Eucharist for Sunday Services


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Church of the Holy Ghost:

Sunday Eucharist 2022

The Liturgy of the Word 

The opening hymn is sung as the ministers enter. The people stand. 

In Advent the Gloria and the Alleluia are omitted.

The Priest says: 

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you! 

People and also with you. 

The Priest says: 

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith. 

The Priest introduces the confession. 

All say: 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 

The Priest says 

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. 

All stand and sing:one of the following versions of Gloria in excelsis Deo 

Said 

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 sin 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 sung 

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo! (Sung twice) 

Lord God, heavenly King, peace you bring to us, 

we worship you, we give you thanks, we sing our song of praise. (Refrain) 

Jesus Saviour of all, Lord God, Lamb of God, 

you take away our sin, O Lord: have mercy on us all. (Refrain) 

At the Father’s right hand, Lord, receive our prayer.    

For you alone are the Holy One and you alone are Lord. (Refrain). 

Glory, Father and Son, glory, Holy Spirit. 

To you we lift our hands up high; we glorify your name. (Refrain). 

In Advent and Lent instead of the Gloria, we say or sing: 

Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy. 

Lord, have mercy. 

The Collect 

The Priest says to the people 

Let us pray 

The Priest says the Collect. At the end all say: Amen. 

The Readings 

The people sit. 

The reader announces: A reading from the book of … 

After the reading the reader says: This is the word of the Lord. 

All Thanks be to God. 

There may be a time of silence after the reading. 

All stand to sing: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

A minister reads the Gospel beginning with these words

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to … 

All Glory to you, O Lord. 

At the end of the reading the minister says: This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

All Praise to you, O Christ. 

The Sermon 

After this all stand and say 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. 

Prayers of Intercession 

The prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence: 

¶ The Church of Christ 

¶ Creation, human society, those in authority 

¶ The local community 

¶ Those who suffer 

¶ The communion of saints 

These responses may be used 

Lord, in your mercy 

All : hear our prayer. 

And at the end 

Merciful Father, 

All accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, 

our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Amen. 

The Peace 

All stand: The Priest introduces the Peace and says 

The peace of the Lord be always with you 

People and also with you. 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace. 

All may exchange a sign of peace. 

Preparation of the Table 

Taking of the Bread and Wine 

A hymn is sung. 

The gifts of the people are gathered and presented. 

The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it. A prayer may be said. 

The Priest takes the bread and wine, saying these words. 

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 for ever. 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving 

(If a long Preface is used, it replaces all words between the opening dialogue and the Sanctus.) 

Priest: The Lord is here. 

All: His Spirit is with us. 

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. 

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour. By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people. 

(A short Preface may be inserted here) 

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying: 

All:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, 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. 

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.  

Great is the mystery of faith: 

All Christ has died: 

Christ is risen: 

Christ will come again. 

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption. As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of (St N. and) all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. 

All Amen. 

Breaking bread and sharing in Communion 

The Priest says 

Let us pray as our Saviour has taught us. 

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. 

The Priest breaks the consecrated bread, saying: 

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. 

All: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, mercy on us. (said twice) 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace. 

Priest: 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 from Easter to Pentecost 

Alleluia!  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us, 

All: Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia! 

Or during Christmastide and on other special occasions 

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. 

The ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, then distribute it to the people. 

All who have been confirmed in the Church of England, or who belong to other Christian traditions and are used to receiving communion in their own church, are welcome to share in the bread and wine.   Those who wish to receive a blessing are asked to come forward carrying their order of service, so that the ministers can recognise them. 

The bread and cup are offered to the communicants with these words: 

The Body (Blood) of Christ. [Amen.] 

During the distribution of Communion hymns and Psalms may be sung. 

After the Communion the Priest says: Let us pray and may say a prayer

All may say: 

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. 

A hymn is sung. 

The Priest blesses the people in these or other suitable words, 

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. 

A minister says 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All In the name of Christ. Amen. 

Or in Eastertide 

Go in the peace of Christ.  Alleluia, alleluia! 

All Thanks be to God.  Alleluia, alleluia! 

Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council  2000-2006.   

You may use this QR code to download the service.

Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council  2000-2006.  

Sunday’s Hymns and Readings

4th December, 2021: Advent 2 1 

Entrance Hymn 

All: 1 On Jordan’s bank, the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh; 

awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings. 

2 Then cleansed be every breast from sin; make straight the way for God within. Prepare we in our hearts a home, where such a mighty guest may come.

3 For thou art our salvation, Lord, our refuge and our great reward; 

without thy grace we waste away, like flowers that wither and decay. 

4 To heal the sick stretch out thine hand, and bid the fallen sinner stand; 

shine forth, and let thy light restore earth’s own true loveliness once more. 

5 All praise, eternal Son, to thee whose advent doth thy people free;

whom with the Father we adore and Holy Ghost for evermore.  

Kyrie eleison 

All: Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord,  have mercy, Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy,  Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord,  have mercy, Lord, have mercy. 

The Collect 

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come  among us, and with great might succour us; that  whereas, through our sins and wickedness we  are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy  may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus  Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and  the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for  ever. Amen. 

The First Reading (Isaiah 11.1-10) 

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,  and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The  spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of  wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel  and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of  the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the  Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or  decide by what his ears hear; but with  righteousness he shall judge the poor, and  decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he  shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,  and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the  wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around  his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his  loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the  

leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and  the lion and the fatling together, and a little child  shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall  graze, their young shall lie down together; and  the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing  child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the  weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s  den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy  mountain; for the earth will be full of the  knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the  sea.  

Canticle: Benedictus 

Refrain: Look towards the east, O Jerusalem,  and see the glory that is coming from God. Look towards the east, O Jerusalem,  and see the glory that is coming from God.

1 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ♦  who has come to his people and set them  free. 

2 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ♦  born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through his holy prophets God promised of  old ♦  to save us from our enemies,  from the hands of all that hate us, 

4 To show mercy to our ancestors, ♦  and to remember his holy covenant. 

Look towards the east, O Jerusalem, and  see the glory that is coming from God.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father  Abraham: ♦  to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6 Free to worship him without fear, ♦ holy and  righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

Look towards the east, O Jerusalem, and  see the glory that is coming from God.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of  the Most High, ♦  for you will go before the Lord to prepare his  way, 

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation ♦  by the forgiveness of all their sins. 

9 In the tender compassion of our God ♦  the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness and  the shadow of death, ♦  and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Look towards the east, O Jerusalem, and  see the glory that is coming from God. 

All:Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.  Wait for the Lord: be strong, take heart. 

The Gospel (Matthew 3:1-12) 

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the  wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the  one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he 

4th December, 2021: Advent 2 2 

said,‘The voice of one crying out in the  wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make  his paths straight.” ’Now John wore clothing of  camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist,  and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then  the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were  going out to him, and all the region along the  Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the  river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he  saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for  baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume  to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our  ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these  stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even  now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut  down and thrown into the fire. ‘I baptize you with  water for repentance, but one who is more  powerful than I is coming after me; I am not  worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you  with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor  and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’  

Offertory Hymn 

All: 1 Make way, make way, for Christ the King in splendour arrives. 

Fling wide the gates and welcome him into your lives. 

Refrain: 

Make way, make way  

for the King of kings.  

Make way, make way! 

and let his kingdom in. 

2 He comes, the broken hearts to heal,  the prisoners to free. 

The deaf shall hear, the lame shall dance,  the blind shall see. [Refrain] 

3 And those who mourn with heavy hearts who weep and sigh; 

with laughter, joy and royal crown 

he’ll beautify. [Refrain] 

4 We call you now to worship Him as Lord of all; 

to have no gods before Him 

their thrones must fall! [Refrain] 

After Communion 

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the  works of darkness and to put on the armour of  light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which  your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great  humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living  and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;  through him who is alive and reigns with you, in  the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for  ever. Amen. 

Sending Hymn 

All 1 Long ago, prophets knew 

Christ would come, born a Jew, 

come to make all things new, 

bear his people’s burden, 

freely love and pardon: 

[Refrain] 

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring! 

Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing! 

When he comes, when he comes, 

Who will make him welcome? 

2 God in time, God in man, 

this is God’s timeless plan; 

He will come as a man, 

born himself of woman, 

God divinely human: [Refrain] 

3 Mary, Hail! Though afraid, 

she believed, she obeyed. 

In her womb God is laid: 

till the time expected, 

nurtured and protected: [Refrain] 

4 Journey ends! Where afar 

Bethl’em shines, like a star, 

stable door stands ajar. 

Unborn Son of Mary, 

Saviour, do not tarry! 

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring! 

Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing! 

Jesus comes! Jesus comes! 

We will make him welcome! 

Dates for your diary 

18th December, 17:30 Carol Service 

24th December, 17:30 Crib Service 

25th December, 10:30 Christmas Service 

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Common Worship, material from which is  included in this service, is copyright © The  Archbishops’ Council 2000-2006.