St Mary’s Hitcham
Wednesday’s Holy Communion Service
‘Come let us sing for the joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and praise him with music and song’ (Psalm 95)
Welcome to St Mary’s Church online
We are glad that you are with us today.
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
And the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
And also with you.
Prayer of Preparation
(We may sit or kneel)
After a time of silence, we say together:
To whom all hearts are open,
All desires known,
And from whom no secrets are hidden:
Cleanse the thoughts 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.
Prayers of Penitence
God so loved the world,
That he gave his only Son Jesus Christ,
To save us from our sins,
To be our advocate in heaven,
And to bring us to eternal life.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
Firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and live in love and peace with all.
Father eternal, giver of light and grace,
We have sinned against you and against our neighbour,
In what we have thought,
In what we have said and done,
through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.
We have wounded your love,
And marred your image in us.
We are sorry and ashamed,
And repent of all our sins.
For the sake if your Son Jesus Christ,
Who died for us,
Forgive us all that is past;
And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light.
Who forgives all who truly repent,
Have mercy upon you,
Pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
Confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
And keep you in life eternal;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gloria in Excelsis
(We stand to sing together)
Glory to God in the highest,
And peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, Heavenly King,
Almighty God and Father,
We worship you, we give you thanks,
We praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father: Receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
You alone are the Lord,
You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
With the Holy Spirit,
In the glory of God the Father. Amen.
(The Collect may be said by all)
The Liturgy of the Word
At the end of each reading, the reader may say – For the gift of the Word
Thanks be to God.
The Gospel Reading
When the Gospel is announced the reader says – Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.
At the end of the reading – This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
The Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
Of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
The only Son of God,
Eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
True God from true God,
Begotten, not made of one Being with the Father;
Through him all things were made.
For us and our salvation he came down from heaven,
Was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
And his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
The Lord, the giver of life.
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
Who, with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
And the life of the world to come.
Prayers of Intercession
(We sit or kneel)
At the end of each section, the intercessor may say – 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 Liturgy of the Sacrament
Christ is our peace.
He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross.
We meet in his name and share his peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.
(All may exchange a sign of peace with their neighbours)
Yours, Lord, is the greatness,
The power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;
For everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you,
And of your own do we give you.
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.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
Our light and our salvation:
To you be glory and praise forever!
From the beginning you have created al things and all your works echo the silent music of your praise.
In the Fullness of time, you made us in your image,
The crown of all creation.
You give us breath and speech,
That with angels and archangels and all the powers of heaven we may find a voice to sing your 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.
How wonderful the work of your hands, O Lord!
As a mother tenderly gathers her children,
You embraced a people as your own.
When they turned away and rebelled your love remained steadfast.
From them you raised up Jesus our Saviour,
Born of Mary, to be the living bread,
In whom all hungers are satisfied.
He offered his life for sinners,
And with a love stronger than death he opened wide arms on the cross.
On the night before he died,
He came to supper with his friends,
And, taking bread, he gave you thanks.
He broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you;
Do this in remembrance of me.
At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
He gave you thanks, and said:
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.
Jesus Christ is Lord:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.
Father, we plead in confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross;
We remember his dying and rising in glory,
And we rejoice that he intercedes for us at your right hand.
Pour out your Holy Spirit as we bring before you these gifts of your creation;
May they be for us the body and blood of your dear son.
As we eat and drink these holy things in your presence,
From us in the likeness of Christ,
And build us into a living temple to your glory.
Remember, Lord, your Church in every land.
Reveal her unity, guard her faith,
And preserve her in peace…
Bring us at the last with [N and] all the saints to the vision of eternal splendour for which you have created us;
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
By whom, with whom, and in whom,
With all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
We worship you,
In songs of everlasting praise:
All Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever.
The Lord’s Prayer
(We sit or kneel)
As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray.
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.
The Breaking of the Bread
(The priest breaks the consecrated 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.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
Have mercy on us
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
Have mercy on us
Jesus, redeemer of the world
Grant us peace.
Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you,
And his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
And feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
(Everyone is welcome to receive the bread and the wine)
Prayer after Communion
(Silence is kept)
Father of all,
We give you thanks and praise,
That when we are still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
Gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
We who drink his cup bring life to others;
We whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
So we and all your children shall be free,
And the whole earth live to praise your name;
Through Christ our Lord.
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.
The Blessing and Dismissal
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.
Notices and Banns
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.