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.