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Jesus stand among us

Richard    GREETING

Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.


Good morning, thank you all for joining us today from across the rural deanery.  We are particularly conscious this morning that ours is a cross border deanery, that the affairs of our neighbours across the border affect us deeply. On the day following the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, we offer our sympathies to the countless thousands who mourn his passing, we hold the Queen and the Royal Family in our prayers.

God of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, for the love he shared among us, and for his devotion to duty. We entrust him now to your love and mercy, through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

Merciful God, be close to all who mourn, especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family. May they know the hope of your promises and the comfort of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Richard    May Christ our Lord give us peace.  Amen.


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.

J and R

O Lord, open our lips 

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

Let us worship the Lord.    

All praise to his name.

Richard    Blessed are you, Sovereign God, Creator of all, to you be glory and praise for ever.  You founded the earth in the beginning and the heavens are the work of your hands.  In the fulness of time, you made us in your image, and in these last days you have spoken to us in your Son Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us let the light of your love always shine in our hearts, your Spirit ever renew our lives and your praises ever be on our lips. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.            

Blessed be God for ever.

Richard    If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not is us.  If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

Let us confess our sins to God our Father.

Kneel. Silence is kept.

O God, our loving Father in heaven, we confess that we have sinned against you; we have broken your commandments; we have often been selfish, and we have not loved you as we should. For these, and all our sins, forgive us, we pray: through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.


May the Father of all mercies cleanse you from yours sins, and restore you in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Joyce        Your word is a lantern to my feet      

And a light upon our path.

O Lord, your word is everlasting:     

It stands firm for ever in the heavens.

Let us then receive the word of the Lord.

So may the light of your presence shine in our hearts.

HYMN  118 vvs 1,2

Behold the mountain


FIRST READING    Micah 4: 1-5

DUNDALK Gillian Patterson

The first reading is from the Book of the Prophet Micah, in the fourth chapter, beginning at the first verse.

4In days to come
   the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
   and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
2   and many nations shall come and say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
   to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
   and that we may walk in his paths.’

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
   and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
   and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;

RDEE Eileen McClean
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
   and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
   neither shall they learn war any more;
4 but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
   and no one shall make them afraid;
   for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

5 For all the peoples walk,
   each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
   for ever and ever.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Psalm 4   Lord Bellew

1  Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; ♦︎
   you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;
      have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2  How long will you nobles dishonour my glory; ♦︎
   how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?
3  But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness; ♦︎
   when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
4  Stand in awe, and sin not; ♦︎
   commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness ♦︎
   and put your trust in the Lord.
6  There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’ ♦︎
   Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.
7  You have put gladness in my heart, ♦︎
   more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
8  In peace I will lie down and sleep, ♦︎
   for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

sung         DOXOLOGY

SECOND READING      1 John 3: 1-7


The second reading is from the first epistle of St John, in the third chapter, beginning at the first verse.

31See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he* is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

DUNLEER Emma Sloan

4 Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God



THIRD READING    Luke 24: 36b-48


The third reading is from the Gospel according to St Luke, in the 24th chapter, beginning at verse 36

36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’* 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.* 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.


44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah* is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses* of these things.

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.




Lord of life, by submitting to death, you conquered the grave: by being lifted upon the cross, you draw all peoples to you; by being raised from the dead, you restore to humanity all that was lost through sin: be with us in your risen power, that in word and deed we may proclaim the marvellous mystery of death and resurrection:
for all praise is yours, now and throughout eternity. Amen



I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN All hail the power of Jesu’s name


CREGGAN Muriel Donaldson

Almighty and everliving God, we ask you to hear the prayers we offer in faith:

For the peace that comes from God alone, for the unity of all peoples, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For the church of Christ, for John our Archbishop and for the whole people of God, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

COLLON Ruth Higgins

For the nations of the world, for Michael our president, for our government and all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For our community, for our neighbours and friends, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

BUSH Sam Elvin

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, for the sick and suffering and for all in any need, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

DROGHEDA Maria Lloyd

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For the dying, for those who mourn, for the faithful whom we entrust to the Lord in hope, as we look forward to the day when we share the fullness of the resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

Rejoicing in the communion of the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to God.


Joyce and Richard

For yours is the majesty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.


Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: Give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Gathering all our prayers and praises into one, 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.

HYMN  Crown him with many crowns

VICTOR  Let us give thanks to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

For the love of the Father, the maker of all, the giver of all good things, let us bless the Lord.             Thanks be to God

For Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lived and worked among us, let us bless the Lord.                                   Thanks be to God

For his suffering and death on the cross and his resurrection to new life, let us bless the Lord.              Thanks be to God


For his rule over all things and his presence in the world, let us bless the Lord.                                  Thanks be to God

For the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who teaches and guides us, let us bless the Lord.                             Thanks be to God

For the grace of the Spirit in the work of the Church and the life of the world, let us bless the Lord.             Thanks be to God

RITA     Blessed are you, Holy God, creator, redeemer and life-giver; you have spoken the world into being an filled it with wonder and beauty. For every blessing we have received 

We give you thanks and praise

Blessed are you, Holy God, for people of every language and culture and for the rich variety you give to life. For every blessing we have received 

We give you thanks and praise

Blessed are you, Holy God, for Jesus Christ our Saviour, truly divine and truly human, living and dying for us, and going before us into heaven. For every blessing we have received 

We give you thanks and praise

Blessed are you, Holy God, for your Spirit, the fire of love burning in our hearts, bringing us to faith and calling us to holiness in the Church and in the world.

For every blessing we have received 

We give you thanks and praise

HYMN Your kingdom come

J and R

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 God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Sung   Amen.