A MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE to share on Sunday 25th October 2020
if you are unable to rejoin us as most of our churches have gradually reopened

The 20th Sunday after TRINITY SUNDAY        

Grace, mercy and peace, from God our Father
The Lord Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit be with you
And also with you

O Lord open thou our lips
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise
Give us the joy of your saving help
And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our prayerful request to God in this continued time of concern for our safety

In the day of my trouble, I have sought the Lord.
God our shepherd, You led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget Your people in their troubles,
but raise up Your power to sustain the poor and the helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Words of Comfort from PSALM 94 verse 19:

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind,
when my heart is in turmoil,
quieten me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”

The Morning Collect

Almighty and everlasting God
We thank You that You have brought us safely
To the beginning of this new day
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger
Order us in all our doings and guide us to do always
What is righteous in Your sight
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

The Invitation To Confession

We have come together in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word
To pray for the needs of the world
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.
And so, let’s confess our sins in penitence and faith.

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 act justly,
Love mercy
And walk humbly with You, our God.

We pray that the Father of all mercies
May cleanse us from our sins
And restore us in his image
To the praise and glory of his name 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Lord in Your mercy:
Hear Our Prayer

Prayers for this week

Please then offer your own prayers to our Lord.

Lord in your mercy:
Hear Our Prayer

Blessed is the Lord
For He has heard the voice of our prayer
Therefore shall our hearts dance for joy
And in our song will we praise our God

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling-place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn people back to dust,
    saying, ‘Return to dust, you mortals.’
A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death –
    they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
    but by evening it is dry and withered.
We are consumed by your anger
    and terrified by your indignation.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.
All our days pass away under your wrath;
    we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
    for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
    Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
    Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
    your splendour to their children.
17 May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us –
    yes, establish the work of our hands.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end. Amen


O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands:
serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God :
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise :
be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting:
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end.

The Collect for the 20th Sunday after Trinity Sunday

God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
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.

The Holy Gospel according to St Matthew (22: 34-46)

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory be to you, O Lord

The greatest commandment

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’
37 Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’

Whose son is the Messiah?

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 ‘What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?’

‘The son of David,’ they replied.

43 He said to them, ‘How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him “Lord”? For he says,44 ‘“The Lord said to my Lord:
    ‘Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.’”
45 If then David calls him “Lord”, how can he be his son?’ 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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

After reading the Gospel, try to reflect and
‘‘Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today through the Holy Gospel”
then we’ll share in the wonderful Song of John the Baptist’s father.

The BENEDICTUS Luke 1. 68-79 “The Song of Zechariah”

Blessed by the Lord the God of Israel
Who has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour
Born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old.
To save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us
To show mercy to our ancestors
And to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
To set us free from the hands of our enemies
Free to worship him without fear
Holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High
For you will go before the Lord to prepare his way
To give his people knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
The dawn from on high shall break upon us
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end.


Trusting in the compassion of God,
we pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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.

At this continuingly troubling time, Reverend Jenni  & I would like to offer to share the Peace with you even though we may not be in your presence:

May the peace of God
Which passes all understanding
Keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus

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“The Peace of the Lord
be always with you”   

Closing Prayers

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the church and for the world.

God, our light and our salvation:
illuminate our lives,
that we may see Your goodness in the land of the living,
and looking on Your beauty
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord

Bless and guide Elizabeth, our Queen and all who serve under her.
Give wisdom to all in authority across the world.
May the leaders of the world remember that
they are there to serve the people with compassion
and concern for the welfare of each nation. Amen.

We praise You for all the blessings given to the sick for whom we pray,
for those stricken by the coronavirus,
and for all suffering in any way in body, mind or spirit. Amen

With our whole hearts, dear Lord, we thank You today
for those who care for the sick and the vulnerable
for the sick who have been made whole,
for those who are better,
and for those who have been drawn closer to You.
We bless You for the sense of Your presence
enabling those who suffer to endure with patience. Amen

Heavenly Father,
We give thanks for the devoted service of so many working in the health and social care services.
We thank You for bringing good out of evil,  
joy out of suffering,
and above all, for the cross of Your Son Jesus Christ
and the certain hope of the redemption of body and soul to everlasting life.

Merciful Father,
You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ
To be the good shepherd,
And in His love for us to lay down His life and rise again.
Keep us, we pray, always under His protection,
And give us the grace to follow in His footsteps;
Through Jesus Christ our Risen & Ascended Lord.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore.

Prayers for this week

“And So We Go in Peace to Love & Serve The Lord!

25.10.2020                                               LLM Paul