Eucharist for Sunday Services

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Church of the Holy Ghost:

Sunday Eucharist 2024

Our usual Sunday service of Eucharist is below.

The Liturgy of the Word 

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

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.   


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 (not during Advent or Lent)


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.   

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Sunday’s Hymns and Readings

Church of the Holy Ghost – 7th Sunday after Trinity

The Entrance Hymn 

1. Fight the good fight with all thy might; 

Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right; 

lay hold on life, and it shall be

thy joy and crown eternally.

2. Run the straight race through God’s good grace,

lift up thine eyes and seek his face; 

life with its way before us lies;

Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.

3. Cast care aside, lean on thy guide; 

his boundless mercy will provide; 

trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove 

Christ is its life, and Christ its love.

4. Faint not nor fear, his arms are near; 

he changeth not, and thou art dear; 

only believe, and thou shalt see 

that Christ is all in all to thee.

The Collect

Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: though our faith is small as mustard seed, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All Amen.

New Testament reading  (Ephesians 1.3–14)     

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.

 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as Gods own people, to the praise of his glory. This is the word of the Lord.                               

All        Thanks be to God

Psalm 24 

Refrain:     The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory.

The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory.

The earth is the Lords and all that fills it, • the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.

For he has founded it upon the seas • and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

[R] The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, • or who can rise up in his holy place?

 Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, • who have not lifted up their soul to an idol,

nor sworn an oath to a lie;

They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, • a just reward from the God of their salvation.

Such is the company of those who seek him, • of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

[R] The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory.

Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors; • and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is the King of glory? • The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord who is mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors; • and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? • The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

[R] The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory.

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

All:  Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel Reading (Mark 6.14–29)

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus name had become known. Some were saying, John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.  But others said, It is Elijah. And others said, It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old. But when Herod heard of it, he said, John, whom I beheaded, has been raised. For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philips wife, because Herod had married her.

 For John had been telling Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brothers wife. And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.

 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it. And he solemnly swore to her, Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.

 She went out and said to her mother, What should I ask for? She replied, The head of John the baptizer. Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter. The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.

 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring Johns head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.

 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All:  Praise to you, O Christ.

The Offertory Hymn

1. Thy hand, O God, has guided 

thy flock, from age to age;

the wondrous tale is written,

full clear, on ev’ry page;

our forebears owned thy goodness, 

and we their deeds record;

and both of this bear witness:

one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

2. Thy heralds brought glad tidings 

to greatest, as to least;

they bade them rise, and hasten 

to share the great King’s feast; 

and this was all their teaching, 

in ev’ry deed and word,

to all alike proclaiming:

one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

3. Through many a day of darkness, 

through many a scene of strife, 

the faithful few fought bravely 

to guard the nation’s life.

Their gospel of redemption, 

sin pardoned, hope restored, 

was all in this enfolded:

one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

4. And we, shall we be faithless? 

Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?

Shall we evade the conflict, 

and cast away our crown?

Not so: in God’s deep counsels 

some better thing is stored: 

we will maintain, unflinching, 

one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

5. Thy mercy will not fail us,

nor leave thy work undone;

with thy right hand to help us, 

the vict’ry shall be won;

and then by all creation,

thy name shall be adored.

And this shall be their anthem: 

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Post Communion Prayer

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. 

All Amen.

The Sending Hymn

1. To God be the glory! 

great things he hath done; 

so loved he the world 

that he gave us his Son; 

who yielded his life 

an atonement for sin, 

and opened the life-gate 

that all may go in.

[RPraise the Lord, praise the Lord! 

let the earth hear his voice; 

praise the Lord, praise the Lord! 

let the people rejoice:

O come to the Father,

through Jesus the Son,

and give him the glory;

great things he hath done.

2. O perfect redemption, 

the purchase of blood! 

to ev’ry believer

the promise of God; 

the vilest offender

who truly believes,

that moment from Jesus a 

pardon receives.  [R]  

3. Great things he hath taught us, 

great things he hath done, 

and great our rejoicing 

through Jesus the Son; 

but purer, and higher, 

and greater will be 

our wonder, our rapture, 

when Jesus we see.  [R]


  • We welcome as locum chaplain Bishop Beverley Mason who will be with us until next Sunday, 21st July.
  • The regular midweek Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:30 on Wednesday 
  • Our food and clothing bank is open on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, before the service.

This service  includes material from Common Worship: Services and Prayers and from Common Worship: Times and Seasons, which are copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000, 2006.

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