Am I a child?

Sunday 19th Sep 2021: Am I a child?

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We say the prayer of preparation together:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Hymn

1 All heaven declares

the glory of the risen Lord.

Who can compare

with the beauty of the Lord?

Forever He will be

the Lamb upon the throne.

I gladly bow the knee

and worship Him alone.

 

2 I will proclaim

the glory of the risen Lord,

who once was slain

to reconcile the world to God.

Forever You will be

the Lamb upon the throne.

I gladly bow the knee

and worship You alone. 

Confession

God the Father forgives us in Christ, and heals us by the Holy Spirit.

Let us therefore put away all anger and bitterness, all slander and malice, and together confess our sins to God our redeemer.

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 us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

Amen

Absolution

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Collect

Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

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.

Amen.

Intercessions

Heavenly Father, I ask your blessing on all who are faced with daunting tasks. Our current world seems so very needy and there are never enough willing hands who offer to fulfil all the tasks there are. We hear of the need for more doctors, nurses, police, lorry drivers, fruit pickers, church hall deep cleaners and more.  Give us, we pray, all the energy to take our appropriate place in this long line of need. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, you were taken as a baby to Egypt by your refugee parents to spare your life. We pray for all who continue to arrive in Britain by air and by boat as refugees from somewhere far away with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. Help our nation to welcome them, to help them and allow them to contribute their often much needed skills and willingness to make good among us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Holy Spirit, we ask your inspiration and presence for the forthcoming visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to our diocese and to Woking itself. Prompt us to respond according to your will, and bless and protect all who travel to attend his meetings.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray today for families  who are struggling to help their loved ones through mental and physical illness, bereavement, and various forms of separation. Help them to find the right way forward, to have appropriate words to comfort and assist,

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer 

Give wisdom, Lord, to members of government, old and new, central and local, faced with big decisions that affect us all. Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen, give wisdom to all in authority and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and peace, that all may honour one another and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Peace to you from God our heavenly Father.

Peace from his Son Jesus Christ who is our peace.

Peace from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.

The peace of the triune God be always with you

Hymn

1 Meekness and majesty

manhood and deity

in perfect harmony

the man who is God

Lord of eternity

dwells in humanity

kneels in humility

and washes our feet

Oh what a mystery,

meekness and majesty;

bow down and worship,

for this is your God,

this is your God

Father’s pure radiance,

perfect in innocence,

yet learns obedience 

to death on a cross;

suffering to give us life

conquering through sacrifice

and as they crucify prays ‘Father, forgive.’

Oh what a mystery,

meekness and majesty;

bow down and worship,

for this is your God,

this is your God

Wisdom unsearchable,

God the invisible,

love indestructible,

in frailty appears;

Lord of infinity,

stooping so tenderly,

lifts our humanity

to the heights of his throne:

Oh what a mystery,

meekness and majesty;

bow down and worship,

for this is your God,

this is your God

Graham Kendrick

HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation; in your love you made us for yourself.

When we turned away you did not reject us, but came to meet us in your Son.

You embraced us as your children and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened his arms of love upon the cross and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

On the night he was betrayed, at supper with his friends he took bread, and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to them, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him: his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine, he gave you thanks, and said: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him: his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts make us one in Christ, our risen Lord. 

With your whole Church throughout the world we offer you this sacrifice of praise and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be 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 forever. Amen

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many we are one body as we all share in one bread.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Post communion prayer:

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy; and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Hymn

1 Will you come and follow me

if I but call your name? 

Will you go where you don’t know

and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown,

will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown,

in you and you in me?

 

2 Will you leave yourself behind

if I but call your name? 

Will you care for cruel and kind

and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare

should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer

in you and you in me?

 

3 Will you love the ‘you’ you hide 

if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside 

and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you’ve found 

to reshape the world around, 

through my sight and touch and sound 

in you and you in me?

 

4 Lord, your summons echoes true 

when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you 

and never be the same. 

In your company I’ll go 

where your love and footsteps show. 

Thus I’ll move and live and grow 

in you and you in me. 

John L Bell (born 1949) and Graham Maule (1958-2019)

We go into the world

To share God’s love and grow as God’s people

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ, 

Amen

Readings

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, And he shall have no lack of gain.

12 She doeth him good and not evil All the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her bread from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, And giveth food to her household, And their task to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable; Her lamp goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them, And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; And she laugheth at the time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying:

29 Many daughters have done worthily, But thou excellest them all.

30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her works praise her in the gates.

Mark 9:30-37

30 And they went forth from thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.

31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered up into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he shall rise again.

32 But they understood not the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

33 And they came to Capernaum: and when he was in the house he asked them, What were ye reasoning on the way?

34 But they held their peace: for they had disputed one with another on the way, who was the greatest.

35 And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he saith unto them, If any man would be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.

36 And he took a little child, and set him in the midst of them: and taking him in his arms, he said unto them,

37 Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.