Eucharist for Sunday Services


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Church of the Holy Ghost:

Sunday Eucharist 2023

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.   

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.   

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Sunday’s Hymns and Readings

Church of the Holy Ghost, Genoa: 3rd Sunday before Lent

Entrance Hymn

1 THOU whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard,
And took their flight;
Hear us, we humbly pray,
And where the gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray
Let there be light.

2 Thou who didst come to bring
On thy redeeming wing
Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
O now to all mankind
Let there be light.

3 Spirit of truth and love,
Life-giving, holy Dove,
Speed forth thy flight;
Move on the water’s face,
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light.

4 Blessèd and holy Three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might,
Boundless as ocean’s tide
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the world far and wide
Let there be light. 

The Collect

Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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:1 Corinthians 2:1-12

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 

Psalm 112 The response is: the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance..

The righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance..

1 Alleluia.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord ♦ and have great delight in his commandments.

2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land, ♦ a generation of the faithful that will be blest.

3 Wealth and riches will be in their house, ♦ and their righteousness endures for ever.

4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; ♦ gracious and full of compassion are the righteous. 

The righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.

5 It goes well with those who are generous in lending ♦ and order their affairs with justice,

6 For they will never be shaken; ♦ the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.

7 They will not be afraid of any evil tidings; ♦ their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 

The righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance..

8 Their heart is sustained and will not fear, ♦ until they see the downfall of their foes.

9 They have given freely to the poor; their righteousness stands fast for ever; ♦

their head will be exalted with honour.

10 The wicked shall see it and be angry; they shall gnash their teeth in despair; ♦

the desire of the wicked shall perish.

The righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.

The Gospel (Luke 6:17-26)

Jesus looked at his disciples and said: ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’

Offertory Hymn

1 Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2 Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love;
take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice, and let me sing
always, only, for my King;
take my lips, and let them be
filled with messages from thee.

4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold;
take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will, and make it thine:
it shall be no longer mine;
take my heart: it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store;
take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee. 

Prayer after Communion 

Merciful Father, who gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life, that those who come to him should never hunger: draw us to the Lord in faith and love, that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom, where he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.


Sending Hymn:
1 Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining;
Jesus, Light of the World shine upon us,
Set us free by the truth you now bring us,
Shine on me. Shine on me. 

[Refrain] 

Shine, Jesus, shine,
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze Spirit, blaze,
Set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
Flood the nations with grace and mercy;
Send forth Your word,
Lord, and let there be light. 

2 Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
From the shadows into your radiance;
By the blood I may enter your brightness,
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.
Shine on me. Shine on me. [Refrain]

3 As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness,
Ever changing from glory to glory,
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story.
Shine on me. Shine on me. [Refrain]


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5th February 2023

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