Online Sunday Service
Sunday, 27th September 2020 Trinity 16
10.00 am Online Parish Communion
Celebrant and Preacher: Canon Kathryn
First Reading: Philippians 2 vv 1–13
Holy Gospel: Matthew 21 vv 23–32
Hymn: We sing a love that sets all people free
We sing a love that sets all people free,
that blows like wind, that burns like scorching flame,
enfolds the earth, springs up like water clear:
come, living love, live in our hearts today.
We sing a love that seeks another's good,
that longs to serve and not to count the cost,
a love that, yielding, finds itself made new:
come, caring love, live in our hearts today.
We sing a love, unflinching, unafraid
to be itself, despite another's wrath,
a love that stands alone and undismayed:
come, strengthening love, live in our hearts today.
We sing a love that, wandering, will not rest
until it finds its way, its home, its source,
through joy and sadness pressing on refreshed:
come, pilgrim love, live in our hearts today.
We sing the Holy Spirit, full of love,
who seeks out scars of ancient bitterness,
brings to our wounds the healing grace of Christ:
come, radiant love, live in our hearts today.
Revd June Boyce-Tillman
Those in need in body, mind and spirit: Jeannie Watten; Gabriella; Trevor Taylor; Bob Minter; Sara Harden; Mollie and Colin Williams; Roger Powell; Wendy Cliffe, Dorothy Gill, Penny
The Annual Parish Meeting, delayed from April this year, will be held in the Church on Wednesday, 30 September 2020. Strict social distancing will be enforced. Face masks are required.
It would help us if you could let me know in advance whether you intend to be there. Thank you in advance.
Val Rice, Hon Sec, St Mary's PCC
Sunday: Blessing of Pets Service cancelled.
Tues (29) – St Michael and All Angels
Wed (30) – St Jerome, Teacher, 420.
7.30pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting, followed by PCC. Please wear a face covering. Social-distancing will be maintained.
Thurs (1 Oct) – Remigius, Bp, 533.
Please note that the church will not be open for private prayer because of the meeting on Wednesday evening.
Saturday (3) – 3pm Burial of Ashes – Malcolm Biggs.
Ordination of Deacons at Chichester Cathedral
Thought for the week from Jacquie Peal
In her sermon on Sunday, Kathryn was talking about grace (see, I do listen!!).
The Gospel reading was Jesus' story about the man who hired some people to work in his fields first thing in the morning, then went out later and hired some more. At the end of the day he paid all of them the same wage, which upset those who had worked through the whole day. (Matthew 20 v 1-16).
I must admit that my sympathy was, at first, on the side of those who had worked ALL day. But… But they had agreed to a fair rate of pay before they started which they received in full. Their problem was not so much with what THEY got as with what the late-comers got. It just did not seem fair.
It's not fair! A very human reaction but, when you think about it, is it really a fair reaction!? Why should they have grumbled because the land owner was generous?
Jesus was, I think, trying to make the point to his Jewish disciples that just being Jewish did not mean that God would give them preferential treatment on judgement day. It would be no good for me to say, "I have been a Christian all my life, as were my parents and grandparents before me. Of COURSE you have a place in heaven for me!"
God's answer would be, "Of course I have got a place in heaven for you, because, in spite of all the times that you, your parents and grandparents have let me down my grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12 v 9). As it is also sufficient for … who became a Christian just 5 minutes ago."
In sign language the sign for 'grace' is the same as that for 'rain'; 'it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven' upon each and ALL of us. God's grace isn't choosy or judgemental. It IS 'patient and kind; … It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. It never ends.' Yes I am misquoting 1 Corinthians 13, but isn't grace, especially when we are talking about God's grace, another aspect of his love?
Please God, give me the grace, the love, to be patient, forgiving and kind. And PLEASE give me the grace not to envy or to judge others but to leave that to your living wisdom! Your grace.
A message from Stephen Bloxham
I have received this link from Together in Sussex - a guidance website put together by Church Urban Fund and Diocese of Chichester.
Designed to help folk understand their rights and access to benefit (Universal Credit) and might be useful for our congregation at this time - friends, neighbours, and family.
Please see below -
Help with access to Universal Credit
One of the consequences of covid has been its massive impact on the economy. More and more people are having to seek help, often for the first time in their lives. Understanding the workings of Universal Credit, however, can be a bit of a battle.
Fortunately, the Together in Sussex website has put together some very helpful information: https://togetherinsussex.org.uk/whats-new/universal-credit
Church of England phone line
The Church of England has a free phone line of comforting hymns, reflections and daily prayers, entitled ‘Daily Hope’. Just ring 0800 804 8044.
Welcome Canon Kathryn
Hymn We sing a Love that sets all people free
Invitation to Confession
My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins.
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.
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.
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.
Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us; open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end. Amen
First Reading: Philippians 2 vv1–13 Simon Emerson
Gospel: Matthew 21 vv 23–32
Alleluia, alleluia. The word of the Lord endures for ever. The word of the Lord is the good news announced to you. Alleluia.
Let us declare our faith in God.
We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayers – Ann Emerson
We are the body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life. The peace of God be always with you.
And also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.
Preparation of the Table
Be present, be present, Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest; make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen.
Eucharistic Prayer E
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
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, you made the world and love your creation. You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour. His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death. And so we gladly thank you, with saints and angels praising you, and saying:
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.
We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.
On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, gave it to them, and said:
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. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.
Jesus Christ is Lord:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.
Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.
Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with St Mary and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.
Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Breaking of the Bread
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.
The ministers receive the sacrament
God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
You have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 the peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.