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Rev. Baden Stanley

Rev. Baden Stanley

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Morning Prayer, Sunday 24th May


The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Sunday after Ascension Day


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A pdf of this service sheet is available to download here Service sheet 24th May


The Bells of Christ Church Bray

Musical introduction – John Morris

The Gathering of God’s People

Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Hymn – There is a higher throne [T&P150]

There is a higher throne

than all this world has known,

where faithful ones from every tongue

will one day come.

Before the Son we’ll stand,

made faultless through the Lamb;

believing hearts find promised grace:

salvation comes.

Hear heaven’s voices sing;

their thunderous anthem rings

through emerald courts and sapphire skies.

their praises rise.

All glory, wisdom, power,

strength, thanks, and honour are

to God our King, who reigns on high

for evermore.

And there we’ll find our home,

our life before the throne;

we’ll honour him in perfect song

where we belong.

He’ll wipe each tear-stained eye

as thirst and hunger die;

the Lamb becomes our Shepherd King:

we’ll reign with Him.

Keith Getty (b1974) & Kristyn Getty (b1980)


We have come together in the name of Christ

to offer our praise and thanksgiving,

to hear and receive God’s holy word,

to seek the forgiveness of our sins,

and to pray for the needs of the world,

that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we may give ourselves to the service of God.

O Lord, open our lips,

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

Let us worship the Lord.

All praise to his name.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

The Collect of the Day

O God the King of Glory,

you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ

with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:

Mercifully give us faith to know

that, as he promised,

he abides with us on earth to the end of time;

who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen


Lord Jesus, you suffered a cruel death on the cross for our redemption,

yet we have forgotten your pain and stayed in the realm of the evil you defeated.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you were raised from death to bring us new life, yet we have preferred the comfort of the familiar, and the empty promises of a sinful world.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have ascended to your Father and our Father, your God and our God;

plead there at the right hand of God for our forgiveness and entry into the fullness of his presence.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

May the Father of all mercies

cleanse you from your sins,

and restore you in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Your word is a lantern to my feet

and a light upon our path. c.f. Psalm 119:105

O Lord, your word is everlasting:

it stands firm for ever in the heavens. c.f. Psalm 119:89

Let us then receive the word of the Lord.

so may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.

Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35

1  Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered;

   let those that hate him flee before him.

2  As the smoke vanishes, so may they vanish away;

   as wax melts at the fire,

      so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3  But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;

   let them make merry with gladness.

4  Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

      exalt him who rides on the clouds.

   The Lord is his name; rejoice before him.

5  Father of the fatherless, defender of widows,

   God in his holy habitation!

6  God gives the solitary a home

      and brings forth prisoners to songs of welcome,

   but the rebellious inhabit a burning desert.

7  O God, when you went forth before your people,

   when you marched through the wilderness,

8  The earth shook and the heavens dropped down rain,

      at the presence of God, the Lord of Sinai,

   at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9  You sent down a gracious rain, O God;

   you refreshed your inheritance when it was weary.

10  Your people came to dwell there;

   in your goodness, O God, you provide for the poor.

32  Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;

   make music in praise of the Lord;

33  He rides on the ancient heaven of heavens

   and sends forth his voice, a mighty voice.

34  Ascribe power to God, whose splendour is over Israel,

   whose power is above the clouds.

35  How terrible is God in his holy sanctuary,

   the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people!

      Blessed be God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Reading – Acts 1:6-14

Reader – Sarah Greene

The Ascension of Jesus

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7 He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of[a] James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

A Collect of the Word

O God,

whose Son, Jesus, prayed for his disciples,

and sent them into the world

to proclaim the coming of your kingdom:

by your Holy Spirit,

hold the Church in unity,

and keep it faithful to your word,

so that, breaking bread together,

we may be one with Christ in faith and love and service,

now and for ever.   Amen

The Sermon

The Response to God’s Word

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

who made the world?

I believe and trust in him

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ,

who redeemed mankind?

I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit

who gives life to the people of God?

I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.

we believe and trust in One God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Amen

The Prayers of the People

Read by Julie Corr

Response – We ask in faith

God of mercy,

you know us and love us and hear our prayer:

keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour.   Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, 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.

Going Out as God’s People

Let us say together:

Be with us Lord,

as we go out into the world.

May the lips that have sung your praise

always speak the truth;

may the ears which have heard your Word

listen only to what is good

and may our lives as well as our worship

be always pleasing in your sight,

for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

As we go from here,

remind us, God,

that this is the beginning, not the end.

That You call us to Yourself

then send us out to love and to serve.

So ….

The Dismissal

With the power that raised Jesus from the dead at work within you,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen

Hymn – Jesus is Lord [CH96]

1 Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it,

for by his power each tree and flower was planned and made.

Jesus is Lord! The universe declares it –

sun, moon and stars in heaven cry: ‘Jesus is Lord!’

Jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord!

Praise him with alleluias, for Jesus is Lord.

2 Jesus is Lord! Yet from his throne eternal

in flesh he came to die in pain on Calvary’s tree.

Jesus is Lord! From him all life proceeding,

he gave his life a ransom, thus setting us free.

3 Jesus is Lord! O’er sin the mighty conqueror,

from death he rose and all his foes shall own his name.

Jesus is Lord! God sends his Holy Spirit,

showing by works of power that Jesus is Lord.

David Mansell (b1936)

Recessional music

John Morris

Material in this service from The Book of Common Prayer copyright © RCB 2004 & 2018

All songs covered by CCLI have been reproduced under CCLI Licence number 1352457


Next Sunday

Next Sunday, May 31st, is Pentecost, the birthday of the church.

Join us for a streamed Family Service at 11am

And have your cake ready for afterwards!


Prayers for personal use

A prayer in lockdown

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)

Ever present God,

be with us in our isolation,

be close to us in our distancing,

be healing in our sickness,

be joy in our sadness,

be light in our darkness,

be wisdom in our confusion,

be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,

that when the doors reopen

we may with the zeal of Pentecost

inhabit our communities

and speak of your goodness

to an emerging world.

For Jesus’ sake   Amen.

Association of English Cathedrals

If the space I am in…

If the space I am in seems too vast,

so I feel alone with unwelcome thoughts,

help me to reach out with words or gestures

and remind me of my connection to other creatures and the earth.

If the space I am in seems too small,

lacking privacy, my patience running thin,

help me to roam far and wide in imagination and memory,

so I can return refreshed.

When apart

When my heart frets at the absence of someone I love

or I miss the company of friends and familiar embrace,

quiet my restlessness, watch over them and me

and assure us we are valued, whatever the future holds.

Savi Hensman, King’s College London

Rev. Baden Stanley 087 948 4407 (day off Tuesday)

Lay Minister: David Reynolds 087 918 7792

Parish Office -286 2968

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