Pray & Worship from Home

Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter 18th April 2021

Collect:

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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

First Reading – Acts 3:12-19

When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.
‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,

Second Reading – 1 John 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Gospel Reading – Luke 24:36b-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Notices

Today – Third Sunday of Easter both services in church and via zoom
9.00am Eucharist
10.30am Eucharist (live streamed to Facebook)

Wednesday 20th April
10.00am Eucharist at Church

Thursday 22nd April
1.30pm Bible Study via zoom
7.00pm Bible Study via zoom

Easter 3 – Sunday 25th April
9.00am Eucharist
10.30am Eucharist

Morning prayer and Evening Prayer Morning Prayer 9.00am & Evening Prayer 5.00pm (except Wednesday morning prayer which is at 8.30am)

100 Club: next draw 25th April – please be in touch if you would like to know if you owe anything on the 100 club.

Favourite Bible Verse Fundraiser: We are hoping to compile a book of favourite bible verses chosen by you for display in church and on the website. There will be opportunity to say why you have chosen those verses and also to make a donation to St Peter’s Church. There are forms available at the back of church as you leave alongside further information included in a display.

APCM: Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th May at 7.30pm. This will be in church and on zoom (the link will be available closer to the date). We will be electing two church wardens and two PCC members. Reports are only required from those I have contacted as it has been very quiet for the past 12 months for those of you who usually write reports!

Volunteers needed:
We are looking for a couple of volunteers from the 9.00am & 10.30am service who would be willing to keep an eye on the card reader and tablet for people who wish to use it to make payments on a Sunday morning. Training will be given.
Fleur is also looking for a couple of volunteers from the 10.30am service to look after our new technical equipment used for live streaming this service. This will involve setting it up and looking after it during the service and then closing it down at the end of the service.
If you feel you would be able to help in either of these roles please let Fleur know.

Please don’t forget to be in touch if you need anything, wish to pass on a prayer request or want someone to chat to. You are all in my prayers daily.

Prayers

For the parish: Higher Church Street, Highfield Mews and Highfield Road

For those working in our hospitals and in the medical profession

For those who are suffering from coronavirus and those who have lost loved ones

For those who are unwell in our parish: Noah; Barbara; Sienna; Rosabella; Geoff; Hazel; Len; Emma; Raymond; Derek; Lorraine; Lisa; Annette; Ruth; Emily; Brenda; Rick; Norah; Roy; Margaret; Geoff; David; Alan; Loraine; John; Elaine; Jim; Sister Catherine; Kath & family; Steve; Christine; Douglas; Brian; Joanna; Jean; Jane; Eric; Jennifer; Barbara; Susan; Pauline; Baby Thomas; Andrew; Judy; Helen; Cilla; Linda; Ella.

For those who have died:

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Alice Bradshaw; Christopher Howson; Albert Gregson; Robert Charnley; Vincent Kelly; David Webb; Marjorie Bibby; Tom Dougherty.

Pray & Worship from Home

You may wish to light a candle to symbolise Jesus the light of the world rising from the dead.

Preparation

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
and also with you.
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Prayers of Penitence

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

Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore to us the joy of your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour forgive us our sins and make us holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect:

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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

First Reading – Acts 3:12-19

When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.
‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Reading Luke 24:36b-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
This is the gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ.

The 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.

Prayers of Intercession

Prayers may be said for the world, the church, our communities, those who are unwell and who care for them and those who have died

Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us

At the end
Gracious God, we ask these prayers through Jesus Christ our risen Lord and Saviour. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

The Dismissal

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.