Liturgy for Ordinary 11 – "Sorry Service" (for the Admission to Holy Communion group)

The Admission to Holy Communion group have got to the stage where they explore repentance and forgiveness. This year it is in the context of a Team Eucharist and the whole congregation. For this reason, the usul readings for Ordinary 11 have been set aside.

Opening Hymn: Seek Ye First

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness;
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Mankind shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds out from the mouth of God.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Lord be with you
and also with you

Let us say together the words of the Entrance Antiphon, on screen or from our service sheets:

Lord, hear my voice when I call to you. You are my help; do not cast me off, do not desert me, my Saviour God. [Psalm 27:7,9

My dear friends, we are all happy that our young people are nearing the time when they will meet Jesus in the receiving of Holy Communion. We gather together today as the whole family of God to share in your worship and to be led by you, our young people.

At each and every special celebration we remember how Jesus died on the cross to free us from our sins – from the things we do wrong – so that we can live as his sons and daughters and then we celebrate in joy and forgiveness in that most holy sacrament of his body and blood.

By dying for us on the cross, Jesus broke down the barriers, and invites us to share with him: young or …not so young alike.

Today, we are going to think about Jesus’ friend Peter: Peter promised to follow Jesus, but he denied knowing him a few hours later.

Peter was very sorry when he realised what he had done. After the resurrection, Jesus forgave Peter and he became the great apostle who travelled all over the known world to teach people the good news.

It is this good news which leads us to sing that wonderful hymn of praise: the Gloria!

Gloria (t: Cwm Rhonda)

Glory be to God in heaven,
songs of joy and peace we bring,
thankful hearts and voices raising,
to creation’s Lord we sing.
Lord, we thank you,
Lord, we bless you,
glory be to God our King,
glory be to God our King

Lamb of God, who on your shoulders
bore the load of this world’s sin,
only Son of God the Father,
you have brought us peace within.
Lord, have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
now your glorious reign begin,
now your glorious reign begin.

The Collect

Let us pray

Almighty God,
our hope and our strength,
without you we falter.
Help us to follow Christ
and to live according to your will.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading: Mark 14:27-31

Jesus told them, “You’re all going to feel that your world is falling apart and that it’s my fault. There’s a Scripture that says,

I will strike the shepherd;
The sheep will go helter-skelter.
“But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you, leading the way to Galilee.”

Peter blurted out, “Even if everyone else is ashamed of you when things fall to pieces, I won’t be.”

Jesus said, “Don’t be so sure. Today, this very night in fact, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

He blustered in protest, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you.” All the others said the same thing.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Jesus, we want to be your friends but, like Peter, we make promises that we do not keep. We let you down by not loving God or other people. Help us to remember the things that we have done wrong that have hurt you and our friends, and to be sorry for them. Amen

Second Reading (Based on Mark 14:26-31, 66-72)

Jesus was taken to the high priest’s house. Peter followed from a distance and went into the courtyard of the high priest’s house. One of the high priest’s servant women came by. She looked straight at him and said, ‘You, too, were with Jesus of Nazareth.’

But he denied it. ‘I don’t know him. I don’t understand what you are talking about,’ he answered and went out into the passage. Just then a cock crowed.

The servant woman saw him there and began to repeat to the bystanders, ‘He is one of them!’ But Peter denied it again.

A little while later, the bystanders accused Peter again, ‘You can’t deny that you are one of them, because you too are from Galilee.’

Then Peter said, ‘I swear that I am telling the truth! May God punish me if I am not! I do not know the man you are talking about!’

Just then a cock crowed a second time.

Then Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, ‘This very night before the cock crows twice you will say three times that you don’t know me.’

And Peter broke down and cried.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

As quiet music is played, The Priest invites the people to move to a quiet place to write or draw their sins or the sins of the world on pieces of flashpaper. As each person finishes they come to the front and place their paper in the Balti dish.

Prayer – said together

Dear Jesus,

Like Peter, we have let you down by not loving you or other people.
Like Peter, we are sorry.
Please forgive us and make us your friends again.

Amen

God of mercy and power, forgive our faults and give us your grace to walk with you today and every day, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

A light is set to the ‘sins’ in the balti dish as our sins are forgiven.

Absolution

(If you’re happy…)

You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands
You’re forgiven and you know, so you really ought to show it,
You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands

Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet
Jesus loves you and you know it, so you really ought to show it
Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet

If you believe that God forgives you, say “We do” “We do”
When you say that you are sorry, you no longer have to worry
God takes away your sin, so say “Amen”. Amen!

Hymn: God forgave my sin in Jesus Name

God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name,
I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name;
And in Jesus’ name I come to you
To share His love as He told me to.

He said: ‘Freely, freely, you have received,
Freely, freely give;
Go in My name, and because you believe
Others will know that I live.’

All power is given in Jesus’ name,
In earth and heaven in Jesus’ name;
And in Jesus’ name I come to you
To share His power as He told me to.

He said: ‘Freely, freely, you have received,
Freely, freely give;
Go in My name, and because you believe
Others will know that I live.’

Third Reading (Mark 16:1, 5-7; John 21: 15-17, 19b)

First reader

After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary the mother of James brought spices to put on Jesus’ body… The women went into the tomb, and on the right side they saw a young man in a white robe sitting there. They were afraid.

The man said, ‘Don’t be afraid! You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was nailed to a cross. God has raised him to life, and he isn’t here… Now go and tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there just as he told you.’

Second reader

When Jesus and his disciples had finished eating, Jesus asked, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the others do?’

Simon Peter answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I do!’

‘Then feed my lambs,’ Jesus said.

Jesus asked a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’

Peter answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you!’

‘Then take care of my sheep,’ Jesus told him.

Jesus asked a third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’

Peter was hurt because Jesus had asked him three times if he loved him. So he told Jesus, ‘Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.’

Jesus replied, ‘Feed my sheep…’ Then he said to Peter, ‘Follow me!’

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Philippians 2.6-11

The Peace

God has made us one in Christ. He has set his seal upon us, and as a pledge of what is to come has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

Offertory: We come to your feast

We place upon your table a gleaming cloth of white
the weaving of our stories, the fabric of our lives;
the dreams of those before us, the ancient hopeful cries
the promise of our future: our needing and our nurture
lie here before our eyes.

We come to your feast, we come to your feast:
the young and the old, the frightened, the bold,
the greatest and the least.
We come to your feast, we come to your feast
with the fruits of our lands and the work of our hands,
we come to your feast.

We place upon your table a humble loaf of bread:
the gift of field and hillside, the grain by which we’re fed;
we come to taste the presence of him on whom we feed,
to strengthen and connect us, to challenge and correct us,
to love in word and deed.

We come to your feast, we come to your feast:
the young and the old, the frightened, the bold,
the greatest and the least.
We come to your feast, we come to your feast
with the fruits of our lands and the work of our hands,
we come to your feast.

We place upon your table a simple cup of wine:
the fruit of human labour, the gift of sun and vine;
We come to taste the presence of him we claim as Lord,
His dying and His living, His leading and His giving,
His love in cup outpoured.

We come to your feast, we come to your feast:
the young and the old, the frightened, the bold,
the greatest and the least.
We come to your feast, we come to your feast
with the fruits of our lands and the work of our hands,
we come to your feast.

We gather round your table, we pause within our quest,
we stand beside our neighbours, we name the stranger “guest”.
The feast is spread before us, you bid us come and dine:
in blessing we’ll uncover, in sharing we’ll discover
your substance and your sign.

We come to your feast, we come to your feast:
the young and the old, the frightened, the bold,
the greatest and the least.
We come to your feast, we come to your feast
with the fruits of our lands and the work of our hands,
we come to your feast.

Pray, my brothers and sisters, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his Church.

Prayer over the gifts

Lord God,
in this bread and wine
you give us food for body and spirit.
May the eucharist renew our strength
and bring us health of mind and body.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Preface

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

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

We see your infinite power
in your loving plan of salvation.
You came to our rescue by your power as God,
but you wanted us to be saved by one like us.
Mankind refused your friendship,
but man himself was to restore it
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him the angels of heaven offer their prayer of adoration
as they rejoice in your presence for ever.
May our voices be one with theirs
in their triumphant hymn 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.

Eucharistic Prayer 2 for Children

Father, on the night before he died,

Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
He took the bread, and thanked you.
He broke it, and gave it to them, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine.
He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
the new promise of God’s unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

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

Father, as we offer this bread and wine,
and remember his death and resurrection,
send your +Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another,
work for the healing of the earth,
and share the good news of Jesus,
as we wait for his coming in glory.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father,
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit:
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen

Lord’s Prayer

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. Amen.

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

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace

Come not because you are strong,
but because you are weak.
Come not because any goodness of your own
but because you need mercy and help.
Come because you love the Lord a little
and would like to love him more.
Come because he loves you
and gave his life for you.

This is the lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blesséd are those who are called to his supper
Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Communion Antiphon

One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. [Psalm 27:4

Prayer after Communion

Lord,
may this eucharist
accomplish in your Church
the unity and peace it signifies.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Notices

• Banns
• School Mass Friday 12:20 lunchtime

Blessing

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Recessional: Thine be the Glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.

END