Pray & Worship from Home

Prayers and Readings for those worshiping from home.

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 7th August 2022

This morning we’re very pleased that Revd Jane Bury will again be with us to celebrate our Eucharists.

Collect:

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws
and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and 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: Genesis 15.1-6

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision,
‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’

But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’
And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’

But the word of the Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.’  He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’

And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Second Reading: Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old — and Sarah herself was barren — because he considered him faithful who had promised.

Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Gospel Reading: Luke 12.32-40

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.
‘Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’

Notices

Tuesday 9th August
(No Parents and Toddlers this week)

Wednesday 10th August
10.00am – Eucharist – Fr Andrew Horsfall

Thursday 11th August
10.00am – 11.30.am – Craft and Social Group

Sunday 12th August
9.00am and 10.30am – Eucharists – Revd Jane Bury

Monday 17th October
7.30pm – the Licensing of Revd Alison Mitchell as Vicar of St Peter’s

Reinstatement of Communion under both kinds

We are now seeking people to serve as Assistants to administer wine.

Although in the past Communion/Chalice Assistants have needed a certificate from the Bishop before they have been able to serve, the incumbent of the church is now authorised to approve them – and, in a period of vacancy, the Area Dean – in our case, Fr Andrew Horsfall.
If you would be willing to serve as a Communion Assistant at either of our Sunday services please let John or Anne know.

Home Communion: If you know of any member of St Peter’s who is now unable to attend services at church and would like home Communion, please contact Zillah our Pastoral Assistant: a message can be left for her on the office phone, tel. 01254 703929 or sent via e-mail to church.
Also – if you would be willing to help with taking Communion to those who are currently unable to attend services please let Anne know –
Fr Andrew has kindly offered to provide training.

Prayers

For peace in Ukraine; for all those who are suffering as a result of the invasion, and all who are trying to help them; and for the turning of the hearts and minds of the aggressors from war to peace – in Ukraine and throughout the world.

For the parish: Progress Street, Punstock Road and Queen Street

For those working in our hospitals and across the medical profession

For those who are unwell: Barbara; Len; Rick; Douglas; Jack; Joy; Brenda; Cathie; Revd Kevin Arkell; Jim Belshaw; Dilys Dyer; Erin Mae.

Please let me know of any new names you’d like to be added to the list – either by phone message, e-mail or in person at church. Surnames will only be included with the consent of those concerned. Thank you. Anne.
(tel. 01254 703929) or send an e-mail to the church office – stpeterschurch829@btinternet.com

For those who have died:

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Jean Kershaw;
Peter Munro-Scott; John Baines; Nora Holden; Donna Walsh; Margaret Mitchell; William Watson

The Eucharist for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The Gathering

The Greeting
The President greets the congregation:

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

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Prayer of Preparation
This prayer may be said.

All 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

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefor rejoice by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

A short silence for reflection follows.

All 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.
All Amen.

Gloria in excelsis

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 sins 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.

Or

Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.

Collect:

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws
and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Genesis 15.1-6

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision,
‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’

But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’
And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’

But the word of the Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.’  He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’

And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Second Reading: Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old — and Sarah herself was barren — because he considered him faithful who had promised.

Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

All Glory to you, O Lord.

Luke 12.32-40

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.
‘Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’

At the end

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

Post Communion:

God of our pilgrimage,
you have led us to the living water:
refresh and sustain us
as we go forward on our journey,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sermon

The Creed

All 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.

Prayers of Intercession

The prayers are introduced with suitable words. One of these responses may be used:

Lord, hear us.
All Lord, graciously hear us.

or

Lord, in your mercy
All Hear our prayer.

At the end

Merciful Father,
All Accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

The Risen Christ came and stood among his disciples
and said, ‘Peace be with you’.
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you
All And also with you. Alleluia.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

(Those in church will wave to each other)

Preparation of the Table

A hymn may be sung. The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

All Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendour and the majesty;
for everything on heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you,
and of your own do we give you.

The president takes the bread and wine, and says:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:
through your goodness we have this bread to set before you, which earth has given and human hands have made.
It will become for us the bread of life.
All Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:
through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,
fruit of the vine and work of human hands.
It will become for us the cup of salvation.
All Blessed be God forever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give thanks and praise.

An extended preface may be used, concluding with –
… for ever praising you and saying,

All Holy, holy, holy, 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.

The president recalls the Last Supper.

Great is the mystery of faith:
All Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

or

Jesus Christ is Lord:
All Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world
.

or

Christ is the bread of life:
All When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.

At the conclusion of the Eucharistic prayer all join in the great

All AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

All 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.

Breaking of Bread

The President breaks the consecrated bread.
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
All Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

The Agnus Dei may be said or sung.

All Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink
in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.

or

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
All Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.

or

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people’
All Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

All We do not presume
to come to this your table, merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in your manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy
so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.
But you are the same Lord
whose nature is always to have mercy.
Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ
and to drink his blood,
that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body
and our souls washed in his most precious blood,
and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
AMEN.

During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung. Please use the quiet time to pray and reflect.

Post Communion

All Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

or

All Father of all,
we give you thanks and praise,
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so that we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Dismissal

Notices may be given. A hymn may be sung.

The president may use this or another suitable blessing:

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.
All Amen.

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