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

SUNDAY 9th May 2021

This service will be livestreamed to the St John's Facebook page.
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1. Worthy, O worthy are you Lord,
Worthy to be thanked and praised
And worshipped and adored.
Worthy, O worthy are you Lord,
Worthy to be thanked and praised
And worshipped and adored.

Singing Hallelujah, Lamb upon the throne,
We worship and adore you, make your glory known,
Hallelujah, glory to the King:
You're more than a conqueror,
You're Lord of everything.

2. Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King:
His love endures forever.
For he is good, he is above all things,
His love endures forever. Sing praise, sing praise,

With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,
His love endures forever.
For the life that's been re-born,
His love endures forever.
Sing praise, sing praise,
Sing praise, sing praise,

Forever God is faithful, Forever God is strong,
Forever God is with us, Forever, forever.

From the rising to the setting sun,
His love endures forever.
By the grace of God we will carry on,
His love endures forever.
Sing praise, sing praise,
Sing praise, sing praise,
Forever God is faithful.....

3. Who breaks the power of sin and darkness?
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace, this is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You have laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus, I sing for all that You've done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order?
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Who rules the nations with truth and justice,
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings
This is amazing grace.....

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy, worthy, worthy. Oh
This is amazing grace.......

4. Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace
Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb, seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious
High and lifted up, Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


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.


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.

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: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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

GOSPEL: Luke 18:18-30

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

18A certain ruler asked him, 'Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'
19'Why do you call me good?' Jesus answered. 'No one is good - except God alone. 20You know the commandments: "You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honour your father and mother."'
21'All these I have kept since I was a boy,' he said.
22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, 'You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'
23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24Jesus looked at him and said, 'How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.'
26Those who heard this asked, 'Who then can be saved?'
27Jesus replied, 'What is impossible with man is possible with God.'
28Peter said to him, 'We have left all we had to follow you!'
29'Truly I tell you,' Jesus said to them, 'no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.'

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

SERMON: Dave Alleluia, CHRIST IS RISEN - We will rise with him!



6. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life thou givest, to both great and small
in all life thou livest, the true life of all
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
'tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

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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 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.

For he is your living Word;
through him you have created all things
from the beginning,
and formed us in your own image.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have freed us
from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman
and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead
and exalted him to your right hand on high.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have sent upon us
your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

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.

Great is the mystery of faith:
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.

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. How deep the Father's love for us,
how vast beyond all measure,
That he should give his only Son,
to make a wretch his treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns his face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many into glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon his shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life -
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from his reward?
I cannot give an answer,
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

8. Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One.
Give thanks because He's given
Jesus Christ, His Son. (Repeat)

And now let the weak say 'I am strong'
Let the poor say 'I am rich',
Because of what the Lord has done for us, (Repeat)
(Last time) Give thanks.


9. Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand:
bread of heaven, (x2)
feed me now and evermore. (x2)

Open now the crystal fountain
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fiery cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
strong deliverer, (x2)
be thou still my strength and shield. (x2)

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death, and hell's destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side:
songs of praises (x2)
I will ever give to thee. (x2)


10. Hide me now, under your wings.
Cover me within your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father You are King over the flood
I will be still and know you are God.

Find rest, my soul in Christ alone.
Know his power in quietness and trust.

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