Making Christ's Love known to All

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Preparation

O Lord, open our lips

All: and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

In your resurrection, O Christ,

All: let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt
and led them to freedom in the promised land,
so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.

May we, the first fruits of your new creation,
rejoice in this new day you have made,
and praise you for your mighty acts.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All: Blessed be God for ever.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

All: Amen.

The Word of God

Psalm 149

1 Praise the Lord.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.

3 Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.

5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour
and sing for joy on their beds.

6 May the praise of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands,

7 to inflict vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,

8 to bind their kings with fetters,
their nobles with shackles of iron,

9 to carry out the sentence written against them –
this is the glory of all his faithful people.

Praise the Lord.

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.

Scripture Reading

Acts 16:11-15

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.On the Sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

This is the word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God.

John 15.26—16.4

‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

‘I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.’ 

This is the word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God.

Prayers

On this day that the Lord has made,
let us pray for the people he has redeemed.
That we may live as those who believe in the triumph of the cross

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

That all people may receive the good news of his victory

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

That those born to new life in the waters of baptism
may know the power of his resurrection

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

That those who suffer pain and anguish
may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

That in the undying love of Christ
we may be united with all who have died in the faith of Christ

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Let us commend the world, in which Christ rose from the dead,
to the mercy and protection of God.

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

The Collect

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.

Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

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

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.

Conclusion

May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life.

All   Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.