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Church of the Holy Ghost: Eucharist for Easter 7


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 has gone up on high, leading captivity captive and bringing gifts for mortals. As we prepare  ourselves to meet him here in the courts of heaven let us call to mind our failures and sins..
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.
 O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your  kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to  strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, 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 1.15-17,21-26)
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people) and said, ‘Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
 This is the word of the Lord.
All  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 1
Refrain: The Lord knows the way of the righteous.
 The Lord knows the way of the righteous.
1 Blessed are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, ♦
 nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord ♦ and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 Like a tree planted by streams of water bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither, ♦
 whatever they do, it shall prosper. 
 The Lord knows the way of the righteous.
4 As for the wicked, it is not so with them; ♦ they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement, ♦ 
 nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, ♦ but the way of the wicked shall perish..
 The Lord knows the way of the righteous.
Priest: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!.
All: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia!
Gospel Reading
 Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. (John 17.6-19)
All  Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus lifted his eyes to heaven and prayed, ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.’  
 This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All  Praise to you, O Christ.
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
 God has made us one in Christ. He has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come,
 has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts. 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, holy Father,  almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. For he is our great high priest who has  entered once for all into the heavenly sanctuary, evermore to pour upon your Church the grace  and comfort of your Holy Spirit. He is the one who has gone before us, who calls us to be united  in prayer as were his disciples in the upper room while they awaited his promised gift, the life- giving Spirit of Pentecost. Therefore all creation yearns with eager longing as angels and  archangels sing the endless hymn of praise:
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
 As we wait for the coming of God’s kingdom, 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
 Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to  preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news  we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  Amen.

The priest gives out any notices and then says
 Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The priest blesses the people, saying
The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and strengthen you to proclaim the word and works of God; 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 Jesus within you, go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
All  Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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.