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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, 
19 a lying witness who testifies falsely,
   and one who sows discord in a family. 


Deuteronomy 5
“You must not have any other god but me.
“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do. Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to rest on the Sabbath day.

“Honour your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
“You must not murder.
“You must not commit adultery.
“You must not steal.
“You must not testify falsely against your neighbour.
“You must not covet your neighbour’s wife. You must not covet your neighbour’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbour.

Music


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path


Thanksgiving: Malcolm Guite (reflecting on Thanksgiving in America) but with a deeper significance at a time when we have been challenged as to our real depth of commitment to another human being.

NT reading 

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

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

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.
Collect
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Eternal God,
comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,
you have fed us at the table of life and hope:
teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,
that all the world may acknowledge
the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.

Music







30 June 2020


Music

Still 


I am aware of the seesaw balance of these times, when we know loss and uncertainty, and have also gained a slower understanding of love and life.
a knife edge we walk some days.

And the answer? 
The answer is the blessing of God, that gently blows in goodness, and grace, mercy and peace.

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.


O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Reading: OT

One of the readings for today is Psalm 5 and in verse 14 the psalmist says:

14  For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; •
   and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.
 
God’s blessing is like a shield

Be not afraid start 0. 19

Poem from John Donohue


Reading NT

Matthew 8.23-27


And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’


Silence


Music

O radiant dawn James Macmillan

O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn
Splendour of Eternal Light
Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice

Come, come, come, come, come,
Come shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death

Isaiah had prophesied,
'The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light.
Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone'

O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn
Splendour of Eternal Light
Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice
Come, come, come, come, come,
Come shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death

Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen.


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.
Collect
God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
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.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.

Music


The blessing 




23 June 2020


Etheldreda

Music



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: OT/Poem

The story of Etheldreda and poem by Clare Crossman

Music

Spirit of God unseen as the wind



Reading NT

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

One thing is needful, necessary, worth being concerned about..
one thing only is essential. 

Silence

Music

Ubi Caritas

Latin text

English translation
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.

Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Therefore, whensoever we are gathered as one:
Lest we in mind be divided, let us beware.
Let cease malicious quarrels, let strife give way.
And in the midst of us be Christ our God.
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Together also with the blessed may we see,
Gloriously, Thy countenance, O Christ our God:
A joy which is immense, and also approved:
Through infinite ages of ages. Amen.


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.

*Find rest, O my soul, in God alone:
my hope comes from Him.

Come we this night to the Father,
come we this night to the Son,
come we to the Holy Spirit powerful:
come we this night to God.
Come we this night with Christ,
come we with the Spirit of kindness,
Come we to Thee Jesus.
Jesus shelter us.

*By day the Lord directs His love;
at night His song is with me -
a prayer to the God of my life.

*Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.

We pray for all in hospital this night.

The Son of God be shielding them from harm,
the Son of God be shielding them from ill,
the Son of God be shielding them with power.
The Son of God be shielding them this night.

*Sleep, O sleep in the calm of each calm.
Sleep, o sleep in the guidance of all guidance.
Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves.
Sleep, O beloved, in the Lord of life.
Sleep O beloved, in the God of life.

Collect

Eternal God,
who bestowed such grace upon your servant Etheldreda
that she gave herself wholly to the life of prayer
and to the service of your true religion:
grant that we, like her,
may so live our lives on earth seeking your kingdom
that by your guiding
we may be joined to the glorious fellowship of your saints;
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.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.

Music

All through the night 



16 June 2020


Music

Venite Adoremus: Come, let us worship, let us worship God Almighty. 

 

You O God are our Saviour and Lord, in our stumbling be our shield. In our tiredness be our rest, in our darkness be our 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

Nader: My God By U 

 


Psalm 33

1  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, •

   for it is good for the just to sing praises.

2  Praise the Lord with the lyre; •

   on the ten-stringed harp sing his praise.

3  Sing for him a new song; •

   play skilfully, with shouts of praise.

4  For the word of the Lord is true •

   and all his works are sure.

5  He loves righteousness and justice; •

   the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.

6  By the word of the Lord were the heavens made •

   and all their host by the breath of his mouth.

7  He gathers up the waters of the sea as in a waterskin •

   and lays up the deep in his treasury.

8  Let all the earth fear the Lord; •

   stand in awe of him, all who dwell in the world.

9  For he spoke, and it was done; •

   he commanded, and it stood fast.

10  The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught; •

   he frustrates the designs of the peoples.

11  But the counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever •

   and the designs of his heart from generation to generation.

12  Happy the nation whose God is the Lord •

   and the people he has chosen for his own.

13  The Lord looks down from heaven •

   and beholds all the children of earth.

14  From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze •

   on all who dwell on the earth.

15  He fashions all the hearts of them •

   and understands all their works.

16  No king is saved by the might of his host; •

   no warrior delivered by his great strength.

17  A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; •

   for all its strength it cannot save.

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.

 

 

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.

 

Scripture Reading

 

Matthew 5.43-end

 

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

Silence

 

Music

Due Tramonti : Einaudi 

 

 

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

 

Today in the Church we celebrate the life of Richard, Bishop of Chichester in the 13th century.

Richard was an excellent model of a diocesan bishop, accessible, generous and yet fair in his dealings with those in need of correction. 

Richard’s prayer has remained in wide use in the centuries since his death:

Thanks be to Thee,

My Lord Jesus Christ

for all the benefits thou hast given me,

for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for me.

O most merciful redeemer,

friend and brother,

may I know thee more dearly

and follow thee more nearly

day by day.

 

Richard Bishop of Chichester 

 

The Collect

Silence may be kept.

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;

may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,

and may your blessing be always upon us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

 

May the Spirit pour upon you as you sleep,

work in you as you dream, take the frowning from your brows, and wake you up refreshed.

 

The Lord’s Prayer may be said.

 

 

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.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;

the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;

the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

All  Amen.

 

Music

I will lay me down in peace and sleep



9 June 2020

 

Music

 

Welcome

 

On Sunday, it was Trinity Sunday, celebrating God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator, Redeemer and  Guide. 

The nature of the Trinity is such that we find it so difficult to articulate,

but the trisagion prayer is really resonant. 

 

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us. 

 

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.

 

Silence 

 

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.

 

OT Reading

Isaiah 40

The Lord Has No Equal

12 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?

13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?

Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?

14 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?

15 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.

16 All the wood in Lebanon’s forests

and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough

to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.

17 The nations of the world are worth nothing to him.

In his eyes they count for less than nothing—

mere emptiness and froth.

18 To whom can you compare God?

What image can you find to resemble him?

19 Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold,

overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?

20 Or if people are too poor for that,

they might at least choose wood that won’t decay

and a skilled craftsman

to carve an image that won’t fall down!

21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?

Are you deaf to the words of God—

the words he gave before the world began?

Are you so ignorant?

22 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.

23 He judges the great people of the world

and brings them all to nothing.

24 They hardly get started, barely taking root,

when he blows on them and they wither.

The wind carries them off like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?

Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

26 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.

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

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

28 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.

29 He gives power to the weak

and strength to the powerless.

30 Even youths will become weak and tired,

and young men will fall in exhaustion.

31 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.

 

Today the church celebrates the life of St Columba, the Irish monk who founded Iona, and he writes of God the creator: 

 

At once, when the stars were made, lights of the firmament,

the angels praised for His wonderful creating

the Lord of this immense mass, the craftsman of the Heavens.

With a praiseworthy proclamation, fitting and unchanging,

in excellent symphony they gave thanks to the Lord

not out of any endowment of nature, but out of love and choice.

 

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.

 

Music

Come Down O Love Divine


 

Scripture Reading

In Jesus’ long conversations with his disciples before he went to Jerusalem and the cross, he talks of the way that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are. 

 

John 14

15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

 

Music

If ye love meThomas Tallis


 

 

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.

 

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us. 

 

The Collect

Almighty God,

who filled the heart of Columba

with the joy of the Holy Spirit

and with deep love for those in his care:

may your pilgrim people follow him,

strong in faith, sustained by hope,

and one in the love that binds us to you;

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.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Columba’s prayer was for three gifts: 

purity, wisdom and prophecy

 

The gift of the soul is prophecy, he says, we may not have asked for such a gift and yet it is one that we all need at all times, none more than now:

for it enlarges our vision, that we may see.

enlarge our vision O God, that we may see.


Silence

 

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;

may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,

and may your blessing be always upon us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer  may be said.

 

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.

[Come with the dawning of the day

All  and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]

The Lord bless us and watch over us;

the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;

the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

All  Amen.

 

Music


 


2 June 2020

Our Father …


Welcome


I am very aware today of the injustice and subsequent chaos unleashed in America after the death of George Floyd. 
This Compline service is in reflection of this position in our world.

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.

Hymn
For what we have done



The Word of God


Psalm 143

A psalm of David.
1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
2 Don’t put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
3 My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
4 I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
5 I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
6 I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

 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.


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.


Scripture Reading

Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Matthew 11.28-end

Silence

Music
Be Still


A certain one told this story: 
There were three earnest men, that loved one another, and they became monks. And one of them chose to live according to that which is written: Blessed are the peacemakers. The second chose to visit the sick. But the third went away to be quiet in solitude. Now the first toiling amid the contentions of men was not able to appease them all. And overcome with weariness he came to him who tended the sick, and found him also failing in spirit, and unable to carry out his purpose. And the two agreed together and went away to see him who had withdrawn into the desert, and they told him their tribulations. And they asked him to tell them how he himself had fared. And he was silent for a while, and then poured water into a vessel and said, “Look, upon the water.” And it was murky. And after a little while he said again, “Look now, how clear the water has become.” And as they looked into the water they saw their own faces, as in a mirror. And then he said to them, “So is he who abides in the midst of men: because of the turbulence, he cannot see: but when he has been quiet, above all in solitude, then does he recognise his own default.”


They asked the abbot Macarius, saying, “How ought we to pray?” and the old man said, “There is no need of much speaking in prayer, but often stretch out your hands and say, ‘Lord, as Thou Will and as Thou knowest, have mercy upon me.’ But if there is war in your soul, add, ‘Help me.’ And because He knows what we need, He shows us His mercy.”




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.

The Collect


Lighten our darkness,
Lord, we pray,
and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,
for the love of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Silence may be kept.

Collect

Look down, O God, from your heavenly throne,
illuminate the darkness of this night with your celestial brightness,
and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer may be said.

A statement of interdependence
I do not stand alone
but with others to support me
I will stand my ground.

I do not see the way
but with others to walk it with me
I can make a path.

I do not possess the truth
but with others to witness to what they know
I will be able to discern what is right.

I cannot master all the skills
but with others who will lend their accomplishments
I can do enough.

I cannot carry every burden
but with others to share it
I may bear my own load.

I cannot meet all the needs
but with others to nourish and replenish me
I will be able to give enough.

I am not invincible
but with others to reach out a hand
I may learn from my mistakes and start again.

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.
[Come with the dawning of the day
All  and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.

Music
Da pacem domine





Special Compline Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020

                                            
The hymn Veni Creator Spiritus (as it is known by Latin title) has been a staple for worship in our faith for centuries. Tradition attributes the authorship of its original Latin text to Rabanus Maurus, the abbot of Fulda and archbishop of Mainz in the 9th century AD.
This hymn is sung or spoken at Pentecost and throughout the year at Vespers, and at such solemn occasions as dedications of churches and ordinations of priests. It makes a moving plea for help and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, 
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,

and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply. 

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Welcome

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.

Silence 


Poem :

George Herbert: Whitsunday 1633

Listen sweet Dove unto my song,
     And spread thy golden wings in me;
     Hatching my tender heart so long,
Till it get wing, and flie away with thee.

     Where is that fire which once descended
     On thy Apostles? thou didst then
     Keep open house, richly attended,
Feasting all comers by twelve chosen men.

     Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
     That th’ earth did like a heav’n appeare;
     The starres were coming down to know
If they might mend their wages, and serve here.

     The sunne, which once did shine alone,
     Hung down his head, and wisht for night,
     When he beheld twelve sunnes for one
Going about the world, and giving light.

     But since those pipes of gold, which brought
     That cordiall water to our ground,
     Were cut and martyr’d by the fault
Of those, who did themselves through their side wound,

     Thou shutt’st the doore, and keep’st within;
     Scarce a good joy creeps through the chink:
     And if the braves of conqu’ring sinne
Did not excite thee, we should wholly sink.

     Lord, though we change, thou art the same;
     The same sweet God of love and light:
     Restore this day, for thy great name,
Unto his ancient and miraculous right.

Veni Santus Spiritus


Psalm 91

1    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High  ♦
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2    Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold,  ♦
my God, in whom I put my trust.’

Poem:

And chiefly, Thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer
before all temples the upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou know’st; thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like sat’st brooding on the vast abyss,
and mad’st it pregnant: what in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support;
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to men. 

John Milton: Paradise Lost Book 1: 17-26

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.

At the end of the psalmody, the following is said or sung
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.



Rit: Hallelujah. (6v.)

1.How can I tell? It is a joy that makes people cry and makes people cry:
I saw him with my own eyes, he was alive was He.
And he called me by name, it was his voice was my Lord!
I saw it with my own eyes, it was there, in front of me. Rit. 

2.The angels spoke to us, before that gaping tomb:
"Women, the Lord has risen; don't look for him here.
What a breathless rush, to shout at everyone of that morning:
the whole world must know that he has stayed here among us. Rit. 

3.Dawn of a different time: it is the morning of mornings for the universe.
Everything already smells eternal: there is the Risen among us.
And his wounds and glory are alive within our history,
signs of a love that stays here forever, here with us. Rit. 

Joel 2

I will repay you for the years
   that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
   my great army, which I sent against you. 
Then afterwards
   I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
   your old men shall dream dreams,
   and your young men shall see visions. 
Even on the male and female slaves,
   in those days, I will pour out my spirit. 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia.
Keep me as the apple of your eye.
All  Hide me under the shadow of your wings.


Gospel reading:

Luke 24

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’


Come Holy Ghost 



Poem :

Kevin Hart  - Prayer



The Collect:


God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Silence may be kept.
Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  Amen.

Our Father …


The Lord’s Prayer Traditional Form 

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 that 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.
[Come with the dawning of the day
All  and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.











26 May 2020

Intro

Welcome

Today, I want to mull a little on where we are in the church calendar, between Ascension day and Pentecost, and what it is to have Jesus ascended into heaven, what that means for us who are so earth-bound?

Thanks to Jacob for music recommendations today.

MUSIC
God has gone up with a merry noise 


Reading 1

1 John 3.1-10


See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. … Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

There is a poem by Malcolm Guite celebrating the Ascension which you can Google to read.

Silence

Earth has become part of heaven's story.

We sing the waning darkness into light
our task, our purpose our calling?
-to sing the darkness into light
through our words and our actions

Music

Night Prayer (Owain Park)


I liked the light represented in that video, think of ourselves as a light that lights the world we walk and drive and cycle around as a path of light moving around.

Psalm

84
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 
As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 
They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 
Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 
Look on our shield, O God; look with favour on your anointed one. 
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 
Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. 

Silence

 

Reading 2


What it is to have humanity in heaven?
Jesus rises with earth on his feet, look at this picture of our window in the church:

Harston Church window

Earth has become part of heaven's story.

So now I want you to look at  Rublev’s icon, his most well-known work, of the Triune God sitting together around a table…
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

Rublev Icon


They are so still, so present to each other, they are with each other…
and when Jesus ascended, he was back, with them. How wonderful that homecoming, that time (although they are beyond time!) once again together..

We long for that.

But Jesus is back in heaven having taken humanity from earth to heaven,
because our humanity is vitally who God wants us to be.

There is a wonderful poem from Rowan Williams (copyright means we cannot print it but you can look it up) called Rublev, where he imagines the wonderful master icon painter visited by God who asks him to paint God with humanity…

Music

Byrd Non vos reliquat orphanos


Prayers


Great God we are rooted here in time and place ...
Saviour, bless us and redeem us.

Lord Jesus Christ , you are rooted here in us 
Help us to sense your presence amongst us, O Christ.

Holy Spirit, 
restore stillness to our being, this night and every day and night. 

Song of Simeon 


Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 
At last all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, a light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to your people, Israel. 
Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 


Blessing: 

May God grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen. 


Music and leaving

I am with you always John  Rutter






19 May 2020

Music

 


Intro

In our Christian calendar we are approaching Ascension Day. 

For several weeks after the Resurrection, Jesus has come in and out of the disciples' lives,  giving them reassurance, restoration, teaching, and breakfast!