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Tuesday 7th 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 40

I waited patiently for the Lord; 

he inclined to me and heard my cry.

 

He brought me out of the roaring pit,

out of the mire and clay; 

he set my feet upon a rock and made my footing sure.

 

He has put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God; 

many shall see and fear

and put their trust in the Lord.

 

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, 

who does not turn to the proud that follow a lie.

 

Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.

How great your designs for us! 

There is none that can be compared with you.

 

If I were to proclaim them and tell of them 

they would be more than I am able to express. 

 

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire 

but my ears you have opened;

 

Burnt offering and sacrifice for sin you have not required, 

then said I: ‘Lo, I come.

 

‘In the scroll of the book it is written of me

that I should do your will, O my God; 

I delight to do it: your law is within my heart.’

 

I have declared your righteousness in the great congregation; 

behold, I did not restrain my lips;

and that, O Lord, you know.

 

Your righteousness I have not hidden in my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; 

I have not concealed your loving-kindness and truth

from the great congregation. 

 

Do not withhold your compassion from me, O Lord; 

let your love and your faithfulness always preserve me,

 

For innumerable troubles have come about me;

my sins have overtaken me so that I cannot look up; 

they are more in number than the hairs of my head,

and my heart fails me.

 

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; 

O Lord, make haste to help me.

 

Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed

who seek after my life to destroy it; 

let them be driven back and put to shame

who wish me evil.

 

Let those who heap insults upon me 

be desolate because of their shame. 

 

Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; 

let those who love your salvation say always,

‘The Lord is great.’

 

Though I am poor and needy, 

the Lord cares for me.

 

You are my helper and my deliverer; 

O my God, make no delay.

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 40

by Ben Quash

 

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.

‘There is none that can be compared with you’ (v.5)

 

The old Latin translation of this psalm’s first verse gave it its shorthand name: Expectans expectavi. I expected expectantly.

 

The psalmist has troubles, and they do not vanish away as the psalm unfolds. If anything, there is a resurgence of them towards the end. But the message is that expecting expectantly is still worth it. This God can provide solid rock for our feet in place of ‘the mire and clay’ that bogs us down. This God can take the cry from out of our mouths and replace it with song.

 

The language of this psalm plays with ideas that a later age would call ‘sublime’: extremes of imagery that dwarf ordinary conception or measurement. The language pushes us to the edge of what our minds can handle. The psalmist declares his sins to be more in number than the hairs of his head. The troubles that have come about him are ‘innumerable’ too. But, in a countervailing (but equally mind-bending) evocation of abundance, it is declared that God’s wonders are more than it is possible to express. Each of these statements takes us into a world where measurement doesn’t work any more. Only in a world like this can we begin to appreciate the radical ultimacy as well as the radical intimacy of God, with whom nothing and no one can be compared.

 

In the one, true God, ultimacy and intimacy are one, and the former resources the latter. This God loves and saves us ‘for nothing’.

 

Refrain:

Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.

 

Prayer:

Free us from our sins, O God,

and may our sacrifices be of praise

to the glory of your Son,

our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. 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

O God, the protector of all who trust in thee,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us thy mercy;

that with thee as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for our Lord Jesus Christ's sake,

who is alive and reigns with thee,

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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