The following hymns, readings, and prayer responses will be used to enhance our Sunday Morning Worship which our regular pattern of Morning Prayer.

This will be streamed live on our Facebook page at 9am on Sunday and then available for you to follow in your own time after that either on our Facebook page or on YouTube.

There will be a link to the YouTube service emailed with the weekly reflection used in this service.

In addition to this for the ten days between Ascension and Pentecost we will be praying "Thy Kingdom Come" with churches throughout the world, that the gift of the Spirit might fill our world at this time  of need and uncertainty.

To help this we will be following a different pattern of Psalms and Readings and Morning and Evening Prayer (which will continue to be streamed at 9am and 6pm each day on Facebook. If you would like a copy of these additional resources they can be downloaded from our website here or printed in booklet form here.

Opening Hymn

Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.
 
Crown him the Virgin's Son,
the God incarnate born,
whose arm those crimson trophies won
which now his brow adorn:
Fruit of the mystic Rose,
as of that Rose the Stem;
the Root whence mercy ever flows,
the Babe of Bethlehem.
 
Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
those wounds yet visible above
in beauty glorified:
no angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his burning eye
at mysteries so bright.
 
Crown him the Lord of peace,
whose power a sceptre sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
and all be prayer and praise:
his reign shall know no end,
and round his piercèd feet
fair flowers of paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.
 
Crown him the Lord of years,
the Potentate of time,
creator of the rolling spheres,
ineffably sublime:
all hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.
Matthew Bridges (1800–1894)*

Readings

Psalm 104: 26-35
26  O Lord, how manifold are your works!
   In wisdom you have made them all;
      the earth is full of your creatures.
27  There is the sea, spread far and wide,
   and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
28  There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
   which you have made to play in the deep.
29  All of these look to you
   to give them their food in due season.
30  When you give it them, they gather it;
   you open your hand and they are filled with good.
31  When you hide your face they are troubled;
   when you take away their breath,
      they die and return again to the dust.
32  When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
   and you renew the face of the earth.
33  May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
   may the Lord rejoice in his works;
34  He looks on the earth and it trembles;
   he touches the mountains and they smoke.
35  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
   I will make music to my God while I have my being.
 
Isaiah 65: 17-end
For I am about to create new heavens
   and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
   or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice for ever
   in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
   and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
   and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
   or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
   an infant that lives but a few days,
   or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
   and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
   they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
   they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
   and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labour in vain,
   or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the LORD—
   and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer,
   while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
   the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
   but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
   on all my holy mountain,
says the LORD.
 
John 17: 1-11
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. ‘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.

The Benedictus

Now bless the God of Israel who comes in love and power,
who raises from the royal house deliv’rance in this hour.
Through holy prophets God has sworn to free us from alarm,
to save us from the heavy hand of all who wish us harm.

Remembering the covenant, God rescues us from fear,
that we might serve in holiness and peace from year to year.
And you, my child, shall go before, to preach, to prophesy,
that all may know the tender love, the grace of God most high.

In tender mercy, God will send the dayspring from on high,
our rising sun, the light of life for those who sit and sigh.
God comes to guide our way to peace, that death shall reign no more.
Sing praises to the Holy One, O worship and adore.

To God the Father, fount of grace, through his beloved Son,
with God their Spirit, bond of love, be glory ever One.
Ruth Duck, based on Luke 1:68-79 Doxology: James Quinn SJ  © The Archbishops' Council 2005 

Prayer Response

Lord come to bless us....
...and fill us with your Spirit.

Collect

Almighty God,
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Final Hymn

Holy forever and ever is God,
over all creatures the sovereign Lord,
who was, and is, and who is yet to come.
            Alleluia!
 
Praise to our Maker and Mover we sing,
glory and honour and blessing we bring;
all our existence depends on the Lord.
            Alleluia!
 
Worthy are you who, by shedding your blood,
brought from all nations a people for God.
Folk of all races you call to be priests.
            Alleluia!
 
Worthy the Lamb who was sentenced and slain!
Worthy the Lamb in his rising again!
Worthy of power and wisdom and wealth,
            alleluia!
 
Blessing and honour and glory and might
be to the Lamb on the throne, as is right.
Let earth and heaven unite to exclaim
            alleluia!  Amen.
John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958) based on Revelation 5, 7

Copyright: Common Worship © The Archbishops' Council  © The Archbishops' Council 2000;
Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. 

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