Worship Resources & Notices
21st August 2016
Hymns for This Service
Opening J (page 14) I come with joy (t. NEH 77)
Praise NEH 427 O praise ye the Lord
Gradual NEH 124 Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
At baptism NEH 387 Jesus, good above all other
Offertory NEH 436 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
Communion 1 K (page 14) Be still, for the presence of the Lord
Communion 2 NEH 328 God be in my head
Final NEH 368 Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
The Presentation of Emilia Moore for Baptism
The president presents Emilia to the congregation, asking:
Faith is the gift of God to his people. In baptism the Lord is adding to our number those whom he is calling. People of God, will you welcome Emilia and uphold her in her new life in Christ?
With the help of God, we will.
The president then says to the parents and godparents
Parents and godparents, the Church receives Emilia with joy. Today we are trusting God for her growth in faith. Will you pray for her, draw her by your example into the community of faith and walk with her in the way of Christ?
With the help of God, we will.
In baptism Emilia begins her journey in faith. You speak for her today. Will you care for her, and help them to take her place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church?
With the help of God, we will.
Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading: Hebrews 12: 18 – end
Read by Leo Hamilton
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.
You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. (For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”) But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
Gospel Reading: Luke 13: 10 – 17
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
Liturgy of Baptism
The president addresses Emilia through her parents and godparents
In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.
Therefore I ask:
Do you turn to Christ? I turn to Christ.
Do you repent of your sins? I repent of my sins.
Do you renounce evil? I renounce evil.
Signing with the Cross
The president makes the sign of the cross with the Oil of Baptism on the child’s foreheads, saying
Christ claims you for his own. Receive the sign of his cross.
Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.
Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world and the devil,
and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.
May almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness,
restore in you the image of his glory,
and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ. Amen.
New English Hymnal 387 Jesus, good above all other
Prayer over the Water
The president stands before the water of baptism and says
Praise God who made heaven and earth,
who keeps his promise for ever.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of water to sustain, refresh and cleanse all life. Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through water you led the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.
In water your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us from the death of sin to newness of life.
We thank you, Father, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in joyful obedience to your Son, we baptize into his fellowship those who come to him in faith. Now sanctify this water that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, they may be cleansed from sin and born again. Renewed in your image, may they walk by the light of faith and continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Profession of Faith
The president addresses the congregation
Let us affirm, together with these children who is being baptized this morning, our common faith in Jesus Christ.
Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
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.
Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
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.
Baptism, Anointing and Giving of a Lighted Candle
The president baptises Emilia and prays for her to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, anointing her with oil blessed by the bishop.
May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church,
pour upon you the riches of his grace,
that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people
you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit,
and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory. Amen.
He then gives her a lighted candle, lit from the Paschal Candle, and says:
God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and has given us a place with the saints in light.
You have received the light of Christ; walk in this light all the days of your life.
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism:
by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body.
We welcome you into the fellowship of faith;
we are children of the same heavenly Father; we welcome you.
This Week at St Mary’s
The Parish Office is currently closed and reopens on Wednesday 31st August 2016.
Monday Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm
Tuesday Holy Communion at 8.30am
Wednesday Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Thursday Holy Communion at 12.30pm
Sunday 28th August: The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Summer Parish Eucharist with Summer Junior Church
3.00pm Free Summer Recital (See Separate Notice)
6.30pm Evening Prayer with Hymns
Special Dates for Your Diary
Regular Parish Events resume in early September
17th September St Mary’s Fair
17/18th September London Open House Weekend (St Mary’s Open)
18th September Farewell to Asi Munisi at 11am
27th September Confirmation Preparation Group begins
2nd October Harvest Festival First Sunday at 11am
Services going forward see significant roles for children
3rd October Junior Church Leaders meet at 7.30pm: enquirers for joining the leaders team are most welcome to join.
5th October Katherine Low Settlement AGM at 7pm.
13th November Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.45am
Annual Memorial Service for the Bereaved at 3pm
Concert Trip to Grande Messe des Morts at Albert Hall
19th November Termly Home Communion for the Housebound
Confirmation Service at Southwark Cathedral at 4pm
For Your Prayers
Prayer for the Week
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Monday Matthew 23: 13 – 22
Tuesday Matthew 23: 23 – 26
Wednesday Luke 22: 24 – 30
Thursday Matthew 24: 42 – end
Friday Matthew 25: 1 – 13
Saturday Matthew 25: 14 – 30
Next Sunday’s Readings: Hebrews 13: 1 – 16; Luke 14:1, 7 – 14
For those who have asked for our prayers:
Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, John Paton, Alex Nunes, Clive Moir, Dr Obiyo Nwigwe, Pauline Pemberton, Magdalena Beevor , Jan Quangle, Barrett David Hoffmann, Baby Muldoon- Snider, Maria Munisi and Christopher Browne
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Shirley McLaughlin, Beryl Smith, Katie Robertson, Sally Hogg, Gemma and Rona Lucas.
This Week’s Notices
St Mary’s Fair Saturday 17th September: Offers of help are now being sought. Please contact Debbie Apostolides ([email protected]) to find out what you can do in this fun-filled fundraising afternoon. Sign up at the back.
Please bring your donations for the fair and leave them upstairs in the pews, and please use the staircase just past the stairs down to the crypt. No electrical items!
Farewell to Asi Munisi: If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Asi, please do so via the Office or the Collection Plate, marking your envelope ‘Asi Munisi’. Asi’s last Sunday will be 18th September.
School Crossing Patrol: Westbridge School are recruiting a new School Crossing Patrol person for next term. Details on the rear noticeboard.
Harvest Thanksgiving: Harvest will be kept on Sunday 2nd October this year, and there will be special collection of food and other necessaries for the homeless.
Gift from Peter & Alison Wintgens: Peter and Alison have left an incredibly generous gift to St Mary’s of £50,000 and have asked that we consider using it to create a Discipleship Development Fund. Details of the proposal are in a letter on the rear noticeboard. If you would like to comment on this idea, please contact Simon by 11th September. The proposal will be considered at the September PCC meeting.
Peter & Alison Wintgens’ New Address is: 11 Seckford Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LY. Their email address remains unchanged. Telephone please ask the Parish office.
Plans for 2016-17: The Vicar, Wardens and Staff Team will be meeting at the end of August to begin to plan the entire programme for the year. If you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to contribute about what we should be doing (e.g. Advent programme, Lent Talks, Social Events, Special Services, Mission Activity or Weekends Away, please speak to Simon, Debbie, Sue, Colin Wimsett, Cal Alphonse, Tyrone Whiting or Sunny Walker-Kier by Sunday 28th August. This is a chance to give some much-welcome input.
Confirmation 2016: Adult Confirmation Classes will begin in mid-September. The Confirmation will be at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 19th November at 4pm. Please speak to Simon or Colin to find out more.
Remembrance Sunday Concert Trip: On Sunday 13th November at 7.30pm, we are planning a trip to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall for the spectacular Grande Messe des Morts by Berlioz. If you would like to join a group going that evening, please sign up for a ticket at the back. Front of the Circle tickets are about £24 on a group booking. Deadline: 25th September.