St James, Gatley                                              

Holy Communion

The Fifth Sunday of Easter – 2 May 2021


The Gathering


          In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. 

All      Amen.


The Greeting


The Lord be with you

All      and also with you.

          Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia!        


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.


Prayers of Penitence


Christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.

          Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil

          and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.


All      Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

          in thought, word and deed.

          We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

          In your mercy forgive what we have been,                                                         

help us to amend what we are,

          and direct what we shall be;

          that we may do justly, love mercy,

          and walk humbly with you, our God.



All      Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy.       

Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord have mercy.


          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.

Gloria in Excelsis


All      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.



The Collect


          Almighty God,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us

you put into our minds good desires,

so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All      Amen.




Acts 8.26-end


Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,

   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,

     so he does not open his mouth.

In his humiliation justice was denied him.

   Who can describe his generation?

     For his life is taken away from the earth.’

The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.


This is the word of the Lord.

All      Thanks be to God.


1 John 4.7-end

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also. 

This is the word of the Lord.

All      Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading


John 15.1-8


Hear the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.

All      Glory to you, O Lord.

          I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;

I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.



Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All      Praise to you, O Christ.

All      Alleluia



The 8.30am sermon will be given by Belinda Priestley and the 10am sermon by Margaret Sidebotham.


The Apostle’s Creed


Do you believe and trust in God the Father?

All      I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?

All      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.


Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?

All      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.




If you are praying at home you could use the following pattern your prayers…


God our Father, we pray for the needs of the world…

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Lord Jesus, we pray for your Church throughout the world…

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Holy Spirit, we pray for our local community…

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of love, we pray for all who are unwell…

We pray by name for John, Millie, Sue, Anne, Kath, Mary, Martina, Mike, Christine, Malcolm, Tilly, Norman, Sharon, Mick, Catherine, Richard, Sheilagh, Gordon, and all others known to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


God of peace, we commend to you all have died recently, praying today for Val Davies and Margaret Roberts.

We pray too for those whose year’s mind fall this week, remembering from this parish, James Mather, Christopher Woodward, Margaret Maude and Beryl Curvis.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


You may want to make some personal prayers of your own here


Prayers of Intercession


Lord, in your mercy

All      hear our prayer.


And at the end

          Merciful Father,

All      accept these prayers

          for the sake of your Son,

          our Saviour Jesus Christ.



The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples

and said, ‘Peace be with you.’

Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia. 


The peace of the Lord be always with you

All      and also with you.


Offertory Prayer


          Be present, be present,

          Lord Jesus Christ,

          our risen high priest;

          make yourself known in the breaking of bread.

All      Amen.


The Eucharistic Prayer


          If you are praying at home and not following the service online, you can now continue your prayers at the heading ‘Spiritual Communion’ near the end of the service.


          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 indeed right, our duty and our joy,

          always and everywhere to give you thanks,

          almighty and eternal Father,

          and in these days of Easter

          to celebrate with joyful hearts 

          the memory of your wonderful works.

          For by the mystery of his passion

          Jesus Christ, your risen Son,

          has conquered the powers of death and hell

          and restored in men and women the image of your glory.

          He has placed them once more in paradise

          and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

          And so, in the joy of this Passover,

          earth and heaven resound with gladness,

          while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation

          sing for ever the hymn of your glory:


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.


          Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

          through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

          and as we follow his example and obey his command,

          grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

          these gifts of bread and wine

          may be to us his body and his blood;

          who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

          took bread and gave you thanks;

          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.

          In the same way, after supper

          he took the cup and gave you thanks;

          he gave it to them, saying:

          Drink this, all of you;

          this is my blood of the new covenant,

          which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

          Do this, as often as you drink it,

          in remembrance of me.

          Therefore, 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 your kingdom,

          and with this bread and this cup

          we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


          Great is the mystery of faith:

All      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 your divine majesty,

          renew us by your Spirit,

          inspire us with your love

          and unite us in the body of your Son,

          Jesus Christ our Lord.

          Through him, and with him, and in him,

          in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

          with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

          we worship you, Father almighty,

          in songs of everlasting praise:


All      Blessing and honour and glory and power

          be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


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.


Breaking of the 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.


All      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.


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.


Giving of 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.


Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

All      Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


All      Most merciful Lord,

          your love compels us to come in.

          Our hands were unclean,

          our hearts were unprepared;

          we were not fit even to eat the crumbs from under your table.

          But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation,

          and share your bread with sinners.

So cleanse and feed us

          with the precious body and blood of your Son,

that he may live in us and we in him;

and that we, with the whole company of Christ,

          may sit and eat in your kingdom.


          If you are following online you could now pray the ‘Spiritual Communion’ prayer below.


Prayer after Communion


          Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

All      Amen.


All      Father of all,

          we give you thanks and praise,

          that when we were still far off

          you met us in your Son and brought us home.

          Dying and living, he declared your love,

          gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

          May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

          we who drink his cup bring life to others;

          we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.

          Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

          so we and all your children shall be free,

          and the whole earth live to praise your name;

          through Christ our Lord.



Spiritual Communion


For those praying at home


Lord Jesus, it is not possible for me to share in the sacrament of Holy Communion today, but I want to be united with you and so I receive you into my heart and share in communion with you through the gift of your Holy Spirit. I pray for spiritual nourishment and give thanks that nothing can separate me from your love. Amen.


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.




          The God of peace,

          who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

          that great shepherd of the sheep,

          through the blood of the eternal covenant,

          make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

          working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

          and the blessing of God almighty,

          the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

          be among you and remain with you always.

All      Amen.


          Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.

All      Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.