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24 November 2020


Music

 

Welcome

 

Reading

 

Luke 21

Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

…“Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.

 

Isaiah 40

Who else has held the oceans in his hand?

Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?

Who else knows the weight of the earth

or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?

Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?

Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?

Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?

Does he need instruction about what is good?

Did someone teach him what is right

or show him the path of justice?

No, for all the nations of the world

are but a drop in the bucket.

They are nothing more

than dust on the scales.

He picks up the whole earth

as though it were a grain of sand.

 

Music

My soul finds rest 

 

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading

 

Isaiah 40

To whom can you compare God?

What image can you find to resemble him?

 

God sits above the circle of the earth.

The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!

He spreads out the heavens like a curtain

and makes his tent from them.

He judges the great people of the world

and brings them all to nothing.

They hardly get started, barely taking root,

when he blows on them and they wither.

The wind carries them off like chaff.

“To whom will you compare me?

Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

 

Look up into the heavens.

Who created all the stars?

He brings them out like an army, one after another,

calling each by its name.

Because of his great power and incomparable strength,

not a single one is missing.

 

Music

Shelter me

 

 

O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?

O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

Have you never heard?

Have you never understood?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of all the earth.

He never grows weak or weary.

No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

 

He gives power to the weak

and strength to the powerless.

Even youths will become weak and tired,

and young men will fall in exhaustion.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.

They will soar high on wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not faint.


Silence

 

Music

On Eagle's wings

 

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

O God our Protector;

by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness

and returns again to light. 

We give into your hands our unfinished tasks,

our unsolved problems,

and our unfulfilled hopes;

for you alone are our sure defence.

 

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory.

 

Go with confidence into the days ahead,

trusting in God's unfailing love and faithfulness. 

God will not abandon you 

for you are the work of his hands - His own creation - 

and his love endures forever.

 

The Lord's prayer

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.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

May the peace of all peace be yours tonight

in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Amen. 

 

 

Music

God is with us


17 November 2020


Music

Spiegel im Spiegel

 

Welcome

 

Matt 7

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy* that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading 

Matt 7

The gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!’

 

Silence

 

Music

VOCES8 in Beauty may I walk

 

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

Loving God,

At the beginning of Creation, You calmed the chaos of the world. Be present now to those whose lives are filled with chaos. Grant them the grace of calm in the midst of confusion. We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

You have always shown us the way from darkness into the light. For those struggling now to see the light, we ask that You shine it a bit brighter in our world. Grant us all the grace to see a way forward through the present darkness. We pray to the Lord

Lord, hear our prayer.

Throughout history You have raised up leaders to care for your people. May those who are called upon to lead now in this time of pandemic be given the grace to do so with conviction and compassion. We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

You are truly a God of abundance. Open our eyes so that we may see how we can use the abundance with which we have been blessed to help those in need. Grant us the grace to move with humility and prudence in all that we do. We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

You are also a God of wonders. We have often struggled to imagine the breadth and depth of what is possible with You at our side. Grant us all the treasures of darkness, and the grace of creativity through the last months of this year. We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

The Psalmist sings, "Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord." Let it also be our song this week. May we, and those we pray for, truly hope in the Lord. And may that hope give us all the strength and heart we need to move from darkness into light.
Amen.

 

The Lord's prayer

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.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

 

Music

Take O Take me as I am

 


10 November 2020


Welcome

 

Reading

 

November pierces with its bleak remembrance

Of all the bitterness and waste of war.

Our silence tries but fails to make a semblance

Of that lost peace they thought worth fighting for.

Our silence seethes instead with wraiths and whispers,

And all the restless rumour of new wars,

The shells are falling all around our vespers,

No moment is unscarred, there is no pause,

In every instant bloodied innocence

Falls to the weary earth, and whilst we stand

Quiescence ends again in acquiescence,

And Abel’s blood still cries in every land

One silence only might redeem that blood

Only the silence of a dying God.

 

Malcolm Guite

 

Music

Pie Jesu Karl Jenkins

 

Psalm 40

1  I waited patiently for the Lord; •

   he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2  He brought me out of the roaring pit,

      out of the mire and clay; •

   he set my feet upon a rock and made my footing sure.

3  He has put a new song in my mouth,

      a song of praise to our God; •

   many shall see and fear

      and put their trust in the Lord.

 

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading 

Matthew 5.13-20

 

You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

 

 

3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

 

Silence

 

Music

Blessed are the peacemakers Karl Jenkins

 

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

For those in conflict

This prayer’s not for the powerful,
the politicians and the diplomats.
It’s not for suited leaders talking of peace or armed fighters busy waging war. 

 

This prayer’s for the frightened,
the innocent and the confused.
This prayer’s for the people,
the pawns of higher agendas – the abused. 

 

Oh my God, hear their cries.
Oh my God, be by their side.
Oh my God, thank you that you’re there,
down to earth again and again,

love drawing close and defeating fear. 

 

This prayer’s to the Powerful,
the Leader and the King;
it’s to the Champion of heaven who walks in real times and real places with each and every one. 

Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. 

 

Ever-present and compassionate God, we gather together to bring you our prayers for the conflict in Mozambique, in Tigray Ethiopia, between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the peace deal in that region and for those suffering from violence in Mexico and the suffering that all this brings. 

 

We pray for our country and our communities and those who at this time remember violence that has had an impact on their lives.

Lord Jesus, the healer, we pray for healing, Lord Jesus Prince of Peace, we pray for peace.

Lord Jesus equip us to be peacemakers, to be salt and light even here even now. 

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer. 

 

Collect

God, our refuge and strength,

bring near the day when wars shall cease

and poverty and pain shall end,

that earth may know the peace of heaven

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The Lord's prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;9

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.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

Praise the Lord, all nations;

Praise Him, all people.

For He has bestowed

His mercy upon us,

And the truth of the Lord endures forever.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever,

and for generations of generations.

Amen.

 

Music

Laudate Dominum

 


3 November 2020


Music

Come Holy Ghost our hearts inspire -

 

Welcome

To the commemoration day for the patron saint of social justice and interracial harmony.

 

Martin of Porres was born in Lima, Peru in 1579, the child of a Spanish officer and an Indian woman from Panama. He grew up in the chaos and brutality of the aftermath of the Spanish conquest of Peru and the heavy-handed process of attempting to impose European order and religion on a society that was previously part of the ancient Inca Civilisation.

 

We find it so difficult as human beings when others are different to ourselves.

It is so often when injustice is done.

 

Unless, perhaps, we have suffered at the hands of those who oppress us for who we are. And then with the grace of God we may swing the other way.

The painful experiences of Martin’s  childhood never left him, but he was able to use them as a positive force, giving him understanding of the problems experienced by others and spurring him on to show compassion and generosity to those in need. Martin provided medical care for the sick of Lima. Though surgery was primitive, he had a vast knowledge of herbal medicines and with them he treated people. In addition to his medical work, he distributed food and clothing to the poor each week – all of which he had first begged from the wealthy families in the city. He founded an orphanage for abandoned children and staffed it with the best nurses and teachers he could find to provide love, care and security for the children. On the hills near Lima, he planted fruit orchards for the poor. He is also remembered for his love of animals, including even vermin.

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading 

We find it so difficult as human beings when others are different to ourselves.

However, Jesus gives us an example to follow.

 

Philippians 2.5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 

 who, though he was in the form of God,

   did not regard equality with God

   as something to be exploited, 

 but emptied himself,

   taking the form of a slave,

   being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form, 

   he humbled himself

   and became obedient to the point of death—

   even death on a cross. 

 

Silence

 

Music

Create in me a clean heart O God

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.


1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  


All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

 

Dear Lord, you created all people in your image. We thank you for the variety of races and cultures within our experience . Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us. Grant that we may always promote the justice and acceptance that ensures lasting peace and racial harmony. Grant that we may show equal respect to all persons of different cultures that we may come across. And help us to remember and appreciate that we are one community, with many stories.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, our prince of peace, we bring to you all those in Europe who have been caught up in terror attacks in recent days.

Today our national terrorism threat level was raised. We pray for all our security forces, for the police counter-terrorism unit, and pray your protection over the innocent, asking you to thwart the plans of evil in our country and across the world.

 

Father, may everything we do

begin with your inspiration,

and continue with your saving and serving love.

Let our work always find its origin in you,

and through you reach completion.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

Collect

Almighty and eternal God,

you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints:

grant to us the same faith and power of love,

that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,

we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

 

The Lord's prayer

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.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

 

Music

If ye love me keep my commandments - Tallis - Kings Singers



27th October 2020


Music

O magnum mysterium

 

Welcome

Psalm 134

1  Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, •

   you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.

2  Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary •

   and bless the Lord.

3  The Lord who made heaven and earth •

   give you blessing out of Zion.

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading 

 

John 15.12-17

 

‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

 

Silence

 

Music

Ubi caritas

Ola Gjeilo

 

Latin Text

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.

Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.

Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.

Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.

Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.

Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:

Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.

Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.

Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.

Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,

Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus:

Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum,

Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.

 

English Translation

Where charity and love are, God is there.

Love of Christ has gathered us into one.

Let us rejoice in Him and be glad.

Let us fear, and let us love the living God.

And from a sincere heart let us love one.

Where charity and love are, God is there.

At the same time, therefore, are gathered into one:

Lest we be divided in mind, let us beware.

Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease.

And in the midst of us be Christ our God.

Where charity and love are, God is there.

At the same time we see that with the saints also,

Thy face in glory, O Christ our God:

The joy that is immense and good, Unto the

World without end. Amen.

 

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

Holy God, who gives creation as a graceful gift and donates life to all within it, 

who holds creation in care and love, and not with domination, 

who creates each second from nothing and impregnates it with grace, 

grant that we may see the holiness of each moment and respond to it in love. 

As creation hints at your goodness and beauty, 

let us glimpse you beyond it; 

let us live in thanks and be as holy custodians of all you have given.

Amen.

 

Holy God,

Creator of all,

Sustainer of all,

Saviour of all,

Your glory and majesty

are beyond our understanding,

Your power too awesome to behold.

And yet your love enfolds us as a gentle breeze.

Saviour of all,

Sustainer of all,

Creator of all,

We bless your holy name

 

Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Holy God you created the world and are not absent from it but all-powerful in it: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all who live in it.” -(Psalm 34 )

“Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done, On earth as in heaven” 

Holy God, holy and strong,

We pray for those in our world facing challenges and difficult situations: 

for migrants and refugees, for those in places of conflict and war, for those oppressed by their own Government.

Holy God, Holy and strong, Holy and Immortal.

Leaders across our world are humans, just like us; we pray for them ..  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” - (1 Timothy 2:2-3 )

Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.

As the global church, we have a message of hope that we can share far and wide, no matter what else is happening  

we pray for our worldwide church leaders,

Holy God

as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 )

have mercy on us.

 

 

 

The Lord's prayer

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.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

Psalm 134

1  Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, •

   you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.

2  Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary •

   and bless the Lord.

3  The Lord who made heaven and earth •

   give you blessing out of Zion.

 

Music



20th October 2020


Music

One Hope project: My Soul rests

 

 

Welcome

Yesterday it was the festival of St Luke, known as the evangelist, but also,  the physician of the soul.

I am preparing the material for our Quiet November when each Sunday and during the week we will have a chance to gather our thoughts and give ourselves time to acknowledge our struggles this year, and know God’s healing touch.

 

A reading from Luke 4

Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,

that the blind will see,

that the oppressed will be set free,

and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.”

 

After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where he found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged. Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.

As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. 

 

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading 

We may not be physically sick, but this strange year, our constantly changing rules and regulations, our uncertainty, and the lack of the real tangible presence of others in ways that we used to know, take their toll.

And we do become soul-tired.

I want to bring that to God for us all in the words of this poem:

 

The Covid Winter by Katie Smith 

 

Silence

 

Music

One Hope Project 

Peace

 

 

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

 

Almighty God,

you called Luke the physician,

whose praise is in the gospel,

to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:

by the grace of the Spirit

and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,

give your Church the same love and power to heal;

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.

 

Gracious God,

I call on you right now in a special way.

It is through your power

that I was created.

Every breath I take,

every morning I wake, 

and every moment of every hour,

I live under your power. 

 

I ask you now to touch me 

with that same power.

For if you created me from nothing,

you can certainly recreate me.

Fill me with the healing power of your spirit.

Cast out anything that should not be in me. 

 

Mend what is broken. 

Root out any unproductive cells.

Open any blocked arteries or veins

and rebuild any damaged areas. 

Remove all inflammation and 

cleanse any infection. 

Let the warmth of your healing 

love pass through my body

to make new any unhealthy areas

so that my body will function

the way you created it to function.

Restore me to full health 

in mind and body so that I may 

serve you the rest of my life.

 

Lord, You walked on the earth, understood the broken world, yet also rose from death into resurrected life. 

we pray for our world that it would be held at this time in your loving arms.

 

we pray for our loved ones that they would be held at this time in your loving arms. 

 

we pray for those who mourn that they would be held in your loving arms.

 

Lord in your mercy…hear our prayer. 

 

More than ever we find ourselves in the hands of God.

This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.

But now there is a difference; 

the initiative is entirely with you, our God.

It is indeed a profound spiritual experience

to know and feel ourselves so totally in God's hands.

 

Hold us Lord Jesus in your strong fingered hands.

- Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

 

Collect

Faithful Lord,

whose steadfast love never ceases

and whose mercies never come to an end:

grant us the grace to trust you

and to receive the gifts of your love,

new every morning,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The Lord's prayer

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.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

 

Music

One Hope Project 

Come close

 

 



 

13th October 2020

 
Music



 
 Welcome
 
Today we go right back in history to one of the transformative events of our country, because today is the festival of St Edward the Confessor, who died on this day in 1066.
Born at Islip some time in the period 1002–1004, the son of Ethelred II (the ‘Unready’) He also had a nephew Ralph the 'Timid' so his genetic disposition did not make a warrrior! Edward was sent to Normandy in 1013 to be educated. Three years later, in 1016, his father lost his throne to the Danes. The Danish kings Sweyn, Canute and Harthacanute showed every sign of establishing a dynasty in England and the rest of Edward’s life could have been spent in the vain pursuit of noble pleasures. But he was not that sort of man. He was called the Confessor because his reputation was established in telling everyone how much his Christian faith made him happy and secure. The unexpected death of Harthacanute in 1042 found Edward acclaimed as king and he began his reign by marrying the daughter of the powerful Saxon Earl Godwin.
He had promised his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, succession to the throne, but sadly also William of Normandy – which set the stage for an epic confrontation, the most famous battle in English history, and a transformation of England’s future.
Less than a century after Edward’s death he was canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1161. 
Edward had a general reputation for both religious devotion and for generosity to the poor and sick, and the building of a monastery dedicated to St Peter, which became  Westminster Abbey, was his life’s great work, and one which he was devoted to. By God’s grace it’s been a focus of national devotion ever since.
 
 
Preparation
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.
 
The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Alleluia.
 
Reading 
Our psalm for today, part of 119 could have been spoken straight out of the mouth of Edward the Confessor
41  Let your faithful love come unto me, O Lord, •
   even your salvation, according to your promise.
42  Then shall I answer those who taunt me, •
   for my trust is in your word.
43  O take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, •
   for my hope is in your judgements.
44  So shall I always keep your law; •l
   I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45  I will walk at liberty, •
   because I study your commandments.
46  I will tell of your testimonies, even before kings, •
   and will not be ashamed.
47  My delight shall be in your commandments, •
   which I have greatly loved.
48  My hands will I lift up to your commandments,
      which I love, •
   and I will meditate on your statutes.
 
Silence
 
Music

 
Lead on, lead on

 
 
The following responsory may be said
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
 
Gospel Canticle
The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.  
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
 
Prayers
Thankfulness 
For the expanding grandeur of creation, worlds known and unknown, galaxies beyond galaxies, filling us with awe and challenging our imaginations:
We give thanks this day.
For this fragile planet earth, its times and tides, its sunsets and seasons:
We give thanks this day.
For the joy of human life, its wonders and surprises, its hopes and achievements:
We give thanks this day.
For your watching over our history, and the men and women of faith you raised up to bless us
We give thanks this day. 
For our human community, our common past and future hope, our oneness transcending all separation, our capacity to work for peace and justice in the midst of hostility and oppression:
We give thanks this day.
For high hopes and noble causes, for faith without fanaticism, for understanding of views not shared:
We give thanks this day.
For all who have laboured and suffered for a fairer world, who have lived so that others might live in dignity and freedom:
We give thanks this day.
For human liberty and sacred rites; for opportunities to change and grow, to affirm and choose:
We give thanks this day.
We pray that we may live not by our fears but by our hopes, not by our words but by our deeds.
We give thanks this day.
 
Strength for this challenging time
We pray for your love and compassion to abound
as we walk through his challenging season.
We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load
of making decisions with widespread consequences.
We pray for those who are suffering with sickness
and all who are caring for them.
We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable
to not succumb to the risks of the virus.
We pray for misinformation to be curbed
that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds. 
As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide,
may we also approach each day in faith and peace,
trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us. 
 
 
Collect
Sovereign God,
who set your servant Edward
upon the throne of an earthly kingdom
and inspired him with zeal for the kingdom of heaven:
grant that we may so confess the faith of Christ
by word and deed,
that we may, with all your saints, inherit your eternal glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever
 
The Lord's prayer
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.
 
The Conclusion
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.
 
Blessing
 
Music
Christ be with me


6th October 2020


Music

 

 

 

Welcome

Tonight I want to focus on listening. Our gospel reading gives us an insight into the importance that Jesus put upon listening..

 

Luke 10.38-end

 

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

 

Malcolm Guite poem on listening:

 

Audite haec, omnes

Where Christ himself is there to welcome you

Then you are home, wherever you may fare.

And Christ will keep your inner compass true

Though all the world is rushing everywhere,

This way and that before the winds of fear,

 Between false hopes and premature despair.

But you can hear a different tune. You hear

The strong song of his wisdom. Open your ears

To hear his parables, although the foolish veer

Between their fatuous desires and fears,

With fickle fortunes that they fear to share.

Keep your security in Christ, who hears

The slightest murmur of your smallest prayer,

And do not be afraid, but trust in him,

Your heart’s in heaven, keep your treasure there. 

 

 

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

 

Today in the Church we remember William Tyndale, a focused and brave Christian who knew that ordinary people needed to know and to be able to listen to the Bible in their own language. Here is his story:

 

Reading: 

William Tyndale was born in Gloucestershire in the early 1490s and studied at Magdalen Hall, Oxford. He moved to Cambridge to further his studies and it was possibly there, where the influence of the Continental Reformation had taken the greatest hold in England, that he conceived the project of translating the Bible into English direct from the original languages. 

 

Ordained in 1515, he served for a time as tutor at Little Sodbury Manor near Bristol where he fell foul of the local clergy when he attempted to preach on College Green in the city centre. A brilliant linguist, his intention was to make the truths of the Scriptures available to ordinary people in their own language and to produce plentiful copies at the lowest possible price.

 

It is said that, in the course of a dispute with a prominent clergyman who disparaged this proposal, Tyndale said, ‘If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost.’

 

A London merchant Humphrey Monmouth became his patron. But with an increasing clampdown on ‘heretics’ by both government and the church authorities, Tyndale crossed the Channel where he could work in greater safety. Initially based in Hamburg, he travelled to Wittenberg in 1524 and met Martin Luther. But even in Europe he had to keep on the move. Narrowly escaping arrest at Cologne, he was able to publish his New Testament at Worms in 1525. Eighteen thousand copies came off the press and were smuggled into England in bales of cloth from Antwerp. The growth of English Protestantism was clearly aided by the easy availability of the New Testament.

 

Tyndale in 1534 he produced a revised version of the New Testament. But he was betrayed and arrested at Vilvorde near Brussels where, after 16 months of imprisonment, he was put to death 6 October 1536. But through his work official attitudes were changing in England. Miles Coverdale continued Tyndale’s work and in 1537, the Matthew Bible (i.e. Tyndale plus Coverdale) was published with the Royal Permission. Ninety per cent of the 1611 Authorized Version was based on Tyndale’s work. 

 

Silence

 

Music

 

 

 

The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

 

 

Centering prayer dong

Begin the song exactly where you are,

Remain within the world of which you’re made.

Call nothing common in the earth or air,

Accept it all and let it be for good.

 

Start with the very breath you breathe in now,

This moment’s pulse, this rhythm in your blood

And listen to it, ringing soft and low.

 

Stay with the music, words will come in time.

Slow down your breathing. Keep it deep and slow.

Become an open singing-bowl, whose chime

Is richness rising out of emptiness,

And timelessness resounding into time.

 

And when the heart is full of quietness

Begin the song exactly where you are.

Centering prayer dong

 

Dear Father,

So often I come to you with lists and demands.

Like a tornado I spew them out as commands.

To the next task, I move on with my day

Completely missing what you might have to say.

The noise of the world clogs my ears

And clouds my mind with fog and fears.

I need you to clear my senses, O Lord!

Give me a heart in tune with your Word.

May I be ever eager to hear your voice;

May listening continually be my choice.

Amen

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Word of God,

Holy Spirit you bring us the Word

We ask for wisdom today to understand the Bible and how it applies to our lives.

We give thanks for the Beatitudes, your words explaining what will bring us life and joy. May we learn from them with both humility and discernment. We give thanks for men and women across time and the world who have risked their levees Thank you for speaking to me through Scripture.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

 

Collect 

Almighty God,

you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:

pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,

and so bring us at last to your heavenly city

where we shall see you face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

The Lord's prayer

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.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

 

Music

Be Still

 



29 September 2020

Welcome

to this the Festival of St Michael and All Angels

 

Music

 

 

Angel voices ever singing

Angel voices ever singing

round thy throne of light,

angel-harps for ever ringing,

rest not day nor night;

thousands only live to bless thee

and confess thee

Lord of might.

 

Thou who art beyond the farthest

mortal eye can scan,

can it be that thou regardest

songs of sinful man?

can we know that thou art near us,

and wilt hear us?

yea, we can.

 

Yea, we know that thou rejoicest

o'er each work of thine;

thou didst ears and hands and voices

for thy praise design;

craftsman's art and music's measure

for thy pleasure

all combine.

 

In thy house, great God, we offer

of thine own to thee;

and for thine acceptance proffer

all unworthily

hearts and minds and hands and voices

in our choicest

psalmody.

 

Honour, glory, might, and merit

thine shall ever be,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

blessed Trinity.

Of the best that thou hast given

earth and heaven

render thee.

  

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading: 

Daniel 10.4-end

On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris), I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude. I, Daniel, alone saw the vision; the people who were with me did not see the vision, though a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone to see this great vision. My strength left me, and my complexion grew deathly pale, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a trance, face to the ground.

But then a hand touched me and roused me to my hands and knees. He said to me, ‘Daniel, greatly beloved, pay attention to the words that I am going to speak to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you

 

Silence

 

Music

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

 

 

 

The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

 

Collect 

Everlasting God,

you have ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order:

grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven,

so, at your command,

they may help and defend us on earth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

The Lord's prayer

 

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

 

Music 

May the angels be my guide

 



22 September 2020

Online only this evening.


Welcome Everyone :)

 

Music

Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude

 

 

Jesus shall remain my joy,

my heart’s comfort and sap;

Jesus shall fend off all sorrow.

He is the strength of my life,

the delight and sun of my eyes,

the treasure and wonder of my soul;

therefore I will not let Jesus go

out of my heart and sight.

 

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Today we remind ourselves of one of the dynamics that helps us maintain a healthy self. 

And that is forgiveness. 

 

But even before we look at forgiveness itself we turn to God  and see that all our resourcing comes from God;

 

Reading: 

Psalm 33

18  Behold, the eye of the Lord

      is upon those who fear him, •

   on those who wait in hope for his steadfast love,

19  To deliver their soul from death •

   and to feed them in time of famine.

20  Our soul waits longingly for the Lord; •

   he is our help and our shield.

21  Indeed, our heart rejoices in him; •

   in his holy name have we put our trust.

22  Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, •

   as we have set our hope on you

 

God works in us by God's Holy Spirit, ensuring that our ways are good ways and so delivering our soul from death and feeding us with spiritual food that makes our lives whole. 

 

Silence

 

Music

 

 

 

The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

We are resourced by God . God gives us what is needed for our own healthiness. 

In the Gospel reading for tonight  Jesus teaches his closest friends about forgiveness; he drops it in, almost as an afterthought at the end of an illustration about having faith and acting on it. Believe that what you’ve asked God for, will happen, he says to them, and then says:

 

Mark 11: 25

25 ‘Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.’ 

 

Above all else, at the foundation of everything we do in faith, or in prayer, is forgiveness. If we are holding something against someone, if we are harbouring resentment, then it acts as a block and doesn’t allow us to function healthily in other aspects of our faith life. Forgiveness is at the heart of things.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

From Psalm 25:

Remember, Lord,

your compassion and mercy

which you showed long ago.

Do not recall the sins and failings of my youth.

In your mercy remember me, lord,

because of your goodness.

 

Lord Jesus,

You opened the eyes of the blind,

healed the sick,

forgave the sinful woman,

and after Peter's denial confirmed him in your love.

Listen to our prayer:

forgive all our sins,

renew your love in our hearts,

help us to live in perfect unity

with our fellow Christians 

that we may then proclaim your saving power

to all the world.

 

Collect 

 

Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Lord

 

Lord's prayer

 

 

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

Music

 

 


15 September 2020


Welcome

Music
Spiegel im Spiegel
 

Today apparently is International Dot Day, 

Dot

a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to make her mark. 
What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
And each year on International Dot Day the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.



Psalm 100

1  O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth; •
   serve the Lord with gladness
      and come before his presence with a song.
2  Know that the Lord is God; •
   it is he that has made us and we are his;
      we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3  Enter his gates with thanksgiving
      and his courts with praise; •
   give thanks to him and bless his name.
4  For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting, •
   and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

We are the creation of a creative God, made in God’s own image to be people of creativity and hope.
Creating God your fingers trace the bold designs of farthest space


Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Alleluia.

Reading: 


Mark 10 
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Children are people of openness, imagination and creativity. They should be at the heart of our churches, and we do well to remember these childlike qualities in our own lives. 

Silence


Music

Moved by the Gospel we are moved

The following responsory may be said
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.  
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Prayers


For our schools and teachers, for Youth Inc, our local youth work initiative providing Christian youth groups in our Deanery.


Collect 

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
Amen 

The Lord's prayer



The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

Blessing 
Music
Spiegel im Spiegel 



8 September 2020


Welcome
Music: O virgo Virginium 
 
Josquin des Prez set this antiphon of part of the Latin Magnificat as an elaborate six-part motet in 1490.

Today we celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary. In Protestant circles we don’t spend a lot of time with the Virgin Mary, and yet she is a woman with such a lot to offer us, on serving Christ selflessly, of suffering and being resilient in her faith through it all. Of joy at his resurrection.
She was someone who saw beyond..
Sometimes in our lives we need the gift of seeing beyond the immediate, of seeing God in and beyond the immediate.
Malcolm Guite :

Annunciation

We see so little, stayed on surfaces,
We calculate the outsides of all things,
Preoccupied with our own purposes
We miss the shimmer of the angels’ wings,
They coruscate around us in their joy
A swirl of wheels and eyes and wings unfurled,
They guard the good we purpose to destroy,
A hidden blaze of glory in God’s world.
But on this day a young girl stopped to see
With open eyes and heart. She heard the voice;
The promise of His glory yet to be,
As time stood still for her to make a choice;
Gabriel knelt and not a feather stirred,
The Word himself was waiting on her word.

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Alleluia.

Music
 

Reading: 

Mark 8.22-26


They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’ 

Jesus helped people to see.
 I wonder how often his mother told him as an adult how she had seen something of God in the future of carrying him as a baby, loving him as a child and following him as an adult.

This is Theotoko Greek for Mother of God. 

You bore for me the One who came to bless
And bear for all and make the broken whole.
You heard His call and in your open ‘yes’
You spoke aloud for every living soul.
Oh gracious Lady, child of your own child,
Whose mother-love still calls the child in me,
Call me again, for I am lost, and  wild
Waves surround me now. On this dark sea
Shine as a star and call me to the shore.
Open the door that all my sins would close
And hold me in your garden. Let me share
The prayer that folds the petals of the Rose.
Enfold me too in Love’s last mystery
And bring me to the One you bore for me.

Silence


Music Ave maria 

 

Josquin Desprez Ave Maria, gratia plena ... virgo serena · The Hilliard Ensemble

The following responsory may be said
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.  
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Collect 

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

Lord's Prayer


The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

Blessing 


Music Ave Maria Tomás Luis de Victoria
 




25 August 2020


Welcome

Adoramus Te Domine

  

 

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the

Most High,

reaching from one end to the other mightily,

and sweetly ordering all things:

Come and teach us the way of prudence.

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading: 

 Proverbs 8.22-end

 22 The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,

   the first of his acts of long ago. 

23 Ages ago I was set up,

   at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 

24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,

   when there were no springs abounding with water. 

25 Before the mountains had been shaped,

   before the hills, I was brought forth— 

26 when he had not yet made earth and fields,

   or the world’s first bits of soil. 

27 When he established the heavens, I was there,

   when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 

28 when he made firm the skies above,

   when he established the fountains of the deep, 

29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,

   so that the waters might not transgress his command,

when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 

30   then I was beside him, like a master worker;

and I was daily his delight,

   rejoicing before him always, 

31 rejoicing in his inhabited world

   and delighting in the human race.  

32 ‘And now, my children, listen to me:

   happy are those who keep my ways. 

33 Hear instruction and be wise,

   and do not neglect it. 

34 Happy is the one who listens to me,

   watching daily at my gates,

   waiting beside my doors. 

35 For whoever finds me finds life

   and obtains favour from the Lord; 

36 but those who miss me injure themselves;

   all who hate me love death.’ 

 

Silence

 

Wisdom is nor learning facts but having the person of understanding come and walk with us. 

 

Music

The music and wisdom of the centuries of Christian faith echoed in the song of the monks.  

 

  

O sapientia 

 

The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Wisdom is a person who takes our hand. 

 

O Sapientia


I cannot think unless I have been thought,

Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken.

I cannot teach except as I am taught,

Or break the bread except as I am broken.

O Mind behind the mind through which I seek,

O Light within the light by which I see,

O Word beneath the words with which I speak,

O founding, unfound Wisdom, finding me,

O sounding Song whose depth is sounding me,

O Memory of time, reminding me,

My Ground of Being, always grounding me,

My Maker’s Bounding Line, defining me,

Come, hidden Wisdom, come with all you bring,

Come to me now, disguised as everything.

 

Immortal invisible God only wise prelude to worship: Discovery Jazz Ensemble  

 

  

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.


Luke 2.29-32


All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

Val, Jean’s family, Bessie’s family.  

 

Collect 

 

God of glory,

the end of our searching,

help us to lay aside

all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,

and to give all that we have

to gain the pearl beyond all price,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

The Lord's prayer

  

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing

 


 


18 August 2020


Welcome

Music Spiegel im Spiegel  Arvo Pärt

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.


All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

  

Reading: 

Matthew 19.23-end

 

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, ‘Then who can be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’

Then Peter said in reply, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

 

Silence

 

As Christians our focus, and our world is taken up ultimately with Jesus Christ. 

 

Music

Brumel Missa et Ecce Terrae Motus Christe   Tallis singers 

 

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Reading 2

A poem: The Eye of the Needle 


 

The Eye Of The Needle
In Herod’s time there were many merchants,
who travelled from city to city.
Their camels were their only vehicles,
big on stamina, but hardly ever pretty. 


These cities all had high stone walls,
with gates that shut at evening.
Beside each gate a narrow slit,
for those a little late in leaving. 


Sometimes a merchant on his journey,
arrived so tired and very late.
The only access left for him,
was through the narrow camel’s gate. 


Wealthy merchants’ camels,
Were, always like their owners…fat.
Now,  add to  this  their baggage,
and the massive saddle on which he sat. 


The baggage had to be removed,
in order to squeeze through.
I wonder, could all of this..apply today,
to some rich folks, or even me and you. 


To enter in to paradise,
maybe , our baggage must be shed.
the timing all so imminent,
to late to book our place when we are dead . 


Meditate on the word of God,
and what this parable had really  meant.
And know the meaning was crystal clear,
to the Jews, whom Jesus Christ was sent.
 
Christian Poetry by Geoffrey

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

  

Collect


Lord’s prayer

  

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing 

Music Spiegel im Spiegel Arvo Pärt

 





28 July 2020


Welcome

Welcome tonight to our online Compline service, we meet together in different places and at different times in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Summer is a time of beauty and the long and warmer evenings give us the opportunity to appreciate the outdoors, the long twilight, the night skies, the animals and birds around us, and this is the theme of our compline tonight.

 

Music

Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals: the Swan

    

 

  

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Reading 

 

Psalm 8

1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Your glory is higher than the heavens.

2 You have taught children and infants

to tell of your strength,

silencing your enemies

and all who oppose you.

3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—

the moon and the stars you set in place—

4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,

human beings that you should care for them?

5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God

and crowned them with glory and honor.

6 You gave them charge of everything you made,

putting all things under their authority—

7 the flocks and the herds

and all the wild animals,

8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,

and everything that swims the ocean currents.

9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Silence

Music

Einaudi: The Earth Prelude 


 

 

 

The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

And what gives us such peace? 

The knowledge that God is in all and over all and under all.

The beauty that we see is shone through with the love and goodness of God.

 

Reading 

Colossians 1

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him  and for him.

He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.

He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.  

God holds all together, the Spirit of God and the power of Christ are interwoven into the warp and weft of the complexity, variety and glory of all natural life.

 

Music 

Voces8: In Beauty May I Walk 


 

 

Prayers

Creator of Love ,

make us aware that you are present in every cell

of creation and in every cell of our being.

As you give your love to us, may we give our love to your creation.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

For earth and sea and sky in the harmony of colour,

we give you thanks O God.

For the air of the eternal seeping through the physical,

we give you thanks O God.

For the everlasting glory dipping into time

we give you thanks O God.

For nature resplendent, growing beasts, merging crops, singing birds, the energy of our cities.

we give you thanks O God.

 

For the person you sent to restore its when we fell away from the goodness of your creation.

we give you thanks O God.

For harmony restored through your Spirit moving

upon the turbulent waters of our lives,

we give you thanks O God.

Foe setting each of us, liveth stars upon their courses, within the orbit of your love,

we give you thanks O God.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

we quieten our souls under the stillness of the sky:

peace be upon our breath

peace be upon our eyes

peace be upon our heart. 

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

Collect 

Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

 

The Lord's prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven..

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Blessing 

May the God of the rising green,

May the God of the sweeping blue,

May the God of the long bright day,

Bless you and all you love now and always.

Amen

 

Music 

Gjeilo: The Ground 

 


 



21 July 2020


Welcome

In this time of summer, when we experience more of the sun,  we continue thinking about light.

Music

O Gladsome Light


Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Alleluia.

Music
If Ye Love me: Tallis


OT Reading: 


Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
God set these lights in the sky to light the earth,
to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

NT Reading 2
Verses from Ephesians:
Pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
Living in the Light Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
or this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Silence


Music

of a poem by Malcolm Guite: ‘Jesus, Light of the World’
I see your world in light  


Prayers

The light of God surrounds us,
The love of God enfolds us,
The power of God protects us,
The presence of God watches over us,
Wherever we are, God is,
And where God is, all is well.

Shine on us, O God, like the sun that lights up the day,
chase away the dark and all shadow of sin.
You are our Saviour and Lord:
in our stumbling be our shield.
in our tiredness be our rest.
In our darkness be our light.

Spirit of the Risen Christ,
as the lamps light up the evening,
shine into our hearts and kindle in us
the fire of your love.

We bring to you this night,
those we carry in our minds and hearts, 
who suffer in body, mind or spirit.
We pray for those in hospital, those recuperating and those who care for them.
protect them through the hours of this night,
and may we all who become weary by the changes and chances of a restless world
rest upon you eternally.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer


Collect

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in 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, and the power, and the glory, 
for ever and ever
Amen.

The Nunc Dimittis


The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

Blessing 
of light

14 July 2020


Music

Sun of my soul - Girton College

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.

Silence

Confession
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Alleluia.

Reading: 

Evening by John Keble
Tis gone, that bright and orbed blaze,
Fast fading from our wistful gaze;
You mantling cloud has hid from sight
The last faint pulse of quivering light.

In darkness and in weariness
The traveller on his way must press,
No gleam to watch on tree or tower,
Whiling away the lonesome hour.

Sun of my soul! Thou Saviour dear,
It is not night if Thou be near:
Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise
To hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes!

When round Thy wondrous works below
My searching rapturous glance I throw,
Tracing out Wisdom, Power and Love,
In earth or sky, in stream or grove; -

Or by the light Thy words disclose
Watch Time's full river as it flows,
Scanning Thy gracious Providence,
Where not too deep for mortal sense:-

When with dear friends sweet talk I hold,
And all the flowers of life unfold;
Let not my heart within me burn,
Except in all I Thee discern.

When the soft dews of kindly sleep
My wearied eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest
For ever on my Saviour's breast.

Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I cannot live:
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without Thee I dare not die.

Thou Framer of the light and dark,
Steer through the tempest Thine own ark:
Amid the howling wintry sea
We are in port if we have Thee.

Ezekiel 1
And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was something that seemed like a human form. Upwards from what appeared like the loins I saw something like gleaming amber, something that looked like fire enclosed all round; and downwards from what looked like the loins I saw something that looked like fire, and there was a splendour all round. Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day, such was the appearance of the splendour all round. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
When I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of someone speaking.

2

He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.

Silence


Music

Rachmaninov Vespers 
Joyful light

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Reading 2
Verses on light:
The Word gave life to everything. and his life brought light to everyone.
The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
Jesus, the Light of the World, Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
                            We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
*4:7 Greek We now have this treasure in clay jars. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
You are a chosen people. You are royal priests,*2:9 Greek a royal priesthood. a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
                                                              

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon)

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.  
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Prayers


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 their 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 for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer


The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

Blessing 

Music 
Bless the Lord O my soul
Rachmaninoff vespers



07 July 2020


Welcome
We started this week in thankfulness once again for our NHS.
We live in a good land that has been shaped over the years by reformers, usually Christian people, who saw that systems they lived with such as hospitals, prisons, education and the like were not healthy or helpful, and did something about it.
We benefit from their legacy.

I want tonight to give us the chance to be thankful for the myriad of other good things in our lives and in our land.


Music


Thankful

Josh Groban

Somedays, we forget to look around us

Somedays, we can't see the joy that surrounds us

So caught up inside ourselves

We take when we should give

So for tonight we pray for

What we know can be

And on this day we hope for

What we still can't see

It's up to us, to be the change

And even though we all can still do more

There's so much to be thankful for

Look beyond ourselves

There's so much sorrow

It's way to late to say, I'll cry tomorrow

Each of us must find our truth

It's so long overdue

So for tonight we pray for

What we know can be

And everyday, we hope for

What we still can't see

It's up to us, to be the change

And even though we all can still do more

There's so much to be thankful for

Even with our differences

There is a place we're all connected

Each of us can find each others light

So for tonight, we pray for

What we know can be

And on this day, we hope for

What we still can't see

It's up to us, to be the change

And even though this world needs so much more

There's so much to be thankful for

Songwriters: DAVID W FOSTER, RICHARD JAMES PAGE, CAROLE BAYER SAGER
© Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, Songtrust Ave


Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Alleluia.

Reading: 

A snippet of a poem

 "Visiting Pai-an Pavilion" by Hsieh Ling-yun

I remember men who knew a hundred sorrows,
and the gratitude they felt for gifts.

Joy and sorrow pass, each by each,


OT/


Proverbs 6:
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
   seven that are an abomination to him: 
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
   and hands that shed innocent blood, 
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
   feet that hurry to run to evil,