This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

19th April – Second Sunday

A Simple Order of Morning Prayer in Eastertide

O Lord open our lips,

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Most glorious Lord of life,

whose Son Jesus Christ conquered death and rose victorious from the grave:

may we walk in his company,

hear the mystery of the Scriptures unfold to us, and, with burning hearts, know his presence

in the breaking of the bread,

for our Saviour is risen indeed – Alleluia!

Blessed be God for ever.

The Easter Anthems

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who sleep.

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us so let us celebrate the feast,

Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ once raised from the dead dies no more death has no more dominion over him.

In dying he died to sin once for all in living he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ has been raised from the dead the first fruits of those who sleep.

For as by man came death

by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die

even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

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.

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who sleep.

The Bible Readings.

FIRST READING Exodus (14.10-31; 15.20-21)

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness. ‘But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still. ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so, I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so, the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus, the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So, the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: ‘Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’

PSALM 16

Response : O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.

Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord, my good above all other.’

All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,

upon those who are noble among the people. R

But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied.

Their libations of blood I will not offer, nor take the names of their gods upon my lips. R

O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; it is you who uphold my lot.

My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; indeed, I have a goodly heritage. R

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not fall. R

My heart, therefore, is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope. For you will not abandon me to the grave, nor let your holy one see the Pit. You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore. R

SECOND READING Acts 2. 22–32

On the day of Pentecost, Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, ‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you,  as you yourselves know – this man, handed over to you  according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, “I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.” Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, “He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.” This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.’

Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to John (20. 19-31)

Glory to you, O Lord.

When it was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’  After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ 

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So, the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’

Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it in my side.  Do not doubt but believe.’

Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’

Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.  But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

A Reflection from Father Lyndon

 

When I walk with my Lord in the garden.

I had in my mind to write about Trevor Williams, then yesterday, I had received a notification from Stephen, a former teacher, and I realised Trevor would be the topic of today’s reflection. Trevor, was more than thirty years older than me. I met him when I was in my forties and he had long retired from teaching. Trevor, I was told, was a teacher in a, Secondary Modern School in the Valley’s. This was at the time of the 11 plus exam, which decided on a child’s educational path. Pass and you would be streamed into a grammar school, fail and you were in a secondary modern. Trevor loved teaching, but he knew that many of the boys either couldn’t cope with academic work, or simply didn’t want to. They all knew that most of them would end up down the pit. Many of the lads did work hard and would find apprenticeships in the mines as electricians, mechanics etc. Trevor, put forward a plan for those with less ambition. He would start a gardening club. For many years this proved a great success, with boys, who were often bored in the classroom. These boys could and would develop new skills.

I met Trevor when Cynth and I joined St. David’s Church Fleur de Lis. Trevor and his wife Dylis, were church big shots, they were members of the church council, the PCC. Trevor and Dylis, befriended us and we were invited to their home on many occasions. They had a lovely spacious garden which included a wooded area. Trevor grew vegetables and flowers and they kept countless chickens. Trevor was an incredible gardener, and he often told me that Sunday church was for worship, fellowship, and learning, but for prayer only his garden would do. He told me before God created the church he made a garden, where He could be alone with His creation Adam and Eve “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden” Genesis 3:8.

“When I’m in my garden I feel God so close to me” Trevor told me “and like Adam I can talk to Him, and enjoy His company” Trevor loved poetry, and he once had his poetry published in a book. My favourite poem was entitled “When I walk with my Lord in the garden”. When I sat with him in his garden we were often interrupted by men who brought their plants and vegetables for Trevor’s inspection, Trevor would be thrilled, they were all past pupils from his school gardening club. These ex pupils never forgot the teacher who thought out of the box and showed them new skills. They loved Trevor. When I was walking in my garden, because of my house arrest, I thought of my old friend Trevor, I looked at our, starting to flower, plants and I thought of him. At the moment I can’t go to church, can’t go to the cinema, can’t go to my caravan, but I can walk with my Lord in the garden. I have just realised that more and more of my ideas for my reflection are coming to me in the garden.
Perhaps, God wants us to find Him in different places and in different ways. I pray for all those families who are locked in, people with young children, who have no garden, whose parks are closed. We keep on praying for and thanking God for the bravery of our front line workers. We pray that this plague may be quickly over. Let’s pray that through these dark days God will bless us with a more Godly future.

 

The Benedictus

God has raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so that we have a sure hope in him. Alleluia!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel

for he has come to his people and set them free.

The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us from our enemies

from the hands of all who hate us.

To show mercy to our forebears and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear

holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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.

God has raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so that we have a sure hope in him. Alleluia!

Intercessions

2nd Sunday after Easter

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Mighty God, what an amazing gift we have received!  We’ve been born again, through the resurrection, and even though we have not seen the Risen Christ we love and believe in him, rejoicing with all Christians in an indescribable and glorious joy. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Gracious God, like Thomas we will still face times of doubt and uncertainty, but we know that we are not alone in our doubts and that you, our Father in heaven, continue to love us whatever our state of mind or body. 

We give you thanks for our fellow Christians in those churches that constitute Churches Together in Caldicot & District, and pray in particular for our congregations in this Benefice.

We give thanks for all the hard work that Jeremy and Glyndwr exercise in helping us to sustain our faith in you. We too give thanks for the secular leaders in our Churches who, together with the Priests and Deacons, are holding us together.

Finally we pray for Bishop Cherry and her partner, Wendy, and for all Cherry’s efforts to sustain us in faith.  (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God, we pray for our nation; we pray too for the Queen, for our Government and the Opposition parties. We particularly raise before you our concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic as the numbers affected continue to rise, and as we seek an end to this contagion. 

We thank you too for the lives who have been spared. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, we hold before you, those whom life has damaged, and all who find it difficult to trust in you. We pray that you will push aside their doubts and fears and bring them hope, comfort, and healing; and with it an inner peace.

(add names of those requesting prayer(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, we pray for those who approach death with great fear, and those who have died ill-prepared to meet you. Have mercy on them, forgive them all that is past, and gather them into your everlasting kingdom of peace and joy.

Dear Lord, we also thank you for the lives of all who have inspired and encouraged us in our walk with you. 

We pray for those we have loved yet see no more. (add names of the recently departed)

We pray for those whose anniversary falls at this time. (add names of those on Anniversary list)

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Everlasting God we thank you that this, our time of Sunday worship, is made possible by the wonders of modern science. We pray that our time together, though physically separate, holds us spiritually together, and renews our faith and trust in you, and your risen son Jesus Christ. 

Help us during the coming week that at all times we are ready to show our gratitude, and live the Good News of Easter.

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

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

The Collect for the Day

Collect for 19th April

Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins

and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The second collect, for peace.

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life, to serve you is perfect freedom: defend us in all assaults of our enemies, that we, surely trusting in your protection, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The third collect, for grace.

Eternal God and Father, by your power we are created and by your love we are redeemed: guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves to you in love and service of one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.