Weekly Online Service
11 April 2021 The Second 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

All, hail the power of Jesu’s name

All, hail the power of Jesu’s name;
let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem
to crown him, crown him, crown him
crown him Lord of all.

Crown him, ye morning stars of light,
who fixed this floating ball;
now hail the Strength of Israel’s might,
and crown him, crown him, crown him
crown him Lord of all.

Crown him, ye martyrs of your God,
who from his altar call;
praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
and crown him, crown him, crown him
crown him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
ye ransomed of the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him, crown him, crown him
crown him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
the wormwood and the gall,
go spread your trophies at his feet,
and crown him, crown him, crown him
crown him Lord of all.

Let every tribe and every tongue
to him their hearts enthral,
lift high the universal song
and crown him, crown him, crown him
crown him Lord of all.

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, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ 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 4.32-35 - Read by Jean McDonald

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. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 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. 35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

1 John 1.1 - 2.2 - Read by Katie Smart

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— 2 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— 3 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. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

5 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. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 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. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

2 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; 2 and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

John 20.19-31 - Read by Diane Coxon

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.

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.’ 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 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.’

26 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.’ 27 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.’ 28 Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29 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.’

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 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.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

When suddenly he was there in the midst of them; “Peace be with you,” he said. Amen.

John 20:19-31

Peace be with you, a phrase we use very often in church, both in the liturgy and as a general greeting, just as Jesus used it in the upper room. During the pandemic we have needed the Peace of Christ in bucket loads. I have spent a great deal of time during the past year in meditation, remembering different times in my life when ‘peace’ was an emotion that I really needed but couldn’t find.

I do remember clearly, during my pre ordination retreat in ‘St Mary at the Cross’ at Edgware Abbey, I spent several hours sitting quietly in the chapel at the foot of a large crucifix. I had been challenged to meditate on the figure of Christ and pray about what it was I was about to do. In the side chapel there was a beautiful statue of Mary his mother, holding the crucified Jesus in her arms just as she would have held him as a baby. I was moved to tears.

It took me back and I remembered St Mary Magdalene’s Pilgrimage and the Passion play at Oberamergaur in the year 2000, and the scene when Jesus was brought down from the cross. I clearly remember Mary’s cry of despair and at the time, it cut through my heart. In that moment I really got it, we could say it was a ‘light bulb’ moment. Christ died for me, I had never felt so close to God before; this was a truly uplifting and deeply spiritual moment. In attempting to describe my experience it is not that I felt transported out of this world, but felt God’s presence in body mind and soul with my whole being. Some of us at St Mary’s may be returning to Oberamergaur very soon and I pray you have such an experience to remember too.

In coming to believe, not everyone by any means has a sudden or light bulb moment, for others it might be a slow and steady building of a firm faith, step by step. Something we do all share though at some point is feeling left out and we can have a good idea of how Thomas felt at missing Jesus’ appearance in the upper room.

It was no wonder he was sceptical when receiving an excited testimony about a visit from the risen Jesus; he wanted to see Jesus too. We can only imagine the situation, the disciples were holed up and terrified that the Jewish authorities would come and haul them off to kill them too. When suddenly he was there in the midst of them; “Peace be with you,” he said. Just like Thomas, would they have been so excited if this Good News had come to them second hand?

I have a real soft spot for Thomas; he had waited eight days, wondering why Jesus had left him out. He may well have been wondering if it had all been a huge mistake to follow this man, who he had been prepared to die for. All of us have times in life when doubt crowds out faith; we would all like to have certainties about our future. It is reassuring that Jesus did not rebuke Thomas for his doubt, but gently offered him the opportunity to ‘touch and believe’. This was a ‘light bulb moment’ for Thomas, who said, “show me the way”, and who, when seeing the Risen Lord for himself needed no further proof, he was first to put it all together and recognise that Jesus was God.

‘Peace be with you’ is not only a recognised greeting but also a command. “Shalom”, there won’t be many among us this morning that don’t know the Hebrew word ‘shalom’ means ‘peace’. But there is a lot more to this little word than the greeting of ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ commonly used in polite Jewish society, or even among Christians during the exchange of the ‘Peace’ in our worship Sunday by Sunday.

The context of Jesus’ ministry was based on Jewish tradition. In each of his parables he unfolded and imbibed the Law of Moses, with its many layers of meaning. The same can be said of the language, the Hebrew word ‘Shalom’ has many layers of meaning, it carries a sense of wholeness, fullness, completeness, harmony, total well being and much more. So much more that all the early believers were moved to be of “one heart and soul” as Luke puts it. The early Christians were willing to share all they owned in order to share in this blessing of peace. We are invited to do the same as we grow in faith, trust and commitment.

Just as the disciples of the first century were, we 21st century Christians are, sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring Christ’s peace into the world, to proclaim in Jesus’ name, the forgiveness of sin, for all who believe and trust in him. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you”.

As a church, we are called to gather together in peace and harmony as an inclusive group. We are called to welcome those who have yet to explore ideas of spirituality, and to share Christ’s peace, Shalom, with them.

In the scriptures, and by scholars down the ages, we have been given many titles for Jesus, ‘Son of God’ ‘high priest’ ‘prophet’ and for some, these seem to suggest something of a job description, but for me however, Jesus ‘the prince of peace’ describes his life, ministry and his personality completely.

In the Christmas story, when God’s messenger told the shepherds of Jesus’ birth, the heavenly host sang out “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favours”. Later Jesus said to his disciples “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” This is the Shalom we are to proclaim to the whole of creation, the peace that Thomas, in his ‘light bulb moment’ recognised in the risen Christ.

May we who have been sent out in his name be an example of his love and compassion for the whole of creation? May our lives, our joint vocation of peace and service, through the Holy Spirit, be a breath of New Life to all as we share Shalom.

Father we thank you for Thomas, for the blessing of doubt and the joy in coming to believe. And may your Kingdom Come! Amen.

The Rev'd Mo Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 11/04/2021

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 Collect

Lord God our Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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

Christ the Lord is risen again

Christ the Lord is risen again;
Christ has broken every chain!
Hark, the angels shout for joy,
Singing evermore on high: Alleluia.

Christ who gave for us his life,
Who for us endured the strife,
Is our Paschal Lamb today.
We, too, sing for joy and say: Alleluia.

Christ who bore all pain and loss
Comfortless upon the cross,
Lives in glory now on high,
Pleads for us and hears our cry: Alleluia.

He who slumbered in the grave
Is exalted now to save,
Now through Christendom it rings
That the Lamb is King of kings. Alleluia.

Now he bids us tell abroad
How the lost may be restored,
How the penitent forgiv’n,
How we, too, may enter heav’n. Alleluia.

You, our Paschal Lamb indeed,
Christ, today your people feed,
Take our sins and guilt away,
That we all may sing for joy: Alleluia.

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