Sunday Service 29.8.20.

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 30th August 2020

The entire service is available to watch on YouTube. It will premiere on Sunday 30th August at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that. https://youtu.be/4f9Hl0lUf3w

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect –  God of constant mercy, who sent your Son to save us: remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us, that our thankfulness may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Readings  – New Testament: Romans 12: 9-21

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 16: 21-28

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

What a difference a week makes! Last week we had Jesus calling Peter the Rock! and Jesus also stated that on that rock he will build his church.

This week we hear Jesus referring to Peter as Satan! 
Peter seems to have gone from hero to zero in just a handful of verses in Matthew and Jesus tells him and all those who were near enough to hear that he was a stumbling block to his ministry, because he was only thinking about earthly things and not about heavenly things. It took me a while to get around these words because they never really spoke much about heaven but what Jesus was saying was don’t just think here and now – but think also about the bigger picture of what is yet to come – or the plan God has for you.

Jesus was trying to focus the disciples on what was going to happen next on this journey they were making together – he was telling them it was not going to be easy and that he had to die.  This was not something they were expecting to face. Jesus was doing his best to get them ready to focus on him leaving them and think about those things that needed to happen through Jesus death!

Then Jesus seems to give them a get out clause to their discipleship – as he faces all the disciples and gives them an option to stay or to go!

If you want to become my followers, you must deny yourselves, take up your cross and follow me! Although this was a way of letting them choose to step aside, I imagine some of those disciples were thinking – but we are your followers! If we are not, then what were we doing these last month’s choosing you above our families.

 Jesus seems to understand their thoughts and again puts it clearly. If you want to keep journeying with me as my disciples – it is going to be hard, you need to turn your back on your family, break all the links you have – and be prepared to follow me, no matter what happens and even to death.

Jesus implies that you can’t have both, he was telling them that it is family or him – make a decision and stick to it. For some of the disciples this would have been difficult – a number of them would have been married and have children. Jesus is asking them to continue to put him first and their family second. What a difficult decision that would have been. However, it gets worse Jesus speaks about them losing their lives for his sake.

Would we be followers with these conditions? I’d like to say yes but I don’t think any of us will know until we are in that position.

As the disciples are trying to get their minds round all that has been requested of them, Jesus implies that his time is coming to an end and they need to be strong.

Before telling then that they will not all be together at that time.  Someone will have already left them.

How on earth do you get your head around what Jesus was asking?

It always makes me realise how fortunate we are to live now – how many of us would have given up – family, friends, everything to follow Jesus.

If Jesus gave us those decisions what would we have done?

Fortunately for us – when we become followers of Christ we are asked to live out our faith by sharing God’s love with others, by growing in faith through prayer and understanding Jesus more through bible reading.

It doesn’t sound much when we compare ourselves to the first disciples but it changes lives and keeps us close to God.

Be ready – that means ask for the next task and watch and listen for the signs that there is something you need to do to be sure that others learn about how much God loves them.

Amen.

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – by Tony

We pray for the renewal of the Church in faith, love, and service.  It is too easy, God for faith to become an escape  – a way to avoid the pain of being human and alive; or a path to success – a way to persuade the universe to give us the things we want;  or a system of control – away to bend others to our will. But the faith you offer is different, Jesus, more dangerous and compelling;  It is the faith that carries the cross, that embraces Death and lays itself down for the sake of others;  It is the only faith that can lead us to resurrection to life renewed and overflowing.  We praise you for this faith, God, and open our hearts to receive it. 

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer

We pray for Peter Hill – Acting Diocesan Bishop, Archdeacon Ruth, Sharon, our vicar and for all they do for this benefice and us, both seen and unseen. May they lead us and fully serve the work of God and people in this Diocese.

Today, the Diocese of Chelmsford has asked us to pray for the work of the Dean and Chapter, in their daily work of the administration of the Cathedral. We are requested to pray for the United Church of South India, The Most Revd Dharmaraj Rasalam, Moderator and Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne. 

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

We pray for those caught up in tragedy and disaster, especially at this time the people of Beirut.  O Lord our God, source of all goodness and love, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

Lord in your mercy

hear our pray

We particularly remember today the farming community and the holiday centres, as the busy part of the summer season occurs and who have faced difficulties over the past few months.  May some of their aims and targets be met. 

We particularly pray for any holidaymakers who worship with us and we also pray for all our parishioners on holiday.  May they return to us fully rested and rejuvenated and ready to face the challenges ahead. We also pray for all visitors to both parishes and Church’s over this busy period, may they find peace, joy, and relaxation.

We especially pray for our school children, students, and all staff, as the start of a new academic year begins this week, by virtual and actual attendance at their places of learning.  May they not be daunted by the current Covid 19 restrictions and fulfil their academic potential. 

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer

Refresh and heal with your Living Water everyone troubled by pain, grief, despair, fear, guilt, or confusion. Especially we pray for those listed on our pew sheet today. Give them renewed strength; deep peace; unshakeable hope; and abiding faith in your gracious compassion.

God of Mercy be with the tens of thousands of people who have contracted the coronavirus around the world. Comfort those whose loved ones have died. Bring peace to those living with uncertainty after perhaps being exposed to the virus. Give patience to those who are quarantined and unable to move freely in their communities. Wise and faithful guide watch over and protect other people from catching this deadly virus. Strengthen those who are risking their own lives to care for sick patients. May we all be filled with compassion for those who are suffering.

With reverence and affection, we entrust our beloved dead into your unfailing care, dear Father. Wipe away the tears of those whose grief runs deep. Refresh us with your Word and Sacraments as we pass through the dark valleys and desert places of this life. Help us to encourage one another; to rejoice even though suffering; to honour and cultivate good character; to live in hope; and to lean on your never-failing promises. Speed the day when, in Spirit and in truth, the whole company of the redeemed will worship you, and acclaim your beloved Son as the Saviour of the world, our Lord and our God. 

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer

Faithful God as we go out into the world, we pray that we may reflect your love in our families, our Church and our community; so that the world can witness that we are followers of Christ and draw others into his loving care.

So, rejoicing in the fellowship of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Osyth, St Mary and of all your Saints and Martyrs, we commend all Christian People and ourselves to your undying love. 

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

Hymn – Jesus shall reign by Issac Watts (1674-1748)

  1. Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

does his successive journeys run;

his kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

till moons shall wax and wane no more.

  1. People and realms of ev’ry tongue

dwell on his love with sweetest song,

and infant voices shall proclaim

their early blessings on his name.

  1. Blessings abound where’er he reigns:

the pris’ners leap to lose their chains;

the weary find eternal rest,

and all the humble poor are blest.

  1. To him shall endless prayer be made,

and praises throng to crown his head;

his name like incense shall arise

with ev’ry morning sacrifice.

  1. Let ev’ry creature rise and bring

peculiar honours to our King;

angels descend with songs again,

and earth repeat the loud amen.

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts                                                      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us 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. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 23.8.20.

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 23rd August 2020

The entire service is available to watch on YouTube. It will premiere on Sunday 23rd August at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that. https://youtu.be/8bClXalShoA

 

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are soeated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.
 

Collect –  O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity. Mercifully grant to us a measure of your grace that we running the way of your commandments may receive your gracious promises and we maybe partakers of your heavenly treasure. 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  – New Testament: Romans 12: 1-8

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 16: 13-20

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

Jesus and his disciples have again been travelling and when they stopped and had time to talk Jesus asks – Who do people say that the Son of Man is?

Son of Man!  Why does Jesus use this phrase why doesn’t he just say who do they say that I am? – I can only think that although the disciples have seen Jesus perform all sorts of miracles they also know his humanity, the need to eat and work and rest and Jesus is possibly saying they can only identify me by my humanity.

I think Jesus is saying to them no-one else has seen me as closely as you have?

Who do they – the people whose villages we have passed through and healed their sick – who do they say I am?

Every answer that is offered is recognised as being known and important to God – among the likes of John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, one of the prophets! Each one of them dedicated people of God. Each one of them in relationship with God and following God’s call on their lives.

Jesus however needs to push it a bit further – he needs at this point, to know what the disciples have worked out and what they believe. It does make me wonder how they have processed their time with Jesus from the beginning when they saw their first miracle of Jesus turning water into wine to last week when Jesus only had to say from a distance, that the daughter of the Syrophoenician Women was healed, and she was?

Who do you say that I am – What do you  understand about me?

We have no idea how long Jesus had to wait for the response, I imagine that they all looked at each other and then possibly the ground before the eleven were all looking at Peter waiting for him as spokesperson to declare their understanding of who Jesus was.

Peter would have known their thoughts because they were sure to have talked after each miracle they have witnessed – trying to work out what they all saw and work out why this person Jesus could do such amazing things.

In my head I imagine Peter, suddenly standing strong and tall and announcing quite clearly
‘You are the Messiah – the Son of the Living God.’ I wonder how he felt as he declared his faith in Jesus, was it the fist time he said it out loud? Was he worried that about Jesus’ response? Because he had nothing to worry about.

Jesus’ response was to tell Peter, that he was close to God because no one can recognise Jesus unless God allows them to.

At that point Jesus gave Peter certain duties

, you are Peter, and on this rock (Petros) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. In other words the strength of your faith is what is needed to grow Gods family, your words and deeds are needed to encourage others so that they understand and believe.

Jesus then says   19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 

What an amazing response Jesus recognising Peters depth of faith and understanding of God. Peter had started to make sense of who he was with God by being in the presence of Jesus.

That is where the question that we need to

When was the first time you recognised God in your life and made sense of who you were with God there with you? – how often do you take time to share your faith with others and I know you are thinking its easy for you to say because you’re a vicar!
But in my last pre church place of work – people always knew they could find me if they wanted to add a name to my prayers, or tell me pieces of both bad news and good news, so that we could either celebrate or commiserate or add names to my prayers. Or simply to talk things through.

Amen.

 

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – by Wendy

Gathered as the Church of God, members of the body of Christ, let us pray together.

Fill your Church, O Lord, with life and energy, spiritual health and vitality.

As we feed on you, may we grow more like you; may we exercise your loving, minister with your tenderness, serve with your humility and co-operate with your vision.

In you, O Lord:

is all meaning and truth.

Fill your world, O Lord, with wonder at creation, recognition of our mutual human responsibility, desire for reforming what is at fault, and hope in the possibilities of living at peace with God and with one another.

In you, O Lord:

is all meaning and truth.

Fill our homes and neighbourhoods, O Lord, with the generosity and trust that allows space but is always ready to encourage and support. May we cherish our bodies, minds and spirits as temples containing your Spirit, and honour one another as people of your making.

In you, O Lord:

is all meaning and truth.

We pray for all who are ill at home or in hospital, for all in emergency surgery or in casualty; for those who have just discovered that they have injuries or illnesses that will change their lives. We pray for the work of all who heal and comfort, all who visit the sick and counsel the distressed.

In you, O Lord:

is all meaning and truth.

We pray for the dying and those who love them; we pray for those who have completed this life and have made the journey through death. We pray for the work of those who comfort the bereaved.

In you, O Lord:

is all meaning and truth.

Fill our hearts, O Lord, with thankfulness and praise as we recall your faithfulness and live in your love.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

Hymn – Christ, whose glory fills the skies. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

  1. Christ whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only light,

Sun of Righteousness arise,

triumph o’er the shades of night;

Dayspring from on high, be near;

Daystar, in my heart appear.

  1. Dark and cheerless is the morn

unaccompanied by thee;

joyless is the day’s return,

till thy mercy’s beams I see,

till they inward light impart,

glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

  1. Visit then this soul of mine,

pierce the gloom of sin and grief;

fill me, radiancy divine,

scatter all my unbelief;

more and more thyself display,

shining to the perfect day.

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts                                                      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us 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. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 16th August 2020

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 16th August 2020

The entire service is available to watch on YouTube. It will premiere on Sunday 16th August at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that. https://youtu.be/xzz3fzZexq8

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect –  Lord of heaven and earth , as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you, through Jesus our Lord, Amen.

Readings  – New Testament: Romans 11: 1-2 and 21-32

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 15: 21-28

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

It is not often that you hear Jesus say that someone has great faith, and here that person has 2 things going against them – firstly it’s a woman that is asking for help – women were very rarely listened to except by Jesus and more importantly – to the disciples at least is the fact that she is not Jewish – she is a cananite and does not even know their God but has the cheek and audacity to ask Jesus for help!

The Canaanite woman had stamina, strength of purpose and a love for her child that was so deep, that rather than staying at home trying to console her daughter, she risks her daughter possibly dying without her Mother by her side while she pleads with Jesus for help because She trusts him and has faith in him – She knows he is different and She knows he has the ability.

But at this point let’s go back to the beginning of the reading.

Jesus and the disciples had moved onto the district of Tyre and Sidon. News had got around that Jesus – that man who heals people is quite near and this is an opportunity that this woman from Canaan never thought she would have. Jesus was close, just a short journey away. She knew He was her only hope of her daughter being cured and would do anything to save her child.

She is not presumptuous, she knows it going to take a while, time for Jesus and his disciples to listen and hopefully act. She is a strong character and calls from a distance explaining her need, ‘have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon’- I have no idea how many times she called but she did not give up, until she got a response.

It is interesting that the disciples get more annoyed by the shouting than Jesus does, and they even ask him to send her away. Knowing that he must be able to hear the noise she is making.

However his response to her is not what they were expecting – Jesus doesn’t send her away, he responds not by sending her away but by explaining that he is there is save the Jews.

This does not put her off – knowing that she now has his undivided attention she doesn’t just turn away, she rushes to his feet and kneels before him saying ‘Lord, help me!’

Jesus said ‘its not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs’- The first time I heard this response read out in church – I have to admit it shocked me – the words that Jesus used were strong even if he put no intonation into his voice, they would have hurt. Jesus was saying that she wasn’t important to him like the Jews were – she might just as well be a dog but we know He was testing her faith and she knew in every part of her being that Jesus could heal her daughter and her response reflected it.

I imagine her saying this really calmly and steadily, although she must have wanted him to get into action as soon as possible – Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters table. – their masters table, in this response she is telling Jesus she recognises who he is and the power he has and believes Jesus has been sent from God. Jesus recognises her faith and answers her plea.

We don’t hear about her coming back to thank Jesus and it wasn’t often that Jesus described a foreign woman as having great faith.

How persistent are you in your prayer – I remember back in 1998 when I was going through the selection process for the priesthood, I had a particular prayer I used a number of times a day – Loving God, if I am not meant to be clergy then please show me what you are calling me to!”  I can even remember one day I work up praying it.

Be persistent because God knows your needs and recognises your strengths and when your prayer reflects his wishes for you lives change and amazing things happen!

Amen.

 

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – by Joy

In faith let us pray to God our Father in the name of his son, Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

God of love, we pray for the life of your church throughout the world. May every congregation be a community of love and Christian witness in your spirit – as has been demonstrated here in this village during the time the coronavirus has been rife.

We pray that what has been achieved with compassion for our most needy and elderly residents that this response has enriched the lives of giver and those who have received – and that the future may conserve that which is good and reach out boldly in care for the individual and gradually help to change society.

For the Doctors and nurses and all those who have needed their care – for the teams working to find a vaccine – we give thanks for their selflessness and pray that their efforts will eventually find the way to end this deadly virus.

God of surprises, when we think you are not present in our lives, you reveal yourself in the love of friends and family. When we think you are not present in our community, you labour to make us of one heart and cause us to share gladly and generously.

God of surprises you are ever with us. When the days go by and our vision fades, keep surprising us . When our hope dim and our patience wears thin, keep coming to us. Teach us always to be prepared, that we may see your loving presence among us.

Father, we bring to you in prayer the hopes and needs of the world. We pray for the people of Beirut who have lost hundreds and injured thousands in the recent explosion. Just as many have lost their homes and livelihoods and the scale of the tragedy is so enormous to envisage. Be near the survivors who have to try and build a new life for themselves. May we continue to include them on our prayers for many weeks ahead.

For homelessness, hunger, all those who are in danger. For the victims of violence and the fear of it. For greed, jealousy, boredom – all these things that threaten the humanity of men and women. May your church everywhere be a force for peace and justice. And upon all who strive for the fulfilment of your reign in earth may there come such a spirit of thrust and hope that nothing may seem too hard to do in the name of your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

            We pray now for all those who suffer, especially the sick in body and mind and for all those who mourn. Grant them patience in their suffering, uphold them with the knowledge of your love, Lord. And be near those who mourn and give them comfort and strength.

We end with the book of Joshua – who writes – ‘Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be then dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.’

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

 

 

Hymn – Immortal love, for ever full. John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

  1. Immortal love, for ever full,

for ever flowing free,

for ever shared, for ever whole,

a never-ebbing sea.

  1. Our outward lips confess the name

all other names above;

love only knoweth whence it came

and comprehendeth love.

  1. O warm, sweet, tender, even yet

a present help is he;

and faith has still it’s Olivet,

and love its Galilee.

  1. The healing of his seamless dress

is by our beds of pain;

we touch him in life’s throng and press,

and we are whole again.

  1. Through him the first fond prayers are said

our lips of childhood frame;

the last low whispers of our dead

are burdened with his name.

  1. Alone, O love ineffable,

thy saving name is giv’n;

to turn aside from thee is hell,

to walk with thee is heav’n.

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts                                                      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us 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. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 9th August 2020

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 9th August 2020

 

The entire service is available to watch on YouTube. It will premiere on Sunday 9th August at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that. https://youtu.be/beZ-LdYNIaQ

 

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect –  Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; 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  – New Testament: Romans 10: 5-15

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 14: 22-33

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

Today’s reading follows on directly from last week’s feeding of the 5000.

Jesus unsurprisingly tired from all those people he had cured and then fed decides he needs time to himself. What surprises me is that he directed the disciples to go on ahead of him and then Jesus dismissed the crowds and once they had all gone Jesus again went up the mountain by himself to pray. He needed a break from humanity and strength from the Father. When realising that evening darkness had come Jesus was concerned for the disciples because he could see the boat was not yet ashore and was being battered by the waves.

I do sometimes wonder why Jesus didn’t perform miracles from a distance and simply calm the storm from where he was on the hillside – instead he walks down to the lake and walks towards them and this absolutely terrifies them – they thought he was a ghost, folklore at the time had a story about ghosts coming to boats on the water when someone was going to die – so it is no wonder they were so afraid and shouted It’s a ghost wondering which of them might not make it ashore.

Jesus’ response to their fear was instant ‘take heart’ or don’t worry.

The disciples are so worried that they don’t really believe him, and it is Peter who tests Jesus – well if it is you command me to come to you on the water! Just one word spoken by Jesus encouraged Peters action. Come.

Peter got out of the boat stood on the water, and filled with amazement that he was on the water, started to walk towards Jesus when his humanity overtook him and when he saw a huge wave coming his way, he lost concentration and fear filled him and at the moment he called out to Jesus for help. Jesus instantly reached out his hand, and saved Peter saying ‘oh you of little faith! Why did you doubt?’ From that moment on their was absolutely no question about who Jesus was because the rest of the disciples were declaring ‘Truly you are the Son of God!’

I wonder if you have ever been in a moment that has allowed to recognise that Jesus truly is the Son of God. A moment or event that allows complete clarity about the presence of God in your life. It could be a moment that turned your life around or when your faith became stronger or more secure because of something you have lived through and reinforced your sense of faith.

These moments don’t have to huge by that I mean big and glitzy, they simply need to be reassuring.

I started Theological College in September 2000, having worked for 16 years for a Company that made Flavours and Fragrances called BBA in Walthamstow, East London. They were as different as chalk and cheese, I was going back to studying, I was making my home in 2 small rooms in the College for 2 full years because I had sold my flat and suddenly wondered what I was doing! I needed some fresh air and walked down to the courtyard sat on a bench and just prayed and while I was praying I noticed the most amazing thing it had been a warm summer and as I was gazing around I saw a butterfly come out of a cocoon. I know that butterflies normally come in spring but I saw one that day – I knew I was supposed to see that butterfly and realised  at that moment that I would because of my training at theological college come out ready for a new way of being.

I did mention it to the Dean and he said it’s because the courtyard was enclosed and would maintain heat throughout the summer that it was a regular occasion – well regular or not I knew I was supposed to be there, at that moment and witness the butterfly break free. They were amazing times and I still wonderful memories. When you need reassurance about decisions or actions then make sure you spend time just being yourself with God. He will let you know in a way that works for you.

Amen.

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – by Wendy

Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

 

 Hymn – Immortal, invisible, God only wise. By Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908) based on 1 Timothy 1:17

  1. Immortal, invisible

God only wise,

in light inaccessible hid

from our eyes,

most blessed, most glorious,

the Ancient of Days

almighty, victorious,

thy great name we praise.

  1. Unresting, unhasting,

and silent as light,

nor wanting, nor wasting,

thou rulest in might;

thy justice like mountains

high soaring above

thy clouds which are fountains

of goodness and love.

  1. To all live thou givest,

To both great and small;

in all life thou livest,

the true life of all;

we blossom and flourish

as leaves on the tree,

and wither and perish;

but naught changeth thee.

  1. Great Father of glory,

pure Father of light,

thine angels adore thee,

all veiling their sight;

all laud we would render,

O help us to see

‘tis only the splendour

of light hideth thee.

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts                                                      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us 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. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 2nd August 2020

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 26th July 2020

The entire service is available to watch on YouTube. It will premiere on Sunday 2nd August at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that.

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect –  Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments. That through your most mighty protection both here and forever we may be preserved in body and soul through our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

Readings  – New Testament: Romans 9: 1-5

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 13: 14-end

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

Although you have all probably recognised today’s reading, I think it is good to start by putting it into context with the opening sentence – When Jesus heard this? What was it Jesus had heard? – he had just been told that John the Baptist had been killed, he was obviously very effected by the news and needed time to adjust, to grieve and to give thanks for all the people John had baptised.

We are told that as Jesus came ashore there were thousands of people waiting for him – Jesus instantly had compassion and cured the sick amongst them. This task on its own must have taken hours and so it is not a surprise that we hear that it was evening when the disciples came to find him.

It’s interesting that they had already worked out what food was available before they came and asked Jesus to send the crowd away so that they can find food and shelter for the night.

In their mind there was no way they could feed thousands with their 5 loaves and 2 fish – that was intended to have been enough for Jesus and the disciples, they could share a good meal and maybe have some left over for breakfast.

The crowd had got what they came for – their family members had been cured and they had witnessed the miracles, it had taken a while and as Jesus seemed to complete the work that had been presented to him – the disciples wanted the crowds to be sent away so that they could eat and have Jesus to themselves. It could be that they they wanted to look after him after the shock of John’s death or it could be they were trying to

remind Jesus that he was their teacher and should give them time.

Jesus though had different ideas, with the food from the disciples in front of him and the crowds now seated – Jesus lifted the loaves and the fish, he looked up to heaven and then Jesus blessed the food and broke the bread. He gave it to the disciples and the disciples gave them to the crowd. Everyone there had eaten and were full, when the leftovers were collected – there were 12 baskets full!

5 loaves, 2 fishes, Jesus, the disciples and over 5000 people with leftovers that filled 12 baskets.

Truly amazing things happen when God (and here I mean our trinitarian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is involved.

This for me marks a turning point in how Jesus was when he was with the disciples.

Jesus had spent time teaching the disciples and now he needs them to get to work. Jesus gave the food to the disciples (those whom he called to teach and know him) and the disciples gave it to the crowd – and amazing things happened.

The disciples were involved in the work of God, they may have just been carrying and sharing food, but God was in the very heart of it.

Today’s reading is a reminder of the work we have all been called to do, as the disciples of today, to live our lives generously making sure that others are aware that we belong to God through faith in Jesus and that we are guided by the Holy

Spirit to be in the right places, at the right time in order to help in God’s work.

That work can be different for each of us, according to our skills but there are many things we are all asked to do – which include sharing our faith, praying for others, showing and sharing God’s love in a way that is right and comfortable, that allows others to see and know it is real.

It sounds like too small a thing when we compare it, to what Jesus did for us.

In order to achieve this, we simply have to let go and let God.

By that I mean let go of our fears and inhibitions and let God be in control, today and always.

Amen.

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – by Ian

On this the eighth Sunday after Trinity let us pray together:

“Where love is met with hatred, and dreams have been snuffed out,

Where days are full of suffering and faith has turned to doubt,

Where evil conquers goodness and life is full of care,

Grant through it all the knowledge that you, O Lord, are there.

Where joy has turned to sorrow and hope gives way to fear,

Where peace is cruelly shattered as sudden storms appear,

Where life belies convictions on which we once relied,

Grant through it all the knowledge you’re always by our side.

Where darkness like a shadow extinguishes the light,

Where plans are brought to ruin and nothing quite goes right,

Where health begins to falter and life begins to fade,

Grant through it all the knowledge we need not be afraid.

To those enduring trouble with which they cannot cope,

To those for whom disaster has put an end to hope,

To those who carry burdens too difficult to bear,

Grant through all the knowledge that you, O Lord, are there.”

Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

“Lord, in this terrible time of trial caused by the coronavirus, we pray for those who weep,

Mourning those they’ve loved and lost;

Happiness that ran so deep, followed now by such a cost.

Each day brings now added pain, memories of times they knew,

Never to be shared again – life a case of getting through.

When their hearts are fit to break – hurt too bitter to express,

Grant them solace, dull the ache,

Comfort them in their distress.

In their anger, loss and shock,

Help them find in you a friend;

In their turmoil be their rock, one on whom they can depend.

Though they feel they cannot cope,

Gracious God, reach out to save;

Bring to each new life, new hope,

In your love, beyond the grave.”

Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

“An urgent voice is calling Lord, a voice from far away;

It’s crying out for justice, and yearning for that day,

When no one need go hungry, despair will be no more,

A day at last that heralds, a new start for the poor.

An urgent voice is calling Lord, a voice from somewhere near;

It’s crying out with longing, yet no one seems to hear;

Despite the long years of witness, a multitude still search,

Forgive us, Lord, and grant now,

A new start for the Church.

An urgent voice is calling Lord, a voice from all around;

It’s crying out in anguish, the grim and tragic sound,

Of God’s creation groaning, stripped bare, denied her worth,

Lord, curb our greed, and bring now,

A new start for the Earth.

An urgent voice is calling Lord, a voice from close at hand;

It’s crying out in anger, campaigning for a land,

Where all will be respected, and hate will find no place,

A world of respect and friendship,

A new start for the Human Race.

An urgent voice is calling Lord, the voice of You above;

It’s crying out in sorrow, and urging us to love,

For still a world lies bleeding, the weak go to the wall,

Lord, help us build with others,

A new start for us all.”

Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe

Hymn – The King of Love My Shepherd Is. Henry William Baker (1821-1877), based on Psalm 23.

  1. The King of love my shepherd is,

whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am his

and he is mine for ever.

  1. Where streams of living water flow

my ransomed soul he leadeth,

and where the verdant pastures grow

with food celestial feedeth.

  1. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

but yet in love he sought me,

and on his shoulder gently laid,

and home, rejoicing, brought me.

  1. In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

with thee, dear Lord, beside me;

thy rod and staff my comfort still,

thy cross before to guide me.

  1. Thou spread’st a table in my sight,

thy unction grace bestoweth:

and O what transport of delight

from thy pure chalice floweth!

  1. And so through all the length of days

thy goodness faileth never;

good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise

within thy house for ever.

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts                                                      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us 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. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 26th July 2020

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 26th July 2020

The entire service is available to watch using this YouTube link  https://youtu.be/JDw0ZlBxBOU It will premiere on Sunday 26th July at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that.

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect –  Creator God, you made us all in your image. May we discern you in all that we see and see you in all that we do. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Readings  – New Testament: Romans 8: 26-end

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 13: 24-43

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

Today in our Gospel reading there are a number of parables all used together.

We hear in verses 31-33 about things that sustain & things that grow. The mustard seed was the first to mentioned and I must admit here they are talking about a different type of mustard than the one that might first pop into our minds. I instantly thought about mustard and cress as it grows so quickly. The mustard seed spoken about today grows so substantially that birds can live in it. Then of course the yeast that when worked into 3 measures of flour can cause a huge growth.

A reminder that we only need a tiny little seed of faith that when held onto and worked with change our lives out of all proportion.

Then as we move to verses 44-52, we hear other responses within the parable.

The treasure in the field that someone finds and wants to own, so buys the field in order to own the treasure, I suppose my inquisitive mind asks what was he doing on someone else’s land in order to find the treasure in the first place. At least he almost did the right things in purchasing the land and not just running off with the treasure. The next parable about the pearl also has someone buying it having sold everything they had to do so. With the fish in the net – we are told that the catch was huge but it was not all of use – we are reminded that at the end of time there will be a sorting out of the good and the bad.

Faith starts as a tiny seed and can happen at any time during our lives.

That seed can start to grow and have an effect on our lives instantly or it can lay dormant until something else prompts its growth. Whenever it grows it produces amazing treasure – the beginning of a life with God, when we suddenly recognise that days are so much easier when God is with us. It promotes in us a willingness to learn about Jesus and how he interacted with others through reading the bible and attending church – that in itself is a huge thing and thankfully we have 2  amazing churches with congregations that are ready to welcome and it wont be too much longer before we can be back in church again – it will feel different in order to keep us safe but we will be back as welcoming congregations.

Faith then should and does feed into our everyday lives, in our actions, decision making, generosity, support of others and growth in God.

These are all positive. All things we aspire to.

In the next parables we are reminded that faith is shared and not owned. Faith is not something we brag about to others. It is not something we can buy and show off.

It is part of our being once we begin to walk with God – it doesn’t make us perfect and infallible – it helps us to be aware of those things we do have done wrong and enables us to repair things when we have recognised the errors or the hurt we have caused, which in turn enables us to walk more closely with God.

We, all of us know, we are not perfect, and God does not expect us to be – he created humanity and knows exactly what it is like. He knows that we will have bad days, but he also knows just how kind, thoughtful, caring, loving and forgiving we can be – and encourages us to be the version of ourselves not matter what life throws at us.

All we need to achieve it is faith the size of a mustard seed – that will allow us to grow and thrive in God whilst being the best we can be to share Gods love and encourage faith in others.

Amen.

 

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – by Annabel

Let us pray

We pray for the whole church of Christ, throughout the world, that persecution of people for their religion can be eliminated from all countries. We hope that people can find solace in a belief that helps to counteract all the difficulties in their lives.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for our nation and country, that those in government continue to be guided by you, to do the best for all people, and to keep the country safe and prosperous.

We pray for Elizabeth our Queen, as she carries on as our monarch, through many decades of loyal duty, and who shows her love for her subjects in so many different ways.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for our local community, in the joint Benefice, as the summer holidays for children approach, the harvest begins to come in, and people start back at work, in many new ways. May they find confidence from you, to do whatever is necessary without fear or danger. As we start to go about in a more normal life, let us not forget those who are still shielding, and may be lonely and fearful, and in need of support.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for the vulnerable and the ill, and all those who suffer, that they may know your comfort and peace.

In Great Bentley, we pray especially for Mick Moore; and in St Osyth, for those on the pew sheet. We also pray for those known only to us, that they will find the strength that comes from prayer.

“Keep us good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. “

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for our saints: Mary, Peter and Paul, and all the Saints. For our vicar Rev’d Sharon, and all those ministering in the diocese, that with your guidance and support, we may move forward with hope in this uncertain time.

A prayer of St Benedict

“O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

Hymn – Alleluia, sing to Jesus by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) alt. the editors

  1. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven!
    To his feet thy tribute bring;
    Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    Who like me his praise should sing?
    Praise him! Praise him!

Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King!

  1. Praise him for his grace and favour
    To our fathers in distress;
    Praise him still the same as ever,
    Slow to chide, and swift to bless:
    Praise him! Praise him!

Praise him! Praise him!

Glorious in his faithfulness.

  1. Father-like, he tends and spares us,
    Well our feeble frame he knows;
    In his hands he gently bears us,
    Rescues us from all our foes:
    Praise him, Praise him!
    Praise him, Praise him!

Widely as his mercy flows.

  1. Angels, help us to adore him;
    Ye behold him face to face;
    Sun and moon, bow down before him,
    Dwellers all in time and space:
    Praise him! Praise him!

Praise him! Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace!

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts                                                      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us 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. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 19.7.20.

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 19th July 2020

The entire service is available to watch using this YouTube link  https://youtu.be/wPNxlWcDPsA It will premiere on Sunday 5th July at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that.

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect –  Creator God, you made us all in your image. May we discern you in all that we see and see you in all that we do. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Readings  – New Testament: Romans 8: 12-25 read by Hilary

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 13: 24-43

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

In today’s reading we hear about the parable of the weeds and the wheat.

The weeds whilst growing amongst the wheat have stopped it from growing to its full potential.

Or if we apply the parable there are things in life that slow down or even stop the seeds of God’s love and the knowledge of the presence of God from growing and being shared.

I don’t do this very often and should probably do it more, but it is sometimes good to apply those parables to our own lives. I have done that this week and it made me realise that there are some things that I can certainly identify as weeds in my life. You know the things that stop us from being the best version of ourselves most of the time – I’m not sure we can our best all the time but if we aim for most of the time there is hopefully a good chance that we can achieve it.

Some of the weeds that I have identified might also resonate with you and you might also want to think about solutions to the problems they present.

One of the main things that act like a weed and slows me down is the telephone, especially scam calls – I am sure they think that clergy will fall for anything and also scam emails are certainly weed that I have received too many of.

Another weed or should I say weeds are my dogs, I do love them but when I am indoors, they continually want to be with me which is not always easy as obviously I work from home and they can certainly slow down my productivity.

Sometimes I pretend that I am going out, I shut them in the utility where they sleep give them a biscuit, shut the door and even open and close the front door before creeping back into the study and giving my full concentration to a particular task. I know it sounds a little extreme, but it works for me.

Weeds do of course come in all shapes and sizes and I don’t think we can be prepared for every single type but having a plan does help and of course there is always prayer!

There are of course many things that slow us down in our daily lives as we play our part in the sharing of God’s love and I think that if we take the time to identify just some of them, we can be prepared for them when they arise.

Like how we handle rejection especially when it is concerning something that is integral to our being, like our faith. Or how do we cope when someone opens us about an event that suddenly brings to mind personal feelings and emotions. It is ok to allow our emotions to be seen – it helps others see we are human.

Please don’t let these things stop you from being willing to carry out God’s work because the great thing about the work that God gives us to do is that He doesn’t leave us to work alone. God works with us, making sure we have the skills needed to fulfil the task.

It is alright to admit that there are things we haven’t experienced and there are things we don’t know – we don’t have all the answers, but we know that when we trust in God, he enables all sorts of amazing things to happen.

Amen.

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – by Nicky

Dear God, 

Three months ago in the second Week of Easter, I offered written prayers to be shared with our church family.  We give thanks  that although we are still unable to meet in person as a church community, I am now able to  lead these prayers from  St. Osyth Church,  and through the wonders of modern technology, our Benefice Church Family,  and the wider world will be able to hear and see these wherever they are.  

We praise you, God our Father. 

We give thanks that in today’s reading we are reminded in Paul’s letters to the Romans that sin must not be our master but we must to continue to give ourselves to God, in doing so  we will have Your Grace.   

During the time of COVID-19 LockDown we have a heightened awareness of the fields around our Parishes and the crops being grown in the fields.  

Now, many of the crops are nearly ready for harvest… we are  also aware it is a long time since we have gathered in our churches. …As we see these fields, preparing to be  harvested, let us remember Matthew’s Gospel and today’s reading on the Parable of the Weeds. 

Dear Lord, help us to remain strong in your faith so we can shine like the sun in your Kingdom and not become tempted to do thoughts or actions that will make us weeds in your eyes. 

Lord in your mercy

Lord, Hear our prayer

We give thanks and praise that the worldwide Lockdown measures have now helped to control the spread of the pandemic.  We ask you to give guidance to the leaders of each nation and country that they are listening, receiving and acting on the correct advice as we enter the next stage – the easing of Lockdown.  

Please pour your grace and wisdom on us all so that we, as individuals,  can play our part in creating our new world where we will be able to meet again.   

We pray for peace in the world. 

Lord in your mercy

Lord, Hear our prayer

Let us give thanks to our Queen as head of our church and to our vicar Revd Sharon.  

We give thanks for our church, our benefice and our community. We look forward to the time when we can sing your praises in our churches.  Let us gain strength from the hymns that might be sung at this time to keep us strong in faith until we can join together and sing.

Great is thy faithfulness

Be still and know that I am God

Mine eyes have seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord

Praise my soul the King of Heaven. 

Lord in your mercy

Lord, Hear our prayer

Thank you for being part of a community where individuals work together.  We pray for our local businesses that they are able to work safely and enjoy the ability to work more normally. Let us pray for our community and visitors during this summer that they stay safe and well.  

We pray especially for the young, who have missed being at school or university and are unsure of their future.  Give them faith to know that there will be a path for them. 

Lord in your mercy

Lord, Hear our prayer

We ask for your grace for those who are sick or suffer so that they know your healing touch and can go forth in hope, we especially name those listed on our pew sheets who are in poor health. We also pray for those individuals who have had to go to hospital for Covid and non-Covid reasons and that they receive your healing touch.  We continue to pray for those affected by the coronavirus, and also for key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens.    

We pray for the vulnerable, especially those who have been identified as very vulnerable and not been able to enjoy the freedoms offered to others as Lockdown eases.  

We pray for all who have found this time unsettling and have been left poor in spirit. Give them strength to know that they are loved and cared for. 

 We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.  

 We  ask that you pour out your love on them to give them the strength to continue to do so .

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

Hymn – Alleluia, sing to Jesus by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) alt. the editors

  1. Alleluia, sing to Jesus,

his the sceptre, his the throne;

alleluia, his the triumph,

his the victory alone:

hark, the songs of peaceful Sion

thunder like a mighty flood:

Jesus, out of ev’ry nation,

Hath redeemed us by his blood.

  1. Alleluia, not as orphans

are we left in sorrow now;

alleluia, he is near us,

faith believes, nor questions how;

though the cloud from sight received him

when the forty days were o’er,

shall our hearts forget his promise,

‘I am with you evermore’?

  1. Alleluia, bread of angels,

here on earth our food, our stay;

alleluia, here the sinful

come to you from day to day.

Intercessor, friend of sinners,

Earth’s redeemer, plead for me,

Where the songs of all the sinless

Sweep across the crystal sea.

  1. Alleluia, King eternal,

he the Lord of lords we own;

alleluia, born of Mary,

earth his footstool, heav’n his throne;

he within the veil has entered

robed in flesh, our great High Priest;

he on earth both priest and victim

in the Eucharistic Feast.

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts                                                      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us 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. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 12.7.20.

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 12th July 2020

 

The Gospel reading and sermon is available to watch using this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kD0RP1WlKDU1bN1ruIBXgSBdr_yOKUQ_/view?usp=sharing

 

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect –  Almighty and Everlasting God, by whose spirit the whole body of the church is governed and sanctified. Hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in the vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth. To the glory of your name, through our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings  – New Testament: Romans 7: 15-25

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 11: 16-30

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

We have today, two readings that most of us will have recognised as they were being read out. It could be – that having identified the readings as an ‘oh I remember this one!’ – that the next thing you do is sit back and let your brain wander. Please try not to do that today because there are real challenges in these readings – challenges that might ask
Do we feed the seed of the Spirit of God that dwells within us?

Are we actively drawing ourselves closer to him through reading and prayer and allowing others to identify us as belonging to God?

Do we regularly ask God to make us more aware of when and where we might use our faith to grow his kingdom?
Do we recognise the potential for growth – are we working on ways that might allow that growth to happen?

You may well be thinking to yourself – hang on a minute isn’t that why we have a vicar? The answer to that is yes and no!

I will quickly remind you that everyone who believes in God and is a member of a worshipping community has tasks to do. Those tasks include living out our faith in our everyday life and ensuring that we sow the seeds of God’s love wherever we are. Every word we say and every action we make should let others know that we are disciples of Christ here in this part of Essex.

The questions I have had – but how? How do we do it? What do we do?

How many times do we need to try?, because I have tried before and it didn’t work.

My question is – have you tried to change your approach?

An example

I know many of you love to be out in the garden and I have seen some local gardens that are absolutely thriving at this time but the truth is that I am not green fingered, I have tried and tried and again more recently I have tried with a little patch in my back garden – I say garden the only things that grow are the grass and the weeds and the trees.

But just recently I have tried again and I am sure that at this point you are thinking that I will have a success story to tell you, when actually I don’t really have a success story because there were elements working against me – 2 of them actually a Cocker Spaniel and a Labradoodle who think it’s great to dig, however while they been away in kennels this week – please don’t think I put them in kennels just to replant the flower bed, but during that time I have replanted and taken time to be sure that my pooches won’t be able to dig them up on their return. Well that’s the plan but I will see what happens in due course.

 I am not someone who gives up lightly, I do try to approach things in different ways until I eventually find a way that fits.

The task we have been given is sowing the seed of God’s love, using both words and actions. Sometimes a direct approach works and sometimes it really doesn’t.

Trying again is not about weakness or focussing on previous failure but exploring new ways to succeed – trying to develop a new way of doing things with God through the power of the Holy Spirit that might work. A way that allows us to be ourselves because when we are truly ourselves – our faith and identity in Christ shine through.

Amen.

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession –

Gathered together as the people of God, and attentive to his will let us pray.

May the Seed of God’s word, be sown in our good soil, be watered by his rain and warmed by his sunlight. Blessed Lord please help us to produce a good crop of Spiritual fruit. Heavenly Father, may your words of truth take root in our hearts and grow to rich maturity. May we hear your will for us and act upon it. May we take seriously our responsibility to encourage and nurture one another in faith at every age and every stage of life.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, may every act of selfless giving and every search for truth be richly blessed and rewarded. Disturb assumptions and lead many to ponder more deeply the spiritual dimension of their lives. May the word of God reach all who are ready to receive it, and let us set no boundaries here as to who they might be. With all the new housing developments around us, help us to be open and welcoming to all new faces we see in our villages and welcome them into our Church families.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, make our homes places of love and growth, welcoming to all who visit them, and accepting and forgiving to all who are nurtured there. Help us through the quarrels and heartaches and remind us to honour one another as your cherished ones.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, may all whose bodies, souls or minds are aching know the comforting and strengthening power of your companionship, and the healing work of your love. Be near all those in our parishes whom we know to be in any form of need. Be especially close to all those who are frightened today. Frightened of the pain they know will come, frightened of being alone, in fear of what the future might bring for them. Especially the Elderly and the very young who are powerless to help themselves. As we continue on with the uncertainty of a deadly virus in our world may we be more ready to support and befriend one another through the difficult times, in the name and love of the God we worship.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Heavenly Father we pray for all who are making the journey through physical death, as they put down earthly things and wake to your presence. Bring us all to share with them your life in all its fullness.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, the rain and sunshine, the growing and harvesting, sing to us of your faithful love, and we offer you our thankful praise for all your gifts to us.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

Hymn – Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken by John Newton (1725-1807).

  1. Glorious things of thee are spoken,

Zion, city of our God;

he whose word cannot be broken

formed thee for his own abode.

On the Rock of Ages founded,

What can shake they sure repose?

With salvation’s walls surrounded,

Thou may’st smile at all thy foes.

  1. See, the streams of living waters,

Springing from eternal love,

well supply thy sons and daughters,

and all fear of want remove.

Who can faint while such a river

Ever flows their thirst to assuage?

Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,

never fails from age to age.

  1. Round each habitation hov’ring,

see the cloud and fire appear

for a glory and a cov’ring,

showing that the Lord is near.

Thus they march, the pillar leading,

Light by night and shade by day;

daily on the manna feeding

which he gives them when they pray.

  1. Saviour, if of Zion’s city

I through grace a member am,

let the world deride or pity,

I will glory in thy name.

Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,

boasted pomp and empty show;

solid joys and lasting treasure

none but Zion’s children know.

St. Osyth CCLI #961478

Great Bentley CCLI #1199328

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift us your hearts                                                       We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed 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.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 5.7.20.

The Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley Spiritual Communion Service

Sunday 5th July 2020

The entire service is available to watch using this YouTube link https://youtu.be/1QKk00-gVsg It will premier on Sunday 5th July at 10am and will remain available to watch any time after that. Do join us at 10am and join in with the live chat if you are able.

We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you                          and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins
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, live mercifully, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit,
in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect –  Almighty and Everlasting God, by whose spirit the whole body of the church is governed and sanctified. Hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in the vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth. To the glory of your name, through our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings  – New Testament: Romans 7: 15-25

This is the Word of the Lord   thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 11: 16-30

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to  Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit                      amen.

It is not often we hear Jesus truly fed up with the people that he has come to save.  Today however in this reading from Matthew 11 Jesus is incredibly frustrated and its not often I imagine him with a raised voice but at this point I do! –  these of course are my words, I imagine him saying  – “What is wrong with you?
We have come and told you amazing things about God and your lives and yet you do not respond. You are never happy! What is it you want? Do you even know what you want?”

Let’s be honest it is easy to understand Jesus’ frustration because John came not eating or drinking but teaching about God and trying to prepare them for Jesus’ arrival and all they say is that’s not normal he must have a demon and then when Jesus comes they call him a glutton and a drunkard because he sits and eats with sinners and tax collectors.

But rather than getting to caught up in frustration Jesus prays and thanks God that the right people have heard his teaching and responded.

Matthew 11.27 is a favourite of mine

“All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

And anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Jesus chose those who were hungry to learn about the love of God, those who were eager to follow him and pass that love and knowledge of God onto others from generation to generation.                         There would have been someone instrumental in delivering the love of God to you, we do sincerely thank God for them.

I have my mum to thank who sent me and my brothers to Sunday School, now whether that was because she wanted some peace and quiet on a Sunday morning or not I don’t know but I was truly glad that she did otherwise I am not sure that I would be here now.

What I do know is that we have also been given the task of revealing or introducing God to others.

It is not an onerous task we simply just have to be ourselves with God, ready to answer any questions that others may ask about what we believe, why we pray, and anything else to do with our faith.

A note of caution though and for this I have to ask you a question – have you ever played Chinese whispers?

That game when you are told something – it is normally whispered in your ear then you turn to the next person and whisper it into their ear and so on and so on. I have played it in teams and the winning team is the one that is closest to the original statement.

Usually what comes to the last person is vastly different from what was told at the beginning of the game.

When we are rushed we don’t listen carefully but pass the statement on before we have even checked that it makes sense.

When we are asked a question about our faith it is important that we don’t rush the answer because we are a little embarrassed to talk about it or worry about how much we should say because sometimes it difficult talking about things that are that important to us but do make sure there is time to talk so that your response can be fully understood.

Sharing your faith should not be a burden but a joy – just as Jesus said Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Amen.

The Creed

We declare our faith, saying together:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We come now to our Intercessions

Prayers of Intersession – Danny Wright

At the end of each intercession I will say ‘Heal us, Lord’ and your response will be ‘And use us to your glory’.

Heal us, Lord

And use us to your glory.

Lord we will later, individually and collectively, say The Lord’s Prayer but during the intercessions that follow please let us be aware, and experience, that in these prayers we are bringing to, and seeking from you, intercessions that are in accordance with the prayer Our Lord Jesus gave us.

Father we give thanks for our faith and the Church you established in order that your Word could be known to us and that we can see how you would have us live our lives in order that we may reflect your glory and will.

We give thanks for all those who have and are serving you in our daily and religious life and ask that you continue to sustain and enlighten them in the tasks that they perform so that thy will, will be done and that we may live as you would will us to live.

At this time we would remember the recruitment of the new Bishop of Chelmsford and ask that all those involved in the recruitment process are guided by you and that from their deliberations the candidate that is right for the role is finally appointed.

Heal us, Lord

And use us to your glory.

Lord, the past few months have been stressful in many ways. We are aware of the global impact of climate change on our world and its impacts on the daily lives of many people throughout this world.

Additionally, we have had to face the dreadful impact of Covid 19 and its wide ranging effects on our lives and the consequences to those who have succumbed to the disease or experienced the devastating consequences resulting from actions taken to contain it.

If this was not enough, we have seen racism exposed in a dreadful way compelling mainly peaceful mass demonstrations throughout the world calling on governments, companies’, and individuals to recognise and rectify the causes of racism. All lives matter but unfortunately systems within our societies fail to acknowledge or deliver this.

All these are enough I am sure to test the wisdom of Solomon and yet we know that you God are able to provide us with the will, ability, the means and actions by which we can deal with these issues to ensure that we can move on from them and achieve the peace, justice, equality and harmony that will restore our lives, meet our needs and bring about your will.

Heal us, Lord

And use us to your glory.

We pray for our local communities and benefice, plus all those individuals and organisations that sustain them. May they, as lockdown reduces and further changes come into effect, be able to respond and continue to meet local need.

We also pray that as individuals, communities and organisations serving others we remain vigilant with regards to the risk of Covid – 19 so that in our actions we take due care not only to protect ourselves but also others so as not to promote the spread of this dreadful disease which is still a significant threat to our life, our liberty and our community.

Heal us, Lord

And use us to your glory.

We pray for the healing of all Lord as we acknowledge our own frailties, but we especially pray for those whose names are contained on our Pew Sheets whose needs we request you meet.

There are those who are unknown to us but whose needs you are aware of Lord. Please be with them and provide them with the support that they too need.

Heal us, Lord

And use us to your glory.

Finally, we pray for all those who have sadly died recently. May they rest in Peace.

Please be with their families, friends and colleagues and provide comfort and support as these times make it difficult for loved ones to comfort one another in the normal manner.

We also remember those whose anniversaries of death occur around this time and our thoughts are similarly with their families, friends and colleagues.

Heal us, Lord

And use us to your glory.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of Saints Peter and Paul, St. Osyth and St. Mary, and all your saints, we commend ourselves and all people to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father, Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

 The Peace                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you     and also with you.

The Offering  – Thank you to those who give regularly through the Parish Giving Scheme and Envelope Scheme. If you are able to visit the church buildings you can make a donation in the wall safe.

Hymn – Love Divine by Charles Wesley.

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast,
Let us all in thee inherit,
Let us find that second rest.
Take away the love of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Sets our hearts at liberty.

Come almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love and Praise.

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Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                                                          His Spirit is with us.

Lift us your hearts                                                       We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word; through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and forms us in your own image.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrections and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed 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.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when

we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we

and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,
the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.

Amen.

 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Sunday Service 28.6.20.

Introduction

It’s been so nice to have had such joyous, uplifting introductions to our lay led services over the past few years, I fondly remember themes on music, education, our community etc etc; but this week I looked at our readings with some consternation as neither Paul nor Matthew pull any punches in this weeks’ readings! They both remind us in quite strong terms that just believing in our amazing Trinity is not enough, we must live out our faith, every day, front and centre, putting it before everything else. And then I berated myself for having had a moments doubt…..surely this is the most joyous and uplifting theme of all? That by living our lives as Christians, actively, openly, in service to our God, putting it before everything else, however big or small a part he asks us to play, we are assured of eternal life with him. Eternal…forever. Now if that’s not uplifting & joyous enough for you I don’t know what is!! And guess what……..by joining us in this ‘lockdown’ style online service rather than thinking “there’s no ‘proper’ church to attend at the moment so I’ll have a lay in, do the gardening, watch TV, read a book, play Xbox…”, you’re already doing it, putting God and your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ first, front & centre, living your faith. Now all we have to do is just ask ourselves each day “how did I live out my faith today?”. Jane Eade (Authorised Local Preacher)

 Thoughts from the organ loft

I hope you have all been able to enjoy the sunshine. It is lovely to be able to sit in the garden with friends and family and chat properly without having to use social media. Zoom and the like has been very useful during the pandemic but it is not a substitute for a face to face chat. In my previous thoughts over the weeks I have been able to congratulate the great British public on the way that they have handled this very peculiar situation so I am saddened to hear of the terrible events in Brixton last night. 21 police, doing their job, were injured and this is straight after weeks of clapping on Thursdays for our key workers. These are truly strange times. I hope that the hymn I have chosen reflects this sentiment.

 Let us all join together in the reading of the Collect

Collect

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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 David Branch

https://youtu.be/rNeAC7VDguc

Reading – Romans 6. 12-end

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 The Gospel      Rosemary Branch

https://youtu.be/uBC3IwHH9_Y

Glory to Christ our Saviour

Gospel – Matthew 10. 40-end:

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly

I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’

This is the Gospel of Christ

Praise to Christ our Lord

Sermon

https://youtu.be/x8v4t34S23U

At the beginning of Matthew chapter 10 – Jesus has gathered his disciples together and explains to them what their mission is all about, how they should act if they are welcomed or if they are not. How they should not be afraid of what they face, Jesus didn’t tell them it would be easy – in fact he tells them that in some places they will not be welcome and in todays reading Jesus shows them the importance of their tasks.

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’ A reminder that once they are identified as belonging to God through following Jesus, others will treat them in a way that will either welcome them with open arms or turn them away sometimes violently. The reading from Romans urges us to keep God focussed, as being focussed we will be less likely to give way to temptation and keep ourselves closer to God. Of course in order to allow others to be able to welcome the one who sent  Jesus, means that we need to be ready to speak out about our faith whenever the opportunity comes – I wonder how you do it?

What prompts you into saying that you believe in God or that you go to Church?

How easy do you find it? How often do you do it?

Do you feel more comfortable being able to speak to strangers or to mention faith or prayer to people who know you? What is it that makes it easier to say that you are a Christian?

I do remember that as a teenager I used to worry about speaking about going to church and preparing to be confirmed – it wasn’t because I didn’t believe – it was because it was important to me and I didn’t want them to make fun out of what was important to me. I did tell my friends after the event.

Faith is important to all those who believe; it shapes us, it defines us, it makes us accessible to others and for some who are on the brink of declaring a faith it makes us a safe person to talk to.

Many people are aware of our faith – my collar is a bit of a giveaway and our neighbours in the village are aware of our church attendance and recognise our faith by our words and action.

At the end of todays reading Jesus speaks about the reward for those who give even a cup of water to a child because they have read or been told about the work of Jesus’ disciples, will receive the reward.

Let the love of Christ in you continue to shine out to all those around you because we, like the disciples are given this task and all who share the love of Christ are welcomed into the Kingdom!

Amen

Intersessions Andy Brown

https://youtu.be/kAvJG7O5-FE

Heavenly father, we give you thanks and praise this day, we worship you for your glory, grace and goodness. We thank you father for your love, your steadfast unending love for all of us and we thank you that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus. We praise you for who you are and worship you for all the good things that you do in our lives.

Father, we pray for Your church here in St. Osyth and Great Bentley.

We pray for every member of the congregations, that you will bless them and take care of them. For those who feel isolated or alone at this time we pray that you will draw near to them giving them comfort and peace. Lord, that we as a church will take care of those who need it and look after one another. Lord, we thank you that as the restriction due to Covid-19 starts to lift Lord that we may soon come together again to worship you as a family.

We pray for the Archbishop and all those in church leadership. We pray for all those who help make these services possible, every person who writes, records and brings all of these things together.

We pray for Rev’d Sharon and for all these people, that you would bless them, that you would give them strength, peace and wisdom as they lead your church. Father may we all be effective in our witness for you, may we share your love with those around us. As we bind together as a church, standing firm together, may our love be a beacon, as we love others and as we love you father, may that love be a beacon to those outside who wish to come and see and know of you. May you bless these churches Lord, may you add to their number and we pray Lord with thanksgiving for every person in the churches.

We thank you for all of our family and friends and we pray Lord, with thanksgiving that you are the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We pray all these prayers in the mighty name of Jesus.

Amen

Lord God our heavenly Father the giver of all good gifts, we come before you today to offer our praise and to give thanks for your blessings to us.

Help us not to take for granted your gift of the beauty and vastness of your amazing creation.

Lord, be a balm for those hurting and suffering, calm protesters and be courage for those who are enforcing the law and trying to protect communities. May voices be heard, and changes made to eradicate racism in our societies.

Heavenly Father may our leaders seek your wisdom and understanding as they govern the country. We lift before you all those who support our government, particularly scientists and civil servants at this time.

We thank you for the Queen and the hope and stability she offers to so many, keep her in good health.

Lord, give wisdom and courage to all who are in authority.

Amen

Heavenly Father, we come before you now to pray for our local community. We pray for our villages of St. Osyth and Great Bentley, lifting these places before you, asking you to bless them and to keep them safe. Lord we thank you for our communities, we thank you for those who take care of them. Lord, particularly at the moment, we

thank you for the volunteers and all the voluntary services that have worked so tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to meet the needs of those who couldn’t help themselves, perhaps those who were housebound or unwell at this time. Lord we thank you so much that there have been so many willing volunteers and we pray now that as those restrictions ease that we as a community will not forget those who were in need, just because the restrictions are easing does not mean that these needs have suddenly disappeared. We continue to pray for our community, that their needs will be met.

Lord we pray for all those who live here whether young or old, we pray that they would love their community that they’d love being a part of it, that it would be a safe and happy place to live. Father we pray that those who work in our community, be it those who work in shops, emergency services, be it our local councillors whichever group we think of Lord, we pray for them all, we pray for everyone who makes our community what it is, who makes our community possible. We thank you father for each and every one of them asking you to give them wisdom, and strength and peace as they work for the good of others.

Lord we ask you to place a special blessing on the places where we live, Lord that we might take care of each other and our neighbours.

Lord we thank you for our place and our part in these towns and villages. We pray that your gospel may be preached here, your truths may be told and that your churches will be a place of hope within those communities.

Lord we thank you and we give you praise in the name of Jesus.

Amen

Heavenly Father, you are the God who heals, the Lord, giver of life.

Be with all who are sick, lonely, scared or depressed. May your healing touch be upon them in their body, mind and soul. May they find comfort and strength in your presence. Lord, we are your hands and feet in your world, may we be good listeners and neighbours and bring your peace to those who suffer. We especially pray for Hilary Harris, Barbara Fookes, Lynn Gordon, Jane and Nick.

Eternal Lord, be with all key workers and all their families. With all those who are returning to work who may be fearful about their safety. As we adjust to a new normal may we show one another kindness and share your compassion.

Lord, hear this prayer for all who suffer at this time.

Amen

Lord, in your presence we remember all who have died. We remember those who have died in the faith, trusting you Lord Jesus as their Lord and saviour. Father we give you thanks for their lives, we thank you for their acts and their deeds, their good works in this life, we thank you for all they have done in the name of Christ. We remember them and we rejoice with them as they rejoice in eternity with you. Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world and we give you thanks and praise and we worship you this day remembering those who go before us and giving thanks for their lives.

We pray this week for Jeff Wright.

In the name of Jesus.

Amen

Reflection

Edward Elgar was born in Worcester in 1857. He was the son of a violinist and

music seller and he played and taught the violin. However he gradually came to the

fore as a composer and at 42 he was recognised for his Enigma variations. The

following year he wrote the Dream of Gerontius and he has written many

orchestral works which we all know. His pomp and circumstance marches feature

in the proms and he received many honorary degrees and other accolades including

a knighthood for his work. This is one of a pair of organ pieces which he wrote and

I hope to be able to play it for you someday soon.

Sunday Service 21.6.20.

Introduction

In the Epistle today we will hear Paul talk about the purpose of Baptism as the way into a new life, a life which is available to everyone and which has the potential to change people. A life which is about having a close relationship or fellowship with God, by becoming a new person in Christ. A life which, as Jesus says in the reading from Matthew, requires them to take up their cross and follow him. This is why candidates at their Baptism are signed with the Cross, why the sign is made by the priest during the final blessing at the end of a service and people often make the sign over themselves – all as a reminder that we follow Christ in his way.

In Matthew Jesus also tells us about God’s love for us; how He values us and knows each and every one of us intimately. If we always trust in Him he will always take care of us. Building our trust and fellowship with God is something we can do every day not just at church services; through our prayers at home or our actions in the community. Of course as Christians we also like time to fellowship with each other, especially on Sundays after the main service, something which I’m sure we all miss. While we wait patiently for full services to be resumed, it’s great that at least our churches are now open for private prayer time. Have you popped in yet?

Chris Pile

 Thoughts from the organ loft

I hope you are enjoying a little extra freedom and have been able to form a “bubble” with friends or family. I am sure many of you have been delighted to see children and grandchildren and this is particularly special today as it is Father’s Day. I have been getting out and about again, having picnics in friends gardens and generally being able to enjoy the social contact with friends and relatives. I am so thankful that the lockdown happened in the summer and not in the depths of winter, I think the situation  would have been much more difficult to cope with.

I am pleased to report that both the organs are working well, if not a little out of tune and I am looking forward to playing again.

Please join us in singing the hymn for today, “Immortal love, forever full”

Let us say the Collect together

COLLECT

Lord you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,  the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

 

Reading – Romans 6 1-11: Wendy King

https://youtu.be/jkXI2_a9G4A

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Glory to Christ our Saviour

 GOSPEL – Matthew 10. 24-39 Reverend Sharon Miles

https://youtu.be/cEy0D240nzo

A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! ‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. ‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

This is the Gospel of Christ

Praise to Christ our Lord

 SERMON (Please accept apologies for some technical issues during this recording)

Wendy King

May I speak in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Today, in case anyone has missed it, is Father’s Day. This day can be quite an emotive day as it brings up different memories for different people. I have to be truthful and say I did have misgivings, but here goes.

To be honest my Father was a very laid back chap for most of the time it is only if we crossed the line that he would send us to our mother, to this day I don’t know why but there you go. Through our lives, (I have three sisters) our Father was not one to offer too much in the way of advice, he would always say just be careful who you might hurt or if you are going to hurt yourself. It stood us in good stead and for the most part he was the shoulder we cried on.

So how does this tale relate to our Gospel for today. Well I feel that Jesus is guiding his disciples and trying to impart on them his wisdom that all are equal in the sight of God. Jesus was guiding them making them to accept that they would be the teachers of the future and that when he had gone people would look to them for guidance and they should be mindful of this fact.

But it was not going to be an easy time for them, as he would be persecuted, so would they. If you like it was Jesus saying “look lads we are all in the same boat at the moment and that just as I am being looked on as a trouble maker so will you.”

But he reassures them to say he would always be with them in spirit.

For me these words are a reassurance that through the days we have been through and the days to come, it is going to be hard. What can we expect once we are able to worship together in church once more? Life for us could well be very different and how can / will we cope? We do have the reassurance that nothing will be asked of us that we cannot handle and even though there will be great expectations we can rise up to the challenge, be it due to finances, our time, our privacy and our energy. How will we carry on? Will it be in the same way or will there be major changes? We have the promise that Jesus is our reassurance and our guide, through our scriptures’ and through our prayers. We have had the blessing of those that have sought out and shared services with us throughout this crisis and we must continue to do so through our readings and our prayers.

Just as the disciples would take a new way of praying and worshipping, we have had to take a new look at the way forward. It is not going to be an easy time, during this lockdown. We, as the disciples and as laity, are being encouraged to step forward. As churches in our Benefice we have Rev Sharon as our leader and teacher and over the years together we have grown and will continue to do so. It may take some getting used to and some may struggle in the process but we are always assured of the presence of God.

We are known to him as he knows the sparrow; “And even the hairs of your head are counted”. May we all meet the challenges of the future as the disciples did, with the assurance that we are surrounded by Jesus’ love and as we step forward we do so with confidence.

Amen.

INTERSESSIONS David Harrington

Let us pray for our sinful selves, at the same time knowing that we are blessed with salvation not because of anything we have done, but because of God’s incredible love for us in Jesus. “Fed with the manna we did not know “, pray that we are thankful for being so carefully selected, adopted by our loving Father such that we should be free and enlightened in His care, intimate love, tenderness and affection. Inspire us, dear Lord, to take us to others who don’t know God yet. Pray that we can all be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Lord, in Your mercy …

Hear our prayer

Dear Lord, as we approach the tapering of this lock-down period, let us pray with grateful thanks for the protection You have provided, as well as for those who work in the health service, affording consistent and selfless care. Let us pray that those whose lives the illness has taken away, are looked after in heaven, and that those left behind mourning are shrouded in God’s love. We pray too for those suffering the indirect consequences of these last three months, for patients enduring enforced delays to critical treatments, those whose mental health challenges are amplified, those exposed to increased domestic violence, the newly unemployed or facing the prospect of reduced job security, as well as for those who are missing out on formative moments of their education.

Lord, in Your mercy …

Hear our prayer

Let us pray for our World, for an end of bigotry, as we observe that there are no divisions in the Body of Christ, that everyone is included, whatever their ethnicity, background or belief. Inspire all to see the world as Jesus saw it, with everyone equally loved and respected, and blessed with the same opportunities. Pray also that we are not too quick to judge, that we think before we accuse, that we do not merely copy whatever is the prevailing view, that we are not blinded by dogma, but enlightened by God’s wisdom, through our faith. Let us appreciate that our history should not be revised or redacted, but that it can serve as a reminder not only of how far our civilisation has progressed, but also of how much more improved it can still be.

Lord, in Your mercy …

Hear our prayer

Let us pray for our Church, for its leaders and ministers, and for Sharon, our vicar. Protect it at this time of forced eucharistic fasting, and bring it back emboldened, enthusiastic and innovative after this long period of reflective worship from a distance. Let us be thankful that our churches can now be open for private prayer, and be hopeful that we will all soon be back together in collective praise.

Lord, in Your mercy …

Hear our prayer

Let us pray for our local communities, both civic and church. Let us be thankful for the spirit of friendship, empathy and mutual support that has characterised this inhabitual period. Pray that we can take pride in how we have responded to the challenge, and that this enhanced behaviour becomes the norm, with a sustainably greater concern for our neighbours, and a recognition of what is really important in life. We pray that our community and the fellowship of our church continue to provide a beacon of hope.

Lord, in Your mercy …

Hear our prayer

Let us pray for all those who are sick in body, mind or spirit, and especially for all of those who appear on our pew sheet. Pray that they have the confidence to navigate through their treatments and to achieve successful rehabilitation, where possible. We pray also for all those on whom they depend for their care, and for their families and friends that they can continue to provide love and encouragement. Finally, we pray for those who have died, that united with Him in a death like His, they will also be united with Him in a resurrection like His.

Lord, in Your mercy …

Hear our prayer

Amen.

Let us join together in the Lord’s Prayer

REFLECTION

As today is Father’s Day I am being a little indulgent. I don’t think I was a particularly troublesome young person though I certainly had my moments! I am sure there were times when my parents lost sleep and worried about my future. My father died on Father’s Day in 1989. I had recently married and was working ridiculous hours as a junior doctor. He had been unwell for some time but it was still very sudden. Over the years, especially when times were tough with my own children, I have often wondered what my father would have thought, what would he have said and what advice would he have given me. I don’t suppose I am unique in this, we have all had our moments as youngsters and our trials with our own children. I realise that this song will not be to everyone’s taste, but perhaps, if you cannot tolerate the music, you could just read the words.

So, to Dad’s everywhere,……thanks x

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SUNDAY SERVICE 14/6/20

Introduction

Certainly the collect and readings seem appropriate for the times we are living in.

In the Collect we are reminded of our mortal weakness. Many years ago I was attending a presentation dinner where the after dinner speaker was the Rev. Philip Wright of Roxwell. He gave a thoroughly entertaining talk and had the whole audience highly amused, only at the end did he briefly become serious, to express his view that if all people could try to follow the ten commandments what a better place the world would be.

In the reading from Romans we can reflect on the transition from suffering to hope which will not disappoint.

Let us, who do hope, remember desperate refugees. Through no fault of their own they find themselves in desperate situations. Pray that they can hope and not be disappointed.

Matthew curses every disease! We are harassed and helpless during this pandemic. We should not be like sheep without a shepherd.

Even the labourers were few when the harvest was plentiful in Jesus’ time. In our part of the world we are fortunate to receive from  nurses and doctors, from a government trying to assist people who have lost their business. Let us pray that all people who are in horrendously tragic parts of the world will have the hope and that they will receive, without payment, and find a better life. Linda Hayes

 Thoughts from the organ loft

I am thankful that we have finally had some rain. The grass was looking particularly sad and I am sure we have all had to water our delicate plants. Today’s Gospel reading talks about nurture and I hope we can all nurture our friends, family and the wider society.  There have been some wonderful examples of caring and volunteering in the area, Scarlett and her team in the village, the  anti-loo roll brigade in Colchester and the NHS volunteers around  the country. As we begin to think about the new normal, I hope that some of these ideas will continue. Places of worship are beginning to open for private prayers and I am sure this is the first step to us all joining together once more as a congregation, it just isn’t very clear when!

Please join together in singing the hymn, “Glorious things of Thee are spoken”. I thought a bit of royalty would be interesting.

COLLECT

https://youtu.be/KSvU_4yDN3E Penny Evans-Jones

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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 .

 Reading – Romans 5. 1-8:

https://youtu.be/8tH0UN2xods Penny Evans-Jones

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us .

 This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Glory to Christ our saviour

 Gospel – Matthew 9.35-10.8:

https://youtu.be/_npNwtc4mkQ Penny Evans-Jones

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector;

James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

 This is the Gospel of Christ

Praise to Christ our Lord

 SERMON

https://youtu.be/JAgOu4ADirk

May I speak in the name of the father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In today’s reading we find out so much about Jesus, about his ministry of teaching, proclaiming the Good News and healing the sick – and when he saw the sick his heart went out to them. Jesus did whatever he could to bring them back to full of health at that point. But then He realised there were sick people everywhere and what he needed to do was make sure that the harvest of healing would be plentiful. He went back and found his disciples and said to them the harvest will be plentiful but the labourers are few therefore lets ask the Lord of the Harvest the send the labourers out and you will be the labourers and you will make it plentiful. He said to them ‘I give you authority over unclean spirits and you will cast them out and you will cure every disease and every sickness. Then called them by name every one of them, they had been given their task and were ready to go and Jesus said to them ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, focus your work on the lost sheep of the House Israel’. Jesus told them go and find our sheep, find our people and make them well and strong physically but stronger more in their relationship with God bring them to full health both physically and spiritually.

Off they went proclaiming the Good News that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near. You know that this time of lockdown has been very difficult, but the Kingdom of Heaven has come near. We have had so many people living up to the work of the disciples in both villages across the whole benefice. Standing up and doing extra work to enable others who have been confined to their homes, and I include myself in that for a part of it, it has been so nice to have phone calls asking how you are or asking if there was anything I needed and I know that a good number of you have also had contact from others willing to pick up prescriptions and shopping. As well as that amazing group to started these services all those weeks ago so that together in our own homes we can be spiritually together and worship God. We do have a lot of thanks to give.

So today I want to say thank you. Thank you to every single person who doesn’t just do the physical jobs but does the spiritual jobs too. I do know that every single one of us has been praying for our loved ones and for our parishes, held others in mind throughout the day because when we care about people they pop into our minds and we as think about them we offer them to God.

The disciples were sent out to proclaim the Good News and to heal the sick. The disciples today were sent out to deliver the shopping and medicines and share the love of God in every action they did – they lifted the spirits of all those that they saw because they knew that someone cared. I knew that this was a great benefice to be part of and both villages have lived up to my expectations and all I can say to you is – please don’t ever change. Keep loving, keep caring and keep being those disciples that Jesus calls us to be.

It will be a while until we can worship in Church again but do remember that you are never on your own because God is always there with you in all that are facing.

Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION Tony Page

From the rising of the sun to its setting, let us pray to the Lord. Lord God forgive us our sins, fill us with your love, give us wisdom and make known your purpose for us, so that we may know the fullness and richness of your kingdom and be able to impart and share it with others.

Spirit of God, without you, we can do nothing. Only as we are all filled with yourlove, can we reach out to others. We pray that you will move, live and grow in us until your ways are our ways, so that our small hearts no longer limit the greatness of your resources and others begin to see you living and working in our world. Use us, Lord, as channels of your peace.

Lord in Your Mercy – Hear our Prayer.

Lord, we pray for the church throughout the world. For those that

are thriving and those who have lost a sense of direction.

We give thanks for the churches in this benefice and its people, and gladly acknowledge all the gifts you have given us through its life, we ask you to open wide our hearts that we may welcome the stranger and share our faith with others.

Open wide our minds, that we may receive new truth and understand your will.

Open wide our lives that through discipline and prayer we may experience your power in daily living.

Today we pray for Jesus’ sensitivity, for Jesus’ willingness to spend time with people different from us. For Jesus’ “multitude compassion” and for Jesus’ gentle wisdom.

Lord in Your Mercy – Hear our Prayer

Lord we pray for peace in the world, create in us a love for peace, not the order that is absent from struggle, nor friendship that is blind to injustice but the peace that makes broken things whole. We are mindful of the concerns raised by the Black Lives Matter campaign and help those in positions of authority to open up channels for dialogue to bring about lasting and constructive change.

We remember those who struggle against injustice, for men and women who must establish love and supremacy in violent and oppressive societies. For those whom war and famine have robbed of homes, jobs, families, and friends. May they be filled with your strength and wisdom and grant that where the love of man has failed your divine compassion may heal.

We give heartfelt gratitude to family members and friends who have supported us and kept us going over the past three months.

We pray for all those families affected by domestic violence and child protection issues that have occurred because of the lockdown situation and that they may all see and feel Gods love, care, and compassion at this time.

Lord in Your Mercy – Hear Our Prayer.

Great Physician stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness, and peace to all those listed on our pew sheet, all who are known to us and all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of your healing love. In particular we pray for Nick, Jane, Hilary Harris, Mick Moore, Myrtle

Clayton, Lynn Gordon, Joye Watson and Barbara Fookes.

We pray for the recently departed, especially for all those who lives ended because of the Covid 19 pandemic and those whose years end falls at this time. In particular we pray for Dalma Woodward, Enid Humphries and George Floyd.

Jesus, conqueror of death, remember for good those whom we love but see no longer. Please help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of your eternal victory.

Faithful God as we begin the cautious steps of going out into the world once more, we pray that we may reflect your love in our families, our church and our community; so that the world can witness that we are followers of Christ and draw others into his loving care.

So, rejoicing in the fellowship of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Osyth, St. Mary and of all your Saints and Martyrs, we commend all Christian people and ourselves to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your son Jesus Christ. Amen

Let us join together in the Lord’s Prayer

REFLECTION

I am sure we all remember the explosion of boy bands in the 1990’s. It seemed every week there was a new one which had the girls screaming and debating which member was the most handsome. This particular piece of music was made famous by West Life but I have chosen this version sung by Josh Groban. He is an American singer who was born on 27th February 1981 in Los Angeles. I think his voice and interpretation of this song is actually better than West Life. I have no idea whether this was written as a spiritual song, but that is how it speaks to me.

Trinity Sunday 7.6.20.

Prayer for the New Bishop of Chelmsford

We have been requested to consider six questions re attributes, skills, and abilities of any future appointment to the above post. However, it is also vitally important that we pray that the candidates applying for the role genuinely feel that God is calling them to the post and that they have the vision and qualities to fulfil the requirements of this position. Equally we need to pray for all those with the responsibility of selecting, interviewing, and recommending the appropriate candidate selected for appointment after this process. May they too be given God’s grace in this task and, after due diligence, select the right individual for this important role. Our prayers are a vital part of this process and our way of being involved in the selection of the right candidate to lead us on the next stage of the Diocese of Essex and East London journey.

Danny Wright

Thoughts from the organ loft

I hope this finds you all well. It has been good this week to see friends and family, even with the social distancing. I am usually a technophobe and had been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century! I have valued zoom, whatsapp etc during the lockdown but it is not a good substitute for face to face socialising and I am certainly valuing seeing the real thing. I am sure that children who have gone back to school this week are enjoying seeing their friends again and it will be good for them to have some routine.I am sure we are all very concerned about the dreadful happenings in America which seem to be spilling over into this country. I will add George Floyd to our prayers but this does seem to have given us an insight into the depths to which some humans will sink and I am saddened that the great sense of community created by the lockdown is being tainted by an even bigger horror. This Sunday is Trinity Sunday which celebrates the three persons of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I hope you will all join in to sing this lovely hymn for TrinitySunday,

Holy,Holy,Holy.

 The Collect Dianne Pile

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; 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.

READING Chris Pile

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of  love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

https://youtu.be/tf04g630cOU

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

GOSPEL Dianne Pile

Glory to Christ our Saviour

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

https://youtu.be/4AgPOztquS0

This is the Gospel of Christ

Praise to Christ our Lord

SERMON Revd Sharon Miles (Scroll down for a link to see and hear Rev’d Sharon – a treat after so long!!)

These weeks in lockdown have been a demanding time, following rules given by the Government to help us to live safely during this difficult time of Corona virus. I have no doubt that the rules were needed and they have helped to lessen the spread of infection, but they have also left a number of people feeling isolated and going a little stir crazy, that has applied to me too. Rules and regulations are sometimes difficult to cope with, but they are there for a good reason – those reasons are usually about safety and well being.

In the Gospel today we hear about the rules that Jesus gives to the disciples – he reminds them first that he has the power to give the rules as he says – ‘all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’ – the Father sent him for a reason so that everyone will have the opportunity to know God and be known and loved by him. Jesus spent his whole ministry allowing people to know the love of God in all he said and taught and did. Jesus also said, ‘go and baptise in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’

These rules or directions are also for a good reason – Our Trinitarian God wants to be part of our lives, wants us to know his strength, his love, and that we are His!

The directions given to the disciples were about spiritual well-being – Jesus commissioned the disciples to baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Through baptism we are filled with our trinitarian God. Our God in three parts, – the Father who created the earth and all that dwells in it, the Son who lived and walked on the earth just as we do, who prayed to God the Father, just as we do. Who shared love and understanding and guided humanity towards God just as we are called to do. And of course, the Holy Spirit who helps to guide us and keeps us travelling the right way and shows so many opportunities for us to welcome others into God’s Kingdom.

Jesus also reminds his disciples that they do not work on their own because he promises to be with them and with us always, to the end of the age.

It has been great to hear about the many ways, that so many of us have ‘been there’ for others during lockdown. People shopping for neighbours, and those delivering shopping, the delivering of prescriptions, the phone calls just to say hello and how are you? The phone box – food bank in St Osyth to name just a few – please do continue to do what you can for those who need help, but also remember to pray for them too.

Our response to our Gospel reading is simple, we roll up our sleeves and get on with the work that God has called us to – we share his love, in words or actions in our presence and in our prayers.

In other words we carry on inviting God in at the beginning of the day and journey with Him throughout the day responding to the opportunities that he shows us to reach out and share the knowledge of his love with everyone.

I was once told that words are good, but actions are better.

See what you can do to make sure the God we know is shown in all our words and actions.

Amen.

PRAYERS

“Holy, holy, holy, merciful, eternal and mighty, by your grace you have shown us who you are. One in Three and Three in One. We glorify you as Trinity, even as we worship you in your Unity.

Open our hearts to receive your word to us, that not only in our worship but in our lives we may serve and reflect your Triune Love all our days.” Amen

(Adapted from John Wesley)

On this day in the world wide Church of Christ, we pray for La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, and the Presiding Bishop, The Most Revd Francisco Moreno.

We pray for Elizabeth, our Queen, all her family; and all those in authority, that they may work for the betterment of all, and help to make our nation a more just society.

Today, we pray particularly for the next bishop of Chelmsford, as the search for that person continues. We pray that candidates applying for the role feel that God is calling them to the post, and that they have the vision and qualities to fulfil the requirements of the position. We also pray for those with the responsibility of  selecting, interviewing and recommending the appropriate candidate selected for appointment after this process. May they be given God’s grace in this task, and select the right individual for this important role.

A prayer for discernment:

“God of provision and care, discernment and knowledge: lead us in your love, empower us by your Spirit, and equip us with your gifts; give us hearts full of love for all people, minds open to the signs of the times, and wisdom to know how to respond to the voice of your calling. We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose days draw near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen.

At this time of heightened tension in the USA, let us pray that by working together, injustices can be resolved, and a more peaceful life can be enjoyed by all in that nation.

Locally, we pray for the continued safety of all the vulnerable people, who have been given a little more freedom this week; and for all the school children and teachers for whom the return to school might be a daunting prospect.

 We continue to pray for all those who serve us in our community,

in shops, through the community support group, the postal workers, refuse collectors and not least, all working in the NHS and associated fields.

“God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord”. Amen

We pray for our Saints: Mary, Peter and Paul; for Revd Sharon, and the church congregation, and that we will be able to meet again, before too long. Amen

Let us remember those who have died recently: Dalma Woodward, Enid Humphries and George Floyd. Please also pray for Rev Sharon, Nick and Jane as they recover from their illness, also Hilary Harris, Mick Moore, Myrtle Clayton, Lynn Gordon, Joye Watson, and any who are known to us personally.

“Lord, heal the sick and comfort those who mourn the loss of their loved ones.” Amen

Annabel Stearn

 Please join together in the Lord’s Prayer.

REFLECTION

Herbert Howells was born in Gloucestershire in 1892. He won a

scholarship to the Royal College of Music and was later on the staff. He succeeded Gustav Holst at St Paul’s Girls School in 1934. He has written music for organ and choirs and was awarded a CBE in1954. His famous work, Hymnus Paradisi (1950) is certainly worth a listen on youtube.

However, and continuing the rose theme from last week, this is a lovely piece, A Spotless Rose.

Easter Sunday 2020

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