YOUR CHURCH ONLINE 2021

2021: OUR ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE AND OTHER SEASONAL SERVICES WILL BE POSTED HERE EACH WEEK, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY THE VIRGIN, BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2021
THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
PARISH COMMUNION (IONA)

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Collect

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading Proverbs 1.20-33 – Wisdom calls out in the streets: a plea to be heard, to avoid disaster

Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.

At the busiest corner she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?

How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?

Give heed to my reproof;

I will pour out my thoughts to you;
I will make my words known to you.

Because I have called and you refused,
have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,

and because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,

I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when panic strikes you,

when panic strikes you like a storm,
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.

Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.

Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the Lord,

would have none of my counsel,
and despised all my reproof,

therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
and be sated with their own devices.

For waywardness kills the simple,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;

but those who listen to me will be secure
and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.’

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Anthem: ‘Lord, For Thy tender Mercy’s Sake’ – either Richard Farrant (d.1580/81) or John Hilton (1560-1608)
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(The Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by Martin Neary)

Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake lay not our sins to our charge; but forgive that is past and give us grace to amend our sinful lives; to decline from sin, and incline to virtue, that we may walk in an upright heart before thee this night and evermore.
(Words: Christian Prayers and Holy Meditations, 1568)

Gospel: Mark 8.27-38 – Peter confesses Christ and Jesus foretells his death and resurrection

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.’ He 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
Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

Offertory

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Prayers of Intercession
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
We pray for those in most need in our own families and neighbourhood, thinking of the elderly, the housebound and those in hospital or hospice. We pray for all carers and visitors whether family members, volunteers or health care professionals and especially for those who minister to people near the end of life’s journey through the hospice movement – for they do your work and so we ask for them your gifts of patience, compassion and understanding.
We pray for those that we know who are sick, lonely or in some special need at this time as we share a brief moment of silence together as we name them in our hearts…. Praying especially for Cynthia, Don and Pam, Sian, James …
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
We also remember those we have loved but see no more and pray for those left behind to grieve. Let them know that nothing is more dependable in times of sorrow than your encircling love
Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember before God those we love but no longer see, in the silence we lift them before you… may the light of Christ which eternally shines bring hope for you turn our darkness into light; in your light shall we see light.
Merciful father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Hymn – Lay down your head (Iona)
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(Reading Phoenix Choir)
Representative text cannot be shown for this hymn due to copyright.

Post Communion

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,
keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen
Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins……
Go in the light and peace of Christ.

Organ Voluntary – No 10 of ‘Esquisses Byzantines’ ‘’Tu es Petra’ (‘You are Peter the rock’) – Henri Mulet (1878-1967)
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(Gillian Weir on the organ of the Hedvig Eleonora Kyrka in Stockholm, Sweden)

We hope you are enjoying the online services which aim to bring the church community together and keep the momentum of faith alive for all generations.
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We are incredibly grateful for any donations -thank you once again for your kind support and generosity.
God Bless.

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