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!