St Andrew’s and St Peter’s South Shoebury
St Andrew’s and St Peter’s         South Shoebury

The Service and Sermon For This Week

May 24th 7th Sunday of Easter



Grace, mercy and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you.


This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.




JESUS IS LORD! Creation’s voice

proclaims it,

For by His power each tree and flower

Was planned and made.

Jesus is Lord! The universe declares it,

Sun, moon and stars in heaven

Cry, ‘Jesus is Lord!’


Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord!

Praise Him with hallelujahs

For Jesus is Lord!


Jesus is Lord! Yet from His throne eternal

In flesh He came to die in pain

On Calvary’s tree.

Jesus is Lord! From Him all life proceeding,

Yet gave His life a ransom

Thus setting us free.


Jesus is Lord! O’er sin the mighty conqueror,

From death He rose, and all His foes

Shall own His name.

Jesus is Lord! God sent His Holy Spirit

To show by works of power

That Jesus is Lord.




What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

for the Spirit searches everything.


Therefore, let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord, who has prepared good things for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2.9,10)



You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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. Amen.



Blessed is the Lord,

for he has heard the voice of our prayer;

therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

and in our song will we praise our God.






Lord, I love to sing Your praises.

I’m so glad You’re in my life;

I’m so glad You came to save us.

You came from heaven to earth

to show the way,

From the earth to the cross,

My debt to pay.

From the cross to the grave,

From the grave to the sky,

Lord, I lift Your name on high.



Collect for today

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. Amen.



Bible Reading: Acts 1.6-14


6 Then they gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’

7 He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will

come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’


12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.




Bible Reading: 1 Peter 4.12-14; 5.6-11


12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.


6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.



Sandra has prepared a sermon based on this reading from 1 Peter


1 Peter 4 :12-14; 5:6-11


This first letter of Peter was written to scattered groups of Christians in the five Roman provinces of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Peter probably wrote it from Rome, at the outbreak of Nero’s persecutions, giving these early Christians a message of comfort, hope, and encouragement to stand firm. The letter may have been written nearly two thousand years ago, but its message is timeless.


In the lead up to the passage we have just read, Peter is urging the people to be ready for the suffering and persecution to come. They must be level-headed, alert, prayerful and unfailingly loving to others. I wonder if this describes us over recent weeks?


Suffering is a major theme in 1 Peter. Yet the people are reminded that they are not alone: “for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering” (1 Peter 5:9). This brings to mind current issues. As the world suffers through the Covid-19 pandemic, it is comforting to know that we are united in our suffering and that God is suffering alongside us.


We might ask ourselves, if God is all-powerful, why does he not stop suffering? In this letter Peter advises that suffering is a part of life and frequently, it comes suddenly. It is to be treated as a common part of the human experience. Suffering is not evidence of God’s lack of power or lack of goodness; it is part of living in a world of free choice. We may wish that God had ordered it all differently, but it is what it is. The letter suggests that when believers suffer, they should trust God and continue to do good works. However, there are joys ahead, God never ceases to be concerned for his people. Suffering is only for a little time while God’s strength and power are endless.


There are links to our present Lockdown situation. Not least in the vocabulary: Peter tells them to, “Stay alert. Watch out for your great adversary the devil.” (1 Peter 5:8 New Living Translation.) The government this week have been asking us to, “Stay alert. Control the virus. Save lives.” The letter seems to see innocent suffering as a divine test of faithfulness. In our current situation many are asking: Are we being tested? Are we sharing Christ’s suffering?

I don’t think so!

Surely God doesn’t cause suffering or send it to test us?

· He suffers alongside us and through us.

· He takes a bad situation and brings out good from the suffering.

Perhaps a sign of this is:

· In the countless acts of kindness and friendship we have experienced and witnessed over the last few weeks.

· In the improvement to our environment caused by the inactivity of global lockdown.

· Evidenced in the many and varied ways churches have continued without the use of buildings, as we find new ways to worship; new ways to support each other.


How have you experienced unexpected blessings during this difficult time?


The final word of encouragement in this passage is that suffering is not eternal, troubles do not last for ever. God will continue to give us strength in times of weakness and to build us up on the firm foundation of the community of faith (1 Peter 5:10). Our troubles are transitory in the light of the glory that is to come. Jesus has ascended into heaven and is Lord of all the earth.


In the words of the Psalmist: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)



Sandra Baines







was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now; a royal diadem adorns the mighty Victor's brow. The highest place that heaven affords is his by sovereign right, the King of kings, and Lord of lords,

he reigns in perfect light. The joy all of all who dwell above, the joy of all below, to whom he manifests his love and grants his Name to know. To them the cross with all its shame, with all its grace is given; their name, an everlasting name; their joy, the joy of heaven. They suffer with their Lord below, they reign with him above, their profit and their joy to know the mystery of his love. The cross he bore is life and health, though shame and death to him: his people's hope, his people's wealth, their everlasting theme.



Bible Reading: John 17.1-11


17 After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed:

‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

6 ‘I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I

am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.





We pray for our renewing:

Christ over all, our undivided aim;

Fire of the Spirit, burn for our enduing,

Wind of the Spirit, fan the living flame!

We turn to Christ amid our fear and failing,

The will that lacks the courage to be free,

The weary labours, all but unavailing,

To bring us nearer what a church should be.


Lord of the Church, we seek a Father's blessing,

A true repentance and a faith restored,

A swift obedience and a new possessing,

Filled with the Holy Spirit of the Lord!

We turn to Christ from all our restless striving,

Unnumbered voices with a single prayer -

The living water for our souls' reviving,

In Christ to live, and love and serve and care.


Lord of the Church, we long for our uniting,

True to one calling, by one vision stirred;

One cross proclaiming and one creed reciting,

One in the truth of Jesus and His word!

So lead us on; till toil and trouble ended,

One Church triumphant one new song shall sing,

To praise His glory, risen and ascended,

Christ over all, the everlasting King!



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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and fill us with your Spirit.


Generous God,

you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan,

and upon the disciples in the upper room:

in your mercy fill us with your Spirit,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever. Amen.



The Lord’s Prayer


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. lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.






Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem,

And crown Him Lord of all.


Crown Him, ye martyrs of your God,

Who from His altar call;

Extol Him in whose path ye trod,

And crown Him Lord of all.


Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,

Ye ransomed of the fall,

Hail Him who saves you by His grace,

And crown Him Lord of all.


Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget

The wormwood and the gall,

Go, spread your trophies at His feet,

And crown Him Lord of all.


Let every kindred, every tribe

On this terrestrial ball,

To Him all majesty ascribe,

And crown Him Lord of all.


O that, with yonder sacred throng,

We at His feet may fall,

Join in the everlasting song,

And crown Him Lord of all!




The Blessing

The Spirit of truth lead us into all truth,

give us grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

and strengthen us to proclaim the word and works of God;

and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with us now evermore. Amen.


And, if you would like some additional uplifting music, have a listen to these two hymns. The second was recorded nearly 30 years ago but it’s so energetic!

103 Come ye faithful, raise the anthem


870 Jesus is the name







Thank you for your messages and cards saying how helpful these orders of service are: I really appreciate that!



We are now collecting food donations for the food bank and toiletries for the Women’s Refuge. These may be left safely in the box in my porch. (42 Church Road).


Thank you for your continued financial support for the church.



No funerals this week but please continue to hold in your prayers all who are bereaved.


Especially pray for Geraldine as we inter Simon’s ashes in the churchyard this coming week. You will understand that this needs to be a private occasion.





News from Guatemala

As many of you know one of our congregation, Geoff Baines and his wife Cesia are based in Guatemala working for Latin Link. Follow this link to see the latest update on the situation there 

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