Sunday 29th August

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            

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 

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                      

Deuteronomy 4.1–2, 6–9 Moses spoke to the people; he said: So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!’ For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today? But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

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

New Testament Reading 

James 1.17–27 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act – they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

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

Gospel Reading   

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)

or   Alleluia, alleluia. The word for the Lord endures for ever. The word of the Lord is the good news announced to you. Alleluia, alleluia.

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 7.1–8, 14–15, 21–23 . When the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.” You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’ Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’

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.                                                             

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                 

Lord in your mercy      or       Lord, hear us.

hear our prayer.                  Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for any known to us personally, for whom life is especially not easy; for those who feel “got at” by difficult relationships or circumstances, for those for whom life seems out of control. Let us pray, too, for guidance to leaders of communities and of nations where physical and political persecution is indeed a reality. We pray for those making difficult decisions about the handling of refugee situations in Afghanistan and in the Middle East where the sufferings of people like Jeremiah and of St Paul continue to be very real. Help us all, Lord, to look up rather than down, to look always to the Divine assistance.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We thank you, Lord, for the kindness of strangers and of friends, for the goodness that keeps us going in difficult times. We pray especially for those who work to alleviate food poverty; for the Trussell Trust and similar Food Banks; for those who help via Traidcraft.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have asked for our prayers: Elsie Biermann ( who is in hospital at the moment) 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 her daughter Audrey Craddock Ian Corbett Alison Senior Barbara Schaffer Nick Hortin ( and Elinor, Christopher, Ben and Luke) Alma Barnett ( mother of Jenny Thompson) Matthew Douglas Hill and the family of Lena Pearce, who died recently. 

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

Blessing

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.