Service of the Word for Sunday, 16 May 2021

This Service will be by Zoom at 10.00 am. Click this link to join the Service:
Meeting ID: 830 4210 2692
Passcode: 177645

Led by Revd Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga


Prayer of the Week

God of yesterday, tomorrow and today,
we are children of the world you love and care for.
We praise you, heavenly Father, for calling us into relationship with you.
We praise you, Lord Jesus, for the power of your name and the protection of your prayers.
We praise you, Holy Spirit, for your guidance and gifts
that enable us to draw others to you.
For you are faithful in times of uncertainty, strong when we are weak,
and the breath of all our being, the energy of all our doing and the peace of all our resting.


Hymn:  We sing the praise of Jesus, of our ascending Lord

We sing the praise of Jesus,
of our ascending Lord;
the triumph of our Saviour,
of Christ the Son of God.
The forty days are over,
earth sees his face no more;
our Christ the King of glory
we worship and adore.

Rejoicing in Christ’s promise
we wait in prayer and praise,
the Spirit sent from heaven
to set the earth ablaze;
we pray with expectation,
we praise with one accord,
we wait for living fire,
the power of the Lord.

Therefore with saints and angels
and all the hosts above
we lift our hearts and voices
to bless the God of love;
to sing of our Redeemer
who intercedes and prays,
that God the Holy Spirit
may guide us all our days.

With songs of alleluia
let earth and heaven ring;
and praises to the Father
let all creation sing.
All honour be to Jesus,
God’s own eternal Son;
and to the Holy Spirit
let endless praise be done!

Norman Wallwork (2012)

Gathering Prayer

God of Promise and God of Hope,
who through your great mercy
have granted us new birth
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
we praise your wonderful name!
God of Glory and God of Might
who through your great power
have granted us new strength
to endure all things through faith in Christ our risen King,
we praise your wonderful name!



From the moment we awake
to face the day ahead,
you are with us,
through good times and bad,
your presence enough for our needs.

Every day we will praise your name.

Through the hours of the day,
in our travels and work,
you are with us;
in decisions we must make,
Your wisdom enough for our needs.

Every day we will praise your name.

As we lay down to rest
at the end of the day,
you are with us,
as we lay our fears at your feet,
your peace enough for our needs.

Every day we will praise your name.



God of healing,
God of wholeness,
we bring our brokenness,
our sinfulness,
our fears
and despair,
and lay them at your feet.

God of healing,
God of wholeness,
we hold out hearts and hands,
minds and souls
to feel your touch,
and know the peace
that only you can bring.


God of healing,
God of wholeness,
this precious moment
in your presence and power
grant us faith and confidence
that here broken lives
are made whole.


Bible readings

1 John 5: 9–13

Read by Peter Steeds

 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.


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

John 17: 6–19

Read by Nerys Steeds

Jesus prays for his disciples

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. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 ‘I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.


This is the Gospel of Christ.
Praise to Christ our light.


By Revd Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga

Musical response

I have made your name known
Words from John 17, 20-26. Composed by Adrian Boynton

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in the Creator
The maker of all things

We believe in the Son
The redeemer of our broken world

We believe in the Spirit
The sacred wind that binds all things together in the family of God

Creator Father, beloved Son and living Spirit.



Led by Adrian Boynton

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour 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.


The Peace

Jesus says:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.


Services for Pentecost – Sunday, 23 May 2021

There will be two different ways to worship with us this Pentecost!

There will be an on-line service via Zoom at 10.00 am – similar to the Zoom services we have been running for the last few months.

In addition, there will be a ‘live’ ecumenical service in the Cornerstone building, also at 10.00 am

And here is a message from our flower arrangers for those of you planning to come to the ‘live’ service:

Invitation to create a tower of flowers for Pentecost

When you come to church for Pentecost in your bright clothes, it would be good if you could bring two or three flowers from your garden with you. There will be jam jars and glass vases near the door for your blooms and these will be brought into the Worship Area to make a brilliant tower of flowers for the service. Every blossom will be a beautiful gift!

For the next few weeks there will be an on-line Zoom service every Sunday and there will also be a combined service in the church at 10.00 am

Choral Evensong for Ascensiontide

This evening at 6.00 pm you are invited to enjoy Choral Evensong for Ascensiontide, led by Revd Tim Norwood, with the Cornerstone Choir. The service includes a lovely verse anthem by William Croft (contemporary of Handel), Peter Phillips’s masterly setting of words from Psalm 47, and beautiful and visionary music for the Evening Canticles – the King’s College Service by Joanna L’Estrange. Instrumental offerings by Mozart and Rutter, played by flautist Abigail Burrows, complete the service. The service will appear on the Cornerstone website and on the WhatsApp forum at 6.00 pm.


Thank you
to everyone who has continued giving through our regular schemes during these past months.
Your generosity has been amazing and much appreciated.
We couldn’t have carried on without you.

We have various ways in which you can continue to give your offering in support of the Church.

For details please contact the Stewardship Secretary, Janet Trimnell, at

Full details are also available on our website at:

Final Prayer

Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened
and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Hymn: Jesus is King

Jesus is King
and I will extol him,
give him the glory,
and honour his name;
he reigns on high,
enthroned in the heavens –
Word of the Father,
exalted for us.

We have a hope
that is steadfast and certain,
gone through the curtain
and touching the throne;
we have a priest
who is there interceding,
pouring his grace
on our lives day by day.

We come to him,
our Priest and Apostle,
clothed in his glory
and bearing his name,
laying our lives
with gladness before him –
filled with his Spirit
we worship the King.

‘O Holy One,
our hearts do adore you;
thrilled with your goodness
we give you our praise!’
Angels in light
with worship surround him,
Jesus, our Saviour,
for ever the same.

Wendy Churchill (b. 1957)


The Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face towards you
and give you peace;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
And the blessing of God almighty, the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit
Be upon you today and always.



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

Thanks be to God.



Organ sonata no 2 in C minor
Third movement ‘Allegro maestoso e vivace’ from Organ Sonatas opus 65 MWV W57 composed by Felix Mendelssohn