Sunday 25th October 2020

Morning Prayer for Bible Sunday

Welcome to our Sunday morning service via Zoom.  As you may have noticed the ID and password have been changed and will now change every week. 

Today is Bible Sunday and our photograph on the front cover is of some of the bibles that we have in our household. There will be more about that during the service.

My thanks, as always to those who have participated in this morning’s service.  To Sally Wood for being the “voice of the people”, to Brenda Pountney and Alan Wyles for reading our lessons and to Marilyn Lewis for the prayers.  Also thanks to Peter Wood, without whom I know I would not be able to manage the technology!

 The Shoe Box Appeal

Boxes for The Shoe Box Appeal need to be with Marilyn Lewis by the end of this coming week please as donations end on 31 October and the boxes have to be taken to a collection point.  If you have a box would you please let Marilyn know so that she can either collect  it from you or you can place it in church.

Introduction

Invitation to Confession

The word of God is living and active.  It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  All is open and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we give our account.  We confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Act of Confession

Your word convicts us: all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Lord, have mercy

All  Lord, have mercy

Your word commands us: repent and believe the good news.
Christ have Mercy

All  Christ, have mercy

Your word assures us: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Lord, have mercy

All  Lord, have mercy

Preparation

O Lord, open our lips
All  and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Benedicite – a Song of Creation (shorter version)

1   Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

2   Bless the Lord you heavens:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

3    Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

4   Bless the Lord all people on earth:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

5   O people of God bless the Lord:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

6   Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

7   Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

8   Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit:
bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart.

The Song of the Three 35-37, 60-65

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

Psalm 119 verses 137 to 152

137 Righteous are you, O Lord,
and true are your judgements.

138 You have ordered your decrees in righteousness
and in great faithfulness.

139 My indignation destroys me,
because my adversaries forget your word.

140 Your word has been tried to the uttermost
and so your servant loves it.

141 I am small and of no reputation,
yet do I not forget your commandments.

142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness
and your law is the truth.

143 Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me,
yet my delight is in your commandments.

144 The righteousness of your testimonies is everlasting;
O grant me understanding and I shall live. 

145 I call with my whole heart;
answer me, O Lord, that I may keep your statutes.

146 To you I call, O save me!
And I shall keep your testimonies.

147 Early in the morning I cry to you,
for in your word is my trust.

148 My eyes are open before the night watches,
that I may meditate on your word. 

149 Hear my voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love;
according to your judgement, give me life.

150 They draw near that in malice persecute me,
who are far from your law.

151 You, O Lord, are near at hand,
and all your commandments are true.

152 Long have I known of your testimonies,
that you have founded them for ever.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The First Reading is from the Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 17 verses 14 to 15 and 18 to 20

Brenda Pountney

When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me’, you may indeed set over you a king whom the Lord your God will choose. One of your own community you may set as king over you; you are not permitted to put a foreigner over you, who is not of your own community.

When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes, neither exalting himself above other members of the community nor turning aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he and his descendants may reign long over his kingdom in Israel.

Hear ends the first reading

Canticle

A Song of David,

  1. Blessed are you, God of Israel, for ever and ever,
    for yours is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour and the majesty.
  2. Everything in heaven and on earth is yours;
    yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head over all.
  3. Riches and honour come from you
    and you rule over all.
  4. In your hand are power and might;
    yours it is to give power and strength to all.
  5. And now we give you thanks, our God,
    and praise your glorious name.
  6. For all things come from you,
    and of your own have we given you.

1 Chronicles 29.10b-13, 14b

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Second Reading is from The Gospel of John Chapter 5 Verses 36 to 47                                                               Alan Wyles       

But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.

‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?’

Hear ends the Second Reading                               

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)

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

Luke 1.68-79

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Prayers

The Apostles’ Creed is said

All I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

      The Lord be with you.
All  And also with you.

Let us pray

All  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.
Amen.

These versicles and responses are said.

V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R. and grant us your salvation.

V. O Lord, save the Queen;
R. and teach her counsellors wisdom.

V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R. and let your servants shout for joy.

V. O Lord, make your ways known upon the earth;
R. let all nations acknowledge your saving power.

V. Give your people the blessing of peace;
R. and let your glory be over all the world.

V. Make our hearts clean, O God;
R. and renew a right spirit within us.

The Collect for Bible Sunday

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All  Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you that you have
brought us safely to the beginning of this 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.

All  Amen

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen

Reflection                                                          Charles Lewis

Prayers                                                                Marilyn Lewis

Lord we thank you for the great gift of your word.

We thank you for those who wrote down your word and for those who translated them into languages that many, many people across the world can read.

We thank you for the prophets of the past who helped explain the meanings of your work, for the writers of the gospels and we particularly thank you for Jesus who patiently taught all he met bringing many to know you.

We thank you for those who work today to help us understand, for our ministers and lay ministers and all who help through Bible study groups, Sunday schools and groups such as Open the Book.

We thank you for those who help ensure bibles are available for all. For the Bible society, for Mission Aviation Fellowship, who deliver bibles to often very difficult regions to reach, the Naval and Military Bible society and the many Christian and Missionary charities.

Lord we thank you for the beauty of your world, for the colours of autumn. We pray that we will be good stewards of the world, caring for the environment so that generations to come can see the wonder of your work.

We lift to you all in need, the sick, the lonely, the depressed, the isolated, those who live in fear. We pray they will hear your word and feel comfort in the knowledge of your love.

All  Amen

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you ; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the  midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as maybe best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth and in the age to come life everlasting.

All  Amen

The Conclusion

The Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us; the Lord lift up his countenance upon us and give us and those whom we love his peace this day and always.

All  Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

All  Thanks be to God.

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The Bible readings (other than the psalms) are from The New Revised Standard Version Anglicised Edition, copyright 1989, 1995 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.   Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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