Past Services

Eucharist Bible Sunday at St Mary’s

Introduction

Grace and peace to you from God

Amen

Loving God as we gather in your Holy Name, ignite in us a sense of your presence, inspire us with your love and lift our thoughts and hearts to glorify you with humility and truth.

Let us worship God in love and truth

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Praise the Lord

Praise him you servants of the Lord

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Blessed be God’s name, now and forever

Hymn    We Are Marching

Confession

Heavenly Father, all hearts are open to you. No secrets are hidden from you. Purify us with the fire of your Holy Spirit that we may love and worship you faithfully, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Nkosi yibanenceba (Lord have mercy)

Nkosi yibanenceba (Lord have mercy)

Krestu yibanenceba (Christ have mercy)

Krestu yibanenceba (Christ have mercy)

Nkosi yibanenceba (Lord have mercy)

Nkosi yibanenceba (Lord have mercy)

Heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought, word and deed, and have failed to do what we ought to have done. We are sorry and truly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past and lead us in his way to walk as children of light. Amen.

Absolution

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on you and set you free from sin, strengthen you in goodness and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria

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

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and forever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Prayer

Loving God you call your Church through Jesus to fellowship and to witness to your redeeming Love to the world. We give you thanks for the companionship and witness of the Diocese of the Highveld and the Diocese of Monmouth. Guide, inspire and sustain this companionship.

As we learn from each other, empower us to continue to touch the hearts of others and care for those burdened with the cares of life. We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God now and forever.

Amen

First Reading

Nehemiah 8.1-4, 8-12

Psalm 119.9-16

Happy are they who walk in the law of the Lord.

How shall the young cleanse their way?  By keeping to your words.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commandments.

Happy are they who walk in the law of the Lord.

I treasure your promise in my heart, that I may not sin against you.

Blessèd are you, O Lord;  instruct me in your statutes.

Happy are they who walk in the law of the Lord.

With my lips will I recite all the judgements of your mouth. 

I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees than in all manner of riches.

Happy are they who walk in the law of the Lord.

I will meditate on your commandments and give attention to your ways.

My delight is in your statutes;  I will not forget your word.

Happy are they who walk in the law of the Lord.

Second Reading

Colossians 3.12-17

Hymn Guide me Oh my great redeemer

The Gospel

                                           Please stand

Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to Saint Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord

Matthew 24.30-35

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ

The Sermon

 

Creed

We trust in God the Father,who has revealed his love and kindness to us, and in his mercy saved us, not for any good deed of our own but because he is merciful.

We trust in Jesus Christ, who gave himself up for us to free us from our sin, and set us apart for himself – a people eager to love and care.

We trust in the Holy Spirit, whom God poured out on us generously through Christ our Saviour, So that we may become carries of love heirs of hope and the eternal life.

Prayers

The Peace

                       (please stand)

Christ is our peace.

On the cross He reconciled the world to himself.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Let us share with one another a sign of God’s peace.

Hymn   The Spirit Lives to set us free

Eucharistic Prayer 3

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy at all times and in all places to give you thanks, and praise, holy Father, heavenly King, almighty, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ your only Son our Lord.

He is your eternal Word: through him you created the universe and formed us men and women in your own image.

You sent him to be our Saviour, born of Mary through the power of the Spirit.

Upon the cross he opened wide his arms of mercy, embracing us in perfect love, destroying the power of evil, suffering and death.

On the first day of the week you raised him from the dead and opened to us the gate of everlasting life.

Through him you have given us your holy and life-giving Spirit, and made us your own sons and daughters.

Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we proclaim your great and glorious name, forever 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.

Hear us, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

Through him accept our sacrifice of praise, and grant that, by the power of your Spirit, these gifts of bread and wine may be for us his body and his blood; who in the same night that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;  he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying,

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper, he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying,

Drink from this, all of you; for 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.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come in glory.

Therefore, Father, remembering the saving death and resurrection of your Son, we offer to you in thanksgiving this bread and this cup, your gifts to us, and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send your Holy Spirit upon all of us who share this bread and this cup.

Strengthen our faith, make us one and welcome us and all your people into the glorious kingdom of your Son. Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory are yours,

Almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray with confidence to the Father:

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.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Amen.

The Communion

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body

for we all share in one bread.

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Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Communion song             As the Deer

The Sending Out

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.

God`s mercy never comes to an end

Loving God our life and hope, we thank you that in these holy mysteries we have been nourished and renewed with the body and blood of our saviour Jesus Christ.                                                                               May it enhance our fellowship and companionship. companionship.  Keep us faithful and watchful.

Give us thankful hearts that receive with grace and give with love. Strengthen our faith so that it can sustain us in times of difficulties.       Keep our hope unfading so that we may ever grow in love for you and one another.                                 Through Jesus Christ name we pray

Amen

Father almighty we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Send us out into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

Final Hymn  And can it be

The Blessing

May the Lord guide your steps and confirm your hearts in his love May the Lord keep you brave and strong In times of trials

May you be a good witness for the gospel by the love and joy you radiate,

And the blessing of God Almighty the Father , the Son and the Holy Spirit remain with you and strengthen you. now and always.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.