18.10.20 – A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

The Gathering of God’s People


In the name of Christ, we welcome you.
We have been called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light.
Grace and peace be with you
and also with you.

The love of God has been poured into our hearts, through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us:
we dwell in him and he lives in us.

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples.

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
and speak of all his marvelous works.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty;
who was and is and is to come.

Collect : Saint Luke    October 18

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

FIRST READING  Isaiah 35.3-6

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God. He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

Psalm 147
Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
   for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
   he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the broken-hearted,
   and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
   he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
   his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
   he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
   make melody to our God on the lyre.

THE GOSPEL  Luke 10.1-9
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

Prayer and Penitence


God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation.
We praise and bless you, Lord.

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly.
We praise and bless you, Lord.

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence.
We praise and bless you, Lord.

Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being.
We praise and bless you, Lord.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured or disabled, that they may be made whole. Hear us, Lord of life. Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence.
Hear us, Lord of life.

Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering, wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.
Hear us, Lord of life.

Mend broken relationships, and restore to those in distress soundness of mind and serenity of spirit.
Hear us, Lord of life.

Sustain and support those who seek your guidance and lift up all who are brought low by the trials of this life.
Hear us, Lord of life.

Grant peace and a holy death to those who are dying, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved.
Hear us, Lord of life.

Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world.
Hear us, Lord of life.

You are the Lord, you perform mighty wonders. You have declared your power among the peoples. With you, Lord, is the well of life and in your light do we see light.
Hear us, Lord of life, heal us, and make us whole.

Let us be silent before God.

O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.


The gospel calls us to turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. As we offer ourselves to him in penitence and faith, we renew our confidence and trust in his mercy.

Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you. Psalm 55: 22

In returning and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and trust shall be your strength. Isaiah 30: 15

There follows a period of silent reflection and self-examination.

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the sinner:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

You bring light to those in darkness:
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Absolution : God forgives you your sins, forgive others and forgive yourself. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

Blessed are you, sovereign God, gentle and merciful, creator of heaven and earth. Your Word brought light out of darkness, and daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth. When we turned away from you in sin, your anointed Son took our nature and entered our suffering to bring your healing to those in weakness and distress. He broke the power of evil and set us free from sin and death that we might become partakers of his glory. His apostles anointed the sick in your name, bringing wholeness and joy to a broken world. By your grace renewed each day you continue the gifts of healing in your Church that your people may praise your name for ever.

Hear the prayer we offer for all your people. Remember in your mercy those for whom we pray: heal the sick, raise the fallen, strengthen the fainthearted and enfold in your love the fearful and those who have no hope. In the fulness of time complete your gracious work. Reconcile all things in Christ and make them new. Restore us in your image, renew us in your love, that we may serve you as sons and daughters in your kingdom; through your anointed Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit we lift our voices of thanks and praise: Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation, now and for ever. Amen.

In the name of God and trusting in his might alone, receive Christ’s healing touch to make you whole. May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind and spirit, deliver you from every evil, and give you his peace. Amen.

The almighty Lord, who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him, whom all things in heaven, on earth and under the earth obey, be now and evermore your defence. May you believe and trust that the only name under heaven given for health and salvation is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER In confidence let us pray to the Father for the coming of the kingdom among us: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name …

THE PEACE God has made us one in Christ. He has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come, has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.

The peace of the Lord be always with you and also with you.

Going Out as God’s People

God who said: ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, has caused his light to shine within us to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God revealed in the face of Jesus Christ. We have this treasure in earthen vessels to show that the power belongs to God.

THE BLESSING The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your heart and mind 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 with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Go in the joy and peace of Christ. Thanks be to God.


11.10.20 – Harvest Thanksgiving


The Preparation

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God.
The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
Let us pray with one heart and mind:      (short time of silence)
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
So may the light of your presence, O God,
Set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and forever. Amen.
The Spirit of God fills the whole world: Come, let us worship.

Being Sorry Being Forgive
Father you come to meet us when we return to you.
Lord have mercy     Lord have mercy
Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins.
Christ have mercy  Christ have mercy
Spirit, you give us life and peace.
Lord have mercy     Lord have mercy


Praise the Lord, O my soul.
And all that is within me, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, O my soul.
And forget not all his benefits.

He forgives all your sin.
And heals all your infirmities.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Slow to anger and of great goodness.

As far as the east is from the west:
So far has he set our sin from us.

Bible Responsory

Your Word, O Lord, is a lantern to my feet.
Your Word, O Lord, is a lantern to my feet.

A light to my path. A lantern to my feet.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Your Word, O Lord, is a lantern to my feet.

Psalm 106

1  Alleluia.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,
for his faithfulness endures for ever.
2  Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord
or show forth all his praise?
3  Blessed are those who observe what is right
and always do what is just.
4  Remember me, O Lord, in the favour you bear for your people;
visit me in the day of your salvation;
5  That I may see the prosperity of your chosen
and rejoice in the gladness of your people,
and exult with your inheritance.

Philippians 4

Rejoice* in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.* 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved,* whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about* these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

A Creed

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all powerful hand; they
are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.

Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus, through you all things
were made. You were formed in the womb of Mary
our Mother, you became part of this earth, and you
gazed upon this world with human eyes. Today you are alive in every  creature in your risen glory.

Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light you guide this
world toward the Father’s love and accompany
creation as it groans in travail.You also dwell in our hearts and you inspire us to do what is good.

Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community
of infinite love, teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of
you. Awaken our praise and thankfulness for every
being that you have made.
Praise be to you! 

A prayer for our earth
All powerful God, you are present in the
whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor help us to
rescue the abandoned and forgotten of
this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives that we may protect the world and not prey on it that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for
gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each
thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your
infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.   

The Dismissal

Jesus, Lord of time Hold us in your eternity.
Jesus, image of God Travel with us the life of faith.
Jesus, friend of sinners Heal the brokenness of our world.
Jesus, Lord of tomorrow Draw us into your future. Amen.

“Beannacht / Blessing
On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance to balance you.
And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window
and the ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green, and azure blue
come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours. And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,
an invisible cloak to mind your life.”

 John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

May your Creator, renew your heart as a fertile field
May your Redeemer plant seeds of hope and love
deep in the soil of your heart
And may your Sustainer nurture you to growth and fruitfulness
And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord   

In the name of Christ. Amen.



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