This Sunday is the 13th of September 2020,
the 14th 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.
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.
The Collect for this Sunday
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.
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.
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.
Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Resources for the week ahead
- 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).
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