Sunday 19th September 2021

Trinity 16

Creation – Humanity

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.


GATHERING HYMN please stand if you’re able

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,

the King of creation;

O my soul, praise him, for he is

thy health and salvation:

all ye who hear,

now to his temple draw near,

joining in glad adoration.


Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things

so wondrously reigneth,

shieldeth thee gently from harm, or

when fainting sustaineth:

hast thou now seen

how thy heart’s wishes have been

granted in what he ordaineth?


Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper

thy work and defend thee;

surely his goodness and mercy

shall daily attend thee:

ponder anew

what the Almighty can do,

if to the end he befriend thee.


Praise to the Lord! O let all that

is in me adore him!

All that hath life and breath, come now

with praises before him!

Let the Amen

sound from his people again:

gladly for aye we adore him!

Joachim Neander translated by Catherine Winkworth


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

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.



Lord of creation,

whose glory is around and within us:

open our eyes to your wonders,

that we may serve you with reverence

and know your peace at our lives’ end,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All          Amen


Please sit for the reading

Genesis 1:26-28; 2. 7-8, 15, 19 Read by Carol Gibbon

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.  And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.



Brother, sister, let me serve you,

let me be as Christ to you;

pray that I may have the grace

to let you be my servant, too.


We are pilgrims on a journey,

and companions on the road;

we are here to help each other

walk the mile and bear the load.


I will hold the Christ-light for you

in the night-time of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you,

speak the peace you long to hear.


I will weep when you are weeping;

when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you;

I will share your joy and sorrow

till we’ve seen this journey through.


When we sing to God in heaven,

we shall find such harmony,

born of all we’ve known together

of Christ’s love and agony.


6 Brother, sister, let me serve you,

let me be as Christ to you;

pray that I may have the grace

to let you be my servant, too.

Richard Gillard © 1977 Scripture in Song


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 10:42-45

So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For 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.

All (sung) Praise to you, O Christ.


Preacher:  Revd Barbara Abrey

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.


Please sit or kneel for the prayers

Led by Helen Toomer

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 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!).



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.

From heaven you came, helpless babe,

entered our world, your glory veiled;

not to be served, but to serve,

and give Your life that we might live.

            This is our God, the Servant King,

            He calls us now to follow Him,

            To bring our lives as a daily offering

            Of worship to the Servant King.


There in the garden of tears,

my heavy load he chose to bear;

his heart with sorrow was torn,

‘Yet not my will but yours,’ He said.



Come see His hands and His feet,

the scars that speak of sacrifice;

hands that flung stars into space

to cruel nails surrendered.



So let us learn how to serve,

and in our lives enthrone Him;

each other’s needs to prefer,

for it is Christ we’re serving.


Graham Kendrick © 1983 Thankyou Music/Adm.



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.


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.



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.


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.


The Song of Ruth by David Ogden


Almighty God,

you have taught us through your Son

that love is the fulfilling of the law:

grant that we may love you with our whole heart

and our neighbours as ourselves;

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

Come down, O Love divine,

Seek thou this soul of mine,

And visit it with thine own ardour glowing;

O comforter, draw near,

Within my heart appear,

And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.


O let it freely burn,

Till earthly passions turn

To dust and ashes, in its heat consuming;

And let thy glorious light

Shine ever on my sight,

And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.


Let holy charity

Mine outward vesture be,

And lowliness become mine inner clothing;

True lowliness of heart,

Which takes the humbler part,

And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.


And so the yearning strong,

With which the soul will long,

Shall far outpass the power of human telling;

For none can guess its grace,

Till he become the place

Wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

Bianco da Siena trans Richard Frederick Littledale




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