YOUR CHURCH ONLINE 2021

UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL, BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY THE VIRGIN, BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER 2021
THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (PROPER 25)
BIBLE SUNDAY
PARISH COMMUNION

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Collect

Blessed Lord,
who caused all holy scriptures
to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them
that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading: Isaiah 55.1-11 – Come to the waters, all who are thirsty, and enjoy abundant life

Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;

and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.

Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.

I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.

See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,

because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;

let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;

let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Anthem: Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes – Thomas Attwood (1765-1838)
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(The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford recorded at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Berlin)

Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes, and I will keep them unto the end.
Words Psalm 119, v.33

Gospel: John 5.36b-47 – The scriptures testify to Jesus, as do his works

The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.
‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?’’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ.

Offertory

Prayers of Intercession

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
We pray for those in most need in our own families and neighbourhood, thinking of the elderly, the housebound and those in hospital or hospice. We pray for all carers and visitors whether family members, volunteers or health care professionals and especially for those who minister to people near the end of life’s journey through the hospice movement – for they do your work and so we ask for them your gifts of patience, compassion and understanding.
We pray for those that we know who are sick, lonely or in some special need at this time as we share a brief moment of silence together as we name them in our hearts…. Praying especially for Cynthia, Don and Pam, Sian, James …
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
We also remember those we have loved but see no more and pray for those left behind to grieve. Let them know that nothing is more dependable in times of sorrow than your encircling love
Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember before God those we love but no longer see, in the silence we lift them before you… may the light of Christ which eternally shines bring hope for you turn our darkness into light; in your light shall we see light.
Merciful father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Hymn – We have a gospel to proclaim
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We have a gospel to proclaim,
good news for men in all the earth;
the gospel of a Saviour’s name:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.

Tell of His birth at Bethlehem,
not in a royal house or hall
but in a stable dark and dim:
the Word made flesh, a light for all.

Tell of His death at Calvary,
hated by those He came to save,
in lonely suffering on the cross;
for all He loved, His life He gave.

Tell of that glorious Easter morn:
empty the tomb, for he was free.
He broke the power of death and hell
that we might share His victory.

Tell of his reign at God’s right hand,
by all creation glorified;
he sends his Spirit on his Church
to live for him, the Lamb who died.

Now we rejoice to name Him King:
Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
This gospel message we proclaim:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.

Words: Edward Joseph Burns (b.1938)
Music: ‘Fulda’ Sacred Melodies, 1815 William Gardiner (1770-1853)

Post Communion

God of all grace,
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread;
Who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Blessing

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen
Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins……
Go in the light and peace of Christ.

Organ Voluntary – Sonata No 4 Op 65 1st movement – F Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
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(Benjamin Righetti at the organ of the Cathedral of Saint-Nicolas, Fribourg, Switzerland)

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God Bless.

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