Service Booklet for the
Welcome to our worship this morning!
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
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The Psalmist tells us that those who are neither sinful nor scornful are like trees planted beside streams of water that yield their fruit in due season. It’s a lovely image. May you bear fruit that brings glory to God.
- Pray for the courage to avoid all that prevents you from bearing fruit.
- Pray for the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, the Philippine Independent Church, giving thanks for the work they do to further God’s mission in the world and for those suffering after the recent typhoon.
GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME
We stand as the Celebrant and Sanctuary Persons enter the church
Introit hymn TiS 168 – For the fruits of all creation
THE GREETING – The Celebrant:
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
Response: And also with you.
Celebrant: Blessed be God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever.
THE SENTENCE: (said by the Sub-Deacon)
The Sentence: Mark 9.35
Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.
THE PRAYER OF PREPARATION (The Celebrant leads)
Let us pray…
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.
HYMN OF PRAISE (Gloria in excelsis) we stand and sing:-
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s 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
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen
THE COLLECT OR PRAYER OF THE DAY
We say the collect together:
God and Father of all,
you have taught us through your Son that the last shall be first,
and have made a little child the measure of your kingdom:
give us the wisdom from above,
so that we may understand that in your sight
the one who serves is the greatest of all.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD
(We sit for the readings and the psalm)
First Reading Proverbs 31.10-31
A reading from the Book of Proverbs
A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant-girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. she supplies the merchant with sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 Blessed are they who have not walked in the counsel | of the un-| godly:
nor followed the way of sinners *
nor taken their | seat a-| mongst the | scornful.
2 But their delight is in the | law • of the | Lord:
and on that law will they | ponder | day and | night.
3 They are like trees planted beside | streams of | water:
that yield their | fruit in | due | season.
4 Their leaves also | shall not | wither:
and look what-| ever • they | do • it shall | prosper.
5 As for the ungodly * it is not | so with | them:
they are like the | chaff • which the | wind | scatters.
6 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand | up • at the | judgement:
nor sinners in the conger-| gation | of the | righteous.
†7 For the Lord cares for the | way • of the | righteous:
but the | way of • the un-| godly • shall | perish.
Glo-| ry to | God: Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit:
As in the be-|ginning • so | now; and for-| ever | A-| men.
Second Reading James3.1-12
A reading from the letter of James
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 Thanks be to God
During the Gospel Procession:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
No one lives on | bread a-| lone:
but on every word that | comes •from the | mouth of | God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Deacon: The Lord be with you
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel Mark 9.30-37
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
The Sermon (followed by a short quiet-time of reflection.)
Hymn after the Sermon: – TiS 640 – Kneels at the feet of his friends
We stand – Celebrant says: Let us together affirm the faith of the church.
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 (here we bow our heads)
He came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became truly human. (here we stand upright.)
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 PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Celebrant: Let us pray for the people of God.
We kneel or sit for the Prayers – led by a member of the congregation.
After each petition…
Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer
Prayer for our Parish: (We pray together)
God of Love,
God of Mission,
you alone bring growth to your Church,
send to us your Holy Spirit to give
vision for our planning,
wisdom in our actions,
and power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers
in spiritual commitment to you,
and in service to our local community. Amen
Prayers for our community today:-
Janet Walmsley; Nadia Wheatley; Janet Widmer; Jennie Winton; Sally Woellner; Kay & Natasha Younie; Amelia Zea.
Our prayers for those in immediate need:-
Br. Kentigern John SSF; Br William SSF; Robyn Cadwallader; Robert & Lyndall; Kirsten Harley; Sister Frances CSC; William Frew; Peter Wheatley; Jackie Bonham; Emma Burns; Sue Drewett; Doug Hall; Patricia Harris; Kim Hill; Jenny; Kristy & Rodney; Sharda Kumar; Leanne; Pip Leonard, Damien Lew; Robyn & Frank Norman; Michael Bunyan, Anne Derwin; Barbara Becroff; Sam George and Tina.
Anniversaries of the departed:
David Neary; William Dorington; Thomas Morton; Jean Thurling; Mary Fisher; Mary Ferguson; Bill Cummings; William Bugle; Claudine McLead; Harold McLead
Saints Commemorated this week:-
25th: Sergius of Moscow, Abbot and teacher (d.1392)
26th: Lancelot Andrews, Bishop of Winchester (d. 1626)
27th: Vincent de Paul, priest, worker with the poor (d.1660)
29th: Michael and all Angels
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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen
[In your private prayers, please continue to pray for those on our long Term list:
Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Lyn Carrington; Hugo Cunningham; Laurie Bestel; Robert Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Barbara Granger; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; Jude, Isla, Megan & Alan; Marissa and Evelyn; Barbara MacLulich; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Yavani Mu Daly; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & her mother; Dawn Holland; Helen Granowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Alex & Libby Jones, Bob Hogg, Geoff Widmer and Kate Morrow.]
Please pray for the Philippines where ABM has launched an Emergency Appeal to raise $100,000 to be sent through the Episcopal Church to support our sisters and brothers worst hit by the recent typhoon.
THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
The Sub-Deacon says: God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s Table.
Let us be quiet while we call to mind our sins. A time of silence is kept.
The Sub Deacon says: Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.
our maker and our judge,
we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what we have failed to do:
we have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Celebrant says -.
who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith:
pardon you and set you free from all your sins,
strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
THE GREETING OF PEACE
(Clergy and sanctuary party move to face the people in front of the altar.)
Celebrant We are the body of Christ
People: His Spirit is with us.
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
(We offer each other the greeting of God’s peace.)
A hymn is sung while the collection is taken.
Offertory Hymn – TiS 347 – We sing the praise of Him who died
The bread and wine are brought to the altar. Small candles are also brought up. Any member of the congregation can carry a candle to represent a prayer or a thanksgiving of their own.
During the hymn there is a pause for the offertory prayer as the bread and wine (gifts) are offered and the Celebrant prays: –
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God for ever.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere,
Mighty Creator, ever-living God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Who by the power of your Spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.
By His death on the cross and rising to new life,
He offered the one true sacrifice for sin
And obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
And with all the company of heaven,
We proclaim your great and glorious name,
For every praising you and singing:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Merciful God, we thank you for these gifts of your creation,
This bread and wine,
And we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit,
We who eat and drink them may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.
On the night He was betrayed Jesus took bread;
And when He had given you thanks He broke it
And gave it to His disciples, saying
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
After supper, He took the cup,
And again giving you thanks
He gave it to His disciples, saying,
‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
Shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
Therefore, we do as our Saviour has commanded;
Proclaiming His offering of Himself made once for all upon the cross,
His mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
And looking for His coming again,
We celebrate, with this bread and this cup,
His one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
Renew us by your Holy Spirit; unite us in the body of your Son,
And bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
With whom and in whom, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
We worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise.
Blessing and honour and glory and power
are yours for ever and ever. Amen.
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND THE COMMUNION
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We who are many are one body,
for we all share in the one bread.
Then is sung the Agnus Dei
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us your peace.
THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION
The Celebrant says –
Come let us take this holy sacrament of the body and blood of Christ in remembrance that he died for us. Let us feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
The gifts of God for the people of God.
We all gather around the altar for communion. Non-communicants are invited to share in the circle and receive a blessing. We sing the chant. When offering the bread, the priest says…
The body of Christ [the bread of heaven] keep you in eternal life. Amen
When offering the wine, the priest or assistant says…
The blood of Christ [the cup of salvation] keep you in eternal life. Amen
While receiving communion we sing the following chant.
After communion we return to our places and sit or kneel.
Silence is kept for a short meditation.
THE SENDING OUT OF GOD’S PEOPLE
The Celebrant says: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
The Celebrant prays
in this holy meal you fill us with new hope.
May the power of your love,
which we have known in word and sacrament,
continue your saving work among us,
give us courage for our pilgrimage,
and bring us to the joys you promise.
And we respond:
We offer ourselves to you
As a living sacrifice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit,
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen
The priest (or bishop if present) gives the 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 amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
A final hymn is sung: TiS 642 – this day God gives me (Tune 156)
Lectionary Readings for Mon 24th September – Sat 30th Sept 2018
|Monday||Proverbs 3.27-34||Psalm 15||Luke 8.16-18|
|Tuesday||Proverbs 21.1-6,10-13||Psalm 119.33-40||Luke 8.19-21|
|Wednesday||Proverbs 30.5-9||Psalm 119.97-104||Luke 9.1-6|
|Thursday||Ecclesiastes 1.2-11||Psalm 90.1-6||Luke 9.7-9|
|Friday||Ecclesiastes3.1-11||Psalm 144.1-4||Luke 9.18-22|
|Saturday||Ecclesiastes 11.9-12.8||Psalm 90.13-17||Luke 9.43b-45|
Readings for Next Sunday – 30th September 7th October St Michael and All Angels
First Reading: Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14
Second Reading: Revelation 12.7-12a
Gospel Reading: John 1.45-51
Please take this booklet with you to use during the week
MEMORIAL OF THE INCARNATION OR THE ANGELUS
Celebrant: The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
I am the lowly servant of the Lord
be it done to me according to your word.
The Word became flesh
and dwelt among us.
Blessed in the message Gabriel brought
blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
from whom the great desire of earth
took human flesh and human birth.
Celebrant: Lord, we unite our prayers with those of Mary and all your saints.
Let your Word become flesh in our lives
Celebrant: Grant Lord, that as we have known the incarnation of Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Amen.
The deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.