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Saturday 4th July

THE BIDDING PRAYER

 

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: 

THE CONFESSION

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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. 

 

 

THE ABSOLUTION

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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. 

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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

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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.

 

THE PRECES 

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O Lord open thou our lips.

All            And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

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O God make speed to save us.

All             O Lord, make haste to help us

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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.

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Praise ye the Lord.

All            The Lord’s name be praised.

 

PSALM 23

The Lord is my shepherd; 

therefore can I lack nothing.

 

He makes me lie down in green pastures 

and leads me beside still waters. 

 

He shall refresh my soul 

and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

 

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; 

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

 

You spread a table before me

in the presence of those who trouble me; 

you have anointed my head with oil

and my cup shall be full.

 

Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life, 

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

THE MAGNIFICAT 

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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

REFLECTION OF PSALM 23

by  Ian Adams

The Lord is my shepherd;
therefore can I lack nothing.

‘… and my cup shall be full’ (v.5)

 

Running on empty? The pastoral setting for Psalm 23 with its metaphor of shepherd and sheep can sometimes belie its strength, and there’s a poetic softness to the text – all ‘green pastures’ and ‘still waters’ – which may lull us into imagining it to be a gentle, even innocuous thing. But this is a strong psalm for lean times.

 

The psalm takes seriously the reality that life is often demanding. Wilderness and shadow, valley and trouble are common human experiences faced by us all. But the psalm also suggests that this harsh reality is, in God’s care, neither the only truth nor the last word. Wanderings through a confusing landscape may turn out to be journeys on guided pathways. The agitation of shadows may lead into stillness. The dark valley may in time reveal itself to be a place of restoration.

 

These contrasting possibilities culminate in the line ‘and my cup shall be full’ (v.5). How welcome is this revelation. So many of our actions (and inactions) emerge from a sense (or fear) of emptiness, of lack, of waste and of loss. But in the presence of the shepherd, all will be full.

 

So what might become possible in and around us if we recognize this moment, this day or this season as being one of fullness, a gift from God, containing all that we need to thrive and to bring our goodness to the world?

 

 

Refrain:

I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

Prayer:

O God, our sovereign and shepherd,

who brought again your Son Jesus Christ

from the valley of death,

comfort us with your protecting presence

and your angels of goodness and love,

that we also may come home

and dwell with him in your house for ever. Amen

THE NUNC DIMITTIS 

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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

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

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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.

                 Amen.

THE VERSICLES AND RESPONSES 

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The Lord be with you.

All            And with thy spirit.

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Let us pray.

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Lord have mercy upon us.

All            Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.

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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.

                  Amen.

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O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.

All            And grant us thy salvation.

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O Lord save the Queen.

All            And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

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Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All            And make thy chosen people joyful.

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O Lord save thy people.

All            And bless thine inheritance.

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Give peace in our time, O Lord.

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

                 only thou, O God.

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O God make clean our hearts with in us.

All            And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

 

COLLECTS

Collect for today

 

Almighty God,

whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul

glorified you in their death as in their life:

grant that your Church,

inspired by their teaching and example,

and made one by your Spirit,

may ever stand firm upon the one foundation,

Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

THE PRAYERS

concluding with...

 

The Prayer of St. Chrysostom

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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.

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                 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

 

BLESSING

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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.

Amen.

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