.

Exodus 14:19-26
19Then the angel of God, who had been travelling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
23The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt."
26Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen."

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

GOSPEL: John 14:1-6
Reader: Hear the Holy Gospel according to John
All: Glory to you O Lord

1Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going."
5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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


SERMON: Robert GOD WITH US - When we're lost and confused
God's people were stuck between Pharaoh's army and the Red Sea. All seemed lost, but God's help was at hand.

PRAYERS:

PEACE:

4. Living under the shadow of His wing,
We find security,
Standing in His presence we will bring,
Our worship, worship, worship to the King.

Bowed in adoration at His feet,
We dwell in harmony.
Voices joined together that repeat.
Worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lamb.

Heart to heart embracing in His love
Reveals His purity,
Soaring in my spirit like a dove,
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.

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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

5. 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.

6. When I look into your holiness,
When I gaze into your loveliness,
When all things that surround
Become shadows in the light of you,
When I've found the joy of reaching your heart,
When my will becomes enthralled in your love,
When all things that surround
Become shadows in the light of you:

I worship you, I worship you,
The reason I live is to worship you.
I worship you, I worship you,
The reason I live is to worship you.


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:

7. 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.....

BLESSING:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end,
They are new every morning,
New every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord,
Great is Thy faithfulness.


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