WELLANDFOSSEBENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2022

WELLANDFOSSEBENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2022

October 2022 – Welland-Fosse Benefice Services

 

Date Barrowden South Luffenham Morcott Duddington Tixover Zoom
 

Sunday

October 2nd

11am

Harvest Festival

AR

11am

Harvest Festival

SC/VC

9.30am

Harvest Festival

SG

WAKERLEY 3pm  HARVEST FESTIVAL

SG/AR

 

Sunday

October 9th

 

11am

Harvest Festival

SG

9.30am

Morning Worship

AR

From

Barrowden

 

Sunday

October 16th

 

9.30am

Morning Worship

AR

11am

Holy Communion

SG

9.30am

Holy Communion

SG

Sally

from home

 

Sunday

October 23rd

 

11am

Morning Worship

AR/SS

9.30am

Holy Communion

SG

From

Barrowden

 

Sunday

October 30th

 

Benefice Holy Communion

MORCOTT

10am

SG

 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.,
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
WELLANDFOSSE BENEFICE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR 2ND OCTOBER 2022

WELLANDFOSSE BENEFICE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR 2ND OCTOBER 2022

Sunday Services for the    16th Sunday sifter Trinity

 

11.00 am South Luffenham Church    Harvest Festival   (AR)

11.00 am  Morcott Church                    Harvest Festival  (SC/VC)

3.00pm    Wakerley Church                 Harvest Festival    (SG/AR)

5.00pm    Duddington Church              Harvest Festival     (SG/AR)

Readings : Lamentations 1.1-6
Canticle: Lamentations 3.19-26
or Psalm 137*
2 Timothy 1.1-14
Luke 17.5-10

Weekday Services :

 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.,
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
SUNDAY SERVICE FOR 25TH SEPTEMBER 2022

SUNDAY SERVICE FOR 25TH SEPTEMBER 2022

 

 

 

Service for Sunday 25th September

Morning Praise

                          

We say together the words printed in bold.

Hymn:  All my hope on God is founded

All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew,
me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple fall to dust.
But God’s power,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
deep his wisdom, passing thought:
splendor, light and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore
from his store
newborn worlds rise and adore.

Still from earth to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done,
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ, his Son.
Christ doth call
one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.

Preparation

We come from scattered lives to meet with God.
Let us recognize his presence with us.

Silence is kept.

As God’s people we have gathered:
let us worship him together.

Greeting

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.

 

Prayers of Penitence (sit)

The minister introduces the confession.

The gospel calls us to turn away from sin
and be faithful to Christ.
As we offer ourselves to him in penitence and faith,
we renew our confidence and trust in his mercy.

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.

Praise

Let everything be said and done in the name of the
Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God through Jesus Christ.

Sing psalms, hymns and sacred songs,
let us sing to God with thankful hearts.

Open our lips, Lord,
and we shall praise your name.

cf Colossians 3.16,17

Venite – a Song of Triumph

1O come, let us sing to the Lord; ♦
let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.

2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving ♦
and be glad in him with psalms.

3For the Lord is a great God ♦
and a great king above all gods.

4In his hand are the depths of the earth ♦
and the heights of the mountains are his also.

5The sea is his, for he made it, ♦
and his hands have moulded the dry land

6Come, let us worship and bow down ♦
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7For he is our God; ♦
we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

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.

cf Psalm 95

Word

Reading:  1 Timothy ch 6 v 6-19

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that[a] we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains

11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made[b] the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16 It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

 

After the reading this response may be used

This is the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn: Amazing grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace first taught my heart to fear
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
God’s grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we first begun.

The Gospel Reading: Luke ch 16 v 19-31

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Praise to you, O Lord

19 ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham.[a] The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.[b] 24 He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” 25 But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” 27 He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” 29 Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” 30 He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” 31 He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”’

After the reading this response may be used

This is the Gospel of the Lord

All: Praise to you, O Christ

 

Sermon

Recently, I have been very aware of how much stuff I have. Everywhere there are ornaments, pictures, photos and so much other stuff that at times seems very important and yet at other times is clutter. And it is so difficult deciding what needs to be kept and what can easily be dispensed with. And it’s not just one room; it’s every room! Anyone understand that?

The story that Jesus told that we read this morning is, like all his stories a wake up call to the people who first heard it but also to us. This parable is only in Luke’s gospel but since his gospel deals with the outcast and the marginalised it is no surprise! It is noticeable too that it is the poor man who is given the dignity of having a name as in most of the parables people are not named.

The rich man had not necessarily done anything wrong but his problem was indifference. He was content with his wealth and lived in a large house with a gate like a portico so that he could shut out the nasty things outside. He wasn’t unkind to Lazarus; he just didn’t see him as a person in his own right.

The letter that Timothy writes is to a settled church which has a mixture of social classes. It is here that we heard the words “the love of money is the root of all evil” not just “money is the root of all evil”. We are told that we should love God and our neighbour but we also need to love ourselves and so often we do things that make us less fond of ourselves than we might be.

St Teressa of Avila wrote in her work, ‘The Interior Castle’, “Our Lord asks but two things of us: love for Him and for our neighbour….  I think the most certain sign that we keep these two commandments is that we have genuine love for others.  We cannot know whether we love God although there may be strong reasons for thinking so, but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbour or no’. 

There were many stories about warnings from the grave and usually the requests were granted but in this parable Jesus tells us that we have had all the warnings and if the prophets and in our case Christ himself are not heeded then so be it. The warning was there, loud and clear! Many of those hearing this story thought that they had a right to entry to heaven because they had followed the Law to the letter. But probably without compassion for others.

In this story as in many others Jesus turns normal expectations upside down just as Mary stated in her words after hearing she would be the mother of the Messiah.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

Even when the rich man was suffering he expected Lazarus to act as a servant at his bidding but he was told that the warnings were there for all and if they were not accepted from the prophets then nothing else would help either. The rich man did care for his family but it was all too late.

The rich man had everything that he could wish for on earth while the poor man had nothing. He had to be taken to the place to beg and was reliant on whatever anyone passing gave him which was usually nothing much. He only dressed in rags and had ulcerated sores all over his body. We can only imagine what his life was like. At this time in Palestine 95% of the people were very poor. Luke was well aware of the privations in the time.

This is not a story about death; it is not really a story about money; it is about treating people with indifference. It is not a case of being unkind or nasty; it is not even being aware of others. As usual when I prepare a service it is difficult to realise that the teachings apply to me!

We need to think about what God has given us and most importantly how we use our gifts for others. We may be good listeners but find that we haven’t got time to listen to the person who needs so desperately to talk; we may be able to help someone with a problem as long as it doesn’t impinge on what we want to do. I can find so many excuses.

We don’t know what is going to happen and like the bridesmaids with their oil we need to do things now. We have Christ’s example and no excuse. So perhaps we need to clear out some of the stuff in our minds and hearts and follow Christ more nearly.

Let us pray:

Loving God, you know how blind I can be to the needs of those around me. Send me your Spirit to open my eyes to see who is in need of my care, my mind to understand how to respond and my heart that I may show to them the love of Jesus your Son. I ask this in his name, confident that you will hear me. Amen.

 

 

 

Hymn:  Be thou my vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord;
be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my whole armor, be thou my true might;
be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tower:
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise:
be thou mine inheritance now and always;
be thou and thou only the first in my heart;
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, when battle is done,
Grant heaven’s joy to me, O bright heaven’s sun
Christ of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

Creed

All:  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.
Amen.

Prayers

Prayers of Intercession using the response

All our needs are God’s concerns. Let us pray to him now.

Father, make us a listening church, welcoming to the hesitant, encouraging to the young, sensitive to the differences and attentive to the needs. May those in positions of trust and leadership be caring and compassionate.

God, in mercy

Hear us as we pray

Father, make us a caring world, wise in government, honest in promises, for-sighted in the management of resources and open hearted in charitable giving. May our new government be sensitive to the needs of the people so that there may be equity.

God, in mercy

Hear us as we pray

Father, make us a responsible community, supporting our neighbours and friends, sharing one another’s sorrows and joys and opening our homes as a place for you to dwell.

God, in mercy

Hear us as we pray

Father, as we remember those who have asked for our prayers, take their needs and provide for them, take their wounds and heal them, take their suffering and comfort them. many do not ask for prayers but we know that we can bring them before you in the silence of our own hearts.

God, in mercy

Hear us as we pray

Father, as we call to mind those who have died, may they know the welcoming of your love into eternal joy. May we be reminded of your great love for each one of us and comfort those who grieve in whatever way.

God, in mercy

Hear us as we pray

Thank you, Holy God, for knowing our needs even before we become aware of them ourselves.

Merciful Father,

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

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Let us pray as Jesus 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 Collect

Lord God, defend your church from all false teaching and give to your people knowledge of your truth that we may enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Amen.

The Peace (stand)

God calls us to peace:

All: In God’s justice is our peace.

Christ calls us to be God’s people

All: In Christ is our peace

Sign of Peace given

 

Hymn: Brother, sister, let me serve you

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.

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.

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.

 

Blessing

Eternal God,
our beginning and our end,
accompany us on our life’s journey.
Dawn on our darkness,
open our eyes to praise you for your creation
and to see the work you set before us now.
Take us and use us
to bring to others the new life you give in Jesus Christ
our Lord.

All:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

SERVICE TO COMMEMORATE QUEEN ELIZABETH 11

SERVICE TO COMMEMORATE QUEEN ELIZABETH 11

SERVICE TO COMMEMORATE QUEEN ELIZABETH 11

SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Introduction

We meet here to remember before God our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth 11, to renew our trust and confidence in Christ and to pray that together we may be one. We meet in the presence of God

Who knows our needs,

hears our cries,

feels our pain

 and heals our  wounds.

Hymn: 606 Thy hand, O God has guided  (omit v. 2)

1 Your hand, O God, has guided
your flock from age to age;
your faithfulness is written
on history’s open page.
Our fathers owned your goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both to this bear witness:
one church, one faith, one Lord!

 

3 Your mercy will not fail us
nor leave your work undone;
with your right hand to help us
the vict’ry shall be won.
And then by earth and heaven
your name shall be adored;
and this shall be our anthem:
one church, one faith, one Lord!

Hear these words of comfort which the Lord our God offers to all in trouble and distress:

Isaiah 43. 2-3a

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

Romans 8. 38-39

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lighting of the candle

We light this candle to remind us that when God the Father raised Jesus from the dead he defeated the power of death and his light shines in the midst of the darkness of this world.

The Lord is my light and my salvation

The Lord is the strength of my life

The Lord is my light and my salvation

The Lord is the strength of my life

The light shines in the darkness

And the darkness has not overcome it

The Lord is the strength of my life

Glory to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit

The Lord is my light and my salvation

The Lord is the strength of my life

Hymn: 517  Loving shepherd of thy sheep

Loving Shepherd of thy sheep,
keep us all, in safety keep;
nothing can thy power withstand,
none can pluck us from thy hand.

Loving Savior, thou didst give
thine own life that we might live,
bought with blood and bought for thee,
thine, and only thine, we’d be.

We would praise thee every day,
gladly all thy will obey,
like thy blessèd ones above
happy in thy precious love.

Loving Shepherd, ever near,
teach us all thy voice to hear,
suffer not our steps to stray
from the straight and narrow way.

Where thou leadest we would go,
walking in thy steps below,
till before our Father’s throne
we shall know as we are known.

Confession: God has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.

As we acknowledge our human frailty we call to mind our sins of word, deed and omission and confess them before God our Father.

Silence

Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy.

Absolution: May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins and assure us of His eternal love, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1st Reading: Revelation ch 21 v 1-7

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

Hymn: 453 Great is thy faithfulness

2nd Reading: Luke ch 15 v 1-10

 Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’

So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

‘Or what woman having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’

Talk

Since the sad news on Thursday of the death of our Queen, the number of words used to describe her have been legion. Reading some of those words many appear constantly: devotion, love, faith, faithful, servant, service, dedication. There are many things which she did for others that we will never know about.

Perhaps those of you who listened to Saturday Live yesterday with Reverend Richard Coles heard the story from Terry Waite. When he returned from Beirut after five years as a hostage in solitary confinement it was very difficult for him and his family to begin to live a normal life again, especially with the media being a constant in their lives. He received an invitation from the Queen to stay at Balmoral. The family was given the loan of a cottage on the estate and the use of a Land Rover for  as long as they needed so that they could begin to rebuild family life, with the offer of any other practical help they required.

We have seen the Queen’s lovely sense of humour. Will we ever forget when Paddington Bear had tea with her and the Queen produced her marmalade sandwich! We always did want to know what she had in her handbag! There is a story told of a time she was in Balmoral and met some American tourists. She was accompanied by a bodyguard on a picnic near Balmoral Castle when they ran into the tourists, who were on holiday in the area. The bodyguard says:

“The Queen would always stop and say hello … it was clear from the moment we first stopped they hadn’t recognized [her],”

So the American tourists started making small talk with the queen before asking her if she lived in the area.

“She said, ‘Well, I live in London, but I’ve got a holiday home just the other side of the hills.’”

One tourist then asked the queen how long she had been visiting the area, and the queen replied, “‘Ever since I was a little girl, so over 80 years’” Griffin, the bodyguard, recalled.

That’s when curiosity apparently struck the Americans.

“‘Well, if you’ve been coming up for 80 years, you must have met the queen?’” one of them asked her.

Without missing a beat, the queen replied, “Well, I haven’t, but Dickie here meets her regularly,’” referring to Griffin by a nickname.

The bodyguard then said the tourist turned to him and asked him what she was like.

And it seems Dickie was feeling a bit mischievous as well and followed the queen’s lead.

“‘She can be very cantankerous at times, but she’s got a lovely sense of humour,’” Griffin said he told the tourist.

Still oblivious to the fact he was in the presence of royalty, the tourist threw his arm around the bodyguard and put his camera into the queen’s hand, asking if she’d mind taking a photo of the two of them. The queen obliged.

The tourists then took a snap with her as well and went on their way.

Griffin remembered that once the tourists were out of earshot, the queen turned to him and said:

“‘I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he shows those photographs to friends in America. Hopefully, someone tells him who I am.’”

We have seen how she has continued doing her duty when she would probably rather have stayed at home with her feet up instead of having to face people. We remember the year she named ‘annus horribilis’ with her family in turmoil and the fire at Windsor but she still did all that was required of her.

But our queen had a deep relationship with Christ. There is a book for which she wrote the Forward called ‘The Servant Queen and the King She Served’. Quoting from it:

“I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God. I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian Gospel.”

In one of her Christmas broadcasts she said:  “For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.”

Our Gospel reading was the set one for today and I decided not to change it. It speaks about the lost sheep and how the shepherd went seeking it. We are all feeling a bit lost and perhaps apprehensive about the future but God is in overall charge and will find us and will lead us as he led our Queen throughout her life.

The reading from Revelation states ‘I saw a new heaven and a new earth… when  God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

The old order in our country has passed and a new one has begun. For the Queen her final home has been reached and she has met with the King she served so faithfully throughout her life. We remember the words of Jesus, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’. As those words are said to Queen Elizabeth 11 may we live our lives serving the King she served so that we too may hear those words said to each one of us. Amen.

Liturgy of Thanksgiving

As we mourn the death of Elizabeth our Queen, let us give thanks to God in faith and hope.

For the gift of Jesus Christ and for all whose devotion to him has sustained the life of our Church and nation

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

For her late majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 and all the Royal family; for the ministers of the Crown and all who bear the privilege and burden of government

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

For all people touched by Queen Elizabeth’s devotion to public service.

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

For our own lives, giving thanks for all those who have gone before and asking that we might go forward with confidence and hope.

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

O God, in whom  we live and move and have our being, grant that your goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, that we may ever trust in your unfailing love, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

A Prayer for those who mourn

Father of all mercies and God of all consolation, you pursue us with untiring love and dispel the shadow of death with the bright dawn of life. Give courage to the Royal Family in their loss and sorrow. Be their refuge and strength, O Lord; reassure them of your continuing love and lift them from the depths of grief into the peace and light of your presence. Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ by dying has destroyed our death and by rising restored our life. Your Holy Spirit, our comforter, speaks for us in groans too deep for words. Come alongside your people, remind them of your eternal presence and give them your strength and comfort. Amen.

A Prayer for the new King

Lord God, you provide for your people by your power and rule over them in love. Grant to your servant our King Charles 111 the Spirit of wisdom and discernment, that being devoted to you with his whole heart, he may so wisely govern that in his time we may live in safety and in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.
Amen.

Let us say together the prayer Christ taught us

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: 478 In heavenly love abiding

1 In heavenly love abiding,
no change my heart shall fear;
and safe is such confiding,
for nothing changes here:
the storm may roar without me,
my heart may low be laid;
but God is round about me,
and can I be dismayed?

2 Wherever he may guide me,
no want shall turn me back;
my Shepherd is beside me,
and nothing can I lack:
his wisdom ever waketh,
his sight is never dim,
he knows the way he taketh,
and I will walk with him.

3 Green pastures are before me,
which yet I have not seen;
bright skies will soon be o’er me,
where darkest clouds have been;
my hope I cannot measure,
my path to life is free;
my Saviour has my treasure,
and he will walk with me.

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 God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be upon you and remain with you always.

 

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.

 

Thy choicest gifts in store

On him be pleased to pour,

Long may he reign.

May he defend our laws,

And give us ever cause,

To sing with heart and voice,

God save the King.

 

 

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ

Amen.

BENEFICE SERVICE FOR THE INDUCTION OF REV. STEPHEN GAMBLE 19TH JUNE 2022

BENEFICE SERVICE FOR THE INDUCTION OF REV. STEPHEN GAMBLE 19TH JUNE 2022

Sunday June 19th the first Sunday after Trinity

3.00pm   Barrowden Church

BENEFICE SERVICE FOR THE LICENSING AND INSTITUTION OF REV. STEPHEN GAMBLE

                                                       

 

                                 

         

We give thanks for our new vicar.

 

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 10TH JULY 2022

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 10TH JULY 2022

Sunday Services  the  fourth  Sunday after Trinity

9.30am  South Luffenham church                                Morning Worship (AR)

11.00 am  Barrowden Church                                        Holy communion  (SG)

11.00 am Zoom                                                                 From Barrowden 

                                                      And

3pm  Wakerley Church                                                    (SG&AR)

 

Readings :

Amos 7.7-17
Psalm 82
Colossians 1.1-14
Luke 10.25-37

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.,  
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JULY 2022

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JULY 2022

Sunday July 3rd Second Sunday after Trinity

9.30am Duddington Church                                             Holy communion (SG)

11.00 am   Zoom                                                                   From Home  (AR)

 

Sunday July 10th  The third Sunday after Trinity

9.30 am    South Luffenham                                            Morning worship  (AR)

11.00am    Barrowden Church                                         Holy   Communion  (SG)

11.00  am  Zoom                                                                  From Barrowden

                                                             And

3.00pm Wakerley Church                                                  (SG and (AR)

 

Sunday July 17th  The fourth Sunday after Trinity

 

9.30 am  Tixover Church                                                  Holy communion (SG)

11.00 am  Morcott  Church                                               Holy communion (SG)

 

  Sunday  July 24th  The fifth Sunday after Trinity

 

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                     Morning worship  (AR)

11.00 am  Barrowden Church                                                Holy communion  (SG)

11.00am   Zoom                                                                        From Barrowden

 

Sunday  31st July The fifth Sunday after Trinity

 10.00.am South Luffenham church                                      Benefice Service     (SG)

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.,  
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

                                                               

 

 

 

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 3RD JULY 2022

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 3RD JULY 2022

 

Services for The third  Sunday after Trinity

 

 

9.30am Duddington Church                                     Holy Communion  (SG)

11.00am  Zoom                                                             From Home    (AR)

Readings :  2 Kings 5.1-14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6.[1-6]7-16
Luke 10.1-11,16-20

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.,  
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JULY 2022

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JULY 2022

Sunday July 3rd Second Sunday after Trinity

9.30am Duddington Church                                             Holy communion (SG)

11.00 am   Zoom                                                                   From Home  (AR)

 

Sunday July 10th  The third Sunday after Trinity

9.30 am    South Luffenham                                            Morning worship  (AR)

11.00am    Barrowden Church                                         Holy   Communion  (SG)

11.00  am  Zoom                                                                  From Barrowden

                                                             And

3.00pm Wakerley Church                                                  (SG) and (AR)

 

Sunday July 17th  The fourth Sunday after Trinity

 

9.30 am  Tixover Church                                                  Holy communion (SG)

11.00 am  Morcott  Church                                               Holy communion (SG)

 

  Sunday  July 24th  The fifth Sunday after Trinity

 

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                     Morning worship  (AR)

11.00 am  Barrowden Church                                                Holy communion  (SG)

11.00am   Zoom                                                                        From Barrowden

 

Sunday  31st July The fifth Sunday after Trinity

 10.00.am South Luffenham church                                      Benefice Service     (SG)

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.,  
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

                                                               

 

 

 

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 26TH JUNE 2022

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 26TH JUNE 2022

 

Sunday Services for 2nd Sunday after Trinity

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                   Communion by Extension  (AR)

11.00 am  Barrowden Church                             Communion by Extension (AR)

11.00am Zoom                                                        from Barrowden Church

Readings: 2 Kings 2.1-2,6-14
Psalm 77.1-2,11-20*
Galatians 5.1,13-25
Luke 9.51-62

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.,  
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom