A MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE to share on Sunday 20th September 2020
if you are unable to rejoin us as our churches begin to reopen

The 15th 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

Creator God, You made us all in Your image:
may we discern You in all that we see,
and serve You in all that we do;
through Jesus Christ, Your Son, 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 105 verse 1-6 and 37-45

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
    his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,
    and from among their tribes no one faltered.
38 Egypt was glad when they left,
    because dread of Israel had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloud as a covering,
    and a fire to give light at night.
40 They asked, and he brought them quail;
    he fed them well with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
    it flowed like a river in the desert.

42 For he remembered his holy promise
    given to his servant Abraham.
43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,
    his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
44 he gave them the lands of the nations,
    and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—
45 that they might keep his precepts
    and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord.

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 15th Sunday after Trinity Sunday

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

The Holy Gospel according to St Matthew (20: 1-16)

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

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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.

Lord God,
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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!

20.9.2020                                               LLM Paul