Flower Festival Evensong

Before we start today’s service, there is a messages we would like you to read and pray about.

As you will know by now, our advertisement for a new Minister was unsuccessful. The position will be re-advertised in in due course. Please continue to pray for this position.

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

Thank you. 

Hymn is – Love Divine All Love’s Excelling

  • Love divine, all loves excelling
    Joy of Heaven to Earth come down
    Fix in us Thy humble dwelling
    All Thy faithful mercies crown
    Jesus, Thou art all compassion
    Pure, unbounded love Thou art
    Visit us with Thy salvation
    Enter every trembling heart
  • Breathe, O breathe, Thy loving spirit
    Into every troubled breast
    Let us all in Thee inherit
    Let us find that second rest

Take away the love of sinning
Alpha and Omega be
End of faith, as its beginning
Sets our hearts at liberty

  • Come Almighty to deliver
    Let us all Thy life receive
    Suddenly return and never
    Never more Thy temples leave
    Thee we would be always blessing
    Serve Thee as Thy hosts above
    Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing
    Glory in Thy perfect love 
  • Finish then Thy new creation
    Pure and spotless let us be
    Let us see Thy great salvation
    Perfectly restored in Thee

Changed from glory into glory
‘Til in Heaven we take our place
‘Til we cast our crowns before Thee
Lost in wonder, love and praise      (by Charles Wesley (1707 to 1788) 

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me:

All: Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, We have offended against thy holy laws, We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things which we ought not to have done, And there is no health in us: But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults, Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord: And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Absolution 

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins: He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


We say together

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that 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.


O Lord, open thou our lips.
All: And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
All: O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

All: The Lord’s Name be praised.

Psalm 23 

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever.


The first reading is taken from – Psalm 114 

1 When the people of Israel left Egypt, when Jacob’s descendants left that foreign land, 

2 Judah became the Lord’s holy people, Israel became his own possession. 

3 The Red Sea looked and ran away; the Jordan River stopped flowing. 

4 The mountains skipped like goats; the hills jumped around like lambs. 

5 What happened, Sea, to make you run away? And you, O Jordan, why did you stop flowing? 

6 You mountains, why did you skip like goats? You hills, why did you jump around like lambs? 

7 Tremble, earth, at the Lord’s coming, at the presence of the God of Jacob, 

8 who changes rocks into pools of water and solid cliffs into flowing springs. 


My soul doth magnify the Lord
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded
the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

For behold, from henceforth :
all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him :
throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things :
and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end.


Here the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to –  Luke Chap: 24

13 On that same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 

14 and they were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 

15 As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them; 

16 they saw him, but somehow did not recognize him. 

17 Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about to each other, as you walk along?” They stood still, with sad faces. 

18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have been happening there these last few days?” 

19 “What things?” he asked. “The things that happened to Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “This man was a prophet and was considered by God and by all the people to be powerful in everything he said and did. 

20 Our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and he was crucified. 

21 And we had hoped that he would be the one who was going to set Israel free! Besides all that, this is now the third day since it happened. 

22 Some of the women of our group surprised us; they went at dawn to the tomb, 

23 but could not find his body. They came back saying they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive. 

24 Some of our group went to the tomb and found it exactly as the women had said, but they did not see him.” 

25 Then Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, how slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! 

26 Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then to enter his glory?” 

27 And Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets. 

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther; 

29 but they held him back, saying, “Stay with us; the day is almost over and it is getting dark.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, and said the blessing; then he broke the bread and gave it to them. 

31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 

32 They said to each other, “Wasn’t it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” 

33 They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others 

34 and saying, “The Lord is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!” 

35 The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized the Lord when he broke the bread. 

.Nunc Dimittis 

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen :
thy salvation;

Which thou hast prepared :
before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end.


We say together

The  Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, dead, and buried:

He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,

And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;

The holy Catholick Church;

The Communion of Saints;

The Forgiveness of sins; T

he Resurrection of the body,

And the Life everlasting.


The Lord be with you

All: And with thy sprit 

Let us pray

Lord have mercy upon us

All: Christ have mercy upon up

Lord have mercy upon us


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom  come.

Thy will be done in earth,

As it is in  heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that 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.


O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.

All: And grant us thy salvation, he

 O Lord, save the Queen,

All: And mercifully hear us when we call to ipon thee.

Endue thy Ministers with righteous­ness.

All: And make thy chosen people joyful.

 O Lord, save thy people.

All:. And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All:Because there is none other that fight-eth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts within us.

All:  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us. 

Collect for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity –

O God, you declare your almighty power

most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:

mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,

that we, running the way of your commandments,

may receive your gracious promises,

and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;

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 for ever. 

All: Amen

The Second Collect at Evening Prayer

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed:

Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;

that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

All: Amen

We Say together the Third Collect, for Aid against all Perils

All: Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Hymn – Eternal Father, Strong to Save

  • Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
    Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
    Its own appointed limits keep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!
  • O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
    And hushed their raging at Thy word,
    Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
    And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!
  • Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
    Upon the chaos dark and rude,
    And bid its angry tumult cease,
    And give, for wild confusion, peace;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!
  • O Trinity of love and power!
    Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
    From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
    Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
    Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
    Glad hymns of praise from land and sea
    .(by William Whiring – 1825 to 1878) 

Hymn – Thou Art the Way: To Thee Alone (Mission Praise 695)

  1. Thou art the way: to Thee alone
    From sin and death we flee;
    And he who would the Father seek
    Must seek Him, Lord, by Thee.
  1. Thou art the truth: Thy Word alone
    True wisdom can impart;
    Thou only canst inform the mind,
    And purify the heart.
  1. Thou art the life: the rending tomb
    Proclaims Thy conqu’ring arm,
    And those who put their trust in Thee
    Not death nor hell shall harm.
  1. Thou art the way, the truth, the life;
    Grant us that way to know,
    That truth to keep, that life to win,
    Whose joys eternal flow.
    (by George W. Doane –  1799 to 1859)


Lord, we come to You and ask that You will lead us and that You will make our way plain as we progress through each stage of our lives, We think especially of those young people who will be changing school, going to university or starting in the world of work. We pray that they will know and trust that You will be with them helping and guide them.

Lord in your mercy.

All though live the gate we need to choose will be the narrow one, help us to resist the temptation to take the easy way out but put our trust in you, knowing that if we put our hand into your hand you will lead us to the breaking of the day.

Lord in your mercy.

We pray for the church around the world thinking not only of the apostles and pilgrims of old but also of those who go out into the often, hostile world preparing a way to bring the Good News of your love. At this time, we pray that we will soon have someone to lead us as we endeavour to reach out to those in our own community.

Lord in your mercy.

Heavenly Father we ask that you look, with mercy on your troubled world. History seems to continually repeat itself, Your Son Jesus fled as a refugee to Egypt. The Israelites were taken hostage to Babylon. There is war and famine, civil unrest, despotic leaders, and economic uncertainty that drive people from their homeland. Lord, look with pity on our troubled world, so that in due time many will be able to return rejoicing to their homeland.

Lord in your mercy

We think of all who are suffering in illness or bereavement at this time may they know that in their hour of need that you will carry them through their trouble.

We read some of the prayers from the

Prayer Jar

And in the silence we bring our own personal prayers.

Lord Jesus, you carried your Cross to Calvery, we ask that you be with those nearing the end of their lives and with those who are caring for them. Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ. We commit them to your care and that in Heaven they and we (in due time) will take our place.

Lord in your mercy

Lord God be with us all as we journey thorough this life

We offer you O Lord our thanks for this festival the guidance you have given to so many, for the joy and fellowship it gives to both those doing the work and those who visit each year, and we pray that the message of Your love will be shown to all around.

Lord in your mercy

Father of all, as we journey through life, be our guide, our comforter and our provider and help us to help in any way we can all those who need help of whatever colour, creed or religion. So, as the song says- “If we can help somebody as we go along, then our living will not be  in vain.”

Lord in your mercy.

Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done; then Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Grace.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with us all evermore. Amen.


We were told of that wonderful journey of the road to Emmaus. and of the journey we all make till in Heaven we take our place.

Hymn – Forth in Thy Name, O Lord I Go (Mission Praise 159)

1 Forth in your name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labor to pursue,
determined only you to know
in all I think or speak or do.

2 The task your wisdom has assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
in all my works your presence find,
and prove your good and perfect will.

3 May I find you at my right hand;
your eyes see truly what I do.
I labor on at your command
and offer all my works to you.

4 Give me to bear your easy yoke
and ev’ry moment watch and pray
and still to things eternal look,
and hasten to your glorious day.

5 For you I joyously employ
whate’er you in grace have giv’n:
I run my daily course with joy
and closely walk with you to heav’n.
(by Charles Wesley – 1707-1788)

Closing Blessing

May God give to you and to all those you love

his comfort and his peace,

his light and his joy,

in this world and the next;

and the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ

and the Love of God

and the fellowship  of the Holy Sprit

be with us all evermore.

All: Amen 

Hymn – Saviour Again Thy Dear Name We Raise

1 Saviour, again to thy dear name we raise
with one accord our parting hymn of praise.
Once more we bless thee ere our worship cease,
then, lowly bending, wait thy word of peace.

2 Grant us thy peace upon our homeward way;
with thee began, with thee shall end the day.
Guard thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame,
that in this house have called upon thy name.

3 Grant us thy peace, Lord, through the coming night;
turn thou for us its darkness into light.
From harm and danger keep thy children free,
for dark and light are both alike to thee.

4 Grant us thy peace throughout our earthly life,
our balm in sorrow and our stay in strife.
Then, when thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,
call us, O Lord, to thine eternal peace.
(by John Ellerton – 1826-1893) 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All: In the name of Christ, Amen

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