Worship Resources & Notices
14th August 2016
Hymns for This Service
Opening F (page 12) You’re the Word of God the Father
Praise NEH 363 Glory in the highest
Gradual G (page 13) Rejoice in God’s saints (t. NEH 476)
Offertory NEH 490 Judge eternal, throned in splendour
Communion 1 H (page 13) Calm me Lord as you calmed the storm
Communion 2 NEH 225 Give me the wings of faith
Final NEH 359 Fight the good fight
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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. Amen.
First Reading: Hebrews 11: 29 – 12: 2
Read by Emrys Lloyd-Roberts
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace. And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two,[l] they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Gospel Reading: Luke 12: 49 – 56
“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: father against son and son against father,
mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
Sarah Jones leads us in prayers of concern.
This Week at St Mary’s
The Office is open Monday to Thursday 9.00am till 12.30pm and from Friday the Parish administrator is on holiday till 30th August 2016
Monday Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Office Hour for the Booking of Baptisms and Weddings at 6.30pm
Bell-Ringer Practise is at St. Martin-In-The-Field between 6.30pm and 8.00pm – Doors are closing at 7.00pm
Tuesday Holy Communion at 8.30am
Wednesday Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Thursday Holy Communion at 12.30pm
Sunday 21st August: The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Summer Parish Eucharist with Baptism of Emilia Moore and Summer Junior Church
3.00pm Free Summer Recital (See Separate Notice)
6.30pm Evening Prayer with Hymns
For Your Prayers
Prayer for the Week
God our creator,
you have given us the talent and discipline
which help us to play and to compete together:
Whether we win or fail let us be gracious,
and let us never be glad at another’s setbacks;
Grant that when we use the skills you have given us,
we may recall you, the source of all our abilities. Amen.
Church of England Prayer for Sport
Daily Bible Reading
Monday Luke 1: 46 – 55
Tuesday Matthew 19: 23 – end
Wednesday Matthew 20: 1 – 16
Thursday Matthew 22: 1 – 14
Friday Matthew 22: 34 – 40
Saturday Matthew 23: 1 – 12
Next Sunday’s Readings:
Hebrews 12: 18 – end; Luke 13: 10 – 17
For those who have asked for our prayers:
Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, Michael Lathan, Penny & Robert Law, The Jha family, Philliper Eken, Effie Bennett, John Welstead, Nathanael Sonoda & his wife, John Paton, Alex Nunes, Clive Moir, Dr Obiyo Nwigwe, Pauline Pemberton, Magdalena Beevor and Jan Quangle
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Luca Jha, Georgina Seymour – Davies, Shirley McLaughlin, Beryl Smith, Jacques Hamel, Katie Robertson and Sally Hogg
This Week’s Notices
St Mary’s Fair Saturday 17th September: Offers of help are now very much needed. Sign up at the back. Please also take some flyers to give away. 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 please!
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 number can be obtained via 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.
Confirmation 2016: Adult Confirmation Classes will begin in mid-September. The Confirmation will be at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday 20th November at 4pm. Please speak to Simon 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.