Sun 7/3/21

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Broadcast & Online services.

Full Morning Prayer with Sermon and Hymns which will be used on ZOOM at 11am to join us email 

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Broadcast and Live-streamed Opportunities for Worship
8.10 am  Radio 4 Sunday Worship 
10.00 am Chester Cathedral are livestreaming the Cathedral Eucharist at: https://chestercathedral.com/stream/
10.45 A modern-style of service will be livestreamed from Christ Church Gipsy Hill available at: https://www.facebook.com/christchurchgipsyhill
The Prayer Book Society continue to livestream a wide range of Book of Common Prayer Services available at: https://www.pbs.org.uk/churches-and-services/-1


A Service of the Word For 
Use on Zoom

OPENING

Leader   We come from scattered lives to meet with God. Let us recognise his presence with us.

Silence

Leader   As God’s people we have gathered:

All          Let us worship him together.

 

All          Lord, direct our hearts, and teach us to pray.  Lift up our hearts to worship you in spirit and truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

HYMN    Alleluia, sing to Jesus 


 

CONFESSION

Leader   Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,
this is your world and we are your people;
come among us and save us.

Leader   We have wilfully misused your gifts of creation;
Lord be merciful:

All          forgive us our sins.

Leader   We have seen the ill-treatment of others
and have not gone to their aid:
Lord be merciful:

All          forgive us our sins.

Leader   We have condoned evil and dishonesty
and failed to strive for justice;
Lord be merciful:

All          forgive us our sins.

Leader   We have heard the good news of Christ,
but have failed to share it with others;
Lord, be merciful:

All          forgive us our sins.

Leader   We have not loved you with all our heart,
nor our neighbours as ourselves;
Lord, be merciful:

All          forgive us our sins.

Leader   May God our Father forgive us our sins,
and bring us to the fellowship of his table
with St David and all the saints for ever.

All          Amen.

 

Psalm    1     

 

Reading        1 Samuel 16: 1, 6 - 13

 

A Song of The Lord’s Anointed

All          The Lord has anointed me

and sent me to bring good news to the oppressed.

 Leader  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me  

because he has anointed me.

All          He has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,  

to bind up the broken-hearted,
       

Leader  To proclaim liberty to the captives,  

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

All          To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,  

       to comfort all who mourn,

Leader  To give them a garland instead of ashes,  

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit,

All          That they may be called oaks of righteousness,  

the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Leader   For as the earth puts forth her blossom,  

and as seeds in the garden spring up,

All           So shall the Lord God make righteousness and praise  

blossom before all the nations.

 

Leader  You shall be called priests of the Lord;  

they shall speak of you as ministers of our God.

Isaiah 61.1-3,11,6a



All          Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

All          The Lord has anointed me

and sent me to bring good news to the oppressed.

 

Hymn    Here is love, vast as the ocean 

 

Reading       1 Corinthians 4: 1 – 2, 5 - 7

                                                                             

Address


A Sermon for St David’s Day

1 Samuel 16: 1, 6 – 13; 1 Corinthians 4: 1 – 2, 5 – 7

 

St David is an ordinary saint.  He is not a saint from the pages of the bible, like Mary, Matthew or James.  He did not die the heroic death of a martyr like Bartholomew, Edmund or Thomas a’ Becket.  He has no heroic story like Oswald, George or Alban.

Instead, David lived the simple life of a saintly monk and bishop in an obscure outpost of 6th Century Wales.  Apart from his dramatic entry into the world, when he was apparently born out in the open in the middle of a terrific storm, there is little drama in his life. 

In fact, apart from being certain that he lived, we know remarkably little about David, and what we do know comes from The Life of St David, written around 500 years after his death by Rhigyfarch the Wise.

By the time Rhigyfarch was writing, a cult had grown up around David, together with a lot of myth and legend.  These, together with Rhigyfarch’s writing, tell us that David lived a deeply spiritual and holy existence.  Some of his spiritual practice seems to have been extreme.  He is sometimes known as ‘Aquaticus’ because the Rule by which David and his monks lived stated that they must drink only water and eat only bread with herbs and salt.

David was clearly a scholar, and is thought to have been responsible for arguing so successfully against a heresy of the time that the heresy died out, and he was known as a great preacher.

Some miracles are attributed to David, including the healing of a blind man, and a hill which once rose up underneath him to enable his teaching to be heard.

His death was notable, but not unique.  In common with Chad, who lived around the same time, David seems to have had warning of his impending death, and together with Chad and Cuthbert, who also lived around the same time, angels were seen accompanying David’s spirit into heaven.

Yet, remarkable as these things are, they are not what David is most remembered for.   Instead, it was his acts of kindness and compassion to others, especially the poor and the sick, for which David is most remembered.  It is not surprising, then, that it is words which are most remembered about David. It is said that, in his final sermon, he told the monks in his monastery to ‘do the little things, the small things you’ve seen me doing’.  

This phrase has led to David being known as the Saint of little things.  This is why David is such an attractive saint.  For all his extreme spiritual practices and holiness, he is a saint we can understand.  A saint whose example we can manage to follow.  A saint for people like us and for our time.

Speaking about St David, Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury said that St David’s words appealed to modern people because he ‘reminds us that the primary things for us are the relationships around us, the need to work at what’s under our hands, what’s within our reach.

That may not sound very much; or it wouldn’t have done a year ago.  Now, after almost 12 months of lockdown and restrictions, we have discovered just how important the people around us and our relationships are.  We have had to work at the things within our reach; we have had no choice to do anything else.  We have learned the value of the little things we previously took so much for granted, we barely noticed them.

Yet, offered to God, these things become important.  Especially when they are offered to God so that God can use them as channels as his love.  Unlikely and remarkable as it seems, Archbishop Rowan went on to say that when we do the little things and do them with and for God, ‘We can transform our domestic, our family relationships, our national life, to some extent, if we do that with focus and concentration in the presence of God’.

Our reading from Samuel reminds us that, unlike people, God does not look at the outward appearance.  It is the heart which is important to God; this is what he sees and judges.  

The life and example of St David reinforces this.  If we can do little things with the right motive, like David we can achieve great things.  Not, perhaps in the sight of people, but in the sight of God, which is what matters most of all..

S Anne Lawson

2 March 2021

 


 

Hymn    Love divine 

              

Statement of Faith

Leader   Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.

 

All          Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even death on the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

 


 

Prayers of Intercession

Leader   Heavenly Father, on this day of celebration for St. David, we thank you for all those who have been an example & inspiration to us.

We give thanks for our Bishops - Bishop Mark & Bishop Keith as he retires today. We thank you for our clergy,  for our parents & teachers, for all Youth Leaders, Guiders & Scout Leaders. 

In the wider world we pray for Missionaries who serve in difficult & dangerous places and for all who spend their lives sharing your Good News with others.
Lord in your mercy.........

All          Hear our prayer.

Leader   Powerful God, may your kingdom of love & peace be established in this world & grow. May it start in our communities with each one of us, as we discern the gifts that we have been given. May we be good examples of your church, in 'Doing the little things' that St. David asked of us.Help us to recognise where there is a particular need and to act upon it.

We thank you for those who work in the caring professions - for all surgeons, doctors, nurses, carers & social workers. We especially thank you for the hundreds of volunteers helping out with the vaccination project.

Lord in your mercy.................

All          Hear our prayer

Leader   Loving God, we call to mind our families & friends, neighbours & colleagues,

thanking you for all the loving care & kindness which we have received, during these difficult times.

We pray for our local schools as the children return this week after many months of being separated from their teachers & friends.

We pray for those who have no work to return to - for those who are now unemployed or whose businesses are suffering as a result of the pandemic.
Lord in your mercy.......................

All          Hear our prayer.

Leader   Healing God, we bring to you
those whose lives are darkened by sickness, pain, fear or loneliness. In the quietness of our hearts we name them before you.....................................................................

Surround them with your loving arms and grant them and those who care for them, an abundance of your peace.
Lord in your mercy.................

All          Hear our prayer.

 

Leader   Eternal God, we thank you for St. David & for all those who have gone before us.

We praise you for their example and rejoice that they now live in your heaven 
with every tear wiped away.

Give us grace to honour their memory, not in words alone, but in lives that may make us worthy to share with them in your everlasting glory.
Lord in your mercy.....................

All          Hear our prayer.

 

The Collect for St David

Leader   Almighty God,
who called your servant David
to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales:
in your mercy, grant that,
following his purity of life and zeal of the gospel of Christ,
we may with him receive the crown of everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

All          Amen



Leader   Trusting in the compassion of God, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

All          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    Guide me, O thou great redeemer 

 

Closing Prayer

All   Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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