Easter 2 2020

This page contains all of the resources for our Sunday act of worship. You are encouraged to join us at 9:30am if you are from Widford or Wareside or 11am if you are from Hunsdon because these are the normal times of the services in these villages. However, if you are unable to make this, please follow in your own time. Our use of common resources means that, though we are separated, we can nonetheless worship together.


Sentence of Scripture

Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.
(Psalm 32:1-2)

Prayer of Preparation

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.

Hymn

Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter

Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.
Amen

Prayers of Penitence

John writes:
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:8-9)

Let us admit to God the sin that always confronts us.

Lord God,
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing
and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
(cf. Psalm 51)

Hear the words of comfort our Saviour Christ says to all who truly turn to him:

God so loved the world
that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
(John 3.16)

Hear what Saint Paul says:
This saying is true and worthy of full acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
(1 Timothy 1.15)

First Bible Reading

Acts 10:34-43 Text / Audio – click the player below

Acts 10:34-43 in the New International Version

Hymn

Second Bible Reading

John 20:19-31 Text / Audio – click player below

John 20:19-31 in the New International Version

Creed

Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.
(cf. Philippians 2.6-11)

Sermon

Prayers

Almighty God, your Apostle prayed that your people might know the same incomparably great power with which you raised Christ from the dead.  So we pray:

For your church: In these days of isolation, in which people are staying in their homes with their doors shut like the disciples on that first Easter day; give us your peace.

Though we may be separated from our loved ones, enable us to know the peace that surpasses all understanding – the peace that only you can give – the peace of knowing we are loved and forgiven by you through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  May your church around the world be a beacon of hope in these days of fear, and may all those who profess to be Christian forgive others as they have been forgiven.

For the leaders of our nation:  O God, King above all kings, we continue to pray for our own leaders.  We thank you for our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth II, her steadfast faith in you and her readiness to speak to our nation of the hope you have given us in the resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead.  Graciously grant to her and her family good health and godly wisdom, that by their example, they might encourage the fainthearted in our land.

We ask once again that you prevent the hearts of all in government from hardening against your will and against the weaker and more vulnerable members of our society.  Help them to make decisions that are right and good, and in your mercy, forgive them when they go astray.

For our communities and loved-ones:  God of love, you hear the cries of the distressed and, having walked among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, fully comprehend our pain.  Bring solace to those who grieve, whether for the loss of a loved-one, a job, an opportunity or a dream.  In your compassion, watch over and walk with those whose mental health is fragile and being stretched to breaking point at this time.  Comfort the lonely, bring rest to the exhausted, and draw all those with no hope in Christ to know him and the eternal peace he gives.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.
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.

Hymn

Blessing

God  the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you always.
Amen

For further reflection

Here’s an updated version of “Crown Him with Many Crowns”, filmed at the “Passion” event in the USA. I recognise that not everyone will like the style of music, or the modification of what is already an excellent hymn. However, I urge you to watch this video and be encouraged by the way the singers are utterly engaged with the words they are singing (watch their faces!). May we always give our all in our worship… We have a gospel to proclaim – Good News for all throughout the earth!

Some material in this service is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) and is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council. cf. www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship