Sunday 20 September 2020

Home Liturgy for Sunday 20th September

The 15th Sunday after Trinity

Rev Seve Painting

( Choir )

Through Christ let us offer our sacrifice of praise to God.

Let our lips proclaim his praise.

 

Hymn: Come People of the Risen King

 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept.

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Faithful one, whose word is life:

come with saving power

to free our praise,

inspire our prayer

and shape our lives

for the kingdom of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

Come, let us return to the Lord and say:

Lord our God,

in our sin we have avoided your call.

Our love for you is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.

Have mercy on us;

deliver us from judgement;

bind up our wounds and revive us;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

cf Hosea 6

 

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:9]

Amen.

 

Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Collect

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people maybe 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 forever

Amen

 

Readings:

 Jonah 3:10-4:11

 

 Matthew 20:1-16

 

Reflection – Rev Colin Hudspith

 

Affirmation of Faith 

 

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.

cf Ephesians 3

 

Hymn: Great is thy Faithfulness

 

Intercessions: Jenny Glover

God of abundance, God of Love, our Father in heaven. Hallowed be your great and Holy Name.

 

We confess that we do not know what to pray for as we ought. As a nation we are like Israel of old, who disregarded You word, pulled down your altars, listened to false prophets and following them, worshipped other gods.

So gracious Lord, we your own people, turn to you in humility, believing in your living Word, Jesus Christ and in His instruction to ask and keep asking, to seek and keep seeking and to knock and keep knocking .

 

We ask for Your rule, that You would establish your kingship over and in the lives of those whose avowed intent is to live as anarchists or dictators, whose evil plans and methods are not for the common good. We pray for governments to have the authority to govern in true peace, particularly in Belarus, in Lebanon and through all the Middle East. We ask for clarity in our own government and for Your will to be done. We stand against the darkness of confusion.

May your kingdom come according to your word

 

We seek Your help O Lord for the many people of our country and throughout the world who are isolated, sick and lonely. People who sit alone and weep. People who feel abandoned. We seek your help for prisoners of conscience, for those imprisoned unjustly for political purposes, for our many persecuted Christian brothers and sisters, for others like Uigars, Yazidi, and Rohyngia who are oppressed for their traditions and faith. We seek help Lord for every refugee from wars and those escaping catastrophic fires in America. We uphold them before You.

Send help Lord according to your word.

 

We knock Lord, for the opening of spiritually blind eyes to be able to see the light of Your kingdom, for their entry into the path of Life through Your cross and resurrection.

For the opening of lives to the knowledge of God and the healing truth that You will never leave or forsake anyone who trusts in You. And that your plans are good and not evil. For we have tasted that You are good.

Send forth your light and your truth O Lord

Help us all to recognise that You are with us and even though we are living in the midst of uncertainty, You change not. We pray blessing and strengthening on all ministers of the gospel, and on Joce who has served you here for many years. We pray for Sue Pugsley and others in our churches who are sick. We believe You Lord.

 

We gather our hearts together, Lord Jesus in the prayer You taught us.

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.

 

Hymn: In Christ Alone

Closing Prayers

Almighty God,

we thank you for the gift of your holy word.

May it be a lantern to our feet,

a light to our paths,

and a strength to our lives.

Take us and use us

to love and serve

in the power of the Holy Spirit

and in the name of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
and keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

In our Churches next week:

Sunday 27th September 9.30am - Holy Communion at West Down

Sunday 27th September 6.00pm – Evening Prayer (BCP) at Marwood                                        

 

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