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!

COVID 19

Many of you will have heard that the Church of England along with other Christian denominations and world faith groups have banned public worship for the time being. Whether it’s the right decision history will judge but it is very much in line with the best medical and scientific advice and in line with closing other places of public congregation. In simple terms it means there will be no services in St James’ for the time being. The church is open for prayer from 9am to 5pm every day and we will be offering prayers each day. David and Cathy Picken, the new Archdeacon of Lancaster and his wife, who are living in the vicarage, will also be offering the Eucharist in their home every day at 5pm. If you have any thing you would like us to pray for, please let us know.
I promised the people of St James’ that if we reached this position, I would offer the Eucharist every Sunday at 10am, which is the time of our regular Sunday Service. Several people have said they will join me. I have sadly concluded that would not be in the best interest of beating Covid -19 and against the best scientific and medical advice. I am therefore asking that you avoid using the church between 10am and 1030am on a Sunday but I hope many of you will set aside that time to break bread yourselves and if appropriate share it with those you live with offering your own thoughts and prayers.
Many in St James’ have offered to help in any way they can. If you need help with anything, please make contact and I will get back to you.
On the bright side it does mean that for however long this lasts the congregation doesn’t have to listen to my sermons!
This Sunday is Mothering Sunday – a time when we give thanks for mothers and all who nurture us, These are frightening times for all of us and the welfare of our mothers and families concerns us all. We are being encouraged on Mothering Sunday to pray for God’s healing at this unprecedented time and all to place a lighted candle in our window at 7pm. I will light the Paschal candle in church (the candle we first light on Easter day to show that Christ has passed from darkness to light) and I invite you to join me by placing a lighted candle in your window. You may also like to light the candle you or your children were given at baptism.
Christ will shine through the darkness and over come it.
Stay safe
God Bless Canon Peter