Archives January 2013

Blessed Initiation: Mass with Baptism and Confirmation at S. Cecilia's Woolwell, Candlemas 2013

Gathering : Our God is here (CJM)

Here in this time, here in this place
Here we are standing face to face
Here in our hearts, here in our lives
Our God is here

Here for the broken, here for the strong
Here in this temple we belong
Here in our hearts, here in our lives
Our God is here

And we cry Holy, Holy, Holy are you
(we cry) Holy, Holy, Holy and true
Amen! We do believe our God is here
Our God is here

Here in the Word, God is revealed
Here where the wounded can be healed
Here in our hearts, here in our lives
Our God is here

Here we become, what we receive
Here in this Eucharistic feast
We are His body, living as one
Our God is here.

And we cry Holy, Holy, Holy are you
(we cry) Holy, Holy, Holy and true
Amen! We do believe our God is here
Our God is here

Here in this time, here in this place
Here we are standing face to face
Here in our hearts, here in our lives
Our God is here

Here for the broken, here for the strong
Here in this temple we belong
Here in our hearts, here in our lives
Our God is here

And we cry Holy, Holy, Holy are you
(we cry) Holy, Holy, Holy and true
Amen! We do believe our God is here
Our God is here

And we cry Holy, Holy, Holy are you
(we cry) Holy, Holy, Holy and true
Amen! We do believe our God is here
Our God is here

The Greeting

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

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

There is one body and one spirit.
There is one hope to which we were called;

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all.

Peace be with you
and also with you.

The bishop greets the people and introduces the worship, leading to an act of reconciliation

Act of Penitence

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Absolution Song

Come, O come, come to the river
flowing from the body of Christ.
We’ll go down, deep in the water,
but in the Lord we shall arise.

1. Washed in the waters of rebirth,
we have put on Christ Jesus.

2. Priestly people are we,
sealed and sent by the Spirit.

3. Blest are those who thirst
for the reign of God’s justice.

Come, O come, come to the river
flowing from the body of Christ.
We’ll go down, deep in the water,
but in the Lord we shall arise.
but in the Lord we shall arise.

We are sprinkled with Holy Water from a large sprig of Rosemary to symbolise our forgiveness. Followed by word of absolution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive you all your offences; and by his authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins: +In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And of your charity, pray for me, a sinner also.

Book of Common Prayer, Visitation of the Sick p317

Gloria (t Cwm Rhonda)

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.

The Collect

(not shown on screen – Video for Candlemas Prayer plays behind)

Let us pray

Lord Jesus Christ,
light of the nations and glory of Israel;
make your home among us,
and present us pure and holy
to your heavenly Father,
your God and our God.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

At the back of this reading, Bowie’s “Weeping Wall” plays

The Reading is from the prophet Malachi

God says
The Messenger will come

The one you look for will appear in his temple
The Messenger will come

He will bring good news to delight in
The Messenger will come

But who can endure the day of his coming,
The Messenger will come

and who can stand when he appears?
The Messenger will come

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;
The Messenger will come

he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,
The Messenger will come

and he will purify the descendants of Levi,
The Messenger will come

until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness.
The Messenger will come

then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD
The Messenger will come

God will do this.

Gradual: You love is Amazing

Your love is amazing
Steady and unchanging
Your love is a mountain
Firm beneath my feet

Your love is a mystery
How You gently lift me
When I am surrounded
Your love carries me

Your love is surprising
I can feel it rising
All the joy that’s growing
Deep inside of me

And every time I see You
All Your goodness shines through
And I can feel this God song
Rising up in me

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing

Gospel: Presentation in the Temple Luke 2:22-32

As the meditation is played, the altar is circled and censed. At the end, the priest faces the congregation and repeats the Nunc Dimmitis:

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever, world without end. Amen

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

Sermon: Bishop John Ford of Plymouth

Liturgy of Initiation: Presentation of the Candidates

The bishop asks those who are candidates for baptism

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Do you wish to be baptized?
I do.

The bishop asks the candidates for confirmation who have been baptized

Have you been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit?
I have.

The bishop asks all the candidates

Are you ready with your own mouth and from your own heart to affirm your faith in Jesus Christ?
I am.

The bishop addresses the whole congregation

Faith is the gift of God to his people.
In baptism the Lord is adding to our number those whom he is calling.
People of God, will you welcome these candidates and uphold them in their life in Christ?
With the help of God, we will.

The Decision

The bishop addresses all the candidates

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.

Therefore I ask:
Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.

Signing with the Cross

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Fr Simon (or the bishop) speaks of the symbol of the Oil of Baptism. The bishop makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of each candidate for baptism, saying

Christ claims you for his own.
Receive the sign of his cross.

When all the candidates for baptism have been signed, the bishop says to them

Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.
Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ
against sin, the world and the devil,
and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.

The bishop says

May almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness,
restore in you the image of his glory,
and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ.
Amen.

Prayer over the Water

The bishop stands before the water of baptism and says

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Praise God who made heaven and earth,
who keeps his promise for ever.

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

We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of water
to sustain, refresh and cleanse all life.

Heavenly Father, +sanctify this water that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, all who are baptised in it may they be cleansed from sin and born again.

Renewed in your image, may they walk by the light of faith
and continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Lord;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be all honour and glory, now and for ever.
Amen

Profession of Faith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXe3pQc2Sf0

Let us profess our faith…

God waits for us,
not like a lion ready to pounce if we let our guard down
and not like an interfering mother-in-law
but like an old friend who’s seen it all before and likes us anyway
and with whom we can spend time without having to pretend or explain.

We believe in God. Three in One. Father. Son. Spirit.
Paradox. Mystery. Elemental.

We believe in a God of Justice. Compassion. Mercy. Hope. And first, a God of Love.
Love personified. Incarnated.

We believe in God, the Mother of Creation. God, the Father of Humanity.
God, the lover of us all.

We believe we are called to activity out of passivity and apathy
By the Son of God through his actions, calling down through history,
Bourne on the wings of the Spirit.

We believe we are called to community with each other
Through Christ the thread
Weaving us all together.

We believe that God
Has no favourites
Pulls no punches
Leaves no stone unturned.

We believe that life is hard
We believe that life is beautiful

And so
We believe
Does God.

Baptism

The bishop may address each candidate for baptism by name, saying

N, is this your faith?
This is my faith.

God knew you before you were formed in the womb. God knows every hair on your head. God called you into being and he now calls you into faith. Your baptism is a sign of that calling.

The bishop pours water on them, saying

N, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Robing in White

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Fr Simon (or the bishop) explains the white robe. The baptismal candiates are wrapped in a white cloth

You have been clothed with Christ.
As many as are baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church,
pour upon you the riches of his grace,
that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people
you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit,
and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory.
Amen.

The candidates for confirmation who have previously been baptized may come forward to the font and the bishop sprinkles them. He then says

Almighty God,
we thank you for our fellowship in the household of faith
with all who have been baptized into your name.
Keep us faithful to our baptism,
and so make us ready for that day
when the whole creation shall be made perfect in your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Confirmation

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The bishop stands before those who are to be confirmed, and says

Our help is in the name of the Lord
who has made heaven and earth.

Blessed be the name of the Lord
now and for ever. Amen.

The bishop extends his hands towards those to be confirmed and says

Almighty and ever-living God,
you have given these your servants new birth
in baptism by water and the Spirit,
and have forgiven them all their sins.
Let your Holy Spirit rest upon them:
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding;
the Spirit of counsel and inward strength;
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness;
and let their delight be in the fear of the Lord.
Amen.

God knew you before you were formed in the womb. God knows every hair on your head. God called you into being and he now calls you into faith. Your Confirmation is a sign of that calling.

Fr Simon (or the bishop) speaks of the symbol of the Oil of Chrism and laying on of hands. The bishop addresses each candidate by name

N, God has called you by name and made you his own.

He then lays his hand on the head of each, saying

Confirm, O Lord, your servant with your Holy Spirit.
Amen.

at the end

Defend, O Lord, these your servants with your heavenly grace,
that they may continue yours for ever,
and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more
until they come to your everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Commission

All those who are baptized are called to worship and serve God.
Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
With the help of God, we will.

Will you persevere in resisting evil,
and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
With the help of God, we will.

Will you proclaim by word and example
the good news of God in Christ?
With the help of God, we will.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all people,
loving your neighbour as yourself?
With the help of God, we will.

Will you acknowledge Christ’s authority over human society,
by prayer for the world and its leaders,
by defending the weak, and by seeking peace and justice?
With the help of God, we will.

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,
that you may be rooted and grounded in love
and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
Amen.

The Welcome and Peace

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism:
by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body.
We welcome you in the fellowship of faith;
we are children of the same heavenly Father; we welcome you.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts
to which you are called as members of one body.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Offertory: Blessed be your name

Verse 1
Blessed be Your name,
In the land that is plentiful,
Where your streams of abundance flow,
Blessed be Your name,

Blessed be Your name,
When I’m found in the desert place,
Though I walk through the wilderness,
Blessed be Your name.
Bridge
Every blessing You pour out,
I’ll turn back to praise,
When the darkness closes in,
Lord still I’ll say:

Chorus
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your name,
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your glorious name,

Verse 2
Blessed be Your name,
When the sun’s shining down on me,
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’,
Blessed be Your name,

Blessed be Your name,
On the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering,
Blessed be Your name.

Bridge
Every blessing You pour out,
I’ll turn back to praise,
When the darkness closes in,
Lord still I’ll say:

Chorus
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your name,
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your glorious name,

Ending
You give and take away,
You give and take away,
My heart will choose to say,
Lord blessed be your name.

Chorus
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your name,
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your glorious name,

The Eucharistic Prayer

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numbers on screen refer to paragraphs below

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.

1 Father we begin buried, hemmed in, subjucated and hidden. Our faith covered by our sin, hidden by our insecurity.

2 Yet you have revealed your love for us, uncovering yourself through
the enfleshment of your Son and continue to work through the power of your holy spirit.

3 Reveal yourself to us in bread and wine,
Make us complete by the obedience of your Son to death,
even death on a cross

4 Take us and fashion us
Form us in love into the likeness of Christ through the gifts
of Baptism and Confirmation
and enable us to be freed to see that likeness in others.

5 So we enter into the mysteries of heaven echoing the song of the
angels, saints, prophets and patriarchs…

Sanctus

We are joined by angels,
Our purpose the same:
To worship the one and only God,
A little piece of heaven in this place

And we cry together: Holy, holy
For there is no other like You, Lord.
We declare together: You are awesome,
You are to be feared, honoured and revered,
For You are the Lord.

We are joined by angels,
With one voice we sing,
As we lift our hands to honour You,
In worship, the angels extend their wings.

And we cry together: Holy, holy
For there is no other like You, Lord.
We declare together: You are awesome,
You are to be feared, honoured and revered,
For You are the Lord.

The music continues softly as the Bishop continues with the prayer

6 Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
7 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;

8 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.

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

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11 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.

12 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.

13 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 Blessed Lady,
St Anne, St Cecilia, St. Edward all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

14 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.

And we cry together: Holy, holy
For there is no other like You, Lord.
We declare together: You are awesome,
You are to be feared, honoured and revered,
For You are the Lord.

Amen

Lord’s Prayer

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Our Father in heaven.
Don’t say ‘Father’ if you do not behave like a son or daughter. Don’t say ‘Our’ if you only think of your self.

Hallowed by your name
Don’t say ‘Hallowed’ if you do not honour that name.

Your Kingdom come
Don’t say ‘Your Kingdom come’ if you are weighed down with material goods

Your will be done On earth as in heaven
Don’t say ‘Thy will be done’ if you do not accept the hard bits
Don’t say ‘as it is in heaven’ if you only think about earthly matters

Give us this day our daily bread
Don’t say ’Our daily bread’ if you have no concern for the hungry or the homeless

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who against us
Don’t say ‘Forgive us our sins’ if you remain angry with someone

Lead us not into temptation
Don’t say ‘Lead us not into temptation’ if you intend to continue sinning

But deliver us from evil
Don’t say ‘Deliver us from evil if you are not willing to make a stand against injustice

For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen
Don’t say ‘AMEN’ without considering the words of your prayer!

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

Agnus Dei

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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 is distributed

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray…

Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna,
who lived to welcome the Messiah:
may we, who have received these gifts beyond words,
prepare to meet Christ Jesus when he comes to bring us to eternal life;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Blessing

The God of all grace,
who called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus,
establish, strengthen and settle you in the faith;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Giving of a Lighted Candle

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The candidate’s candles are lit from the Paschal Candle, the congregation’s votive candles are lit from the candidates and everyone gets to take a candle home with them.

The congregation candles have a sticker on them which says:

“One faith, One Lord, One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5) Spread the light. Blesséd Initiations www.blessed.org.uk

Fr Simon (or the bishop) speaks of the symbol of the Candle.

God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and has given us a place with the saints in light. You have received the light of Christ; walk in this light all the days of your life.
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.

The Dismissal

The Mass is ended. Go in the light and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

The bishop may lead the newly baptized and confirmed through the church to the back.

Recessional either: Let everything that has breath

Chorus
Let everything that,
Everything that,
Everything that has breath
Praise the Lord.

Verse 1
Praise You in the morning,
Praise You in the evening,
Praise You when I’m young
And when I’m old.
Praise You when I’m laughing,
Praise You when I’m grieving,
Praise You every
season of the soul.

Bridge
If we could see
how much You’re worth,
Your power, Your might,
Your endless love,
Then surely we
would never cease to praise :

Chorus
Let everything that,
Everything that,
Everything that has breath
Praise the Lord

Verse 2
Praise You in the heavens,
Joining with the angels,
Praising You forever
and a day.
Praise You on the earth now,
Joining with creation,
Calling all the nations
to Your praise.

Bridge
If they could see
how much You’re worth,
Your power, Your might,
Your endless love,
Then surely they would
never cease to praise:

Chorus
Let everything that,
Everything that,
Everything that has breath
Praise the Lord

Chorus 2
I will worship I will worship
I will worship You in everything.

Or Window in the Skies (U2)

Verse
The shackles are undone, the bullets quit the gun
The heat that’s in the sun will keep us when there’s none
The rule has been disproved, the stone it has been moved
The grave is now a groove, all debts are removed

Chorus
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
What it’s done to me?

Verse
Love makes strange enemies, makes love where love may please
The soul and its striptease, hate brought to its knees
The sky over our head, we can reach it from our bed
You let me in your heart and out of my head, head

Chorus
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
What it’s done to me?

Bridge
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Please don’t ever let me out of you
I’ve got no shame, oh no, oh no

Chorus
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
Oh can’t you see?
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
What it’s doing to me?

I know I hurt you and I made you cry
Did everything but murder you and I
But love left a window in the skies
And to love I rhapsodize
To every broken heart
For every heart that cries
Love left a window in the skies
And to love I rhapsodize
Oh can’t you see?

END


Mastermind

Last night (14th September)  I travelled up to Salford to visit BBC TV’s studio to take part in Mastermind, but as it has just been broadcast (25th January 2013) and I have now seen it for the very first time, I can blog about it.

It was a really enjoyable experience, despite the nerves of appearing in that ominous black chair. Most of my nerves were focused on the travelling arrangements as I had a wedding to conduct back in Plymouth the following day. The meant rushing away from the studios in a taxi and getting a train from Manchester to Bristol, arriving about midnight there and staying in a Holiday Inn overnight, before getting a morning train back home. This is where I sit typing this. I got back home on time, and the Wedding was lovely.

Plymouth is a long way from anywhere, and train travel is expensive: £133 Advance Single from Plymouth to Manchester! I left at a reasonable time and got into Manchester for lunch, at the excellent BarBurrito in Picadilly Gardens- cheap eats and tasty food.

The best way to get to MediaCity is via the Tram. I really like the Manchester Tram system, and as that city continues to grow and regenerate, it is a lovely trip, through the Salford Quays and into the bright and shiny future that is TV production in the North. A lot of BBC production has moved up to Salford: Radio, Sport, Children’s and a number of shows, including Mastermind.

It turns out we were one of four quizzes to be filmed that day, and they were ahead of schedule. There was an audience for it, and apparently, there is a waiting list to see the show. Once we got into the studio, I could see that there was quite a diversity of people in the audience, and certainly not people just filling up an afternoon: the unemployed or the elderly; and on reflection, I could see that this would be a good afternoon’s entertainment.

The first thing that strikes me about TV production is simply how young the production team are: young women in their early 20’s: they look like they have stepped straight out of University and into the TV  studio. They all appear disconcertingly to be the age of my children. Almost immediately, we were whisked down to the ‘green room’ (now there is only a green wall to remind us of the origins of a soothing room to rest the eyes from the lime-lit theatre lights) where we have a run through the rules, and we check not only our details for the captions and, perhaps surprisingly, the next round’s subject. For tonight, the caption will read

Reverend Simon Rundell, Church of England Vicar, Monty Python.

I make a decision internally to name myself as without the Reverend bit, and let the caption handle that, but as I am dressed in my best black suit and a clerical collar, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it?

The other contestants and I shake hands and meet: instantly we all agree that this was a really stupid idea. There is Kate, a student from Somerset, but who is ironically studying International Relations at Plymouth Uni; Mark, a bookseller from Cambridge and Robert, a writer from… somewhere. Robert is the experienced quiz hound: he’s done Mastermind before, and also the Weakest Link. We swop specialist subjects, and as usual mine causes much hilarity. My story also has to be prefaced with the story of my failed subject: Viz Magazine, as everyone makes the connection to a Vicar answering questions on Buster Gonad and his Unfeisably Large Testicles. However, Python it is. Kate is on Horatio Nelson, Mark on the TinTin books of Hergé and Robert on “the big five of Africa”. “Big Five what of Africa?” I ask… Countries, Buses, Lakes… it turns out it means Big Game Animals. Mark thanks me for asking, as he didn’t know either, and I’m as usual the one who asks the bleedin’ obvious.

They check our wardrobes. The black suit is fine. The letter said “don’t wear all black” but I told the producer and he was happy. No qualms from the man in charge, who is more concerned with Mark’s fine herringbone collar on his jumper.

Make up, not surprisingly has to deal with my shiny bald head. Good job I shaved it properly last night.

They put radio mics on us, which I am jealous of, and I end up in conversation with the sound engineer on the subject. These beauties are Sennheiser’s top models, and I have the utter opposite end of the Sennheiser scale.

Led inside, we are instructed by the floor manager where to sit, and which cameras to look at in the opening shots. A warm-up man is keeping the audience jolly. He is an accomplished comedian and has been on TV himself, but this is like club work. Of course, he starts making jokes at the expense of me, but not unkindly – you get used to any joke being referred back to you “Sorry about this one, Rev…”

As we get told where to walk to get to the chair, I am hit by nerves. Luckily I remember the little black plastic rosary in my top pocket. I hold onto this now for the rest of the filming. It really is true: hold on to the Cross. It helps.

I am first.

Gulp.

John Humphries comes on, and is very nice, especially in the pauses between bits. However, the thing is over really so quickly…

I am called up, walk to that chair. I introduce myself as just “Simon Rundell” and the Python questions begin. I know most of them. At this point, however, I only recall a few of the questions, I know I answer one question about a Michael Palin character as EL Gumby, but which later I anxiously recall it could have been JP Gumby – I think both names were used. I passed on the name of the original director, which I knew, but my mind went blank on- it was John Howard Davies. Grrr. As I’m first up, I have no idea if this is good or not. I get the last one wrong – the award they gave themselves I said was the Golden Stoat, but it was the Zinc Stoat of Budapest – I knew that! Did I get any others wrong or passed? I have no idea… two minutes went in a blur.

Score: 12

I held onto and fiddled with my rosary throughout.

Other contestants next: Kate answered loads, and yet surprisingly only got 5. Strange, it seemed more than that. Mark really knew his stuff. We agreed that as we had no idea what the questions would be about, we hoped that our enthusiasm for the subject would pull us through. For both him and me, it did. He got 13. Robert came on with what I might have imagined to be a bit of an experienced swagger. He got 11. I’m second.

Between each of us, there is a little pause as questions are checked. It didn’t happen after my first round, but did after the General Knowledge. That’s quite nerve-wracking… why? Will this benefit or hurt my score? John Humphreys chats to the contestants, and comes over as quite nice.

Round two: General Knowledge. Now two-and-a-half minutes. It’s in reverse order of scores, so Kate comes up and does well to raise her score to 15. Robert comes up to 23 and then it’s me…

I get loads of questions wrong. I pass on five – yes, five! Some were questions I knew or should have known – the author of Morse- Colin Dexter’s name just went straight out of my head. The 2.5 mins takes forever, but I am enjoying answering the questions. The big challenge is not to interrupt the question if you know it. It helps though as you know for a fraction of a second you have it nailed, a moment’s reprieve. Listening is hard, and sometimes the first part of the question is zoned out, as you reflect on the previous one.

I get 13. Total of 25. Not bad, really.

Mark does just as well. He ends up with 26. I have come second. Respectable.

We then have to reshoot some bits: Kate’s walk to the chair, and my walk and introduction, as they will now take Reverend off my titles. I suppose the collar makes it obvious. My plan could have been seen to backfire, but as I said, I really don’t deserve reverence.

I walk up, sit down… and cock it up. Back again. I joke about having to talk in public for a living, and the warm-up man comments that I should do  more TV- yes please. I get it right next time.

Into a debrief room. They have booked and paid for a cab. We are well on time, so I am not stressed. It would appear that the 6 highest scoring runners up also get through, so I might still be in the next round. I didn’t know this. I didn’t make the highest runners up, so that was the end of my Mastermind and TV career. Mark is going to do the Pixies, (the band, not the mythical creatures) next. Well done to him.

Manchester Picadilly, a quick bite of sushi but there is not much on the trolly, so I get 4 cans of Stella for my journey to Bristol. The Stella goes down really well, and by Midnight I am in Bristol. Overnight in a hotel in Bristol and now back on the train to Plymouth in time for the wedding.

Lou and I speak and she says how proud of me they are: at least I didn’t embarrass myself. Second is respectable. Getting to this point is an achievement, and meant passing two tests and an interview, so four and a half minutes on the telly is a fair reward. I’ll have to update my CV.

Did I enjoy it? Strangely, yes. Would I do other quizzes? I don’t know. I like pub quizzes but I don’t take them seriously – I enjoy them as fun and the opportunity to work the room as the local Vicar. TV quizzes for cash? I don’t think I’d like the pressure. It was a lot of fun, a great adventure and an experience.

We’ll just have to see how it looks on the telly…

…and here it is!

http://youtu.be/Uf9-zVLVJ6c

Are you a Pass Master?

This only shows your General Knowledge Passes, consequently, I sound really dumb… http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0144w4y 

c9be0333-8ea0-4351-bb2b-d7a9c6d2fad6What a massive chin I have…


Real Life User Review: Google Nexus 7 Tablet

There are all these reviews out there which just seem to reproduce the technical specs of the hardware in question, but what you really want to know is “is it any good?” “is it usable?” and “will it live up to my expectations>”

I’ve been using a Nexus 7 Tablet since October now and this is the 16Gb model. The current model has 32Gb for the same price.

The Tablet is the growth product of this season: the technology has started to mature to the extent to which the screen and the interface are very usable. The battery life is very good and the widespread availability of WiFi makes then the key to the final mile (ie getting the Internet in the hands of users). It is amazing to see how quickly the tablet becomes the key method of interacting with the web, and as a general tool for supporting life and ministry. I use a smartphone intensively, but never like this. You use a PC to create many documents, but for being on the road, on the train, in a cafe… the tablet is the tool to use.

I use the Tablet to present the Liturgy: creating documents on the PC and saving them in Dropbox. The whole liturgy is then available to the Tablet. It is handy to preach from, but also excellent to celebrate with. I can put notes on it and refer to them in a bible study, I can record audio of a teaching session for later use or documentation.

In downtime I can watch the iPlayer or listen to the Radio or watch a movie I have encoded. Netflix worked well on it, but boo! No player for LoveFilm yet… There are games to waste a few moments and there are Twitter and Facebook clients to keep you connected. The GMail is always there and I am linked to my mobile phone via Bluetooth so I don’t even have to get the phone out of my bag any more to answer and read texts.

The 7″ form factor is just right – it fits in my hoodie pocket or in the inside of my overcoat, the wake/sleep feature conserves energy but means that you have to hold it in a certain way with one hand when you are preaching – but you get used to that.

In short, I love it. It is well made, fast, responsive and has excellent battery life. I cannot recommend this highly enough.


Liturgy: Ordinary 2, Year C

Gathering

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

Let us echo the words of the Psalmist with the entrance antiphon from our printed sheets:

May all the earth give you worship and praise, and break into song to your name, O God, Most High. (Psalm 65:4)

My dear friends in Christ, we come together this morning to worship the God who is present amongst us: the incarnation revealed in Bread Broken and Wine Outpoured and in the first of his miraculous signs which we hear in today’s Gospel: the wedding at Cana in Galilee. Here we see God’s blessings poured out, not just a little, but superabundantly, more than we could possibly need, or comprehensively desire.

We pray for the life, work and witness of this parish, and pray for all those who have undertaken or are preparing for the sacrament of holy matrimony this year: a sacrament made holy by Christ himself at Cana

Penitential Rite

So, my dear friends – Coming together as God’s family, with confidence let us ask the Father’s forgiveness, for he is full of gentleness and compassion.

Father, we have sinned against heaven and against you. We are not worthy to be called your children. We turn to you again. Have mercy on us, bring us back to yourself as those who once were dead but now have life through Christ our Lord. Amen

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy

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.

The Collect

Let us pray

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
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. Amen

Word

Isaiah 62.1-5

1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
2The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will give.
3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your builder marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.

1 Corinthians 12.1-11

1Concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations
and believed in throughout the world.
Alleluia.

John 2.1-11

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

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

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Peace

We are the body of Christ,
by the one Spirit
we were baptized into one body
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace
and builds up the 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

Father,
may we celebrate the eucharist
with reverence and love,
for when we proclaim the death of the Lord
you continue the work of his redemption,
who is Lord for ever and ever. 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

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere’ to give you thanks
| through Jesus Christ our Lord.

for at this time we celebrate your glory
made present in our midst.
In the coming’ of the magi
| the King of all the world
was revealed to the nations.

In the waters of baptism
Jesus was revealed as the Christ,
| the Saviour sent to redeem us.

In the water made wine
the new creation’ was revealed at the wedding feast.
| Poverty was turned to riches, sorrow into joy.

Therefore with all the angels of heaven
| we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name
and sing our joyful hymn of praise:

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

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.

Jesus Christ is Lord:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection,
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

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. Anne, St. Cecilia, St Edward,
and all 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.

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

Almighty Father,
whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
may your people,
illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Notices

  • Candlemas: Baptism, Conformation and Mass at S. Cecilia 1030am +John

Blessing

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory
and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom;
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.


Embracing the unacceptable.

“There is someone that I love even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is……me.”

C.S Lewis


Assembly: Oh yes we do! The calling of the disciples

another taster from my forthcoming book Creative Ideas for Frontline Evangelism with Young People 

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Text: Mark 3:13-19

Introduction

A man is lost on the Devon Moors. There are no signs anywhere. As he blindly goes around the twists and turns of Dartmoor, he spots a man and his sheepdog on the side of the road. Pulling alongside him in his fancy London car, he winds down the window and asks

“Good man, how do I get to Exeter”

The Shepherd pauses for a moment.

“Well, if I was goin’ to Exeter… I wudden be startin’ from ‘yere!”

If you were going to choose a proper set of disciples, you wouldn’t start with this lot. In order to win power and influence and control you would choose the privileged, the educated, the rich. But Christ chose fishermen, outcasts, the youthful in order to reach people like you and me

Story

We are all different. So unique, so special. Different educations and interests, tastes in music or clothes; different ways of thinking, different ways of doing things.

And because everyone in the world was so different, so the way to reach out to the world had to be different:

  • Some in the world were young and some were… more mature,
  • Some in the world were clever and some were … in need of a simpler explanation ,
  • Some in the world were easily confused and some were very strong-minded,
  • Some in the world were cynical and some were open

But the Boss knew he needed them all in his world-changing team.

And each time The Boss chose someone to follow him, the others said:
We don’t need you.

But the Boss said:
Oh yes, we do!

(get half the audience to yell out ‘we don’t need you’ and the other half ‘oh yes, we do’. you can put these two lines on a powerpoint or two large pieces of card and hold them up as cues)

The Boss chose hot-headed, loud-mouthed, never-stop-to-think-about-it Peter.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose angel-faced, quick-to-smile, far-too-young-looking John.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose quick-eyed, clever-in-class, good-at-languages Andrew.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose grumpy-faced, stick-in-the-mud, ‘I don’t believe it!’ Nathaniel
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose very-excitable, won’t-ever-give-up, always-in-a-rush Philip
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose thoroughly-nice, his-mummy-loves-him, he’ll-go-far James.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose good-at-maths, rather-selfish, ‘I’ll do anything to succeed’ Matthew.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose never-trusting, always-doubting, ‘I’m-not-sure-about-this’ Thomas.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose not-very-strong, easily-overlooked, ‘I’m-too-small’ James.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose temper-losing, tantrum-throwing, ‘I’ll smash your face in’ Simon.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose very impatient, money-loving, ‘I’ll-do-it-my-way’ Judas Iscariot.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

And finally, The Boss chose nobody-special, easily-overlooked, ‘what’s his name?’ Jude.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose each one of these twelve disciples, with all their differences. They became a great team, working together. to help the Good News reach the ends of the earth. Even though Judas Iscariot let the side down a bit, and needed to be substituted for Mattias, who did a good job instead, and there was of course Paul, who joined the team a bit later. There were lots of others as well, included some women but we didn’t always write their names down. They told lots of others and they told others and someone told me and now I’m telling you, so we can continue to pass on the good news that our lives can be sorted by Him.

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, nor what age, gender, lifestyle, income or education you have. The good news is God has a place for you, and if all of these wierdos, these normal people, these average people, these outstanding, amazing people can come close to God through Christ, so may you.


Assembly "Epiphany Gifts"

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Rough Outline:

1. Christmas Presents – did we get what we hoped for? What we expected?
2. Sometimes we get unexpected things… And these can be a wonderful surprise
3. Open box of knitted nativity -> make scene but Wise Men are missing
4. Shepherds brought Jesus a sheep which is all they had
5. Feast of the Epiphany commemorates visit of the wise men – magi
6. Get Wise Men out of other box. Make knitted nativity scene
7. We are not even sure there are three of them. Names etc
8. Their gifts, all say something special about Jesus
9 Gifts say I think you are special. I think of you.
10 these gifts all come from the heart – the best gifts of all
11 last verse of in the bleak midwinter
12 prayer and blessing

Baptism of the Lord, Year C – complete liturgy

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

 

When the Lord had been baptized, the heavens opened, and the Spirit came down like a dove to rest on him. Then the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with him I am well pleased. (See Mt 3:16-17)

 

My dear friends in Christ, we come together this morning as the born-again pilgrim people of God to offer this Holy Sacrifice to Almighty God, our Heavenly Father on this the feast commemorating the inauguration of Our Lord’s Earthly Ministry at his Baptism at the hands of John.

 

So we pray especially today for the life, work and witness of this parish, praying that we may be able to live out the promises of our baptism and realise the prize which that sacrament wins for us: membership of the royal family of God and a place in the kingdom of heaven.

 

The grace of God has dawned upon the world
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own.
So now, Let us confess our sins…

 

 

Father, we have sinned against heaven and against you. We are not worthy to be called your children. We turn to you again. Have mercy on us, bring us back to yourself as those who once were dead but now have life through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

Lord have mercy                                       Kyrie Eleison
Christ have mercy             or                     Christe Eleison
Lord have mercy                                       Kyrie Eleison

 

 

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

 

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

 

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, In the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

 

The Collect

 

Let us pray

 

Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

FIRST READING          Isaiah 43: 1-7

A reading from the Book of Isaiah

 

Thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight, and honoured, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’, and to the south, ‘Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth – everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.’

SECOND READING       Acts 8: 14-17

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

 

When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

Alleluia

 

Allelluia! Allelluia!

 
The heavens opened and the Father’s voice resounded: “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him”
 

Alleluia!

 

GOSPEL READING     Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

 

In the wilderness John proclaimed a baptism of repentance. As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah.

 

John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

 

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven,

 

‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

 

Homily

Washed Clean

Nicene Creed

 

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Intercessions

 

We pray that Christ may be seen in the life of the Church.

Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.

 

You have called us into the family
of those who are the children of God.
May our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ
be strengthened by your grace.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.

 

You have called us to be a temple
where the Holy Spirit can dwell.
Give us clean hands and pure hearts
so that our lives will reflect your holiness.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.

 

You have called us to be a light to the world,
so that those in darkness come to you.
May our lives shine as a witness
to the saving grace you have given for all.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.

 

You have called us to be members of your body,
so that when one suffers, all suffer together.
We ask for your comfort and healing power
to bring hope to those in distress.

For the sick…

 

For the departed…

 

Rest eternal…

 

Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.

 

You have called us to be the Bride,
where you, Lord, are the Bridegroom.
Prepare us for the wedding feast,
where we will be united with you for ever.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.

 

Jesus, Lord of the Church,
you have called us into fellowship with all your saints.
We unite our prayers with theirs
and ask for grace to serve you with joy

We ask for the intercession of our blessed Lady, patron on this parish as we say Hail Mary…
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.

 

Washed clean by the waters of Baptism
We offer these our prayers
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Amen

The Peace

 

We are the body of Christ,
by the one Spirit
we were baptized into one body
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace
and builds up the 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

Open the heavens, Holy Spirit,
for us to see Jesus interceding for us;
may we be willing to share his baptism,
ready to share his cup
and strengthened to serve him for ever.
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 truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
ê holy Father’, almighty and eternal God.
You celebrated your new gift of baptism

in signs and wonders at the Jordan.
Your voice was heard from heaven
to awaken faith in the presence among us
ê of’  your Word made flesh.
Your Spirit was seen as a dove,
revealing Jesus as your servant,
ê and anointing him with the oil of gladness
to preach the good news to the poor.
Therefore, as we celebrate the union of earth and heaven,
ê we rejoice to echo the song of the angels in heaven
for ever praising you and singing:

 

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

 

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.

 

Jesus Christ is Lord:

Lord, by your cross and resurrection,
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

 

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. Anne, St. Cecilia, St Edward,

and all 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

 

Lord of all time and eternity,
you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father
in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:
by the power of your Spirit complete the heavenly work of our rebirth
through the waters of the new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 

Notices

  • Quiz Night: 15th Feb
  • PCC dates
  • Lent Lunches on Fridays at SMV
  • Lent Course on Mondays in Lent at the Vicarage

Blessing

 

The Lord be with you
And also with you

 

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

 

May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water
welling up to eternal life,
perfect in you the image of his glory;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.
Amen

 

The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.