Saturday, 11 July 2020

CSNL News July August 2020

Thanks to Lilian Webb our Magazine Editor for keeping the magazine going throughout the lockdown

Issue 60 CSNL NEWS July/August, 2020
Parish Of Celbridge & Straffan with Newcastle-Lyons
Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough
By the parishioners - for the parishioners

From Our Rector - Dear Friends ..
It is a strange irony that before the lockdown from which we have now emerged (hopefully without major setback) we were inclined to complain how much time people wasted with their faces buried in screens. And yet it was these very screens that became our link to one another, the wider world and our worshipping life as a Church. Whether it was the to and fro on the parish WhatsApp group with its mixture of the Sacred and the Silly which kept us together in laughter and tears, the YouTube services with the growing cast of participants which brought us together in prayer and fellowship on a Sunday morning, or the Zoom coffee afterwards which was a chance to admire each others taste in wallpaper and pyjamas, screens played a vital part in our lives under lockdown. Now that we are returning to a level of normality (or the new normality) we can once again rejoice in the real and tangible experience of being physically present to each other, although often behind various forms of screens or masks to preserve our mutual safety. Time was if you saw somebody going down the street wearing a mask you would wonder which bank they were about to rob and now to add irony to irony we are expected to wear a mask to go to the bank!
All of which illustrated the timeless truth that we should not judge people by outward appearances. There are good and bad reasons for using screens and there are good and bad reasons for wearing masks - what matters is why we do what we do and what we seek to achieve. If it is love that is in our hearts then no matter what we do it is love that will flow from us even if we are behind a screen or mask. It can get through every barrier and will bring healing and hope to all who receive it. As the hymn puts it - Let there be Love shared among us!
Yours, Stephen

Returning To Church - Guidelines For Parishioners & Visitors
For those who plan to come to public worship please read the following points of information and guidance:

Worship will be at usual times: 9.00 Newcastle, 10.15 Straffan & 11.30 Celbridge.
Initially there will be no Holy Communion services - when they resume further guidance will be given.
Do not bring your own books to church.
Do not come to church if you have any of the symptoms associated with Covid19.
On arrival go directly into church following guidance of wardens (avoid bottlenecks at entrance).
Sanitizer will be provided at entrance.
Wardens will indicate where to sit to comply with social distancing and you should go direct to seat and not engage with others on way to seat.
Alternate pews are roped off and should not be used.
Please sit alone or with members of your own household.
No singing. (Organist may play or recorded music/hymns may be played.)
No physical exchange of peace.
Masks are recommended for adults (but not required if unable to wear one).
Service sheets will be provided - please take home with you.
Leave nothing in the church (papers, tissues etc.)
Collection will be a retiring collection and if you prefer to give by other means the details are on the parish website.
Names of those attending will be recorded and kept temporarily for contact tracing.
No tea or coffee after church.
At end of service, rear pews exit first and please observe social distancing outside the building.

Hopefully these restrictions can be relaxed before too long but please do your best to follow them and keep the church safe for everybody.
Nobody should feel under any pressure to return to church. Online services will be available on cs-nl.org.

Bereavements
George Harris died on 25th May following a long illness surrounded by his family, peacefully at home. Our sympathy with his wife Mabel, children, Sharon, Dorothy & Philip, son-in-law Julian, daughter-in-law Helen, grandchildren, Logan, Charlie, Grace, Mya & Pippa, brothers Jimmy & Willie (Newcastle-Lyons), relations, family and friends. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Ronnie, Gay, Neville and sisters Emma & Irene. A short ceremony took place at Georges home in the open air on what was a beautiful sunny day and he was given a substantial guard of honour by friends and neighbours who lined the route from the house. His funeral service was held in Mount Jerome Crematorium on 27th May with his immediate family.

Our prayers are with Shirley Gibson and her family as they had a double bereavement. Hilary Carter, Shirley Gibsons sister died two days after Shirleys daughter, Louises funeral. A private ceremony took place for Louise. She was buried in Mount Jerome on 22nd June. Hilary died in Marymount Hospice, Cork and is survived by her husband Rev. Arthur Carter, her daughter, Isabel and sisters Rhoda & Shirley. May God comfort all who mourn.

Church Finances
Like many parishes, we rely on income from the Slip Hall and Car Boot Sales and are aware that many parishioners have had reductions in their incomes also.

For parishioners who are unable to attend church and would normally contribute by envelopes and are able to do so - payments can be made direct to the bank accounts - remembering to include your name in the narrative and envelope number. IBAN: IE78AIBK93350301564099. BIC: AIBKIE2D. AIB, Celbridge. Cheques to Celbridge & Straffan Church of Ireland Parish. Or for Newcastle - cheques to Newcastle Church of Ireland Parish. IBAN: IE19AIBK93350316126025. BIK: AIBKIE2D. AIB Celbridge. Further details on www.cs-nl.org. For those who have standing orders or have continued to contribute to the parish financially over the last few months - thank you.

Books of the Bible Quiz Results
Thanks to all who entered the quiz which Linda Daly set me as a challenge. There were 94 entries - 66 were correct and covered 14 counties and 1 from England! Im sure the postman was wondering why I got so much mail. The total amount received was 526.00. I envisaged donating the cost of producing the parish newsletter for the year and give the balance to Christian Aid - and this is what I have done. So 117.00 goes to the parish and the balance to Christian Aid. Many thanks to everybody - I enjoyed the challenge and so did a lot of others! All 3 prize winners were from Cork! The answers are:-

1. Wise sayings - PROVERBS
2. Citizens of a huge place COLOSSIANS
3. This person has 2 books and another wrote a diary SAMUEL
4 Grade work MARK
5. . Rantzen ESTHER
6. Expressions of sorrow LAMENTATIONS
7. Hey ..! (song) JUDE
8. 48 5 23 NUMBERS
9. He had a whale of a time! JONAH
10. A persons occupation JOB
11. Version of the Bible/King JAMES
12. Seen in court JUDGES
13. Fact newly made known REVELATION
14. A mixed up part of the body and a fruit PHILEMON
15. Radcliffe/Day-Lewis DANIEL
16. Phil Collins rock band GENESIS
17. Man makes drink HEBREWS
18. Sodium, bees do this NAHUM
19. George, Richard KINGS
20. Citizens of European capital ROMANS
21. There are 150 of these PSALMS
22. Proven fact without a beverage! RUTH
23. Patron Saint of brewers/surgeons LUKE
24. What there will be when cocooning is over! EXODUS

A further 50.00 was received and sent to the Treasurer.

No Ongoing Events
It is hoped to recommence the Wednesday morning services in September.

Easter Vestries
Directions are awaited from the Diocesan office.

Confirmation
There will be no confirmation for our parish this year as the first class coincided with the lockdown so candidates are not prepared.

Services During Covid Restrictions
On behalf of all the parishioners and readers of CSNL NEWS, a big thank you to our Rector for producing services Sunday by Sunday which we could participate in .. and sing! It was good also to see the churches while we watched on devices. Thanks too to all who took part in readings, prayers, photography, singing and playing the organs. The Editor spotted that on 7th June, which centred on creation that participants included - 2 Weirs, a River, 3 Brookes & 1 Lougheed!

There were more contributions to the Online Songs Of Praise on 28th June than could be included and so these will be held over for another Songs of Praise in the autumn in church. Thanks to the producer - our Rector, Stephen, writer, Linda Daly & Researcher, Dee Huddleston, Jenny Shaw on the organ & videos by Aaron Neill, Jos Evertsen, Sarah Lynn & Malachy McKenna, Bill Nicholson, Gordon Bass, Zoe Lipson, Gwen & Tom Watkins, Vivien Bond, Linda Daly & Lilian Webb for their videos as to why they chose their favourite hymns. Our Rector introduced the favourites of Zoe Lipson, John Darlow, Betty Beattie, Jim Gleeson, Rebecca Taylor and June Galligan. The hymns were - Praise my Soul, Guide me O thou Great Jeohovah, For all the Saints, Dear Lord and Father, Count your blessings, Father I place, As the Deer pants, We plough the fields, How great is our God, O Jesus I have promised, How great thou art, Shout to the Lord, Shine Jesus Shine, Great is thy faithfulness, Amazing Grace and There is a Redeemer.

All services resumed on 5th July with a Service of the Word - Returning to Church and commenced with the Easter Greeting. They will continue to be online but they will not be available until Sunday afternoons as they will consist of a recording of one of the Sunday morning services in the parish.

Primrose Hill National School
Thanks to Intel, School Principal, Mrs. Caroline Flood & our Rector received a 4,000 grant on 11th June at Castletown House, Celbridge from Intel Pride of Place for school playground refurbishment. Congratulations to the 6th class who had their online Graduation on June, 24th. We wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their lives. Thanks to the teachers and pupils who had to learn new ways of learning and have to prepare over the summer for the re-opening of the school in compliance with government guidelines. Best wishes also to those who are awaiting the results of their “Leaving Certificate” and have decisions to make when results come out.

Christian Aid
Dee Huddleston, Church and Community Officer for Christian Aid preached in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on its Patronal Festival on Trinity Sunday which was streamed live. The Eucharist was celebrated by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Jackson. Also in attendance were Dean Dunne & Rev Abigail Sines, Dean’s Vicar in Christ Church Cathedral. Dee had walked around Straffan for the 31 days in March carrying 2 buckets of water and had raised over €3,500. She was inspired by a 67 year old widowed grandmother Rose Jonathan who walks for 6 hours a day to fetch water for her family. She has been looking after her 6 grandchildren alone since her daughters moved away from the village for work.

Sunday Services - July/August
Sunday Newcastle 9 a.m. Straffan 10.15 a.m. Celbridge 11.30 a.m.
1st Holy Communion Service of the Word Holy Communion
2nd Service of Word Holy Communion Service of the Word
3rd Holy Communion Morning Prayer Holy Communion
4th Morning Prayer Holy Communion Morning Prayer
5th 30/8/20 United Service - Christ Church, Celbridge. 11.30 a.m.
Please note that Holy Communion services recommence in Newcastle & Celbridge on 19th July and in Straffan on 26th.

Chuckle Time
The oldest computer was owned by Adam & Eve. It was an Apple with very limited memory. Just 1 Byte and everything crashed!

Thanks
Thanks to all who have worked to keep us safe since the Coronavirus hit our shores - all who work in shops, chemists, post offices, delivery services etc., and especially all working in the hospital and health care service in the front line. Also for those in Government, the Department of Health and HSE in steering the country through the pandemic and continuing to do so.

Thanks to all who looked after the church grounds since the churches closed - the grass continued to grow!

Closing Date - September/October Issue Of CSNL NEWS
The closing date will be on Monday, 24th August so that the issue can be available at the United Service on Sunday, 30th August in Christ Church, Celbridge.

Take Time
Now that many of us have had a lot of the above, here is a verse I came across on a 1992 postcard while tidying files.
Take time to think - it is the source of power.
Take time to read - it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to play - it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet - it is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware - it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved - it is Gods greatest gift.

Take time to laugh - it is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly - it is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream - it is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray - it is the greatest power on earth.

There is a time for everything …”

Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Stay safe. Pray for a vaccine.

Whos Who In The Parish
Rector: Rev. Stephen Neill 01-6288231 087-2328172

The Church Review
May, June, July/August editions are only available on line - and can be read/downloaded from the parish facebook page.

Heritage Week - 15th to 23rd August
Theme this year is Heritage and Education: learning from our heritage.

2020 - A Fresh Vision

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Returning to Church


Parish of Celbridge & Straffan with Newcastle-Lyons

Returning to Church – Guidelines for parishioners and visitors

Dear Friends,
          Sunday 5th July is the day when many congregations, including our own will be returning to public worship. It will be a strange and probably quite emotional experience and also it will be a little different than what we are used to. At this point I want to emphasize that nobody should feel under any pressure to return. Some will still be concerned about going out in public and those whose health is potentially compromised may feel more comfortable worshiping at home until the current Pandemic is completely under control. For this reason online services will continue but will not be available until Sunday afternoon as they will consist of a recording of one of the Sunday morning services in the parish. They will be available on the parish website as previously cs-nl.org

For those who do plan to come to public worship please read the following points of information and guidance:

1 Worship will be at usual times: 9am Newcastle, 10.15 Straffan & 11.30 Celbridge
2 Initially there will be no Holy Communion services – when they resume further guidance will be given
3 Do not bring your own books to church
4 Do not come to church if you have any of the symptoms associated with Covid19
5 On arrival go directly into church following guidance of wardens (avoid bottlenecks at entrance)
6 Sanitizer will be provided at entrance
7 Wardens will indicate where to sit to comply with social distancing and you should go direct to seat and not engage with others on way to seat
8 Alternate pews are roped off and should not be used
9 Please sit alone or with members of your own household
10 No singing (Organist may play or recorded music/hymns may be played)
11 No physical exchange of peace
12 Masks are recommended for adults (but not required if unable to wear one)
13 Service sheets will be provided – please take home with you
14 Leave nothing in the Church (papers, tissues etc)
15 Collection will be a retiring collection and if you prefer to give by other means the details are on the parish website
16 Names of those attending will be recorded and kept temporarily for contact tracing
17 No tea or coffee after church
18 At end of service rear pews exit first and please observe social distancing outside the building.

Hopefully these restrictions can be relaxed before too long but please do your best to follow them and keep church safe for everybody – Looking forward to seeing some of you on Sunday.
Thanking you.
Rev. Stephen

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Songs of Praise - Sunday 28th June 2020



Thanks to all who sent in requests and introductions - We couldn't include them all and will hold others over for a Songs of Praise in Church this Autumn

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Trinity 2 - Christ Church Celbridge



Order of Service

A Service of the Word

Greeting
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

Loving God, we have come to worship you.
Help us to pray to you in faith,
to sing your praise with gratitude,
and to listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Hymn

Penitential Rite
A time of silence followed by the confession
Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
   we have broken your law,
   we have rebelled against your love,
   we have not loved our neighbours,
   and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
      through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Priest/Lay Minister:
Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that sacrifice a proclamation of God's love toward us.


Priest   
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
                                                or
Lay Minister:
In the name of Jesus Christ may we be forgiven Glory to God. Amen.

Gloria (Or other suitable hymn/canticle of praise)
Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God's 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. Amen.


Ministry of the Word

Collect of the Day


Lord, open our hearts and minds
   by the power of your Holy Spirit, 
that, as the Scriptures are read 
   and your Word proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.


Lesson
This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Epistle
This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

Hymn (Optional)

Gospel (Stand)
At beginning: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to....
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
At end: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

Hymn

The Apostles Creed
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.


The Prayers
The Lord be with you
and also with you.


Let us pray. (Kneel)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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 Prayers of the People
Prayers may take the form of intercessions, general prayers,
open or silent prayer.
Bidding & Response: Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

At the conclusion of the prayers
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
 Amen.     

If a priest is present a final blessing may follow.
The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing......

Hymn

Dismissal:       Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
                        In the name of Christ, Amen.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Books of the Bible Quiz Answers

Thanks to Lilian Webb for setting and organizing this most successful fundraising quiz

From Lilian: 
Thanks to all who entered the above and for those who didn't get around to entering - I hope you "enjoyed" the challenge! .  I received 94 entries - and I'm sure the postman was wondering why I got so much post in a couple of weeks!  The returned quizzes came from Wicklow, Kildare, Cork, Offaly, Tipperary, Antrim, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Longford, Laois, Cavan, Clare, Dublin & England!  

The winners were picked by a couple who were here for afternoon tea - and all three came from Co. Cork.

The total amount received was €526.00.  If I received sufficient I envisaged donating the cost of producing the parish newsletter - for the year - CSNL NEWS - and give the balance to Christian Aid - and this is what I will be doing - so €117.00 goes to the parish of Celbridge, Straffan & Newcastle-Lyons and the balance to Christian Aid.  I have to thank a parishioner in Straffan - Linda - for setting me the challenge!  So - well done and thank you to everybody.

Quiz. All answers are Books Of The Bible - Answers

1. Wise sayings (8) PROVERBS

2. Citizens of a huge place (10) COLOSSIANS

3. This person has two books and another wrote a diary (6) SAMUEL

4 Grade work (4) MARK

5. . Rantzen (6) ESTHER

6. Expressions of sorrow (12) LAMENTATIONS

7. Hey ..! (song) (4) JUDE

8. 48 5 23 (7) NUMBERS

9. He had a whale of a time! (5) JONAH
10. A persons occupation (3) JOB

11. Version of the Bible/King (5) JAMES

12. Seen in court (6) JUDGES

13. Fact newly made known (10) REVELATION

14. A mixed up part of the body and a fruit (8) PHILEMON

15. Radcliffe/Day-Lewis (6) DANIEL

16. Phil Collins rock band (7) GENESIS

17. Man makes drink (7) HEBREWS

18. Sodium, bees do this (5) NAHUM

19. George, Richard (5) KINGS

20. Citizens of European capital (6) ROMANS

21. There are 150 of these (6) PSALMS

22. Proven fact without a beverage! (4) RUTH

23. Patron Saint of brewers/surgeons (4) LUKE

24. What there will be when cocooning is over! (6) EXODUS

1st drawn - Ruth Buttimer, Co. Cork. 2nd - Noreen OConnell, Co. Cork.
Incomplete/incorrect - F. Williams, Co Cork.

94 entries received - 66 correct - from 14 Counties and 1 in England! 526.00 received which will be given to the parish of Celbridge, Straffan & Newcastle-Lyons and Christian Aid. Many thanks

Saturday, 13 June 2020

1st Sunday after Trinity - Newcastle - HC



Order of Service

THE CELEBRATION OF
THE HOLY COMMUNION
ALSO CALLED THE LORD'S SUPPER OR THE EUCHARIST
The Gathering of God's People

THE GREETING

Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

A sentence of scripture may be read (see pages 78-82), and the presiding minister may introduce the liturgy of the day.

THE COLLECT FOR PURITY

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. Amen.

or another suitable opening prayer.

PENITENCE

The prayers of penitence may take place at this point or before or after the Intercessions.
The Commandments may be read (and should be read during Advent and Lent), or The Beatitudes (pages 223-224), or The Summary of the Law:
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it.
You shall love your neighbour as yourself
On these two commandments depend all the law
and the prophets.                                                   Matthew 22: 37-39

Lord, have mercy on us,

and write these your laws in our hearts.

The Confession is introduced with appropriate words, such as:
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins, to intercede for us in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.
Let us then confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God's commandments
and to live in love and peace:

Silence

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned in thought and word and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may walk in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.


The presiding minister pronounces the Absolution:
Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

This canticle may be omitted in Advent and Lent and on weekdays which are not holy days. Other versions of this canticle may be used, or when appropriate another suitable hymn of praise.
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God's 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. Amen.


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

The presiding minister introduces the Collect, allowing a short space for silence, and the people respond to the Collect with their Amen.
Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

THE FIRST READING

is normally from the Old Testament.
At the end the reader may say
This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


THE EPISTLE
At the end the reader may say
This is the Word of the Lord.

Stand

THE GOSPEL READING

The Gospel Reading is introduced by the following words:
Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ,
according to ... chapter ... beginning at verse ...

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

and concludes with:
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

THE SERMON

is preached here or after the Creed.

THE NICENE CREED

The Nicene Creed is said on Sundays and Principal Holy Days. The Creed may be omitted on ordinary weekdays or on Festivals which are not Principal Holy Days.
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 by the Holy Spirit of 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.


The Prayers of the People

THE PEACE

The presiding minister introduces the Peace with these or other suitable words:
Christ is our peace.
He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross.
We meet in his name and share his peace.


followed by:
The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

It is appropriate that the congregation share with one another a sign of peace. This may be introduced with the words:
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Celebrating at the Lord's Table
The table may be prepared by a deacon or lay people.
The gifts of money may be brought forward and presented.

AT THE PREPARATION OF THE TABLE


Wise and gracious God,
you spread a table before us;
nourish your people with the word of life,
and the bread of heaven. Amen.



THE TAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE

Stand
The bishop or priest who presides takes the bread and wine and may say
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us

therefore let us celebrate the feast.


THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

One of the following Eucharistic Prayers is said by the presiding minister.
Prayer 3
The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

or
The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Father, Lord of all creation,
we praise you for your goodness and your love.
When we turned away you did not reject us.
You came to meet us in your Son,
welcomed us as your children
and prepared a table where we might feast with you.

In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened wide his arms upon the cross and,

with love stronger than death,

he made the perfect sacrifice for sin.

Lord Jesus Christ, our redeemer,
on the night before you died
you came to table with your friends.
Taking bread, you gave thanks, broke it
and gave it to them saying,
Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

Lord Jesus, we bless you:

you are the bread of life.


At the end of supper
you took the cup of wine, gave thanks, 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 in remembrance of me.

Lord Jesus, we bless you:

you are the true vine.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ:

dying, you destroyed our death,

rising, you restored our life;
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Holy Spirit, giver of life,
come upon us now;
may this bread and wine be to us
the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts

make us, who know our need of grace,

one in Christ, our risen Lord.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Blessed Trinity:
with your whole Church throughout the world
we offer you this sacrifice of thanks and praise
and lift our voice to join the song of heaven,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.


Thanks be to you, our God, for your gift beyond words.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

The presiding minister says


As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say
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 BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The presiding minister (who may be assisted by the deacon) breaks the consecrated bread in preparation for the Communion
The bread which we break
is a sharing in the body of Christ.

We being many are one body,

for we all share in the one bread.


THE COMMUNION

The presiding minister says
Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Remember that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


The body of Christ keep you in eternal life.
The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life.



THE GREAT SILENCE

When all have received the communion, the presiding minister, other ministers and people keep silence for reflection.
Going Out as God's People
A hymn may be sung here or before the Dismissal

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The appropriate Post Communion Prayer (pages 241-236), or the following may be said:
Father of all, we give you thanks and praise,
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ's body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.


All say
Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
o be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

DISMISSAL

The presiding minister may say the seasonal blessing,
or another suitable blessing, or:
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

A minister says:
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

in the name of Christ. Amen.