Online service on the death of Queen Elizabeth and the accession of King Charles

This week, 11 September, there is a service of Morning Worship at 9.30am at St Bartholomew, Burstow, a service of Holy Communion for Harvest Festival at 10am at St Mary the Virgin, Horne and a service of Morning Worship at 11am at St John the Baptist, Outwood. All will include special prayers for the Queen, her family and our new King. These are included in the online service here, too, which this week is led by the Revd Nicholas Calver

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In gratitude, as we bid farewell to a greatly-loved Queen, we give thanks this day to Almighty God:

For her grace, humanity and sympathy;
for her courage in adversity;
for the joy she brought to so many throughout the world;
for her steadfast faith;
for her example of service;
and for the duty which she rendered devotedly to her country and the Commonwealth.

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, 
by whom sovereigns reign: 
We remember before you our late
Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, 
in thankfulness for the blessings
which you bestowed upon us by her reign; 
for the example she set of unwearied devotion to duty; 
for her steadfast courage; 
and for the love and loyalty borne to her
by a great family of peoples in all parts of the world.
And we beseech you to give us grace that,
having these your mercies in remembrance,
we may with one heart and one mind
set forward the welfare of this land,
and hasten the coming of your kingdom of peace and   
     goodwill among all people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As we commend Elizabeth, his servant, to God’s loving mercy, we pray too for her family in their grief and loss:

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, and giver of all comfort: deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, and especially our King and all members of the Royal Family, that, casting every care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As our new king begins his reign we pray for God’s guidance and blessing upon him:

Almighty God, whose kingdom is ever-lasting, and power infinite: Have mercy upon the whole Church; and so rule the heart of your chosen servant Charles, our King and Governor, that he (knowing whose minister he is) may above all things seek your honour and glory: and that we and all his subjects (duly considering whose authority he has) may faithfully serve, honour, and humbly obey him, in you, and for you, according to your Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God save our gracious King,
long live our noble King,
God save the King.
Send him victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us:
God save the King.

Thy choicest gifts in store
on him be pleased to pour,
long may he reign:
may he defend our laws,
and ever give us cause
to sing with heart and voice
God save the King!

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech you to bless our most gracious Sovereign Lord, King Charles, Camilla, the Queen Consort, and all the Royal Family: endue them with your Holy Spirit, enrich them with your heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O heavenly Father, who, in your Son Jesus Christ, has given us a true faith and a sure hope: help us, we pray, to live as those who believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to everlasting life; and strengthen this faith and hope in us all the days of our life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray:

The Collect for 13th Sunday after Trinity

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

The readings
by Julie Mohacek

The first reading is Exodus 32: 7-14

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel reading is from Luke 15: 1-10

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

by Revd Nicholas Calver

The Prayers

Our Father, who 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 those who 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.


Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
Speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
Teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive Your people’s praise.

Lord, for our land in this our generation,
Spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
For young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world when we disown and doubt you,
Loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
Hungry and helpless, lost indeed without you:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us –
Self on the cross and Christ upon the throne,
Past put behind us, for the future take us:
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

© Timothy Dudley-Smith, 9 Ashlands, Ford, Salisbury, SP4 6DY
Used by permission

Organist: Peter Nye

Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.