A Service for the sixth Sunday of Easter
17th May 2020

With our communal worship services currently "on hold", in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what follows is a contemporary service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty five (45) minutes.

I pray that you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in this service.

The text that is in reguar typeface (that is what you are reading at the moment) is to be read quietly, while the text that is in bold face (like you are reading right now) is meant to be read aloud.

Oh yes, if you come across LARGE BOLDFACE text ... that is meant to be shouted !

Christ  is Risen .....

He is Risen indeed, Alleluia !

I knew you'd get the idea :)

Opening Hymn (David Wesley's Virtual Choir)

 

Let us lift our spirits by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the lyrics, of the wonderful "In Christ Alone"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone! Who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand

 

Call to Worship

Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed, alleluia! 

 

Kia ora, te whānau, 
welcome to you my sisters and brothers.

In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life. AMEN.

Grace to you and peace
from God our Creator,
the love at our beginning
and without end,
in our midst and with us.

 

God is with us,
here we find new Life.

Let us give thanks
for the coming of God’s reign of justice and love.

 

Jesus Christ is good news for the poor,
release for the captives,
recovery of sight for the blind,
and liberty for those who are oppressed.

 

Let us pray

 

Happy are those whose sins are forgiven,
whose wrongs are pardoned.
I will confess my sins to the Lord
I will not conceal my wrongdoings.

Pause to give yourself a moment for quiet reflection.

God forgives and heals us.

We need your healing, merciful God:
give us true repentance.
Some sins are plain to us; some escape us, some we cannot face.
Forgive us; set us free to hear your word to us;
set us free to serve you.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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The Sentence for the Day

 

Happy are those whose helper is the God of Jacob;  whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, who keeps a promise forever.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)

 

Let us pray together.

God who speaks in silence; help us wait in quietness. When you seem absent, grant us the faith that knows you are there, bringing to fulfilment all you have started.  Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A reading from The Psalms

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A reading from The New Testament

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, "When we walk with The Lord : Trust and Obey"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel Reading, John 14:15-21

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Christ  is Risen .....

He is Risen indeed, Alleluia !

Did you remember to shout it out :)

A Sermon for the Fifth
Sunday of Easter

(click the "play" button, below:)

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If you prefer to read the full sermon notes rather than to listen then please CLICK HERE.

Pause and Reflect

 

Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes.
 

Reflect upon how, in our lives, we might grow ever better in "Making A Difference".

An Affirmation of Our Faith
 

Let us affirm our faith by listening as a "The Apostles Creed" is read to us.
(click the "play" button below when you are ready to listen) 

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Let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness

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Let us pray together and aloud:

 

Blessed are you,
God of growth and discovery;
yours is the inspiration
that has altered and changed our lives;
yours is the power that has brought us
to new dangers and opportunities.
Set us, your new creation,
to walk through this new world,
watching and learning,
loving and trusting,
until your kingdom comes.    Amen
.

The Peace

 

The peace of God be with you all.
In God's justice is our peace.


E te whānau, Brothers and sisters, Christ calls us to live in unity.
We seek to live in the Spirit of Christ.

 

I say to you all:

The Peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

Are you missing Holy Communion? Click here.

The Lord's Prayer

 

Remembering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, because Jesus Christ has taught us:
 

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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.

The Risen Lord Christ

 

May the Risen Lord Christ turn His face towards you. May the Risen Lord Christ cause His light to shine upon you. May the Risen Lord Christ grant you His peace. Amen

A Closing Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with one of the wonderful hymns that reminds us of the unchanging and never-ending that God has for each and every one of us ... "Love Divine All Loves Excelling".

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

Dismissal

 

Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.

 

Amen, we go in the name of Christ.

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