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

 
SUNDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2021
11:00 & 18:30 HOLY COMMUNION

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1. Jesus is here, let all the earth be glad,
He sits enthroned He is exalted on high,
Behold your God, behold your God,
He is surrounded in glory,
He is surrounded in glory.

Jesus is here, let all the earth rejoice,
He lives in power, He reigns in majesty,
Behold your God, behold your God,
He is surrounded in glory,
He is surrounded in glory.

As we draw near, we see his glory shine,
We see the pain, yet triumph in his eyes
Behold your God, behold your God,
We are surrounded in glory,
We are surrounded in glory.

2. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan's tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory o'er the grave:
Rejoice! Rejoice.....

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death's dark shadows put to flight:
Rejoice! Rejoice.....

O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery:
Rejoice! Rejoice.....

O come, O come, thou Lord of Might,
who to thy tribes,on Sinai's height,
in ancient times didst give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe:
Rejoice! Rejoice.....

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

Leader: Lord God, who created a wonderful world, we want to say sorry for the damage we have done to your world.
All: Please forgive us for the destruction, the pollution and the damage we have caused.

PAUSE

Leader: Lord God, who created us to be brothers and sisters, we want to say sorry for all the conflict in your world
All: Please forgive us for the fighting, the wars and the fear we have caused.

PAUSE

Leader: Lord God, who created a world with resources for everyone, we want to say sorry for the poverty in your world.
All: Please forgive us for the greed, the unfair trade and the selfishness which has made so many people poor and hungry.

PAUSE

Leader: Lord God, who created a world with joy and happiness, we want to say sorry for all the sad people in our world.
All: Please forgive us for the people who are lonely, for the children who are neglected and for the problems which are forgotten.

PAUSE

Leader: Lord God, who made a good world, we want to say sorry for the way we caused your world to go wrong.
All: Please forgive us for ignoring your plans and for following our own sinful ways

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. Praise him on the trumpet,
The psaltery and harp,
Praise Him on the timbrel and the dance,
Praise Him with stringed instruments too.
Praise Him on the loud cymbals,
Praise Him on the loud cymbals,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Hallelujah, praise the Lord,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

5. 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

6. I am a new creation,
No more in condemnation,
Here in the grace of God I stand
My heart is overflowing,
My love just keeps on growing,
Here in the grace of God I stand.

And I will praise you Lord,
Yes I will praise you Lord,
And I will sing of all that you have done.

A joy that knows no limit,
A lightness in my spirit,
Here in the grace of God I stand.

READING: Micah 5: 2-4

2'But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.'
3Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labour bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.
4He will stand and shepherd his flock
 in the strength of the Lord,
 in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.

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

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GOSPEL: John 1-18

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

The Word became flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, 'This is the one I spoke about when I said, "He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me."') 16Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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

SERMON: Robert "The Word Became Flesh"

PRAYERS: led by Gladys

PEACE: Robert

COMMUNION PRAYER

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

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.


7. Meekness and majesty, Manhood and Deity
In perfect harmony, the Man who is God.
Lord of eternity, dwells in humanity,
Kneels in humility and washes our feet.

O what a mystery, meekness and majesty,
Bow down and worship, for this is your God,
This is your God.
(last time repeat last line)

Father's pure radiance, perfect in innocence,
Yet learns obedience to death on a cross.
Suffering to give us life
Conquering through sacrifice,
And as they crucify prays: "Father forgive."
O what a mystery.....

Wisdom unsearchable, God the invisible,
Love indestructible, In frailty appears.
Lord of infinity, stooping so tenderly,
Lifts our humanity
To the heights of His throne,
O what a mystery.....

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Lo, he comes with clouds descending,
once for favoured sinners slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia! (x3)
Christ appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold him
robed in dreadful majesty;
those who set at naught and sold him,
pierced and nailed him to the Tree,
deeply wailing, (x3)
shall the true Messiah see.

Those dear tokens of his passion
still his dazzling body bears,
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshippers:
with what rapture (x3)
gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen, let all adore thee.,
high on thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
claim the kingdom for thine own:
Alleluia! (x3)
thou shalt reign, and thou alone.



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