Service for 18th April 2020 

The Lord be with you
And also with you
Receiving God’s forgiveness   
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 to live in love and peace with all:
Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you 
and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, 
through negligence, through weakness, 
through our own deliberate fault. 
We are truly sorry
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 grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. 
Almighty God, 
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. Amen.
The Collect (a gathering prayer) is said.
Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. Amen
Bible Reading: 1Peter 1:3-9
At the end the reader may say 
This is the word of the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. 
Bible Reading: John 20:19-e
When the Gospel is announced the reader gives the page number and the chapter & verse and then says 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. 
Glory to you, O Lord. 
At the end 
This is the Gospel of the Lord. 
Praise to you, O Christ. 
The Talk
The Creed (what we believe)  
    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. 
Thank God for his salvation for us and his ongoing salvation in us
Pray for those who are suffering
Pray for yourself that you would endure and know growth through suffering 
    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. 

Alison Cook, 17/04/2020