St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15

SUNDAY 31st MAY 2020

This service will be livestreamed to the St John's Facebook page. Please join us

A PDF version of this page can be downloaded here and the Sunday Club Lesson here.

Message from Carol:
Dave has been sick this week (not the coronavirus). He's recovering but is not able to attend Services this Sunday. He hopes to be back on his feet very soon. He is grateful for people's prayers, but needs to rest to aid his recovery so I'm asking people, please, not to call him or text. He'll be in touch with members of the congregation by email and phone as soon as he's back in the office.

The Service this week is in 2 parts with Richard leading the 1st part and Robert leading the 2nd. The Church is closed and people here are following good hygiene practice and social distancing at all times. You won't see Carol and Charles this week, but they're fit and well.

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

1. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure;
until with thee I will one will,
to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine;
until this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God:
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.

2. For I'm building a people of power
And I'm making a people of praise,
That will move through this land by my Spirit,
And will glorify my precious name,

Build your church, Lord,
Make us strong, Lord,
Join our hearts, Lord, through your Son,
Make us one, Lord, In your body,
In the Kingdom of your Son.


3. O church arise and put your armour on;
hear the call of Christ our captain.
For now the weak can say that they are strong
in the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth,
We'll stand against the devil's lies;
an army bold, whose battle cry is love,
reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
but to rage against the captor;
and with the sword that makes the wounded whole,
we will fight with faith and valour.
When faced with trials on every side
we know the outcome is secure,
and Christ will have the prize for which he died,
an inheritance of nations.

Come see the cross, where love and mercy meet,
as the Son of God is stricken;
then see his foes lie crushed beneath his feet,
for the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
and Christ emerges from the grave,
this victory march continues till the day
every eye and heart shall see him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in every stride,
give grace for every hurdle,
that we may run with faith to win the prize
of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
retelling triumphs of his grace,
we hear their calls and hunger for the day
when with Christ we stand in glory.

4. I am a new creation,
No more in condemnation,
Here in the grace of God I stand
My heart is overflowing,
My love just keeps on growing,
Here in the grace of God I stand.

And I will praise you Lord,
Yes I will praise you Lord,
And I will sing of all that you have done.

A joy that knows no limit,
A lightness in my spirit,
Here in the grace of God I stand.

5. Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down.
oh Comforter and Friend,
how we need your touch again.
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down.
Let your power fall,
let your voice be heard.
Come and change our hearts,
as we stand on your word.
Holy Spirit, rain down. (Repeat)

No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind can know what God has in store.
So open up heaven, open it wide,
over your church, and over our lives. (Repeat)

6. Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

7. We'll walk this land,
With hearts on fire,
And every step
Will be a prayer.
Hope is rising,
New day dawning,
Sound of singing
Fills the air.

Two thousand years
And still the flame
Is burning bright
Across the land.
Hearts are waiting,
Longing, aching,
For awakening
Once again.

Let the flame burn brighter
In the heart of the darkness,
Turning night to glorious day.
Let the song grow louder
As our love grows stronger,
Let it shine, let it shine.
(Last time)
Let it shine, let it shine.

We'll walk for truth,
Speak out for love,
In Jesus' name
We shall be strong.
To lift the fallen,
To save the children,
To fill the nation
With Your song.


Heavenly Father,
you sent your Son Jesus Christ
to make us ready to meet with you.
Send your Holy Spirit on us now, we pray,
that we may hear your word,
Share in your communion,
receive your grace,
and be renewed in your love. AMEN.

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You told us to love one another,
to love our enemies,
to bless those who persecute us;
We say sorry for the times we have
failed to follow your commands
and not lived as your followers
Forgive us and breathe your Spirit into us,
and give us courage to live as you lived. AMEN.


READING: Acts 2:1-11

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs - we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"

GOSPEL: John 14:15-21

Reader: Hear the Holy Gospel according to John
All: Glory to you O Lord

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15"If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them."

Reader: This is the Gospel of the Lord
All: Praise to you O Christ

SERMON: Robert The Spirit comes with Power



The Lord is here.
His 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 right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;
in your love you made us for yourself.

When we turned away you did not reject us,
but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.
He opened his arms of love upon the cross
and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

On the night he was betrayed,
at supper with his friends
he took bread, and gave you thanks;
he 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.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts
make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole Church throughout the world
we offer you this sacrifice of praise
and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Lord's Prayer

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.

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread

I receive this bread and wine,
on behalf of all the church family
as the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for us,
and his blood which he shed for you.
I eat and drink in remembrance that he died for us,
Let us all feed on him in our hearts
by faith with thanksgiving

Prayer after Communion

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




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