Sunday 9th May 2021

The 7th 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. Amen.

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,

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command and

draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father

All         Amen.


Matthew 7:7-11 Read by Veronica Garside

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

at the end:

This is the word of the Lord.

All         Thanks be to God.

HOMILY by Revd Phill Harrison

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 Helen Toomer 

Lord teach us to pray- as we come to know you better, teach us to ask for what is good for us and for what is good for others.  Reveal your will to us, align our free wills with your will so we work in partnership with you. Give us grace to persist in our prayers and in pursuing you. We ask for more knowledge, more patience, more wisdom, love and understanding. Help us to say Amen to your will by the way we live.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer. 

Lord God, we thank you for progress with vaccinations and moves to lift restrictions. Thank you for the skills of scientists and researchers, the willingness of volunteers, the resolve of leaders and commitment of NHS workers. We pray that more people will come forward for vaccination. Whilst being thankful for progress in the UK, we remember people still suffering in other parts of the world, especially in India, lifting them to you now. 

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer. 

Loving God, we pray for our clergy Phill and Barbara, and for Chris Hunter joining us as curate in the summer. We lift to you now your Church, carrying a gospel of forgiveness and freedom so needed in our world. Thank you for those gifted in sharing this good news in evangelism; thank you for those gifted in sharing this good news in the way they live. Help us to discern your vision for us here in Wroughton and Wichelstowe as we seek in the coming months to know your plan for us. Help each one of us to play our part by listening for your voice. Give us the courage and the willingness to be your witnesses in ways that are generous and respectful, and which come from the overflow of our love and delight in you. Fill us with your love, so that the world may believe.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer.

Creator God, you made us to be stewards of your creation but we have let you down, making damaging food choices, polluting the air, poisoning rivers and seas, chopping down forests bringing climate change. Please forgive us and help each one of us urgently to respond to the climate emergency by changing our ways, so the delicate biodiversity of your world may be restored.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer. 

Loving Father, you understand, you care and you comfort. We lift to you now in prayer those in need, those going through times of trouble, in our families, in our church, in our wider circle of friends. We ask you to touch with your generous love all those on our hearts today because of their special need. May your love flood their lives with hope and healing, in spirit, mind and body.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer.

Merciful God, remember the souls of your servants who have died. May those who mourn experience the comfort of your Holy Spirit, and the fellowship of the church family, until reunited with loved ones in your heavenly kingdom.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer.

Be with us all, Lord, in our daily struggles as we seek to follow you.  Be with us all, Lord, in our periods of doubt and despair and in our times of happiness and health. Be with us all, Lord, as we listen for your voice, until that time when in your kingdom of love, our joy will know no end.

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 the choir sings: 

            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, 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


Father, I place into your hands             text: Jenny Hewer                     music: John Henderson


God our Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:

may we thirst for you,

the spring of life and source of goodness,

through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

HYMN (sung by the choir)

1  Here to the house of God we come,
home of the people of the Way,
here to give thanks for all we have,
naming our needs for every day,
we who have roof and rent and bread,
sure of a place to rest our head.

2   There is a knocking at our door,
sound of the homeless of the world,
voice of the frightened refugee,
cry of the children in the cold,
asking the least that is their right,
safety and shelter for the night.

3   God who is shelter, who is home,
in borrowed rooms you came to live,
pleaded to save the dispossessed,
crucified, lay in borrowed  grave:
these are no strangers in your eyes,
this is your family which cries.

4   We are tenants of your love;
gather us round a common fire,
warm us in company with Christ,
give us the heart to feel, to share
table and lodging with free hand,
space in our living, in our land.

Shirley E Murray (1931-2020) © 1992 Hope Publishing

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.


Christ is the shining sun of all our days.

Highland Cathedral arr. Charles Callahan (b. 1951)


All hymns and songs covered by Christian Copyright Licensing have

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