Weekly Service

Readings for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity 11th October 2020

The Service

COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy: 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
Isaiah 25:1-9

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,  the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled. On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Second reading
Philippians 4:1-9

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And 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. Keep 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.

Gospel Reading
Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’

Notices

Sunday: 9.00am Eucharist; 10.30am Eucharist
Wednesday: No Services on 14th or 21st October

If you are joining us for the first time in person please let me know. Everyone attending needs to wear a face mask or covering unless exempt. If you would like to join us via Zoom at either 9.00am or 10.30am please email by Saturday at 2.00pm and the link will be sent out.

Harvest Festival: Thank you for the Harvest gifts given for the food larder and to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal. The box for the food larder is out each week for donations and you can still donate to the appeal for Friends of the Holy Land, a charity which supports vulnerable Christians or Tearfund. You can leave a donation at church or you can donate online at:
https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/donate

Home Grown Diocesan Conference: Blackburn diocese are going to be holding an online conference from Tuesday 13th October at 7.00pm until Wednesday 14 October at 9.00pm. Details about the key note speakers and webinars can be found at https://blackburn.anglican.org/events/589/home-grown-diocesan-conference

Secondary School Admissions: For those who will need forms signed for St Wilfrid’s or Canon Slade, Fleur will be signing the forms on Sunday 11th October. If you are not back at church, please be in touch to arrange this.

100 Club: next draw 11th October

APCM: Our re-arranged APCM will take place on Thursday 15th October at 7.30pm. (The date is changed because of the diocesan conference.) We are looking for people to come on the PCC, stand as Deanery Synod members and to be a churchwarden. The paper work will be out this week at church or I can email papers to those who are interested in taking on one fo these roles.

Notices Continued

Morning prayer and Evening Prayer are live streamed daily on our Facebook page at 9.00am and 5.00pm (Wednesday Morning Prayer is at 8.30am)

Please don’t forget to be in touch if you need anything, wish to pass on a prayer request or want someone to chat to. You are all in my prayers daily.

Prayers

For the parish: Victoria Street, Wellington Fold and Westland Avenue

For those who are suffering from coronavirus and those who have lost loved ones

For those who are unwell in our parish: Noah; Barbara; Luke; Sienna; Rosabella; Cameron; Jude; Geoff; Hazel; Len; Emma; Raymond; Derek; Lorraine; Eleanor; David; Rachael; Lisa; Annette; Ruth; Emily; Brenda; James; Chloe; Rick; Norah; Wendy; Roy; Charlie, Maurice; Margaret; Mary; Irene Wickers; Geoff; David Yates; Alan Dyer; George; Chris; Loraine; Charlotte; Gillian Craig; Jean; John; Marion

For those who have died: Jean Michell;
Ted Sulgowski; Eileen Harrison; Jackie McIver.

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Russell Dutson; Derek Walsh; Mavis Dickinson; John Bowler; Dorothy Dixon; Albert Crompton; Frances Griffiths
For those who have died: Marcy Avery

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Nellie Wardley

Prayer and Worship at Home

Preparation 

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and also with you.

Prayers of Penitence

God shows his love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let us then show our love for him by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Words of forgiveness

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from us sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 sin 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 Special Prayer for this week

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy: 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.

Prayers of intercession

Good and gracious God, help us to hear your invitation and may our lives show the joy of knowing you and your love…

Good and gracious God, may we show joy in your presence to the world and thank you for those who encourage us…

Good and gracious God, thank you for our families, friends and communities,….

Good and gracious God, may your blessing be upon all who suffer in body, mind or spirit, and your strength with those who care for them…

Goof and gracious God, you invite us all to eternal life, so we pray for those who have entered into glory….

The Lord’s Prayer

Joining with Christians throughout the world,
we pray:
Our Father in heaven….

The 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,……. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

The Word the Lord
 FIRST READING: Isaiah 25:1-9

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,  the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled. On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

THE GOSPEL
Matthew 22:1-14

Hear the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. ‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ. 

Affirmation of faith

Let us declare our faith in God.
We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.