Trinity 13 Sunday 11th September

Sunday Morning Prayer – Thirteenth  Sunday after Trinity  – 11th September 2022

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

We are pleased to let you know that the re-advertising for a new Minister will be taking place during October. 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.

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Hymn –   Praise my soul the King of heaven

  • Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
    to his feet your tribute bring;
    ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    who like you his praise should sing?
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    praise the everlasting King.
     
  • Praise him for his grace and favour
    to our fathers in distress;
    praise him, still the same as ever,
    slow to blame and swift to bless;
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    glorious in his faithfulness.
     
  • Father-like, he tends and spares us,
    Well our feeble frame he knows;
    in his hands he gently bears us,
    rescues us from all our foes:
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    widely as his mercy flows.
     
  • Angels, help us to adore him;
    you behold him face to face;
    sun and moon, bow down before him,
    praise him all in time and space.
    Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
    praise with us the God of grace.
                  (by  Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) 

Preparation

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

All:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving  to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may give ourselves to the service of God.

All: We say Sorry

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’

So let us turn away from our sins and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you;

We have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us and restore to us the joy of your salvation;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in His image to the praise and glory of His name through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen.

Blessed is the Lord,

All: For He has heard the voice of our prayer;

Therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

All: And in our song will we praise our God. 

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world, and in your great love fashioned us in your image. Now, through the deep waters of death, you have brought your people to new birth by raising your Son to life in triumph.

May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

Blessed be God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

All: Blessed be God for ever.  

Hymn – Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!

  • Teach me Thy way, O Lord,

teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford,

teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright,

more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light,

teach me Thy way! 

  • When doubts and fears arise,

teach me Thy way!
When storms o’erspread the skies,

 teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain,

 through sorrow, toil, and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain,

teach me Thy way! 

  • Long as my life shall last,

teach me Thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast,

teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run,

until the journey’s done,

until the crown is won,

teach me Thy way! (Benjamin M Ramsey – 1849 to 1923)

Collect for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity 

Almighty God,

you search us and know us:

may we rely on you in strength

and rest on you in weakness,

now and in all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord

All: Amen 

Prayer for the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth

Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

Prayer for the King 

Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.

Bless his reign and the life of our nation.

Help us to work together

so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness

flourish among us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen.

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

you will appear with him in glory.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. 

Hymn – Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep

  1. Loving Shepherd of your sheep,
    all your lambs in safety keep;
    nothing can your power withstand,
    none can pluck them from your hand.
  2. May they praise you ev’ry day,
    gladly all your will obey,
    like your blessed ones above,
    happy in your precious love.
  3. Loving Shepherd, ever near,
    teach your lambs your voice to hear;
    suffer not their steps to stray
    from the straight and narrow way.
  4. Where you lead them may they go,
    walking in your steps below;
    then, before your Father’s throne,
    Saviour, claim them for your own.
    (by Jane Elizabeth Leeson – 1807 to 1882)

Our First Reading id taken from Exodus Chap: 32

7 The Lord said to Moses, “Hurry and go back down, because your people, whom you led out of Egypt, have sinned and rejected me.

8 They have already left the way that I commanded them to follow; they have made a bull-calf out of melted gold and have worshiped it and offered sacrifices to it. They are saying that this is their god, who led them out of Egypt.

9 I know how stubborn these people are.

10 Now, don’t try to stop me. I am angry with them, and I am going to destroy them. Then I will make you and your descendants into a great nation.”

11 But Moses pleaded with the Lord his God and said, “Lord, why should you be so angry with your people, whom you rescued from Egypt with great might and power?

12 Why should the Egyptians be able to say that you led your people out of Egypt, planning to kill them in the mountains and destroy them completely? Stop being angry; change your mind and do not bring this disaster on your people.

13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remember the solemn promise you made to them to give them as many descendants as there are stars in the sky and to give their descendants all that land you promised would be their possession forever.”

14 So the Lord changed his mind and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. 

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to – Luke Chap: 15

1 One day when many tax collectors and other outcasts came to listen to Jesus,

2 the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law started grumbling, “This man welcomes outcasts and even eats with them!”

3 So Jesus told them this parable:

4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them – what do you do? You leave the other ninety-nine sheep in the pasture and go looking for the one that got lost until you find it.

5 When you find it, you are so happy that you put it on your shoulders

6 and carry it back home. Then you call your friends and neighbours together and say to them, “I am so happy I found my lost sheep. Let us celebrate!’

7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.

8 “Or suppose a woman who has ten silver coins loses one of them – what does she do? She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and looks carefully everywhere until she finds it.

9 When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, and says to them, “I am so happy I found the coin I lost. Let us celebrate!’

10 In the same way, I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents.” 

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Benedicitus

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

All: who has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

All: born of the house of his servant David. 

Through his holy prophets God promised of old  

All: to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us, 

To show mercy to our ancestors,

All: and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

All: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear,

All: holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. 

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

All: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation

All: by the forgiveness of all their sins. 

In the tender compassion of our God

All: the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

All: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.                    (Luke 1.68-79)

All: 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.

Amen. 

Sermon on Death of HM Queen Elizabeth

(using Jeremiah Chap: 4:11 & 12; 22 – 28 and Luke Chap: 1 to 10 

It will be as no surprise to you if I mention the death of her majesty the late queen, Elizabeth II in this sermon.

Currently it is, quite naturally, the subject on everybody’s lips and I have no intention of bucking the trend. I will be using today’s readings as a sort of template to construct what amounts to a directed eulogy with a message.

Taking the Jeremiah reading first

In in all honesty there’s not that much to say here, other than he must have been a bundle of joy at a party with his dire prognostications about what would happen to God’s chosen people if they didn’t mend their ways. Time and again he harangued the people with his tales of woe, time and again the people thoroughly ignored him and went on with their fun, It must have been a huge frustration to Jeremiah to have this message from Almighty God to deliver and be ignored, because he was only trying to help and serve the people of the nation he loved. Do you see the less than subtle link? From the very outset our late queen pledges to serve and help the country she loved and the wider family of the Commonwealth too.

Jesus told the story of the shepherd and his lost sheep – the shepherd who went off to look for one of his sheep out of one hundred in the flock which had strayed off and got itself lost. Because he cared about this lost member of the flock which was his to care for, the shepherd parked the remaining ninety nine safely somewhere and went off to search – if he hadn’t left the other sheep safely, he might have found himself looking for more than one sheep!  My limited experience of sheep doesn’t lead me to believe that there is that much going on inside their woolly heads! The story concludes with the shepherd finding this lost sheep and bringing it back to the rest of the flock with much rejoicing and celebration.

Equally, as if to emphasise the point, Jesus follows the shepherd story with the lost coin story. One silver coin out of the ten silver coins lost – house turned upside down to find it, success, there it is!, happiness all round, the lost coin is back with its mates.

You could put it that the woman helped the coin not to be lost any more and to be able to be used along with the others.

I’m sure you can see where this is going.

In this last week the people of this country have had to face very major gains and losses.

We have gained a new Prime Minister who is facing huge problems within the United Kingdom and for whom, whatever your political colour, very much needs our prayers and God’s guidance to steer through these difficulties slowly mounting up on the population. She and the government have an unenviable task ahead of them but, leaving that aside, we have gained a new King, a person who we may feel we know about quite well because he’s been around a long time but like the political and social future, remains a bit of an unknown quantity in his new role as King.

For both these new gains we pray for love, compassion and justice in their dealings.

But we have lost a Queen,  a person who willingly accepted the position thrust on her early in her life, – the position that was thrust upon her by this country’s long history of monarchy and who, in her own young words, promised to dedicate the rest of her life to the service of this nation and the peoples of the wider Commonwealth and who for all those years of national and personal good times and bad did exactly what she set out to do she unswervingly serve this country and her influence and that of other working royals had been to the great benefit to her people in many ways.

I know I am an ardent royalist.

I know there are many who would just as ardently oppose my view and that is, of course, a privilege we all have in this country where we can hold our own opinions, wrong or right, without fear or favour.

We assume these privileges as a right but you know and I know there are many countries where speaking your mind would land you in big trouble.

The freedom we enjoy in this country comes from stability and confidence in the powers that be to maintain that state.

The reliability and constancy of the non-political monarchy are a major part of that stability and Her Majesty has without doubt been the long term calming influence when extreme actions have been contemplated.

The long years of experience of many situations made her a fount of wisdom, particularly since she made it her duty to keep right up to the moment with events and trends and change in public attitudes.

To a flock of sheep, the shepherd is the leader who cares for each one of them – keeps them safe,  keeps them cared for. The sheep rely on the shepherd for these things even in bad circumstances.

I’m not trying to make and absolute comparison here but there have by report been many instances where the impartial influence of the hand on the tiller of the national ship of state has steered that ship into calmer waters than might have otherwise been the case. Many previous prime ministers have been fulsome in their praise of her majesty’s calm influence on current matters discussed during their customary weekly audience, a time of unreported privacy where the conversations are strictly private and unreported like an unburdening in the confessional.

These past leaders of the country have commented on the solid rock of strength and wisdom that her majesty brought to these occasions, which of course filtered down through the machinations of parliament where her advice may have been part of forming the policy and action.

We will remember her in the same way as the shepherd we read about, Someone we could rely on as a solid anchor of strength and unchanging devotion to the duties of her position.

I have not yet mentioned another great quality our late Queen has, that of demonstrable, humble faith in God and his son Jesus Christ. Throughout her reign, and not just because she by traditional appointment was the head of the Church of England, she was a worshipper of Almighty God.

We saw this publically and we know of it in her private life. Just as she was a source of wisdom and constancy, that was provided for her by her faith and trust.

She has been an example to all of us as a leader of the church in this country..

There is so much more that could be said, and is being said about the reign of our deceased Queen.

But, like all of us, she was a human being and thus subject to death as are we all at some time.

Politicians may come and go, presidents may come and go, Kings and Queens come and go but it remains that the ultimate rock upon which we can stand and  place our faith in is God, the creator and supreme ruler of everything in that creation. Upon his we can all put our trust because God is eternal and unchanging and the ultimate shepherd caring for his flock.

So let us then end this tribute in prayer. 

Prayers on the death of the Queen

Gracious God, we give thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth, for her faith and her dedication to duty. Bless our nation as we mourn her death and may her example continue to inspire us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.                                                                                                                           God of love,

We thank you for the life of The Queen,

for her service to our nation,

and for her faith in you.

Be close to all of us who mourn,

that we may we find comfort and hope in your love,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

Eternal God, our heavenly Father, we bless your holy name for all that you have given us in and through the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth.

We give you thanks: for her love of family and her gift of friendship; for her devotion to this nation and the nations of the Commonwealth;

For her grace, dignity and courtesy

For her generosity and love of life.

We praise you for: the courage that she showed in testing times; the depth and of her Christian faith; and the witness she bore to it in word and deed. Accept our thanks and praise, we pray,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

Hymn – The King of love my shepherd is

  1. The King of love my shepherd is,
    whose goodness faileth never;
    I nothing lack if I am his,
    and he is mine for ever.
     
  1. Where streams of living water flow,
    my ransomed soul he leadeth,
    and where the verdant pastures grow,
    with food celestial feedeth.
     
  1. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
    but yet in love He sought me,
    and on his shoulder gently laid,
    and home, rejoicing, brought me.
     
  1. In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
    with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
    thy rod and staff my comfort still,
    thy cross before to guide me.
     
  1. Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
    thy unction grace bestoweth;
    and O what transport of delight
    from thy pure chalice floweth!
     
  1. And so through all the length of days
    thy goodness faileth never:
    Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
    within thy house for ever.
    (by W. Baker – 1821 to 1877)

Time of Silence ….. 

We Say Together:

The Creed.

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. 

All: 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, 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.

Hymn – The Lord’s my shepherd; I’ll Not Want,

1 The Lord’s my shepherd; I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.
He leadeth me, he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

2 My soul he doth restore again
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake;
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake.

3 Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear no ill;
for thou art with me, and thy rod
and staff me comfort still;
for thou art with me, and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

4 My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

5 Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me,
and in God’s house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be;
and in God’s house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.
(by Francis Rous – 1579 to 1659) 

Closing Blessings

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 – The strife is o’er, the battle done

1 The strife is o’er, the battle done;
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
Hlleluia!

2 The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions has dispersed.
Let shouts of holy joy outburst.
Hlleluia!

3 The three sad days are quickly sped;
he rises glorious from the dead.
All glory to our risen Head.
Hlleluia!

4 He closed the yawning gates of hell;
the bars from heaven’s high portals fell.
Let hymns of praise his triumph tell.
Hlleluia!

5 Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death’s dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.
Hlleluia!  
(by Francis Pott – 1832 to 1909) 

The Grace 

All: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

Be with us all evermore.

Amen

The National Anthem

God save our gracious King,
Long live our noble King,
God save the King:
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the King.

Go in joy and peace to love and serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ Amen.

 

© 702211

 

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