Songs of Praise at St John’s 29th May

Welcome to our Songs of Praise Service

Each of the Hymns has been chosen by members of St. John’s Congregation’s. 

1st Hymn – Give Me Oil in My Lamp 

The Preparation

  • As the deer pants for water,
    so longs my soul for you, O God.
  • My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;
    when shall I come before the presence of God? (Psalm 42:1, 2)

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. 

Confession and Words of Comfort

8) If we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves
and the truth is not in us;
9) If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just
will forgive us our sinsand cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1: 8, 9)

A period of silent recollection follows. 

All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.


Hear the words of comfort, our Saviour Christ says
to all who truly turn to him:

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have everlasting life.

Collect for the Sunday After Ascension – 29th May 2022

O God the King of glory,

you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ

with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:

we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,

but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us

and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All:  Amen. 

2nd Hymn – O Lord My God! When I in Awesome Wonder 

Our First Reading is from: Acts Chap: 16

16 One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a young servant woman who had an evil spirit that enabled her to predict the future. She earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes.

17 She followed Paul and us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They announce to you how you can be saved!”

18 She did this for many days, until Paul became so upset that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I order you to come out of her!” The spirit went out of her that very moment.

19 When her owners realized that their chance of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them to the authorities in the public square.

20 They brought them before the Roman officials and said, “These men are Jews, and they are causing trouble in our city.

21 They are teaching customs that are against our law; we are Roman citizens, and we cannot accept these customs or practice them.”

22 And the crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered them to be whipped.

23 After a severe beating, they were thrown into jail, and the jailer was ordered to lock them up tight.

24 Upon receiving this order, the jailer threw them into the inner cell and fastened their feet between heavy blocks of wood.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

26 Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, which shook the prison to its foundations. At once all the doors opened, and the chains fell off all the prisoners.

27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped; so he pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself.

28 But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for a light, rushed in, and fell trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas.

30 Then he led them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your family.”

32 Then they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in the house.

33 At that very hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; and he and all his family were baptized at once.

34 Then he took Paul and Silas up into his house and gave them some food to eat. He and his family were filled with joy, because they now believed in God. 

 3rd Hymn – My Jesus I love Thee 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) 

4th Hymn –   I the Lord of Sea and Sky  

Our Second Reading is from: John Chap: 17

20 “I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message.

21 I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me.

22 I gave them the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one:

23 I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me.

24 “Father! You have given them to me, and I want them to be with me where I am, so that they may see my glory, the glory you gave me; for you loved me before the world was made.

25 Righteous Father! The world does not know you, but I know you, and these know that you sent me.

26 I made you known to them, and I will continue to do so, in order that the love you have for me may be in them, and so that I also may be in them.” 

5th Hymn – How Sweet the Name 

  • How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

 in a believer’s ear!

 It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds,

 and drives away our fear. 

  • It makes the wounded spirit whole

 and calms the troubled breast;

 ’tis manna to the hungry soul,

       and to the weary, rest. 

  • O Jesus, shepherd, guardian, friend,

my Prophet, Priest, and King,

       my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,

       accept the praise I bring. 

  • How weak the effort of my heart,

       how cold my warmest thought;

       but when I see you as Thou art,

 I’ll praise you as I ought. 

  • Till then I would your love proclaim

       with every fleeting breath;

       and may the music of your name

       refresh my soul in death                 (by John Newton – 1725 to 1807)) 


There was a short talk about New revival of the Word 

6th Hymn – Guide me, O my great Jehovah

  • Guide me, O my great Jehovah,
    pilgrim through this barren land;
    I am weak, but you are mighty;
    hold me with your powerful hand.
    Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
    feed me now and evermore,
    feed me now and evermore.
  • Open now the crystal fountain,
    where the healing waters flow.
    Let the fire and cloudy pillar
    lead me all my journey through.
    Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
    ever be my strength and shield,
  • ever be my strength and shield. 
  • When I tread the verge of Jordan,
    bid my anxious fears subside.
    Death of death, and hell’s Destruction,
    land me safe on Canaan’s side.
    Songs of praises, songs of praises
    I will ever sing to you,
    I will ever sing to you.
     (by William Williams – 1717 to 1791) 

We say the Apostles 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 again 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.


Prayers of Intercession

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing

that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All: Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,

and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful,

to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love,

and your love, for your name’s sake.

All: Amen.

God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety,

be their hope; in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

For those who are ill 

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain,

knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms

are there to hold them safe.

Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers 

Gracious God, give skill,

sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,

and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.

Strengthen them with your Spirit,

that through their work many will be restored to health;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

From one who is ill or isolated 

O God, help me to trust you,

help me to know that you are with me,

help me to believe that nothing can separate me

from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord, who is our refuge and stronghold

For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious

may be at peace and free from worry:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

For the isolated and housebound,

that we may be alert to their needs,

and care for them in their vulnerability:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

For our homes and families,

our schools and young people,

and all in any kind of need or distress:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

For a blessing on our local community,

that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship,

where all are known and cared for:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell in safety

For all who are affected by coronavirus,

through illness or isolation or anxiety,

that they may find relief and recovery:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time,

and shaping national policies,

that they may make wise decisions:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,

that through their skill and insights

many will be restored to health:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful,

for the gravely ill and the dying,

that they may know your comfort and peace:

Lord, hear us,

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us. 

We commend ourselves,

and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God. Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

All: Amen.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ we pray to the Lord

All:  Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth,

As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that 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.

We end by saying:

All: Merciful Father
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


7th Hymn – Here is love, vast as the ocean,

Closing Blessing

May the peace of God be in your heart
May the grace of God be in your words
May the love of God be in your hands
May the joy of God be in your soul
and in the song that your life sings.

All: Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All: in the name of Christ, Amen. 

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