Archives January 2014

New Nursery Rhyme Mass element: Gloria to the tune of Old Macdonald

This still needs revision, especially as I have copped out of a working of “everywhere and <animal sound>,<animal sound>” and gone for the equivilence of “ei-ei-o”

As usual, your comments and changes are appreciated. Especially for this one. Deadline is the 9th of Feb when we use it at S. Peter’s Eaton Square in London. Come and join us!

To the tune of Old Macdonald had a farm…

Glory be to God on high
To all on earth be peace
Lord God, Heavenly King
For you we praise and sing

O Lord God,
Lamb of God,
You take away
the sin of the world
Have mercy on us

You alone are the holy one
You alone are the Lord
You alone are the mo-ost high
Jesus Christ

In the Glory of God,
the Fa-a-ather
ever one
Always three
A-a-a-a-men

A-a-a-a-men!


Collective Worship: Candlemas

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Penitential Rite

Alternative background video: http://www.vimeo.com/8699746

When the candles are lit the celebrant says:

Jesus is the light of the world. That light is in each of us for Jesus is always with us.

When we do things that are wrong, when we hurt or damage our friends or families, our environment, or ourselves the light of Jesus becomes dim in us. Let us remember those times, sort our lives out and know that God forgives us.

During each petition at the words “we bring darkness” one of the three candles is extinguished 

When we do wrong to our family and loved ones,
we bring darkness into our lives
Father, forgive.

When we do wrong to our world,
we bring darkness into our lives
Father, forgive

When we do wrong to ourselves,
we bring darkness into our lives
Father, forgive

During the prayer for forgiveness, the celebrant pauses as the candles are relit, the ambient lighting is restored as well

May the risen Christ heal and restore us light candle
save us from all evil light candle
and give us his light always light candle
Amen.


School Mass: 24th January 2014 Light in the Darkness

Gathering Song:

=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnPVJYTW9s8

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

Penitential Rite (ba ba blacksheep)

Just like lost sheep we have gone astray
Done bad things and run away
So we come to say sorry
Make things better as you see
Loving Jesus make anew
Our lives so we can be like you.

Absolution (If you’re happy…)

You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands
You’re forgiven and you know, so you really ought to show it,
You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands

Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet
Jesus loves you and you know it, so you really ought to show it
Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet

If you believe that God forgives you, say “We do” “We do”
When you say that you are sorry, you no longer have to worry
God takes away your sin, so say “Amen”. Amen!

Collect

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for all you do for us.
Help us to be a light for those who are sad
Just as you are a light for the world
Amen

Gospel

“I am the light of the world, the light that shines in the darkness”

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

Take a candle. Turn out all the lights. Speak of the world as dark and scary. Light candle and speak of Jesus being the light in the darkness. The darkness runs away from the light.

There is nothing so scary that the light of Christ cannot dispel. We each have a light of faith inside us. All we have to do is light them from the light of the world and there will be nothing we cannot face. Ever.

When you take your light into other places, you light up the world with the love of Jesus. Spread the light.

Peace

Here we are
One in Christ
Gathered here
Ain’t this nice?
So let us share a sign of peace
A kiss or hug before the feast…

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for these gifts,
Bread and Wine, fruit of the earth
We pray you will change them
as you change us
by the power of your Holy Spirit

Preface (Kum By Yah)

The Lord is here right now
His spirit with us

Lift up your hearts to him
We lift them up

It’s the right thing to do
Yes Jesus, O yes, we come in prayer

Lord of all life,
you created the universe,
where all living things reflect your glory.
You give us this great and beautiful earth,
to discover and to cherish.

You give us sun and moon and star-lit sky,
everything that gives us light,
light for our eyes, our hearts, our minds.

You made us all,
each wonderfully different,
to join with the angels
and sing your praise:

Sanctus (Kum By Yah)

Holy, Holy Lord, O Holy God
Our prayers are joined
By the Saints
Blessed is the one
Who comes in peace
Blessed is the Prince of Peace

Eucharistic Prayer 2 for Children

Father, on the night before he died,
Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
He took the bread, and thanked you.
He broke it, and gave it to them, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine.
He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
the new promise of God’s unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

Memorial Acclamation (Kum By Yah)

Let us proclaim Of our faith

“Christ has died
And has arisen
Christ will come
To us again
O yes, he will return”

Father, as we offer this bread and wine,
and remember his death and resurrection,
send your +Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another,
work for the healing of the earth,
and share the good news of Jesus,
as we wait for his coming in glory.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father,
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit:
one God, for ever and ever.

Great Amen (Kum By Yah)

Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
We say this now,
Amen, O yes, Amen!

Lord’s Prayer (Pop Goes the Weasel)

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy na-a-ame.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us all our si-i-ns
As we forgive
all those us who sin
or trespass against us

Let us not be drawn into
Any kind of temptation
Deliver us
from the evil one
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Agnus Dei (3 blind mice)

Lamb of God, Lamb of God
You take away, the sin of the world
Have mercy on us, Lamb of God
Don’t let us stray away from the flock
You take away the sin of the world
So grant us peace

Come and eat, come and drink
You’re welcome here, come quite near
Share in his body and blood with us
It tastes like wine and bread but just
Know that inside it’s not like that
Share the food of God.

Prayer after Communion (Polly put the kettle on)

Thank you for the meal we eat
Thank you for the meal we eat
Thank you for the meal we eat
Christ brings us life

Now let us go from this place
Now let us go from this place
Now let us go from this place
To do his work

Blessing (Sing a Song of Sixpence)

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

May the Lord now +bless you
And keep you all safe
Send you out from here
In a state of grace
Take what we have learned
About Jesus our King
And do what he has taught us
To make the world a better thing.

Go, the Mass has ended
But our service has begun
We heard it straight from Jesus
What it means to live as one
With him now up in heaven
Looking from above
Blessing us in all our work
Let’s go and share his love.

The Mass is ended.
Go in the Peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God


Collective Worship: Conversion of Saul

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  • Does anyone know what conversion means?
    • I don’t just mean converting a try in Rugby either…
    • But we convert Kg to Grams, don’t we?
    • When we go abroad, we convert our money, from Pounds to Euros or to Dollars
  • So conversion means CHANGE
  • Today, we think about the way God changed one man so much that as a result he changed his name, and it changed his life
  • Now, using some change in my pocket, I’m going to think about the change in Saul
  • I know 5 things about him, and this change will help me remember these things.

Take the 5 coins out of your pocket. Lay out the coins in front of you, one by one, as you explain that: 

  1. Saul had been born in the city of Tarsus, which was ruled by the Romans, and this made him a Roman citizen.
  2. Saul was a tentmaker – that’s what he did for a living.
  3. Saul was a Pharisee, which meant that he had spent many years studying the law, and was confident that he knew best what God wanted him to do.
  4. Saul wanted to please the Jewish leaders, and he knew that they wanted to get rid of all of Jesus’ followers, so that’s what he tried to do. He thought that God wanted him to do this, too.
  5. Saul was proud and arrogant, and he didn’t care whether he was arresting or killing men, women or children – he just wanted rid of them all.
Show the video and tell the story of Acts 9:1-22 as it shows. After, gather together the 5 coins in one hand, drop them back into your pocket and take out the £5 note.
  • It was as if God had gathered together everything about Saul and changed it completely, even giving him a new name:
  • from Saul to Paul. Saint Paul.
  • The thing is, we don’t spend a £5 note by ripping little bits off it: it only works as one whole thing.
  • And Jesus called Saul to give everything up for Him – not to hold any little bits back, but to really give his whole life to following Jesus, just as we have to hand over the whole note if we want to spend it.


New Bishop of Exeter: +Robert Atwell

robert_atwellPRESS RELEASE

New Bishop of Exeter announced today

The next Bishop of Exeter is the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, currently Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester. His appointment was announced this morning by the Prime Minister’s office.

Bishop Robert will become the 71st bishop of the Diocese of Exeter which comprises more than 500 parishes across the county of Devon.

Aged 59, he spent ten years as a Benedictine monk at Burford Priory in Oxfordshire, and then served as a parish priest in London before becoming Bishop of Stockport in 2008.

He said: “I’m immensely honoured and a little bit daunted to be chosen as the next Bishop of Exeter. From family holidays I know Devon to be a beautiful county, large and full of variety, and I’m looking forward to getting to know it better and above all getting to know the people of the county.

“I realise that the picture postcard image many have of Devon isn’t the whole truth. There are communities facing great hardships, through poverty and lack of employment, as well as the recent flooding which has affected many people and caused problems for the farming community. I’ve been moved by the stories I’ve heard of churches and individuals across the county getting stuck in and helping people.”

He pledged to spend time listening to people and explained that his priority will be to lead the Diocese in prayer, witness and service.

He said, “My ten years as a Benedictine monk taught me that all growth is rooted in prayer. God doesn’t want us just to exist or to fritter our lives away. He wants us to be fully alive and to serve people with joy.”

He is passionate about the church’s role in providing education for all, and looks forward to supporting the 130 church schools serving families all over Devon.

In his spare time he enjoys gardening and writing. He is the author of a number of books, including Pilgrim: a course recently launched by the Church of England to encourage people to explore the Christian faith.

Bishop Robert will spend the day visiting communities across Devon, including a church-run debt counselling centre in Plymouth, a foodbank in Okehampton and a farm in Iddisleigh, before attending evensong at Exeter Cathedral. For the full itinerary and photo opportunities see programme below.

Bishop Robert will be installed in Exeter Cathedral in July and will be living in Exeter. He succeeds Bishop Michael Langrish, who retired last year.

ENDS

PROGRAMME FOR 21 JANUARY

Media are invited to send reporters/photographers to any of the events below.

1000 HOURS St Budeaux Church, Plymouth to meet staff and volunteers at the debt counselling centre. The Diocese of Exeter recently gave the church £93,000 to set up the counselling centre with the charity Christians Against Poverty. The choir from St Budeaux Foundation School will greet the new Bishop.

12 NOON Okehampton Foodbank, the Baptist Church, Okehampton. The Foodbank in Okehampton is run by volunteers, many of them from local churches. Bishop Robert will listen to the stories from volunteers and make a donation of food, including Cheshire cheese.

1325 HOURS West Park Farm, Iddesleigh  (EX19 8BE) to meet with farmers Peter and Henry Banbury and hear about the difficulties faced by farmers in Devon.

1500 HOURS St Peter’s School, Exeter. Bishop Robert will meet acting head Lyn Bourne and spend time with pupils in a science lesson.

1730 HOURS EVENSONG AT EXETER CATHEDRAL. The Bishop will light a candle during a special evensong in the Cathedral, marking the week of Christian Unity. Representatives from other Christian churches will be present.

For further information call Rebecca Paveley on 07971 637150 or 01392 294905.


Nursery Rhyme Mass in School for Epiphany 2: Behold the Lamb

Gathering Song

Behold the Lamb (CJM)

=http://youtu.be/4-53FUtoHgM

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

Penitential Rite <Ba Ba Blacksheep>

Just like lost sheep we have gone astray
Done bad things and run away
So we come to say sorry
Make things better as you see
Loving Jesus make anew
Our lives so we can be like you.

Absolution (If you’re happy…)

You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands
You’re forgiven and you know, so you really ought to show it,
You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands

Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet
Jesus loves you and you know it, so you really ought to show it
Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet

If you believe that God forgives you, say “We do” “We do”
When you say that you are sorry, you no longer have to worry
God takes away your sin, so say “Amen”. Amen!

Collect

Let us pray…

(The response is: I come to do your will)

Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

I waited for the Lord, and He stooped down to me
Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

He put a new song in my mouth
Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

God does not ask for sacrifices and offerings
Instead, here am I
Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

Creative Ideas for Children’s Worship, Year A: Sarah Lenton

The Gospel from St John Chapter 1

One day John saw Jesus walking towards him and John said to his friends, ‘Do you see that Man? He is the Lamb of God!

‘God told me to baptize people in the River Jordan. I knew that one of them would turn out to be the Messiah, but I didn’t know which. And then Jesus came to be
baptized, and I saw the Holy Spirit come down like a dove from Heaven and hover over Him, and I realized who He was.’

‘I’m telling you the truth,’ said John, ‘Jesus is God’s Chosen One.’

The next day John was standing talking to his disciples and Jesus went past again. ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ said John. And the two disciples left John and followed Jesus.

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

Why did John call Jesus a ‘lamb’? Well, it wasn’t because Jesus was cute.
Let’s think about lambs in Jesus’ time. People liked them then, just as much as we do. Jesus talks about holding little lambs close to His chest.
But of course people ate lambs then, just like us, and they did
something else – they sacrificed them . . .

Sacrifice

All ancient peoples sacrificed animals. They built an altar – very like the altar we have in church – and they killed an animal and cooked it.
They thought that the gods could smell the delicious smell of roast meat that went up to into the sky. Then they ate the rest of the animal themselves. Well, the Jewish people didn’t think that God wanted to smell roast meat. But they sacrificed lambs anyway.

They did it at their great feast of Passover and when they wanted to say ‘sorry’. They felt they could pile up all their sins on the lamb’s back and kill the lot – all the sins, all their guilt – and, of course, the lamb.

And John realized, that’s just what Jesus was going to do. He’d be everybody’s Lamb; innocent, nice and good. And He’d carry our sins on His back, get killed – and take them away. That’s why we still call Jesus ‘the Lamb of God’. We do it at every Eucharist.

Let’s learn that bit of the Eucharist now…

Just hold the lamb for a minute and pass it to your neighbour.
It’s nice, isn’t it? You know, the Jews always felt sorry for lambs, even when they sacrificed them.

Jesus knew He was the Lamb of God.
He knew He’d be sacrificed.
But that was OK – He loved us so much, He was prepared to accept
that. People have never forgotten that John the Baptist called Jesus the
‘Lamb of God’.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy upon us
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy upon us
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world
Grant us peace.

Creative Ideas for Children’s Worship, Year A: Sarah Lenton

Peace

Here we are
One in Christ
Gathered here
Ain’t this nice?
So let us share a sign of peace
A kiss or hug before the feast…

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for these gifts,
Bread and Wine, fruit of the earth
We pray you will change them
as you change us
by the power of your Holy Spirit

Preface (Kum By Yah)

The Lord is here right now
His spirit with us

Lift up your hearts to him
We lift them up

It’s the right thing to do
Yes Jesus, O yes, we come in prayer

Lord of all life,
you created the universe,
where all living things reflect your glory.
You give us this great and beautiful earth,
to discover and to cherish.

You give us sun and moon and star-lit sky,
everything that gives us light,
light for our eyes, our hearts, our minds.

You made us all,
each wonderfully different,
to join with the angels
and sing your praise:

Sanctus (Kum By Yah)

Holy, Holy Lord, O Holy God
Our prayers are joined
By the Saints
Blessed is the one
Who comes in peace
Blessed is the Prince of Peace

Eucharistic Prayer 2 for Children

Father, on the night before he died,
Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
He took the bread, and thanked you.
He broke it, and gave it to them, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine.
He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
the new promise of God’s unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

Memorial Acclamation (Kum By Yah)

Let us proclaim Of our faith

“Christ has died
And has arisen
Christ will come
To us again
O yes, he will return”

Father, as we offer this bread and wine,
and remember his death and resurrection,
send your +Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another,
work for the healing of the earth,
and share the good news of Jesus,
as we wait for his coming in glory.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father,
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit:
one God, for ever and ever.

Great Amen (Kum By Yah)

Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
We say this now,
Amen, O yes, Amen!

Lord’s Prayer (Pop Goes the Weasel)

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy na-a-ame.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us all our si-i-ns
As we forgive
all those us who sin
or trespass against us

Let us not be drawn into
Any kind of temptation
Deliver us
from the evil one
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Agnus Dei (3 blind mice)

Lamb of God, Lamb of God
You take away, the sin of the world
Have mercy on us, Lamb of God
Don’t let us stray away from the flock
You take away the sin of the world
So grant us peace

Come and eat, come and drink
You’re welcome here, come quite near
Share in his body and blood with us
It tastes like wine and bread but just
Know that inside it’s not like that
Share the food of God.

We now share communion

Prayer after Communion (Polly put the kettle on)

Thank you for the meal we eat
Thank you for the meal we eat
Thank you for the meal we eat
Christ brings us life

Now let us go from this place
Now let us go from this place
Now let us go from this place
To do his work

Blessing (Sing a Song of Sixpence)

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

May the Lord now +bless you
And keep you all safe
Send you out from here
In a state of grace
Take what we have learned
About Jesus our King
And do what he has taught us
To make the world a better thing.

Go, the Mass has ended
But our service has begun
We heard it straight from Jesus
What it means to live as one
With him now up in heaven
Looking from above
Blessing us in all our work
Let’s go and share his love.

The Mass is ended.
Go in the Peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God