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Welcome to St. Alban’s

3rd July

Trinity 3

Feast of St Thomas the Apostle

Before the children leave for Children’s Church we pray together….

Dear God, this church is a family.

Help us to learn together, to worship together,

to share together and to pray together.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

OPENING HYMN McClellan, Pac, Ryecroft ©1974 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music


 

1  Colours of day dawn into the mind,

The sun has come up, the night is behind.

Go down in the city, into the street,

And let’s give the message to the people we meet

 

So light up the fire and let the flame burn,

Open the door, let Jesus return,

Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,

Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.

 

2  Go through the park, on into the town;

The sun still shines on, it never goes down.

The light of the world is risen again;

The people of darkness are needing a friend.

 

So light up the fire….

 

3  Open your eyes, look into the sky,

The darkness has come, the sun came to die,

The evening draws on, the sun disappears,

But Jesus is living, His Spirit is near.

So light up the fire…


 

We are gathered together as one body


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

 

 

INVITATION TO CONFESSION

 

We have too often exchanged the worship of the living God for idols of our own imagining. As we gather to offer our praises to the holy and undivided Trinity, and to worship him in spirit and in truth, let us call to mind our sins.

 

Father, you come to meet us when we return to you:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins:

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

 

Spirit, you give us life and peace:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you

† pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness

and keep you in life eternal.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GLORIA ©1983 Mike Anderson

 

Gloria, (clap) gloria, (clap) in excelsis Deo.

Gloria, (clap) gloria, (clap) in excelsis Deo.

 

1  Lord God, heavenly King, peace you bring to us;

we worship you, we give you thanks we sing our song of praise.

 

2  Jesus, Saviour of all, Lord God, Lamb of God

you take away our sins, Oh Lord, have mercy on us all.

 

3  At the Father’s right hand, Lord receive our prayer,

for you alone are the Holy One, and you alone are Lord.

 

4  Glory Father and Son, Glory Holy Spirit,

to you we raise our hands up high, we glorify your name.    

 

 

THE COLLECT (The special prayer of the day)

Almighty and eternal God,

who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,

allowed your holy apostle Thomas

   to doubt the resurrection of your Son

till word and sight convinced him:

grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe

and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE

 

After each reading …This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

 

Habakkuk 2.1-4

Ephesians 2.19-end

 

GRADUAL HYMN Unknown, based on Psalm 46

 

1  Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God.

 

2  I am the Lord that healeth thee…

 

3  In thee, O Lord, I put my trust…

 

THE GOSPEL

 

We sing….Alleluia, alleluia; alleluia, alleluia.

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

John 20.24-29

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

THE SERMON

 

 

THE NICENE CREED Please stand if you are able

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten not made,

of one Being with the Father,

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven;

he was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

 

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the Prophets.

 

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

 

THE PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

After each prayer:

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

 

At the end of the prayers we say together:

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers,

for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

THE PEACE Please stand if you are able

 

Peace to you from God our heavenly Father.

Peace from his Son Jesus Christ who is our peace.

Peace from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.

 

The peace of the triune God be always with you.

And also with you.

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

 

OFFERTORY HYMN Daniel L. Schutte © 1991 Daniel L. Schutte

 

1  I, the Lord of sea and sky,

I have heard my people cry;

All who dwell in dark and sin

My hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night,

I will make their darkness bright.

I will speak my word to them.

Whom shall I send?

 

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me;

I will hold your people in my heart.

 

2  I, the Lord of snow and rain,

I have borne my people’s pain;

I have wept for love of them –

They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone,

Give them hearts for love alone;

I will speak my word to them.

Whom shall I send?

 

Here I am, Lord…

3  I, the Lord of wind and flame,

I will tend the poor and lame,

I will set a feast for them –

My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide

Till their hearts are satisfied;

I will give my life to them.

Whom shall I send?

 

Here I am, Lord…

 

 

THE PREPARATION OF THE TABLE         

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made, it will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God forever.

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become for us the cup of salvation.

Blessed be God forever.

 

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

 

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.

 

 

Father, you made the world and love your creation.

You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.

His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death.

And so we gladly thank you,

with saints and angels praising you, and singing:

 

Holy, holy, holy, holy

Lord of power, Lord of might.

Heav’n and earth are filled with glory.

Sing hosanna evermore.

 

Blest and holy, blest and holy,

He who comes from God on high

Raise your voices, sing his glory,

Praise his name for evermore.

Israeli Mass, Anthony Hamson

 

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord;

and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit,

that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

 

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

Do this in remembrance of me.

 

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, gave it to them and said: 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.

 

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,

we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

 

Great is the mystery of faith.

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

 

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day

when your kingdom comes

and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms

and bring us with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Thomas, St Alban,

and all the saints, to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours,

O loving Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us, as our Saviour taught us so we pray:

 

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.

And 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.

 

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.

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin, the sin of all the world.

Give us mercy, give us mercy, give us mercy Lamb of God. (repeat)

Lamb of God, you take away the sin, the sin of all the world.

Grant us peace Lord, grant us peace Lord,

grant us peace, O Lamb of God.

Israeli Mass, Anthony Hamson

 

God’s holy gifts, for God’s holy people.

Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

All baptised Christians who receive communion in their own churches are welcome to receive communion. Any member of the congregation may come to receive a blessing.

COMMUNION HYMN David J. Evans ©1986 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

 

1  Be still, for the presence of the Lord,

the holy One is here;

come bow before him now with reverence and fear.

In him no sin is found, we stand on holy ground.

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,

the holy One is here.

 

2  Be still, for the glory of the Lord

is shining all around;

he burns with holy fire, with splendour he is crowned.

How awesome is the sight, our radiant King of light!

Be still, for the glory of the Lord

is shining all around.

 

3  Be still, for the power of the Lord

is moving in this place;

he comes to cleanse and heal, to minister His grace.

No work too hard for him, in faith receive from him;

Be still, for the power of the Lord

is moving in this place.

 

 

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION

 

Lord God, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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.

 

THE BLESSING AND DISMISSAL

 

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love,

defend you on every side,

and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing …

 

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN Traditional

 

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. (x2)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

1  The light that shines is the light of love –

lights the darkness from above.

It shines on me and it shines on you,

and shows what the power of love can do.

 

I’ll shine my light both far and near,

Shine my light both bright and clear.

Every dark corner in this land

I’m gonna let my little light shine. This little light…

 

2  On Monday, he gave me the gift of love;

Tuesday, peace came from above.

Wednesday told me to have more faith;

Thursday gave me a little more grace.

 

Friday, told me to watch and pray

Saturday, told me just what to say,

on Sunday gave me the power divine

to let my little light shine. This little light…

 Common worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is © The Archbishop’s Council 2000.  Common Worship: Additional Eucharistic Prayers, material from which is reproduced above, is copyright © The Archbishop’s Council 2012. Calamus Licence Number 95 CCL Licence Number 078543

Our Prayer for Vision & Leadership

Lord, we come before you with grateful hearts for the tremendous talent within our church.

We are a body filled with gifts yet we sometimes lose sight of why

we were so richly blessed in the first place.

Forgive us when we fail to heed Your calling in our lives, or as a community.

Despite our forgetful nature, we know you love us dearly and want us to partner with you:

not as servants, but as your children.

Bring us a renewed vision of ourselves from your perspective.

Help us to embrace your love so that we may share it with others.

Guide us as we look to the future

of this Parish of Gossops Green and Bewbush.

Grant us a renewed vision

as we seek you in your word.

Give us dreams that make us come alive because we are doing

what you created us to do.

Let our joy overflow from the vision of the future you give us.

Let us honour you with our work,

with our families and with our lives. Amen