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January 10th    Madron Heamoor Gulval      Epiphany 1

Welcome and HYMN  –  Brightest and best

The Lord be with you      And also with you                 

Almighty and everlasting Father, we thank you for bringing us safely to the beginning of this day. Grant that we may neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger. Order us in all our doings, and guide us to do always what is right in your eyes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Because God was merciful, he saved us through the water of rebirth and the renewing power of the Holy Spirit. But through sin we have fallen away from our baptism. Let us return to the Lord and renew our faith in his promises by confessing our sins in penitence.              Titus 3.5

God be gracious to us and bless us, and make your face shine upon us: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on the earth, your saving power among the nations: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

You, Lord, have made known your salvation, and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

The declaration of forgiveness

May the Father of all mercies cleanse you from your sins, and restore you in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 The Collect for Epiphany 1

Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing Him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born of water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

 First Reading – Matthew 3.13-17    read by Marj Jenkin

 This is the word of the Lord   Thanks be to God

Compare this reading to the one that follows

 Second reading – Mark 1.4-11    read by Kate Laity

 Sermon  – Kay Short

 HYMN – O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

 Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?                           We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?                              We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world? We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.                                                                                                                                                              This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers of intercession – Rev Howard Peskett

HYMN  –  Spirit of God, unseen as the wind

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

Let us worship the Saviour with joy and make our prayer to our heavenly Father.

The Magi came from the east to worship your Son: Father, grant to Christians everywhere the spirit of adoration …Lord of glory, hear our prayer.

The infant Christ received gifts of gold, incense and myrrh: Father, accept the offering of our hearts and minds.   Lord of glory, hear our prayer.

The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ: Father, grant an abundance of peace to your world …                                                                                                                                                                     Lord of glory, hear our prayer.

The Holy Family lived in exile and in the shadow of death: Father, look in mercy on all who are poor and powerless, and all who suffer …                                                                                                                                                                            Lord of glory, hear our prayer.

Your Son shared the life of his home and family at Nazareth: Father, protect in your love our neighbours, our families and this community of which we are a part …                                                                                                            Lord of glory, hear our prayer.

Father, In your unfailing love for us and for all people, hear and answer our prayers through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

HYMN – As with gladness men of old

May God the Father, who led the wise men by the shining of a star to find the Christ, the Light from light, lead us also in our pilgrimage to find the Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with us and remain with us this new year and always .Amen.

January 10th    Madron Heamoor Gulval     Epiphany 1

Welcome to today’s paper/video service. I’m afraid live worship will not be taking place in our churches until at least Feb 15th as we have taken the decision as PCCs to close. I appreciate th8is will be very disappointing for some, but we felt we had no choice, given the PM’s instruction to stay at home and the rising infection levels in the county.

Today we celebrate Epiphany (Wednesday last week) and the ‘showing’ of the Christ to the Kings, by way of the star – a reminder of how Christ came for the outsider as well as the insider. As we worry about the state of our churches when we eventually get back to normal this year, may God surprise us with who he draws to worship.

Madron PCC meet on zoom on Wednesday at 7pm. Comments and suggestions welcome. How was church Christmas services etc for you ?

Gulval church members have raised £515 in donations for Little Harbour in lieu of what would have been a church collection at the Tree of light Service which had to be cancelled this year.

We pray for Dottie’s sons, Nick and Duncan, for those furloughed, for those unsure about the future of their jobs, for NHS workers, for those providing home schooling or online lessons, also for Christine Blaker who goes into St Michael’s Hospital early tomorrow morning for foot reconstruction surgery. It will be a seven hour op – please pray for her and Ray.

Scam of the week.(from the Devon and Cornwall Police Cyber Unit)

The police are seeing an increase in Phishing and in particular Smishing (SMS texts) being sent to individuals stating they are eligible for the Covid vaccine, these texts purport to be from the NHS and the link in the text takes you to a very convincing looking NHS website, you are then asked to confirm your identity and provide your payment card details! (The NHS will never ask you for your payment card details). Watch out too for people arriving on your doorstep with a syringe and asking for payment to give you a Covid jab.

The February magazine will come out but will be delivered directly to your door. To make sure I di deliver to you, please indicate your desire to have one by emailing or ringing on 360992 -– someone might be missed.

The wall at St Thomas is to be repaired soon

We are looking into how people may be able to give to the church via the website, Facebook, magazine and poster link and a QR code poster

Please beware of a heavy branch hanging by a thread over the path on Madron churchyard that leads to the compost are (NW corner of churchyard)

* Free phone. Daily Hope is a free phone line where you can access messages from our archbishop, reflections, prayers, hymns etc. The number to ring is 0800 804 8044. A menu will give you all kinds of options, even chair exercises !!

*A free app called ‘Time to pray’ is available to download. I use another free app called ‘Daily Prayer’ which has Morning and Evening Prayer every day

Collect for Epiphany 1

Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing Him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born of water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Background reading for Epiphany (Wednesday) –  Isaiah 60.1-6

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

 First reading – Matthew 3.13-17   Compare this account with Mark (next rdg)

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Second reading –  Mark 1.4-11   

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;  with you I am well pleased.”

Sermon notes – Kay Short

(Epiphany blessing for those who want to chalk the doors is 20+C+M+B+21)

Why did Jesus need to be baptised?  After all, Jesus didn’t need to repent.  His baptism was an outward and visible sign of his complete dedication to following the will of God; a public declaration of his love of God the Father.  He was starting his ministry with an example of humility, identifying with humanity’s sinful condition.

The last sentence of this gospel passage is a very powerful one and one that Mark encourages us to read as if said to us personally.  Applying those   words to ourselves can be hard; past experiences may make us feel unworthy, unlovable, too sinful to believe God is speaking directly to us,     but He is. Being confident in our identity is key to accepting those words.

We have a whole host of identities in our lives but we all have one in common – we are all God’s children.

He doesn’t expect us to be perfect.  He doesn’t expect us never to make mistakes.  He knows we are human, and fallible, but He loves us in our imperfect humanity anyway.  He has given us Jesus’ example to follow and the Holy Spirit to guide us and we are never alone on this journey as disciples of Christ.

And what does God ask of us in return?  Simply that we love Him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind; and that we love our neighbours as ourselves, just as Jesus taught us.  If we put those commandments at the forefront of everything we do; if we make honest confession and repentance when we don’t get it right and fall short, then we are on the right path.

So, as we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, I invite you to reflect on this passage, particularly the final sentence, and consider the way you hear it being spoken.  Imagine that God is speaking directly to you.

YOU are my child, YOU are my beloved, with YOU I am well pleased.

And then this coming week, why not remind yourself of that every morning while you’re brushing your teeth, and see what a difference it makes to your day.

January 3rd        Annual  Covenant Service

Welcome and HYMN – Of the Father’s love begotten

This is the day that the Lord has made.       We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the year that the Lord has begun.      We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have been called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and at the beginning of this            year, we accept God’s purpose for us to love and serve  him in all our life and work.

We thank you for all that has been good in this past year

Your love for us is fresh every morning

We thank you for peace in our land

We thank you for those who have led us

We thank you for providing for us in material ways

We thank you for filling our lives with good things

We thank you for the faithfulness of friends and family

Great is your faithfulness, heavenly Father

We thank you for blessings in our churches

All things come by your grace, O Lord

 

Confession (including the following prayer)

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.

 Jeremiah wrote: ‘The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. They will all know me, from the least to the greatest. I will remember their sins no more’           Jeremiah 31.31-34

 The Collect

Almighty God, in the birth of your Son, you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word and shown us the fullness of your love; help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love, that we may know the fullness of his joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 First Reading  –  Jeremiah 31.7-14        Rev Jo Thomas

HYMN  – In the bleak midwinter

Second Reading  –  Ephesians 1.3-14       Andrew Hawkins

Sermon- Tim

HYMN   –   Child in the manger

What Christians believe                we stand

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 of intercession –  Kay Short  

HYMN   See him lying on a bed of straw

Therefore I urge you, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, perfect and pleasing will.             Romans 12.1-2

Christ has many services to be done: Some are easy, others are difficult; Some bring honour, others bring reproach; Some are suitable to our natural inclinations and material interests, others are contrary to both; In some we may please Christ and please ourselves; In others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves. Yet the power to do all these things is given to us in Christ, who  strengthens us.

Therefore let us make this covenant of God our own. Let us give ourselves to him, trusting in his promises and relying on his grace. Eternal God, in your faithful and enduring love, you call us to share in your gracious covenant in Jesus Christ. In obedience we hear and accept your commands; in love we seek to do your perfect will; with joy we offer ourselves afresh to you. We are no longer our own but yours.

I am no longer my own but yours. Your will, not mine, be done  in all things, wherever you may place me, in all that I do and in all that I may endure; when there is work for me, and when there is none; when I am troubled and when I am at peace. Your will be done when I am valued and when I am disregarded; when I find fulfilment and when it is lacking; when I have all things, and when I have nothing. I willingly offer all I have and all I am to serve you, as and where you choose.

 Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. May it be so forever. Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.

The Blessing

 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ. AMEN.

HYMN    –  O Jesus I have promised

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. AMEN.

January 3rd    Madron Heamoor Gulval     Christmas 2

Welcome all of you, whether in church or online and Happy New Year !

Today we renew our covenant with God as individuals and with churches. The service was developed by the Methodists. Next Sunday we celebrate Epiphany.

A large half tree has fallen in Madron churchyard. Cornwall Council are responsible for the maintenance of structures and trees in the churchyard and will come and take it away, but are probably very busy currently

A big thank you to all those who contributed so much good stuff for our  four Christmas hampers – those who received them were very touched.

Our Madron Christmas card this year raised around £50 to add to the £150 raised by the hamper raffle. The PCC at Madron will decide which charity   the money should go to but your suggestions are welcome

We pray for Dottie’s sons, Nick and Duncan, (funeral this Thurs at 2pm at the crem), for the recently bereaved families of Roy Venn and Violet Mann, for those in hospital, for those preparing to return to school, for politicians to make right decisions, for the vaccination programme

Madron PCC meet on Wednesday week at 7pm on zoom. We shall be considering an voting on our support of Kay in a new ministry here

Mistake. January 24th will in fact be another joint service at Madron at 10.30am as Bishop Hugh is coming to preach for us that day

Planned giving envelopes can be collected at the back of church or be  passed on to people who are not here, please. Anyone is welcome to join  the scheme, and if you are a tax payer, we would welcome the extra the government allows us on top of your regular or one off donations through cheques, envelopes or direct debits. There are Charity Giving forms at the back of each church.

Collect for Christmas 2

Almighty God, in the birth of your Son, you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word and shown us the fullness of your love; help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love, that we may know the fullness of his joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First reading –  Jeremiah 31.7-14,31-34

For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.’ See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labour, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations* I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.’ For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again. Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the Lord.

‘The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. They will all know me, from the least to the greatest. I will remember their sins no more

Second reading (First at Gulval) –  Ephesians 1.3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus  Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his  glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In him we   have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to  his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance,* having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to   his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this* is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Second reading at Gulval  – John 1.10-18

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or  of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

Sermon notes – Tim  

The word ‘covenant’ for us suggests ‘covenant form’ or ‘covenant on a property’, something legal and dull but important, but at bottom it’s like a marriage, it’s simply about a relationship freely entered into by ourselves and God. Is it freewill or does God choose his friends? The answer is ‘Yes’. We freely choose God but he had his eye on us first. Some of your marriages may have started like that !

In Jeremiah we have a wonderful Isaiah-like picture of a golden future where God reverses the sadness and judgement of conquest, foreshadowed in other chapters. A joyful crowd returns, this time weeping with happiness. The outsiders, the blind and lame, are there- not as victims of war, but safe. God is like a Father to them and leads them in level places, past streams of water (life). Economic prosperity and happiness form a story which other nations should and will hear about – that’s what being a friend of God can do for you ! With God’s new covenant we can bring nothing except ourselves – forgiveness, knowing God and right living are what we receive (a kind of re-programming).

But In Ephesians the blessings of God’s Kingdom are already ours because of what Christ has done. It’s like having a Christmas stocking – all we have to do is unwrap and enjoy the presents already given – of rescue, adoption as children, a make- over, the presence of the Spirit, wisdom and understanding, and a glimpse into the mind of God where his future of a Christ-centred world is established.

Our verses from Romans 12 remind us of how our being available is the only logical response. We offer ourselves as ‘living sacrifices’. We allow God to do that make-over. We do not conform to the world around us but we allow God to transform us. We can’t do it ourselves.

A covenant, like a marriage, isn’t just for Christmas , it’s for life. God’s grace is like Christmas every day, where we can continually unwrap his gifts to us and rejoice in all he has in store for us and inclusively for others.

December 27th            Christmas 1

Welcome and Notice – Covenant/New Year service next week

The Lord is here           His Spirit is with us

HYMN  –  Glory to God

‘When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons’                                                             Galatians 4.4

Confession

Hear the words of the angel to Joseph: ‘You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ Therefore let us seek the forgiveness of God through Jesus the Saviour of the world.

God our Father, you sent your Son full of grace and truth: forgive our failure to receive him. Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

Jesus our Saviour, you were born in poverty and laid in a manger: forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Spirit of Love, your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call: forgive the hardness of our hearts. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour forgive us our sins and make us holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect for Christmas 1                                                                                                   

Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share in our humanity, so we may share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading –   Isaiah 61.10- 62.3    Andy Freeman

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

HYMN –  Cradled in a manger meanly

Second Reading–   Luke 2.15-21     Rona Freeman

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Sermon  – Rev Howard Peskett

HYMN  –  On Christmas Night

Creed

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist                              We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?                              We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world? We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions  – Rev Peter Butterfield

HYMN – Abba Father

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.

A Christmas prayer

Holy Jesus, by being born one of us, and lying humbly in a manger, you show us how much God loves the world. Let the light of your love always shine in our hearts, until we reach our home in heaven, and see you on your throne of glory. Amen.

HYMN –  Joy to the world

The Blessing

May the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the perseverance of the wise men, the obedience of Joseph and Mary, and the peace of the Christ-child be yours this Christmas; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you all this Christmas and always. Amen

A Christmas Communion  (December 20th)

Welcome and HYMN  –  I am waiting for the dawning

Minister: The Lord be with you         And also with you

All: 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

The minister reminds us of God’s commands and his love

Lord of grace and truth, we confess our unworthiness to stand in your presence as your children. We have sinned.

Forgive us and heal us.

The Virgin Mary accepted your call to be the mother of Jesus. Forgive our disobedience to your will. We have sinned.

Forgive us and heal us.

Your Son our Saviour was born in poverty in a manger. Forgive our greed and rejection of your ways. We have sinned.

Forgive us and heal us.

The shepherds left their flocks to go to Bethlehem. Forgive our self-interest and lack of vision. We have sinned.

Forgive us and heal us.

The wise men followed the star to find Jesus the King. Forgive our reluctance to seek you. We have sinned.

Forgive us and heal us.

The minister declares God’s forgiveness

May Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your  sins, and bring you to everlasting life. Amen

The Collect & Bible Reading  – Romans 16.25-27 

HYMN – While shepherds watched

Gospel Reading – Luke 1.26-38 – Helen H  and  Sermon- Rev Peter B) 

What Christians believe                            

Leader:  Do you believe and trust in God the Father who made the world ?

ALL :     We believe and trust in Him

Leader: Do you believe and trust in God the Son, Jesus Christ who came to earth to live as one of us and to die for us?

ALL:      We believe and trust in Him

Leader: Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives new life and power to all who give their lives to Jesus ?

ALL:      We believe and trust in Him.

 The Prayers

All: We have nothing to offer you, only ourselves. Accept our humble thanks and praise for all you have given us

HYMN  – The first nowell

Minister:   The Lord is here                  Lift up your hearts

All   :         His Spirit is with us      We lift them to the Lord

Minister:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All:            It is right to give him thanks and praise

Lord of all life, you created the universe,
where all living things reflect your glory.
You give us this great and beautiful earth,
to discover and to cherish.

And now we give you thanks because you sent Jesus to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us inheritors of everlasting life; that, when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may with joy behold his appearing, and in confidence may stand before him.

You made us all, each wonderfully different, to join with the angels and sing your praise:

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.            Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you, loving Father, because, when we turned away, you sent Jesus, your Son. He gave his life for us on the cross and shows us the way to live. Send your Holy Spirit, that these gifts of bread and wine may be for us Christ’s body and his blood.

On the night before he died, when darkness had fallen, Jesus took bread. He gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with his disciples, saying: ‘This is my body, given for you. Do this to remember me.’ After they had eaten, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and shared it with his disciples, saying: ‘This is my blood, poured out for you and for many,      for the forgiveness of sins.’

So Father, with this bread and this cup we celebrate his love, his death, his risen life. As you feed us with these gifts,     send your Holy Spirit, and change us more and more to be like Jesus our Saviour. Help us, Father, to love one another, as we look forward to that day when suffering is ended, and all creation is gathered in your loving arms.

And now with all your saints we give you glory, through Jesus Christ, in the strength of the Spirit, today and for ever. Amen.

A short silence is kept

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 receiving of bread and wine

All: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.      Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. AMEN.

 Minister:  Christ the Son of God, born of Mary, be born afresh in your hearts this Christmas  and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you this season and always. Amen

Minister:  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord       In the name of Christ. AMEN.

HYMN –  O come, O come, Emmanuel

All:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. AMEN.

Common Worship – Services & Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council

December 20th    Madron Heamoor Gulval     Advent 4

Welcome all of you, whether in church or online

Coming up this week:

Sun 20th      6.00pm Carols in Gulval churchyard

Tues 22nd   6.00pm  Carols in Madron churchyard

Inc. the draw for the Christmas hamper(s)

Wed 23rd  10.30am  Holy Communion (Gulval)

Thurs 24th 10.00am  Holy Communion (Heamoor)

10.00pm Holy Communion (Heamoor)

11.30pm Midnight Communion  (Gulval)

11.30pm Midnight Communion (Madron)

Fri 25th        8.00am Holy Communion (Gulval)

10.30am Family Service, followed by short HC  Gulval

10.30am Family Service, followed by short HC  Madron

Magazines are still available in church or via Tim for December and January.

Church decoration – A big thank you to those who have decorated our churches for Christmas in the last few days

Our Christingle service can be seen as a 19minute video on our website or YouTube (link to click or paste – https://youtu.be/fr6QbDUMJng

Our Lessons & Carols video can be found at: https://youtu.be/A8T4o3WBUjA

A big thank you to all those who contributed so much good stuff for our Christmas hamper at Madron (now three hampers) and also thanks to those who bought tickets.

Our Madron Christmas card this year is our prayer tree in the kitchen area and you are invited to write your message on a luggage label and tie it to the tree or let us do it – this is to cut down cross-contamination

We pray for Dottie, Shirley, Margaret T and Vernon (Treliske), for all recently bereaved families esp’y for Angela and Pam, for all health service workers, for those who have to work over Christmas and for those travelling to be kept safe, and for areas with rising cases..

Safeguarding. The diocese have emailed to say that all church officers are reminded that training must be undertaken every three years and that you should have fresh DBS checks every five years so that you can continue to operate. The diocese will be checking their records but it is better if we check ourselves first

Collect for Advent 4

God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son;  grant that, as she looked for his coming as our Saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First reading –  Romans 16.25-27

25 Now to God* who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom* be the glory for ever! Amen

Alternative reading –  2 Samuel 7.1-11,16

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.’ Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the  pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.

Second reading – Luke 1.26-38

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

December 13th    Madron Heamoor Gulval    Advent 3

Welcome and Notices

HYMN  –  Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy Word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God

Blessed are you, Sovereign God of all, to you be praise and glory for ever. In your tender compassion the dawn from on high is breaking upon us to dispel the lingering shadows of night. As we look for your coming among us this day, open our eyes to behold your presence, and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world may rejoice and give you praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.  Blessed be God for ever.

Jesus says: ’Repent for the Kingdom of God is close at hand’. So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and in faith.

Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, word and deed, and in what we have left undone. We are heartily sorry, and repent of all our sins.For your son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Absolution or declaration of forgiveness

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Collect for Advent 3

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that your ministers and stewards today may likewise so prepare and make ready your way, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading –  Isaiah 61.1-4,8-11    Richard Westcott

Second Reading –  John 1.6-8, 19-28   Helen Crofts

HYMN –  Before the world began

SermonRev Jo Thomas

Creed

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.

HYMN –  I cannot tell

IntercessionsMarj Jenkin

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your Holy Word. May it be a lantern to our feet, A light to our pathsAnd a strength to our lives. Take us and use us To love and serve all people In the power of your Holy Spirit, And in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, we ask that the words we have heard with our outward ears today may be grafted, by your grace, inwardly in our hearts, that they may produce in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 –   Tell out, my soul

Almighty God, you called your Church to witness that in Christ you were reconciling the world to yourself; help us so to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be reconciled to you, through him who died for us and rose again and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing  of God Almighty, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you this day, this week and always. Amen.

December 13th    Madron Heamoor Gulval     Advent 3

Welcome all of you, whether in church or online

As a Christmas fundraiser, it is proposed to have a raffle for a Christmas hamper in Madron church. Depending on the amount of donations of goods, it would be nice to have 3 boxes as prizes. Tickets can be bought in church   or via email (email Bridgit on blondeelux@gmail.com ). Instead of actual tickets, a list will be made and a draw made at the carol singing event. Tickets of £1.00 can be bought either for yourself or for someone you    would like to nominate, maybe someone you know who has been unable to attend church or is housebound or lonely to spread a little Christmas cheer!

Magazines are still available in church or via Tim for December and January.

Church decoration can take place – tree, advent wreath, greenery,      flowers etc. but arrangers must observe social distancing if working in        the church together

The Christmas music and readings

  • Thursday this week at 2-3pm at Madron
  • Friday at 2pm at Heamoor (same presentation). The music will come from our Madron choir members, individually and together – a varied programme. No audience singing still, I’m afraid.

Our Christingle service can be seen as a 19minute video on our website or YouTube (link to click or paste -https://youtu.be/fr6QbDUMJng ). Enjoy

Our MMF requirement across the two PCCs for our three churches is rising from 56k to 59k for next year. We will simply do the best we can. We are looking into ways in which people can give to us via a mobile phone

We pray for Rev Jo and Theresa, recovering from their ops, for Shirley and Vernon (Treliske), for Pam Prouse and family, for Tommy (Nurse Toms) on terminal care, for Andy G, recovering now slowly at home, also for those who are today’s John the Baptists in our nation, that we may remember the true reason for the season

Collect for Advent3

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at you first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that your ministers and stewards today may likewise so prepare and make ready your way, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First reading –  Isaiah 61.1-4,

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. For I, the Lord, love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

Alternative first reading – 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24

Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Second reading – John 1.6-8, 19-28

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,  “Make straight the way of the Lord” ’, as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Sermon notes – Tim

John is so self-effacing, he spends most of his time telling people what he is not. The only positive things he says are (a) that he us a voice crying in the wilderness, and (b) a Baptiser. In our society we have many competing voices demanding our attention – some looking for fame, some looking for attention, some looking for money, some looking for self-promotion. Not John, he is simply the fulfilment of Isaiah, he is the announcer for the Kingdom of God and for the Messiah, ushering in that Kingdom. John was able to say – ‘Here he is’, pointing to his own cousin. Second, as baptiser, John was no pastor in a formal sense, but someone helping people actively to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom by repenting of their sins.

Our Collect prays for the ministers and stewards of the gospel, who are the natural successors of John the Baptist. Again that does not refer to clergy, it refers to us all. We, like him, point not to ourselves, but say ‘Here he is’ as pointers to Jesus and the Kingdom. We may not baptise but by our prayers, our lives and our witness, we help to prepare others for different priorities and especially for the coming Kingdom