Morning Worship on 18 October for the Feast of St Luke

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship, led by the Revd Nicholas Calver with a talk by the Revd Dr Tony Rich. The music was all recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘Ye holy angels bright’ is sung

Ye holy angels bright who wait at God’s right hand,
or through the realms of light fly at your Lord’s command:
assist our song,
or else the theme too high will seem for mortal tongue.

Ye blessèd souls at rest, who ran this earthly race,
and now, from sin released, behold the Saviour’s face:
God’s praises sound
As in his sight with sweet delight ye do abound.

Ye saints, who toil below, adore your heavenly King,
and onward as ye go some joyful anthem sing;
take what he gives
and praise him still through good and ill, who ever lives.

My soul bear thou thy part; triumph in God above,
and with a well-tuned heart sing thou the songs of love;
let all thy days
till life shall end, whate’er he send, be filled with praise.

The Greeting, Confession and Gloria

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.  

Therefore, let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you

in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Gloria is sung
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect and readings

Collect for the Feast of St Luke
Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
through 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

A reading from 2 Timothy 4: 5-17
by Andrew Goudie

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel reading from Luke 10: 1-9
by David Charman

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Talk
by the Rev Dr Tony Rich

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

The Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Intercessions
led by Michael Hall

The responses to the intercessions are:

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

and

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
Amen.

The Peace
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The anthem is ‘Go peaceful in gentleness’
(Words and music by Paul Field, b1954; arranged for the Benefice choir by Roger Hind)
Sung by the choir of St Mary the Virgin, Horne on 29 September 2019

Go peaceful, in gentleness
through the violence of these days.
Give freely.
Show tenderness in all your ways.

Through darkness, in troubled times
let holiness be your aim.
Seek wisdom.
Let faithfulness burn like a flame.

God speed you! God lead you,
and keep you wrapped around His heart!
May you be known by love.

Be righteous.
Speak truthfully in a world of greed and lies.
Show kindness.
See everyone through heaven’s eyes.

God hold you, enfold you,
and keep you wrapped around His heart.
May you be known by love.

Closing prayers and blessing

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

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.

Eternal God, the light of minds that know you, the joy of hearts that love you, and the strength of wills that serve you: grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may truly serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, give us your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips, and your love in our hearts.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.
Amen.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The hymn ‘We have a gospel to proclaim’ is sung

We have a gospel to proclaim,
Good news for all throughout the earth;
The gospel of a Saviour’s name:
We sing his glory, tell his worth.

Tell of his birth at Bethlehem,
Not in a royal house or hall,
But in a stable dark and dim,
The Word made flesh, a light for all.

Tell of his death at Calvary,
Hated by those he came to save;
In lonely suff’ring on the cross:
For all he loved, his life he gave.

Tell of that glorious Easter morn,
Empty the tomb, for he was free;
He broke the pow’r of death and hell
That we might share his victory.

Tell of his reign at God’s right hand,
By all creation glorified.
He sends his Spirit on his Church
To live for him, the Lamb who died.

Now we rejoice to name him King:
Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
This gospel-message we proclaim:
We sing his glory, tell his worth.

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.