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All Saints Service 2020

Welcome and Notices

HYMN –  For all the saints  (vv 1-3,7-8)

Introduction

We have come together as the family of God, to remember those who have worshipped before us, and especially those we have known; also to pray for comfort for those who mourn. Give us a fresh vision of heaven and of our part in the Kingdom.

‘Our brothers and sisters, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you will not be sad, as those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in him’.                                                1 Thessalonians 4.13,14

CONFESSION

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with all our heart; we have not loved others as ourselves. Please forgive us and make us clean. Help us to overcome our faults and strengthen us to live for you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The absolution or declaration of forgiveness

First Bible Reading –   Revelation 17.9-17   Rev Peter Butterfield

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Second Bible Reading –  1 John 3.1-3   Georgina Thorne

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Sermon – Rev Jo Thomas

HYMN  – Blest are the pure in heart

WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE  

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

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.

We pray especially for children and families who suffer in our world today: for those who live in and have fled from war-torn countries with no home, for those who have nothing to eat, for those who are so poor they will never get a Christmas present. Help us to share what we have when we have so much. In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen

HYMN  – Ye holy angels bright

Remembering loved ones

We pray especially for those who have lost loved ones this last year and for those families who have had funeral  services here in our churches. Give them your continued help and comfort for Jesus sake. AMEN.

The naming of those whose funerals were held since last year

You are invited to come and light candles for those you wish to remember or to focus on a person as I light mine

Collect for All Saints:

Almighty God, you have knit together your chosen people in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Other prayers of intercession – Helen Hawkins

HYMN – In our day of thanksgiving

Final prayer

Eternal God and Father, by your power you made us, and by your love you rescued us; guide and strengthen us by your Spirit that we may give ourselves wholeheartedly to serving you and caring for others, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

May the Father who made you bless you. May the Son who saved you bless you And may the Spirit who called you bless you. AMEN.

November 1st    Madron Gulval Heamoor    All Saints

 Welcome to our service(s) for today. Today we celebrate All Saints and remember those we have love and lost and focus on the hope of heaven. We think too of children who would normally be receiving our shoeboxes

 Next Sunday our church services will be:          NB  Madron PCC zoom mtg     Wed 7pm

8.00am Holy Communion BCP (Gulval)

9.30am Holy Communion (Heamoor)

10.50am Act of Remembrance at war memorial  (Gulval)    followed by service in church

10.50am Act of Remembrance at war memorial  (Madron)   followed by service in church

6.00pm Evening Prayer BCP (Madron)

All Saints is where we remember that as a Church we are one family in God stretching to and from all times and places, and therefore see the nearness of those who have gone before us. We also pray by name for  all those who have had funerals with us over the last calendar year.

Heamoor (names omitted online)

Gulval (names omitted online)

Madron (names omitted online)

Magazines are still available for Nov. at the back of church or via Tim

Dr Mike Hersant has now announced his retirement from Reader ministry and our team. He has served us faithfully over several years, and not just as Reader, and has helped keep the churches afloat in hard times including long interregna. He will be missed for his ability to do formal services such as Trafalgar, as well as the informal Family Services, not to mention reflective Evensongs. He hopes to join us for worship in better times , so we can save our goodbyes for now

Collect for All Saints

Almighty God, you have knit together your chosen people in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may cone to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

First reading    Revelation 17.9-17

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Second reading –  1 John 3.1-3

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Sermon notes     Rev Jo Thomas

 We might all have our own idea of what heaven will be like. Of course, all ideas can only be speculative and we can only ever really gain a glimpse of what it might be like – for it is a mystery. It seems when I see extraordinary sights in this life: the wonder of the Northern Lights, the beauty of the underwater wonderland, in tropical seas, and the delights of all manner of exotic plants and animals, that we have a foretaste of the splendour of God’s extravagance and it suggests something splendid is in store for us in eternity.

In the book of Revelation, we have a mystical vision of what it will be like at the end of all time. It is hard to fully grasp what all the symbolic images mean and in many ways this passage, on its own, doesn’t give a comprehensive description. There are phrases that are repeated and used in other parts of the Bible and build up a picture of significance. For instance, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

Clearly, there is going to be some sort of spiritual gathering of God’s people (the worldwide church) and the palm trees remind us of Jesus’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem that we celebrate on Palm Sunday. We can imagine the very best choir and a spectacle of celebrations. Before we start worrying about whether we meet up with our loved ones in such a large crowd or if there will be a cup of tea, it is important to consider that it is beyond our finite comprehension. With our limited, time-based thinking and viewpoint, we can only start to sense the wonder of it all. How can we, with our restricted understanding fully grasp what is in store for us?

“But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” This purifying process is repeated in Revelation: “they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” This is important for us to reflect upon and to embrace, as a rule of life. If we have hope, then we are to actively purify ourselves. Not in the way that the Pharisees did by following a whole book of regulations, but rather to avail ourselves of the free gifts given to us in the Gospel – the cleansing through the process of repentance, then accepting God’s forgiveness and ultimately receiving the body and blood of Jesus in communion.

For by trusting in the words of Jesus, recognising what his death meant on the cross, and what his sacrifice means for us still, we can enter into the precious presence of God in this life. By being filled with His Holy Spirit, we gain as assurance that God’s presence will accompany us through “the valley of the shadow of death”. His love will enable us to endure all manner of tribulations in this world and he provides a blessed hope for the one to come.

October 25th            A Service for Bible Sunday

Welcome and Notices

HYMN –  Sing to God new songs of worship

Gracious Father, bring your blessing into this gathering of your people;
speak to our hearts through the hymns we sing, the prayers that are said, and the reading and understanding of your word, that we might go refreshed into the world, and through our lives bring refreshment to others. Amen.

‘’ All Scripture has God’s breath within it and can teach the truth, rebuke error, correct faults and give instruction for right living’.                                                                                                        2 Timothy 3.16

“It’s not the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.”                                                     Mark Twain

Confession:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you in thought word and deed. We have not loved you with all our heart; we have not loved others as ourselves. Please forgive us and make us clean. Help us to overcome our faults and strengthen us to live for you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Absolution:

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.

Collect for Bible Sunday

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and forever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

First reading – Nehemiah 8.1-4a,8-12  read by Richard Westcott

This is the word of the Lord    Thanks be to God

Second reading – Colossians 3.12-17  read by Peggy Harvey

This is the word of the Lord   Thanks be to God

HYMN – Break Thou the bread of life

Sermon –   Helen Hawkins

HYMN – Master speak, thy servant heareth

Creed

We believe and trust in God the Father,

Who made heaven and earth and loves us all.

 

We believe and trust in God the Son, Jesus Christ,

Who lived among us, died for our sins, came back to life,

And is our friend and master today.

 

We believe and trust in God, the Holy Spirit,

Who gives us new life, and helps us

to know and live for God.

Prayers of intercession – Kay Short

The seed of your Word, scattered on fertile ground, germinates, takes root, puts forth branches beneath which no weeds can grow, and then flourishes, blossoms, and brings forth fruit! For the beauty of your Word, sown in hearts and souls, and a wonderful harvest to come, for such divine nourishment, we praise you, Creator God. Amen

You have called us to be your people, to follow where you lead, be obedient to your word and bring your Good News
wherever we might go. Forgive the impatience and lack of faith which causes us to stumble, preferring our way to yours, relying on human wisdom rather than the truth which comes from you. Draw us back into your arms, as prodigals to our Father. Amen.

And grant us patience, perseverance, and a child-like faith in our journeying with you. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

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 – We have a gospel to proclaim

Blessing

The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself, The power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service, The joy of the lord Jesus fill your hearts; And the blessing of God Almighty etc.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord  In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

October 25th    Madron Gulval Heamoor    Trinity 20

Welcome to our service(s) for today, whether you are in church or at home.  Today we celebrate Bible Sunday. A particular welcome to our Archdeacon Paul Bryer, preaching for us at our joint live service at Madron today.

Next Sunday our church services will be:

8.00am Holy Communion BCP (Madron)

9.30am All Saints service (Heamoor)

11.00am Holy Communion  (Gulval)

11.00am All Saints service (Madron)

6.00pm Evening Prayer BCP (Madron)

All Saints is where we remember that as a Church we are one family in God stretching to and from all times and places, and therefore see the nearness of those who have gone before us. We also pray by name for  all those who have had funerals with us over the last calendar year. There will be an opportunity to light a candle or two for those we especially wish to remember.

Shoeboxes. We would normally today be dedicating our shoeboxes to be delivered to children in the developing world. We cannot do this this year for reason of cross-contamination, but we can send money to Operation Christmas Child (via Terry or Caroline or Tim) or do an online shoebox – see the organisation’s website.

Magazines are now available for November at the back

We pray for children who will be struggling even more globally due to the pandemic bringing unemployment in its wake. Pray for our own government with challenges of poverty and inequality with Christmas coming and with many financial demands upon them.

Collect for Bible Sunday

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly      digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and forever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

First reading  Nehemiah 8.1-4a,8-12

All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. The told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. The scribe Ezra stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hash-baddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, ‘Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.’ And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

Second reading – Colossians 3.12-17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sermon notes     Helen Hawkins

Today is Bible Sunday and our focus is on the Bible, nut we tend to misuse it in various ways (1) We think of it as a measure and as we measure ourselves against it, it makes us feel inadequate and therefore we abandon it (2) We think of it as something to beat other people over the head with – ‘The Bible says this, and so you’re wrong !’ (3) We pick out odd verses e.g. ‘You shall pick up snakes and not be harmed’. That is dangerous and not what is meant in those words. All three are abuses of the Bible.

Today’s passages are wonderful and the first thing that struck me is how positive they are. When the Bible is read, it gets people excited and it gets people together. It gets people happy and focused. In the Nehemiah passage, Ezra if speaking and people WANT to come and hear him. As they hear, they are drawn together, led to worship and understanding.

The Colossians passage is also a very positive one. Just imagine a church where this is what people are like – compassionate, kind, humble, patient, tolerant, forgiving, in perfect harmony with each other and with the peace of Christ in our hearts. The Church would be very different if we were like that. But we’re on the way. That’s something good to aim at. It’s not to do with putting people down, but building each other up. That’s what the Bible does.

The next verses leapt out at me – ‘Let the Word of God dwell in you richly. For some reason it made me think of a recipe for one of our favourite meals. It’s very simple and we got into this in lockdown. It’s chorizo spicy bean stew. It makes a nourishing and tasty meal which, makes you feel good, makes you feel good afterwards, and builds you up. The same is true of the Bible. There are so many good things that come from the Bible that will be nourishing and build us up.

What does the Bible contain ? Yes, it has rules to follow, examples to follow, good and bad. It expresses emotions (see the house group notes on psalms). It has moral tales – tales that make a point. It has encouragement when we’re feeling down, especially the reminder of the presence of Jesus. It gives us things to avoid, things that would be bad for us. It gives us words of calm and peace, and promises for the future. Above all it reveals to us who Jesus is, how much he loves us and the plans he has for us. That is quite a recipe. All those things put together will lead us to be compassionate, kind etc. The stew doesn’t take a lot of cooking; it can be produced quite quickly. BUT if you want the reveal flavours to come out, you fry the chorizo first, you cook down the tomatoes, you let the beans soak up the flavour, and it will be so much better and so much richer.

The same is true of our use of the Bible. We can dip in and get some good things, but if we really want it to change us and nourish us, take it long and slow. The flavours come out much better then. Read it. Read it again. Keep going with it. Come back to it. Read it as often as you can. And it will nourish us not just for own benefit but for the benefit of all those around us.

October 18th           Service of prayer for our nation

Welcome and Notices

HYMN – Eternal Father, strong to save

Everyone must obey the state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the current authorities have been put there by God                                                                  Romans 13.1

We have come together in the name of God to praise God and to pray for all leaders in national life, that they may be given wisdom and justice to govern, and that we may be given grace to play our part for the well-being of those where we live, and for our country as a whole.

Confession

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Absolution

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Collect for Trinity 19

O God, forasmuch as without you we are not able to please you; mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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 –  Isaiah 45.1-7

Second reading –  Matthew 22.15-22

HYMN –  Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

Sermon

HYMN – Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round

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.

Prayers of intercession

FOR this land of Cornwall, for all who live here: for the work of our local councillors, and for all who bear responsibility in the ordering of our common life; for those who work with and for our children and young people in education and recreation; for a vision of community which inspires our labours, and for the use of our gifts in the service of God’s people: Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world, their peace, stability, and concord; for Elizabeth our Queen, for the High Court of Parliament, for the armed forces of the Crown,; for the police and all who work for the maintenance of civil order and the upholding of the law in this nation; for wisdom and discernment in their several vocations: Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For all in need and those who care for them; for refugees and those without shelter or work; for the sick, the lonely, and the despairing, the aged and the distressed; for all who suffer through violence, warfare, crime, exploitation, or neglect: Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, to whom we must all give account: guide with your Spirit the leaders of our nation, of Cornwall and of our local area, that they may be faithful to the mind of Christ and seek in all their purposes to enrich our common life; 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.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 – Will your anchor hold ?

Blessing

October 18th    Madron Gulval Heamoor    Trinity 19

Welcome to our service(s) today, whether you are in church or at home.

Today we pray for national life, as will we will be doing at our Trafalgar service at Madron this morning. A particular welcome to our special guests at Madron

Madron AGM will be in church after a shortened Trafalgar service today. All welcome to elect PCC members and review the year. A report will be available to all of you to take home and accounts will be available for 2019 also – this will also be the case at Gulval

Next Sunday (Bible Sunday) our church services will be:

8.00am Holy Communion BCP (Gulval)

10.30am United Holy Communion  (Madron)

Preacher – Archdeacon Paul Bryer

6.00pm Evening Prayer BCP (Madron)

Magazines are still available for October at the back

Apologies – there is no midweek communion on Wednesday or Thursday this week due to my absence, and the church won’t be open at Madron on Wednesday from 2-4pm either.

Congratulations to Roy Matthews who raised £100 for Gulval church funds by holding a virtual Harvest Supper in place of a real one this year.

Scam. Please be wary of unusual messages asking for financial help, even if the message appears to be from someone you know and trust – please check it is really from them by phoning or speaking to them in person.

Remembrance Day will be as normal this year, unless there is lockdown

House group material for the term is still available at the back or to be printed off or read on the House Group page on the website. Reflections     on the psalms for personal study/meditation or with a friend !

Collect for Trinity 19

O God, forasmuch as without you we are not able to please you; mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unit of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First reading – Isaiah 45.1-7

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,  whose right hand I have grasped
to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him— and the gates shall not be closed: I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name; I surname you, though you do not know me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make wealth and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.

Second reading – Matthew 22.15-22

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Sermon notes – Tim

We are currently a disunited nation. That could almost the name of an organisation, couldn’t it ? The divides lie between rich and poor, north and south (again), Brexit and anti-Brexit. You could add those who follow restrictions and those who don’t. By the way, this isn’t one of those party political sermons. I don’t think it would be much different whatever government would be in power. Some of these things are cultural; they run deeper than mere politics. They might fluctuate, but they are nearly always there. The media of course delight in these differences – conflict makes news, and where it isn’t there, they create it.

We are unfortunately less able or less inclined to accept difference or even celebrate it today. Our growing insecurity ( I repeat that – our growing insecurity) causes us to want to surround us with people who think the same as us, who see the world the same way as we do. Social media plays it part here. So if I believe that the country is governed by shape-shifting lizards in human from, but who come from another planet, I can probably find people the same way as I do. For is, this becomes the truth.  If people disagree with me, then that is because they don’t want to accept the truth. It is as if truth is to be measured by the emotional intensity of my convictions. And so there are many kinds of truth out there – a direct contradiction of the word used in the Bible – which simply means, to be colloquial, reality behind the curtains.

Jesus’ day was not much different. Jesus threatened people because he was different. He didn’t fit in their neat categories and didn’t appear to be on their side. Here he is asked about whether it is right to pay taxes. This wasn’t and isn’t a universal question but it belongs to a particular circumstance – an occupying power. To pay taxes to Caesar was to condone a foreign and ungodly power, almost the equivalent of being a collaborator, although it is not clear how not paying taxes was something that could be got away with. On the other hand, not to pay taxes might appear to be patriotic, but it wasn’t necessarily done so that the money might be paid to the Temple ,given to God instead as it were.

Jesus is no fence sitter. He gives a very clear answer. You do both. You owe your allegiance to God and to the authorities, authorities which Paul describes in the Letter to the Romans as being instruments of justice and order under God. That doesn’t mean we obey unquestioningly any insane dictator, or for example a regime which banned the practice of our faith, but generally we obey them because God has ordained them as his instruments for us to serve, as they must or do.

Jesus’ response is even more pointed in another gospel. He takes a fish and a coin is found in its mouth. The coin is therefore in a sense from God, but it has Caesar’s head on it, like the Queen’s head. BOTH – AND.

In Isaiah 45 there is a shocking passage where Cyrus, the emperor of the Babylonians, is described as the Messiah, though he comes to subjugate Israel. The prophet sees him as God’s instrument of judgment on Israel, but as he will be a destroyer, he too will face judgement. The passage describes the powerful man as being summoned to God’s office to be given the work. What is the lesson ? Everything and everyone is in God’s hands.

In less secular times, God and country were bot at odds but together. We were not citizens but subjects. We were part of a pyramid structure where we all knew our place and where the heads of each organisation knew themselves to be under God as supreme. Thus different groups and sectors of society were united under God. I’m not saying everyone accepted this, but there were many that did. It gave us identity, and a settled one. I call it a structure of identity. How can we expect others to fulfil our demands and rights when we don’t even know who we are and what we want. As consumers of life we will never have enough.

People still desperately want to feel a sense of belonging and rightly can be proud of belonging eg to a service with a uniform. To be a servant of God, to be a Christian, is to enlist in Jesus service so that the Holy Spirit may empower and direct us. To be a Christian is therefore to share God’s DNA as part of a worldwide family. As servants of our country and our communities, we serve together under a common purpose, upholding justice and order as part of our work for and witness to the Kingdom of God.

October 11th    Madron Heamoor Gulval churches  

We gather in God’s name.  We claim Christ’s promised presence.

HYMN –  Rejoice ! The Lord is King

Opening sentences

‘I know what it is to be in need and to have more than enough. I have learned this secret, so that anywhere any time, I am content, whether  I have too much or too little                   Philippians  4.12,13

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Who is it that you seek?
We seek the Lord our God.
Do you seek Him with all your heart?
Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Do you seek Him with all your soul?

Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Do you seek Him with all your strength?
Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Confession

My brothers and sisters, not out of dread and fear, but believing that God is faithful to forgive, let us rid ourselves of what we need to carry no longer.

O God, gladly we live and move and have our being in you. Yet always in the midst of this creation-glory, we see sin’s shadow and feel death’s darkness: around us in the earth, sea and sky, the abuse of matter; beside us in the broken, the hungry and the poor, the betrayal of one another; and often, deep within us, a striving against your Spirit. O Trinity of love, forgive us that we may forgive one another, heal us that we may be people of healing, and renew us that we also may be makers of peace. Amen.

Merciful God, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. People: Amen

Meditation

Give me a candle of the Spirit, O God, as I go down into the deeps of my being. Show me the hidden things, the creatures of my dreams, the storehouse of forgotten memories and hurts. Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name. Give me freedom to grow, so that I may become that self, the seed of which You planted in me at my making. Out of the depths I cry to You

George Appleton

Collect for Trinity 18

First reading – Philippians 4.1-9 – Theresa Pritchard

This is the word of the Lord    Thanks be to God

Second reading – Matthew 22.1-14 – Malcolm Furneaux

This is the word of the Lord      Thanks be to God

HYMN – What a friend we have in Jesus

Sermon – Rev Howard Peskett

HYMN – God is our strength and refuge

Declaration of faith

We believe in God whose love is the source of all life and the desire of our lives, whose love was given a human face in Jesus of Nazareth, whose love was crucified by the evil that waits to enslave us all and whose love, defeating even death, is our glorious promise of freedom. Therefore, though we are sometimes fearful and full of doubt, in God we trust; and in the name of Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves, in the service of others, to seek justice and to live in peace, to care for the earth and to share the commonwealth of God’s goodness, to live in the freedom of forgiveness and the power of the spirit of love, and in the company of the faithful so to be the church, for the glory of God. Amen.

Prayers for others – Marj Jenkin

Prayer for a Renewed Church:

Almighty God, give us a new vision of you, of your love, of your grace and power, and then, give us a new vision of what you would have us do as your church in this nation and at this time, and an awareness that in the strength of your spirit, we can do it to your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

HYMN – Forth in the peace of Christ we go

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me; Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light; Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors. Amen.

October 11th    Madron Gulval Heamoor    Trinity 18

Welcome to our service(s) for today, whether you are in church or at home.

Today we celebrate and pray for the work of carers at Gulval and have one  of our occasional Iona communions at Madron & Heamoor and a Celtic  video service.

Next Sunday our church services will be:

8.00am Holy Communion  (Madron)

9.30am Morning Prayer  (Heamoor)

11.0am Holy Communion (Gulval)

11.0am Morning Prayer inc Trafalgar (Madron)

6.00pm Evening Prayer  (Madron)

The Foodbank still needs tins of minced beef in gravy or tinned curry, toiletries and cleaners. For the moment we have plenty of pasta

Magazines are still available for October

House group material for the term is still available at the back or to be printed off or read on the House Group page on the website. Reflections     on the psalms for personal study/meditation or with a friend !

Madron PCC met on zoom on Wednesday. A repair to a pipe leak by the south door has been carried out at just under £300. We have 5891 in the current account at Madron and 16,337 in the deposit account, 10,590 in    the fabric account and 4167 in St Ts account.

A reminder that we will be holding a joint service for our three churches on Sunday 25th October at 10.30am. The guest preacher will be Archdeacon  Paul Bryer,

Madron AGM will be in church after a shortened Trafalgar service on Sun October 18th. All welcome to elect PCC members and review the year. A report will be available to all of you to take home and accounts will be available for 2019 also – this will also be the case at Gulval

Collect for Trinity 18

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First reading – Philippians 4.1-9

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Second reading – Matthew 22.1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.1“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said   to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Sermon notes – Rev Howard Peskett

TEXT: I can do all things through him who strengthens me! Phil 4.13

Can this really be true? Paul’s claim is remarkable isn’t it!

I know how to be brought low and I know how to abound.   In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

The man who wrote these words was under house-arrest, probably in Rome, tethered night and day to two guards.  He was not at a Mediterranean holiday resort. He had appealed to Caesar; and the Caesar whom he would appear before was the Emperor Nero –no friend of Christians.His footsteps were dogged around Asian Minor and Greece by those who preached a different gospel and who were jealous of his success. There were some problems in the church at Philippi too, which we can glimpse in this letter…

But in spite of these things, the letter RESOUNDS WITH JOY…

Read the whole thing this afternoon…

WHAT CLUES ARE THERE IN PHILIPPIANS 4 TO PAUL’S CONTENTMENT?

  1. HE WAS GRATEFUL FOR CHRISTIAN FRIENDSHIP. The church at Philippi was socially diverse – the wealthy cloth merchant Lydia; the delivered slave girl; the Roman gaoler and his family…   There were Clement and Timothy and Epaphroditus; and there were also two women at loggerheads –    Euodia and Syntyche (Success and Lucky!) – for whatever reason.  So it wasn’t a perfect church.  But their names were in the book of life.
  2. He REGULARLY REJOICED. He made a PRACTICE OF PRAISE.  It is in every chapter of Philippians:              a) 1.3,4. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy.2.17,18. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.3.1. As for the rest, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord..
  3. 4.4. Rejoice in the Lord always;  again I will say, Rejoice.
  4. PRAYER AND PEACE go together. As he prayed the peace of God guarded his heart, like the walls of a fortress.
  5. HE FILLED HIS MIND WITH – WHAT? Verses 8,9: Whatever is true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable – THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS, these excellent and worthy things!  And then Paul says!   DO THESE THINGS! – and the God of peace/shalom will be with you.
  6. And so, he is STRONG THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, ready for anything… Verse19: My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Yes JESUS IS THE KEY.  Verse 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  SHALL WE ALL SAY THIS SENTENCE TOGETHER?  I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME.
  7. Let me finish by asking:WHAT ARE YOU HEARING THROUGH ALL THIS? Are you hearing, “I OUGHT TO BE CONTENT!” “I SHOULD TRY HARDER TO BE CONTENT!” “THE PREACHER SAYS THAT I SHOULD BE CONTENT – BUT WHAT DOES HE KNOW ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MY LIFE?  WHAT I HAVE HAD TO GO THROUGH…. WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH NOW….!I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME does not mean that I will fly through the air on a magic carpet above all the world’s and life’s troubles! It does not promise that my cows will fetch record prices at the local market. It does not mean that a cancer-sufferer can run a marathon. It does not mean that my investments or savings will be immune from the fluctuations of the world’s markets. It does not mean that my family will miraculously escape the illnesses and tragedies that strike others all the time. It means that all through my life and through the gates of death itself: God will give me his strength and peace; and I will always be able to do all that He calls and enables me to do.I have a small book entitled Lord of the Journey, now out of print. The last prayer in the book is the prayer of a Japanese quadriplegic, Misuno Genzo, entitled “Just Give Thanks”: I can do nothing for my family, for people,  for the Lord. For the abundant love of the Lord of people,  of my family, I just give thanks, just give thanks.

    2.17,18. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.3.1. As for the rest, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord..4.4. Rejoice in the Lord always;  again I will say, Rejoicn)PRAYER AND PEACE go together. As he prayed the peace of God guarded his heart, like the walls of a fortress.

 

 

October 4th     Celebrating Carers Service  

Welcome and Notices

Jesus said, ‘Know that I am with you always to the end of time.

                                                                                          Matthew 28. v20

HYMN –  O worship the King  (NB v4)

As we come to worship and praise          Father God, we welcome you

As we come together in friendship          Father God, we welcome you

As we come to listen and learn                Father God, we welcome you

As we bring our worries and problems   Father God, we worship you.

 God our Father, we praise you because you have shown us in Jesus,  that you are not a distant and unfeeling God. We praise you that your Son, Jesus shared human life to the full, enduring bodily pain, mental struggle and temptation. He has revealed to us your love and compassion for all who suffer. You are ours, a refuge and a strength, a very present help in times of trouble. In our sorrow and our pain, as  well as our joy and gladness, may we put our trust in you and praise  you as we ought, caring for others with the care you give us. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

 CONFESSION  (Saying sorry)    (we sit or kneel)

 We have wandered from your paths, yet your truth leads us home.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

We have failed to live as your children, yet your love restores us.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

We are disfigured by our sin, yet your power heals us.
Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw us to himself, and cleanse us from all our sins that we may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Collect for St Luke:

Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
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.

  *     HYMN  – All I once held dear (NEW)

 Bible Readings    Philippians 3.4b-14  – Kate Laity

Matthew 21.33-46   – Marj Jenkin

Response:     This is the Word of the Lord         Thanks be to God

Sermon  –  Rev Peter Butterfield

  • HYMN – God who made the earth

WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE   (we stand)

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

THE PRAYERS  – Rev Jo Thomas

Psalm 139. 1-6  Lord you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do. From far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me. You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power. Your knowledge of me is beyond my understanding.

Compassionate and Caring God, we remember the times you have spent with those feeling frightened or afraid – on the road to the Emmaus. Teach us how to walk alongside those who are fearful and anxious, sorrowful or depressed.

Lord in your mercy  Hear our prayer

 Compassionate and Suffering God, you suffered loneliness in the Garden of Gethsemane while the apostles slept. We pray for those who cannot sleep, who feel lonely and isolated, rejected or misunderstood. Teach us how to be caring, how to listen.

Lord in your mercy  Hear our prayer

The Lord’s Prayer:

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 DISMISSAL 

Final prayer  (as below or an alternative)

ALL :  Eternal God and Father, By your power you made us, and by your love you rescued us; guide and strengthen us by your Spirit that we may give ourselves wholeheartedly to serving you and            caring for others, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

The Blessing:

May the Father who made you bless you; May the Son who saved you bless you; And may the Spirit who called you bless you. AMEN.

HYMN  – I, the Lord of sea and sky

October 4th    Madron Gulval Heamoor    Trinity 17

Welcome to our service(s) for today, whether you are in church or at home.

Today we celebrate and pray for the work of carers of all descriptions in the month which contains St Luke’s Day, he being the patron saint of doctors.

Next Sunday our church services will be:

8.00am Holy Communion  (Gulval)

9.30am Iona Communion  (Heamoor)

11.0am Carers Service (Gulval)

11.0am Iona Communion  (Madron)

6.00pm Evening Prayer  (Madron)

Gift Day at Heamoor raised around £400; a big thank you to those who have given.

House group material for the term is available from today. It will be reflections on the psalms, material Howard and I prepared some time ago. The material will be available for personal use in the churches or to be printed off or read on the House Group page on the website. Also available with the material is a book Howard is providing, for study – do take from church or request one anyway. Jo is also producing (and has started producing) excellent meditations on the psalms, which we can make available to you on request. For those who love doing this in company, why not form your own twos and threes (but not sevens)

Trafalgar at Madron will be happening this year in a reduced format. The Captain and Edward will be present and the usual middle bit of the service will be done. There will be no parade or band or special guests but uniformed and other organisations can send one representative.

Magazines for October are still available at the back

Madron PCC meet on zoom on Wednesday at 7pm.Any questions, comments or suggestions welcome.

Scam alert. You are warned about people purporting to ring you from Amazon. Just hang up.

A reminder that we will be holding a joint service for our three churches on Sunday 25th October at 10.30am. The guest preacher will be Archdeacon Paul Bryer, who recently went through mu performance review and said he’d love to come and see us.

Madron AGM will be in church after a shortened Trafalgar service on Sunday October 18th. All welcome to elect PCC members and review the year. A report will be available to all of you to take home and accounts will be made available for 2019 also

Collect for Trinity 17

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; though Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

First reading – Philippians 3.4b-14

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Second reading – Matthew 21.33-46

Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his  slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw  the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

Sermon notes – Rev Peter Butterfield

For one reason or another I have spent a lot of time around people in uniforms (no, not because I have had my collar felt – that’s just a rumour). I’m thinking of Cubs, Scouts, Sea Cadets, armed forces, police, etc. Some people allow the uniform to change their behaviour and with others it reflects their behaviour and character – both for good and for bad.

A similar thing can happen when, usually decent, people get in a car and become ruder and angrier. They put on the car like a uniform or protective suit. How often we forget that we are normal human beings, just like everyone else.

It’s the same if we are born or brought up in particular countries, denominations, organisations, or cultures. Those things can affect how we are , behave, and what we expect – and it’s not like we had any choice in where we were born, or who to, and we can’t say that we were born British due to any merit on our part. The same can be said of any other nationality, including the Jews, or Hebrews. It’s the everyday character that we possess and the desire to do what is right that matters more.

Vineyards appear a lot in the Bible and it appears in this Gospel reading that Jesus is using it to make a very clear analogy, or allegory.

It seems that the tenants felt that they were born into this vineyard and , therefore, possessed the rights to its produce. They wore it like a uniform that said “look at us, we are important”. But they didn’t remember the responsibilities that went with those rights.

These days there  are strict rules about landlords, or their agents, entering properties. You have to give notice and make arrangements. Perhaps God didn’t know about this – no, hang on, he more than complied, perhaps spending hundreds of years sending people – prophets – to arrange the visit. This is what Jesus is making clear to the priests and elders, and they are not happy.

We need to be more like Paul in the Philipians passage. Whatever the benefits of birth we have, we need to put them aside and accept the owner of the vineyard and his son.

It’s not the uniform that we wear, the position that we occupy, or what we think is ours by right of birth, or anything else, but God’s saving grace and our desire to accept it that will enable us to flourish and be fruitful. Amen.

Sept 27th    Madron Heamoor Gulval    Trinity 16

Welcome and HYMN  –  All praise to Thee

The Lord is here   His Spirit is with us

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

 Faithful one, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives for the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

‘Repent. Turn away from all your offences; then sin will not be your downfall. Get a new heart and a new spirit. Repent and live !’

CONFESSION

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy,

slow to anger and of great kindness.

He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,

so great is his mercy upon those who fear him.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy God, holy and strong,

holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.

 

As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he set our sins from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,

so is the Lord merciful towards those who fear him.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits.

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 for Trinity 16

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

First reading – Ezekiel 18.1-4,25-32

Second reading – Matthew 21.23-32

HYMN –  The Kingdom of God is justice and joy

APOSTLES 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.

Prayers of intercession

Merciful Father Accept these prayers For the sake of your Son Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 HYMN – God is working his purpose out

Sermon

HYMN –  From heaven you came

That this and all our days may be full of your praise: we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will keep us this day without sin: we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may walk before you in the paths of righteousness and peace: we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will bless your people and lift them up for ever: we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will guide and protect us by your Holy Spirit and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting: we pray to you, O Lord.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God. 

A short silence

 Eternal God, our beginning and our end, accompany us in this day’s journey. Dawn on our darkness, open our eyes to praise you for your creation and to see the work you set before us today.Take us and use us to bring to others the new life you give in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Blessing