Sunday 11 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      

O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee.
I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine oceans depths its flow May richer, fuller be.

O Light followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee.
My heart restores its borrowed ray, that in thy sunshine's blaze its day, may brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee.
I chase the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee.
I lay in dust's life's glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms red life that shall endless be.
                                                                           Rev. George Mattheson (1842-1906)   

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 

The Liturgy of the Word                                            

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 25.1–9

O, Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled. On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. For the word of the Lord ;      All    Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Reading Philippians 4.1–9 

My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. For the word of the Lord ;    All         Thanks be to God. 

Gradual Hymn     

In the Lord I'll be ever thankful, In the Lord I'll rejoice. Look to God, do not be afraid,
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near; Lift up your voices the Lord is near.
                                                                               Taizé Community                          

Gospel Reading   Matthew 22.1–14 

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. 

Once more Jesus spoke to the chief priests and Pharisees in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’ This is the Gospel of the Lord.    All       Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon Sunday, October 11th. 2020. Trinity 18 Isaiah 25, 1-9, Psalm 23, Matthew 22, 1-14

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

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All            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.   Amen.

Prayers of Intercession                 

Be still in God’s presence – love and be loved – fall deep in the silence – the silence of God. ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil – FOR THOU ART WITH ME.
Heavenly Father, so many at this time feel as though their lives are overshadowed with so much uncertainty, and with fears of loss of work and home and health and the tragic loss of loved ones. May all who suffer find strength and courage in the words of the psalmist, ‘for thou are with me’.
In spite of the darkness may we always remember you are a God of Light and that you live in the beauty of the earth, in the rhythm of the seasons and in the mystery of time and space. You are alive in the tenderness of love and in the heartbeat of intimacy – we praise you, O Lord.

Today we remember with thanksgiving those in our Book of Remembrance:-
Ian Vickery, Thomas May, Charles Moor, Simon Lawson, Jean Russell, Roy Harrison, Ann Wilkins, Eileen Carey, Mary Knight, David Hodge, Pamela Foster, Rita Lee, Prue Blair, Stephen Baker, Kenneth Andrews, Arthur Grover.

Father, on this day of St. Michael’s AGM we give you thanks for all who give their love and support to our church community, and special thanks to Debbie and Peter and the churchwardens and PCC and for all who carry out the many unseen tasks each Sunday. We give thanks to all who have kept the church operating during the Covid 19 restrictions, and those who have shopped for others, and for the recorded services. We pray that St.Michael’s will always be a place of love and welcome and renewal.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

A Prayer for St. Michael’s in the coming year

May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May Christ be with us, Christ before us.
May thy salvation, O Lord, be always ours, this day and evermore.
Merciful Father,        All     accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round of circling planets singing on their way;
guide of the nations from the night profound into the glory of the perfect day;
rule in our hearts, that we may ever be guided and strengthened and upheld by thee.

We are of thee, the children of thy love, by virtue of thy well-belovèd Son;
descend, O Holy Spirit, like a dove, into our hearts, that we may be as one:
as one with thee, to whom we ever tend; as one with him, our Brother and our Friend.

We would be one in hatred of all wrong, one in our love of all things sweet and fair,
one with the joy that breaketh into song, one with the grief that trembles into prayer,
one in the power that makes thy children free to follow truth, and thus to follow thee.

O clothe us with thy heavenly armour, Lord, thy trusty shield, thy sword of love divine;
our inspiration be thy constant word; we ask no victories that are not thine:
give or withhold, let pain or pleasure be; enough to know that we are serving thee.
                                                     J.W.Chadwick (1840-1904)


God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; 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.