Holy Communion, “5th Sunday of Easter” 15th May ‘22

The Gathering  and Greeting


Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

1st Hymn - AMNS 80 Alleluia, Alleluia


1. Alleluia, Alleluia,

hearts to heaven and voices raise;

sing to God a hymn of gladness,

sing to God a hymn of praise:

he who on the Cross a victim

for the world’s salvation bled,

Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,

now is risen from the dead.


2. Christ is risen, Christ the first-fruits ͜

of the holy harvest field,

which will all its full abundance

at his second coming yield;

then the golden ears of harvest

will their heads before him wave,

ripened by his glorious sunshine,

from the furrows of the grave.


3. Christ is risen, we are risen;

shed upon us heavenly grace,

rain, and dew, and gleams of glory ͜

from the brightness of thy face;

that we, with our hearts in heaven,

here on earth may fruitful be,

and by angel-hands be gathered,

and be ever, Lord, with thee.


4. Alleluia, Alleluia,

glory be to God on high;

Alleluia to the Saviour,

who has gained the victory;

Alleluia to the Spirit,

fount of love and sanctity;

Alleluia, Alleluia,

to the Triune Majesty.


In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Prayer of Preparation


Almighty God,

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


Christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.

Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.


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 of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us,

forgive us all that is past;

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light. Amen.


May almighty God have mercy on you,

forgive you your sins,

and bring you to everlasting life.


The Gloria


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.





Almighty God,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds

good desires,

so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.


FIRST READING Acts 11:1-18


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.


The apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the

Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went

up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying,

“Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then

Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in

the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There

was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being

lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked

at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and

birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter;

kill and eat.’ But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane

or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the

voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must

not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was

pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to

me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit

told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them

and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered

the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing

in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is

called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your

entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy

Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I

remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptised

with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God

gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the

Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they

heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then

God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”


PSALM Psalm 148


R Praise, O praise the name of the Lord. Alleluia!


Praise the Lord from the heavens;

praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all you angels of his;

praise him, all his host.

Praise him, sun and moon;

praise him, all you shining stars. R


Praise him, heaven of heavens,

and you waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord;

for he commanded and they were created.

He made them stand fast for ever and ever;

he gave them a law which shall not pass away. R


Praise the Lord from the earth,

you sea-monsters and all deeps;

Fire and hail, snow and fog,

tempestuous wind, doing his will;

Mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars;

Wild beasts and all cattle,

creeping things and winged birds. R


Kings of the earth and all peoples,

princes and all rulers of the world;

Young men and maidens,

old and young together.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name only is exalted,

his splendour is over earth and heaven. R


He has raised up strength for his people

and praise for all his loyal servants,

the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

Alleluia! R


SECOND READING Revelation 21:1-6


A reading from the book of Revelation.


I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and

the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I

saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven

from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I

heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God

is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples,

and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their

eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be

no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who

was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”

Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the

beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from

the spring of the water of life.”


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

2nd Hymn – AMNS 501 Now the green blade riseth


1. Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,

wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

Love is come again,

like wheat that springeth green.


2. In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,

thinking that never he would wake again,

laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:


3. Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,

he that for three days in the grave had lain,

quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:


4. When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

thy touch can call us back to life again,

fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

Love is come again,

like wheat that springeth green.


GOSPEL - John 13:31-35


Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;

I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, O Lord.


During the supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the

Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.

If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself

and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little

longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I

say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new

commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you,

you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that

you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


The 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 for 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. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Life-giving God,

give us new life in you.


Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace


The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Preparation of the Table; Taking of the Bread and Wine

3rd Hymn – AMNS 235 O Jesus I have promised


1. O Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
be thou for ever near me,
my Master and my Friend:
I shall not fear the battle
if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if thou wilt be my guide.


*2. O let me feel thee near me

the world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle,

the tempting sounds I hear;

my foes are ever near me,

around me and within;

but, Jesus, draw thou nearer,

and shield my soul from sin.


3. O let me hear thee speaking
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will;

O speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
thou guardian of my soul.


4. O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee,
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and, Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end:
O give me grace to follow,
my Master and my Friend.


5. O let me see thy foot-marks,
and in then plant mine own;
my hope to follow duly
is in thy strength alone:
O guide me, call me, draw me,
uphold me to the end;
and then in heaven receive me,
my Saviour and my Friend.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this bread to set before you,

which earth has given and human hands have made.

It will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God for ever.


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,

fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

It will become for us the cup of salvation.

Blessed be God for ever.


Be present, be present,

Lord Jesus Christ,

our risen high priest;

make yourself known in the breaking of bread.


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.


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

almighty and eternal Father,

and in these days of Easter

to celebrate with joyful hearts

the memory of your wonderful works.

For by the mystery of his passion

Jesus Christ, your risen Son,

has conquered the powers of death and hell

and restored in men and women the image of your glory.

He has placed them once more in paradise

and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

And so, in the joy of this Passover,

earth and heaven resound with gladness,

while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation
sing for ever the hymn of your glory:


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.


We praise and bless you, loving Father,

through Jesus Christ, our Lord;

and as we obey his command,

send your Holy Spirit,

that broken bread and wine outpoured

may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.


On the night he was betrayed he had supper with his friends

and, taking bread, he praised you.

He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.


When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.

Again he praised you, gave it to them 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.


So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,

in him we plead with confidence

his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.


Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,

we proclaim his death and resurrection

until he comes in glory.


Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

Dying you destroyed our death,

rising you restored our life:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.


Lord of all life,

help us to work together for that day

when your kingdom comes

and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.


Look with favour on your people,

gather us in your loving arms

and bring us with all the saints

to feast at your table in heaven.


Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,

for ever and ever.


The Lord’s Prayer


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us


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.

Breaking of the Bread


Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.


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.

Giving of Communion


Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


Most merciful Lord,

your love compels us to come in.

Our hands were unclean,

our hearts were unprepared;

we were not fit

even to eat the crumbs from under your table.

But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation,

and share your bread with sinners.

So cleanse and feed us

with the precious body and blood of your Son,

that he may live in us and we in him;

and that we, with the whole company of Christ,

may sit and eat in your kingdom. Amen.

Choir Anthem: A New Commandment – Peter Nardone

Prayer after Communion


Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.


We thank you, Lord,

that you have fed us in this sacrament,

united us with Christ,

and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet

prepared for all peoples.  Amen.

4th Hymn – AMNS 263 Lord, enthroned


1. Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour,

first-begotten from the dead,

thou alone, our strong defender,

liftest up thy people's head.


Jesu, true and living bread.


2. Here our humblest homage pay we,

here in loving reverence bow;

here for faith's discernment pray we,

lest we fail to know thee now.


thou art here, we ask not how.


3. Though the lowliest form doth veil thee

as of old in Bethlehem,

here as there thine angels hail thee,

Branch and Flower of Jesse's Stem.


we in worship join with them.


4. Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished

once for all when thou wast slain,

in its fulness undiminished

shall for evermore remain,


cleansing souls from every stain.


5. Life-imparting heavenly Manna,

stricken Rock with streaming side,

heaven and earth with loud hosanna

worship thee, the Lamb who died,


risen, ascended, glorified.

The Dismissal


The God of peace,

who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep,

through the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.


Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.


At the end, Christopher Allsop plays


SUNDAY 15th May “Easter 5” Christian Aid Week starts.

9.30am Holy Communion at Whitbourne church and Zoomed*
3pm Evening Prayer at Edvin Loach

MONDAY 16th May 7pm: Film Club at Upper Sapey

TUESDAY 17th May: 9am Morning Prayer from home by Zoom*.

WEDNESDAY 18th May: 9.30am Morning Prayer from home by Zoom*.

NEXT SUNDAY 22nd May “Easter 6” Christian Aid Week ends.

9.30am Holy Communion at Whitbourne church and Zoomed*

* Ask Dawn or John Bland for Zoom links.


Saturday 2nd July. Whitbourne Village Fête in the grounds of St John the Baptist. See the May Parish Magazine, page 5.


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