Sunday 25th October – Bible Sunday

Welcome to our family service for Bible Sunday.

If you are watching this service during the week, welcome and we hope you enjoy it.

If you are watching on Sunday we invite you to Zoom Coffee at 11.30. Contact Revd Liz for details of how to join.

You can either scroll down the page and play each video in turn or you can just hit play on the playlist immediately underneath this paragraph.

Click here for Bible Sunday worksheets.

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Service written out

During the last corona virus lockdown, like many of you I’m sure, I arranged my bookcases. I had an awful lot of Bibles, different sizes, colours and versions. it made me think about adults and children who don’t have a Bible in their homes. It is in the Bible that we have readings like the New Testament reading we have today, that teaches us how much God loves us and shows us how we should teach each other. Like our song, which is sung by people all over the world, the Bible unites us all as christians.

So let us begin our worship.

Welcome in the name of Christ
Gods grace, mercy and peace be with us all. Amen.

Hymn – Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning

Opening Prayer

Loving God, we have come to worship you.
Help us to pray to you in faith,
to sing your praise with gratitude,
and to listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Day (Collect) for 20th Sunday after Trinity

God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
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.

Confession

We confess to you our selfishness and lack
of love:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

We confess to you our fear and failure in
sharing our faith:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

We confess to you our stubbornness and
lack of trust:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

Assurance of forgiveness

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn – Jesus put this song into our hearts

Reading based on Psalm 100

The whole world is singing a song, have you heard it?
The wind is whispering it in the trees.
The rain is dancing it on the rooftops.
The whole of creation is singing it out together:
“God loves us. He made us. He’s very pleased with us!”
It’s the song that’s been sung since the beginning;
the song God created everything in the world to sing.
It’s the song without words.
It’s the song you were created to sing too.
We forgot our song long ago when we turned and ran away from God, but Jesus has come to bring us home to God – and give us back our song.
So go on – sing your song!

Reading from Colossians 3 12-17 (The Message Bible)

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.

Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.

Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Talk

I loved the Colossians from “The Message Bible”, but I did get a little “nudge” when the word Wardrobe was mentioned! My lockdown clearing out and sorting has not included my wardrobe, or, should I say wardrobes.

My Mum was the same and I think it was her reaction to her childhood life,where money was scarce, and clothes few. My Grandma, her mother, wouldn’t go to Church as she had no smart clothes to wear. My Grandfather played the organ in Church and my Mum went Church with him, three or four times on a Sunday. Mum had to change her clothes from smart clothes to play clothes each time she came home! Thank goodness we are more relaxed about clothes these days.

One thing my Grandma was insistent upon was that all her grandchildren should wear a vest!(no matter what time of year)

Here is one of my old teddies, Clementine, who is wearing her vest. Lets see what she has in her wardrobe.

A Jacket, that will keep her warm, lets call it the jacket of COMPASSION, reminding all to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

A hat, ah! the hat of KINDNESS, actually being friendly and considerate to people.

A pair of gloves, the gloves of HUMILITY , not always thinking that we should be first, or best, but listening to others.

Clementines socks- QUIET STRENGTH? I think that means being firm in our Christian Faith and being strong in the knowledge God is with us, helping us to be the best that we can be.

DISCIPLINE is the next item in the wardrobe. I think Clementine can have a cape of DISCIPLINE, learning to follow Gods rules as best as we can, not doing just what we like.

The passage also talks about FORGIVENESS and being EVEN TEMPERED. FORGIVENESS is at the heart of our Christian Faith. As God has forgiven us when we say sorry to him, we must forgive others, too.

The short reading, five verses long, is teaching us how to be Christian people. And, the best thing we can wear from the wardrobe, is LOVE

(And a vest of course Grandma )

Our Affirmation of faith, this is what we believe

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

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

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?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Hymn – How deep the Father’s love for us

Offertory Prayer

Gracious God, accept our gifts
and with them our lives
to be used in your service
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer time – Five finger prayers

Let us pray:

Our thumb prayer:
Dear God, we give thanks and pray for those we love the most, for our families and friends on whom we rely so much.

Help us to be better at showing them that we love them and may they be confident in your love, knowing that you will always be by their side.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our Pointer finger prayer:
Dear God, we pray for our teachers and all who work in our schools. We give thanks for the extra care and effort they are putting in at the moment. May their wisdom and their support for their pupils be grounded in love.

We give thanks for doctors, nurses, carers and all key workers. Be with them Lord; support, strengthen and uphold them in your boundless love.

We pray for Revd Liz and her family as they prepare to move to their new parishes. On this Bible Sunday, we give thanks for all Liz has done to share your Word and your love with us.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our index finger prayer:
Dear God, give wisdom we pray to leaders in government around the world. As they strive to find a path for us through the pandemic, may their thoughts, words and actions be based on good common sense and be done in the name and with the grace of Jesus.

May your peace Lord, keep us all in step and in tune with one each other.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our ring finger prayer:
Dear God, we lift to you anyone we are worried about; those who are ill, afraid, alone or bereaved. And we remember those who have died.

We pray for those who have turned and run away from you or who do not yet know you. Meet them, we pray, and bring them home to your comforting love.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our little finger prayer:
Dear God, we pray for ourselves, that we will never forget that you love us. Encourage us to keep singing your song and to wear the garment of love always.

We pray that your kindness, compassion, humility and love will shine brightly through us.

God of love
Hear our prayer

We say together:
Your Word is the light we see,
a guide for our footsteps
to where you are found.

Your Word is the strength we find
when darkness threatens
to overwhelm.

Your Word is the power we need
to become servants
of a Heavenly King.

Your Word is the reason we live
in the sure knowledge
you are everything. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Sending Out

God give us your love
Give us your joy
Give us your peace
That we may live life to the full
And in awareness of you and your love for us

God give us your guidance
Give us your protection
Give us your power
That we may travel in hope
And in awareness of you and your love for us

God give us your aid
Give us your strength
Give us your presence

That we may grow in faith
And in awareness of you and your love for us. Amen

Our last song is sung by people from all over the world and in different languages.
United by faith on Bible Sunday we sing Amazing Grace.

Hymn – Amazing Grace

Dismissal

Let us go in the light & peace of Christ
And shine with the light of his love.
Amen.

Click here for Bible Sunday worksheets.

Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.

Sunday 18th October 2020 – 19th Sunday after Trinity

Welcome

Welcome to our worship. If it is still Sunday morning where you are, I hope you will join us at Zoom coffee, which will be at 11.30am. Details, as usual, are on the emailed notice sheet. If you don’t receive this, please click up above on the Contact page and send an email to Carol, who will make sure you are added to the list.

The form of the service today is the first part of the communion service, finishing with the peace and the prayer of spiritual communion. I hope this gives you the opportunity to meditate and ponder as you pray.

You can either scroll down the page and play each video in turn or you can just hit play on the playlist immediately underneath this paragraph.

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Service written out in full

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

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

Hymn – O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Prayer of preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

Introduction to Confession
God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ
to save us from our sins,
to be our advocate in heaven,
and to bring us to eternal life.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
and to live in love and peace with all.

Silence

Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.
Amen.

Absolution

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us 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.

Collect – Prayer for the week

O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
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

New Testament Reading

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, read by Susannah from Brandsby

Psalm 96:1-9

Sing to the Lord a new song; ♦
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord and bless his name; ♦
tell out his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations ♦
and his wonders among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; ♦
he is more to be feared than all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are but idols; ♦
it is the Lord who made the heavens.

Honour and majesty are before him; ♦
power and splendour are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; ♦
ascribe to the Lord honour and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name; ♦
bring offerings and come into his courts.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; ♦
let the whole earth tremble before him.

Hymn – Take my life

For the words to this hymn, click on the Closed Captions option.

Gospel:

Matthew 22:15-22 read by Michael from Brandsby
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord.

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

Sermon

Within any group you quite often find a pressure to conform and, if you don’t fit in, it can be uncomfortable. Think about how you would feel if you were wearing the wrong football shirt to the match, or on boat race day when half your family are pale blue and half light blue and you don’t want to upset either.

Do you ever feel a conflict between being in wider society and being in church? Perhaps when your friends are planning exciting things on a Sunday morning and you know you want to be in church. Or having the strength to do the right thing even though it will cost you more money.

Sometimes, of course, people seem to want to catch us out. How often does the media interview Christians who have made mistakes and been found out and wave their faith against them as some kind of accusation?

It was no different for Jesus. The Pharisees (the strictest and most devout religious leaders of his day) had got rather fed up of being the target of Jesus’ stories (for examples of this go and listen again to the last few weeks of services) and they thought they had found a way of entrapping him with a political question.

Israel at the time was an occupied nation. The Romans were in charge and they tolerated the Jewish religion and customs to a certain extent, but there were limits. Anyone who spoke out against them was likely to be severely punished. There had been tax revolts previously that had ended with the Romans crucifying the revolutionaries. The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus into saying something that could then be used against him.

The Pharisees asked Jesus: Is it lawful to pay taxes to the Emperor?

What were they hoping for? If he said ‘yes’, they could say he wasn’t being a faithful Jew by supporting the pagan overlords. If he said ‘no’, they could report him to the secular authorities as a troublemaker. Either answer would be problematic.

Jesus replies, not with yes or no, but with a question of his own, after asking to see the coin: “Whose head is this and whose title”? The coin was, of course a Roman coin with the head of Caesar on it. The Roman denarius wasn’t the only currency around at the time. The temple tax had to be paid in Jewish money which wouldn’t have any image on it, let alone Caesar, and certainly not an inscription round the edge proclaiming Caesar high priest and son of God.

Jesus rather neatly then solves the problem with that famous phrase – in the King James translation “Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” Or more prosaicly “give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”.

Why were the Pharisees so impressed by that answer? You can read this answer at different levels. At face value, he could be saying just to pay your taxes. Or is it a dig at Caesar having brought occupation and oppression – is that what to give back?

Have we forgotten the other half of the reply though? Give to God what is God’s?

What belongs to God? What should be given to God? If you have a concordance at home, look up the word ‘belong’ – or go to the website Bible Gateway. In the Old testament, the heavens belong to God, the Israelites too. Wisdom, power, strength and victory belong to God. In the new Testament it is St Paul who talks most about belonging. Believers belong to God, we belong to Christ.

I have a vivid memory of the night I first really understood the depths of God’s love for me, for all of us. I remember walking home, well skipping almost because I was so happy. And I remember placing my whole life before God as a thankoffering and saying “here it is, everything I have and am is yours, God”. I have never regretted that, although it has taken me in some unexpected directions.

We give ourselves to God when we give him our time – in prayer, in worship, in loving our neighbours. We give ourselves to God when we commit to leadership roles in the Church – through being churchwardens or PCC members or home group leaders. We give ourselves to God when we have to compromise in other areas of life – not going off shopping on a Sunday morning, avoiding gossip and malicious talk, not stealing or lying or being cruel. All of this is our offering of ourselves.

But I am going to tread on dangerous ground for a little here because giving yourself to God also affects the money that you have in your wallet or bank account. When was the last time you looked at a bank statement? Were you happy with what was there? When was the last time you looked at your bank statement and prayed about it? Do you think God is happy with how you are using your money?

What about the money you give to the Church. Are you happy with what you have chosen to give? Consider all that God has given you – does your financial commitment to God through the Church match the thankfulness you feel inside? Do you think God is happy with what you offer him? Is your giving a reflection of wanting to give your whole self to God?

If you are a current giver to our churches, you will be getting a letter soon, explaining a little about our current financial situation and asking you to consider whether it is possible to give a little more.

People quite often talk about giving being the right thing to do, but giving can also be a joyful thing to do. It can make you feel better, it can be an act of praise and worship. It is a sign of belonging and being part of something bigger. Don’t give more to the Church than you can afford and if you aren’t sure how the Church uses the money on God’s behalf then ask me or your PCC members.

Jesus said “give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”. We belong to God, so we should give ourselves to God, our whole selves. There are many ways to do this. How will you give yourself to God this week?

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

Almighty God, ruler of the ends of the earth, we pray for those to whom you have entrusted power and responsibility.
We think first of our own country and those elected to office as Members of Parliament— those who serve in government, whether in cabinet office, junior posts or on backbench committees; those in opposition with their mandate to challenge and debate government policies and decisions; and especially we pray for our Prime Minister and the leaders of all other parties.

Almighty God, grant them wisdom, insight, patience, dedication, integrity, open-mindedness, and humility, that each may be equipped to honour the trust placed in them and lead us through this pandemic.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in local government, entrusted with representing the interests of local people in their communities, taking decisions which will directly influence their lives, wrestling with limited resources and numerous demands.

Give to them the qualities they need to serve faithfully, staying true to their convictions yet putting people before party.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in authority in other lands, leaders of nations large and small, super-powers and tiny states, shaping the lives of millions or relatively few.

Grant them also the guidance and the gifts they need to govern wisely, that they may work for the good of all their people, and strive to promote justice, freedom of speech and opportunity, inner harmony and international peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those nations affected by an abuse of power, divided by rival factions,   oppressed by military dictatorships, exploited by corrupt regimes, suppressed by totalitarian authorities.

Support those who suffer under such government, and strengthen those who struggle to bring justice to those places, so that the time may come when truth and justice prevail.  

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all people living in our parishes
those struggling with financial worries
those being crushed by the weight of loneliness and worry
those who want to help but don’t know how
those who are overworked
those who are tired and worn out
those living with terminal or chronic illness
those who are bereaved

Help them see a way forward, help them to know your peace and lead them into your love and help all of us to support each other in our turn.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember those who have gone before us in the peace of Christ, and we give you praise for all your faithful ones, with whom we rejoice in the communion of saints, remembering especially Sue, Jean and Mavis.

Merciful father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

These intercessions were written by Nick Fawcett, adapted by Rev. I. Scott McCarthy, and were found on the Starters for Sunday website from the Church of Scotland via Re:worship, then adapted again by the Revd Liz Hassall.

Offertory

Our giving is a response to God’s generosity to us, and enables us to fulfil God’s mission in our church. I and all the PCCs would like to encourage you to give by Standing Order or Direct Debit, which is the most reliable and sustainable form of regular giving, and is the most efficient and cost-effective method for us. Although for many of us, money is not abundant this year, if you are able to increase your giving at this time, we will have more resource to serve our community and channel into mission.

Thank you for all you are able to give.

God of abundance,
the author and giver
of all good things,
grant us a gracious
and humble heart,
that we may give you glory
through offering the
first fruits of our lives,
and grow more into the likeness
of our Lord and Saviour,
Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then 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.

Hymn

Today I will read the institution narrative from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, then offer a time of silence, finishing with the prayer for spiritual communion and the Lord’s prayer.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIVUK)

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits you have given me,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
O most merciful redeemer,
friend and brother,
may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Today, I am using the traditional language Lord’s prayer. Please pray in whichever language or version you prefer.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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.

Hymn – We have a gospel to proclaim

Blessing and Dismissal

The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ, Amen.

Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.