Easter 5 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.

If you have not worshipped with us before, you might like to watch our explanatory video guide first… (Actually, there’s good advice within it for everyone!)


Sentence of Scripture

In these last days [God] has spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed heir of all things,
and through whom also he made the universe. 
(Hebrews 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

Choose “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds” (traditional) or “How sweet the name (Just one name)” (contemporary)

Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory 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 7:55-60 Text / Audio – click player below (or hear the whole chapter)

Acts 7:55-60 in the New International Version

Hymn

Choose “Jesus Lives!” (traditional) or “Jesus, strong and kind” (contemporary)

Second Bible Reading

John 14:1-14 Text / Audio – click player below (or hear whole chapter)

John 14:1-14 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

Gracious Father, in whose house there are many mansions, we pray for your church, for the world and for our communities.

For your church:
As we reflect on Jesus’ call to his disciples to trust him, help us to trust Jesus and to do all we can to lead people to him – the only one who can bring people to you. 

We call to mind all those who are training for ordained ministry within the Church of England, especially those whose ordinations have been postponed from next month because of the virus.  We pray for Mark whose training placement with us this spring was interrupted and for all those who have the responsibility for educating and equipping the next generation of pastors, both here in the UK and in the worldwide church: please pour your special blessing on the staff of All Nations and Oak Hill colleges and upon Irene and Wilson training ministers in the Philippines.  May we and all your people faithfully bear witness to Jesus – the way, the truth and the life.

For the world:
Lord of the nations, as our lockdown is gradually eased, keep us all mindful of our responsibilities toward our neighbours and grant wisdom to our leaders both nationally and locally, that they and we would be careful to do only what is best for all.  Guard us against selfishness and enable us to be courageous in our exercise of love for other people.

We pray fervently for the nations facing the twin dangers of Covid-19 and the vast and devastating locust swarms.  May their needs be supplied by other nations including our own, and may they know your love and consolation in the midst of their desperate circumstances.  By the power of your Holy Spirit, provide aid agencies with all they need to help the hungry, the poor and the destitute.

As we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and honour the bravery and sacrifice of those who served, grant us similar courage to recognise and restrain evil in our own day.  May those who lead the nations of the world work together to defend human liberty, that we may live peaceably one with another.

For our communities:
Lord Jesus, as you shared the life of your earthly family, the community of Nazareth and the fellowship of your followers, help us to relate well to our neighbours and friends.  Give us grace and strength to reach out to those in need and to be patient if trouble and hardship come our way.  We praise you for stirring within our communities a desire to serve and protect, and we ask your mercy and power to be upon all those who are bringing support to those in need.

Compassionate Lord, we remember Ashview Nursing Home, its staff and residents and their families, sad not to be able to visit their loved ones at this difficult time.  Draw close to them, we pray, that they would all know your loving presence with them and the hope you have given us all in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

These things we pray in the name of Jesus.
Amen

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

“To God be the glory”: choose either traditional (Doane) or contemporary (Fellingham)

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

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

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