St Andrew’s Church service for the Sunday after Ascension on 16th May 2021 at 10am
Call to worship
You who are passing through hard times: come!
You who need strength to support those who are suffering: come!
You who are full of happiness: come!
You who are burdened and busy: come!
Come; let us unite in worship of the One who offers us protection, comfort and joy.
A prayer of approach
Gracious God, set apart as your people yet together in your world
All: we worship you as one.
Emboldened by your power, protected by your promises and filled with your peace, we worship you as one.
Upheld by your word, inspired by your truth and named as your friends, we worship you as one.
Keep us safe in the world. Keep us praying for the world. As one, in JESUS’ name. Amen.
Prayer of praise and thanksgiving
Lord Jesus, as your disciples in the world today, we thank you that your word of truth, your prayer of power and your heart of love, continue to protect, inspire and unite us as we live out our faith, build up our relationships, and hold the world before you in prayer.
God of yesterday, tomorrow and today, we are children of the world you love and care for. We praise you, heavenly Father, calling us into relationship with you. We praise you, Lord Jesus, for the power of your name and the protection of your prayers. We praise you, Holy Spirit, for your guidance and gifts that enable us to draw others to you. For you are faithful in times of uncertainty, strong when we are weak, and the breath of all our being, the energy of all our doing and the peace of all our resting. Amen.
Prayer of confession
Jesus is our high priest, tempted like us, yet without sin. He lives for ever in heaven to intercede for us. Through him we approach the throne of grace with confidence, and confess our sins.
Lord Jesus, you wept over the sins of your city. On our city: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division, jealousy and bitterness. On us: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you bring pardon and peace to the sinner. Grant us peace: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son, to be our Saviour forgive us our sins and make us holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 John 5: 9-13 International Children’s Bible Sirena
We believe people when they say something is true. But what God says is more important. And he has told us the truth about his own Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has the truth that God told us. Anyone who does not believe makes God a liar. He does not believe what God told us about his Son. This is what God told us: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life. But the person who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write this letter to you who believe in the Son of God. I write so that you will know that you have eternal life now.
Acts 1: 15-17, 21 – 26 Hilary
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, Fellow believers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus – he was one of our number and shared in this ministry. 21 “Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning form John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.”
Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Gospel John 17: 6 – 19
Intercessions…… concluding with 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.
Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday
Have a blessed week everyone
- CHURCH ROAD
- E17 6AR