Order of service


for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Prelude. The ministers enter

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

All   Amen.

The Gathering

The Greeting

The president greets the people

The Lord be with you

All   and also with you.

Words of welcome or introduction may be said.

Hymn 372

Prayer of Preparation

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise. Let us come to God, who is full of compassion, ready to listen and forgive.

Prayers of Penitence

You faced the crowd who shouted for blood; we dared not object

Lord, have mercy.

You stood before the ruler who washed his hands; we accepted his decision.

Christ, have mercy.

You were mocked by the faithful who feared for their power; we denied we ever knew you.

Lord, have mercy.

The Minister declares God’s forgiveness

May the God of mercy and truth forgive you and set you free. May you take God’s forgiveness to heart and be at peace.

All Amen

The Collect

Merciful Lord,

you know our struggle to serve you: when sin spoils our lives

and overshadows our hearts, come to our aid and turn us back to you again;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word


The first reading is from Romans 8:6-11

This is the word of the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.

Psalm 130 

1    Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord;

    Lord, hear my voice; 

let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

2    If you, Lord, were to mark what is done amiss,  

O Lord, who could stand?

  But there is forgiveness with you,  

so that you shall be feared.

4    I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; 

in his word is my hope.

5    My soul waits for the Lord,

    more than the night watch for the morning,  

more than the night watch for the morning.

6    O Israel, wait for the Lord, 

for with the Lord there is mercy;

7    With him is plenteous redemption 

and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning it is now and ever shall be. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 11: 1-45

All   Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All   Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day 147 ( v 1-3,5,7)

Affirmation Of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

All   We believe in God, maker and sustainer of all life.

We believe in God beside us, Jesus Christ, the word made flesh,

 born of a woman, servant of the poor, tortured and nailed to a tree.

 A man of sorrows, he died forsaken.

He descended into the earth to the place of death.

On the third day he rose from the tomb.

He ascended into heaven, to be everywhere present, and his kingdom will come on earth.

We believe in God within us, the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire, 

life-giving breath of the Church, Spirit of healing and forgiveness, 

source of resurrection and of eternal life.


Prayers of Intercession

Offertory Hymn 469


During the Hymn the Collection is taken and the Gifts brought to the High Altar 

The Liturgy of the Sacrament 

The Peace

Servant Christ, help us to follow your path of peace, to heal and restore the broken body of humanity. To cast out greed, resentment, violence and fear.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All And also with you.

Preparation of the Table

Gracious God, we give back to you what we have been given; fruits of the earth,

and the hearts of your people in hope and expectation of a world made new.

 All  Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

All  and also with you.

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.

Now is the time to give you thanks when rage and spite deface your image. 

You are the one whose gift of life never ceases; you journeyed with your people to break the bonds of slavery.  When empires ruled you gave your Beloved to systems which silenced what they could not control. In his self-offering love the would of torment became a healing spring, the place of execution a gateway into life.

Therefore we stand with all the victims, the faithless and treacherous, and the ones who only followed orders knowing we depend on grace to sing of life renewed:

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

heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed are you, O God,and blessed are your messengers who have proclaimed liberty to the captives and good news to all who are poor.

Blessed is your son Jesus, who came to make known your mysteries, to seek out and save what is lost in this life, and to heal and bring wholeness by the forgiveness open to all, 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.

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.

Great is the mystery of faith.

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

Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup. Remembering the eternal self-giving of Christ, we proclaim the mystery of God’s presence among us in this bread and wine. Made one with you eternal God, we offer these gifts of your creation, and with them, ourselves, as we are, so that you can make us who we can be. And now, all honour and glory be yours, eternal God, through all ages and in all time, for ever and ever.  All   Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us, 

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All   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.


Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup

All  we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

                                        Giving of Communion

Come and receive the food of eternal life, the drink that never runs out.

The president and people receive communion.

Prayer after Communion

Lord, we thank you that in your passion you offer forgiveness and invite us to be with you where hunger is no more and death has no dominion may the broken bread of life fracture our stony hearts for the sake of another world.

All   Amen.

The Dismissal 

May the cross be the sign in which we begin again to undo the cords of violence,the misery of exclusion, and proclaim the love without conditions; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. All   Amen.


Hymn 506


A minister says

Go in the peace of Christ. All   Thanks be to God.

The ministers and people depart.

Jesus called us all to be his disciples and contribute to sharing the gospel. There are many ways we contribute in sharing but every way will greatly help others in God’s family. A financial contribution to church and its activities is one way to share of yourself and strengthen the gospel.

President: | Preacher:  Revd Eliza Zikmane | Assitant Kārlis Streips
Organist: Larisa Carjkova

Thanks in advance for your financial support!
It helps us to continue our ministry.

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Next week:

Concert: Wednesday 29 March 13:00 Prof.Larisa Bulava-organ. Concert is dedicated to J.S.Bach birthday. 

Lent course: Wednesday 29 March 19:00 (online), for details, please see our FB 


Saturday 1 April March  10:00 – Soup Kitchen, for volunteering contact Pavels

Sunday 2 April 11:00 –  Palm Sunday service

St Saviour’s Anglican Church, Rīga| Anglikāņu iela 2 | Rīga | LV-1050


Chaplain Elīza Zikmane | Organist Larisa Carjkova, Marina Trosmane -soprano 

Churchwardens Joseph Horgan & Jānis Krievkalns

Verger Pāvels Ņizins | Administrator Jēkabs Apfelbergs