6th Sunday of Easter 14th May

Hymn Thy Kingdom come O God (

  1. Thy kingdom come, O God,
    thy rule, O Christ, begin;
    break with thine iron rod
    the tyrannies of sin.
  1. Where is thy reign of peace
    and purity and love?
    When shall all hatred cease,
    as in the realms above?
  1. When comes the promised time
    that war shall be no more,
    and lust, oppression, crime
    shall flee thy face before?
  1. We pray thee, Lord, arise,
    and come in thy great might;
    revive our longing eyes,
    which languish for thy sight.
  1. Men scorn thy sacred name,
    and wolves devour thy fold;
    by many deeds of shame
    we learn that love grows cold.
  1. O’er lands both near and far
    thick darkness broodeth yet:
    arise, O Morning Star,
    arise, and never set! (by Lewis Hensley – 1824 to 1903)


The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

All:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving  to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may give ourselves to the service of God.

All: We say Sorry

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’

So let us turn away from our sins and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

All: 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 to us the joy of your salvation;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in His image to the praise and glory of His name through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen.

Blessed is the Lord,

All: For He has heard the voice of our prayer;

Therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

All: And in our song will we praise our God. 

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world, and in your great love fashioned us in your image. Now, through the deep waters of death, you have brought your people to new birth by raising your Son to life in triumph.

May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

Blessed be God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

All: Blessed be God for ever. 

HymnSuch Love, Pure as the Whitest Snow

Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us

to eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. 

All: Amen 

.Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

you will appear with him in glory.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. 

Hymn – Come Down, O Love Devine

  1. Come down, O Love divine!
    seek out this soul of mine
    and visit it with your own ardour glowing;
    O Comforter, draw near,
    within my heart appear,
    and kindle it, your holy flame bestowing.

 There let it freely burn

  1. till earthly passions turn
    to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
    and let your glorious light
    shine ever on my sight,
    and make my pathway clear, by your illuming.

 Let holy charity

  1. my outward vesture be,
    and lowliness become my inner clothing;
    true lowliness of heart
    which takes the humbler part,
    and for its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

 And so the yearning strong

  1. with which the soul will long
    shall far surpass the power of human telling;
    for none can guess its grace
    till we become the place
    in which the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling
    .(by Richard F Littledale – 1833 to 1890)

 Our First Reading is taken from Acts Chap: 17

22 Paul stood up in front of the city council and said, “I see that in every way you Athenians are very religious.

23 For as I walked through your city and looked at the places where you worship, I found an altar on which is written, “To an Unknown God.’ That which you worship, then, even though you do not know it, is what I now proclaim to you.

24 God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands.

25 Nor does he need anything that we can supply by working for him, since it is he himself who gives life and breath and everything else to everyone.

26 From one human being he created all races of people and made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live.

27 He did this so that they would look for him, and perhaps find him as they felt around for him. Yet God is actually not far from any one of us;

28 as someone has said, “In him we live and move and exist.’ It is as some of your poets have said, “We too are his children.’

29 Since we are God’s children, we should not suppose that his nature is anything like an image of gold or silver or stone, shaped by human art and skill.

30 God has overlooked the times when people did not know him, but now he commands all of them everywhere to turn away from their evil ways.

31 For he has fixed a day in which he will judge the whole world with justice by means of a man he has chosen. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising that man from death!”

 This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to – John Chap: 14

15 “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.

16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever.

17 He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you.

18 “When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you.

19 In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live.

20 When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you.

21 “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. My Father will love those who love me; I too will love them and reveal myself to them.

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God


Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

All: who has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

All: born of the house of his servant David.

 Through his holy prophets God promised of old  

All: to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,

 To show mercy to our ancestors,

All: and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

All: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear,

All: holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

All: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation

All: by the forgiveness of all their sins.

 In the tender compassion of our God

All: the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

All: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

All: Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever.


Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

At this time in the Christian year, we are in a bit of a limbo situation.

We have had the great rejoicing of the Resurrection on Easter Day, and now 35 days later we are awaiting the celebration of the Ascension in 5 days’ time.

This Thursday there will be a special joint benefice service at 7.30 p.m. at St Wilfrid’s Church, Old Arley when the Midland Brass Ensemble will be playing for the hymns, as well at the beginning and end of the service.

We know the order of how things happened in the life of Jesus that is written in the Gospels as well as other ancient documents that confirm what happened. But think of those disciples, they must have been so confused and bewildered about things.

They had been with Jesus for three years watching and listening.

In recent weeks they had witnessed his triumphal entry on a donkey into Jerusalem, and Him preaching in the temple that week. Then there was the Last Supper, the betrayal, trial, crucifixion death and burial. Then, on the third day, the Resurrection and followed by the sightings of Him by various people over the next 40 days.

How were they to make sense of it all?

In hindsight (which is a wonderful thing) it had been made clear by Jesus in His many conversations and teachings over the three years He was with them.

In the Gospel reading today, which was during the Last Supper, Jesus gave his Disciples a new Commandment that is “Love one another”.

Jesus then promises to send the Holy Spirit.

How confused they must have been.

By loving and supporting each other and with time to reflect, things gradually all began to made sense.

Jesus had to go back to His Father, if not the Holy Spirit would not come.

In our own lives things happen that at the time are difficult and we would rather have not happened. However, when we look back it is clear there is a reason, perhaps that experience will put us in good stead to be able to do something in later life for God or for others.

Our former deacon Gill Kimber, when times were hard and you did not know which way to turn when you are running round in ever increasing circles, said,

“Let go and let God take over.”

That may not be easy, and the answer may not be instantaneous, but it will come and at the right time.

We in Ansley have been in a state of limbo with our protracted interregnum.

Now, while things have not yet been fully sorted and we are not yet aware of the plans for us under the new leadership team that is coming.

We, like those disciples, have supported each other and helped where we can. This has shown through over the past years, and we thank you.

We have to continue to do as Jesus commanded those early disciples and Love one another and know that the Holy Spirit will guide us.


Hymn – A New Commandment I Give Unto You

Time of Silence ….. 

We Say Together:

The Creed.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 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. 

All: Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

Prayers for King Charles III

Through this tritium of prayer we ask God’s continuing blessing on our new King Charles 111


O God, to whom every human power is subject,
grant to your servant our sovereign Charles 111
success in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from civil peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen 

Prayer for the Royal Family

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,

we humbly beseech thee to bless

Queen Camilla, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the

Royal Family:

Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly

grace; prosper them with all happiness;

and bring them to thine everlasting

kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.


We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us 

All: 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.

Hymn – My Jesus I love Thee

  1. My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
    for thee all the follies of sin I resign;
    my gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art thou;
    if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  2. I love thee because thou hast first loved me
    and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
    I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
    if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  3. I’ll love thee in life, I will love thee in death,
    and praise thee as long as thou lendest me breath,
    and say when the death-dew lies cold on my brow:
    If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  4. In mansions of glory and endless delight,
    I’ll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
    I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow:
    If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
      (by William R Featherstone, 1864) 

Closing Blessings

May God give to you and to all those you love

his comfort and his peace,

his light and his joy,

in this world and the next;

and the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ

and the Love of God

and the fellowship  of the Holy Sprit

be with us all evermore. 

All: Amen.

Hymn – Come Let Us Join Our Cheerful Song

  1. Come, let us join our cheerful songs
    with angels round the throne;
    ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
    but all their joys are one.
  1. ‘Worthy the Lamb that died,’ they cry,
    ‘to be exalted thus’;
    ‘Worthy the Lamb,’ our lips reply,
    ‘for he was slain for us.’
  1. Jesus is worthy to receive
    honour and power divine;
    and blessings, more than we can give,
    be, Lord, for ever thine.
  1. Let all that dwell above the sky,
    and air, and earth, and seas,
    conspire to lift thy glories high,
    and speak thine endless praise.
  1. The whole creation joins in one
    to bless the sacred name
    of him that sits upon the throne,
    and to adore the Lamb.
    (by Isaac Watts – 1674 to 1748)

The Grace 

All: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

Be with us all evermore.


Go in joy and peace to love and serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ Amen.

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