Pray & Worship from Home

Readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity 17th October 2021

Today we welcome the Dean of Blackburn Cathedral, the Very Revd Peter Howell-Jones, who will preside at our Eucharists.

Collect

God, the giver of life, whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church: by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ and make us eager to do your will, that we may share with the whole creation the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

First Reading – Hebrews 5.1-10

Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.  And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you’;
as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.’

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading – Mark 10.35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’
And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’  And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’  But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’  They replied, ‘We are able.’

Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.  So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them,
and their great ones are tyrants over them.  But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.  For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Notices

Today – Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
9am and 10.30am Eucharist

Tuesday 19th October
10.00am Parent & Toddlers group

Wednesday 20th October
10.00am Eucharist at church – all welcome. Revd Canon Andrew Horsfall will be presiding at our service
7.15-8.15pm Choir practice in the Parish Centre – new members welcome

Thursday 21st October
9.30am Good Companions craft group
7.15pm Darwen Ladies Choir

A message from Fleur
“Fleur and Susan would like to say thank you for all the cards and gifts you gave to us last weekend. We were very touched by the generosity shown and will keep you all in our prayers as we move and as you work through the process to find a new vicar. Thank you.”

Fleur’s induction and institution at Broughton St John is on 25th October at 7.30pm and there is a sign-up sheet for this in the Parish Centre.

Raffle: Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets: we raised about £300. If you haven’t already checked your raffle tickets to see if you’ve won a prize, please do so. The remaining prizes are in the Parish Centre.

Favourite Bible Verse Fundraiser: This fundraiser continues – thank you for your support.

Volunteers: We are still looking for people to be Junior Church leaders at our 10.30am Eucharist. Please have a chat with Michelle if you are interested in helping with this.

Prayers

For the parish: Tythebarn Street, Union Street and Vale Street

For our PCC who have begun work on the process of recruiting a new Vicar for our church, and for everyone who will be serving our church and its community during the period of vacancy

For those working in our hospitals and across the medical profession

For those who are suffering from Covid 19 and those who have lost loved ones

For those who are unwell: Noah; Barbara; Sienna; Rosabella; Hazel; Len; Emma; Raymond; Annette; Ruth; Brenda; Rick; Norah; Margaret; Geoff; David; Loraine; John; Elaine; Jim; Sister Catherine; Steve; Douglas; Joanna; Jean; Judy; Helen; Cilla; Linda; Joyce; Alan; Roman and Hunter; Tracy; Jane; Baby Nalla Diane; Christopher; Janice; Lyndon; Dan; Laura; Dave; Margaret

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Frances Griffiths, Andrew Moore, Alexander Rothery, Dennis Wong

If you would like us to pray for someone who is sick or who has just died, please either leave a message on the church office phone tel. 01254 703929 or send an e-mail to the church office – stpeterschurch829@btinternet.com ; or you can have a word with me at church on Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Anne

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Twentieth Sunday after Trinity Eucharist

The Gathering

The Greeting

At the entry of the minister/s a hymn may be sung.

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

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

Words of welcome or introduction may be said.

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

A minister uses one of the following invitations 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.

or

God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ
to save us from our sins,
to be our advocate in heaven,
and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
and to live in love and peace with all.

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

With suitable penitential words these responses may be used.

Lord, have mercy.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
All: Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
All: Lord, have mercy.

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

The Gloria may be said or sung.

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.

The Collect

God, the giver of life, whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church: by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ and make us eager to do your will, that we may share with the whole creation the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Liturgy of the Word
Readings & Sermon

First Reading – Hebrews 5.1-10

Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.  And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you’;
as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.’

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

At the end of the reading the reader says

This is the word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

A hymn may be sung.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
All: Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 10.35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’
And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’  And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’  But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’  They replied, ‘We are able.’

Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.  So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.  For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord

The Creed

One of the following affirmations of faith may be used.

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.

or

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
All: 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?
All: 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?
All: We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
All: This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

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

Lord, hear us. L
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

or

Lord, in your mercy or
All: Hear our prayer.

At the end

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

or

Lord of the Church
All: hear our prayer
and make us one in heart
and mind to serve you
with joy forever.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament
The Peace

The President introduces the Peace with this or another suitable sentence.

Christ is our peace.
He has reconciled us to God
in one body by the cross.
We meet in his name and share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
All: And also with you.

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. The gifts of the people may be collected.

The president takes the bread and wine saying one of the following or another suitable prayer.

Be, be present, Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest,
and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.
All: Amen

or

Blessed be God who feeds the hungry,
who raises the poor, who fills our praise.
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 up unto the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

The president praises God for the wonder of our salvation and all respond

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

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.

The prayer continues and leads into the doxology to which all respond

All: Amen.

or

All: Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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

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

The president says this or another suitable invitation to communion.

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
.

The President and people receive communion.
Authorised words of distribution are used and the communicant replies

All: Amen.

Prayer after Communion

Silence may be kept.
The Post Communion prayer is said.

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.

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.

A minister says

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

or

Go in the peace of Christ.
All: Thanks be to God.