Opening Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns
Sentence of the Day
Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Gradual Hymn: The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns
Homily by the Vicar, the Reverend Stuart Goodin
Prayers & Intercessions
Anthem: A Clare Benediction
Closing Hymn: Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning!
We will be looking with great interest to see what the Government announces by way of changes to Covid19 restrictions tomorrow, and it is our hope that we might be able to worship together in greater numbers next Sunday: Pentecost, often described as the birthday of the Church.
Between now and then, I encourage you to be praying. This is a season especially dedicated to prayer, that the world will come to acknowledge the Lord as king – the whole world, from the global sense of nation states, to the personal sense of those we know and love. More is said about this in my sermon today.
This is eternal life,that we may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Christ our great high priest,
you understand our weakness;
you pray for us while we are sinners.
Help us, through you,
to find a new and living way to God;
for the glory of your holy name.
Lesson: Acts 1:6-14
Epistle:1 Pet 4:12-14; 5:6-11
The Holy Gospel according to St John, Chapter 17, commencing at the first verse
Praise and Glory to God
1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Praise to Christ the Word.
You may have heard the expression, “so heavenly minded as to be of no earthly use”. It came immediately to mind when I read the Ascension account in Acts 1. After Jesus’ final words to his apostles, now eleven in number, he is taken up into the clouds and disappears from their sight. And the apostles are left standing there, gazing intently up into the sky: we might imagine their mouths gaping open in astonishment; their hands shielding their eyes from the sun as they peer intently to see if they can still catch a glimpse of him.
Make your ways known upon earth O God,
your saving power among all peoples.
We pray in silence for the work of mission, here and around the world
Renew your Church in holiness,
and help us to serve you with joy.
We pray in silence for the Church, for our work together in Christ
Guide the leaders of this and every nation,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
We pray in silence for the leaders of the nations
Let not the needy, O God, be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
We pray in silence for those in any kind of need or suffering
Make us instruments of your peace,
and let your glory be over all the earth.
We pray in silence for ourselves, as instruments of God’s peace and bearers of God’s glory
The Collect for Morning
Holy and everliving God,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed;
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service,
and live each day in love to one another and to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.