1st November 2020

All Saints

GREETING

The leader says

The Lord be with you.

All         And also with you.

WELCOME AND NOTICES

OPENING HYMN (not played during phone service)

All heaven declares – Noel Richards

https://youtu.be/lgxcRfF6jVk

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

       God so loved the world
       that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ
       to save us from our sins,
       to be our advocate in heaven,
       and to bring us to eternal life.

       As we prepare to hear God’s holy Word,
       let us call to mind our sins.

We pause to reflect in silence for a moment

All  Most merciful God,
       Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
       we confess that we have sinned
       in thought, word and deed.

       We have not loved you with our whole heart.
       We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

       In your mercy forgive what we have been,
       help us to amend what we are,
       and direct what we shall be;
       that we may do justly, love mercy,
       and walk humbly with you, our God. 

       Amen.

       May God our Father forgive us our sins,
       and bring us to the fellowship of his table
       with the saints forever.

       Amen.

RESPONSORY   

Open my eyes, O Lord
that I may see the wonders of your law.
All   Open my eyes, O Lord
       that I may see the wonders of your law.
Lead me in the path of your commandments
All   that I may see the wonders of your law.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Open my eyes, O Lord
      that I may see the wonders of your law.

                                                        from Psalm 119

THE COLLECT

God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

HYMN (not played during phone service)

Salvation belongs to our God – Seeds Family Worship

https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/47098-salvation-belongs-to-our-god-revelation-7-9

Salvation belongs to God – Adrian Howard

https://youtu.be/EQDlsZC2Vb4

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

Revelation 7: 1-4, 9-12 Read by Carol Gibbon

The 144,000 of Israel Sealed

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on earth or sea or against any tree.  I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to damage earth and sea,  saying, “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads.”

And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the people of Israel:

The Multitude from Every Nation

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

at the end:

This is the word of the Lord.

All         Thanks be to God.

HOMILY (by Tracy Mason)

APOSTLE’S CREED

All   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 by John Henderson

Lord, faith in your mighty power has enabled countless saints over two thousand years to achieve the most amazing things, and now Lord we humbly kneel before you offering our own puny faith but knowing that you will hear us.

Lord in your mercy

All        hear our prayer

Lord we join our praises with all your saints who have kept the faith, all who have been loyal and true, all who have served and witnessed and all who have been holy and examples to us. Lord your church today is vibrant with diversity. May we learn to respect this diversity yet work unceasingly towards the healing of the divisions that threaten it; may all Christians be bound together in loving service to one another and in true devotion to you. Lord make us here on earth today a holy church, a praying church, a giving church, a serving church and, as we give thanks for the saints who have inspired us, so we pray that we too in our turn may be an inspiration to others.

Lord in your mercy

All        hear our prayer

Prince of Peace we pray for the many troubled areas of the world where violence and hatred are commonplace and where the innocent suffer as a result. Have compassion on those who are condemned by unjust laws and cruel regimes and may they feel in their suffering, the suffering love of Christ crucified. Lord, help those who govern powerful and rich nations to recognise the inequalities of the world and the dangers that this brings. May they use their power, as you did, to help the poor, the meek, the hungry and the oppressed.

Lord in your mercy

All        hear our prayer

Lord we pray for all who are living heroic lives amidst present troubles, that the weak may know your strength, that the distressed may know your peace, that the fearful may know the calm of your love, that the lonely may know your presence. We pray for those who are at the very edge of life, who do not know whether there will be another day and, if so, what it may bring, Give to these all that is needful for both health of body and of soul and grant them patience and endurance in their various troubles.

Lord in your mercy

All        hear our prayer

Lord we pray for all who through the years have sacrificed and laid down their lives for others; and we pray for those who have done so in our present times, whether in the armed services; or the NHS or the emergency services.

Almighty, eternal God, who would have all people to be saved: be merciful to the souls of your servants who have recently departed from this world, that they may be join in with the company of all the saints. May light perpetual shine upon them as they rest in glory. We pray also for those who mourn the departed, that every tear shall be wiped from their eyes.

Lord in your mercy

All        hear our prayer

Lord we trust in you. Help us to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown and, rejoicing in the fellowship of St. John the Baptist, St. Helen and all your saints, we commend ourselves and all Christian people to your unfailing love.

All        Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers
For the sake of your Son
Our Saviour Jesus Christ

Amen

THE LORDS PRAYER

Believing the promises of God, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

All    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.

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

The Lord is here

All         His Spirit is with us

Lift up your hearts

All         We lift them up to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All         It is right to give thanks and praise

The priest praises God for his mighty acts and all say:

All         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.

The Prayer continues and leads into the doxology, to which all respond boldly Amen.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The priest breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup.

All         We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Agnus Dei (said)

All         Jesus, Lamb of God,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

grant us peace.

GIVING OF COMMUNION

We will say the words of distribution all together at the beginning. Distribution of communion will then take place without any further responses.

The body of Christ

All         Amen

The blood of Christ

All         Amen

Please remain in your seats until invited to come forward. The consecrated wine will be served in individual paper cups, please put this in the bin as you leave. Gluten free wafers are available on request.

Agnus Dei (sung by the choir)

Jesus, Lamb of God,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

grant us peace.

CHOIR ANTHEM

Calon Lân (A pure heart)      Music: John Hughes (1872-1914)

Arr. John Henderson

I’d not ask a life that’s easy, gold and pearls so little mean,

Rather seek a heart that’s joyful, heart that’s honest, heart that’s clean.

Heart that’s clean and filled with virtue, fairer far than lilies white,

Only pure hearts praise God truly, praise him all the day and night.

Why should I seek earthly treasures, on swift wings they fly away,

Pure clean hearts bring greater riches that for life eternal stay. (Chorus)

Dawn and sunset still I’m searching, reaching on a wing of song,

Give me Lord, through Christ my Saviour that clean heart for which I long.  (Chorus)

Daniel James (1848-1920) translated from the Welsh by Malcolm Cowen

HYMN (not played during phone service)

For all the saints -William Walsham How

https://youtu.be/dnH5NoinXz0

BLESSING

The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.

All    Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
All    In the name of Christ, we go. Amen   

ORGAN VOLUNTARY 

Variations sur “Sine Nomine”   Dénis Bédard (b. 1950)