Sunday 06th September

 

ORDINARY TIME

AUDIO SERVICE OF THE WORD

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.

Introduction

Opening Hymn

Awake, awake: fling off the night! for God has sent his glorious light;
and we who live in Christ's new day must works of darkness put away.

Awake and rise, in Christ renewed, and with the Spirit's power endued.
The light of life in us must glow, and fruits of truth and goodness show.

Let in the light; all sin expose to Christ, whose life no darkness knows.
Nefore his cross for guidance kneel; his light will judge and, judging, heal.

Awake, and rise up from the dead, and Christ his light on you will shed.
Its power will wrong desires destroy, and your whole nature fill with joy.

Then sing for hoy, and use each day; give thanks for everything alway.
Lift up your hearts; with one accord praise God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
                                                    John Raphael Peacey (1896-1971) based on Ephesians 5.6-20                    

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.

Confession 

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.

Absolution 

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 

God of constant mercy, who sent your Son to save us: remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord

The Liturgy of the Word                                            

Old Testament Reading; Ezekiel 33.7–11

The word of the Lord came to me: So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked ones, you shall surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life. Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel? 

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

New Testament Reading; Romans 13, 8-14

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; you shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from  sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ,and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. 

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

Gradual Hymn 

As we are gathered, Jesus is here, one with each other, Jesus is here, joined by the Spirit, washed in the blood,
part of the Body, the Church of God. As we are gathered, Jesus is here, one with each other, Jesus is here.
                                           John Daniels ©Springtide/Word Music (UK) Copycare Ltd.
                                

Gospel Reading Matthew 18, 15-20   

Alleluia, alleluia. I am the light of the world, says the Lord. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.             Alleluia, alleluia.          (cf John 8.12)

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 spoke to his disciples. ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them

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

Sermon September 6th, 2020. Ezekiel 33, 7-11, Psalm 119, 33-40, Matthew 18, 15-20

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                 

This morning we think of what Peter had to say that during our lives we all become part of communities, at work, at school, with families, friends and as part of our church.
We pray that each of our communities may be greater than the sum of its parts, a TEAM, where being Together Everyone Achieves More.
But being part of a community is not always easy and in today’s Gospel Jesus sets out how to deal with grievances within a community.
Keeping that in mind, we pray for all those involved in communities that they may always aim to set aside any differences to act together for the greater good.
And this morning we pray again for all affected by the coronavirus and for our communities as each is being tested in these difficult times.
And we pray for communities here and in other places, at this time in America and elsewhere.
That each may learn to love their neighbours more deeply, to create peaceful and just communities, to be inspired to use their creative energies, to overcome the obstacles of intolerance and indifference.
Help us and them; To see thee more clearly; Follow thee more nearly; Day by day
Merciful Father,  All   accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Hymn 

Thy kingdom come! On bended knee the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned to see on earth that kingdom's day.

But the slow watches of the night not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right the silent stars are strong.

And lo, already on the hills the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls, proclaim the day is near:

The day in whose clear-shining light all wrong shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned in might, and every hurt be healed;

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace, shall walk the earth abroad:
the day of perfect righteousness, the promised day of God.
                                                Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929)

Blessing

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

All sing        May the grace of Christ our Saviour, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favour, rest upon us from above.

 

 

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.