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Christ Centred and Community Focussed
Trinity 15 – 20th September
Meeting ID: 819 5449 9004
You may like to light a candle to symbolise
the presence of the risen Christ amongst us
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.
We meet in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Our Prayer of Preparation
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Prayer of Penitence or saying sorry to God
A time of silence as we bring our own needs
and concerns to God knowing God can and will forgive us
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith
our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you,
and against our neighbour,
in thought, and word, and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you
in newness of life
to the glory of your name.
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Gloria (Tickell Organ of St Mary le Bow, London)
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Let us pray
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
New Testament Reading – Philppians 1 verses 21 - end read by Rosemary Holt
21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26 so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29 For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— 30 since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
At the end the reader says
For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.
The Gospel Reading – Matthew 20 verses 1 – 16 read by Tony Proctor
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage,he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
At the end the reader says
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Homily from Reverend Sue Diggory
Affirmation of Faith
Let us declare our faith in God.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
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,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
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;
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,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayers of Intercession led by Mike Court
An opportunity to bring to God our cares and concerns at this troubling time
Let us pray,
For wisdom for our government and those in authority making decisions as the number of confirmed corona virus cases rise throughout the UK
For all to feel part of the family of Holy Trinity whether they worship in the church, via Zoom or quietly at home.
For our families, friends and neighbours, especially those who are unwell, living alone or self-isolating, and our wonderful ‘Village’ volunteers
For all front line workers in the NHS and other emergency services
For all who are affected by the devastating wild fires in California and Oregan
For all our friends in New Cross and Kongwa
Accept these prayers,
for the sake of your Son,
Our Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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.
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.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.
This week at Holy Trinity
Tuesday: 9.15am Morning Prayer
church remains open until 10.30am
Wednesday: 9.30am – 10.30am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
church open for prayer
5.00pm Holy Communion
Thursday: 7.30pm PCC meeting on Zoom
Sunday: 8.45am Holy Communion
10.00am Sunday Service via Zoom
The ‘Zoom’ access for our weekly service
Meeting ID: 819 5449 9004 (password required)
Assuming there is no change to the current Church of England guidelines we are planning the following services for
Harvest on Sunday 4th October
9.15am Zoom Service
10.30am Communion Service in Church
with Bishop Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge
Gifts of non-perishable goods only may be brought to the service, to the church between 10.00am and 11.00am on Saturday 3rd or to the Vicarage earlier in theweek. We regret that we cannot collect fresh fruit and vegetables this year. Produce will be shared the the local food bank and New Cross. As usual our ‘money’ collection will support the Diocesan Poverty and Hope Appeal. (see September Newsletter for more details)The easiest way to make a donation is by bank transfer directly into the Church’s bank account; details of which are: Holy Trinity PCC Sort Code: 40-52-40 Account No: 00014196 Please use your name and initial as the reference followed by ‘Poverty’ (e.g. TRogers Poverty), as this will enable gift aid to be added, making your donation worth that much more. Bank cheques or CAF cheques payable to Holy Trinity PCC are welcome too – sent to the PCC Treasurer, Tony Rogers at Quinces, Horns Hill, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PP.
APCM delayed from April will take place on Tuesday 20th October at 7.30pm in the Church if possible and on Zoom. There will be elections for Churchwardens, Deanery Synod and PCC. If you are interested in standing for election to the PCC please speak to Rev Sue to find out more about how you can serve the church in this way.
The Electoral Roll is being revised so if you are NOT on it and would like to be please contact Michael Court or Rev Sue
If you would like to make a collection donation, please do consider making an online payment directly to the church bank account (Holy Trinity: sort code: 40-52-40, account no: 00014196, using the reference of your name followed by the letters ‘coll’ e.g. TRogerscoll). It will be gratefully received.
The organ music for this and all Zoom online services is played and recorded by Graham Dinnage on a Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ (made by Romsey Organ Works) at his home.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishop’s Council 2000. Church Copyright licence No. 7517
Prayers to use at home
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
For those who are ill
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.