A Service of Holy Communion during the period of mourning

Opening Hymn/Song

The Greeting

‘I am the resurrection and the life’, says the Lord. ‘Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’

We meet in the name of Jesus Christ,
who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father.
Grace and mercy be with you.
And also with you

Words of Welcome and Introduction

Unity Prayer

We Say the Unity Prayer together where-ever we might be worshiping today.

Almighty God,
you judge us with infinite mercy and justice
and love everything you have made.
In your mercy turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,
and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;
through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

God has shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels
to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.
As we acknowledge our human frailty,
we call to mind our sins of word, deed and omission,
and confess them before God our Father.

Silence is kept.


You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Song of Praise

The Collect

The Collect can be found here.


The first reading can be found here.

At the end the reader says:
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

The Gospel Reading can be found here.

Alleluia, alleluia.
‘It is the will of him who sent me’, says the Lord,
‘that I should lose none of all that he has given me,
but raise them up on the last day’.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,
according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end:
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


The Creed

We declare our faith in God. These words express the Christian belief in one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family 
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with His love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us 
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayers of Intercession

We pray for the needs of the world, our community, the Church and for those who suffer or who are in any difficulty.

Prayers will include responses as led, and are on-line here

The following response may be used:
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer


Lord, hear us 
Lord, graciously hear us 

And at the end:

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is introduced with these or other suitable words.

Jesus says:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid.
The peace of the risen Lord be always with you
And also with you 

We exchange a sign of peace

Offertory Hymn/Song

Preparation of the Table

The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

The Eucharistic Prayer

May all who are called to a place at your table
follow in the way that leads to the unending feast of life.

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

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.

It is indeed right,
it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And now we give you thanks
because through him
you have given us the hope of a glorious resurrection;
so that, although death comes to us all,
yet we rejoice in the promise of eternal life;
for to your faithful people life is changed, not taken away;
and when our mortal flesh is laid aside
an everlasting dwelling place is made ready for us in heaven.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and God of 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.

All glory be to you, our heavenly Father,
who, in your tender mercy,
gave your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption;
who made there by his one oblation of himself once offered
a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice,
oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world;
he instituted, and in his holy gospel commanded us to continue,
a perpetual memory of his precious death until he comes again.

Hear us, merciful Father, we humbly pray,
and grant that, by the power of your Holy Spirit,
we receiving these gifts of your creation,
this bread and this wine,
according to your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution,
in remembrance of his death and passion,
may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood;

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:
Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life:
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Therefore, Lord and heavenly Father,
in remembrance of the precious death and passion,
the mighty resurrection
and glorious ascension of your dear Son Jesus Christ,
we offer you through him
this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

Grant that by his merits and death,
and through faith in his blood,
we and all your Church may receive forgiveness of our sins
and all other benefits of his passion.
Although we are unworthy,
through our manifold sins,
to offer you any sacrifice,
yet we pray that you will accept this
the duty and service that we owe.
Do not weigh our merits,
but pardon our offences,
and fill us all who share in this holy communion
with your grace and heavenly blessing;
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.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Please feel free to join in the music during communion.

Prayer after Communion

Father in Heaven,
whose Church on earth is a sign of your heavenly peace,
an image of the new and eternal Jerusalem:
grant to us in the days of our pilgrimage that,
fed with the living bread of heaven
and united in the body of your Son,
we may be the temple of your presence,
the place of your glory on earth,
and a sign of your peace in the world;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Fill us, good Lord, with your Spirit of love;
and as you have fed us with the one bread of heaven,
so make us one in heart and mind,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

Closing Hymn.

The Blessing and Dismissal

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

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