Online Worship: 18th October 2020, 19th Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 18th of October 2020,
the 19th 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.

This week we welcome Rev Jim and Canon Alan, both retired Vicars living locally in Offham and West Malling, to lead our online act of worship. Jim is hosting while Alan brings us his thoughts on a famous incident from Matthew’s Gospel when Jesus is shown a Roman coin and asked what he thinks about paying taxes. His answer to that question encompasses far more than just what we do with our money.

With the Government announcing new restrictions and three tiers of localised response, we all know that we continue to face great difficulty at present. Please do ask if you need some help, please do ask if you need someone to speak with, or if you need to ask for prayer. Let’s support and encourage one another and be a light in dark times for our community.


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

Songs to sing today

Immortal, invisible, God only wise

I, the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am, Lord)

All-Age song: Jericho song

Alan’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:20 the Bible Reading with Sally, 02:43 onwards the Sermon with Canon Alan.

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.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

God, as I enter this holy space of prayer,
I bring into your presence the bewilderment and uncertainty engulfing our world.
I pray that my anxiety may soften and ease.
I ask for calm, not only for myself, but for all people.
Give us all a spirit of love and compassion in this time of need,
and for all who are sick, isolated and afraid,
embrace them with the assurance of your peace and love.

The Collect for this Sunday

Faithful Lord,
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in 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

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, Ann & Colin, and Heather, William, Stephanie, Michael and Alice.
  • For the families of Tony Thomas, Geoffrey Cross and Chantelle Jones, all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in manufacturing and industry. For economic favour, creativity and for their witness at work.
  • Giving thanks for our musicians, organists and choirs, for all they do in more normal times to lead us in worship and singing our praises. We pray also for them while Covid-19 restricts their activities and wisdom about how we may resume.
  • 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, housebound, working, or simply because we’re at capacity and we are taking it in turns. We pray also for those who are able to attend worship in the church buildings, and for their blessing.
  • Prayers for St Gabriel’s and the people of Kings Hill.
  • 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 145, 146, Isaiah 55, Luke 1.1-4 (St Luke’s Day)
Monday Evening – Psalm 103, Isaiah 61.1-6, Colossians 4.7-18 (St Luke’s Day)
Tuesday Morning – Psalm 106 (or 103), 2 Kings 18.1-12, Philippians 1.12-end
Tuesday Evening – Psalm 107, 2 Chronicles 28, John 13.12-20
Wednesday Morning – Psalms 110, 111, 112, 2 Kings 18.13-end, Philippians 2.1-13
Wednesday Evening – Psalm 119.129-152, 2 Chronicles 29.1-19, John 13.21-30
Thursday Morning – Psalms 113, 115, 2 Kings 19.1-19, Philippians 2.14-end
Thursday Evening – Psalms 114, 116, 117, 2 Chronicles 29.20-end, John 13.31-end
Friday Morning – Psalm 139, 2 Kings 19.20-36, Philippians 3.1-4.1
Friday Evening – Psalms 130, 131, 137, 2 Chronicles 30, John 14.1-14
Saturday Morning – Psalms 120, 121, 122, 2 Kings 20, Philippians 4.2-end
Saturday Evening – Psalm 118, 2 Chronicles 32.1-22, John 14.15-end

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