Online Service 28th June 2020

Welcome to the service for the Feast of St Peter and St Paul Also available via YouTube

Online Service 28th June 2020

SAINT PETER AND PAUL APOSTLES

 

Online Service Via YouTube

Hymn

And I saw a new Heaven” (listen to)

Welcome (Margaret)

In today’s service we remember and give thanks for the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Peter has often been called the “Prince of the Apostles” because of the words of Jesus renaming him from Simon to Cephas. This was the Aramaic for of the Greek word Peter which means “Rock”.

Jesus said that on this rock he would build his Church. Both Peter and Paul came to be seen as having different roles to play within the leadership of the Church: Peter in witnessing to the lordship of Christ and Paul in developing an understanding of its meaning for Christ’s followers. Peter and Paul have been remembered jointly on 29th June since the very early days of the Church, it being regarded as the anniversary of their martyrdom in Rome about the year 64.

 

Invitation to Confession (Reverends John and Margaret Hayward)

Jesus said to his apostles,

You are my friends if you obey my commands.’

Let us now confess our disobedience to Him.

 

Kyrie Confession

Lord Jesus, in your love you invite us to be your friends:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, in your joy you choose us to go out and bear fruit:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, in your power you send us to be your faithful witnesses:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

 

Absolution

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Collect

Almighty God,

whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul

glorified you in their death as in their life:

grant that your Church,

inspired by their teaching and example,

and made one by your Spirit,

may ever stand firm upon the one foundation,

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.

 

Psalm 125 (Claire Wheatly)

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the Lord surrounds his people,
    from this time on and forevermore.
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest
    on the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous might not stretch out
    their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
    and to those who are upright in their hearts.
But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways
    the Lord will lead away with evildoers.
    Peace be upon Israel!

 

Gospel Reading (Jenny Golding)

A reading from the Holy Gospel of Saint John Chapter 21 Verses 15 to 22

Response: Glory be Thee O Lord”

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Response: Praise be to Thee O Christ

 

Reflection (Margaret)

O Lord open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praises”

June 29th is the feast of saints Peter and Paul and we are remembering them especially today. This time is known as Petertide. Petertide is a feast day marking the martyrdom of Saint Peter, the fisherman, who as a disciple of Jesus was an instrumental figure in the early church. It is the time when many dioceses of the Church of England choose to hold ordination services.

The year of our Lord 2020 no ordinations will occur at Petertide. This is because of the virus Covid-19. In the face of this virus even the Church has been humbled. The devasting effects of the virus, causing over 4 million deaths world-wide and rising, it is salutary to think of the pain and the deep sadness those who have died suffered and those they have left behind are now suffering. This suffering is also felt by those who have lost their jobs, or businesses, all those whose livelihood is threatened. We also need be mindful of the effects of lockdown isolation and the tensions that has caused.

In this confusion and bewilderment, the Chaos, there emerges something creational as in Genesis. This time now is a time of turmoil but we are compelled to look for signs of Re-Creation to have renewed vision.

This renewed vision is something of what Jesus gave Peter in our reading. Peter was suffering too from chaos of the unknow. In the new vision Jesus Gifts Peter, a 3-fold mission. To Feed Lambs, Tend Sheep, and Feed Sheep.

That is the mission of the church now and we are Church now. We are not to fall into the trap of inaction whilst wallowing in what could have been. Like Peter I feel safe and secure in my old ways. Peter and I want to go “fishing again”. But Jesus stops Peter and sends him… instead to the sheepfold. And we have been stopped…

There are many ‘could have beens’ from the deeply deeply sad ones of the lives lost to the parties we could have had for our birthdays and high days. But we are people of Faith and people of Hope.

We are missioned to take this opportunity to listen and act from where we are now, not from where we were.

We are emerging from lockdown, some of us will not have been out at all, others will have ventured out for our daily walk and yet others will have been out to work in the essential jobs. And still others cannot yet venture out. We need be mindful and prayerful for all.

We all have been gifted with a different vision of how to Be church now in this time whether we like it or not. It is a time calling for a great gentleness with one another and most of all listening. Being ready and willing to Feed the Lambs, in other words to give spiritual nourishment to the little ones…those are the people who are especially hurting through suffering bereavements, those who have felt acutely the time of isolation and other reasons we shall hear if we listen. We are as well missioned to Tend the Sheep, that is care for people who have been out a bit and those who have been out all the time, they will have such a different vision, a vision that needs care, concern and listening to and valuing. Finally, we are missioned to “Feed my sheep”…. Peter and We are commanded….to draw all together Like a shepherded we are to stand in and with the sheep and dirty our hands, caring for them, no matter what, for in that lies our full Mission and thus the way to and heralding of the Kingdom of God. We have our Mission then, to reveal the Love of God to each and every one …The task has fallen to Us in the year or our Lord 2020. Peace be upon Israel and Peace be upon you. Amen.

 

Creed (Kathy Mould. and Margaret)

Please join in this responsive Nicene Creed.

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

Response   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,

Response   God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Response   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.

Response   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;

Response   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,

Response   the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

Response   With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

Response   We believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

Response   We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Intercession (Neil Biddiscombe, Ordinand)

Encouraged by our fellowship with all the saints,

let us make our prayers to the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Father, your Son called men and women to leave the past behind

them and to follow him as his disciples in the way of the cross. Look

with mercy upon those whom he calls today, marks with the cross

and makes his disciples within the Church …

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Your Son told his disciples not to be afraid and at Easter breathed on

them his gift of peace. Look with mercy upon the world into which

he sent them out, and give it that peace for which it longs …

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Your Son formed around him a company who were no longer

servants but friends, and he called all those who obeyed him his

brother and sister and mother. Look with mercy upon our families

and our friends and upon the communities in which we share …

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Your Son sent out disciples to preach and heal the sick. Look with

mercy on all those who yearn to hear the good news of salvation,

and renew among your people the gifts of healing …

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Your Son promised to those who followed him that they would sit

on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel and would share the

banquet of the kingdom. According to your promise, look with

mercy on those who have walked with Christ in this life and now

have passed through death …

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Almighty God,

you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,

with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone:

so join us together in unity of spirit by their doctrine,

that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Let us dare to pray together in the words our Saviour gave us; 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

All my hope on God is founded”


1 All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
Only good and only true.
God unknown,
He alone
Calls my heart to be his own.

2 God's great goodness ay endureth,
Deep his wisdom, passing thought:
Splendour, light, and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of nought.
Evermore,
From his store
New-born worlds rise and adore.

3 Daily doth the almighty giver
Bounteous gifts on us bestow;
His desire our soul delighteth,
Pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand
At his hand;
Joy doth wait on his command.

4 Still from man to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call
One and all:
Ye who follow shall not fall

 
Blessing (Margaret)
Let us pray together

God, who has prepared for us a city with eternal foundations,

bring us, with Peter and Paul and all the saints,

to the eternal and triumphant joy of that city;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always.

Amen.

Hymn

I give you a New Commandment” (listen to)

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