Eucharist for Sunday Services


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Our service of Eucharist is below.

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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. 

The Priest says: 

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

People and also with you. 

In Eastertide the following is added: 

Alleluia! Christ is risen 

All: He is risen indeed.  Alleluia! 

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.  

Trinity 15

Entrance Hymn

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
3 To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
4 Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendour of light hideth thee. . 

The Collect

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; 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 Timothy 6:6-19

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.  But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.  As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. 

Psalm 146 The response is: 

The Lord shall reign for ever.

The Lord shall reign for ever.

1 Alleluia. Praise the Lord, O my soul:

while I live will I praise the Lord; ♦

as long as I have any being,

I will sing praises to my God.

2 Put not your trust in princes,

nor in any human power, ♦

for there is no help in them.

3 When their breath goes forth, they return to the earth; ♦

on that day all their thoughts perish.

The Lord shall reign for ever.

4 Happy are those who have the God of Jacob for their help, ♦

whose hope is in the Lord their God;

5 Who made heaven and earth,

the sea and all that is in them; ♦

who keeps his promise for ever;

6 Who gives justice to those that suffer wrong ♦

and bread to those who hunger.

The Lord shall reign for ever.

7 The Lord looses those that are bound; ♦

the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;

8 The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; ♦

the Lord loves the righteous;

9 The Lord watches over the stranger in the land;

he upholds the orphan and widow; ♦

but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

10 The Lord shall reign for ever, ♦

your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

Alleluia.

The Lord shall reign for ever.

Gospel Reading Luke 16:19-end

Jesus told the Pharisees this parable: ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ’

Offertory Hymn 

1 Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ’s abode.

2 The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their King;

3 Still to the lowly soul
he doth himself impart,
and for his dwelling and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.

4 Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be;
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple meet for thee. 

After Communion 

Holy Father, who gathered us here around the table of your Son to share this meal with the whole household of God: in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace, gather people of every race and language to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sending 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.

During the coming days:

The Church Council meets today after the Eucharist. 

There will be the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.

On Thursday at 12.30 p.m. there will be a Eucharist for the feast of St Michael and All Angels.

On Saturday at 5.00 p.m. there will be an Ecumenical Round Table with representatives of other Christian traditions sharing their impressions of the Anglican Church. 

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.