Archives November 2012

S. Cecilia's, Bickleigh Down CofE Primary School, Woolwell

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Lord be with you

and also with you

My dear friends in Christ, a warm welcome to you this morning as we gather to worship Almighty God in word and sacrament, in play and in prayer, in thought, word and deed. For some of you this might be the first time you have come to S. Cecilia’s to worship and on behalf of that community on this their Patronal Festival, I welcome you here and the unique way in which we worship at S. Cecilia’s.

We pray with special intention for the life, work and witness of this parish, praying especially for the community that gathers here at S. Cecilia’s, for Bickleigh Down Primary School, it’s Governors and it’s witness.

We run the race set before us, surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses. Therefore let us lay aside every weight, and sin, bringing them to Our Lord Jesus Christ in penitence and faith…

 

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Equipment: Flash Paper

 

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

+ pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

…and THIS is what God does to your sin when you ask his forgiveness!

Gloria

Boyce & Stanley – Gloria from the Mass of S. Burnadette

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Glory to God in the Highest

and on earth peace to people of goodwill

 

We praise you, we bless you,

we adore you, we glorify you,

we give you thanks for your great glory.

Lord God, Heav’nly King, O God Almighty Father

we give you thanks for your great glory

 

Glory to God in the Highest

and on earth peace to people of goodwill

 

Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us;

you take away the sins of the world receive our prayer,

you are seated at the right hand of the Father,

have mercy on us, have mercy on us.

 

Glory to God in the Highest

and on earth peace to people of goodwill

 

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord

you alone are the Most High Jesus Christ

with the holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father.

Amen

 

Glory to God in the Highest

and on earth peace to people of goodwill

 

The Collect

Let us pray

 

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil

and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:

grant that we, having this hope,

may purify ourselves even as he is pure;

that when he shall appear in power and great glory

we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;

where he is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

First Reading

Daniel 12.1-3

A reading from the book of Daniel

In the third year of King Cyrus a word was revealed to Daniel. 1‘At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.’

Second Reading

Hebrews 10.11-14(15-18)19-25

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews

11Every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, ‘he sat down at the right hand of God’, 13and since then has been waiting ‘until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.’ 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

16‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds’

17he also adds,

‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’

18Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. 19Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us. through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Gospel

Mark 13.1-8

1As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ 2Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’

3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’

5Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.’

Homily Notes:

Background music: Life on Earth Video with Sigur Ros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH2Z_1-Frb8

  • People are Living Stones of the Temple of God
  • Create prayer stones and build not a wall, but a temple of prayer to the Lord
  • You can write/draw a prayer inside (which later someone else might pray)
    • Or you can just pray onto the paper. God knows whatever you do.
    • Sigur Ros Video during Make
    • Use children to help build the temple of prayer
    • Jesus speaks in the Gospel of the temple being torn down
      • But this was not this temple, rather it was the ancient temple (cf AD70 destruction of Jerusalem) and his own body
      • Which in three days would be rebuilt by God, resurrected by God
      • There is a danger that the building can become more important than the people it houses
      • Jesus spoke of people’s faith being like a whitewashed tomb – beautiful but of no use in a living faith
      • So we will not knock down this temple of prayer
        • Rather we will move it out from this place into other places and grow other houses of prayer
        • Children to distribute/scatter stones to other people for them to take home and pray over/with during the week
        • For Christ is our great high priest
          • He lives to intercede for us
          • His sacrifice of himself (once offered) as a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction of himself once offereddoes away with the need for the temple
            • Hence why that great temple can be torn down – it is irrelevant
            • On this altar, we do not repeat Christ’s sacrifice, but it brings that once-and-for-all-time sacrifice into our midst
  • It is faith – cleaned by Christ on the Cross and washed by the waters of baptism which enables us to enter the household of God
  • It is not a whitewashed faith, an empty repetition
  • This about the faith this way: Creed Video

Baptismal Creed (will be used throughout Advent)

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

I believe and trust in God the Father

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

I believe and trust in God the Son

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

I believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit

This is the faith of the Church

This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Peace

We are fellow citizens with the Saints of the household of God

Let us pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

 

Pray, my brothers and sisters, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his Church.

 

Prayer over the gifts

Lord, we offer you these gifts of your own creation

As we offer ourselves

May they become for us, sacramental signs of our salvation

and bring us to your Kingdom. Amen

 

Preface

 

The Lord be with you

and also with you

 

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give thanks and praise

 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

 

We rejoice in the glorious splendour of your majesty

for you have given us a share with Cecilia, patron of this Church,

in the inheritance of the saints in light.

 

In the darkness of this passing age

they proclaim the glory of your kingdom.

Chosen as lights in the world,

they surround our steps as we journey on

towards the city of eternal light

where they sing the everlasting song of triumph.

 

In communion with angels and archangels

and all who have served you on earth

and worship you now in heaven,

we raise our voices to proclaim your glory,

for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, Holy Holy…

Eucharistic Prayer B

 

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body

which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all

for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith…

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins

of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection

and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice

of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of

Our Blesséd Lady, St. Cecilia, patron of this Church, St. Anne, St Edward,

andall the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

All    Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

 

We break this bread

to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share the one bread

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace

 

Come not because you are strong,

but because you are weak.

Come not because any goodness of your own

but because you need mercy and help.

Come because you love the Lord a little

and would like to love him more.

Come because he loves you

and gave his life for you.

 

This is the lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world.

Blesséd are those who are called to his supper

Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

 

Prayer after Communion

Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament,

you give substance to our hope:

bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

 

Notices

  • Banns
  • Next week, Team Eucharist at SMV

Blessing

The Lord be with you

And also with you

 

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

 

God give you grace to follow his saints

in faith and hope and love;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.


Penitential Rite – Paper (Version 2)

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This liturgy is now Widescreen and HD, and a little shorter as in my experience, you never need the original 6 minutes. This is just over 3.30 and it works better.

You can get flash paper from a magic shop or from the internet. Invite people to write confessions on the paper, ball them up and place them in a balti dish.

One small flame: “this is what God does to your sin…” and whoosh away goes your sin.


Lord's Prayer Assembly Part 3

[slideshow

Once again, I think these slides are self-explanatory, especially when we explore what it means about “do not let us be tempted” and “evil”. Whilst I take account of the work of the enemy, there is much more evil in the world which is our own making.

The gathering video is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAqJ0R-EkZg


Ruby – bow (wow)ing to the inevitable, or why it hurts to help your dog die.

image

I know many of us, indeed most of us have encountered this point: a much beloved pet clearly enters a point where it just feels cruel to go on.

Ruby, my massive German Shepherd is old, she has been/remains a wonderful pet, but there is no denying that she is now more than just slowing up. She appears to be in distress and her back legs keep… well, just not working. This is much more than not being able to run or jump into the car anymore, but is actually giving out. Today she came to me in proper distress, and I knew she needed the Vet which is (thankfully) just down the road. She couldn’t make it the car so I tried to walk with her the 300 yards down the road. She collapsed three times. In the end I had to go back for the car and manhandle this 8 stone bundle of hair-shedding into the boot and drive her the remaining 150 yards (you can’t just carry her… you really can’t).

Whilst we were waiting for the vet to return from a callout, I felt I had to sit by the cage, to comfort her in what might be her last few hours. I don’t know.

And here’s the thing: it is a mistake to transfer human values and ethics onto animals. I feel bad about thinking “this might be it” but at the same time I hate to see her suffer. In the real world, I am ambivalent about the realities of Euthanasia (having been in too many grey, difficult, ethical situations) and the mantra Thou shalt not kill, and yet thou shalt not strive officiously to keep alive is very real for me. See Rundell, S No way to leave. Nursing times. 86(38): 1990 Sep 19-25 where this Staff Nurse 22 years ago speaks of the cruel ways in which we often keep people alive, just to make us (and certainly not the patient) feel better: it’s not the same as Euthanasia.

I know that the love I have for my pets is a qualitatively different love from that which God loves me, I love Lou or my children, and yet if it needs to be, it will be love which forces me to enable her life to end. I do not want her to suffer. Sitting here watching her panting and looking so miserable… it’s heartbreaking.

Update

Blood results back. Not good. I have had to make a decision. There was a possibility of expensive, extensive treatment, but talking it over with the Vet, it might only have held things off for a few weeks. A few more weeks of suffering was more than I could bear, and so (and I do slightly regret this) I had to come to the decision myself. Sign the form. Take a deep breath and come with her into the operating room.

I stayed with the old lady until she was gone. I’m not going to say “asleep” because that pretends that death is not real. One wakes from sleep. Two large syringes of blue barbiturate and within seconds her laboured, struggle was over. She was peaceful. She looked like she was asleep.

I kissed the dog goodbye, took off her collar and left the Vets. I’ll deal with the paperwork (and the bill) later. Now I have to tell the rest of the family, which is why this post isn’t going to be finally posted until later tonight. I need more time to reflect on it all, on the briefness of mortality, the power of life, the nature of grief. Liam, Emma, Zoe and I were all in tears. For the children, Ruby is the only pet they can remember, and I know Zoe has taken it really hard tonight.

I have lots of happy memories: of walks and of failing to persuade her to walk, of treks in the country and long runs on the beach which inevitably ended with her paddling and getting really messy. I remember the night she caught a man peeing in our garden in Southsea (he climbed the fence really quickly), and the way she protected Lou when the stranger called asking to use our loo. Of clobber and so much moulting, there will be lots of memories…

I have recently had to reassure one of my parishioners a number of times my strongly held belief that all dogs go to heaven. They don’t have souls, but as part of God’s creation they have a place in that place beyond creation. We know God loves dogs, and now Ruby  is at peace. There is no soul to be prayed for, but lots of good memories and a shedful of dog hair.

Farewell you lovely girl.

Ruby (2000-2012)

 

 


Reflections on last night's Blessed

The previous two Blessed events caused me very little stress indeed. If you know me at all you will know how remarkable that is: every act of worship is an exploration of stress and nerves and the imminent implosion of the priest.

The Blessed: Change and first Blessed: Home gatherings went smoothly, preparations were calm (largely done by the established Blessed team who can just get on, and for whom I am always grateful) and the liturgy beautiful and effective. It was a pity therefore that so very few people came to either of them, with the absolute low point of the Blessed:Home in October. It knocked me hard, but perhaps that is what the enemy likes to do: to undermine our confidence and to sap our energy.

I was delighted therefore when a colleague in the next door parish asked me to repeat the last one for her young people at their Church: Holy Spirit, Southway, and a number of others decided to come as well. In all, 24 people came which is about right for a typical Blessed gathering. The massed numbers of Greenbelt makes the typical intimacy of a Blessed difficult, and the dynamics are very very different. 20-30 is how we usually are.

The preparation for it was fraught and filled with lots of ‘what have I forgotten?’ Lou however was able to come and and take control of that, although she was upset with me for trying to start the setup early. Sorry. It’s better if I just concentrate on the Tech and leave the ambiance to someone else. It always looks better as well when others do it.

The worship was marred by something beyond my control: a gathering in the Church Hall was using a microphone for bingo which intermittently came over into Church. We were unable to get them to stop but I pray it wasn’t too disturbing. Okay, it was disturbing. Sorry.

Response? Who knows? You know how young people are…

Someone posted a very kind comment on Facebook about it.

I suspect that as usual, most were mildly bewildered by it.

The challenge is to grow a local team interested in making the liturgy with me. In the past I has been a very communal process, and this is currently missing here. If you want to get creative there is space at this table…


Remembrance Sunday Liturgies

Two liturgies for your adaptation: one Eucharistic, one not. Different needs and times

Both are based upon the Churches Together in Britain & Ireland service and some classic hymn choices. I persist in using the 1919 Peace Version of the National Anthem because my Curate reports it to be “almost extinct” and I like the words: neither pacifist nor jingoistic.

Download 

Remembrance Sunday Mass (pdf)

Remembrance Sunday Service (pdf)

 

Act of Remembrance with Holy Communion (Altar Copy)

Gathering

 

The Kohima Epitaph

 

When you go home
tell them of us and say,
for your tomorrow
we gave our today.

 

Remembrance

 

Wreaths are laid at the Memorial, and flags are lowered

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.

We will remember them.

 

Two Minute Silence

 

The Last Post and the Reveille are sounded

Video: two minute silence.

Ever-living God
we remember those whom you have gathered
from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples
and establish harmony among the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;

to his feet thy tribute bring;

ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven

who like thee his praise should sing?

Praise him! Praise him!

Praise the everlasting King!

 

Praise him for his grace and favour

to our fathers in distress;

praise him still the same for ever,

slow to chide, and swift to bless:

Praise him! Praise him!

Glorious in his faithfulness!

 

Father-like he tends and spares us;

well our feeble frame he knows;

in his hands he gently bears us,

rescues us from all our foes:

Praise him! Praise him!

Widely as his mercy flows!

 

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,

blows the wind and it is gone;

but while mortals rise and perish

God endures unchanging on.

Praise him! Praise him!

Praise the high eternal One!

 

Angels, help us to adore him,

ye behold him face to face;

sun and moon, bow down before him,

dwellers all in time and space:

Praise him! Praise him!

Praise with us the God of grace!

 

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)

 

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

Amen

 

The Lord be with you

and also with you

 

Give them eternal rest, O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them for ever (Ezra 2:34-35)

 

My dear friends in Christ

We meet together in the presence of God.

Offering this holy sacrifice of the Mass and an act of Rememberence

For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

As a part of that we commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between the nations,

that all people may, together,
live in freedom, justice and peace.

We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain
continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives,
in world wars and conflicts past and present,

have been given and taken away.

 

 

Penitential Rite

 

So my dear friends, Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;

its pride, its selfishness, its greed; its evil divisions and hatreds.

 

Let us confess our share in what is wrong, and our failure to seek and establish that peace

which God wills for his children

 

Silence

 

Lord have Mercy                Lord have Mercy

Christ have Mercy               Christ have Mercy

Lord have Mercy                Lord have Mercy

 

Absolution

 

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

Amen

 

Gloria

 

Glory be to God in heaven,

songs of joy and peace we bring,

thankful hearts and voices raising,

to creation’s Lord we sing.

Lord, we thank you,

Lord, we bless you,

glory be to God our King,

glory be to God our King

 

Lamb of God, who on your shoulders

bore the load of this world’s sin,

only Son of God the Father,

you have brought us peace within.

Lord, have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

now your glorious reign begin,

now your glorious reign begin.

 

Tune: Cwm Rhonnda

Collect

 

Merciful Father,

hear our prayers and console us.

As we renew our faith in your Son,

whom you raised from the dead,

strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters

will share in his resurrection,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Word of God

 

A reader says:

 

Hear these words from the New Testament

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27

 

The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
James 3:17-18

 

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5

 

These are the words of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Alleluia

Halle Halle

Gospel

 

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew:                                   (Matthew 5:1-12)

 

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he sat down his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you

and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,

for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Homily

 

Creed

 

I believe in God Almighty,

he who made both heaven and earth.

I believe he is our Father,

and through him we have our birth.

I believe and trust in Jesus,

God the Father’s only Son.

I believe he came to save us

for he loves us, every one.

 

And I love his Mother Mary,

for through her my Lord was born;

born to suffer death and sorrow,

born to rise on Easter morn.

I believe he lives for ever,

death for him was not the end.

He returned to God his Father

that his Spirit he might send.

 

I believe his Holy Spirit

lives within our Church today.

And he gives his truth and guidance

so that we will know the way.

I believe, when life is over,

Christ will take us home with him,

and in joy we’ll live for ever,

evermore in peace Amen.

 

Tune: Hyfrydol

Meditation

The Congregation are invited to come forward to offer symbols of remembrance and hope, such as single poppies or crosses at the foot of the altar as a reflective video is played

 

Prayers

 

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:

 

for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; May God give peace
God give peace

 

for those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss; May God give peace
God give peace

 

for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;

May God give peace
God give peace

 

for civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity; May God give peace
God give peace

 

for peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; May God give peace
God give peace

 

for all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace. May God give peace
God give peace

 

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory
we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.

 

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord

and let light perpetual shine upon them

 

May they rest in peace

and rise in glory
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Peace

 

Christ is our peace, he has reconciled us to God in one body by the Cross.

We meet in his name and we share his peace.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you

And also with you

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

 

Offertory

 

      Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,

urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,

sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,

Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

 

Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,

speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,

teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,

Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.

 

Lord, for our land, in this our generation,

spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;

for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,

Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

 

Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,

loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;

hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,

Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

 

Lord, for ourselves; in living power remake us,

self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;

past put behind us, for the future take us,

Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

 

Timothy Dudley-Smith (b.1926)

 

Prayer over the Gifts 

Pray, my dear friends that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father

          May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all the Church

 

Lord,

we are united in this sacrament

by the love of Jesus Christ.

Accept these gifts

and receive our brothers and sisters who have died in the service of this nation

into the glory of your Son,

who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Eucharist (Thanksgiving Prayer)

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you

 

Lift up your hearts

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

In him the world is saved,

mankind is reborn,

and the dead rise again to life.

 

Through Christ the angels of heaven

offer their prayer of adoration

as they rejoice in your presence for ever.

May our voices be one with theirs

in their triumphant hymn of praise:

 

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of Power and God of Might,

Heaven and Earth, Heaven and Earth are full of your glory, your power and might

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest heavens

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest heavens

Blesséd, Blesséd is he who comes, who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest heavens

 

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
          Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

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

 

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith…

 

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,          we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of

Our Blesséd Lady, St. Thomas the Apostle, our Patron, andall the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil

 

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and grant us peace in our day.

In your mercy keep us free from sin

and protect us from all anxiety

as we wait in joyful hope

for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ.


For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen

 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in the one bread

Agnus Dei

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Grant us Peace

 

Come not because you are strong,

but because you are weak.

Come not because any goodness of your own

but because you need mercy and help.

Come because you love the Lord a little

and would like to love him more.

Come because he loves you

and gave his life for you.

 

This is the lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world.

Blesséd are those who are called to his supper

 

Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

 

Communion Antiphon

 

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies, he will live. Anyone who lives and believes in me, will not die. (John 11:25-26)

 

Communion

 

Post Communion

 

Lord God,

may the death and resurrection of Christ

which we celebrate in this eucharist

bring the departed faithful to the peace of your eternal home.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Act of Commitment

 

Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service.

Will you strive for all that makes for peace?
We will

 

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?
We will

Will you work for a just future for all humanity?
We will

Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us

that have not yet been cast out by love:
May we accept the hope you have placed
in the hearts of all people,
And live lives of justice, courage and mercy;
through Jesus Christ our risen Redeemer.
Amen

 

The National Anthem

      

      God save our gracious Queen,

long live our noble Queen,

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

happy and glorious,

long to reign over us:

God save the Queen!

 

One realm of races four,

blest more and ever more,

God save our land!

Home of the brave and free,

set in the silver sea,

true nurse of chivalry,

God save our land!

 

Of many a race and birth

from utmost ends of earth,

God save us all!

Bid strife and hatred cease,

bid hope and joy increase,

spread universal peace,

God save us all!

Official Peace Version (1919)

Blessing and Dismissal

God grant to the living grace, to the departed rest,
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth and all people,
unity, peace and concord,
and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting.
and the blessing of God Almighty,
+Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all
and remain with you always.
Amen

The Mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ

Thanks be to God

 

A hymn is sung as the Colour Party, Clergy and Choir Depart

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting. Refrain

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. Refrain

Edmond L Budry (1854-1932) tr. Richard B Hoyle (1875-1939)

 

END


Sermon Notes: 4th Before Advent, Year B

Text: Mark 12:28-34

In many Churches you can find the 10 Commandments displayed behind or beside the altar. In the BCP Holy Communion they shape our confession, and although they are fundamental, they are not the last word of the Law or Torah

In addition to the 10 Commandments were 613 Commands within the Torah, amounting to more than 365 Prohibitions.

It is always wrong to think of our faith as being made out of prohibitions. Although many are expressed in a negative sense, the 10 commandments are more about God enabling us to positively live in the life he intended for us.

So these 10 Commandments, 613 Commands, 365 Prohibitions can be boiled down to 2 Prime Directives focused on 1 God

There are times when less is definitely more…

Love the Lord

The Shema is a declaration of faith (qv Sha’hada in Arabic as the Muslim declaration of faith – there is no God but God [and Mohammed is his prophet)

Love your Neighbour

The practical working out of the Shema.

This enables us to focus on God

Focus on God

  • Private Prayer
  • Sacramental Confession
  • Public Worship
  • Study of God’s Word

Focus on People

  • Befriend the afflicted
  • Uphold the troubled
  • Reach out to the marginalised
  • Build the kingdom

The second commandment is a fulfilment of the first one

The second cannot happen without the first.

The commandments are based on love – love of God and love of neighbour and are fulfilled by the outpouring of love on the cross. Christ is the supreme example of love in action. We are not coerced into these commandments, but loved.

We are called to follow that love, follow that example and be enabled, empowered, freed to love radically…

…as radically as God loves us.

Amen