Sunday 11th April 2021

Sunday 18th April 2021

The 3rd Sunday of Easter 

Morning Worship followed by Holy Communion

A service for phone conferences

You can pray through this service on your own or join us live in one of three ways:

  • In church at 10am on Sunday. Please wear a face

mask and observe social distancing.

  • On the telephone at 10am on Sunday.
  • Please visit our YouTube Channel on and press the ‘subscribe’ button.

The service in church will be relayed live to the telephone conference. If you would like to join in with others and hear the service over the telephone then please follow these instructions:

First dial this number:

03300 945 940

(N.B. calls to ‘03’ numbers are charged at the standard national rate and are included in your ‘free minutes’ if you have a call-plan)

When prompted, enter the room number, followed by # on your telephone keypad: 60527473 #

Finally, enter the guest PIN: 2656 #

You may have to listen to some announcements, but you will then be automatically joined to the conference call. Join in with the responses in the liturgy as you would normally.

Please try and dial-in at 9:55, as it may take a little while for everyone to be connected to the conference.

For those praying through the service on your own, we have included links to some hymns (press Ctrl and then click the link to open). For those joining in by phone, we will not be including the hymns during the service, but suggest that you could listen to them before or after the service.

Live streaming the 10am service

The 10am service will be live streamed on You Tube. As well as getting video, the sound quality should be better than the phone. However, unlike the telephone option, you will not be able to interact with other people or to be heard in the service. We don’t recommend trying to use both You Tube and the phone at the same time as this could cause an echo on the phone line, there is also a delay of about 30 seconds which is very off-putting.


The leader says

The Lord be with you.

All    And also with you.


PRAYERS OF PENITENCE Please sit or kneel

God so loved the world

that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.

As we prepare to celebrate the mystery of

God’s love, revealed in Word and Sacrament,

let us call to mind our sins.

We pause to reflect in silence for a moment

All    Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly, love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.


The priest says the absolution

May God our Father forgive you your sins,

and bring you to the fellowship of his table

with the saints forever.

All    Amen.


Death is swallowed up in victory.

All     Where, O death, is your sting?

Christ is risen from the dead,

the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

All     Death is swallowed up in victory.

The trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised.

All    Where, O death, is your sting?

We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed.

All    Death is swallowed up in victory.

       Where, O death, is your sting?

All    Glory to the Father and to the

       Son and to the Holy Spirit;

       as it was in the beginning is now

       and shall be for ever.

       Amen. Alleluia.


Risen Christ,

you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:

strengthen us to proclaim your risen life

and fill us with your peace,

to the glory of God the Father.

All    Amen.


Luke 24:36-48 Read by Helena Thomas

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. 

at the end:

This is the word of the Lord.

All    Thanks be to God.

HOMILY by Revd Barbara Abrey

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Please stand if you’re able

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

All    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.


cf Philippians 2.6-11


by Mark Tubey

In this Easter season, O God our Father, may we know you and worship you. May our lives testify to our own powerlessness, yet also to our abilities granted to us by your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us turn our face, minds and hearts to the light of your countenance and witness that others may believe.

Lord in your mercy

All   Hear our prayer. 

Give your Church the courage to give up her preoccupation with herself, and to give more time to mission.  We pray for your Church, in England, for your bishops and clergy, and all those involved in worship of you. Bless and guide Phil, Barbara and Chris who will be our new curate soon. Strengthen their ministry and the team who will serve with them.  As world tensions rise and escalate guide all interdenominational and multifaith communications that take place to encourage mutual respect and harmony, instead of hostility and suspicion. 

Lord in your mercy

All    Hear our prayer.

Lord we are nervous of looming war with the sabre rattling of both the Russian and Chinese military as Western influence and strength declines. Give your world the courage to give up war, bitterness, and hatred and have the wisdom to seek peace.   To work together internationally and internally especially around all things that divide including poverty and race. All people belong to you. We pray for the ceremonial and political leaders of the world that they may put aside selfish motives and work together for the common good.

Lord in your mercy

All   Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for all the missionary and charity organizations we support as a church and pray all may find ways to continue despite the hardships and disruption of the pandemic.  As part of our witness help us to play our part sensitively and tactfully in resolving quarrels strife and jealousy in our own wider communities.  We pray for the agencies whose role is the support of the vulnerable, whether young people, homeless or the elderly.  We particularly call to mind those we shall meet, those passed in the street, those far too rushed to say hello, and those whose names we do not know. Those who have been cruel to us before, those who cry behind closed doors.  We pray for all these folks, strengthen their faith and ease their yoke.

Lord in your mercy

All   Hear our prayer.

Lord you call upon us to witness to you. May we be positive examples to all around us, aware and sensitive to others needs and tribulations as we come out of covid restrictions. We pray for the medical professionals and carers that they may have the energy and encouragement to continue, aware of your embracing support. We pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. For those putting a brave face on while bowed down with grief, fear, disability or illness, as well as for those who struggle to cope. We hold before you our own situation, and those known to us.  (pause)  May your living word bring comfort, healing and reassurance.

Lord in your mercy

All   Hear our prayer.

Lord as we come to the end of a week of official mourning for HRH Prince Philip we give thanks for his life of service and pray that we too may be as loyal to the one we serve; you the one true God.

Indeed, we pray for all whose struggle in life has now ended and are rejoicing in your glorious presence. We pray for all those who mourn from a recent death or an anniversary. We thank you that we were blessed to have known them and ask through our mourning we may live our remaining life in the sure and certain hope of what is to come.

Lord in your mercy

All   Hear our prayer.

Christ is alive and risen. Love and salvation have triumphed over death. Our hearts renewed, our faith regenerated. Let us proclaim the good news to all the earth.

at the end:

 Merciful Father,

All     Accept these prayers

For the sake of your Son

Our Saviour Jesus Christ




The intercessor will now lead us in saying the Lord’s Prayer together. 

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All    Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.


People joining us on the telephone may choose to leave at this point. Alternatively, you are welcome to stay to stay and join us to partake in ‘spiritual communion’

A BLESSING (for those leaving us at this point) 

You are called and loved by God the Father

and kept safe by Jesus Christ.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

and the blessing of God almighty,

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Be among you and remain with you always.

All     Amen.


The Lord is here

All     His Spirit is with us

Lift up your hearts

All     We lift them up to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All     It is right to give thanks and praise

The priest praises God for his mighty acts and all say: 

All     Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The priest recalls the Last Supper and this acclamation is sung

by the choir

Great is the mystery of faith: 

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

The Prayer continues and leads into the doxology, after which to which all respond boldly Amen.

The Prayer continues and leads into the doxology, to which all respond boldly Amen.


The priest breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup.

All     We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Jesus is the Lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All     Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word, and I shall be healed. 

We will say the words of distribution all together at the beginning. Distribution of communion will then take place without any further responses.

The body of Christ

All     Amen

The blood of Christ

All    Amen

Please remain in your seats until invited to come forward. The consecrated wine will be served in individual paper cups, please put this in the bin as you leave. Gluten free wafers are available on request.

Agnus Dei (sung by the choir) 

Jesus, Lamb of God,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

grant us peace.


Broken for me, broken for youJohn Sanders (1933-2003)


Living God,

your Son made himself known to his disciples

in the breaking of bread:

open the eyes of our faith,

that we may see him in all his redeeming work;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

HYMN (sung by the choir) 

Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom,
come to him and bless his name.
mercy he has shown us, his love is for ever,

faithful to the end of days.

  Come then all you nations,

  sing of your Lord’s goodness,

  melodies of praise and thanks to God.
Ring out the Lord’s glory, praise him with your music,
worship him and bless his name.

Power he has wielded, honour is his garment,
risen from the snares of death.
His word he has spoken, one bread he has broken,
new life he now gives to all.

  Come then all you nations……..

Courage in our darkness, comfort in our sorrow,
Spirit of our God most high;
solace for the weary, pardon for the sinner,
splendour of the living God.
  Come then all you nations…….

Praise him with your singing,

praise him with the trumpet,
praise God with the lute and harp;
praise him with the cymbals,

praise him with your dancing,
praise God till the end of days.
  Come then all you nations……. 

© 1981, Ernest Sands, OCP Publications


THE BLESSING Please stand if you’re able

May Christ, who out of defeat brings new hope and

new future, fill you with his new life;

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Spirit,

be with you and remain with you always.

All    Amen.

With the power that raised Jesus from the dead at

work within you,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia.

All    In the name of Christ. Amen.

Alleluia, alleluia.


Organ Voluntary

 Variations on “O Filii et filiae” (O sons and daughters)

Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier (1734-1794)


All hymns and songs covered by Christian Copyright Licensing have

been reproduced under CCL licence 1947 or  One Licence A-631877