Trinity 1 Sunday 19th June

As you will know by now, our advertisement for a new Minister was unsuccessful. The position has now been re-advertised.

We ask that you will please pray as this new  advert go’s live

This is again for a fulltime minister for the two benefices of Fillongley with Corley and Ansley with Arley.

Thank you.

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Hymn – Morning Has Broken

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you

Loving Lord,

Fill us with your life-giving,

joy-givingr peace-giving presence,

That we may praise you now with our lips,

and all the day long with our lives

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Cast your burden upon the Lord

All: And he will sustain you

Create in us clean hearts, O God

All: And renew a right spirit within us

Cast us not away from your Presence

All: And take not your Holy Spirit from us

Give us the joy of your saving help

All: And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Blessed be the Lord day by day

All: The God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.

We have a moment of quiet, to call to mind the things we

Have thought, said and done which we know grieve the God

who loves us 

Come, let us return to the Lord and say: 

All: Almighty God

Long-suffering and of great goodness

I confess to you.

I confess with my whole heart

My neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments

My wrong doing, thinking and speaking:

The hurts I have done to others,

And the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

And raise me to newness of life;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the God of love and power

Forgive us and free us from our sins,

Heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

And raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

We praise God for his love and forgiveness with:- 

Hymn – Lord of All Hopefulness

  1. Lord of all hopefulness,
    Lord of all joy,
    Whose trust, ever child-like,
    No cares could destroy,
    Be there at our waking,
    And give us, we pray,
    Your bliss in our hearts, Lord,
    At the break of the day.
     
  1. Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
    Whose strong hands were skilled
    At the plane and the lathe,
    Be there at our labours,
    And give us, we pray,
    Your strength in our hearts, Lord,
    At the noon of the day.
     
  1. Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
    Your hands swift to welcome,
    Your arms to embrace,
    Be there at our homing,
    And give us, we pray,
    Your love in our hearts, Lord,
    At the eve of the day.
     
  1. Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
    Whose voice is contentment,
    Whose presence is balm,
    Be there at our sleeping,
    And give us, we pray,
    Your peace in our hearts, Lord,
    At the end of the day.
    (by Jan Struther -1901-53) 

Our First Reading is taken from – Isaiah Chap: 65

1 The Lord said, “I was ready to answer my people’s prayers, but they did not pray. I was ready for them to find me, but they did not even try. The nation did not pray to me, even though I was always ready to answer, “Here I am; I will help you.’

2 I have always been ready to welcome my people, who stubbornly do what is wrong and go their own way.

3 They shamelessly keep on making me angry. They offer pagan sacrifices at sacred gardens and burn incense on pagan altars.

4 At night they go to caves and tombs to consult the spirits of the dead. They eat pork and drink broth made from meat offered in pagan sacrifices.

5 And then they say to others, “Keep away from us; we are too holy for you to touch!’ I cannot stand people like that – my anger against them is like a fire that never goes out.

6 “I have already decided on their punishment, and their sentence is written down. I will not overlook what they have done, but will repay them

7 for their sins and the sins of their ancestors. They have burned incense at pagan hill shrines and spoken evil of me. So I will punish them as their past deeds deserve.”

8 The Lord says, “No one destroys good grapes; instead, they make wine with them. Neither will I destroy all my people – I will save those who serve me.

9 I will bless the Israelites who belong to the tribe of Judah, and their descendants will possess my land of mountains. My chosen people, who serve me, will live there.

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ

Our Second Reading is From – Luke Chap: 8

26 Jesus and his disciples sailed on over to the territory of Gerasa, which is across the lake from Galilee.

27 As Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a man from the town who had demons in him. For a long time this man had gone without clothes and would not stay at home, but spent his time in the burial caves.

28 When he saw Jesus, he gave a loud cry, threw himself down at his feet, and shouted, “Jesus, Son of the Most High God! What do you want with me? I beg you, don’t punish me!”

29 He said this because Jesus had ordered the evil spirit to go out of him. Many times it had seized him, and even though he was kept a prisoner, his hands and feet tied with chains, he would break the chains and be driven by the demon out into the desert.

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is “Mob,’ ” he answered – because many demons had gone into him.

31 The demons begged Jesus not to send them into the abyss.

32 There was a large herd of pigs near by, feeding on a hillside. So the demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he let them.

33 They went out of the man and into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the side of the cliff into the lake and was drowned.

34 The men who had been taking care of the pigs saw what happened, so they ran off and spread the news in the town and among the farms.

35 People went out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were all afraid.

36 Those who had seen it told the people how the man had been cured.

37 Then all the people from that territory asked Jesus to go away, because they were terribly afraid. So Jesus got into the boat and left.

38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged Jesus, “Let me go with you.” But Jesus sent him away, saying,

39 “Go back home and tell what God has done for you.” The man went through the town, telling what Jesus had done for him

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ

Sermon for the First Sunday of Easter – 19th June 2022

Marie spoke of how we make plans but then God has other ideas

Thinking of Joseph whose life was changed when Mary became the mother of Jesus.

Paul, then Saul, who in a flash had his whole life changed from someone who persecuted Christians, to becoming one of the greatest evangelists in history

God has His plans and we have to ensure that we follow His plans for us, as best we can.

Amen 

Hymn – How lovely on the mountains (Our God Reigns)

 Let us declare our faith in God.

All: We believe in God the Father,

From whom every family

In heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son

Who lives in our hearts through faith,

And fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit

Who strengthens us

With power from on high.

We believe in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.

Amen.

We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us 

All: Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed by 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.

Hymn –  Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God 

  1. Seek ye first the kingdom of God

And his righteousness;

And all these things shall be added unto you,

Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia,

Alleluia, allelu, alleluia. 

  1. Ask, and it shall be given unto you,

Seek, and ye shall find.

Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you,

Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia,

Alleluia, allelu, alleluia. 

  1. Man shall not live by bread alone,

But by every word

That proceeds from the mouth of God,

Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia,

Alleluia, allelu, alleluia (by Keren Lafferry – 1972) 

All: Eternal Giver of love and life

Your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into the world

To preach the Gospel of his Kingdom.

Confirm us in this mission,

And help us to live the good news we proclaim,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Hymn – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

  1. 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;
    Praise Him in glad adoration.
     
  1. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
    Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
    Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
    Granted in what He ordaineth?
     
  1. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
    Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
    Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
    If with His love He befriend thee.
     
  1. Praise to the Lord, oh, 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.
    (by Joachim Neander – 1650 to 1680)

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil

And keep us in eternal life. 

All: Amen

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