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.
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.
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: 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
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 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.