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Holy Communion Service June 20th

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Continuing our Series on Resilience

Today we are looking at Elijah

We meet in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

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.


My brothers and sisters,

as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ

in word and sacrament,

let us call to mind and confess our sins.

Father, you come to meet us when we return to you:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Spirit, you give us life and peace:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Hearing God’s Forgiveness

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.


The Collect

God our Saviour

Look on this wounded world

In pity and in power;

Hold us fast to your promises of peace

Won for us by your Son,

Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Setting the scene….Elijah

1st Reading from 1 Kings Chapter18 read by Gerald

When the people of Israel started to worship idols, the prophet Elijah delivered a message from God to King Ahab. ‘There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years until I say so.’

For the next three years no rain fell. Harvests failed and there was famine everywhere.

Elijah had hidden in the Kerith ravine and been fed by ravens. When the brook dried up God then told him to travel north out of the country where he was fed by a widow living at Zarephath. In the third year with no rain, the Lord told Elijah to go and present himself to King Ahab.

The people in Samaria where King Ahab lived were desperate for food and water. They had prayed to Baal thinking that this false god controlled the weather and harvests. 5 King Ahab called his palace administrator Obadiah and said, ‘Go to all the springs and valleys in the land. Maybe we can find some grass to keep the horses and mules alive.’

As Obadiah was walking along, he suddenly met Elijah. Obadiah bowed to the ground and asked, ‘Is it really you, Elijah?’ ‘Yes,’ Elijah replied. Obadiah rushed to find King Ahab and told him he had found Elijah.

When the King saw Elijah he accused him of being a troublemaker. Elijah replied, ‘I have not made trouble but you and your family have by abandoning the Lord’s commands and worshipping Baal.

King Ahab sent messengers throughout all the land telling everyone to assemble on Mount Carmel. The 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of the false god Asherah were summoned also. Elijah addressed the large crowd on Mount Carmel. ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him. But if Baal is God, follow him.’ The people remained silent

Elijah continued, ‘I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has 450 prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one, cut it into pieces and put it on an altar of wood. But they must not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on an altar with wood. But I will not set fire to it.

From morning until noon they danced around the altar shouting, ‘Baal, answer us!’ But there was no answer. 14 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. ‘Shout louder!’ he said. ‘Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and you need to wake him up.’

Mid-day passed and Baal did not send fire. They became more frantic and continued pleading to Baal until evening. But there was no response. Elijah then gathered the people around him and rebuilt an altar of God that had fallen into ruins. Then he sacrificed the bull and placed the meat on the wood. Elijah then gave a strange order, ‘Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood. . Altogether 12 large jars were poured over the altar and the water ran down.

Elijah prayed, ‘Lord let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant doing what you have commanded. Answer me, so these people will know that you are God and will turn back to You again.’ 18 Suddenly the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil. It also licked up the water in the trench.

The people fell face down to the ground and cried, ‘The Lord he is God! The Lord he is God!’ 19 Elijah gave orders for the false prophets of Baal to be seized and taken down to the Kishon Valley.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Gospel Reading: read by Margaret

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 4:35-41 New International Version

Jesus Calms the Storm

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.

38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you O Christ

The Sermon


Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us

with power from on high.

We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions led by Topi and family

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Holy Communion

The Lord is here

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Almighty God, good Father to us all,

your face is turned towards your world.

In love you gave us Jesus your Son

to rescue us from sin and death.

Your Word goes out to call us home

to the city where angels sing your praise.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and God of 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

Father of all, we give you thanks

for every gift that comes from heaven.

To the darkness Jesus came as your light.

With signs of faith and words of hope

he touched untouchables with love and washed the guilty clean.

This is his story.

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

The crowds came out to see your Son,

yet at the end they turned on him.

On the night he was betrayed

he came to table with his friends

to celebrate the freedom of your people.

This is his story.

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food;

he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:

This is my body, given for you all.

Jesus then gave thanks for the wine;

he took the cup, gave it and said:

This is my blood, shed for you all

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in remembrance of me.

This is our story.

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup

we celebrate the cross

on which he died to set us free.

Defying death he rose again

and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world.

This is our story.

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

Send your Spirit on us now

that by these gifts we may feed on Christ

with opened eyes and hearts on fire.

May we and all who share this food

offer ourselves to live for you

and be welcomed at your feast in heaven

where all creation worships you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

We continue in the prayer that Jesus taught us… the Lord’s Prayer

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.


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

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

Jesus, Lamb of God

have mercy on us.

Jesus bearer of our sins,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

grant us peace.

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.

Song Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,

for all the benefits you have given me,

for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,

may I know you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen

Sending out

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.


The 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.


Song You’re the God who stays

Notices for this week


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

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