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Church of the Holy Ghost, Genoa Eucharist for Easter 2

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The Liturgy of the Word
Priest: Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
People: and also with you.
 Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Priest: 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.
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

The priest declares God’s forgiveness.
All stand and say Gloria in excelsis Deo
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.
The Collect
Priest  Let us pray.
A period of silent prayer is kept.
 Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our  justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may  always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus  Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,  now and for ever.
All  Amen.

New Testament reading (Acts 4.32-35)
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 
 This is the word of the Lord.
All  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 133
Refrain: Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
 Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
1 Behold how good and pleasant it is ♦ to dwell together in unity.
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, ♦ running down upon the beard,
3 Even on Aaron’s beard, ♦ running down upon the collar of his clothing.
4 It is like the dew of Hermon ♦ running down upon the hills of Zion.
5 For there the Lord has promised his blessing: ♦ even life for evermore.
 Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Priest: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
All: Alleluia.
 He has defeated the powers of death.
 Alleluia.
 Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.
 Alleluia.
 He has the words of eternal life.
 Alleluia.
Gospel Reading
 Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. (John 20.19-31)
All  Glory to you, O Lord.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. 
 This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All  Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon
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
These responses are 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
The priest introduces the Peace saying
 The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
 Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.
 Alleluia. The peace of the risen Christ be always with you
All  and also with you. Alleluia.
Preparation of the Table
Taking of the Bread and Wine
The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.
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
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.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks,  almighty and eternal Father, and in these days of Easter to celebrate with joyful hearts the  memory of your wonderful works. For by the mystery of his passion Jesus Christ, your  risen Son, has conquered the powers of death and hell and restored in men and women  the image of your glory. He has placed them once more in paradise and opened to them  the gate of life eternal. And so, in the joy of this Passover, earth and heaven resound with  gladness, while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation sing for ever the  hymn of your glory.:
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. Praise to you,  Lord Jesus:
All:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
 Lord Jesus, come in glory.
 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 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.
Silence is kept


The Lord’s Prayer
 Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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 the Bread
The Priest 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.

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

The Priest says
 Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
All  Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
The Priest and people receive communion. 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 of our Eucharist.  Those who wish to receive a blessing are asked to come forward carrying this order of service, so that the ministers 
The following or other authorized words of distribution are used
 The body of Christ. Amen.

The priest says: Let us pray.
Silence is kept.
This Post Communion is said
Lord God our Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of  eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin
 and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of  our Lord Jesus Christ.
All  Amen.

The priest says
 Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
The priest gives out any notices and then blesses the people, saying
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 you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
All  Amen.

The Dismissal
A minister says
 With the risen life of Christ within you, go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
All  Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.