Online Worship: 20th September 2020, 15th Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 14th of September 2020,
the 15th Sunday after Trinity.

Photo by Gavin Atkin, 2018

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

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

Our two lovely local retired Clergy take the reins this week with Canon Alan hosting our online worship and Rev Jim providing his reflections on one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 20.

We hope that you are in good heart and good health, but (as always) please do say so if you’re in need of some extra support, some extra prayer or need someone to listen. Let’s make sure we look after one another during this difficult time and ask for help when we need it!

Notices

There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer

Majesty, worship His Majesty!

All-Age song: We are marching in the light of God

Jim’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:13 the Bible Reading with Kathy, 03:29 onwards the Sermon with Rev Jim.

Prayers for today

Prayers of Intercession for Ordinary Time

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ
to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen James and Simon, our bishops, and all your Church in the service of Christ,
that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us…
[take a moment to pray for family and friends]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles;
and bring them the joy of your salvation.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are unwell]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …;
according to your promises,
grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are grieving]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Michael & All Angels, and all your saints,
we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, 
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

Based on Romans 8.38-39

God of heaven and earth,
in these times of isolation,
apart from loved ones
distant from friends
away from neighbours
thank you that there is nothing
in all of creation,
not even coronavirus,
that is able to separate us from your love.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

Lord God,
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Blessing

May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers (Offham): Hilda Bodley, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker, Hazel Watson.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Colin & Lesley Bays, Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Martin Healing-Mills, David Leslie, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Eileen Vickers, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie, Michael and Alice.
  • For the families of Enid Thompson, Dawn Waterfield and Nigel Cooke, all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in the healthcare professions. For healing, care, strength and comfort and for their witness at work.
  • Giving thanks for our Churchwardens and all that they do to support our Minister, supervise our buildings and lead the congregations.
  • Praying for one another while our buildings are restricted in capacity for public worship, holding those in our hearts who cannot be present, whether because they are shielding, fearful, housebound, working, or simply because we’re at capacity. We pray also for those who are in the church buildings and for their blessing.
  • Prayers for St Lawrence’s Church and the people of Mereworth.
  • As we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, we pray for the UK and world authorities; political, medical, scientific, civil and religious.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially we pray for the USA, India and Brazil, we pray for the people of Beirut and the Lebanon, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For Daniel & Sarah Brito Medeiros, CMS mission link partners in Brazil.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).
Creationtide.

Monday Morning – Psalms 49, 117, 1 Kings 19.15-21, 2 Timothy 3.14-17 (St Matthew’s day)
Monday Evening – Psalm 119.33-40, 89-96, Ecclesiastes 5.4-12, Matthew 19.16-30 (St Matthew’s day)
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 32, 36, 1 Kings 8.63-9.9, Acts 16.25-end
Tuesday Evening – Psalm 33, 1 Chronicles 28.11-end, Mark 11.12-26
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 34, 1 Kings 10.1-25, Acts 17.1-15
Wednesday Evening – Psalms 119.33-56, 1 Chronicles 29.1-9, Mark 11.27-end
Thursday Morning – Psalm 37, 1 Kings 11.1-13, Acts 17.16-end
Thursday Evening – Psalms 39, 40, 1 Chronicles 29.10-20, Mark 12.1-12
Friday Morning – Psalm 31, 1 Kings 11.26-end, Acts 18.1-21
Friday Evening – Psalm 35, 1 Chronicles 29.21-end, Mark 12.13-17
Saturday Morning – Psalms 41, 42, 43, 1 Kings 12.1-24, Acts 18.22-19.7
Saturday Evening – Psalms 45, 46, 2 Chronicles 1.1-13, Mark 12.18-27

Online Worship: 13th September 2020, 14th Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 13th of September 2020,
the 14th Sunday after Trinity.

Photo by atirme from FreeImages

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

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

After his recent fortnight’s holiday, Rev David is back with us online this week and reflecting on a famous passage from Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus promises that where two or three gather in his name, he will be in the midst of them.

It’s a helpful reminder as we continue to worship in a mixed environment of online and offline, that wherever we are, as we gather we are in the presence of Jesus. Let’s pray for one another that we will sense God’s presence and his encouragement for us all.

Notices

There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

All-Age song: One more step along the world I go

All-Age song: O Happy Day!

All-Age song: The joy of the Lord is my strength

David’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:23 the Bible Reading with Ella, 04:08 onwards the Sermon with Rev David.

Prayers for today

Light a candle online

The Church of England’s official website has a special ‘light a candle’ online prayer page. You can visit the site, follow the brief instructions which guide you, not only on how to use the page, but also how to quiet your heart and mind and say your prayer. Why not give it a go?

The All-Age Prayer Basket

During our offline All-Age services over the last few years, we’ve developed a little ‘tradition’ of a Prayer Basket. Anyone can write a prayer for themselves, someone they know, someone who is ill, a community, a nation or anything that’s on their mind. We gather them together and read them aloud in the service to guide our prayers.

This video is our online equivalent Prayer Basket for this month’s All-Age service. Thank you to everyone who contributed. If you want to contribute a video prayer for the next Prayer Basket in October, please feel free to contact us to find out how you can send it in.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

A children’s prayer

Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me
and are with me in everything today.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

Merciful God,
your Son came to save us
and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy
and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness
that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Blessing

May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers (Offham): Hilda Bodley, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker, Hazel Watson.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Colin & Lesley Bays, Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Martin Healing-Mills, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Eileen Vickers, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie, Michael and Alice.
  • For the families of Enid Thompson, Dawn Waterfield and Nigel Cooke, all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who live alone. For balance in times of fellowship and their own space, for God’s presence always with them.
  • Giving thanks for our Area Dean, Archdeacon and Bishops and for God’s blessing on their ministry and family life.
  • Praying for one another while our buildings are restricted in capacity for public worship, holding those in our hearts who cannot be present, whether because they are shielding, fearful, housebound, working, or simply because we’re at capacity. We pray also for those who are in the church buildings and for their blessing.
  • Prayers for St John’s Church and the people of Wateringbury.
  • As we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, we pray for the UK and world authorities; political, medical, scientific, civil and religious.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially we pray for the USA, India and Brazil, we pray for the people of Beirut and the Lebanon, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For Rev Peeter Kaldur, and our partner churches of St Michael’s, Jõhvi and Pühajõe church in Estonia.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).
Creationtide.

Monday Morning – Psalms 2, 8, 146, Genesis 3.1-15, John 12.27-36a (Holy Cross day)
Monday Evening – Psalms 110, 150, Isaiah 63.1-16, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25 (Holy Cross day)
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 5, 6, (8), 1 Kings 1.32-2.4;2.10-12, Acts 13.44-14.7
Tuesday Evening – Psalms 9, 10, 1 Chronicles 13, Mark 10.1-16
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 119.1-32, 1 Kings 3, Acts 14.8-end
Wednesday Evening – Psalms 11, 12, 13, 1 Chronicles 15.1-16.3, Mark 10.17-31
Thursday Morning – Psalms 14, 15, 16, 1 Kings 4.29-5.12, Acts 15.1-21
Thursday Evening – Psalm 18, 1 Chronicles 17, Mark 10.32-34
Friday Morning – Psalms 17, 19, 1 Kings 6.1, 11-28, Acts 15.22-35
Friday Evening – Psalm 22, 1 Chronicles 21.1-22.1, Mark 10.35-45
Saturday Morning – Psalms 20, 21, 23, 1 Kings 8.1-30, Acts 15.36-16.5
Saturday Evening – Psalms 24, 25, 1 Chronicles 22.2-end, Mark 10.46-end

Online Worship: 6th September 2020, 13th Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 6th of September 2020,
the 13th Sunday after Trinity.

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

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

After his recent fortnight’s holiday, Rev David is back with us online this week and reflecting on a famous passage from Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus promises that where two or three gather in his name, he will be in the midst of them.

It’s a helpful reminder as we continue to worship in a mixed environment of online and offline, that wherever we are, as we gather we are in the presence of Jesus. Let’s pray for one another that we will sense God’s presence and his encouragement for us all.

Notices

There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour

A new commandment I give unto you

All-Age song: Big family of God

David’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:25 the Bible Reading with Christie, 02:42 onwards the Sermon with Rev David.

Prayers for today

Prayers of Intercession for Ordinary Time

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ
to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen James and Simon, our bishops, and all your Church in the service of Christ,
that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us…
[take a moment to pray for family and friends]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles;
and bring them the joy of your salvation.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are unwell]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …;
according to your promises,
grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are grieving]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Michael & All Angels, and all your saints,
we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, 
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

God of compassion,
have mercy upon this nation and our world
in this time of fear and confusion:
we bring before you those who are suffering from the Coronavirus;
the aged and those who are most vulnerable
and for all who tend to their needs;
we pray for those who are now in isolation;
may know your comfort and company
and that those around them may truly love their neighbour
by prayer and in works of care and kindness;
we pray for health professionals, doctors, nurses and hospital support staff
as they answer their vocation under increasing pressure;
and we pray for those upon whose shoulders
the yoke of leadership rests,
that in their conversation and communication
your still small voice may be heard.
We ask this in the power of the Holy Spirit,
through the One who stretched out his hands to bless and to heal
even Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Blessing

May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers (Offham): Hilda Bodley, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker, Hazel Watson.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Martin Healing-Mills, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Eileen Vickers, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie and Michael.
  • For the families of Elizabeth Acheson-Gray, Paul Candler, Geoff Howard, Enid Thompson, Dawn Waterfield and Nigel Cooke, all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who go to school. For enthusiasm in their studies, good friendships and a faithful witness to Jesus.
  • Giving thanks for our Vicar David and praying for him and his family as he returns to ministry this Sunday.
  • Praying for one another as we re-open our buildings for public worship, holding those in our hearts who cannot be present, whether because they are shielding, fearful, housebound, working, or simply because we’re at capacity.
  • Prayers for St Gabriel’s and the people of Kings Hill.
  • For the UK and world authorities political, medical, scientific, civil and religious as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially we pray for the USA and Brazil, we pray for the people of Beirut and the Lebanon, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For our link dioceses of Harare, Mpwapwa & Kondoa and Estonia.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).
Creationtide starts 1 September.

Monday Morning – Psalms 123, 124, 125, 126, 2 Samuel 18.1-18, Acts 10.34-end
Monday Evening – Psalms 127, 128, 129, Proverbs 25.1-14, Mark 8.11-21
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 132, 133, 2 Samuel 18.19-19.8a, Acts 11.1-18
Tuesday Evening – Psalms (134), 135, Proverbs 25.15-end, Mark 8.22-26
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 119.153-end, 2 Samuel 19.8b-23, Acts 11.19-end
Wednesday Evening – Psalm 136, Proverbs 26.12-end, Mark 8.27-9.1
Thursday Morning – Psalms 143, 146, 2 Samuel 19.24-end, Acts 12.1-17
Thursday Evening – Psalms 138, 140, 141, Proverbs 27.1-22, Mark 9.2-13
Friday Morning – Psalms 142, 144, 2 Samuel 23.1-7, Acts 12.18-end
Friday Evening – Psalm 145, Proverbs 30.1-9, 24-31, Mark 9.14-29
Saturday Morning – Psalm 147, 2 Samuel 24, Acts 13.1-12
Saturday Evening – Psalms 148, 149, 150, Proverbs 31.10-end, Mark 9.30-37

Online Worship: 30th August 2020, Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 30th of August 2020,
the twelfth Sunday after Trinity.

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

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

As schools get ready to return to a new normal, let’s pray for the safety and well-being of staff and pupils and particularly for those transitioning to new schools after an extraordinary few months.

This week we are pleased to welcome Martyn Begbey, a Lay Reader for Birling, Addington, Ryarsh and Trottiscliffe, who sometimes preaches at St Michael’s, Offham to speak today and reflect on the famous passage from Exodus where Moses encounters God in the midst of a burning bush.

Whether we are present in the buildings or present here online, we remain one church under God. It is hard when things are not as we should like them to be. Those worshipping online may feel it’s not quite the same as being in church. Those who are in church may feel it’s not quite the same as a ‘proper’ service, because of the restrictions. Let’s pray for one another that we will sense God’s presence and his encouragement for us all.

Notices

There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

How great Thou art

Will you come and follow me?

All-Age Song: Every move I make

Martyn’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:26 the Bible Reading with Heidi, 04:03 onwards the Sermon with Martyn Begbey.

 

Prayers for today

Prayers of Intercession for Ordinary Time

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ
to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen James and Simon, our bishops, and all your Church in the service of Christ,
that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us…
[take a moment to pray for family and friends]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles;
and bring them the joy of your salvation.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are unwell]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …;
according to your promises,
grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are grieving]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Michael & All Angels, and all your saints,
we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, 
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

From an Ebola prayer, adapted by the people of Guinea

Lord God, we entrust to you the families and communities,
affected by Coronavirus, wherever they may be.
We pray especially for health care workers, that you may guide and protect them.
We pray that your Spirit might inspire those researching new medicines and treatments.
And in the midst of this, keep us strong in faith, hope and love.
Grant us the courage and perseverance to be good neighbours.
May the words of your Son Jesus Christ in the Our Father,
be our prayer as we entrust ourselves and all of us who are affected
to your infinite power and love.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Blessing

May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers (Offham): Hilda Bodley, Pam Hoskins, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Martin Healing-Mills, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Eileen Vickers, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie and Michael.
  • For the families of Elizabeth Acheson-Gray, Paul Candler and Geoff Howard; all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who are retired. For a sense of vocation and purpose, rest and family and life, and their witness to Christ.
  • Giving thanks for our Vicar David and praying for him and his family as he takes his annual holiday.
  • Praying for one another as we re-open our buildings for public worship, holding those in our hearts who cannot be present, whether because they are shielding, fearful, housebound, working, or simply because we’re at capacity.
  • Prayers for St Mary’s Church and the people of West Malling.
  • For the UK and world authorities political, medical, scientific, civil and religious as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially we pray for the USA and Brazil, we pray for the people of Beirut and the Lebanon, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For local mission partners at Pilsdon, Spadework and Kenward Trust.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).

Monday Morning – Psalms 98, 99, 101, 2 Samuel 11, Acts 8.26-end
Monday Evening – Psalm 105* (or 103), Proverbs 14.31-15.17, Mark 6.45-end
Tuesday Morning – Psalm 106* (or 103), 2 Samuel 12.1-25, Acts 9.1-19a
Tuesday Evening – Psalm 107*, Proverbs 15.18-end, Mark 7.1-13
Wednesday Morning – Psalms 110, 111, 112, 2 Samuel 15.1-12, Acts 9.19b-31
Wednesday Evening – Psalm 119.129-152, Proverbs 18.10-end, Mark 7.14-23
Thursday Morning – Psalms 113, 115, 2 Samuel 15.13-end, Acts 9.32-end
Thursday Evening – Psalms 114, 116, 117, Proverbs 20.1-22, Mark 7.24-30
Friday Morning – Psalm 139, 2 Samuel 16.1-14, Acts 10.1-16
Friday Evening – Psalms 130, 131, 137, Proverbs 22.1-16, Mark 7.31-end
Saturday Morning – Psalms 120, 121, 122, 2 Samuel 17.1-23, Acts 10.17-33
Saturday Evening – Psalm 118, Proverbs 24.23-end, Mark 8.1-10

Online Worship: 23rd August 2020, Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 23rd of August 2020,
the eleventh Sunday after Trinity.

Photo by Gavin Atkin, 2018

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

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

Becky is talking about the journey of Jesus and his disciples to Caesarea-Philippi – a gentile town on the northern outskirts of Herod’s rule. Why did Jesus walk 40 miles north from his home in Capernaum? Watch to find out.

Whether we are present in the buildings or present here online, we remain one church under God. It is hard when things are not as we should like them to be. Those worshipping online may feel it’s not quite the same as being in church. Those who are in church may feel it’s not quite the same as a ‘proper’ service, because of the restrictions. Let’s pray for one another that we will sense God’s presence and his encouragement for us all.

Notices

There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

Take my life and let it be

Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice

All-Age Song: Lord, I lift your name on high

Becky’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:20 the Bible Reading with Andrew, 02:30 onwards the Sermon with Becky.

 

Prayers for today

Prayers of Intercession for Ordinary Time

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ
to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen James and Simon, our bishops, and all your Church in the service of Christ,
that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us…
[take a moment to pray for family and friends]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles;
and bring them the joy of your salvation.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are unwell]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …;
according to your promises,
grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are grieving]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Michael & All Angels, and all your saints,
we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, 
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

Lord God, loving Creator,
You fashioned us from clay,
and breathed life into us.
We are made and loved by you.

Heavenly Father,
Your Spirit fills us with hope
and lights the path to fullness of life.
Hear us!
As we cry out to you, uncertain and afraid.

In your mercy, Lord,
Grant us the strength to rebuild
when all seems lost,
and the courage to reach out
to those who are suffering.
Amen.

A prayer for Beirut

God of refuge, hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts.
In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.
Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

God of glory,
the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside
all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have
to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Blessing

May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers (Offham): Hilda Bodley, Pam Hoskins, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Malcolm Scott, Irina Walker.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers (West Malling): Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Martin Healing-Mills, Robin & Rosemary Law, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Eileen Vickers, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie and Michael.
  • For the families of Stewart Betts, John Robinson, Elizabeth Acheson-Gray, Paul Candler and Geoff Howard; all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in the arts or entertainment. For help and the ability to work and earn during the Pandemic. For the creativity of God’s Spirit, economic favour, a prophetic voice and their Christian witness in their work.
  • Giving thanks for our Vicar David and praying for him and his family as he takes his annual holiday.
  • Praying for one another as we re-open our buildings for public worship, holding those in our hearts who cannot be present, whether because they are shielding, fearful, housebound, working, or simply because we’re at capacity.
  • Prayers for St Michael’s and the people of Offham.
  • For the UK and world authorities political, medical, scientific, civil and religious as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially we pray for the USA and Brazil, we pray for the people of Beirut and the Lebanon, for Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For David & Robin Stearns, mission link partners in Uganda.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).

Monday Morning – Psalms 86, 117, Genesis 28.10-17, John 1.43-51 (St Bartholomew)
Monday Evening – Psalms 91, 116, Deuteronomy 18.15-19, Matthew 10.1-22 (St Bartholomew)
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 87, 89.1-18, 2 Samuel 5.1-12, Acts 7.1-16
Tuesday Evening – Psalm 89.19-end, Proverbs 8.22-end, Mark 5.21-34
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 119.105-128, 2 Samuel 6.1-19, Acts 7.17-43
Wednesday Evening – Psalms 91, 93, Proverbs 9, Mark 5.35-end
Thursday Morning – Psalms 90, 92, 2 Samuel 7.1-17, Acts 7.44-53
Thursday Evening – Psalm 94, Proverbs 10.1-12, Mark 6.1-13
Friday Morning – Psalms 88, (95), 2 Samuel 7.18-end, Acts 7.54-8.3
Friday Evening – Psalm 102, Proverbs 11.1-12, Mark 6.14-29
Saturday Morning – Psalms 96, 97, 100, 2 Samuel 9, Acts 8.4-25
Saturday Evening – Psalm 104, Proverbs 12.10-end, Mark 6.30-44

Welcome back to St Mary’s, West Malling

We are delighted to be able to announce that we are re-opening St Mary’s for Public Worship from Sunday the 26th of July.

However, there are a number of things that we need you to know and a number of things we need you to do. To start with, can we encourage you to watch this short two minute safety video to give you a brief rundown of how things will work and what we need you to do.

What will services be like?

  1. Every service will a service of Holy Communion. If, as we expect, you may only be able to attend two, three or four weeks, it is important that when you do attend, there is the chance to receive Holy Communion.
  2. Every service will be somewhat child-friendly. We cannot run Sunday School for the time being. Neither can children use toys or busy bags (other than ones they have brought from home). Neither is it appropriate to make every service an All-Age service. So every Minister leading or preaching will need to account for the fact children will be present and sat in a pew alongside their parents.
  3. Every service will be 30 to 40 minutes maximum. The risk of infection goes up the longer we stay together in the building, so we’ll keep services short.

What services will there be?

  1. Initially there will be one service on a Sunday in Offham at 9.15 a.m. and one in West Malling at 10.00 a.m. There will be a sermon. Both services will be based on Common Worship Holy Communion.
  2. There will be a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service at St Mary’s at 9.30 a.m. every Wednesday during August. There will not be a sermon. We will review again at the start of September as to whether this service can return to Sundays at 8 o’clock.
  3. Christenings will not take place in the Sunday service for the time being.
  4. If there is a Christening in a lunchtime slot on a Sunday, the congregation present that morning will be asked to help sanitise after their service.
  5. Online Worship will continue as pre-recorded videos and pre-prepared web pages to be published each Sunday. Each week, the rota will allocate ministry leadership to the online environment; separate to offline leadership for that week.

How many people can come?

Sadly, because of the regulations concerning physical distancing and maintaining two metres distance, our maximum capacity is based on 14 households. If you’ve watched the video (above) and are coming on your own, we may be able to take more than 14 households with individuals sat at either end of a pew.

If more people want to return to church services than we accommodate, we will need to allocate people into groups and then inform each group which Sundays they can attend. It may be that we have a group on the first Sunday and another group on the second Sunday and so on.

If you don’t want to return to church now and are happy to continue worshipping online, you will be able to let us know later when you do want to come to church. If need be, we will allocate you to a group. Hopefully, the physical distancing regulations will relax in time and we will be able to welcome more people into the same service until such time as we can all be in church together.

How do I let you know what I want to do?

At present, we are conducting a survey. We would be really grateful if you would click on the link for the survey and complete your details to let us know what you would like to do.

The more households that let us know their plans and wishes, the better we can fairly and equitably enable as many people as possible to return to church.

What do I need to bring when I come to church?

You don’t need to bring anything, but you might want to think about bringing the following items:

  1. A face covering.
  2. Your own pen (to fill out a sign-in slip if you’re asked to do so).
  3. Your own Bible (spare Bibles will not be available to pick-up and use in church).
  4. If you have young children, you may like to bring a busy bag for the children. We can’t provide any of our materials at present because of the difficulties sanitising those items.

Welcome back to St Michael’s, Offham

We are delighted to be able to announce that we are re-opening St Michael’s for Public Worship from Sunday the 26th of July.

However, there are a number of things that we need you to know and a number of things we need you to do. To start with, can we encourage you to watch this short two minute safety video to give you a brief rundown of how things will work and what we need you to do.

What will services be like?

  1. Every service will a service of Holy Communion. If, as we expect, you may only be able to attend two, three or four weeks, it is important that when you do attend, there is the chance to receive Holy Communion.
  2. Every service will be somewhat child-friendly. We cannot run Sunday School for the time being. Neither can children use toys or busy bags (other than ones they have brought from home). Neither is it appropriate to make every service an All-Age service. So every Minister leading or preaching will need to account for the fact children will be present and sat in a pew alongside their parents.
  3. Every service will be 30 to 40 minutes maximum. The risk of infection goes up the longer we stay together in the building, so we’ll keep things brief.

What services will there be?

  1. Initially there will be one service on a Sunday in Offham at 9.15 a.m. and one in West Malling at 10.00 a.m. There will be a sermon. Both services will be based on Common Worship Holy Communion.
  2. There will be a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service at St Mary’s at 9.30 a.m. every Wednesday during August. There will not be a sermon. We will review again at the start of September as to whether this service can return to Sundays at 8 o’clock.
  3. Christenings will not take place in the Sunday service for the time being.
  4. If there is a Christening in a lunchtime slot on a Sunday, the congregation present that morning will be asked to help sanitise after their service.
  5. Online Worship will continue as pre-recorded videos and pre-prepared web pages to be published each Sunday. Each week, the rota will allocate ministry leadership to the online environment; separate to offline leadership for that week.

How many people can come?

Sadly, because of the regulations concerning physical distancing and maintaining two metres distance, our maximum capacity is based on five households. If you’ve watched the video (above) and are coming on your own, we may be able to take more than five households with individuals sat at either end of a pew.

If more people want to return to church services than we accommodate, we will need to allocate people into groups and then inform each group which Sundays they can attend. It may be that we have a group on the first Sunday and another group on the second Sunday and so on.

If you don’t want to return to church now and are happy to continue worshipping online, you will be able to let us know later when you do want to come to church. If need be, we will allocate you to a group. Hopefully, the physical distancing regulations will relax in time and we will be able to welcome more people into the same service until such time as we can all be in church together.

How do I let you know what I want to do?

At present, we are conducting a survey. We would be really grateful if you would click on the link for the survey and complete your details to let us know what you would like to do.

The more households that let us know their plans and wishes, the better we can fairly and equitably enable as many people as possible to return to church.

What do I need to bring when I come to church?

You don’t need to bring anything, but you might want to think about bringing the following items:

  1. A face covering.
  2. Your own pen (to fill out a sign-in slip if you’re asked to do so).
  3. Your own Bible (spare Bibles will not be available to pick-up and use in church).
  4. If you have young children, you may like to bring a busy bag for the children. We can’t provide any of our materials at present because of the difficulties sanitising those items.

“Walking in the way of the Cross”; doing Holy Week online

Walking in the way of the Cross

A guide to resources in order to pray your way through Holy Week

This Holy Week will be one like no other. With our church buildings unavailable to us, we’re having to be a little more creative in how we choose to mark the run-up to Easter Sunday.

Here in West Malling and Offham, the grid below will fill out day-by-day with clickable links so that you can choose how you wish to walk this year ‘in the way of the Cross’.

Monday
A service for Monday of Holy Week
from Rochester Cathedral
Tuesday
A service for Tuesday of Holy Week
from Rochester Cathedral
Wednesday
A service for Wednesday of Holy Week
from Rochester Cathedral

Maundy Thursday

 

Seder

Using a Zoom conference call, Rev David will host a live act of prayer
on Thursday at 6.00 p.m. BST adapted from both the Jewish Seder and the Christian Agape liturgies. If you would like to take part, please contact Rev David and he will send you details of all you need to prepare via email.

 

Tenebrae

Rev David has recorded an adaptation of a Tenebrae service.
“Tenebrae” is a Latin word for “shadows”. In this service we use increasing darkness to dramatize the increasing sadness of Holy Week.
Premieres ‘as live’ on Maundy Thursday at 8.15 p.m. BST.

Good Friday

 

The Walk of Witness

We cannot gather to do the physical Walk of Witness this year.
However, the service book is available to download (pdf file) so that you can use it at home, or to accompany your daily exercise.

Quiet Hour

Rev David has recorded a special version of the Good Friday Quiet Hour
via SoundCloud. Mixing Gospel readings, silence, prayer,
the Good Friday anthems and music.

 

Holy Saturday

All will be quiet on Holy Saturday. No services and no provision made
Heaven is silent. Jesus is dead. The tomb is sealed shut.
 

Easter Sunday

 

Dawn Service ‘as live’ stream

Because of technical difficulties, we are not able to live stream from the church in Offham on Sunday. However, Rev David has recorded an adaptation of the service which premieres ‘as live’ on Easter Sunday at 6.30 a.m. BST.

The liturgy is available to download if you want to follow along.

 

Online Worship

As we have done in recent weeks, there will be hymns to sing, written prayers, notices and a video sermon from David. It will be available to encourage you in worship from 7.30 a.m. BST this Sunday.

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Remembrance 2019

A photo of the St Mary's war memorial, taken early morning 2011For each of our three communities, please find below details of the Remembrance Sunday services.

Offham, 10.00 a.m.

The Sunday service starts at the slightly later than usual time of 10.00 a.m. and will follow the pattern for Churches Together services of remembrance. Rev Jim Brown will be leading.

After the service, just before 11.00 a.m. we will make our way outside to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and the two minutes silence.

The congregation will be invited to join the Minister outside the church at the War Memorial where the names of the dead will be read aloud and wreaths laid.

West Malling, 10.00 a.m.

The Sunday service at West Malling will be a simply service of Remembrance, led by Rev David Green. Following the service, the congregation will make its way outside to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and to observe two minutes silence at 11 o’clock.

Kings Hill, 10.30 a.m.

A special joint service takes place at 10.30 at the Running Airman Memorial on Gibson Drive with use of the Italian Market for larger crowds. Uniformed organisations will parade from the Control Tower to the Memorial for the service. Rev Matt Ross of Kings Hill Christian Fellowship and Rev Mark Montgomery of the Church of England will be leading the service.

West Malling, 2.30 p.m.

The Civic Service for Remembrance Sunday will take place at 2.30 p.m. in the afternoon. A parade will make its way up the High Street from about 2pm onwards. Please note the High Street will be closed to traffic while the parade is going on.

This year we welcome Ven Julie Conalty, the Archdeacon of Tonbridge as our guest speaker. Rev David Green will also be on hand to lead the service alongside other ecumenical guests.

After the service, wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial while the uniformed organisations form up in the road. Once again, the High Street will be closed around 3.30 p.m. in order for this to take place.

More details are available in the Events section of this website.

 

 

Harvest 2019

A photo of produce from Harvest Festival 2012 at St Mary's, West MallingOctober means it is Harvest Festival season for West Malling and Offham.

All-Age services will be taking place at West Malling and Offham as we celebrate all of God’s goodness to us in the food we eat and all that the earth provides.

This page provides some brief details for those interested in joining us for the Harvest celebrations.

Services

  • Offham Harvest All-Age Service, St Michael’s Church
    Sunday 6 October, 9.15 a.m. till 10.15 a.m.
  • West Malling Harvest All-Age Service, St Mary’s Church
    Sunday 13 October, 10.00 a.m. till 11.00 a.m.

Offerings

As usual, everyone is very welcome to bring a donation of food as part of their act of thanksgiving. Dried and tinned goods with a ‘best before’ date a good way into the future are ideal, but all and any gifts are welcome. This year, the donations will be passed on in equal shares to Pilsdon at Malling, the Kenward Trust in Yalding, and the West Malling Churches’ Foodbank (based at Pilsdon). All do fantastic work amongst those in need of extra help.

 

 

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