Holy Communion

During 2020, St James’ (Slaithwaite) and St Bartholomew’s (Marsden), began a Home Church community which meet using a dial-in telephone line accessible from any ordinary home phone, as well as through smartphones, tablets and computers using the internet. Everyone is welcome to join us, but for cyber-security reasons you need to request the meeting details. These can be obtained from the Vicar in advance: use these details to contact us

Home Church uses a form of liturgy which is simple and reflects the dispersed nature of our community. We gather together in Christ’s name, but remain physically separate so our worship is beginning to reflect that more closely. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matt 18:20)… when we gather by smartphone, tablet, computer, or by regular home telephone, we truly are Church

Alternatively, you can listen to this service of Holy Communion, including sermon, at any time of your own convenience. During this pandemic, patterns of our lives have been disrupted and there is no harm in slowing down, and taking your time to listen on your own, in your own space and comfort. Click here for the SoundCloud recording. The words can be found further down this page if you wish to read along.

In order to help with the setting at home, find somewhere unlikely to experience interruptions for the next 30 minutes. Light a candle, or a set a small lamp on a stand, something that brings to mind the idea of light shining in the world. You may want to get a small piece of bread for later in the service.

Sunday 17th January

The Second Sunday of Epiphany

Let us pray:
God of our days and years,
we set this time apart for you
Form us in the likeness of Christ,
so that our lives may glorify you

We gather in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

The Lord be with you
and also with you

We say together the prayer of preparation:
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

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.
Amen, Lord have mercy

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

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.

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

This week’s Bible readings are here

This weeks’ sermon was recorded by The Reverend Joanna Baxter Fielding and can be listened to again on SoundCloud at any time.

We affirm our faith in the words of the Apostle’s 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

Prayers of intercession: taking time to remember those God has laid on our hearts, asking for God’s love, healing, blessing, peace, joy and wisdom in the world.

As a sign of peace, please place your hands over your heart and hold in your mind all those you know in need of God’s peace this day:

We are fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God,
through Christ our Lord, who came and preached peace
to those who were far off and those who were near.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you

The Eucharist

Holy Communion

As we celebrate Communion at home, remember taking a small piece of bread and giving thanks to God for his goodness, eating it and knowing that there is nothing that can separate you from the love of God is perfectly acceptable. Eat: knowing that even in the wilderness, God fed his chosen people by sending manna from heaven

The Lord be with you
and also with you
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
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.
And 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

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

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

Communion in silence

Let us pray:
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 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

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen