05.09.21 – Service of the Word

‘And he showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, on the palm of my hand, round like a ball. I looked at it thoughtfully and wondered, ‘What is this?’ And the answer came, ‘It is all that is made.’
 I marvelled that it continued to exist and did not suddenly disintegrate; it was so small. And again my mind supplied the answer, ‘It exists, both now and for ever, because God loves it.’ In short, everything owes its existence to the love of God.
In this ‘little thing’ I saw three truths. The first is that God made it; the second is that God loves it; and the third is that God sustains it. “

Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, 5 

The Preparation  

The Spirit of God fills the whole world:  Come, let us worship.

Being Sorry Being Forgiven   Come let us return to the Lord

Lord have mercy     Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy  Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy     Lord have mercy

Acclamation (stand)

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.

The Collect ( prayer that collects all the themes of the day)

The Ministry of the Word

First Reading

Praise the Lord from the heavens; ♦ praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels; ♦ praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon; ♦ praise him, all you stars of light.
Praise him, heaven of heavens, ♦ and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord, ♦ for he commanded and they were created.
He made them fast for ever and ever; ♦ he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth, ♦ you sea monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and mist, ♦ tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;
Mountains and all hills, ♦ fruit trees and all cedars;
Wild beasts and all cattle, ♦ creeping things and birds on the wing;
Kings of the earth and all peoples, ♦ princes and all rulers of the world;
Young men and women, old and young together; ♦ let them praise the name of the Lord.
For his name only is exalted, ♦ his splendour above earth and heaven.
He has raised up the horn of his peopleand praise for all his faithful servants, ♦ the children of Israel, a people who are near him. Alleluia.

Glorious God, your whole creation sings your marvellous work;
may heaven’s praise so echo in our hearts that we may be good stewards of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospels

 We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as the Lord;
all creation worships you, the Father everlasting.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

from Te Deum Laudamus

The Response

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.
We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


The Prayers based on Psalm 125

1  Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, 
which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
2  As the hills stand about Jerusalem, 

so the Lord stands round about his people,
from this time forth for evermore.

The Dismissal

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.



The Lord be with you  And also with you
Let us bless the Lord   Thanks be to God
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.

         In the acorn lies the oak.     

The five marks of mission have been developed by the Anglican Consultative Council since 1984. They have been widely adopted as an understanding of contemporary mission and were adopted by the General Synod of the Church of England in 1996. In 2012, the ACC added wording to the fourth mark, to include the need for Christians to challenge violence and work for peace.

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
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