Worship Resources & Notices
7th August 2016
Hymns for This Service
Opening NEH 362 Glorious things of thee are spoken
Praise D (page 11) My Jesus, my Saviour (x2)
Gradual NEH 416ii O God of Bethel
Offertory NEH 381 Jerusalem the golden
Communion 1 NEH 83 Glory be to Jesus
Communion 2 NEH 294 Just as I am
Final E (page12) Go to the world (t. NEH 197)
O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we,
running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through 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: 1 – 16
Read by John Hughes
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and “he was not found, because God had taken him.” For it was attested before he was taken away that “he had pleased God.” And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Gospel Reading: Luke 12: 32 – 40
Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
Diana Nelson leads us in prayers of concern.
This Week at St Mary’s
The Office is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm
Monday Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm
Tuesday Holy Communion at 8.30am
Thursday Holy Communion at 12.30pm
Sunday 14th August: The Twelfth 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 & Hymns
For Your Prayers
Prayer for the Week
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire to work and speak and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire and still stir up the gift in me. Amen
Daily Bible Reading
Monday Matthew 17: 22 – end
Tuesday Matthew 18: 1 – 14
Wednesday Matthew 18: 15 – 20
Thursday Matthew 18: 21 – 19: 1
Friday Matthew 19: 3 – 12
Saturday Matthew 19: 13 – 15
Next Sunday’s Readings:
Jeremiah 23: 23 – 29; Psalm 82; Hebrew 11: 29 – 12: 2; Luke 12: 49 – 56
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 and Pauline Pemberton
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Luca Jha, Georgina Seymour – Dorris, 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 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 now bring your donations for the church fair and leave them upstairs in the pews. 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.
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 to follow.
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 Sunday 20th 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.