A Service for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

¶ The Gathering

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

Prayer of Preparation

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.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

God our Father,
the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary
that she was to be the mother of your Son.
Though Mary was afraid,
she responded to your call with joy.
Help us, whom you call to serve you,
to share like her in your great work
of bringing to our world your love and healing.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, light of the world,
blessed is Gabriel, who brought good news;
blessed is Mary, your mother and ours.
Bless your Church preparing for Christmas;
and bless us your children, who long for your coming.
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1.8-9

Heavenly Father,
you exalted the humble and meek:
give us humble and contrite hearts.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you grew towards birth in the Virgin’s womb:
be planted also in our hearts and lives.

Christ, have mercy  
Christ, have mercy

Holy Spirit,
you overshadowed Mary,
that she might become the God-bearer:
fill us with your heavenly gifts.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Absolution

Almighty God,
who in Jesus Christ has given us a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,
forgive us our sins,
open our eyes to God’s truth,
strengthen us to do God’s will
and give us the joy of his kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect  

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words “let us pray” or a more specific bidding.
Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

¶ The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

At the end of each the reader may say
For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

2 Samuel 7.1–11,16  

After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”
4 That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” ’
8 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people shall not oppress them any more, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“ ‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 16 Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.’ ” [NIVa]

Romans 16.25–27  

25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— 27 to the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ! Amen. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

The Gospel is announced then the reader says

Luke 1.26–38

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord.

26 In the sixth month, 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 be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 the house of Jacob for ever; 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 upon 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 barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her [NIVa]

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come,
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or do so after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

The Lord’s Prayer

Awaiting his coming in glory,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray…
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

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

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 20th December 2020

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 20th
Fourth Sunday of Advent

– Our Bishops – Paul, Sarah, Assistant Bishops: John, Glyn, & David
– Durham Lesotho Link: Revs Rob and Margaret Bianchi
– Those working to reduce the effects of climate change

Monday 21st
Joseph Barber Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham, 1889
– Cornforth Holy Trinity and Ferryhill St Luke, Vicar: Revd Gary Norman, SSM Ass Priest: Revd Canon Paul Tyler, Reader: Mr Leslie Lewis, Reader in Training; Mrs Diane Wing, PM: Mrs Kathleen Armstrong
– Northumberland and Tees Valley Industrial Missions and Chaplains
– For churches reaching out to their communities over the Christmas season

Tuesday 22nd
– Kelloe St Helen and Coxhoe St Mary, Minister: Vacant
– Waymark Development and Change Lead: Mr Duncan Podbury
– The Homeless and those who work to address homelessness

Wednesday 23rd
– The new Diocesan Secretary, James Morgan and those who normally work at St Cuthbert’s House
– Parish Giving Champion: Nathan Bruce, and Finance Resources Co-ordinator: Samantha Amsden
– The grieving, those facing a first Christmas without a loved one

Thursday 24th
Christmas Eve
– For all, regular or seasonal, who usually go to worship at Christmas
– For Christmas services in whatever form they can happen
– Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Friday 25th
Christmas Day
– Emmanuel, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself
– Prison Chaplains, Holme House: Revd Kate Brooke, Revd Sue Bell, Durham: Revd Canon Matthew Tetley, Revd Rebecca Amoroso, Frankland (High Security): Revd Andrew West, Low Newton (Women): Revd Sarah Parkinson
– For those having to work today and their families
– For those isolated and alone.

Saturday 26th
Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr

– Clergy Families
– The Diocesan Deliverance Ministry Team
– All those martyred for their faith especially those living under regimes aggressively hostile to the Christian Faith

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Front Street
Nursery Lane

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Pray for those in the arts, media and sports

Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday, 20 December 2020
Pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Mothers’ Union around the world.

Monday, 21 December 2020
South West Tanganyika
(Tanzania) The Rt Revd Matthew Mhagama
Esan (Nigeria) The Most Revd Friday Imaekhai

Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Etche
(Nigeria) The Rt Revd Precious Nwala
Etsako (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jacob Bada

Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Evo
(Nigeria) The Rt Revd Innocent Ordu
Exeter (England) The Rt Revd Robert Atwell

Thursday, 24 December 2020
Ezo
(South Sudan) The Rt Revd John Kereboro Zawo
Faisalabad (Pakistan) The Rt Revd John Samuel
Falkland Islands (Parish of) (Falkland Islands) The Rt Revd Timothy Thornton (Diocesan Bishop)

Friday, 25 December 2020
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of Bethlehem

Saturday, 26 December 2020
Fianarantsoa (Indian Ocean) The Rt Revd Gilbert Rateloson Rakotondravelo
Florida (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd John Howard
False Bay (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Margaret Brenda Vertue

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

A Service for the Third Sunday of Advent

¶ The Gathering

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

Prayer of Preparation

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.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

God our Father,
you gave to Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age
a son called John.
He grew up strong in spirit,
prepared the people for the coming of the Lord,
and baptized them in the Jordan to wash away their sins.
Help us, who have been baptized into Christ,
to be ready to welcome him into our hearts,
and to grow strong in faith by the power of the Spirit.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, light of the world,
John told the people to prepare,
for you were very near.
As Christmas grows closer day by day,
help us to be ready to welcome you now.
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1.8-9

Heavenly Father,
you call us to prepare for the coming of your Son:
forgive us our unreadiness to receive him.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you were proclaimed by John the Baptist:
help us also to prepare your way.

Christ, have mercy  
Christ, have mercy

Holy Spirit,
you speak through the prophets:
make us attentive to hear your word.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Absolution

Almighty God,
who in Jesus Christ has given us a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,
forgive us our sins,
open our eyes to God’s truth,
strengthen us to do God’s will
and give us the joy of his kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect  

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words “let us pray” or a more specific bidding.
God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

¶ The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

At the end of each the reader may say
For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Isaiah 61.1–4,8–11  

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
10 I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the young plant come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations. [NIVa]

1 Thessalonians 5.16–24  

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil.
23 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. 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

The Gospel is announced then the reader says

John 1.6–8,19–28

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptise if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 “I baptise with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising. [NIVa]

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come,
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or do so after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

The Lord’s Prayer

Awaiting his coming in glory,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray…
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

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

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 13th December 2020

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 13th
Third Sunday of Advent
– University Chaplains – Revd Anna Brooker, Revd Tim Ferguson, Revd Peter Kashouris, Revd Gavin Wort, Revd David Rushton (Durham) Revd Chris Howson (Sunderland)
– The Pulse, a Diocesan online Youth event 7.00pm-8.00pm

Monday 14th
John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith, 1591
– Durham St Margaret & Neville’s Cross St John – Rector: Revd Barnaby Huish, MSE Ass Min: Revd Nichola Chater, Readers: Mr Michael Chater, Dr Douglas Pocock
– St Margaret’s CE Primary School, HT: Mrs H Tait
– Those who work in the media and the arts. All opinion formers

Tuesday 15th
– Durham St Oswald & Shincliffe St Mary – PiC: Revd Peter Kashouris, Reader in Training: Mrs Julie Goodhart
– St Oswald’s CE Primary and Nursery School, HT: Mrs A Hassall
– Shincliffe CE Primary School, HT ; Mr David Tait
– The criminal Justice system, Law courts and those facing trials

Wednesday 16th
Ian Ramsey, Bishop of Durham, 1972
– Esh St Michael and All Angels & Hamsteels, Langley Park All Saints & Waterhouses St Paul in plurality – Vicar: Revd Michael Peers
– Esh CE Primary School HT: Mr Andrew Park
– The emergency services, Police, Fire and Ambulance: for safety

Thursday 17th
O Sapientia
Eglantyne Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of ‘Save The Children’, 1928
– School Chaplains – Durham School – Revd Simon McMurtary, Durham High School for Girls – Revd Brett Vallis, Barnard Castle – Revd Darren Moore, Hartlepool St Hild – Ms Laura Henderson
– Diocesan Leader of Youth Mission and Ministry: Andy Harris and Children’s Ministry Advisor: Sharon Pritchard
– Victims of abuse and violence, intolerance and prejudice

Friday 18th
– Shadforth St Cuthbert & Sherburn St Mary – PiC Revd Tom Glover, Curate: Revd Abbey Hughes
– For Licensed Lay Ministries—Warden: Revd Dr Alastair Prince, Sub Wardens: Revd Hilary Avent, Dr Jocelyn Bryan, Mrs Amanda Petch, Mrs Connie Robinson, Mr Andrew Trigger and Mrs Mavis Worsley
– For peoples hopes for the Christmas break

Saturday 19th
– Chilton St Aidan – Minister: Vacant
– St. Anthony’s Priory – Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton, Ruth Grant, Revd Canon Paul Tyler, Laurence Pinkney, Scholastica Jacob, Sheila Shearer, Gavin Harper
– Victims of clerical sexual abuse

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Grasmere
Foxton Court

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Pray for our local community and local government

Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday, 13 December 2020
Pray for the Falkland Islands (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury) The Rt Revd Timothy Thornton – Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands

Monday, 14 December 2020
Sodor & Man
(England) The Rt Revd Peter Eagles
El Camino Real (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Mary Gray-Reeves

Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Sokoto
(Nigeria) The Rt Revd Augustine Omole
El Salvador (Central America) The Rt Revd Juan David Alvarado Melgar

Wednesday, 16 December 2020
South Ankole
(Uganda) The Rt Revd Nathan Ahimbisibwe
Eldoret (Kenya) The Rt Revd Christopher Ruto

Thursday, 17 December 2020
South Dakota
(The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd John Tarrant
El-Obeid (Sudan) The Rt Revd Ismail Gabriel Abudigin
Friday, 18 December 2020
South Kerala
(South India) The Rt Revd Dharmaraj Rasalam (Primate)
Ely (England) The Rt Revd Stephen David Conway
Embu (Kenya) The Rt Revd David Muriithi Ireri

Saturday, 19 December 2020
South Rwenzori
(Uganda) The Rt Revd Jackson Nzerebende
Enugu (Nigeria) The Most Revd Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma
Enugu North (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Sosthenes Eze

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

Christingle

We held our Christingle service as a livestream on youtube.

We would like you to support the Childrens Society with a donation and help spread the light and love of God.

A Service for the second Sunday of Advent

¶ The Gathering

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

Prayer of Preparation

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.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

God our Father,
you spoke to the prophets of old
of a Saviour who would bring peace.
You helped them to spread the joyful message
of his coming kingdom.
Help us, as we prepare to celebrate his birth,
to share with those around us
the good news of your power and love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, light of the world,
the prophets said you would bring peace
and save your people in trouble.
Give peace in our hearts at Christmas
and show all the world God’s love.
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1.8-9

Heavenly Father,
you call us to repent of our sins:
soften our proud and stubborn hearts.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you declared the forgiveness of God:
teach us to forgive one another.

Christ, have mercy  
Christ, have mercy

Holy Spirit,
you search our hearts and show us the truth:
direct us in your way of righteousness.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Absolution

Almighty God,
who in Jesus Christ has given us a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,
forgive us our sins,
open our eyes to God’s truth,
strengthen us to do God’s will
and give us the joy of his kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect  

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words “let us pray” or a more specific bidding.
Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again
as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.
Amen.

¶ The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

At the end of each the reader may say
For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Isaiah 40.1–11  

Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice of one calling:
“In the desert prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands for ever.”
9 You who bring good tidings to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and his arm rules for him.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young. [NIVa]

2 Peter 3.8–15a  

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom that God gave him. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

Mark 1.1–8

The Gospel is announced then the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
3 “a voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’ ”
4 And so John came, baptising in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.” [NIVa]

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come,
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or do so after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

The Lord’s Prayer

Awaiting his coming in glory,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray…
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

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

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 6th December 2020

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again
as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 6th
Second Sunday of Advent
-Hospital Chaplains: Revd Peter Webb and Revd Remi Omole (Sunderland), vacant (Sherburn), Revd Gareth Rowlands and Revd Joan Robinson (Gateshead), vacant (North Tees and Hartlepool), Revd Jon Goode, Revd Dr Simon Mason (Tyne and Wear), Revd Canon Caroline Worsfold and Revd Pat Bealing (South Tyneside), Canon Colin Jay, Revd Osaro Omobude and Revd Debbie Baker, (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys) University Hospital of North Durham -Revd Kevin Tromans, Chaplain (Durham and Darlington)

Monday 7th
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397
-Bishop’s Leadership Team
-Brancepeth St Brandon -PiC: Revd Anna Brooker, Associate Minister: Revd Alison Hobbs, SSM Curate: Revd Sabine Tenge-Heslop, Reader: Prof Geoff Moore,
-Farmers and the Fishing industry, all who work on land and at sea

Tuesday 8th
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
-Bishop Glyn Webster, Fr Paul Kennedy, members of the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda
-DAC meeting, Chair: Sandra Robertson, Buildings for Mission Secretary: Daniel Spraggon
-The hospitality sector and those fearful for the future of their businesses

Wednesday 9th
Ember Day (Ember Days are days on which to pray for vocations)
-Durham North Team Ministry -Durham St Cuthbert, Framwellgate Moor St Aidan, Kimblesworth St Philip and St James, Newton Hall All Saints, Witton Gilbert St Michael and All Angels, Bearpark St Edmund, TR: Revd Canon Caroline Dick, Curate: Revd Mahalha Wachepa. Interim Minister: Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett, PM Helen Bartlett, Readers: Ms Pauline James, Mrs Karen Abbott, Mrs Alison Blackburn
-Please pray for our deepening relationship with Bearpark School, especially during COVID 19 and its restrictions
-Blue Coat CE Junior School, HT: Mrs Lysa Grieve
-Vocations: the renewal and increase in vocations in Durham Deanery

Thursday 10th
-Area Deans and Lay Chairs
-Brandon St John the Evangelist & Ushaw Moor St Luke: PiC: The Revd Carl Peters, Reader: Mrs Elizabeth Gregory-Smith
-For those working in retail as Christmas approaches

Friday 11th
Ember Day
-Vocations Strategy Development Adviser: Revd Dr Alastair Prince
-Director of Initial Ministerial Education (IME) Phase 2: Revd Dr Jennifer Cooper
-Cranmer Hall, Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal, St John’s College, Warden: Revd Dr Philip Plyming, Revd Emma Parker, Deputy Warden, Staff and students in training for ministry

Saturday 12th
Ember Day
-Durham St Nicholas -Vicar: The Revd Arun Arora, Curate: Revd Claire Elwood, SSM Curate: Revd the Baroness Maeve Sherlock, Prior to the Community of St Cuthbert’s: Revd Dr Richard Briggs, Readers: Dr Jamie Harrison, Mr Andrew Trigger, Reader in Training: Ms Ruth Stokes
-Vocations: Lindisfarne College of Theology, Principal: Revd Dr David Bryan, staff and students training for ministry

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Thirlmere
Buttermere

Secretary of State for Transport
Pray for those maintaining our highways, those who deliver within the supply chain and information systems

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday, 6 December 2020
The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)
The Rt Revd Carlos López-Lozano – Bishop of Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church

Monday, 7 December 2020
Shyira
(Rwanda) The Rt Revd Samuel M Mugisha
Edmonton (Canada) Vacant

Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Shyogwe
(Rwanda) The Rt Revd Jered Kalimba
Egba (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Adekunle
Lafia (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Godwin A Robinson

Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Sialkot
(Pakistan) The Rt Revd Alwin John Samuel (Diocesan Bishop)
Egba West (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Dr Samuel Oludele Ogundeji

Thursday, 10 December 2020
Singapore
(South East Asia) The Rt Revd Dr Titus Chung
Egbu (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Geoffrey Okoroafor
Egypt (Jerusalem & Middle East) The Rt Revd Mouneer Hanna Anis (Diocesan Bishop)
Nb: the Diocese of Egypt is expected to have become the Province of Alexandria by this time

Friday, 11 December 2020
Sittwe
(Myanmar) The Rt Revd James Min Dein
Eha – Amufu (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Daniel Olinya

Saturday, 12 December 2020
Ekiti
(Nigeria) The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Tayo Omotunde
Ekiti Kwara (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Andrew Ajayi
Ekiti Oke (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Isaac Olubowale
Ekiti West (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Rufus V A Adepoju

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

A Service for the first Sunday of Advent

¶ The Gathering

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

Prayer of Preparation

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.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

God of Abraham and Sarah,
and all the patriarchs of old,
you are our Father too.
Your love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Son of David.
Help us in preparing to celebrate his birth
to make our hearts ready for your Holy Spirit
to make his home among us.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, light of the world,
born in David’s city of Bethlehem,
born like him to be a king:
be born in our hearts at Christmas,
be King of our lives today.
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1.8-9

Heavenly Father,
you have created a universe of light:
forgive us when we return to darkness.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you are the light of the world:
cleanse and heal our blinded sight.

Christ, have mercy  
Christ, have mercy

Holy Spirit,
you give us light in our hearts:
renew us in faith and love.

Lord, have mercy    
Lord, have mercy

Absolution

Almighty God,
who in Jesus Christ has given us a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,
forgive us our sins,
open our eyes to God’s truth,
strengthen us to do God’s will
and give us the joy of his kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect  

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words “let us pray” or a more specific bidding.
Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin
to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

¶ The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

At the end of each the reader may say
For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Isaiah 64.1–9  

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 Since ancient times no-one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
you were angry.
How then can we be saved?
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 No-one calls on your name
or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and made us waste away because of our sins.
8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord;
do not remember our sins for ever.
Oh, look upon us we pray,
for we are all your people. [NIVa]

1 Corinthians 1.3–9  

3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge— 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

Mark 13.24–37

The Gospel is announced then the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

24 “But in those days, following that distress,
“ ‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
26 “At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig-tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
32 “No-one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ” [NIVa]

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come,
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or do so after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

The Lord’s Prayer

Awaiting his coming in glory,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray…
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

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

Prayer Topics for the week commencing 29th November 2020

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

The Collect for this week
Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin
to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 29th
Advent Sunday
-Dean & Chapter of Durham: The Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, Revd Canons Prof Simon Oliver, Charlie Allen, Michael Hampel, Michael Everitt, Lay Canons: Simon Wood, Mrs Cathy Barnes, Mr Andrew Thurston, Chapter Clerk and CO Amanda Anderson, College of Canons & Minor Canons

Monday 30th
Andrew the Apostle
-Durham Cathedral:Musicians and Vergers, Daniel Cook, Master of Choristers. The Sub-organist Joseph Beech, Jeffrey Hewitt, Head Verger. Stewards, Porters, Joiners & Masons
-Vocations in the Durham Diocese
-Those approaching retirement and anxious about the future

Tuesday 1st
Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, 1916
– Durham Deanery – Area Dean: Revd Canon Heather Murray, Lay Chair: Mr Michael Banks
– The NHS under pressure: COVID, seasonal ailments and routine surgery
– Industrial & Commercial interests particularly affecting the North East

Wednesday 2nd
– Durham St Giles – PiC: Revd Tom Glover, Curate: Revd Abbey Hughes Hon Ass Priest: Revd Ruth Thomas
– Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Mrs Beth Miller
– The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

Thursday 3rd
Francis Xavier,
Missionary, Apostle of the Indies, 1552
– Durham Deanery Synod – Secretary: Revd Joanne Thorns, Treasurer: Mr Michael Chater
– Those working to combat modern day slavery

Friday 4th
John of Damascus, Monk, Teacher of the Faith c749. Nicholas Ferrar Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding community, 1637
– Belmont St Mary Magdalene & Pittington St Laurence – PiC: Revd Canon Heather Murray, Curate: Revd Elizabeth Hollis, Reader: Mr Stephen Martin
– Belmont CE Primary School, HT: Mrs K Harrison-Brown
– St Hild’s College CE Primary School, Durham HT: Mrs A Ryder
– Care homes and those who care for those with dementia and alzheimers

Saturday 5th
– Diocesan Property Manager: James Alderton & those in the housing team
– Funeral Directors & those ministering to the families of those who died

From Jarrow Deanery

South Shields St Aidan with St Stephen (The Lawe) Benefice      VACANT
 
CW: Anne Edwards
CW: Liz Stephenson
For the growth of mission in our community;
for the strengthening of our links with local churches.
 
For the appointment of a priest to end our latest period of vacancy, and for support for those ministers who are ensuring that we can continue with our worship.
Our ecumenical links
-for those who provide opportunities for fellowship across all denominations, through various experiences and events.

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Windermere
The Nurseries

Secretary of State for International Development
Pray for our Mission Partners and for any natural disasters

Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday, 29 November 2020
Pray for the Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury) The Rt Revd Jorge Pina Cabral -Bishop of the Lusitanian Church

Monday, 30 November 2020
Sekondi (West Africa) The Rt Revd Alexander Asmah
Eastern Michigan (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Todd Ousley

Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Seoul
(Korea) The Rt Revd Peter Lee
Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada) The Rt Revd Geoffrey Peddle

Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Seychelles
(Indian Ocean) The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song (Primate)
Eastern Oregon (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Patrick Bell

Thursday, 3 December 2020
Sheffield
(England) The Rt Revd Pete Wilcox
Eastern Zambia (Central Africa) The Rt Revd William Mchombo
Easton (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Santosh Marray

Friday, 4 December 2020
Shinyanga
(Tanzania) The Rt Revd Johnson Chinyong’ole
Eau Claire (The Episcopal Church) The Revd William Jay Lambert

Saturday, 5 December 2020
Gasabo
(Rwanda) The Most Revd Laurent Mbanda (Primate)
Edinburgh (Scotland) The Rt Revd John Armes

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.

A Service for Christ the King, the Sunday next before Advent

¶ The Gathering

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

Prayer of Preparation

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 Comfortable Words

Hear the words of comfort our Saviour Christ says to all who truly turn to him:

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

Hear what Saint Paul says:

This saying is true, and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
1 Timothy 1:15

Hear what Saint John says:

If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 2:1,2

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Prayers of Penitence

If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1.8-9

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you,
through our own fault,
in thought, and 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

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

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ,
only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Collect  

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words “let us pray” or a more specific bidding.
God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory.
Amen.

¶ The Liturgy of the Word

Readings

At the end of each the reader may say
For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Ezekiel 34.11–16,20–24  

11 “ ‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and make them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
20 “ ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, 22 I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another. 23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken. [NIVa]

Ephesians 1.15–23  

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him who fills everything in every way. [NIVa]

Gospel Reading

Matthew 25.31–46

The Gospel is announced then the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” [NIVa]

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come,
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

There are no prayers included in this service, but please do pray. You may wish to pray now (you will need to pause the audio if you do) or do so after the Dismissal.

The prayers usually include these concerns
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints

This week’s prayer resource is available here

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray…
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

¶ The Dismissal

The president uses a suitable blessing

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

Coronavirus Covid-19

From Wednessday 2nd December 2020 there will be services of Holy Communion. We are pleased the worship area is allowed to be open for private prayer. The use of a face covering is mandatory. Households must keep 2metres distance from anyone not in their household. Please only contact the Parish Office by email.

Drop in and say ‘Hello’

The Parish Hall and Old Schoolroom on Sunderland Road (SR6 7UR) are available for hire, please contact the Parish Administrator for availability and charges.

Sacred space is available in the worship area of All Saints off Cleadon Lane (SR6 7UU)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00am-12.00noon (approx.)

This may be subject to short-notice change occasionally.

Safeguarding

The Parish Safeguarding policy can be found here.

Parish Office

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office. It is based in the rear of the Parish Hall and can be accessed from the yard behind the Old Schoolroom.

M: 9.15am-11.15am
Tu: 9.15am-11.15am
W: 9.15am-11.15am
Th: 9.15am-11.15am
F: Closed

0191 519 0515

email

The Parish Office
1-3 Sunderland Road
Cleadon
Sunderland
SR6 7UR