Sunday 19th September 2021

Trinity 17

Creation – Sky

This service is being broadcast live on our YouTube channel (Search for Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish Church). It will also be available for catch-up. If you want to avoid the camera then please remain in the back half of the church.

The leader says

The Lord be with you.

All          And also with you.

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING HYMN please stand if you’re able

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of righteousness, arise,
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Day-spring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by thee:
Joyless is the day’s return,
Till thy mercy’s beams I see,
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine;
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, radiancy divine;
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.
Charles Wesley

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE Please sit or kneel

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 celebrate the mystery of God’s love, revealed in Word and Sacrament,

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.

 

The priest says the absolution

 

May God our Father forgive you your sins,

and bring you to the fellowship of his table

with the saints forever.  Amen.

 

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS please stand if you’re able

 

All Glory to God in the highest,
(sung) 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

God, our Creator,

as we look into the skies we celebrate the wonders of the worlds that surround us.

Help us to see your presence in the evening sky, your spirit in the wind, your mercy in the falling rain.

Teach us to hear the good news from the sky celebrating the glory of God. Rejoice with us

as we behold the dawn revealing the mysteries of the skies  above and Earth below.

In the name of Christ who unites heaven and Earth.

All          Amen

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

Please sit for the reading

Psalm 19:1-6 Read by Tiffany Weighell

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hid from its heat.

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

 

GRADUAL HYMN

O God who shaped the starry skies
and made the sun in splendour rise,
whose love our life imparts,
still may that same creative word
which formless void and darkness heard
be known within our hearts.

Teach us to see, as Moses saw,
your will revealed in perfect law,
a covenant divine;
a word to make the simple wise,
a light of truth before our eyes,
and on our souls to shine.

Move every heart in holy fear
the judgments of the Lord to hear,
your word about our way;
and in that law let all rejoice
to find a loving Father’s voice
and his command obey.

So may we share for evermore
the sweetness of that golden store,
and taste its rich reward;
and make the Scriptures our delight
and walk as pleasing in your sight,
our great redeeming Lord.
Timothy Dudley-Smith

All Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING please remain standing

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

All (sung) Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 15:33-39

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All (sung) Praise to you, O Christ.

 SERMON

Preacher:  Martina Lewis

AN AFFIRMATION FOR THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Martina recently began on the journey towards ordained ministry in the Church of England. As an ordinand she will engage with a programme of study, reflection and personal formation. Some of this will take place in her college community, but much of it will also take place here, as we walk the Christian journey alongside one another in our local church family.

As a symbol of the start of her journey towards a new identity as an ordained minister, Martina will set aside her Lay Minister’s blue scarf.

Today we remember that we are all called to follow the way of Christ and listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, to see where God may take us, where God may call us, and to what God may call us.

This call to discipleship, ministry and service is heard first at our baptism and continues until the day we are finally called home.

Today, with Martina, we affirm together the call of God upon our lives:

God calls us to share in worship.

Jesus said, where two or three are gathered in my name,

I am there among them.

All   Jesus, you are the Way: guide us on our journey.

 

God calls us to share in prayer.

Jesus said, remain in me, and I will remain in you.

All   Jesus, you are the Way: guide us on our journey.

 

God calls us to share the Scriptures.

Jesus met his disciples on the road

and opened the Scriptures to them.

All   Jesus, you are the Way: guide us on our journey.

 

God calls us to share in communion.

Jesus said, do this in remembrance of me.

All   Jesus, you are the Way: guide us on our journey.

 

God calls us to share in service.

Jesus said, as you do it for the least of these, you do it for me.

All    Jesus, you are the Way: guide us on our journey.

 

God calls us to share the Good News.

Jesus said, go and make disciples of all nations.

All    Jesus, you are the Way: guide us on our journey.

 

Martina will remove her Lay Minister’s scarf and place it on the nave altar.

A PRAYER OF BLESSING

Great Shepherd of your people,

bless those called to the diaconate and the priesthood in your Church.

Fire their hearts with passion for your word and care for your people,

that they may joyfully proclaim the gospel,

and faithfully minister your sacraments.

As Martina begins this journey, guide her in her prayer and study,

that she may grow as a discerning and loving pastor,

enabling all your people to minister to the glory of your name.

Martina, may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you this day and always.

Amen.

NICENE CREED  please stand if you’re able

All We believe in one God, the Father, the

Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down     from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the

Virgin Mary,

and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is     worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the

forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.   Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Please sit or kneel for the prayers

Led by Marion Colton

These responses are used

Lord, in your mercy

All hear our prayer.

and at the end

Merciful Father,

All accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE  please stand if you’re able

‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name,’ says the Lord, ‘there am I in the midst of them.’

Matthew 18:20

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace (in a socially distanced way!).

 

OFFERTORY HYMN

A collection plate, which is on the left as you come into church, is taken to the altar. If you would like to leave a gift after the service then please use the contactless machine or leave it in the plate on your way out.

Lord of beauty, thine the splendour
Shewn in earth and sky and sea,
Burning sun and moonlight tender,
Hill and river, flower and tree:
Lest we fail our praise to render
Touch our eyes that they may see.

Lord of wisdom, whom obeying
Mighty waters ebb and flow,
While unhasting, undelaying,
Planets on their courses go:
In thy laws thyself displaying,
Teach our minds thyself to know.

3 Lord of life, alone sustaining
All below and all above,
Lord of love, by whose ordaining
Sun and stars sublimely move:
In our earthly spirits reigning,
Lift our hearts that we may love.

4 Lord of beauty, bid us own thee,
Lord of truth, our footsteps guide,
Till as Love our hearts enthrone thee,
And, with vision purified,
Lord of all, when all have known thee,
Thou in all art glorified.
Cyril A Alington

 

THE PREPARATION OF THE TABLE

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,

the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;

for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.

All    All things come from you,

and of your own do we give you.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER please sit or kneel

 

The Lord is here.

All His Spirit is with us.

 

Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them 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 sing

 

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 priest recalls the Last Supper and this acclamation is sung

Great is the mystery of faith:

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

 

The Prayer continues and leads into the doxology, to which all

respond boldly 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.

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The priest breaks the consecrated bread.

We break this bread

to share in the body of Christ.

All    Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

 

AGNUS DEI (sung)

 

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

Draw near with faith.

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

 

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

Gluten free wafers are available—please do ask.

If you believe and trust in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour then you are welcome to join us in receiving the bread and wine. If you would prefer to have a blessing then please indicate this by bringing your service sheet with you when you come to the front.

CHOIR ANTHEM

God so loved the world by John Stainer

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord, we pray that your grace

may always precede and follow us,

and make us continually to be given to all good

works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

All 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.

HYMN please stand if you’re able

From all that dwell below the skies
Let the creator’s praise arise:
Alleluia!
Let the redeemer’s name be sung,
Through every land, by every tongue:
Alleluia! Alleluia,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
Eternal truth attends thy word:
Alleluia!
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more:
Alleluia! Alleluia,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Isaac Watts

 

 

BLESSING

 

The peace of God, which passes all understanding,

keep your 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 you and remain with you always.

All Amen.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All In the name of Christ. Amen