ST MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH

WOOLWICH, LONDON


A place of Christian worship for over 1000 years!

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1. Welcome and Introduction

By the minister


2. Greeting

The president greets the people

The Lord be with you

All   and also with you.


From Easter Day to Pentecost this acclamation follows

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia.


3. Prayer of Preparation

All 

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.


4. An introductory hymn or music may be listened to


5. Prayers of Penitence

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’


The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


All   Amen. Lord, have mercy.


The minister says the invitation to confession using these or other suitable words

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life. Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.


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. Amen.


The president says the absolution

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.


6. Gloria in Excelsis & Kyrie Eleison

All say

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.


In Advent and Lent, the Kyrie Eleison may be used instead of the Gloria Excelsis

Lord, have mercy.

All   Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

All   Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

All   Lord, have mercy.


7. Collect

The Collect is said by all together, and all respond

All   Amen.


8. Readings


A passage from either the Old Testament or New Testament is read.

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.


The psalm for the day or a canticle may follow, this can be read together or alternately.


9. A Gradual hymn or music may be listened to


A passage from the Gospel is read

When the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.

All   Glory to you, O Lord.


At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All   Praise to you, O Christ.


10. A Short Sermon


11. Creed

All 

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.


12. Prayers

These responses may be used in between intercessions

Lord, in your mercy

All   hear our prayer.


And at the end

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


13. Peace

The president may introduce the Peace with a suitable sentence, and then says

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All   and also with you.

14. An Offertory hymn or music may be listened to

The collection is gathered during the hymn and placed near the altar

The altar table is prepared by the President


15. Eucharistic Prayer

This or another authorized Eucharistic Prayer is used


The Lord is here.

All   His Spirit is with us.


Lift up your hearts.

All   We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All   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.


All   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.


All   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.


All   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.


All   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.


All   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:


All   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 name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


The president recalls the last supper with these words

Great is the mystery of faith

All   Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.


16. The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All   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.


17. Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

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

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


The Agnus Dei may be said

All 

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

grant us peace.


The president says one of these invitations to communion

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you. Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


(Or)

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All   Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed.


(Or, from Easter Day to Pentecost)

Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

All   Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


This prayer may be said before the distribution

All 

We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your 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.


The President takes the bread and the wine.


The bread only is distributed to the people, authorized words of distribution are used and the communicant replies, Amen.


18. Prayers after Communion


Silence is kept.


The Post Communion or another suitable prayer is said.


All 

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.


The president may use this or another blessing

The peace of God, which passes 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 among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.


19. A Processional hymn or music may be listened to


20. Dismissal


A minister says

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All   In the name of Christ. Amen.


Or, from Easter Day to Pentecost

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.



During the pandemic there will be no refreshments in church, and the congregation are asked to leave the church after the service.


The ministers and people depart.


Thank you for joining us. Have a blessed week. And remember to book on the Eventbrite App or website for next week.



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