Sunday 4th October




A warm welcome to this service

“Ordinary Time” is those parts of the liturgical year when no other season is observed, namely from the day following the Presentation of Christ (Candlemas) to Shrove Tuesday, and again from the Monday following the Day of Pentecost until the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. There is, though, nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time, which simply comes from the word “ordinal”, or “counted time”, (as Sundays are numbered “before Lent” or “after Trinity”).  The seasonal colour is green, denoting new life and growth.


Opening Hymn

Jesus, the very thought of thee with sweetness fills the breast;
but sweeter far thy face to see, and in thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame, nor can the memory find,
a sweeter sound than Jesu's name, the Saviour of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek,
to those who ask, how kind thou art! How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah, this nor tongue nor pen can show;
the love of Jesus, what it is, his true disciples know.

Jesus, our only joy be thou, as thou our prize wilt be;
in thee be all our glory now, and through eternity.   St Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)                    

The Greeting

The Lord be with you;        All     and also with you.                                          

Prayer of Preparation

All               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.

Prayers of Penitence

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.

All               Amen.  Lord, have mercy.

Invitation to Confession

We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden, to ask for his forgiveness and peace.


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. Amen.


May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.    All               Amen. 

The Collect 

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.               Amen.
Gracious God, you call us to fullness of life: deliver us from unbelief and banish our anxieties with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Liturgy of the Word                                                

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 5.1-7 

Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard:my beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watch-tower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry! 

For the word of the Lord ;      All    Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Reading; Philippians 3.4b-14

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. 

For the word of the Lord ;    All         Thanks be to God. 

Gradual Hymn     

O for a closer walk with God, a calm and heav'nly frame,
a light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb.

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed, how sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void the world can never fill.

The dearest idol I have known, whate'er that idol be,
help me to tear it from Thy throne and worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God, calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road that leads me to the Lamb.      William Cowper (1731-1800)                            

Gospel Reading    Matthew 21.33-end

Alleluia, alleluia. The word of the Lord endures for ever. The word of the Lord is the good news announced to you. Alleluia, alleluia.                                                        (cf 1 Peter 1.25)  

The Lord be with you ;   All      and also with you.

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

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people ‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They said to him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes”? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’ When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.    All    Praise to you, O Christ.


October 4th. 2020. Trinity 17. Isaiah 5, 1-7, Psalm 80, 9-17, Matthew 21, 33-end

Affirmation of Faith                               

Let us declare our faith in God.    All    We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love. We believe in God the Holy Spirit,who strengthens us with power from on high. We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Amen.                                                                 

The Lord’s Prayer

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.  Amen.     

Prayers of Intercession                 

Lord in your mercy     hear our prayer.            

Lord, you set our feet upon the way, and sometimes where you lead we do not like or understand, Bless us with courage, where the way is fraught with dread or danger. Bless us with graceful meetings where the way is lonely. Bless us with good companions where the way demands a common cause. Bless us with humour – we cannot travel lightly weighed down with gravity. Bless us with love, given and received.
Bless us, lead us, love us, bring us home, bearing the gospel of life. Lord, enlarge our hearts that they may be big enough to receive the greatness of your love.

Stretch our hearts that they may take into them all those around the world who believe in Jesus Christ. Stretch them that they may take into them all those who do not know Him but are our responsibility because we know Him. And stretch them that they may take in all who are not lovely in our eyes and whose hands we do not want to touch. Goodness is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Light is stronger than darkness.
Life is stronger than death.    (George Appleton)

And, finally, a prayer for these strange times from the Iona Community:
Ever-present God, bless those suffering from coronavirus and those who care for them; may they know your healing; may the dying know your welcome. Bless the scientists searching for solutions, bless the supermarkets seeking to serve us, bless the governments steering a new course;
may they know your wisdom. Bless these new times we now live in: hold the grief for what is past, hold the fear of present and future, that, within your love, we may grow in trust and peace.
Merciful Father,  All   accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.


God of mercy, God of grace, show the brightness of thy face; shine upon us, Saviour, shine,
fill thy church with light divine; and thy saving health extend unto earth's remotest end.

Let the people praise thee, Lord; be by all that live adored; let the nations shout and sing
glory to their Saviour King; at thy feet their tribute pay, and thy holy will obey.

Let the people praise thee, Lord; earth shall then her fruits afford; God to us his blessing give,
we to God devoted live; all below, and all above, one in joy and light and love.
                                                           Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) based on Psalm 67


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.   All               Amen.  

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

Recessional hymn verse

Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine,

until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine.


Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), and New Patterns for Worship (2002) , material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.  CCL No 908682.