Sunday 12th September

 

HOLY EUCHARIST

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, and the trefoil shown above is a seasonal symbol dating back to Celtic Christian times, with its continuous line forming three sections to denote God who is three-in-one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Introduction            

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

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins.

Confession 

All   Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, In what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness,  through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love, And marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed,  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 lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light.  Amen. 

or

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. 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. 

Gloria in Excelsis

All               Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,  almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect 

Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word                                            

Old Testament Reading                      

 Isaiah 50.4–9a  The servant of the Lord said: The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens – wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? 

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

New Testament Reading 

James 3.1–12  Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh. 

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

Gospel Reading   

Alleluia, alleluia. Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.                                           (1 Samuel 3.9; John 6.68)

or   Alleluia, alleluia. We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Alleluia, alleluia.                     (cf Matthew 4.4)

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

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

Mark 8.27–38  Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ Jesus asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ 

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

Sermon  -  Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15,21-23 (Deut 4 1-2,6-9 & James 1 17-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.            

or

 We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,eternally begotten of the Father,God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. 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.

or

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      or       Lord, hear us.

hear our prayer.                  Lord, graciously hear us.

This morning as we pray, we think of what Peter had to say in his sermon, about the importance of choosing our words of the damage we can do by what we say.

Help us understand the power of our words. We pray that our words can lift others up without tearing others down that we can speak blessings without cursing others. 

And this morning we pray for those on our prayer list, we pray for

Elsie Bierman                          Laura and Theo Eliazadeh      Heather Haddock

Gerry and Margaret Griffiths  Jill Motion                                Maurice and Shirley Griffiths

David Beattie                          Philip and Jill Roderick           Sybil Whitfield

Jodie and Debbie (daughter)  Audrey Craddock                   Ian Corbett

Alison Senior                           Barbara Schaffer                    Nick Hortin

Alma Barnett                           Matthew                                  Douglas Hill

and for Barbara Baer who had a fall a few days ago and has broken her shoulder. And we remember Lena Pearce, may she rest in peace.

We pray that when we speak, we speak like Jesus, words of forgiveness and acceptance, words of kindness as in a prayer by Mother Teresa Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. And kindness in your words

Merciful Father,        All     accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 The Dismissal

Blessing

You are called and loved by God the Father and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance, From God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.     

All               Amen.                                                                     (cf Jude 1,2)

or May God give to you and to all those you love his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy, in this world and the next; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

All               Amen. 

Our worship is finished; let our service begin.   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All               In the name of Christ, Amen. 

Recessional hymn verse

All sing        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.