Online Worship: 2nd May 2021, Fifth Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is the 2nd of May 2021,
the fifth Sunday of Easter.

Alleluia. Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Allelulia!

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week. Today is the fifth Sunday of the season of Easter and we are focusing on a famous bit of Jesus’ teaching from John 15 – “I am the true vine”.

We welcome back Rev Jim Brown, a retired Minister living in Offham, who brings our talk for today. Our friend and colleague, Rev Mark Montgomery who leads St Gabriel’s Kings Hill, is with us also to bring the Bible reading. Our thanks to them both.

Learning from Jesus’ words in John 15, if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit. So as we seek to overcome the Pandemic, as part of our ‘fruit bearing’ let us continue to look out for one another and support those in need. Please do ask if you need any help. There are plenty of people ready to assist you.

Notices

There’s news of some important fund-raising for Christian Aid amongst our notices this week. This page will tell you more about everything happening at the moment.

Songs to sing today

In Christ alone

Speak, O Lord, as we come to you

All-Age: Jericho Song

Virtual Sunday School

4front Theatre and St Peter’s in Worcester are taking a break this week so we are going to offer something different for our children and families.

We know quite a few of Nick & Becky Drake’s songs already but they also run something called Family at 4 and so we’re sharing one of them here. Please note their approach to online worship is to provide one long video that covers the whole service and so this one video lasts 40 minutes. If you take part with Nick & Becky, don’t feel like you need to watch any of our other video options on this page as well!

Jim’s video sermon for this Sunday

00:28 the Bible Reading with Rev Mark, 02:24 onwards the Sermon with Rev Jim.

Prayers for today

Prayers of Intercession
for Easter season

We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.

Jesus, light of the world,
bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations …
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, bread of life, give food to the hungry …
and nourish us all with your word.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, our way, our truth, our life,
be with us and all who follow you in the way …
Deepen our appreciation of your truth and fill us with your life.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep,
recover the straggler, bind up the injured, strengthen the sick
and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, the resurrection and the life,
we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you …
Raise us with them to eternal life.
Jesus, Lord of life,
in your mercy, hear us,
accept our prayers, and be with us always.
Amen.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

Almighty God,
healer of the sick and strength of the weak,
look with mercy on all those who suffer at this time.
Bring healing to those who are sick,
bring peace to those who are anxious,
bring strength to those who care for them,
and bring wisdom to our leaders
that our whole society may journey together through this difficult time
with determination and generosity,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 for ever.
Amen.

Blessing

May God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers (Offham): Jim & Jean Brown, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker, Hazel Watson.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Jane Best-Shaw, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Stuart Richards, Eileen Vickers, Janet & John Wincott, Ann, Heather, William, Stephanie, Michael, Alice, Jennifer and Thomas, Rene and Lauren.
  • For the families of baby Shelby-Grace Apps, Sylvia Lucas, Carol Baker and Eleanor Marshall, who have all died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in education. For wisdom, patience and creativity and for their witness at work.
  • Giving thanks for those who work with our children in our churches. For creativity and ideas, their love and nurture and for wisdom about the future as we look to re-open our activities after Covid.
  • Prayers for St John’s Church and the people of Wateringbury.
  • As we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, we pray for the UK and world authorities; political, medical, scientific, civil and religious. We pray especially for those involved in caring for the sick and dying, and those who are working to distribute the vaccine.
  • Praying for HM the Queen and the Royal Family as they grieve the death of HRH Prince Philip.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially we pray for the USA, India, Brazil and Russia, for Myanmar, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For Rev Peeter Kaldur, and our partner churches of St Michael’s, Jõhvi and Pühajõe church in Estonia.

Daily Prayer

It is now possible to pray each day via the Church of England website with Morning and Evening Prayer and Prayer during the Day all provided, along with the correct lectionary readings for each day.

There’s also an App you can download to get the same material direct to your smartphone or tablet device.

Since this facility is now available, we won’t be reprinting the lectionary readings each week here on this page.

Find out more here:
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

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