Worshipping with St. Barnabas Anglican Church in London

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On our trip to Europe this summer we got a chance to both perform and worship with the community of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in London (Dalston).  This is a 3 year old church plant from Grace Church Hackney where we worshipped some when we lived in London.  St. Barnabas is working to use their space to host various art/music events and we were thrilled to support them with Urban Garden’s “Death Becomes Her” project.  David and Ping Henningham, of the illustrious Henningham Family Press, curated the evening.

Besides growing to love their space from inhabiting it all week we were reminded how familiar the worship experience and liturgy is to what we regularly participate in in the US.  Even though they describe their worship and liturgy as being very anglican…it is shockingly similar to the worship style and liturgy of many Presbyterian churches in the states.  There are cultural impulses running through many of the cities of the western world (at least) that have facilitated these similarities. More on that later…

Here is their liturgy and setlist.

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST 2013
Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

There is none like you, O Lord,
Nor are there any works like yours.

All: All nations you have made shall come
and bow down before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things,
you alone are God. (Psalm 86:8-10, NRSV)

HYMN –
All People that on Earth do Dwell

CONFESSION

Come now, let us reason together,”
says the LORD
“Though our sins are like scarlet,
they shall be white as snow;
though they are as red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, NIV)

All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned again you
and against our neighbor
in thought and word and deed,
though negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate faults.
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.
Amen.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Christ died for sins once for all
the righteous for the unrighteous
to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18, NIV)

To all who turn from sin to sorrow
to all who turn to God in hope,
this is God’s Word of grace:
We are accepted, we are forgiven, we are loved.

All: Thanks be to God.

HYMN
Deep Were His Wounds and Red (Welcome Wagon)

COLLECT
O God,
you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
Grant us the fullness of your grace,
that we, running to obtain your promises,
may become partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Collect for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity)

READING – James 3:1-18

SERMON – Giles Fouhy

HYMN
I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Welcome Wagon arr.)

THE APOSTLES CREED

PRAYERS

THE PEACE
Since God has forgiven us in Christ,
let us forgive one another.

The peace of Christ be with you always!
All: And also with you.

HYMN
Bread of the World in Mercy Broken (Zac Hicks arr.)

THE LORD’S SUPPER
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…

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord….

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,….

Great is thy mystery of Faith:

All: Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.

As our Savior taught us, so we pray

All: Our Father…

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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
All: Almighty God,
we thank you for leading 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.

HYMN
Be Thou My Vision

DISMISSAL AND BLESSING
To Jesus Christ, who loves us
and freed us from our sins by his blood
and made us to be a kingdom,
priests serving his God and Father,
to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
All: Amen. (from Rev. 1:5-6, NRSV)

The grace of Christ attend you,
the love of God surround you,
the Holy Spirit keep you
Now and forevermore.
All: Amen

Let us go from here in the name of Christ!
All: Thanks be to God.

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