3rd Sunday of Easter

26th April 2020

We are still in Easter and we are very much looking forward to the ‘resurrection’ of Life post lock down....being able to meet one another

We will have to endure with everyone else our continued separation and I hope everyone is picking up the phone... ‘texting’ ‘face timing’, ‘zooming’ or whatever to keep in touch with the people we love


This order of service is available on the Hampton in Arden church web site,  it has links to hymns so you can pause me to listen and join in with them...all the words are in the order of service...so


Welcome in the name of the risen Lord


          Alleluia! Christ is risen.

All     He is risen indeed.


(you might want to pause now and go to the link below)


Please join in singing our first hymn ‘to God be the Glory’





     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.

           Praise 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!


     O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!

     to every believer the promise of  God;

     the vilest offender who truly believes,

     that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

           Praise the Lord . . .


     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.

           Praise the Lord . . .



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.


Jesus Christ, risen master and triumphant Lord, we come to you in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weakness and unbelief


          We have lived by our own strength

          and not by the power of your resurrection.

          In your mercy, forgive us

All     Lord, hear us and help us.


          We have lived by the light of our own eyes,

          as faithless and not believing.

          In your mercy, forgive us

All     Lord, hear us and help us.


          We have lived for this world alone,

          and doubted our home in heaven.

          In your mercy, forgive us

All     Lord, hear us and help us.


          May the Father of all mercies

          Cleans us from our sins

          And restore us in his image

          To the praise and Glory of His Name

All     Amen


We sing our next song ‘Beauty for brokenness’

(you might want to pause now and go to the link below)





1   Beauty for brokenness,

     hope for despair,

     Lord, in Your suffering world

     this is our prayer.

     Bread for the children,

     justice, joy, peace,

     sunrise to sunset,

     Your kingdom increase!

2   Shelter for fragile lives,

     cures for their ills,

     work for the craftsmen,

     trade for their skills;

     land for the dispossessed,

     rights for the weak,

     voices to plead the cause

     of those who can’t speak.

           God of the poor,

           friend of the weak,

           give us compassion we  pray:

           melt our cold hearts,

           let tears fall like rain;

           come, change our love

           from a spark to a flame.


3   Refuge from cruel wars,

     havens from fear,

     cities for sanctuary,

     freedoms to share.

     Peace to the killing-fields,

     scorched earth to green,

     Christ for the bitterness,

     His cross for the pain.

4   Rest for the ravaged earth,

     oceans and streams

     plundered and poisoned –

     our future, our dreams.

     Lord, end our madness,

     carelessness, greed;

     make us content with

     the things that we need.

           God of the poor . . .


5   Lighten our darkness,

     breathe on this flame

     until Your justice

     burns brightly again;

     until the nations

     learn of Your ways,

     seek Your salvation

     and bring You their praise.

           God of the poor . . .


Graham Kendrick © 1993 Make Way Music





Risen Christ,

you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:

strengthen us to proclaim your risen life

and fill us with your peace,

to the glory of God the Father.

All     Amen


Gospel reading

Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;

I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.


So here the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All     Glory to you O Lord


Luke 24 13-35


This is the gospel of the Lord

All     Praise to you O Christ




Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.

As you walked with your disciples

so walk with the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer.


Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer.


God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer.


In a moment of quiet we lift our loved ones

and those the Lord has laid on our hearts to pray for.......

merciful father

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son

our saviour Jesus Christ.


(you might want to pause now and go to the link below)





1   From heaven You came, helpless  babe,

     entered our world, Your glory veiled,

     not to be served but to serve,

     and give Your life that we might live.

           This is our God, the Servant King,

           He calls us now to follow Him,

           to bring our lives as a daily offering

           of worship to the Servant King.


2   There in the garden of tears

     my heavy load He chose to bear;

     His heart with sorrow was torn,

     ‘Yet not my will but yours,’ He said.

           This is our God . . .


3   Come see His hands and His feet,

     the scars that speak of sacrifice,

     hands that flung stars into space

     to cruel nails surrendered.

           This is our God . . .


4   So let us learn how to serve

     and in our lives enthrone Him,

     each other’s needs to prefer,

     for it is Christ we’re serving.

           This is our God . . .


Graham Kendrick

© 1983 Thankyou Music


The peace


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.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All     and also with you


Please share the peace with all in your household a hug a kiss or a hand shake....


Eucharistic prayer D


The Lord is here. There where you are

His Spirit is with us.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

But chiefly we praise you

Because you raised him gloriously from the dead

For he is the true paschal lamb who was offered for us

And has taken away the sin of the world

By his death he has destroyed death

And by his rising to new life again he has restored to us everlasting life so we join in heaven’s song:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.


Father of all, we give you thanks for every gift that comes from heaven.

To the darkness Jesus came as your light.
With signs of faith and words of hope
he touched untouchables with love and washed the guilty clean.

This is his story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.


The crowds came out to see your Son,

yet at the end they turned on him.
On the night he was betrayed
he came to table with his friends to celebrate the freedom of your people.

This is his story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.


Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food;
he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:
This is my body, given for you all.
Jesus then gave thanks for the wine;
he took the cup, gave it and said:
This is my blood, shed for you all for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in remembrance of me.

This is our story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.


Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup
we celebrate the cross
on which he died to set us free.
Defying death he rose again
and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world.

This is our story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.


Send your Spirit on us now
that by these gifts we may feed on Christ

with opened eyes and hearts on fire.

May we and all who share this food
offer ourselves to live for you
and be welcomed at your feast in heaven

where all creation worships you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:


Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us


          Our Father, who art in heaven,
          hallowed be thy name;
          thy kingdom come;
          thy will be done;
          on earth as it is in heaven.
          Give us this day our daily bread.
          And forgive us our trespasses,
          as we forgive those who trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation;
          but deliver us from evil.
          For thine is the kingdom,
          the power and the glory,
          for ever and ever. 


Breaking of the Bread


Jesus says, I am the bread of life,

Whoever eats this bread will live for ever

All     Lord our hearts hunger for you;

          Give us this bread always

          (the bread is broken)


Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us

All     therefore let us keep the feast alleluia .


Communion is shared....

Receive Christ in your hearts that he may give you life


Prayer After communion


Living God, your Son made himself know to his disciples in the breaking of bread, open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

All   Amen.


(you might want to pause now and go to the link below)





1   We have a gospel to proclaim,

     good news for men in all the earth;

     the gospel of a saviour’s name:

     we sing His glory, tell His worth.


2   Tell of His birth at Bethlehem,

     not in a royal house or hall

     but in a stable dark and dim:

     the Word made flesh, a light for all.


3   Tell of His death at Calvary,

     hated by those He came to save;

     in lonely suffering on the cross

     for all He loved, His life He gave.


4   Tell of that glorious Easter morn:

     empty the tomb, for He was free;

     He broke the power of death and     hell

     that we might share His victory.


5   Tell of His reign at God’s right hand,

     by all creation glorified;

     He sends His Spirit on His Church

     to live for Him, the Lamb who died.


6   Now we rejoice to name Him king:

     Jesus is Lord of all the earth;

     this gospel-message we proclaim:

     we sing His glory, tell His worth.


© Edward Joseph Burns




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 Sprit

Be among you and remain with you always

All     Amen


Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia alleluia

All     Thanks be to God. Alleluia alleluia



St Mary and St. Bartholomew

High St