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A Service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
24th 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 !

Man Shouting

I knew you'd get the idea :)

Opening Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the lyrics, of the wonderful "At The Name Of Jesus."

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

Call to Worship

Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed, alleluia! 


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

Welcome to you, for we are Christ’s body, Christ’s work in the world.
Welcome to you whose baptism makes you salt of the earth and light to the world.
Rejoice and be glad.
Praise God who gives us forgiveness and hope.

Christ is our light

the joy of our salvation.

Praise and glory to Christ, God’s new beginning for humanity
making ritual water gospel wine, cleansing all our worship.


Love and loyalty to Christ, who gives us the gospel.
Praise to Christ who calls us to holiness.

Let us pray

We come seeking forgiveness for all we have failed to be and do
as members of Christ’s body.


Pause to give yourself a moment for quiet reflection.

In God there is foregiveness

Loving and all-seeing God
forgive us where we have failed to support one another
and to be what we claim to be.
Forgive us where we have failed to serve you;
and where our thoughts and actions have been
contrary to yours we ask your pardon.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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00:00 / 00:18

The Sentence for the Day


Without having seen Christ you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Let us pray together.

Holy God, you have not left us alone but promised your abiding protection. In all we face, grant us such a knowledge of your presence, and abiding care, that nothing can destroy our trust. 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 Acts of The Apostles

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00:00 / 03:01

A second reading from The New Testament

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00:00 / 01:22

Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, "Jesus Is Lord"

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

The Gospel Reading, John 17:1-11 (Jesus Prays For His Disciples)

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00:00 / 02:14

Christ  is Risen .....

He is Risen indeed, Alleluia !

Did you remember to shout it out :)

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A Sermon for the Seventh
Sunday of Easter

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That They May Be One 200524
00:00 / 12:38

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 Christ calls us to live in unity.

An Affirmation of Our Faith

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

liturgical creed AD
00:00 / 01:02

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:


Praise to you, abundant God,
for when we ask, you give;
when we seek, you show the way.
When we knock, you answer.
Praise to you for your unfailing grace.
Make us now your faithful people. Amen.

The Peace


I say to you all:

The Peace of God be always with you.


Please respond aloud:


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 the call to unity in Christ "The Church's One Foundation."

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



Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.