Order of Service

  

ORDER OF SERVICE FOR THE

CONGREGATIONAL SUNG EUCHARIST

 Welcome to St Mark’s today. Please join us for coffee after the service.

 There will be a collection for St Mark’s Church; the Church would be very grateful if you could make your donation subject to Gift Aid by completing the envelope provided, filling in your details on the front.

Please use the envelope only if you are making a Gift Aid donation. 

ORDER OF SERVICE

All stand as a bell is rung.

INTROIT HYMN

 IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

 The Kyries

God have mercy upon us. x 3Christ have mercy upon us. x 3

Lord have mercy upon us. x 3

 The celebrant welcomes the congregation and introduces the intentions of the service.

Gloria in Excelsis

GLORY be to God on high,

and in earth peace, good will towards men.

 We praise thee, we bless thee,

we worship thee, we glorify thee,

we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,

O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ:

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

that takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world,

receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,

have mercy upon us.

 

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord;

thou only, O Christ,

with the Holy Ghost,

art  Most High, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Please remain standing for:

 

THE COLLECT

 

Please sit.

 

the lesson or the epistle

 

At the end of the reading the reader says:

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

 

Please stand.

 

THE GRADUAL HYMN

Please remain standing.

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.
The continuation of the Holy Gospel N.
Glory be to thee O Lord.

 

At the end of the Gospel:

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to be to thee, O Christ.

 

THE SERMON

 

At the end of the sermon please stand.

 

THE NICENE CREED

 I BELIEVE in one God the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

and of all things visible and invisible:

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of his Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God, begotten, not made,

being of one substance with the Father,

by whom all things were made;

              who for us men and for our salvation

came down from heaven,

 

and was incarnate

by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man,

 

and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered and was buried,

and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven,

and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.

And he shall come again with glory to judge both the

quick and the dead: whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Ghost,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son],

who with the Father and the Son together

is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

And I look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Please kneel for the intercessions:

 

THE INTERCESSIONS

ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, who by thy holy apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men: we humbly beseech thee most mercifully to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant, that all they that do confess thy holy name may agree in the truth of thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian kings, princes and governors; and specially thy servant Elizabeth our Queen, that under her we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto her whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under her, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops, priests and deacons, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments: and to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and specially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only mediator and advocate. Amen.

 

Please remain kneeling.

 

THE PENITENTIAL RITE

 YE that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

 ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed,  By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.  We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. 

Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,  Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Absolution

The celebrant says:

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, 

who of his great mercy
hath promised forgiveness of sins
to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith
turn unto him; have mercy upon you;
pardon and deliver you from all your sins;
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness;
and bring you to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 All stand.

THE PEACE

 WE are the Body of Christ; in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one Body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And with thy spirit.

 The deacon says:

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

The gifts of bread, wine and water are offered at the chancel step.

Please remain standing as the collection is taken.

 

OFFERTORY HYMN

 The sanctuary bell rings and the congregation kneels.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

THE Lord be with you

and with thy spirit.

 

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up unto the Lord. 

Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

It is meet and right so to do.

IT is very meet, right and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ thine only Son our Lord. For he is thy living Word; through him thou hast created all  things from the beginning, and fashioned us in thine own image. Through him thou didst redeem us from the slavery of sin, giving him to be born of a woman, to die upon the cross, and to rise again for us. Through him thou hast made us a people for thine own possession, exalting him to thy right hand on high, and sending forth through him thy holy and life-giving Spirit. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee and saying:

 

THE SANCTUS & BENEDICTUS

 HOLY, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. 

BLESSED is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father, through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and as we follow his example and obey his command, grant that by the power of thy Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be unto us his body and his blood; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks to thee, 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. Likewise after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks to thee, he gave it to them, saying: Drink ye all of this; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me. Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross; we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of his kingdom and with this bread and  this cup we make the memorial of Christ thy Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

 Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of thy divine majesty, renew us by thy Holy Spirit, inspire us with thy love, and unite us in the body of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father almighty, world without end. Amen.

As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and 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.

 WE break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many we are one body because we all share in the one bread.

BEHOLD the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.

 WE do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

AGNUS DEI

 O LAMB of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

 

All are invited to the communion rail. If you are confirmed, or you are a regular communicant in your own church, you are very welcome to receive communion. If you would like a blessing, please bring the order of service with you.

 

Prayer after Communion

ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious body and blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people, and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Please sit for the notices

Please stand.

BLESSING AND DISMISSAL

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

 THE peace of God, which passeth 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 of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you now and always. Amen.

Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

FINAL HYMN

 

3 Responses to Order of Service

  1. Derek Harvey says:

    I am delighted to see that the Service order for Holy Eucharist on Sunday is still the same as it was when I attended from 1975 to the middle of the eighties when Frs Dean and Devonshire-Jones were there, and not forgetting Fr Kent Kent. Brilliant! I miss it. Keep up the good work!!

  2. Bridget Craig says:

    I would like to say a big thank you for the wonderful funeral service held on Friday 4 December for Chris Martin.
    I am a friend of his mums and didn’t really know Chris but came to London to hopefully be a support to her at this extremely sad time for her. The music, the words spoken by you and others gave me a clear picture of how much Chris meant to everyone and to what a great mother Gwenda is.
    Many many thanks
    Bridget Craig

  3. Janette Carr says:

    Enjoyed your website. Beautiful pictures of your church. You post your worship service and that’s inspirational to me. I’m a Presbyterian living in Jacksonville FL, employed by and a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church. I help with our website along with other publications in print. We can all learn something from others. Similarities in our services are abundant. Thank you for sharing with the world.

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