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Full service with hymn and reflection below


Sunday 10th May

5th Sunday of Easter


A service for the beginning of Christian Aid Week: a message from the Rector


God of all the Earth, be present with us now, in each of our homes.
Build us into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood;
offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you through Jesus Christ,
our risen redeemer and healer.

Alleluia: Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Silent prayer


Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.


Liturgy of the Word

First Reading  from the Acts of the Apostles

Psalm portion     

Gospel Reading

Reflection (pdf)    also available in Audio




The Lord's Prayer


May the presence of the Creator refresh us,
the comfort of the Son renew us,
the inspiration of the Spirit restore us
to be present to the pain
and to respond with love in action,
even from a distance,
in our neighbourhoods, near and far,
this day and for evermore.

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Acts 7.55-60

Standing before the high priest and the council, Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.

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New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Psalm 31

1  In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
      let me never be put to shame; ♦︎
   deliver me in your righteousness.
2  Incline your ear to me; ♦︎
   make haste to deliver me.
3  Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me,
      for you are my rock and my stronghold; ♦︎
   guide me, and lead me for your name’s sake.
4  Take me out of the net
      that they have laid secretly for me, ♦︎
   for you are my strength.
5  Into your hands I commend my spirit, ♦︎
   for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

15  ‘My times are in your hand; ♦︎
   deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
      and from those who persecute me.
16  ‘Make your face to shine upon your servant, ♦︎
   and save me for your mercy’s sake.’

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The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at


John 14.1-14

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

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New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Penitence - on the theme of handwashing

As we wet our hands,
renew our thoughts,
so we might be transformed.

Lord, have mercy.

As we soap our hands,
purge from us all that brings us harm
and might harm others.

Christ, have mercy.

As we rinse our hands,
remove the invisible guilt and shame
that so often keeps us from you.

Lord, have mercy.

I may wash my hands, but only you can cleanse the heart:
into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

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For health workers tending the seriously ill;
for scientists working on a vaccination;
for researchers identifying trends;
for media communicating reality;
for shop workers, delivery agents and hygiene providers;
for the good news stories of recoveries;
for the singing from balconies;
for the recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness;
for the offers of help and support;
for the technology that connects;
for the awakened appreciation of what is truly important:

Thanks be to God.

For those who are unwell or concerned for loved ones;
for those vulnerable because of underlying conditions;
for those seeing their income stream dry up;
for those who have no choice but to go out to work;
for those afraid to be at home;
for those who are more lonely than they've ever been;
for those who are bereaved and grieving.

God be their healer and protector,
be their strength and provision,
be their security and companion

And raise up your Church
to be your well-washed hands
and faithful feet.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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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. 

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. 

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