Friday 7th August



Dearly beloved brethren, the scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great

benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me: 



All               Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred,                                       and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.

                    We have followed too much the devices and desires

                    of our own hearts. 

                    We have offended against thy holy laws.

                    We have left undone those things which we ought to                                   have done; and we have done those things which we

                    ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. 


                    But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.

                    Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults.

                    Restore thou them that are penitent;

                    according to thy promises declared unto mankind

                    in Christ Jesu our Lord.

                    And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that

                    we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober

                    life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. 





Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins: he pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 


Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All                Amen. 


If no priest is present the person saying the Service shall read the following Collect for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity.


GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All                Amen


All               Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy          

                    name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as

                    it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And

                    forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that

                    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.




O Lord open thou our lips.

All            And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.


O God make speed to save us.

All             O Lord, make haste to help us


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

All            As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

                 world without end. Amen.


Praise ye the Lord.

All            The Lord’s name be praised.


PSALM 35:1-10

Contend, O Lord, with those that contend with me; 

fight against those that fight against me.


Take up shield and buckler 

and rise up to help me.


Draw the spear and bar the way

against those who pursue me; 

say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’


Let those who seek after my life be shamed and disgraced; 

let those who plot my ruin fall back and be put to confusion.


Let them be as chaff before the wind, 

with the angel of the Lord thrusting them down.


Let their way be dark and slippery, 

with the angel of the Lord pursuing them. 


For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause; 

without any cause they have dug a pit for my soul.


Let ruin come upon them unawares; 

let them be caught in the net they laid;

let them fall in it to their destruction.


Then will my soul be joyful in the Lord 

and glory in his salvation.


My very bones will say, ‘Lord, who is like you? 

You deliver the poor from those that are too strong for them,

the poor and needy from those who would despoil them.’ 



All            My soul doth magnify the Lord:

                 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

                 For he hath regarded:

                 the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

                 For behold, from henceforth:

                 all generations shall call me blessed.

                 For he that is mighty hath magnified me:

                 and holy is his Name.

                 And his mercy is on them that fear him:

                 throughout all generations.

                 He hath shewed strength with his arm:

                 he hath scattered the proud 

                 in the imagination of their hearts.

                 He hath put down the mighty from their seat:

                 and hath exalted the humble and meek.

                 He hath filled the hungry with good things:

                 and the rich he hath sent empty away.

                 He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel:

                 as he promised to our forefathers, 

                 Abraham and his seed, for ever.

                 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :

                 and to the Holy Ghost;

                 As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

                 world without end. Amen.                                                              

LUKE 1.46-55


by John Pritchard

Contend, O Lord, with those that contend with me;
fight against those that fight against me.

‘… say to my soul, “I am your salvation”’ (v.3)


In an argument in the playground, people always wanted the big lad on their side. So did the psalmist. Without any reason or provocation there were people hiding a net or digging a pit for the innocent psalmist to fall into. No wonder he wanted God to make their way dark and slippery (v.6). He wanted them soundly shamed and disgraced (v.4). I know the feeling. When that driver cuts me up, I have several ideas for his subsequent entertainment.


But if we look for retribution and a balancing of the scales in this life, we will be severely disappointed. It is rather more important that we attend to ourselves and how we will respond to misfortune rather than that we plot how God should take the other person behind the bike sheds and sort him out. Following the rule of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leads to a world that’s blind and toothless.


Let’s just come clean – life isn’t fair and it’s no use complaining about it. Too often in misfortune we indulge ourselves with a whinge and a prayer. But Jesus was very clear eyed about the way to face life’s sharp edges; you take them to a cross and let God deal with them. After all, God is the one who knows about resurrection.


Look out for resurrection today.



Give me justice, O Lord my God,

according to your righteousness.



Free us, righteous God, from all oppression,

and bring justice to the nations,

that all the world may know you

as King of kings and Lord of lords,

now and for ever. Amen



All            LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:

                 according to thy word.

                 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;

                 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

                 To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

                 and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

                 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:

                 and to the Holy Ghost;

                 As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

                 world without end. Amen.                                                                  

LUKE 2.29-32



All            I believe in God the Father Almighty,

                 maker of heaven and earth:

                 and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

                 who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

                 born of the Virgin Mary,

                 suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                 was crucified, dead, and buried.

                 He descended into hell;

                 the third day he rose again from the dead;

                 he ascended into heaven,

                 and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

                 from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

                 I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church;

                 the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;

                 the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.




The Lord be with you.

All            And with thy spirit.


Let us pray.


Lord have mercy upon us.

All            Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.


All             Our Father, which 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 them who trespass against us.

                  And lead us not into temptation;

                  but deliver us from evil.



O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.

All            And grant us thy salvation.


O Lord save the Queen.

All            And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.


Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All            And make thy chosen people joyful.


O Lord save thy people.

All            And bless thine inheritance.


Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All            Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but

                 only thou, O God.


O God make clean our hearts with in us.

All            And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.



Collect for today

Father in heaven,

whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured

before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,

and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:

give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross

that in the world to come we may see him as he is;

who is alive and reigns with the,

in the unity of the Holy Ghost,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed, give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


The Collect, for Aid against all Perils

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.



A General Thanksgiving

ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, 

we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks 

for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; 

We bless thee for our creation, preservation,

and all the blessings of this life; 

but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world 

by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 

And we beseech thee, 

to give us that due sense of all thy mercies, 

that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, 

and that we shew forth thy praise, 

not only with our lips, but in our lives; 

by giving up ourselves to thy service, 

and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days;             through Jesus Christ our Lord, 

to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, 

world without end. Amen.

St Botolph prayer

Enable us, O Lord,

to give thee the place and honour in our life we ought to give thee;

to see thy goodness with us day by day

that our heart may be filled with gratitude.

May thy Holy Spirit inspire us and set our heart on fire,

as we seek to bear whiteness to thy love and power

and may the risen Lord go before us in every pathway of our life

now and always. Amen.

Prayer of St Augustine

Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, 

who made us for thy-self, 

so that our hearts are restless till they rest in thee:

we give thee thanks for every mercy granted to us in times past, 

and for thy presence with us at this hour.

As here we seek to rededicate our life and work to thee, 

grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, 

that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing thy will, 

no weakness from doing it; 

but that in thy light we may see light clearly, 

and in thy service find our perfect freedom; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for the church

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God,

who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ,

to be with thy Church to the end of the world;

We beseech thee to be with thy Church here assembled

in thy Name and Presence.

Save us from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice;

and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee,

so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our work,

by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost,

that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached,

truly received, and truly followed, in all places,

to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death;

till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep,

being gathered into one fold,

shall become partakers of everlasting life;

through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Prayer for Unity

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace;

Give us grace seriously to lay to heart

the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions.

Take away all hatred and prejudice,

and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly, union and concord:

that as there is but one Body and one Spirit,

and one hope of our calling,

one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism,

one God and Father of us all,

so we may be all of one heart and of one soul,

united in one holy bond of truth and peace,

of faith and charity,

and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Absent

O God, whose fatherly care reacheth to the uttermost parts of the earth:

We humbly beseech thee graciously to behold and bless

those whom we love, now absent from us.

Defend them from all dangers of soul and body;

and grant that both they and we,

drawing nearer to thee,

may be bound together by thy love

in the communion of thy Holy Spirit,

and in the fellowship of thy saints;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The sick and those in need 

MOST mighty and merciful God,

in time of grievous sickness, need and adversity

we flee unto thee for succour.

Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril;

give strength and skill

to all those who minister to the sick and those in distress;

Look with pity, we beseech thee,

upon the sorrows of thy servants

for whom our prayers are offered.

Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

as may be most expedient for them.

Remember them, O Lord, in mercy;

endue their souls with patience;

comfort them with a sense of thy goodness;

lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayer for the Dead

We also bless thy holy Name

for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear;

beseeching thee to give us grace

so to follow their good examples,

that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom: 

We now have a moment of silent prayer to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.




O God, who art the life of all who live,

the light of the faithful,

the strength of those who labor,

and the repose of the dead:

We thank thee for the timely blessings of the day,

and humbly beseech thy merciful protection all the night.

Bring us, we pray thee, in safety to the morning hours;

through him who died for us and rose again,

thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

concluding with...


The Prayer of St. Chrysostom


All            Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time      

                 with one accord to make our common supplications

                 unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three  

                 are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant

                 their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and    

                 petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient

                 for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy  

                 truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


                 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

                 and the love of God,

                 and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,

                 be with us all evermore. Amen




The peace of God, which passeth 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 Ghost, 

be amongst you and remain with you always. 

All            Amen.

The Dassett Magna Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit:

fill the hearts of your faithful people

and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Strengthen your church here in Dassett Magna:

deepen our faith

and pour out your love, through us,

on our communities.

We ask these things in Jesus' name.



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