Pray & Worship from Home

Prayers and Readings for those worshiping from home.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday 22nd May 2022

Today we are very pleased to welcome back Revd Pat Belshaw, who will be joining us to preside at our Eucharists

Collect:

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.

First Reading: Acts 16.9-15

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’

When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.

On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.

A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.

When she and her household were baptised, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

Gospel Reading: John 14.23-29

Jesus answered the disciple who had questioned him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

‘Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to 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.
You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.”
If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.

‘And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.’

Prayer for our Parish in the clergy vacancy: we say together

Heavenly Father, as we gather here to worship you today we pray that you will reveal your pathways forward for St Peter’s. Guide those who will be discussing and making decisions in the coming months. May the power of your Holy Spirit focus the attention of everyone on the needs of our church for those who worship here and for the wider community so that, united in Christ, we will be strong in our resolve to honour and fulfil your purpose for St Peter’s. Amen.

Notices

Today
9.00am and 10.30am – Eucharists – Revd Pat Belshaw

Tuesday 24th May
10.00 Parents and Toddlers
2.00pm – Sorting items in the gallery for the Fair – all help welcome

Wednesday 25th May
10.00am – Eucharist – Fr Andrew Horsfall
7.00pm – APCM in the Parish Centre – everyone welcome. A copy of the
Electoral Roll, which includes the names of those who may vote
at the APCM, is available – please ask Anne.

Thursday 26th May
10.00am – Good Companions Craft and Social Group
7.15pm – Darwen Ladies Choir

Saturday 28th May – Spring Jubilee Fair – more donations and volunteers are still needed to help with various tasks for the Fair – please see the flyer inside today’s notice sheet.

Sunday 29th May
9.00am and 10.30am Eucharists – Revd Pat Belshaw

Wednesday 1st June
2.00pm – 4.00pm Cancer Research UK Afternoon Tea in the Parish
Centre – please see Lynne if you’d like a ticket

Church Warden vacancy
Further offers of help with wardening tasks would be very welcome.
The roles where more help will be appreciated are in setting up and clearing up after the 10.30am Sunday Service; setting up and helping at Baptism services, normally 12.30pm once per month on the second Sunday; being the verger at weddings; being the verger at funerals.

Any ‘training’ or instruction needed will of course be provided!

Please see John, Doug or Anne if you’d like to join the team.

Home Communion: If you know of any member of St Peter’s who is now unable to attend services at church and would like home Communion, please contact Zillah our Pastoral Assistant: a message can be left for her on the office phone, tel. 01254 703929 or sent via e-mail to stpeterschurch829@btinternet.com.
Also – if you would be willing to help with taking Communion to those who are currently unable to attend services please let Anne know –
Fr Andrew has kindly offered to provide training.

Prayers

For peace in Ukraine; for all those who are suffering as a result of the invasion, and all who are trying to help them; and for the turning of the hearts and minds of the aggressors from war to negotiations and peace.

For the parish: Hindle Court, Hindle Street and Hodgson Street

For those working in our hospitals and across the medical profession

For those who are unwell: Noah; Sienna; Rosabella; Hazel; Len; Emma; Raymond; Annette; Ruth; Brenda; Rick; Norah; Margaret; Geoff; David; Loraine; John; Elaine; Jim; Douglas; Joanna; Jean; Judy; Helen; Linda; Joyce; Alan; Jane; Christopher; Lyndon; Dan; Dave; Sheila; Margaret; Jack; Joy; Colin; Sandra; Peter; Margaret and Bob; Mona; Cath.

For those who have died: Barbara Marsden; Mary Riley.

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Iain Nuttall; Doris Grime; Norah Leather; Florence Astin; Richard Holden; Harry Neale; Brian Slater;
Harold Greenwood; Dean Beckett.

If you would like us to pray for someone who is sick or who has just died, please either leave a message on the church office phone tel. 01254 703929 or send an e-mail to the church office – stpeterschurch829@btinternet.com ; or you can have a word with me at church on Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Anne

Find us on: Facebook – facebook.com/stpeterchurchdarwen
A Church Near You – achurchnearyou.com/St Peters Darwen

The Eucharist for the Third Sunday of Easter

The Gathering

The Greeting
The President greets the congregation:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Prayer of Preparation
This prayer may be said.

All 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.

Prayers of Penitence

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefor rejoice by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

A short silence for reflection follows.

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.
All Amen.

Gloria in excelsis

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.
Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
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. Amen.

Or

Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.

Collect:

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.

The Liturgy of the Word

Readings & Sermon

First Reading: Acts 16.9-15

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’

When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.

On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.

A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.

When she and her household were baptised, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

A hymn may be sung.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

All Glory to you, O Lord.

John 14.23-29

Jesus answered the disciple who had questioned him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

‘Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to 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.
You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.”
If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.

‘And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.’

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

All 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.

Prayers of Intercession

The prayers are introduced with suitable words. One of these responses may be used:

Lord, hear us.
All Lord, graciously hear us.

or

Lord, in your mercy
All Hear our prayer.

At the end

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

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

The Risen Christ came and stood among his disciples
and said, ‘Peace be with you’.
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you
All And also with you. Alleluia.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

(Those in church will wave to each other)

Preparation of the Table

A hymn may be sung. The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

All Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendour and the majesty;
for everything on heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you,
and of your own do we give you.

The president takes the bread and wine, and says:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:
through your goodness we have this bread to set before you, which earth has given and human hands have made.
It will become for us the bread of life.
All Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:
through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,
fruit of the vine and work of human hands.
It will become for us the cup of salvation.
All Blessed be God forever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give thanks and praise.

An extended preface may be used, concluding with –
… for ever praising you and saying,

All Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The president recalls the Last Supper.

Great is the mystery of faith:
All Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

or

Jesus Christ is Lord:
All Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world
.

or

Christ is the bread of life:
All When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.

At the conclusion of the Eucharistic prayer all join in the great

All AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

All 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.

Breaking of Bread

The President breaks the consecrated bread.
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
All Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

The Agnus Dei may be said or sung.

All Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink
in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.

or

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
All Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.

or

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people’
All Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

All We do not presume
to come to this your table, merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in your manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy
so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.
But you are the same Lord
whose nature is always to have mercy.
Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ
and to drink his blood,
that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body
and our souls washed in his most precious blood,
and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
AMEN.

During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung. Please use the quiet time to pray and reflect.

Post Communion

All Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

or

All Father of all,
we give you thanks and praise,
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so that we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Dismissal

Notices may be given. A hymn may be sung.

The president may use this or another suitable 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.
All Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All In the name of Christ. Amen.