All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

All Saints Church Renhold



 

 

 

 

 

   

A Service of Holy Communion

during the period of mourning for

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

(1921-2021)

 

Common Worship - Order One

 


The president says


‘I am the resurrection and the life’, says the Lord. ‘Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’


The president says


 We meet in the name of Jesus Christ,

 who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father.

 Grace and mercy be with you.



The president may briefly introduce the service, ending with this prayer:


Almighty God,

you judge us with infinite mercy and justice

and love everything you have made.

In your mercy

turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,

and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;

through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

All    Amen.


The president says


God has shone in our hearts

to give the light of the knowledge of his glory

in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels

to show that the transcendent power belongs to God

and not to us.

As we acknowledge our human frailty,

we call to mind our sins of word, deed and omission,

and confess them before God our Father.


Silence is kept.


Confession


You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.


You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

Christ, have mercy.

All Christ, have mercy.


You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:

Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.


May God our Father forgive us our sins

and bring us to the eternal joy of his kingdom,

where dust and ashes have no dominion.

All    Amen.


 Let us pray.



Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that we are made

in your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life

of His Royal Highness Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, for the love he received from you and showed among us. Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with your servant Philip that clearer vision promised to us in the same Christ our Lord; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.



 A reading from the book of Lamentations. (3.22-26, 31-33)


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

   his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

   great is your faithfulness.

‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,

   ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,

   to the soul that seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly

   for the salvation of the Lord.

For the Lord will not

   reject for ever.

Although he causes grief, he will have compassion

   according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

for he does not willingly afflict

   or grieve anyone.


This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.


Psalm 121 is said.


  I lift up my eyes to the hills; *

   from where is my help to come?

  My help comes from the Lord, *

   the maker of heaven and earth.

  He will not suffer your foot to stumble; *

   he who watches over you will not sleep.

  Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *

   shall neither slumber nor sleep.

  The Lord himself watches over you; *

   the Lord is your shade at your right hand,

  So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *

   neither the moon by night.

  The Lord shall keep you from all evil; *

   it is he who shall keep your soul.

  The Lord shall keep watch over your going out

      and your coming in, *

   from this time forth for evermore.


 A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians. (4.16-5.4)


So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.


This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.


A piece of music will be played


Please Stand


Alleluia, alleluia.
‘It is the will of him who sent me’, says the Lord,

‘that I should lose none of all that he has given me,

but raise them up on the last day’.

All Alleluia.


 Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. (6.35-40)

All Glory to you, O Lord.


Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’


 This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All Praise to you, O Christ.



SERMON

Psalm 121 we believe was written by King David and is considered to be one of the “Soldier’s” hymns as it is thought to have been written whilst he was high up in the mountains of Judea when heading for combat. But this is also known as one of the so-called travellers' hymns, meant to reassure the pilgrims as they journeyed most likely to Jerusalem. This is a Psalm of assurance that we are not alone, no matter where we are on our journey, and whether we are awake and fully conscious or asleep. God is with us even in our loneliest and most fearful moments.
There is some solace in knowing and believing that the God who is capable of creating an entire world also knows and cares intimately about each of us. We are not alone. God will be beside us and will journey with us.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills
There are numerous images that mountains bring to mind. Perhaps they represent a place of safety or refuge or they may be foreboding and dangerous. In our own lives the walls of our homes and rooms protect us but they also inspire fear and isolation. The colours of the walls and their pictures and memories can offer us solace and hope, reassurance but also they can overwhelm us with anxiety. In our lives we need both to look at ourselves and beyond ourselves.

So on our journeys do we see ourselves drawing closer to God or feeling estranged or distanced from God? The Psalmist promises that our fears can be overcome by hope and reassurance.

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
For all of us each day brings a range of things we have to negotiate; obstacles and disabilities that confront us. We ask how will we get through it and what might be the source of our help?

The Lord is your shade at your right hand
One of the greatest obstacles to our sense of well-being is our deep feeling of diminishment and uselessness. These feelings are often associated with age; as Christians perhaps we all need to appreciate the wisdom and holiness of age and of a life filled with experience. Wisdom can only come with age and with a God who at every stage of our lives is with us, including our journey through ageing.
The Lord shall keep you safe
The Psalmist answers his own question! The God who chooses to create is contained within the world and certainly will not abandon us. Everything and everyone is enthused with God. When we open ourselves up, God is there waiting and wanting to be with us. Day after day God creates and cares, He cares and creates.

The Lord shall keep watch over you
This is a rather beautiful image! God who dwells in the highest and lowliest of reaches is with us each step of our way. If we choose to stay open and receptive to him, he will not let us stray from the right path. Though we may momentarily stumble or stray, he will be with us and not let us fall or lose our way. This infinitely caring God is a God who requires no sleep; he is eternally vigilant. Twenty four hours a day, day after day, year after year, generation after generation - God watches and cares and guides us on our way.

As we meet this morning remembering and giving thanks to God for the life and service of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, a Psalm dedicated to soldiers (or Sailors too I expect) and travellers seems so appropriate as his life was dedicated to military and public service. Within the text we can see the magnitude of God’s works, the wonders of his creation and yet still be aware of and experience the intimate love he has for each and every one of us. We are assured that he will lead us and care for us as we journey through life, he will nourish and encourage us as we live our lives in faithful service to him, as Prince Phillip has so humbly served this country and our Queen throughout his life. Like King David and Like us he may not have been perfect, he may have made errors of judgement, he may have slipped from the path; but he was a man of faith, a child of God who God loved and caught in his fall and forgave him his short comings as he forgives us all.

His long life of service is now over, he is at peace safe in the arms of his God who made him – May he rest in peace and rise in glory


PRAYERS


Eternal God, our heavenly Father, we bless your holy name for all that you have given us in and through the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


We give you thanks:
   for his long and full life;
   for his strength of character;
   and for his devotion and service to family, nation and Commonwealth.


We praise you for:
   his generosity;
   the many contributions he made to our national life;
   and the encouragement he gave to so many, especially to the young.


As we mourn the death of Prince Philip, let us give thanks to God in faith and

trust.

For the gift of Christ Jesus and for all whose devotion to him has sustained the

life of our Church and nation:

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



For our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, His Late Royal Highness the Duke of

Edinburgh, and all the Royal Family; for the ministers of the Crown and all who

bear the privilege and burden of government:

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


For all people touched by the Duke of Edinburgh’s devotion to public service:

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


For our own lives, giving thanks for all who have gone before, and asking that we

might go forward with confidence and hope:

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


O God, in whom we live and move and have our being,

grant that your goodness and mercy shall follow us

all the days of our lives,

that we may ever trust in your unfailing love;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

All   God of mercy,

entrusting into your hands all that you have made

and rejoicing in our communion with all your faithful people,

we make our prayers through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen.


The president says


Jesus says: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.


The peace of the risen Lord be always with you

All    and also with you.


Music Plays during the preparation of the Holy Table

  May all who are called to a place at your table

  follow in the way that leads to the unending feast of life.

All Amen.


The Lord be with you

All    and also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

All    We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All    It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right,

it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


And now we give you thanks

because through him you have given us

the hope of a glorious resurrection;

so that, although death comes to us all,

yet we rejoice in the promise of eternal life;

for to your faithful people life is changed, not taken away;

and when our mortal flesh is laid aside

an everlasting dwelling place is made ready for us in heaven.


Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and saying:


All    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.


All glory be to you, our heavenly Father,

who, in your tender mercy,

gave your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption;

who made there by his one oblation of himself once offered

a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction

for the sins of the whole world;

he instituted, and in his holy gospel commanded us to continue,

a perpetual memory of his precious death until he comes again.


Hear us, merciful Father, we humbly pray,

and grant that, by the power of your Holy Spirit,

we receiving these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine,

according to your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution,

in remembrance of his death and passion,

may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood;


who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

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

do this in remembrance of me.


In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

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.


   Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

All    Dying you destroyed our death,

rising you restored our life:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.


Therefore, Lord and heavenly Father,

in remembrance of the precious death and passion,

the mighty resurrection and glorious ascension

of your dear Son Jesus Christ,

we offer you through him this our sacrifice of praise

and thanksgiving.


Grant that by his merits and death,

and through faith in his blood,

we and all your Church may receive forgiveness of our sins

and all other benefits of his passion.


Although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins,

to offer you any sacrifice,

yet we pray that you will accept this

the duty and service that we owe.


Do not weigh our merits, but pardon our offences,

and fill us all who share in this holy communion

with your grace and heavenly blessing;


through Jesus Christ our Lord,

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.

All    Amen.


As our saviour 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 president breaks the consecrated bread.


Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,

All we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.


Jesus is the Lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All  Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word, and I shall be healed.


The body and blood of Christ - Amen


The president and people receive communion.


Music Plays during the distribution of Communion


The president prays


Father in Heaven, whose Church on earth is a sign of your heavenly

peace, an image of the new and eternal Jerusalem: grant to us in the days

of our pilgrimage that, fed with the living bread of heaven and united in

the body of your Son, we may be the temple of your presence, the place of

your glory on earth, and a sign of your peace in the world; through Jesus

Christ, our Lord.

All Amen.


God grant to the living, grace;
to the departed, rest;
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth,

and all humankind,
peace and concord;
and to us and all his servants, life everlasting;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you and those you love, this day and always.

All    Amen.


Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright  The Archbishops’ Council 2000; Homily based on the commentary of Rev Dr James Woodward

CCLI number - 804157