A short service for 2nd August 8th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’ before lockdown, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

If you have not been to Public worship since we resumed the restrictions we have to put in place do make it different compared to the last time you went to church.

You can find details at

We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 8 can be watched at:

We will be live streaming the 10am Eucharist every week and this can be watched on the Church Facebook page:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758 .

If you can’t join us at 10am you catch up at any time.

For those who do not have Facebook we are working with those who understand all this technology so that hopefully by midAugust you can join in the service without Facebook

The service we will use in church is below.

A short service for the 2nd August– 8th Sunday after Trinity

The Greeting

Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Peter: There is one body and one spirit. There is one hope to which we are called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. Peace be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of preparation

All: Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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.

Confession

Peter: As God cares for all creation so he cares for each one of us. We are called to live in relationship with him.

Let us then confess all that in our lives hinders that love for us.

Peter You know the secrets of our hearts. Lord have mercy

All Lord have mercy

Peter You know all our desires. Christ have mercy.

All Christ have mercy.

Peter You cleanse the thoughts of our hearts and minds. Lord have mercy.

All Lord have mercy

Peter Almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

All Amen

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.

Reading Matthew 14 13-21

Prayer Sick John Bookless Andrew Dodgson De3rek Oldham James Heath Baby Finlay Oliver

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter The Lord is here

All His spirit is with us

Peter Lift up your hearts

All We lift them up to the Lord

Peter Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All We give him thanks and praise

Peter Friends this is the table of the Lord and he calls us to this special meal. Come not because you are strong and love the Lord a lot or because you are weak and like most people have times of doubt or questioning where God is in this broken world. Come if you have been often; come if you have not been before or for a long time;

Come simply because it is Jesus who invites you as he did those who shared that Passover meal the night before he offered himself up on the cross.

All: Like the dawn you illuminate the world around us;

you grant us a new beginning every day.

You warm and comfort us.

You give us courage and fire to go out into the world to share your love and peace

Peter On that night he gathered his friends and disciples at supper and took the bread, blessed and broke it, then offered it to them saying, “this is my body which is broken for you.” Every time you eat it do it in remembrance of me.

All: Praise and glory to you Lord Jesus: everytime we share your bread you reconcile us to you and draw us together as members of your church in this place.

Peter: When supper was ending he took the wine and blessed it saying, “this is my blood which will be shed for you and all people. Everytime you do this in the future do it in remembrance of me. Let us lift up our hearts and minds above the cares and fears we have in this world and let this bread and wine be to us a sign of Jesus’ love for each of us so we may be filled by His Spirit to go out into the world to proclaim the greatest news in history, that Jesus Christ is Risen.

All : God of power, may the boldness of your Spirit transform us, may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us, may the gifts of your Spirit be our goal and our strength, now and always. Amen

Lord’s Prayer

We share bread

Prayer after Communion

All: Father, may we who have received this sacrament live in the unity of your Holy Spirit,

that we may show forth your gifts to all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen

Blessing

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support.

St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

 If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

 Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away ,please email them to Peter on the above email.

There has been a service sheet for every week whilst we were unable to have public worship. This and future services sheets will contain the services which will be used in church.

Public worship has returned but it is far from what we are used to, not least there are no hymns. When we are able to return to all gathering together as the “pleb sancta dei” there will be a huge celebration and the promised Champagne reception. For now the Champagne is still in the cooler!

Watch this space!

A short service for 26th July 7th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’ before lock down, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world. If you have not been to Public worship since we resumed the restrictions we have to put in place do make it different compared to the last time you went to church.

You can find details at

We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 7 can be watched at:

We will be live streaming the 10am Eucharist every week and this can be watched on the Church Facebook page:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758

If you can’t join us at 10am you catch up at any time. For those who do not have Facebook we are working with those who understand all this technology so that hopefully by mid-August you can join in the service without Facebook. The service we will use in church is below.

A short service for the 26h July – 7th Sunday after Trinity

The Greeting Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Peter: There is one body and one spirit. There is one hope to which we are called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. Peace be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of preparation

All: Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, and 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.

Confession

Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

We say together the Collect for Trinity 7

All: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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

Reading Matthew 13: 31-33 & 44-52

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.” “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Address

Prayers Sick Andrew Dodgson, John Bookless, James Heath, Amy Hall and Derek Oldham. Departed: Rev Christopher Ball.

Eucharistic prayer

Peter: May God be with us.

All: And also with you

Peter: Lift up your hearts to Jesus

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Peter: Let us give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say: Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

All: Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Blessing Dismissal

Peter: Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org. There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way. If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar: email and telephone number below Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141 If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away, please email them to Peter on the above email. There has been a service sheet for every week whilst we were unable to have public worship. This and future services sheets will contain the services which will be used in church. Public worship has returned but it is far from what we are used to, not least there are no hymns. When we are able to return to all gathering together as the “pleb sancta dei” there will be a huge celebration and the promised Champagne reception. For now the Champagne is still in the cooler! Watch this space!

A short service for 19th July 6th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’ before lockdown, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am.  If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/ dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.   

If you have not been to Public worship since we resumed the restrictions we have to put in place do make it different compared to the last time you went to church. You can find details at

We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 6 can be watched at: 

We will be live streaming the 10am Eucharist every week and this can be watched on the Church Facebook page:  

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758 . 

If you can’t join us at 10am you catch up at any time.

For those who do not have Facebook we are working with those who understand all this technology so that hopefully by mid-August you can join in the service without Facebook.

The service we will use in church is below:

A short service for the 6th Sunday after Trinity

The Greeting

Peter:  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All:       Amen.

Peter:  There is one body and one spirit. There is one hope to which we are called; one Lord, one  faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.  Peace be with you

 All:      and also with you.

Prayer of preparation

All: Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, and 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.

Confession

Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All:   Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy   on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit   within us and restore us to the joy your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Absolution

We say together the Collect for Trinity 6

All: Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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

Reading Matthew 13: 24-30 &36-43

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the ears of corn began to form, then the weeds showed up.  The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’ ”  When Jesus had left the crowd and gone indoors, his disciples came to him and said, “Tell us what the parable about the weeds in the field means.” Jesus answered, “The man who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One; and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvest workers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered up and burnt in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of the age: the Son of Man will send out his angels to gather up out of his Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all others who do evil things, and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and grind their teeth. 43Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears!

Address

Prayers – Andrew Dodgson, John Bookless, James Heath, Amy Hall, and Derek Oldham

Eucharistic prayer   

Peter                     May God be with us. 

All:         And also with you

Peter:                   Lift up your hearts to Jesus

All:                          We lift them to the Lord. 

Peter:                   Let us give thanks for the gift of  the Holy Spirit.

All:                          It is right to give thanks and praise.

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say:  Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

All:  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. Amen

Blessing

Dismissal

Peter:  Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All:       In the name of Christ Amen:

 If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.  

There are several people in the village offering help and support.  St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it.   We are also aware that there will be some in the    village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work.  Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.     If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:  email and telephone number below  

Email  vicar@stjameschurchforton.org               Tel: 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away, please email them to Peter on the above email.                                                      

There has been a service sheet for every week whilst we were unable to have public worship.  The future services sheets will contain the services which will be used in church.

Public worship has returned but it is far from what we are used to, not least there are no hymns.  When we are able to return to all gathering together as the “pleb sancta dei” there will be a huge celebration and the promised Champagne reception.  For now the Champagne is still in the cooler!   

Watch this space!

A short service for 12th July 5th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world. Today we return to church for public worship for the first time since 15th March. Deo Gratis Public worship will be very different compared to the last time you went to church.

You can find details at

We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 5 can be watched at:

We will be live streaming the 10am Eucharist and this can be watched on the Church Facebook page:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758

If you can’t join us at 10am you catch up at anytime. The service we will use in church is below.

A short service for the 12th July – 5th Sunday after Trinity

The Greeting Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Peter: There is one body and one spirit. There is one hope to which we are called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. Peace be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of preparation

All: Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, and 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.

Confession Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

We say together the Collect for Trinity 5

All: O Lord, from whom all good things come: grant to us your humble servants, that by your Holy inspiration we may think those things that are good, and by your merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever, Amen.

Reading Matthew 13: 1-9 & 18-23 The Parable of the Sower

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” . “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Address

Prayers Eucharistic prayer

Peter May God be with us.

All: And also with you

Peter: Lift up your hearts to Jesus

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Peter: Let us give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say: Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

All: Gracious God, lover of all, in this sacrament we are one family in Christ your Son, one in the sharing of his body and blood and one in the communion of his Spirit: help us to grow in love for one another and come to the full maturity of the Body of Christ. We make our prayer through your Son our Saviour. Amen

Blessing Dismissal Peter: Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord All: In the name of Christ Amen

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way. If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar: email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away, please email them to Peter on the above email. There has been a service sheet for every week whilst we were unable to have public worship. The future services sheets will contain the services which will be used in church. Public worship has returned but it is far from what we are used to, not least there are no hymns. When we are able to return to all gathering together as the “pleb sancta dei” there will be a huge celebration and the promised Champagne reception. For now the Champagne is still in the cooler! Watch this space!

A short service for 5th July 4th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, we hear that Jesus offers to take our yoke and the heavy burden from our shoulders. It is easy to be weighed down by all life can throw at us and feel that the weight is too much to bear. Jesus tells us that if we put our faith in him he will help us and hold us. It would be very easy to think that this weekend marks the end of our lock down and from now on life will return to “normal”. For many people the challenges this pandemic has brought are just about to face them. Whether that’s the fear of going out, the loss of their livelihood or facing up to the future without loved ones who have died during lockdown. The world, this nation and this village needs to see Christian love in action more than ever. The Christian faith is about the heart driving the head.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about 20 mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch-up via the Church Facebook page. The Reflection can be down-loaded from the church website www.stjameschurchforton.org or viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Trinity 4 by clicking the link below.

We should be live just before 10am. If you cannot watch live you will be able to view it later on catch-up. If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 4:

God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Reading Matthew 11 v 16-19 & 25—end

“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying, For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Prayers

We pray for our preparations to begin public worship again

We remember those who are sick especially John Bookless, Andrew Dodgson, Amy Hall, and Derek Oldham

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here All: His spirit is with us Peter : Lift up your hearts All: We lift them to the Lord Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say: All: Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

A Concluding Prayer

Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

May the knowledge of God guide us in wisdom; the gentleness of Christ restore our hope; and the power of the Holy Spirit set us free: and the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

As we share bread ask God to give you the vision to know those around you who are crying out for help and the sensitivity to reach out to help and support them.

These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

Email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship

Resumption of public worship at St James’

Public worship will resume at St James’ on Sunday 12th July. There are a number of restrictions on what we are or not allowed to do. Details of arrangements will be posted on the church website and social media.

For the last 15 weeks this service sheet has contained an advert for the Champagne reception we will have when we can all return to public worship. When I first printed a sheet back in March I believed there would be a day when we could simply return to how it was before 17th March. Now I am not sure when “normality” will return or what that will be. So the Champagne is still in the cooler and will be out just as soon as we can have the celebration of worship without restrictions.

Watch this space!

A short service for 28th June 3rd Sunday after Trinity

The last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/ dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, in Matthew 10, we reach the point when Jesus tell his disciples to go out. He makes it clear to them that “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes God’s messenger because he is God’s messenger, will share in his reward.”

How do people see you? When they look at you, do they feel that you are welcoming them in as Christ would have done? As I say in the reflection, what does your “front door” say to those who look and stare? We are God’s hands and feet on this earth and the challenge is that through the way we live our lives we bring people to faith in Christ. Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10 am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about twenty mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch-up via the Church Facebook page. The Reflection can be watched by clicking the link below.

We should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live you will be able to view it later on catch up! If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it. If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table

The Greeting

Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, and 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 Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reading Matthew 10 v 40—42 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes God’s messenger because he is God’s messenger, will share in his reward. And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good, will share in his reward. You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward.”

Prayers

We pray for our preparations to begin public worship again We remember those who are sick especially John Bookless, Andrew Dodgson, Amy Hall, and Derek Oldham

We pray for those who have died recently especially Alan Moorhouse

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter: Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say:

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 3: Almighty God, you broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

As we share bread ask God to help you understand how people see you so they can as Matthew tells us see Christ in you. These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer .

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

The Blessing

May we be inspired and refreshed in faith. May our life’s work be to learn and deepen our understanding of being God’s love in the world. May we find fulfilment in the work of the kingdom on earth and may we have confidence that the reward awaits us in heaven: and the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way. If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar: email and telephone number below Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship Date for your diary: The first Sunday we are able to hold public worship FOR ALL there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space! Resumption of public worship at St James’

You will be aware that the Government has now decreed that public worship can resume from the 5th July. We still await the guidance on what that will mean in terms of social distancing, extra provisions in church, records for contact tracing etc. What we do know is that at this stage it will not be public worship as we knew it before 23rd March. Once we have been able to assess the guidance we will put information on the Church website and social media giving details.

A short service for 21st June 2nd Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the gospel challenges us as Jesus tells his disciples how they and their families may be challenged and divided as they go out and share His gospel message with the world. Jesus tells them that following him may end up dividing their family. We have all seen families divided by many things including faith. Our challenge is to find ways to share our faith and commitment with our families and the world around us. We offer prayers regularly for others. We also need to ask God to bless us to give us the strength we need as we live the gospel in our daily lives. A A Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh, wrote a short poem called Vespers: Which begins “A little boy kneels at the foot of his bed” in it there is a verse :

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.

And what was the other I had to say?

I said “Bless Daddy,” so what can it be?

Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10 am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about 20 mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch-up via the Church Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758

The Reflection can be downloaded from the church website www.stjameschurchforton.org or viewed on Youtube. You can click below to view this week’s Reflection for Trinity 1:

We should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live you will be able to view it later on catch-up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table.

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love.

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 2: Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AmenWash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Reading Matthew 10 v 24-39

“No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names! “So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows! “For those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will do the same before my Father in heaven. But if anyone rejects me publicly, I will reject him before my Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; your worst enemies will be the members of your own family. “Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples; those who love their son or daughter more than me are not fit to be my disciples. Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples. Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.

Prayers We give thanks for the birth of Everly Elizabeth and pray for Jenni and Aaron her parents and for Trudie and Martin her grandparents . We remember those who are sick especially John Bookless, Amy Hall and Derek Oldham

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter: Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say:

All: Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever. Amen.

As we share bread ask God to give you the wisdom and strength to proclaim his holy word and show his love to the world and pray for your family and friends. These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

Loving Father,

we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:

sustain us with your Spirit,

that we may serve you here on earth

until our joy is complete in heaven,

and we share in the eternal banquet

with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

Almighty God, give us grace to be not only bearers but doers of your word; not only to accept but obey your commands; not only to profess but to practice the faith; not only to love but to live your gospel; and the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship.

A short service for 14th June 1st Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/ dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the gospel reading tells of the disciples being sent out but warned by Jesus that it would be hard and they would be rejected and need to be prepared to move on if people did not want to listen. In the last week we have seen rioting on our streets, violence against police and wanton vandalism. In the Reflection I refer to the words of John Bunyan who himself was incarcerated in Bedford jail for holding views not acceptable at the time. You cannot change history including our own and no matter what great good we may do we are all sinners. I think we would do well to heed the words of George Orwell in 1984. “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue, street and building has been renamed, every date altered. And the process is continuing day by day minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” In this divided and broken world the challenge, like that to those first disciples is to bring the love of God to all we meet no matter how hard that might be.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection and now the 10am Sunday Eucharist live streamed. The live streamed service lasts about 20 mins and can be viewed from 10am on Sunday or watched on catch up via the Church Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758

The Reflection can be downloaded from the church website www.stjameschurchforton.org or viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Trinity 1 at:

We should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live I think you will be able to view it later on catch up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table.

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Peter: What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

For the spirit searched everything. Therefore let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord,

Who has prepared good things for those who love Him.

All: Father eternal giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

Through ignorance through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love and marred your image in us,

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past,

And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

Reading Matthew 9 v 25 to 10v14

Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep with-out a shepherd. So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.” Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter) and his broth-er Andrew; James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Mat-thew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Patriot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. These twelve men were sent out by Jesus with the following instructions: “Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. Instead, you are to go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and preach, “The Kingdom of heaven is near!’ Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases, and drive out demons. You have received without paying, so give without being paid. Do not carry any gold, silver, or copper money in your pockets; do not carry a beggar’s bag for the trip or an extra shirt or shoes or a walking stick. Workers should be given what they need. “When you come to a town or village, go in and look for someone who is willing to welcome you, and stay with him until you leave that place. When you go into a house, say, “Peace be with you.’ If the people in that house welcome you, let your greeting of peace remain; but if they do not welcome you, then take back your greeting. And if some home or town will not welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place and shake the dust off your feet

Prayers

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter : Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say:

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect for Trinity 1:

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you,

mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you,

grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments

we may please you both in will and deed; 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

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever. Amen.

As we share bread we do so knowing the love and forgiveness of the God. Pray for all those you find hardest to forgive or love. Ask god to give you strength to go and and show his love to all people.

These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

Eternal Father,

we thank you for nourishing us

with these heavenly gifts:

may our communion strengthen us in faith,

build us up in hope,

and make us grow in love;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

May we prove ourselves disciples of Christ, may we have the courage of our convictions and may we go out in the faith of God’s promise of salvation; and the blessing of God almighty

the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email.

A short service for 7th June Trinity Sunday

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, Trinity Sunday, this is the day when we reflect on God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. People see God in different ways, to some he is a Father figure watching over them; to others faith is about being like Jesus and spending their lives doing good works; and there are those for whom the spirit has moved them so much they can claim to have been slain by the spirit. For many of us the three different aspects are intertwined. The important thing is to be convicted by the charge Jesus gave his disciples before he left them, to go out and make disciples of everybody we meet. This morning’s gospel is that great commission.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection which can be viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Trinity below:

At Pentecost, and the birthday of the Church, we experimented with live streaming the 10am short Eucharist service from Church on the Church Facebook page. It was well received so we will continue to do that each week. People have also commented that they welcome the opportunity to “do church” at other times so you can view the Reflection and the live streamed service at a time to suit you. The live streamed service lasts about 20 minutes. The main reflection is available on the Church website www.stjameschurchforton.org as usual.

I should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live I think you will be able to view it later on catch up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Peter: Alleluia! Christ is risen

All: He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Peter: What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

For the spirit searched everything. Therefore let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord,

Who has prepared good things for those who love Him.

All: Father eternal giver of light and grace,

We have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

Through ignorance through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love and marred your image in us,

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past,

And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

Reading Matthew 28 v

The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, even though some of them doubted. Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

Prayers

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter : Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine

At the end of the prayer we all say; Holy Holy Holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect for Trinity Sunday:

Almighty and everlasting God,

you have given us your servants grace,

by the confession of a true faith,

to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity

and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity:

keep us steadfast in this faith,

that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;

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

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever. Amen.

As we share bread we do so knowing the love and forgiveness of the Father, the example of His Son and filled by the Holy Spirit we can go out and proclaim the gospel to all those we meet.

These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

All praise to you, our God and Father,

for you have fed us with the bread of heaven

and quenched our thirst from the true vine:

hear our prayer that, being grafted into Christ,

we may grow together in unity

and feast with him in his kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen

The Blessing

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side,

and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty

the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email.

A short service for May 31st Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday)

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.

Today, the Feast of Pentecost (Whit Sunday), is the day when we remember the sending of the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of the disciples and send them out to every highway and byway to tell people of the love of Jesus and God’s promise to His people.

Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection which can be viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Pentecost (Whit Sunday) below:

As it is Pentecost, and the birthday of the Church, I am also going to attempt to live stream the 10am short Eucharist service from Church on the Church facebook page. It will take the form I have been using for the last 10 weeks. I may say a few short words about the reading but the main reflection is above.

I should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live I think you will be able to view it later on catch up!

If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.

If you want to share with Peter in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table.

The Greeting

Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

Peter: The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

Peter: Alleluia! Christ is risen

All: He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,

To whom all hearts are open, and 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

Peter: What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

For the spirit searched everything. Therefore let us in penetince open our hearts to the Lord,

Who has prepared good things for those who love Him.

All: Father eternal giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

Through ignorance through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love and marred your image in us,

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past,

And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

Reading John 20 v19-23

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Prayers

Eucharistic Prayer

Peter: The Lord is here

All: His spirit is with us

Peter : Lift up your hearts

All: We lift them to the Lord

Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine

At the end he says………by whom and with whom in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory are yours Almighty Father, world without end.

All: Amen

We all say together the Collect for Pentecost:

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father,who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever. Amen.

As we share bread we do so knowing that filled by the Holy Spirit God is empowering us to go out into the world to share His love. These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

A Concluding Prayer

Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and strength you to proclaim the word and works of God; ad the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.

If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:

email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel: 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or realtives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email

There will be a service sheet for every week whilst we are unable to have public worship

Date for your diary:

The first Sunday we are able to hold public worship FOR ALL there will be a Champagne Reception at 9.45am followed by a huge service of celebration in church. Watch this space.