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Order of Service

 

1 – 10.15am - Spiritual Communion

JAMES THE APOSTLE

 

St. James the Apostle Stock Photo - Alamy

 

Holy Trinity Church Rothwell, Leeds

 

 

 

 

Gathering: While hymn is played

 

Please greet each other through messages as you generally say hello to one another when you are entering in the morning service in Church building.

 

Greetings and introduction

Grace, mercy and peace

From God our Father and

the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

ALL – And also with you

 

 Call to Worship:

Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them. (Psalm 126: 6)

 

 

Hymn -

 

Preparation

 

All   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.

 

 

Call to Confession:

Jesus said to his apostles, ‘You are my friends if you obey my commands.’

Let us now confess our disobedience to him.

 

Kyrie Confession

You were sent to preach the good news of light

in the darkness of the world:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

 

You were sent to plant in our hearts the seed of eternal life:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

You were sent to reconcile us to yourself

by the shedding of your blood:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Absolution

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.

All   Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

All   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.

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.

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.

Amen.

 

Collect

 

Merciful God,

Whose Holy apostle St. James,

Leaving his father and all that he had,

Was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ

And followed Him even to death:

Help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,

To be ready at all times to answer your call

Without delay;

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 forever. Amen
 

 

Readings: First Reading: Christopher Singh

Jeremiah 45: 1-5: When Baruch son of Neriah wrote on a scroll the words Jeremiah the prophet dictated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, Jeremiah said this to Baruch: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: You said, ‘Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.’ But the Lord has told me to say to you, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth. Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’”

 

Psalm 126:

A song of ascents.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.[b]
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

 

Second Reading: Acts 11:27-12:3: Abhijit David

 

27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

 

Hymn -

 

Gospel – Matthew 20:20-28

A Mother’s Request

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

21 “What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” 24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Sermon: Arun

 

 

Apostle 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.

 

Intercession – Arun

 

Encouraged by our fellowship with all the saints,

let us make our prayers to the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Father, your Son called men and women to leave the past behind

them and to follow him as his disciples in the way of the cross. Look

with mercy upon those whom he calls today, marks with the cross

and makes his disciples within the Church…

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Your Son told his disciples not to be afraid and at Easter breathed on

them his gift of peace. Look with mercy upon the world into which

he sent them out, and give it that peace for which it longs…

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Your Son formed around him a company who were no longer

servants but friends, and he called all those who obeyed him his

brother and sister and mother. Look with mercy upon our families

and our friends and upon the communities in which we share…

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Your Son sent out disciples to preach and heal the sick. Look with

mercy on all those who yearn to hear the good news of salvation,

and renew among your people the gifts of healing…

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Your Son promised to those who followed him that they would sit

on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel and would share the

banquet of the kingdom. According to your promise, look with

mercy on those who have walked with Christ in this life and now

have passed through death…

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Almighty God,

Grant that your Church

may faithfully hold and make known

the faith that has come to us through the apostles,

that with them and all your saints

we may inherit the glories of eternal life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

Introduction to the Peace

We are fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God,

through Christ our Lord, who came and preached peace

to those who were far off and those who were near.

The peace of the triune God be always with you

and also with you.

 

Hymn

 

 

Prayer at the Preparation of the Table

God our Father,

keep us united in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

in the breaking of bread and the prayers,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER E

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

 

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

 

 

 

And now we give you thanks,

because you formed your Church on the apostles

to stand firm for ever,

as a sign on earth of your infinite holiness

and the living gospel for all to hear.

And so we gladly thank you,

with saints and angels praising you, and saying:

 

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.]

 

We praise and bless you, loving Father
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts
that broken bread and wine out-poured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

 

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends,
and taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, shared it with them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

 

When supper was ended he took a cup of wine.
Again he gave you thanks, shared it and said:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

 

So, Father, as we remember all that Jesus did,
we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.

[Great is the mystery of faith:]

 

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

Lord of all life,
help us to work together for that day
when your justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth,
and your kingdom comes.

Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with (N.N. and) all the saints
to be with you for ever at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

In the unity of the Holy Spirit,

All honour and glory are yours,

O loving Father, for ever and ever. Amen

 

LORD’S PRAYER

 

Lord’s Prayer: Let us say the prayer our Saviour taught us,

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 forever. Amen.

 

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

We break this bread,

To share in the Body of Christ.

 

ALL: Though we are many, we are one body

Because we all share in one bread.

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

Jesus is the Lamb of God

Who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to supper.

ALL: Lord I am not worthy to receive you,

But only say the word, and I will be healed.

 

 

ALL: Most merciful Lord,

Your love compels us to come in.

Our hands were unclean,

Our hearts were unprepared;

We were not fit

Even to eat the crumbs from under your table.

But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation,

And share your bread with sinners.

So cleanse us and feed us

With the precious body and blood of your Son,

That He may live in us and we in Him;

And that we, with the whole company of Christ,

May sit and eat in your kingdom. Amen.

 

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION:

 

Post Communion

Almighty God,

who on the day of Pentecost

sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles

with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,

filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:

by the power of the same Spirit

strengthen us to witness to your truth

and to draw everyone to the fire of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Concluding Prayer

All   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

 

Blessings

God, who has prepared for you a city with eternal foundations,

bring you, with all the saints,

to the eternal and triumphant joy of that city;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always. Amen

 

 

The Dismissal

Go in the peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen

 

Hymn