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Sunday 11th April 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

WELCOME

Welcome to our weekly selection of prayers, readings and music for worship. Today is the 2nd Sunday of Easter and our Reflection on today’s bible readings is by our friend, the Revd Dr Walter Houston.

 This is the day which the Lord has made:

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

INTROIT HYMN – God of grace and God of glory (tune: Cwm Rhondda)

COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

1st READING – Acts 4:32-35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

HYMN: Just as I am, without one plea (tune: Saffron Walden)

2nd READING – 1 John 1:1-2:2

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us– we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

GRADUAL PSALM – Psalm 133, set to music by Nick Strimple, sung by the vocal ensemble ‘Tonality’ in the church of St Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood in 2016.

Ecce, quam bonum!

  1. Behold, behold how good and pleasant it is when people dwell in unity!

  1. It is like a precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard of Aaron, running down the collar of his robe.

  2. It is like the dew of Hermon which falls on the mountains of Zion.

  3. For there the Lordhas commanded the blessing: life for evermore.

       Behold, behold how good and pleasant it is when people dwell in unity!

GOSPEL – John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, 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.

HYMN – Ye Sons and Daughters (tune: O Filii et Filiae)

REFLECTION – Revd Dr Walter Houston

ANTHEM: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

PRAYERS

Heavenly Father, today we pray especially for the soul of His Royal Highness, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on this Sunday during the week of national mourning. We pray that you will be with Her Majesty, Elizabeth, our Queen, and all the members of the Royal Family as they privately remember their dear departed brother in Christ, and bring them not only comfort in their sorrow, but also strength and fortitude as they make preparation for his funeral service next Saturday. We give thanks to you, O Lord, for the life of Philip, husband and father, a special family man, an example to many; and we commend his soul to your safe keeping, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father, we praise and bless you for every member of your Church family throughout the world, and for the diverse ways that you graciously use each one to fulfil the particular part that you have designed for them, in your wider plans and purposes.

Thank you, that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and your own special possession. Thank you, that we are stones being built up into a glorious dwelling-place; a Temple fit for our God, so that we may proclaim your praise both with our lips and in our lives. You have brought us out of darkness into your wonderful light, and we praise and bless you for your grace and mercy.

We are a privileged people, and we thank you for making us one with each other, and in union with Christ Jesus our Lord. Stir up in our hearts a desire to fulfil your purposes for us, with Christ as our chief cornerstone. Sanctify us with your truth and keep our minds for ever focused on Jesus, who alone is our guide, our saviour and mediator; in whom is eternal life, and through whom we make this prayer. Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer

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.

So let us go forth into the world in peace,
Being of good courage,
Holding fast that which is good.
Rendering to no one evil for evil.
Help us give strength to the fainthearted,
To support the weak,
To help the afflicted.
Showing love to all,
Loving and serving the Lord,
And rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
And may the blessing of almighty God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

HYMN – Crown him with many crowns (tune Diademata)

ORGAN VOLUNTARY: Jihoon Song plays the Fantasia in Eb major by Johann Gottfried Müthel, the last pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach, at the Gottfried Silbermann organ (1721) of Georgenkirche in Rötha.

 SPECIFICATION OF THE ORGAN

I – Hauptwerk

Bordun 16′ Principal 8′ Rohr-Flöte 8′ Octava 4′ Spitz-Flöte 4′ Quinta 3′ Octava 2′ Cornet III (ab c1) Mixtur III Cÿmbeln II

II – Oberwerk

Gedackt 8′ Quintadena 8′ Principal 4′ Rohr-Flöte 4′ Nasat 3′ Octava 2′ Tertia 1 3/5′ Quinta 1 1/2′ Sifflet 1′ Mixtur

III Pedal

Principal-Bass 16′ Posaune 16′ Trommete 8′

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Sunday 4th April 2021 – Easter Day – Holy Communion

Choral Eucharist – URC Order 4

Setting: ‘Coronation’ Mass KV 317 in C major (W A Mozart)

Reflection: Revd Dr David Stec

WELCOME

Today’s service follows the Fourth Order for Holy Communion of the United Reformed Church. The choral setting today is Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ Mass KV 317 sung by the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and for any of you who would like to join them, music is provided! The spoken parts of the service have been recorded by Douglas. Please feel free to use these, or read the sections in your own preferred way.

Opening Sentences

Leader: This is the day which the Lord has made

All: let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

All: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 Prayer of Approach

Let us pray. 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.

HYMN: The Lord is risen indeed (tune: Nazarena)

 Confession of Sin

Lord God most merciful, we confess that we have sinned, through our own fault, and in common with others, in thought, word and deed, and through what we have left undone. We ask to be forgiven. By the power of your Spirit turn us from evil to good, help us to forgive others, and keep us in your ways of righteousness and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

In repentance and in faith receive the promise of grace and the assurance of pardon. Here are words you may trust, words that merit full acceptance: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’ Your sins are forgiven for his sake. Thanks be to God.

The Kyries

 Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

 Gloria in excelsis

 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.

Prayer for Today

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity. Amen.

 A Lesson from the Old Testament – Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

HYMN: The strife is o’er, the battle done (tune: Victory)

 The EPISTLE – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you–unless you have come to believe in vain. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them–though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

The Easter Anthems

1 Christ our passover is sacrificed for us : therefore let us keep the feast;

2 Not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness : but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

3 Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more : death hath no more dominion over him.

4 For in that he died, he died unto sin once : but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

5 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin : but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

6 Christ is risen from the dead : and become the first-fruits of them that slept.

7 For since by man came death : by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

8 For as in Adam all die : even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end.  Amen.

The HOLY GOSPEL – Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

HYMN: Low in the grave he lay (tune: Christ arose)

 REFLECTION: Revd Dr David Stec

Prayers for the Church and the World

Christ is Risen, and the power of His resurrection fills the world today with new life, hope and expectation and so we bring him all our needs.

Faithful God, we join with your church throughout the world celebrating the Resurrection on this day. Despite our diversity of language and of race, we share in our worship a common joy and delight which makes us one in the Gospel. We pray that the Holy Spirit may guide and strengthen us, both in mission and in service, praying that we may grow daily in our love for you, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We pray especially for your Church here in Sheffield, and especially for our own future, as we begin to recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic.

 (Short Silence)

Christ is Risen: He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Creator God, we pray for the leaders of the nations of the world, that they may govern their people justly and fairly, giving due priority to those in greatest need. We also remember today those involved in the fight against international terrorism and for all service personnel in active duty around the world. We pray especially for all the innocent people who find themselves fleeing the barbaric actions of military regime in Burma.

 (Short Silence)

Christ is Risen: He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Father God, this joyful Eastertide we pray for our families and friends, especially those we are still unable to visit because of the pandemic. We thank you for the joy of sending and receiving Easter greetings and messages of love, and we are thankful for the latest communication systems which seem to bring our loved ones even closer, even those who are separated by great distances.

 (Short Silence)

Christ is Risen: He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Creator God we pray for those who are in need and ask you to look with pity on those who suffer. We pray for the broken-hearted, for the sick and the lonely, that your very presence would comfort them in their time of need. We give special thanks for all who work in the health and caring services, and for those who look after and educate our children.

 (Short Silence)

Christ is Risen: He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Merciful God, we pray for those who have recently died, that they may share in the promise of new life won for us all, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, and by his consequential triumph over death and the grave.

 (Short Silence)

Christ is Risen: He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

This weekend we share in the birthday celebrations of Martin How, former Southern Area Commissioner for the RSCM and founder of the Southern Cathedral Singers. We join with church musicians worldwide in thanking Martin for a lifetime of inspirational service to church music, wishing him the happiest of 90th birthdays.

Faithful God as we go out into the world, we pray that we may reflect your love in our families, our church and our community; so that the world can witness that we are followers of Christ, and that by example we may draw others into his loving care.

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

The Invitation and the Gracious Words

Hear the gracious words of our Lord Jesus Christ; Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Anyone who comes to me I will never drive away.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

HYMN: Jesus lives! thy terrors now (tune: St. Albinus)

 1

Jesus lives! Thy terrors now
Can no more, O death, no more appal us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
Thou, O grave, canst not enthral us.
Alleluya!

2

Jesus lives! henceforth is death
But the gate of life immortal;
This shall calm our trembling breath,
When we pass its gloomy portal.
Alleluya!

3

Jesus lives! for us he died;
Then, alone to Jesus living,
Pure in heart may we abide,
Glory to our Saviour giving.
Alleluya!

4

Jesus lives! our hearts know well
Nought from us his love shall sever;
Life, nor death, nor powers of hell
Tear us from his keeping ever.
Alleluya!

5

Jesus lives! to him the throne
Over all the world is given;
May we go where he is gone,
Rest and reign with him in heaven.
Alleluya!

The Offertory

If you are partaking of your own bread and wine in your home, you are invited to offer this prayer of blessing:

Eternal God, we come with these gifts to offer our sacrifice of praise and the service of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Narrative of the Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Hear the narrative of the institution of the Lord’s Supper as it was recorded by the apostle Paul. I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body that is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

The Taking of the Bread and Wine

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and following his example, we take this bread and this cup, and give thanks to God.

The Thanksgiving

 Leader: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

With joy we give you thanks and praise, Almighty God, Source of all life and love, that we live in your world, that you are always creating and sustaining it by your power, and that you have so made us that we can know and love you, trust and serve you. We give you thanks that you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him may not die but have eternal life. We thank you that Jesus was born among us that he lived our common life on earth; that he suffered and died for us; that he rose again; and that he is always present through the Holy Spirit. We thank you that we can live in the faith that your kingdom will come, and that in life, in death and beyond death you are with us.

Therefore with all the company of heaven, and with all your people, of all places and times, we proclaim your greatness and sing your praise.

Sanctus and Benedictus

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.

Holy Lord God, by what we do here in remembrance of Christ we celebrate his perfect sacrifice on the Cross and his glorious resurrection and ascension; we declare that he is Lord of all; and we prepare for his coming in his kingdom. We pray that through your Holy Spirit this bread may be for us the body of Christ and this wine the blood of Christ. Accept our sacrifice of praise; and as we eat and drink at his command unite us to Christ as one body in him, and give us strength to serve you in the world. And to you, one holy and eternal God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we give praise and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

 The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup saying ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

The Sharing of the Bread and Wine

Before you take the bread, you may say:

Take, eat – this is the body of Christ which is broken for me; this I do this in remembrance of him.

Before you take the wine, you may say:

This cup, of which I drink, is the new covenant in the blood of Christ, shed for me and for many for the remission of sins.

Agnus Dei

 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.

Anthem: Ye choirs of New Jerusalem (Sir C V Stanford), sung by the Choir of New College, Oxford

 The Acclamation

Leader: Let us praise the Lord.

All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Blessing and honour and glory and power be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer after Communion

God of Life, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, who by his glorious resurrection has delivered us from the power of the enemy: grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN: Thine be the glory (tune: Judas Maccabeus)

 Dismissal and Blessing

Go in peace to serve the Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with us evermore. Amen.

ORGAN VOLUNTARY: Choral-Improvisation on ‘Victimæ Paschali laudes’ by Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) transcribed by Maurice Duruflé. Organ: Olivier Penin (Grandes Orgues de la Basilique Sainte-Clotilde, Paris)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN HOW!

Following three years of raising £250,000 for the Minster Organ Restoration Appeal, we celebrated the arrival of the newly-restored organ with an Organ Inaugural Concert on Saturday 17th November 2018. The concert opened with a world-premiere of an organ piece entitled ‘Thanksgiving’, specifically composed and played for the reopening of the Minster organ by the Minster’s Organist Laureate, Martin How. This was then followed by Martin’s rousing arrangement of the hymn ‘Light’s Abode, Celestial Salem’, sung by the Minster Choirs and the Whitgift Chamber Choir under the direction of Ronny Krippner.

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