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Wednesday 5th August

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 29

Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven, 

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

 

Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name; 

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

 

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

the God of glory thunders; 

the Lord is upon the mighty waters. 

 

The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation; 

the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.

 

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; 

the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;

 

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf 

and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

 

The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning;

the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; 

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

 

The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe

and strips the forests bare; 

in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’

 

The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood; 

the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.

 

The Lord shall give strength to his people; 

the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

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 29

by Ben Quash

Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

‘The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood’ (v.9)

 

With surprising confidence, the psalmist commands the greatest powers in the created universe to bow down and worship God. He is like the priest of creation, telling his congregation (the ‘powers’) to kneel and pray.

 

This is a God worthy of such worship because he exceeds all created powers. The psalm shows us this excess in two ways. First, in an almighty firework display – a contest of strength in which the voice of God matches anything that the world can do in its own power. This voice has immense and terrifying might and immense and terrifying precision; it can make land leap up into the air (v.6), and can split lightning bolts (v.7). But – as Elijah too discovered when God showed himself to him on Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19) – to know only that God is as big and loud as an earthquake or a storm is not really to know God at all. There is another dimension to the way God exceeds all created powers, of which these fireworks are no more than a pale sign. In a sudden twist of the imagery, we are asked not just to look at the water floods, but above them. This God is enthroned in an abiding stability and faithfulness that is of a wholly different order to the maelstrom beneath. It endures ‘for evermore’, and speaks peace.

 

This, finally, is why honour is due to his name.

 

 

Refrain:

The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

 

Prayer:

Open our ears, glorious Lord Christ,

to hear the music of your voice

above the chaos of this world;

open our eyes to see the vision of your glory,

for you are our King, now and 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 Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech thee to direct, sanctify and govern

      both our hearts and bodies

in the ways of thy laws

      and the works of thy commandments;

that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with thee,

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.

THE PRAYERS

 

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.

Holy, righteous, and merciful God

enable us by thy grace to offer thee

true worship and joyful service. 

Cleanse our minds and free our consciences

from the things that hide thee from us,

and unite us one with another

in the fellowship of the Ghost;

through Christ, our Lord and our Redeemer. Amen

 

For the church

O GRACIOUS Father,

we humbly beseech thee for thy holy Catholic Church;

that thou wouldst be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace.

Where it is corrupt, purify it;

where it is in error, direct it;

where in anything it is amiss, reform it.

Where it is right, establish it;

where it is in want, provide for it;

where it is divided, reunite it;

for the sake of him who died and rose again,

and ever liveth to make intercession for us,

Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

 

For Our Country

Lord God Almighty,

who has made all the peoples of the earth for thy glory,

to serve thee in freedom and in peace:

Give to the people of our country

a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance,

that we may use our liberty in accordance with thy gracious will;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

For Social Justice

Grant, O God,

that thy holy and life-giving Spirit

may so move every human heart

and especially the hearts of the people of this land,

that barriers which divide us may crumble,

suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease;

that our divisions being healed,

we may live in justice and peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

For the Oppressed

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, 

upon thy people who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death 

as their constant companions. 

Have mercy upon us. 

Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbours. 

Strengthen those who spend their lives 

establishing equal protection of the law

and equal opportunities for all. 

And grant that all may enjoy

a fair portion of the riches of thy world; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

For Families

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

we commend to thy continual care

the homes in which thy people dwell.

Put far from them, we beseech thee,

every root of bitterness,

the desire of vain glory,

and the pride of life.

Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge,

temperance, patience, godliness.

Knit together in constant affection

those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh.

Turn the hearts of the parents to the children,

and the hearts of the children to the parents;

and so enkindle fervent charity among us all,

that we may evermore be kindly affectioned one to another;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Prayer for the Sick

MOST mighty and merciful God,

in time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour.

And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord,

to comfort and succour all them,

who in this transitory life

are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. Amen

 

ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father,

we give thee humble thanks

for that thou hast been graciously pleased

to deliver from sickness in mind, body and spirit

those who’s names we know

and those we don’t know,

on whose behalf we bless and praise thy Name,

in the presence of all thy people.

Grant, we beseech thee, O gracious Father,

that they, through thy help,

may both faithfully live in this world according to thy will,

and also may be partakers of everlasting glory in the life to come;

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.

 

Silence

Prayer for Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

We finish our prayers 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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