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

 
SUNDAY 17th MAY 2020
12noon HOLY COMMUNION

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Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

1. Lord, I lift your name on high,
Lord, I love to sing your praises,
I'm so glad you're in my life,
I'm so glad you came to save us.

You came from heaven to earth
to show the way.
from the earth to the cross,
my debt to pay;
from the cross to the grave,
from the grave to the sky,
Lord, I lift your name on high.


2. We want to see Jesus lifted high,
A banner that flies across this land,
That people might see the truth
And know he is the way to heaven. (repeat)

We want to see, we want to see,
We want to see Jesus lifted high.
We want to see, we want to see,
We want to see Jesus lifted high.

Step by step we're moving forward,
Little by little taking ground,
Every prayer a powerful weapon,
Strongholds come tumbling down
and down, and down, and down.

We want to see Jesus lifted high,
A banner that flies across this land
That people might see the truth
And know he is the way to heaven. (repeat)

We're gonna see, we're gonna see,
we're gonna see Jesus lifted high.
We're gonna see, we're gonna see,
we're gonna see Jesus lifted high.

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

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.


3. Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You,
we turn to You
Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You,
we long for You
'Cause when we see You
we find strength to face the day
In Your presence all our fears are washed away,
washed away

Hosanna, Hosanna
You are the God who saves us
Worthy of all our praises
Hosanna, Hosanna
Come have Your way among us
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus


Hear the sound of hearts returning to You,
we turn to You
In Your Kingdom broken lives are made new,
You make us new
'Cause when we see You
we find strength to face the day
In Your presence all our fears are washed away,
washed away

Hosanna, Hosanna......

4. There's a place where the streets shine
with the glory of the Lamb.
There's a way we can go there,
we can live there beyond time.
Because of you, because of you,
Because of your love,
Because of your blood.


No more pain, no more sadness
no more suffering, no more tears,
no more sin, no more sickness,
no injustice, no more death.

Because of you, because of you,
Because of your love,
Because of your blood.
All our sins are washed away,
and we can live forever
Now we have this hope,
because of you.
Oh, we'll see you face to face
and we will dance together
in the city of our God, because of you.


There is joy everlasting,
there is gladness, there is peace,
there is wine ever flowing,
there's a wedding, there's a feast.
Because of you......

5. You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God


From my mothers womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I've been born again, into a family
Your blood flows through my veins
I'm no longer a slave to fear......

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
And I will stand and sing
I am the child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear......

GOD'S WORD

READING: Acts 1:1-9

1In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit."
6Then they gathered around him and asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
7He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

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GOSPEL: John 14:1-6

Reader: Hear the Holy Gospel according to John
All: Glory to you O Lord
1Jesus Said: "Do 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: Dave Going Home, but not leaving us - The Ascension

PRAYERS

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 indeed right,
it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places
to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King,
almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

And now we give you thanks
that, after he had ascended far above all heavens,
and was seated at the right hand of your majesty,
he sent forth upon the universal Church
your holy and life-giving Spirit;
that through his glorious power
the joy of the everlasting gospel
might go forth into all the world.

Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection
and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.


Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


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.


I receive this bread and wine,
on behalf of all the church family
as the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for us,
and his blood which he shed for you.
I eat and drink in remembrance that he died for us,
Let us all feed on him in our hearts
by faith with thanksgiving

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

BIRTHDAYS

6. King of Kings, Majesty,
God of heaven, living in me.
Gentle Saviour, closest friend,
Strong deliverer, beginning and end.
All within me falls at your throne.
Your majesty, I can but bow,
I lay my all before you now.
In royal robes I don't deserve
I live to serve your majesty


Earth and heaven worship you,
Love eternal, faithful and true.
Who bought the nations, ransomed souls,
Brought this sinner near to your throne.
All within me cries out in praise,
Your majesty......

BLESSING


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