Weekly Online Service
18 April 2021 The Third Sunday of Easter

Please find below our service for this week. You can also click on the PDF button to open and download a copy of the printed generic Service booklet.

You will find an opening hymn - words are included. This is followed by the service. Finally there is a closing hymn. Please feel free to follow along in whichever way you feel most comfortable. Words in bold are for everyone to join in.

Hymn

Thine be the glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting:

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above:

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

Service Audio

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

All say Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you.

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.

The Prayers of Penitence

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.  Amen.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria in Excelcis

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

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.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

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.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

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.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

The Collect of the Day is said or sung.

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The New Testament Readings

Acts 3.12-19 - Read by Elizabeth Ranson

When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

17 ‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

1 John 3.1-7 - Read by Aniru Shyllon

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

4 Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

Luke 24.36b-48 - Read by Adeola Shyllon

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

All say: Glory to you, O Lord.

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.

44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

The ancient world knew all about ghosts, visions, apparitions, and spooks. Amen.

Luke 24:36b-48

“Searching” is the word used to describe what happens to many of us when someone we love has died. For example, there you are, in Tesco buying cakes for the after funeral tea, when you see him - or her. Just glimpses in the crowd, but you are certain, yes it is him, that’s just the way he wore his hat, or just the way she walked.

There was once an elderly lady who would not allow visitors to sit in ‘his’ chair. She had regular conversations with him, her husband, even though he had died ten years before. She felt his presence with her all the time.

How can we be confident these sorts of experiences were not what the disciples were having? The ancient world knew all about ghosts, visions, apparitions, and spooks. Their writings have many accounts of dead people returning, ghosts haunting or spying on the living. But the disciples didn’t refer to those sorts of events, to explain their extraordinary experiences, of the presence of the risen Jesus.

For many years I have made clear to grieving people that ghosts do not haunt us. Rather it is we that haunt ourselves, with what we have said or done and wished we hadn’t; or what we didn’t do or say and wished we had. Ghosts do not eat, and as apparitions or visions, they can’t be touched.

The disciples went to great lengths to tell that the risen Jesus ate broiled fish and offered him-self to be touched. On the other hand, they also told us that he appeared suddenly in locked rooms and disappeared too. These contradictions do not make a credible story, if they were describing resuscitation, or a totally spiritual appearance after a death.

They had no words to describe what was illogical and indescribable, a presence that had no precedent or explanation, except what Jesus had told them, that on the third day he would rise again from the dead.

St Luke, at the end of today’s gospel, described how the resurrected Jesus explained to the disciples, what we now know; the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had been fulfilled. The old order of Adam and sin and death was gone. They were, as we are, healed and restored in God’s love.

The disciples knew that Jesus had died and now existed somehow in both their world and in God’s. This was a new reality, a new way of being, and became the model of how Christians understood that they shared in Jesus’ resurrection life. We too, as followers of Christ, exist both in the here and now, and into eternity.

Peter and the other disciples were given a newfound boldness to proclaim that Jesus is alive, and they shared hope in a life beyond death. This boldness and hope were held very close within the walls of Jerusalem but would blossom and flourish at Pentecost and be spread throughout the known world.

In the Eucharist week by week, we act out and recreate the whole of what happened at the first Easter. “Peace be with you” is the refrain that draws us closer to the Table. Remember “They recognised the Lord in the breaking of the bread at Emmaus”, we recognise his presence with us now in the bread and wine. We are fed with his body and blood and nourished with boldness and hope. We are strengthened to proclaim:

“Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”.

The elderly lady who feels the comfort and presence of her dead husband is only a pale resemblance of what we can feel as we ‘eat and drink in remembrance of him’.

The poor reflection that we see in our mirror may not show the fullness of what we shall be in Christ, but as children of God we can expect to be as God intends us to be when we see him face to face.

Let us pray:

Almighty God and Father, strengthen us to boldly proclaim the hope you have set before us, that as children of God we may share in your promise of life in all its fullness and life eternal, through your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Rev'd Mo Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 18/04/2021

Service Audio

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Intercessions 

The Intercessions list has been circulated with petitions for the Church, The World, The Community, Our Keyworkers, The Sick and the Deceased. The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is found at:

London Anglican Cycle of Prayer

This or another response may be used:

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen N our bishop(s) and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …; according to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

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

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

and also with you.

A sign of peace may be exchanged.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray.

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.

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh bw

As we pray for Her Majesty the Queen and remember Prince Philip, I have a small and personal memory of a kind man who made me feel quite special as a young girl. He was kind and made many people feel comfortable in his presence. I, with all at St Mary Magdalene send our condolences to the Queen and the whole of the Royal Family. May the Prince rest in the peace that Christ offers to us all.

Mo.

A message from the Bishop of London

I remember being particularly touched by what The Queen said of Prince Philip on their golden wedding anniversary:  “He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments. He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.”

To reflect now on their life of dedication, to one another and to the people, is special. The fact their golden wedding anniversary was almost a quarter of a century ago is in itself remarkable. They have been married over 73 years, with four children, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Side-by-side they’ve travelled all over the world, from Australia to America, Africa to India, flying the flag for the Commonwealth headed up by Her Majesty. They’ve shared total commitment to their duties and service and they always had each other to lighten the burden of public life with a little bit of laughter. 

Her Majesty The Queen was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death on a tour of the Commonwealth. A very young woman, away from home, suddenly and devastatingly bereaved, she made a simple statement of commitment, a statement that she would be there for those she governed, that she was dedicating herself to them.

In a message released on Accession Day, Princess Elizabeth wrote: In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness.  Beside her then, as he has been since, was Prince Philip. 

‘Dedication’ is a word rooted in classical and biblical language: in this context, to be ‘dedicated’ is to be absolutely removed from other uses, being completely available to God.  Whilst it was the Princess who gave the historic message, the commitment to dedication was also made by Prince Philip.

That dedication is clear in his naval career, during which he saw active service in the Second World War, achieving the rank of Commander. But I think to all of us it is clearest in his work in support of The Queen. In 2009 he became the longest serving British consort in the history of our nation. His dedication to his other passions: conservation, engineering and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, has touched us all, and will continue to do so for generations.

To declare a lifelong dedication is to take a huge risk, to embark on a costly venture. It is clear to me that The Queen’s words spoken about her husband over 20 years ago remain as true today: we owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.

My prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this time. I pray that they may know God’s comfort and peace.

Online Books of Condolence

There is an online Book of Condolence on the Church of England website that may be signed: https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip

Also, there is an online Book of Condolence on the Royal Family’s website: https://www.royal.uk/

Prayers

God of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, for the love he shared among us, and for his devotion to duty. We entrust him now to your love and mercy, through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

Merciful God, be close to all who mourn, especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family. May they know the hope of your promises and the comfort of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eternal God, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We remember his vision and imagination, his interest in young people and his support for them. Inspire us with the same commitment to serve friend, neighbour, and stranger alike, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen,
long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.
Send her victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store
on her be pleased to pour,
long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
and ever give us cause
to sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen.

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Service Audio

The Post Communion Prayer

Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Recessional Hymn

Lord of the dance

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth;
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Refrain:
Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,
But they would not dance, and they wouldn't follow me;
I danced for the fishermen, for James and for John;
They came with me and the dance went on.
[Refrain]

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame:
The holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me on high,
And they left me there on a Cross to die.
[Refrain]

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I'd gone;
But I am the Dance and I still go on.
[Refrain]

They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that'll never, never die;
I'll live in you if you'll live in me:
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.
[Refrain]

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