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.
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.
Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Peter: The Lord be with you
All: and also with you.
Prayer of Preparation
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
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:
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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email and telephone number below
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel; 07970 923 141
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