Holy Communion Service for Epiphany

Opening Hymn

The words of the Opening Carol can be found here.

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Unity Prayer

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

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thought of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession

God of mercy,
we acknowledge that we are all sinners.
We turn from the wrong that we
have thought and said and done,
And are mindful of that we failed to do.
For the sake of Jesus, who died for us,
Forgive us all that is past,
And help us to live each day
In the light of Christ our Lord.     
Amen

The Absolution

The Collect

This week’s Collect can be found here.

Readings

This week’s 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

This week’s Gospel Reading can be found here.

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

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

Sermon

The Creed

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.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

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

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

And at the end
Merciful father: accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen

The Peace

Our Saviour Christ is the Prince of Peace.
Of the Increase of his government
and of peace there shall be no end.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.

Song

The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.
While the altar is prepared, please join in with the music. You can find the words here.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
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.

And now we give you thanks
for, by the guiding of a star,
you have revealed your only Son to the world,
that in following him
we are led from darkness into his marvellous light.

All honour and praise be yours always and everywhere,
mighty creator, ever-living God,
through Jesus Christ your only son our Lord:
for at this time we celebrate your glory
made present in our midst.

In the coming of the magi
the king of all the world was revealed to the nations.
In the waters of baptism
Jesus was revealed as the Christ,
the Saviour sent to redeem us.

In the water made wine
the new creation was revealed at the wedding feast.
Poverty was turned to riches, sorrow into joy.

Therefore with all the angels of heaven
we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name
and sing our joyful hymns of praise:

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

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and, as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his 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.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

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.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection
and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup,
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Christ is the bread of life:
When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and, as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty
in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
Be yours for ever and ever.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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 bread

We break the bread of life,
and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us,
light in the midst of us,
bring us to light and life.

Invitation to communion

Words from St John:

“The Word was made flesh, and lived among us: and we have seen his glory.”

The true bread of heaven gives life to the world
Come all who are hungry, come and eat.
Come all who are thirsty, come and drink.

Please feel free to join in the music during communion. You can find the words here.

Post communion prayer

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood

of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls
and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out
in the power of your Spirit
to live and work
to your praise and glory. Amen.

Closing Hymn/Song

The words of the Closing Hymn or Song can be found here.

Blessing

May God the Father,
who led the wise men by the shining of a star
to find the Christ, the Light from Light,
lead you also in your pilgrimage to find the Lord.
Amen

May God, who has delivered us from the dominion of darkness,
give us a place with the saints in light
in the kingdom of his beloved Son. 
Amen

May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
shine in your hearts and fill your lives
with his joy and peace. 
Amen

Blessing

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

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