Sunday 2 May – 5th Sunday of Easter – worship at home

Easter bells

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; Alleluia!
Break forth, O mountains, into singing! Alleluia! Alleluia!

For the Lord has comforted his people.
And will have compassion on his suffering ones.

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia!
He has defeated the powers of death. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing. Alleluia!
He has the words of eternal life. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Welcome to everyone at home as we continue to celebrate this Easter Season. May God bless us with joy and be close to everyone who feels alone or sad.

In our readings today Jesus speaks of himself as a vine. When we are close to him, all we do bears fruit.

And Philip baptises the Ethiopian in Gaza. Let us pray today for new faith and understanding and give thanks for the gift of our baptism.

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


When we have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

When we have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

When we have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in you.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May the Father of all mercies
cleanse you from your sins,
and restore you in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sung Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, Gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, Gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Let us pray


Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.

FIRST READING (Acts 8.26-39)
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

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, 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 Ethiopian 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 Ethiopian, 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 Ethiopian saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL (John 15.1-8)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to them, ‘‘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.
Praise to you, O Christ.


Let us declare our faith
in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe.


The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said,
‘Peace be with you.’
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

The peace of the risen Christ be always with you.
And also with you. Alleluia! Alleluia!


Be present, be present,
Lord Jesus Christ,
our risen high priest;
make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.

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 thanks and praise

We give you thanks and praise
for the gospel we have received.
Christ died for our sins. Alleluia.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Death comes to all through Adam,
and sin reigns for a time.
New life without end comes through Christ,
and he reigns for ever. Alleluia.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Death, where is your victory?
Death, where is your sting?
Death is swallowed up in victory,
the victory you give us in Christ. Alleluia.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

We have been crucified with Christ,
and live his risen life,
to praise you for ever with angels and archangels, singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full,
Full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes
In the name of the Lord,
Hosanna in the highest,
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.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Through him, 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:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

As Saviour has commanded and taught us, so we pray:

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.

AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)
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.

Alleluia! Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life:;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Go in the peace of Christ.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

I am the Light whose brightness shines
on every pilgrim’s way,
and brings to evil’s darkest place
the glorious light of day.

I am the Gate that leads to life
along the narrow way,
the Shepherd who will tend my sheep
that none are lost or stray.

I am the Well from whose fresh springs
life-giving water flows
and on each side the tree of life
with leaves for healing grows.

I am the Bread, God’s gift from heaven,
sent down to satisfy
that hunger which cries out for food;
who eats shall never die.

I am the Vine whose branches grow
united in one root;
who dwell in me, and I in them,
shall live and bear much fruit.

I am the Resurrection life,
the power of God, whereby
whoever truly trusts in me
shall live and never die.

I am the Way, the Truth, the Life,
and truth shall set you free
to seek and find the way to life
and live that life in me.

Words by Robert Willis © 2008
Reproduced under Christian Copyright Licence No. 184963