The Meon Bridge Benefice

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~
The Fourth Sunday after Easter

Evening Prayer as written for use in the Commonwealth

Evening Prayer in the C17 Commonwealth by Jeremy Taylor offices

The Eucharist with provision for Spiritual Communion

10.30 am on 10th May 2020

 

The text for the service in the film is below:

The Eucharist with Spiritual Communion
(Holy Communion Order 1 – Common Worship)

10th May 2020 – 5th Sunday of Easter

The Hymns

73      Ye choirs of New Jerusalem                                                    St Fulbert

283    Blessed city, heavenly Salem                                                  Westminster Abbey

170    The church’s one foundation                                                   Aurelia

83      Love’s redeeming work is done                                              Savannah

161    Christ is our Corner-stone                                                        Gospal

 

The Gathering

Before we begin our pilgrimage through Eastertide
in Word and Sacrament, in Praise and in Prayer,
I would like to share some thoughts that
have been passed down by the Church of England,
which relate the season and our churches standing empty.

Let us pray for our current times

Dear Lord
anoint us with the Holy Spirit,
as we share in Christ’s suffering and victory
that we may bear witness to the gospel of salvation;
through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Introduction

Opening Hymn

73      Ye choirs of New Jerusalem                                                                                          St Fulbert

1
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In strains of holy joy.

2
For Judah’s Lion bursts His chains,
And crushed the serpent’s head;
And brought with him, from Death’s domains
The long imprisoned dead.

3
From hell’s devouring jaws the prey
Alone our Leader bore;
His ransomed hosts pursue their way
Where Jesus goes before.

4
Triumphant in His glory now
His sceptre ruleth all;
Earth, Heav’n and Hell before him bow
And at his footsteps fall.

5
While joyful thus his praise we sing,
His mercy we implore,
Into His palace bright to bring
And keep us evermore.

6
All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to Thee,
While endless ages run.

Tune: St Fulbert; Meter: CM; Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876); Lyricist: St Fulbert of Chartres (952 – 1028); Translator: Robert Campbell (1814 – 1868); Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain; Performance Copyright ? 2017 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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Welcome

The Greeting

The president may say

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

or

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
and also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

The president greets the people

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:
he has given us new life and hope
by raising Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own:
He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Words of welcome or introduction may be said.

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.

Prayers of Penitence

Invitation to confession

Christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

cf 1 Corinthians 5.7,8

silence

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.

The president says

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 in Excelsis

Glory to God,
Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Glory to God,
Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

Glory to God,
Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Glory to God,
Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

The Collect

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words ‘Let us pray’ or a more specific bidding.

The Collect is said.

Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Standing before the high priest and the council,
55Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus
standing at the right hand of God.

56‘Look,’ he said,
‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
standing at the right hand of God!’

57But they covered their ears,
and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.

58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him;
and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed,
‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’

60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice,
‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’

When he had said this, he died.

Acts 7.55-60

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn

283    Blessed city, heavenly Salem                                                                         Westminster Abbey

1
Blessèd city, heavenly Salem,
vision dear of peace and love,
who of living stones art builded
in the height of heaven above,
and with angel hosts encircled,
as a bride dost earthward move!

2
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the Head and comer-stone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the church in one,
Holy Sion’s help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

3
To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, to-day;
with thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy servants as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

4
Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee to gain,
what they gain from thee for ever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.

Urbs beata Jerusalem; Latin, pre-C9, Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866) Tune: Westminster Abbey; Meter: 87 87 87; Composer: Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) arranger: Ernest Hawkins (1802 – 1868) Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain; Performances Copyright © 2009 and 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

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Gospel Reading

Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the first and the last and the living one;
I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

Alleluia.

When the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples:
1‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.

2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am,
there you may be also.

4And you know the way to the place where I am going.’

5Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going.
How can we know the way?’

6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
7If you know me, you will know my Father also.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

8Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father,
and we will be satisfied.’

9Jesus said to him,
‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,
and you still do not know me?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, “Show us the Father”?

10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own;
but the Father who dwells in me does his works.

11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.

12Very truly, I tell you,
the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact,
will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.

13I will do whatever you ask in my name,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.’

John 14.1-14

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

Sermon

Our Collect this morning includes the words: ‘your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ … opened to us the gate of everlasting life’ and the Post-communion prayer includes: ‘Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life, grant us to walk in his way’.

That is because this morning’s Gospel is one of great power and great hope and it anticipates great glory.

The reading is one for the Season of Easter, you will remember the situation: Jesus and the Apostles were gathered and had just shared the Last Supper. Judas had gone off to set about his betrayal and Jesus had given the Commandment to love your neighbour.

Then rather mysteriously he had said to the eleven that they cannot, not yet at least, go where he is going. Peter offers to lay down his life for Jesus but in reply Jesus foretells Peter’s threefold denial of him.

As always, he is the prophet and the teacher, and he continues his teaching in the passage of the Gospel which we have just heard. And wasn’t it filled with such hope! And it did not have any warning signs not to trust it like the warning lorries in Bishops Waltham not to follow their SatNav. Nor did it say, ‘Turn around when possible’!

Despite the fact, no because of the fact, that Christ alone knew what fate was to befall him. He knew that he was going to complete the prophecies of the Old Testament and complete God’s gift of his own son, to be a sacrifice for us if you like, or to pay the price of our sin if you prefer, by dying for us.

But he also knows that he will rise again in glory and that will initiate great change, giving all people – Jew and gentile – the wonderful hope of eternal life.

But He, Jesus, alone knows that but he has to teach the message to the Apostles and to us.

Despite being with Christ for some time, poor old Peter and some of the others, Thomas and Philip in particular, don’t quite get it yet.

He reassures them all: ‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled, just believe it’.

He continues ‘My Father’s house has many mansions, rooms, dwelling places, whichever you prefer – they are all the same, and none is really quite right, even though we are all different.

It is a room for guest on a journey, for the visitor to receive hospitality but above all it’s in HIS father’s house and he abides there, and we can live there too. Jesus described the way to the goal, to heaven.

But once again Thomas, who earlier did not fully understand Jesus’ purpose, still hesitates about the goal and the way of which Jesus speaks. To this Jesus famously replies: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’. He is their leader and our leader; he will show us the way to God.

He continues, ‘No one comes to the Father except through me’. There is no other mediator, there is no person between us and our God, who can help us into heaven or keep us out for that matter. He is our way to God because He is in the Father and the Father is in him.

That phrase, ‘No one comes to the Father except through me’, some see as exclusive, perhaps; they are right, but I don’t believe that they are entirely so.

In the Gospel this morning, I heard a loving God and a message of hope and a place for us in God’s house, rather than a message of exclusion. For sure, we have a duty to share God’s Word and the last part of the reading looked forward to the disciples’ later missionary work in Christ’s name. For sure, we must not reject God or even neglect God, once we know about Him.

I believe that Jesus wants us there with the Father– we have to accept the offer and mean it. I know that God’s house has many rooms and Christ has taught us the way there – what hope!

Stephen, the first martyr we heard about in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, his faith was strong, he was sure in that hope and he saw Christ in all his Glory. We may not be asked to give our lives in the way that Stephen did, but we know that we can share his hope if we share Christ’s way.

Likewise, wonderful charities such as Christian Aid, do such excellent work and not least in these times of CoViD-19 – providing the basic elements for survival among the most vulnerable.

Please support Christian Aid, if only in the week ahead – Christian Aid week – if you possibly can; please try to help them in their work to bring in the Kingdom.

Alleluia!

 

The president says

Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Creed

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,
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.

Prayers of Intercession

These responses may be used

In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.

We pray to the Father.
Hear our prayer.

And at the end

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God,
uniting with the Blessed Virgin Mary,
St Andrew, St Peter and St Paul and the whole company of heaven
we join together praying

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples
and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

cf John 20.19

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you. Alleluia.

Offertory Hymn

170    The church’s one foundation                                                                                             Aurelia

1
The Church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is his new creation,
by water and the word:
from heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
and for her life he died.

2
Elect from every nation,
yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation,
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy Name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with every grace endued.

3
Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war
she waits the consummation
of peace for evermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blessed,
and the great Church victorious
shall be the Church at rest.

4
Yet she on earth hath union
with God, the Three in one,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.

Lyrics by Samuel John Stone (1839 – 1900). Public Domain; Tune: Aurelia composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 – 1876). Public Domain; Meter: 76 76 D; Performance ? 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900017

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Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.
In your loving care you spread before us the table of life
and give us the cup of salvation to drink.
Keep us always in the fold of our Saviour and our Shepherd,
your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessed be God for ever.

The president takes the bread and wine.

The Eucharistic Prayer

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.

The president praises God for his mighty acts and all respond

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 president recalls the Last Supper,
and this acclamation is used

Great is the mystery of faith:

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

The Prayer continues and leads into the doxology


by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

To which all respond boldly

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Seeking the salvation of the world,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

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. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

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.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

The president says the invitation to communion

The president receives communion.

Spiritual Communion

Act of Spiritual Reception

In union, dear Father, with Christian people
throughout the world
and across the centuries gathered
to make Eucharist,
hearing your holy Word and
receiving the Precious Body and Blood,
I offer you praise and thanksgiving.

Even though I am exiled from
tasting the Bread of Heaven and drinking the Cup of Life
I pray that you will unite me with all the baptised
and with your Son who gave his life for us.

Come Lord Jesus, dwell in me
and send your Holy Spirit
that I may be filled with your presence. Amen.

O LORD and heavenly Father,
we your humble servants entirely desire your fatherly goodness
mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving;
most humbly beseeching you to grant,
that by the merits and death of your Son Jesus Christ,
and through faith in his blood,
we and all your whole Church may obtain remission of our sins,
and all other benefits of his passion.   Amen.

Post-Communion Hymn

83      Love’s redeeming work is done                                                                                      Savannah

1
Love’s redeeming work is done,
fought the fight, the battle won.
Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!
Lo, he sets in blood no more!

2
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
death in vain forbids him rise;
Christ has opened paradise.

3
Lives again our victorious King;
where, O death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, he all doth save;
where thy victory, O grave?

4
Soar we now where Christ has led,
following out exalted Head;
made like him, like him we rise,
ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

5
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
thee we greet triumphant now;
hail, the Resurrection thou!

Tune: Savannah; Meter: 77 77; Hymnal: John Wesley’s ‘Foundery Collection’ (1742); Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788); Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain. Performance Copyright ? 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

Eternal God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

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 Dismissal

Final Hymn

161    Christ is our Corner-stone                                                                                                Gospal

1
Christ is our corner-stone,
on him alone we build;
with his true saints alone
the courts of heaven are filled:
on his great love
our hopes we place
of present grace
and joys above.

2
O then with hymns of praise
these hallowed courts shall ring;
our voices we will raise
the Three in One to sing;
and thus proclaim
in joyful song,
both loud and long,
that glorious name.

3
Here, gracious God, do thou
for evermore draw nigh;
accept each faithful vow,
and mark each suppliant sigh;
in copious shower
on all who pray
each holy day
thy blessings pour.

4
Here may we gain from heaven
the grace which we implore;
and may that grace, once given,
be with us evermore,
until that day
when all the blest
to endless rest
are called away.

Angularis fundamentum Source: Latin, 7th cent; Translator: John Chandler (1837); Copyright: Public Domain; Tune: Gopsal, composed by Georg Friderich Händel (1695 – 1759). Public Domain; Meter: 66 66 88; Performance ? 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All Rights Reserved

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Blessing

The God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

The ministers and people depart.

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2002

Invitation to Confession (Easter Day until Eve of Ascension) © 1988 Continuum (Mowbray) (Adapted)

Some material included in this service is copyright: © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Music: (AMNS)
73         Ye choirs of New Jerusalem

Tune: St Fulbert; Meter: CM; Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876); Lyricist: St Fulbert of Chartres (952 – 1028); Translator: Robert Campbell (1814 – 1868); Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain; Performance Copyright ? 2017 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

283       Blessed city, heavenly Salem                      Westminster Abbey

Urbs beata Jerusalem; Latin, pre-C9, Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866) Tune: Westminster Abbey; Meter: 87 87 87; Composer: Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) arranger: Ernest Hawkins (1802 – 1868) Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain; Performances Copyright © 2009 and 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

170       The church’s one foundation                     Aurelia

Lyrics by Samuel John Stone (1839 – 1900). Public Domain; Tune: Aurelia composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 – 1876). Public Domain; Meter: 76 76 D; Performance ? 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900017

83         Love’s redeeming work is done                 Savannah

Tune: Savannah; Meter: 77 77; Hymnal: John Wesley’s ‘Foundery Collection’ (1742); Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788); Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain. Performance Copyright ? 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

161       Christ is our Corner-stone                       Gospal

Angularis fundamentum Source: Latin, 7th cent; Translator: John Chandler (1837); Copyright: Public Domain; Tune: Gopsal, composed by Georg Friderich Händel (1695 – 1759). Public Domain; Meter: 66 66 88; Performance ? 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All Rights Reserved

Mass Setting
© David Thorne -The Mass of St Thomas
? played by John Key and both acknowledged with thanks.

 

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