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May 9, 2020

Sunday 10 May 2020

**Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, we are unable to post the usual service booklet file to this website. Please see (below) for the full text from the service booklet for Sunday 10 May.

Please contact Rev Mel to email you a PDF copy of the 5th Sunday of Easter service booklet.

The Sunday Service is available live online at 11am via parish facebook.

The link is https://www.facebook.com/woodendanglican/

*For a recorded copy of the service from Sunday 10th May 2020 on Facebook Live, please click here.

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10th May, 2020 - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Χριστος Ανεστη! Christ is Risen!

We acknowledge the Jaara Jaara people,
the custodians of this land where we gather.
We pay our respects to their elders past and present and pray for 
reconciliation.

GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME

‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life,’ says the Lord. ‘No one comes to the Father except through me.’ John 14.6

The Lord be with you.

And also with you

Christ is risen Alleluia

He is risen indeed Alleluia

Let us pray

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.

Christ our Passover Lamb has been offered for us, therefore we come to celebrate the festival.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, with a sincere and true heart.

Lord God, you created this world, and made us in your own image. Forgive us when we turn away from you.
Lord, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy

Lord God, through your Son you overcame evil and death. Rescue us from slavery to sin.
Christ, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy

Lord God, by your Spirit, you restore us to fellowship with you and with one another. Breathe your love and freedom in to our lives.
Lord, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us your sins,
and keep us in eternal life. 
Amen

Let us pray

Everliving God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: give us grace to love one another,
to follow in the way of his commandments,
and to share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Amen.

MINISTRY OF THE WORD

A reading from the book of Acts chapter 7 verses 55 to 60

But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I seethe heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand ofGod!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loudvoice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this,he died.

Psalm 31 verse 1 to 5 and 17 to 18

To you, Lord, have I come for shelter: let me never be put to shame.

O deliver me in your righteousness:

incline your ear to me and be swift to save me.

Be for me a rock of refuge, a fortress to defend me: for you are my high rock and my stronghold.

Lead me and guide me for your name’s sake:
bring me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me, for you are my strength.

Into your hands I commit my spirit:
you will redeem me, O Lord God of truth.

All my days are in your hand:
O deliver me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors.

Make your face to shine upon your servant:and save me for your mercy’s sake.

A reading from the first letter of Peter chapter 2 verses 4 to 10

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:

“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;

and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,”

And “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s ownpeople, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;

once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

For the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Alleluia, Alleluia

Now Christ is raised from the dead, He will never die again.
All who follow his Word,
shall have life in him.

Alleluia, Alleluia

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John, chapter 14 beginning at the 1st verse. Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in
me. 
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do

not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus saidto him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to theFather except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you stilldo not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How canyou say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his

works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

For the Gospel of the Lord praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

*****The Sermon*****

*****The Prayers of the People*****

In our isolation, we recognise the wilderness in the world.

In our isolation, we know that God is near.

Dispersed, yet together, we hold on to hope.

Dispersed, yet together, we connect with each other.

In our homes, we sing, "Alleluia!"

In our homes, we trust that love is stronger than hate.

Despite the challenges of this time, we celebrate in God’s hope.

Despite the challenges of this time, we sing.

On this day, we trust that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Let us worship our Holy God! Alleluia!

We pray for mothers all over the world.
For those who care for children of their own, and those who care for other people
s children.

We pray for God mothers, Grandmothers, and Dads who do also take on mothering roles.

We pray for mothers who risk their lives for their children and we especially pray for Priya, locked up with her husband and two daughters on Christmas Island, and all families in detention in Australia and around the world.

We pray for the homeless, especially those who have to move their children from place to place in order to keep them safe.

We pray for those in positions of power here and abroad. We pray that they will use wisdom in their decisions about lockdown.

We give thanks for the kindness of strangers and neighbours.

We pray for all people classed as ‘essential service’, for hospital staff, retail staff, and teachers, that they will be safe as they work.

We pray Lord that when you present opportunities for us to serve others we will be able and willing.

We pray for those we know who are sick or suffering at the moment and we pray especially for:
Maisy, Wendy, Jeanette, Carmela, Jim, Norma, Michael and Sue, Neil and Stephen, Helen, Colin, Gerard, Marion, Barry, Sam, Theirry, Sue and family, and Paul.

We particularly hold our friend Ron in prayer.

Please take a moment now to make your prayers for the people and issues that lay heavy on heart, knowing that God loves you and hears you.

The Greeting of Peace

Regardless of where we experience worship this day: We are the body of Christ
His Spirit is with us.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

We give thanks for the offered gifts

God our sustainer,
receive the gifts we bring before you,
and feed us continually with the bread which satisfies all hunger, and the wine that quenches all thirst,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
Amen

*****THE GREAT THANKSGIVING*****

Lift up your hearts to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God as it is right to do.

All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere, mighty Creator everliving God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who by the power of your spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.

By his death on the cross and rising to new life,
he offered the one true sacrifice for sin
and obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.

And now we give you thanks
that you raised him to life triumphant, and exalted him in glory.

By his victory over death,
the reign of sin is ended,
a new day is dawned,
a broken world is restored
and we are made whole once more.

Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, forever 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 Lor
d’s nameHosanna in the Highest

Merciful God,
we thank you for these gifts of your creation, this bread and wine,
and we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit, we who eat and drink them
may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.On the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread; and when he had given you thanks he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’

After supper, he took the cup,
and again giving you thanks he gave it to his disciples,
saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’

Christ has died. Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Therefore we do as our Saviour has commanded:
proclaiming his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming again, we celebrate,
with this bread and this cup, his one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

Renew us by your Holy Spirit,
unite us in the body of your Son,
and bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
with whom, and in whom,
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
we worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
are yours for ever and ever. Amen.
With our hearts set on the kingdom and our hands open to serve,we pray as Jesus taught us...

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen

As the grain once scattered in the fields and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside are now reunited on this table in bread and wine, so,

Lord, may your whole Church soon be gathered together from the corners of the earth.

*****The Sending out of God’s people*****

Prayer after communion...

Lord of life,
fill us with the Spirit of Love and unite us in faith, that we may witness to the resurrection
and show your glory to all the world.

Holy God, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice

through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

*****Notices!*****

Don’t forget to tune in on Saturdays at midday for Story Time!

Happy birthday this week to Beth! Blessings and love for your special day.

Let’s sing the hymn together At the Dawning of Salvation

At the dawning of salvation;
in the morning of the world,
Christ is raised, a living banner
by the love of God unfurled,
Through the daylight, through the darkness, Christ leads on his great array:
all the saints and all the sinners
he has gathered on his way.

He is risen in the morning,
he is risen from the dead;
he is laughter after sadness,
he is light when night has fled.
He has suffered, he has triumphed, life is his alone to give:

as he gave it once he gives it evermore, that we may live.

For the glory of salvation
in the dawn of Easter day
we will praise you, loving Father; we rejoice to sing and pray
with the Son and with the Spirit. Lead us on, your great array, saints and sinners celebrating your triumphant love today.

Jock Curle 1919Reproduced with permission

The Blessing and Dismissal

Almighty God, who redeemed us through the resurrection of Christ, who raised us to newness of life through the waters of baptism, and bought us out of slavery into everlasting freedom, give us joy and peace in faith and bring us to our eternal inheritance; and the blessing of God almighty, the Creator, Christ, and Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia!

In the name of Christ. Alleluia!

*****some thoughts from Rev. Mel*****

This day each year is always a difficult one for those of us who no longer

have our mums with us. This year there are challenges for many more people; the rules that keep us away from the ones we love can be painful to follow but we do so because we love them.

Whether or not you can be with your mum physically this day, it is an important day to pray for them. Remember good times with her, if you can plan good times when we can all be back together again.

Traditionally the church has seen God as Father, in our gospel reading from John today we see Jesus refer to God as Father more than once, but there are theologians who explore the feminine side of God and help us to grow our understanding of what our creator is like.

Julian of Norwich, an English mystic from the 14th century, whose feast day we celebrated on Friday, gave us images of God as mother. The following is an example of this from her Revelations of Divine Lovebook.

Jesus Christ therefore, who himself overcame evil with good, is our trueMother. We received our ‘Being’ from Him and this is where His Maternity starts And with it comes the gentle Protection and Guard of Love which will never ceases to surround us.

Just as God is our Father, so God is also our Mother.

And He showed me this truth in all things, but especially in those sweet words when He says: “It is I”.

As if to say, I am the power and the Goodness of the Father, I am the Wisdom of the Mother, I am the Light and the Grace which is blessed love, I am the Trinity, I am the Unity, I am the supreme Goodness of all kind of things, I am the One who makes you love, I am the One who makes you desire, I am the never-ending fulfilment of all true desires. (...)

Our highest Father, God Almighty, who is ‘Being’, has always known usand loved us: because of this knowledge, through his marvellous and deep charity and with the unanimous consent of the Blessed Trinity, He

wanted the Second Person to become our Mother, our Brother, our Saviour.

It is thus logical that God, being our Father, be also our Mother. Our Father desires, our Mother operates and our good Lord the Holy Ghost confirms; we are thus well advised to love our God through whom we have our being, to thank him reverently and to praise him for having created us and to pray fervently to our Mother, so as to obtain mercy and compassion, and to pray to our Lord, the Holy Ghost, to obtain help and grace.

I then saw with complete certainty that God, before creating us, loved us, and His love never lessened and never will. In this love he accomplished all his works, and in this love he oriented all things to our good and in this love our life is eternal.

With creation we started but the love with which he created us was in Him from the very beginning and in this love is our beginning.

And all this we shall see it in God eternally."

These are not always easy concepts to understand but it helps us along our way to understand Gods unending and abundant love for each and every one of us; like the father who went running out to greet his returned son (Luke 10), and like the image of the hen gathering her chicks under her wings in Matthew).

Blessings as you ponder these things, Mel

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Mission and Parish Giving

During this time of partial lockdown we still need to keep our lights on and pay our bills so if you usually give your offering via envelopes or plate please do consider moving to the direct debit option. If you prefer to continue with cash please get in touch with Rev Mel to organise that.

BSB 633 000, Account 1498 24906, Ref: Parish Giving.

Thank you to everyone who has made the change already to direct debit giving. It is really helping us to make ends meet at the moment.

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