Weekly Online Service
09 May 2021 The Sixth 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

I come with joy, a child of God

I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me,
in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ's communion bread,
in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends,
and strangers now are friends.

The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here,
alive among us here.

Together met, together bound
by all that God has done,
we'll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one,
the love that makes us one.

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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.

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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 10.44-48 - Read by Adeola Shyllon

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47 ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ 48 So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

1 John 5.1-6 - Read by Elizabeth Ranson

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5 Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

6 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

John 15.9-17 - Read by Aniru Shyllon

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

All say: Glory to you, O Lord.

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

Love one another

2021-05-02 love one another“Love one another with a pure heart fervently.” A line from one of my top ten anthems, and one that gave me the most embarrassing moment ever. I learnt this anthem in my twenties when I had a voice that had a range that enabled me to sing all the parts. One day on my walk from the station to my office, I was doing just that completely unaware of a chap walking behind me. At the end of my journey, he complimented my voice and asked what it was called, with very red cheeks I answered and hurried off.

We continue our journey with the disciples from Jesus’ Resurrection to his Ascension. In the Gospel today (John 15:9-17), we listen in on the conversation between Jesus and the apostles during the Last Supper. John the Evangelist shares this conversation with us because not only was Jesus’ conversation for strengthening the apostles but for our benefit too. Today we heard Jesus begin, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” (John 15:9) we learn that the Father loves Jesus and in the same way Jesus loves us. Think of how much the Father loves Jesus. We cannot even begin to imagine how much the Father loves Jesus, but we see the Father expressing his love for Jesus throughout the Gospels.

When Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened and the Spirit descended on Jesus and the Father spoke, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:17) When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain and shone brilliantly white, once again the Father spoke and said, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matt 17:5) When you love someone you show that love in various ways such as words of support, spending quality time together, helping them. When Jesus was baptized and transfigured, the Father stated his love for Jesus, “This is my beloved Son.”

Jesus says he loves us just as the Father loves us. “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” Later Jesus explains just how he loves us, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13) Jesus laid down his life for us. This is the greatest love anyone can show. When someone loves us, they show it, and Jesus showed his love as he laid down his life for us on the Cross. The Father loves Jesus and Jesus laid down his life for us on Calvary.

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” Then Jesus says, “Remain in my love.” (John 15:9) Jesus is inviting us into this relationship of love between the Father and Jesus himself. Jesus wants that for us. Jesus offers that love between the Father and himself to us, “Remain in my love.” How do we remain in the love of Jesus? Where do we receive the love of Jesus? Just as we show love to another by spending quality time with that person, we can receive the love of Jesus by spending quality time with Jesus. If we do not spend quality time with Jesus, how can Jesus spend quality time with us to give us his love? We spend quality time with Jesus by praying every day.

Quality time is not just a hurried grace before or after meals, or a hurried prayer last thing at night. Quality time is spending time every day in prayer with Jesus. Finding a way to pray that suits. To begin praying, the atmosphere must be right. We can pray in the church or a chapel or at home, but the room must be quiet, without distractions, and comfortable. Praying together with family is great because praying together unites us. We are familiar with the saying, “The family that prays together stays together.” Just as our bodies need to be nourished by food, our prayer also needs nourishment so we could begin our prayer by reading a passage from one of the Gospels and use it to help us to pray and reflect and meditate. Or we could read a passage from a spiritual book, so our mind is already raised to God when we pray. It is quite ok to talk to God about our day when we pray. We can come before God just as we are with all our faults and fears, our problems and joys and hopes.

As we spend quality time with Jesus, something happens gradually. As we pour out our thoughts to God, and mull over his words in the Bible, we gradually soak up those words and they become part of us. We discover that the words of the Bible are a love letter from God to us. As we spend quality time with Jesus and allow him to spend quality time with us, we gain new insights into life and into our lives and the world around us. We also become happier and that time in prayer with Jesus can become the happiest part of our day. Then the words of Jesus in the Gospel today make sense, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

Many studies have shown that prayer is good for our health. As we spend time in prayer with Jesus and get new insights into life and the world around us and gradually soak up the words of God to us and they become part of us, we also see that there is a way to live that pleases Jesus. Then what Jesus says in the Gospel today makes perfect sense, “If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love.” (John 15:10) In fact, when living the life of Jesus, commandments do not even seem like commandments but are the natural way to live. So how do we remain in the love of Jesus? The answer is simple and Jesus himself gives it to us; we remain in Jesus’ love by keeping his commandments. This is not a restriction at all but pure joy because it all flows from spending quality time with Jesus to allow him to spend quality time with us.

As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love. (John 15:9-10) Amen.

The Rev'd Mo Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 09/05/2021

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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.

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The Post Communion Prayer

God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him 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

Take my life, and let it be

Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love;
take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
always, only, for my King;
take my lips, and let them be
filled with messages from thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold;
take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it thine:
it shall be no longer mine;
take my heart: it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store;
take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

Material from Common Worship 2000 is included in this service and is copyright © The Central Board of Finance of the Church of England.