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Welcome to St. Alban’s

25th July

8th Sunday after Trinity

OPENING HYMN Estelle White © Copyright McCrimmon Publishing Company Ltd

 

Walk with me, oh my Lord,
Through the darkest night and brightest day.
Be at my side, oh Lord,
Hold my hand and guide me on my way.

 

1  Sometimes the road seems long, my energy is spent.
Then, Lord, I think of you and I am given strength.

Walk with me, oh my Lord…

 

2  Stones often bar my path and there are times I fall,
but you are always there to help me when I call.

Walk with me, oh my Lord…

 

3  Just as you calmed the wind and walked upon the sea;
conquer, my living Lord, the storms that threaten me.

Walk with me, oh my Lord…

 

4  Help me to pierce the mists that cloud my heart and mind,
so that I shall not fear the steepest mountain-side.

Walk with me, oh my Lord…

 

5  As once you helped the lame and gave sight to the blind;
help me when I’m downcast to hold my head high.

Walk with me, oh my Lord…

 

† In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

 

 

INVITATION TO CONFESSION

 

Brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins.

 

Father, you come to meet us when we return to you:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins:

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

 

Spirit, you give us life and peace:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 

 

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

† pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness

and keep you in life eternal.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

GLORIA

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

 

THE COLLECT

Merciful God,

whose holy apostle Saint James,

leaving his father and all that he had,

was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ

and followed him even to death:

help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,

to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;

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 forever. Amen.

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING

2 Corinthians 4.7-15

 

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11 For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

 

13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

 

This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

 

 

THE GOSPEL

Matthew 20.20-28

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. 21 And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ 22 But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ 23 He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

 

24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

 

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

THE SERMON

 

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

RESPONSE: Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

 

At the end of the prayers we say together:

Merciful Father, accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

 

THE PEACE

 

We meet in the name of Christ and we share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.

 

 

THE PREPARATION OF THE TABLE

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made, it will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God forever.

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become for us the cup of salvation.

Blessed be God forever.

THE EUCHARIST

 

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, you made the world and love your creation.

You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.

His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death.

And so we gladly thank you,

with saints and angels praising you, and singing:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord;

and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit,

that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

 

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

Do this in remembrance of me.

 

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.

Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

 

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,

we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

 

Great is the mystery of faith

Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

 

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day

when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Alban, St James and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.

 

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours,

O loving Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name;

Your kingdom come,

your will be done; on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.

 

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

The Church of which we are members is not defined by the walls of a building but by the Body of Christ of which we are members.

In making our communion spiritually, we are joining with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us, ‘I am the Bread of Life’.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul

so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

 

POST COMMUNION PRAYERS

 

Lord God, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Almighty God

we thank you for feeding us 

with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. 

Send us out in the power of your Spirit

to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

 

THE BLESSING AND DISMISSAL

 

May God,

who in Christ gives us a spring of water welling up to eternal life,

perfect in you the image of his glory;

and the blessing …

 

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN  Noel and Tricia Richards © 1987 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

 

1  All heaven declares

the glory of the risen Lord;

who can compare

with the beauty of the Lord?

    Forever He will be

    the Lamb upon the throne;

    I gladly bow the knee,

    and worship Him alone.

 

2  I will proclaim

the glory of the risen Lord,

who once was slain

to reconcile man to God.

    Forever You will be

    the Lamb upon the throne;

    I gladly bow the knee,

    and worship You alone.

 

Common worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is © The Archbishop’s Council 2000. Calamus Licence Number 95 CCL Licence Number 078543

Our Prayer for Vision & Leadership

Lord, we come before you with grateful hearts for the tremendous talent within our church.

We are a body filled with gifts yet we sometimes lose sight of why

we were so richly blessed in the first place.

Forgive us when we fail to heed Your calling in our lives, or as a community.

Despite our forgetful nature, we know you love us dearly and want us to partner with you:

not as servants, but as your children.

Bring us a renewed vision of ourselves from your perspective.

Help us to embrace your love so that we may share it with others.

Guide us as we look to the future

of this Parish of Gossops Green and Bewbush.

Grant us a renewed vision

as we seek you in your word.

Give us dreams that make us come alive because we are doing

what you created us to do.

Let our joy overflow from the vision of the future you give us.

Let us honour you with our work,

with our families and with our lives. Amen