WORSHIP AT ST. LAIKA’S

HOLY COMMUNION

THIRD SUNDAY
BEFORE ADVENT

All are welcome to join me in taking communion. There are no exceptions.
The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). You eat the bread after I say “The body of Christ,” and drink the wine after I say “The blood of Christ.” How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.
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"The Lord Will Come And Not Be Slow" - Stephen Tharp
INTRODUCTION
"Behold The Bridegroom Cometh" - Golden Gate Quartet
GREETING
INVITATION TO CONFESSION
Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
ABSOLUTION
"Thief In The Night" - Olivia Morgan
COLLECT
READING
"Wisdom And Her Sisters: Vidi Etiam" 
by Hildegard De Bingen - Anonymous 4
READING
"When The Bridegroom Comes " - Judee Sill
Alleluia, alleluia.
Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength 
to stand with confidence before the Son of man.
Alleluia.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
GOSPEL
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
"The Heavenly Aeroplane" - John Byrd & Washboard Walter
We believe in God the Father, 
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son, 
who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, 
who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
INTERCESSIONS 
"Be Thou My Vision" - Fiddlesticks
THE PEACE
"Be Thou My Vision" - Van Morrison

PRAYER OVER THE GIFT
The Lord is here.
God's Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy...
...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.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father…
…until he comes in glory.

Great is the mystery of faith. 
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Lord of all life…
…for ever and ever. Amen. 
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
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.
Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer 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.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

The body of Christ. Amen.
The blood of Christ. Amen.
"As The Bridegroom To His Chosen" 
by John Rutter - The Cambridge Singers
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
"O Lord Our God, Arise" - Ely Cathedral Choir
O Lord our God, arise!
The cause of truth maintain,
And wide o'er all the peopled world
Extend thy blessed reign.

Thou Prince of life, arise!
Nor let thy glory cease;
Far spread the conquests of thy grace,
And bless the earth with peace.

O Holy Ghost, arise!
Expand thy quickening wing,
And o'er a dark and ruined world
Let light and order spring.

All on the earth, arise!
To God the Savior sing;
From shore to shore, from earth to heaven,
Let echoing anthems ring.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendour and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom:
and you are exalted as head over all. Amen.
THE BLESSING

My sisters and brothers, go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

"I'll Be Ready When The Bridegroom Comes" - Mcvay And Johnson
CREDITS:

Service from "Common Worship" (Church of England) 
compiled by Jonathan Hagger
Collect by Steven Shakespeare
Readings from the N.R.S.V.
Intercessions by David Adam

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