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Sunday 24 May 2020

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Link sentences P32 


 Psalm 68


For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.

Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies.

Let those who hate God run for their lives.

Blow them away like smoke.

Melt them like wax in a fire.

Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.

But let the godly rejoice.

Let them be glad in God’s presence.

Let them be filled with joy.

Sing praises to God and to his name!

Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.

His name is the Lord—

rejoice in his presence!

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—

this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

God places the lonely in families;

he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.

But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

O God, when you led your people out from Egypt,

when you marched through the dry wasteland,


the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain

before you, the God of Sinai,

before God, the God of Israel.

You sent abundant rain, O God,

to refresh the weary land.

There your people finally settled,

and with a bountiful harvest, O God,

you provided for your needy people.




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


Ezekiel 36

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.






1    Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,  ♦

who has come to his people and set them free.

2    He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,  ♦

born of the house of his servant David.

3    Through his holy prophets God promised of old  ♦

to save us from our enemies,

    from the hands of all that hate us,

4    To show mercy to our ancestors,  ♦

and to remember his holy covenant.

5    This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:  ♦

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6    Free to worship him without fear,  ♦

holy and righteous in his sight

    all the days of our life.

7    And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,  ♦

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8    To give his people knowledge of salvation  ♦

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9    In the tender compassion of our God  ♦

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10  To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,  ♦

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

(Luke 1.68–79)

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


NT reading

Rev 3:1-6

“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars:

“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.


“Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.


“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches."




I believe in God, the Father almighty, 

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit 

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven 

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. 




From Andrew

[These intercessions are based on David Adam's Clouds and Glory (SPCK 1998, © David Adam)]

Lord, because your Son has ascended,
let us not be weighed down by sin,
or by the awful events in the world around us,
but look to him who has brought us everlasting glory,
and now reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in your kingdom for ever.

Risen and ascended Lord, come among us.
Fill us with your glory.

Deliver your church from the evil one.
Destroy the works of darkness,
help us to be awake to your word
and to walk as children of the light,
that we may proclaim you as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Risen and ascended Lord, come among us.
Fill us with your glory.

Deliver your creation from corruption.
Free us from the powers of evil.
Bring us into the glorious liberty of the children of God,
that the kingdoms of the world may become the Kingdom of God.

Risen and ascended Lord, come among us.
Fill us with your glory.

Vanquish our emptiness and confusion.
Free us from hard-heartedness,
that our homes may be uplifted,
that our hearts may be raised.

Risen and ascended Lord, come among us.
Fill us with your glory.

We pray that the despairing and discouraged may find hope,
that the downtrodden may rise to new freedoms,
that the downcast may be lifted up,
that the weak, the ill, the dying, may be given hope, courage and strength.

Risen and ascended Lord, come among us.
Fill us with your glory.

We pray that all may, in heart and mind, ascend
and experience your power and your glory,
that we may rejoice with our loved ones
who are in the fullness of your kingdom.

Risen and ascended Lord, come among us.
Fill us with your glory.

And so, merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


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


Lord's Prayer








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