A service of Holy Communion for All Saints

Welcome to this week’s service of Holy Communion to celebrate All Saints. The service is led by Revd Nicholas Calver, the sermon preached by Revd Dr Tony Rich and the celebration of Communion is by Revd Charles Sargent – all three specially recorded the service together at St Bartholomew, Burstow. All the music was recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘Jerusalem the Golden’ is sung

Jerusalem the golden,
with milk and honey blest,
beneath thy contemplation
sink heart and voice oppressed.
I know not, ah I know not
what joys await us there;
what radiancy of glory,
what bliss beyond compare.

They stand, those halls of Sion,
all jubilant with song,
and bright with many angels,
and all the martyr throng;
the Prince is ever with them,
the daylight is serene;
the pastures of the blessèd
are decked in glorious sheen.

There is the throne of David;
and there, from care released,
the shout of them that triumph,
the song of them that feast;
and they who with their Leader
have fully run the race,
are robed in white for ever
before their Saviour’s face.

O sweet and blessèd country,
shall I e’er see thy face?
O sweet and blessèd country,
shall I e’er win thy grace?
Exult O dust and ashes!
the Lord shall be thy part:
his only, his for ever,
Thou shalt be, and thou art!

The Greeting, Welcome and Confession

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Rejoice, people of God, praise the Lord!
Let us keep the feast in honour of all God’s saints,
in whose victory the angels rejoice and glorify the Son of God.

Since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,
looking to Jesus in penitence and faith.

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.

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. 

The Gloria is sung

Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!
Peace to all your people through the earth be given:
Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,
Singing alleluia to our heavenly king.

Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father’s Son:
Seated now and reigning from your Father’s throne,
Lamb of God the Saviour, all our sin to bear,
Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer.

Christ the world’s true Saviour, high and holy One,
With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone!
Lord and God, we praise you; Highest heaven adores:
In the Father’s glory, all the praise be yours!

The Collect and readings

Collect for the Feast of All Saints
Let us pray that we may be strengthened by our communion with all the saints.

Almighty God,
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living,
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love you;
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.

A reading from Revelation 7: 9 to the end
by Helen 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 Matthew 5: 1-12
by Gill Culshaw

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. 

The Intercessions
led by Jo Coulson-Davis

The responses to the intercessions are:

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer


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

The Peace
We are fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God, through Christ our Lord, who came and preached peace to those who were far off and those who were near.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you

The Celebration of Holy Communion

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

The Eucharistic prayer begins.

We all sing:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
holy is the Lord God almighty.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
holy is the Lord God almighty.
Who was, and is, and is to come.   
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.

The Eucharistic prayer continues.

The next response is:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life:
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

The Eucharistic prayer continues until:

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.

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

All sing:

Let us break bread together on our knees,
Let us break bread together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees
With my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

After the Celebration, you are invited to make your spiritual communion by using the following prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,
since I cannot now receive you sacramentally

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly, day by day.

The anthem is ‘Thy will be done’
(South African traditional arr. Geoff Weaver, b.1943) Sung by the choir of St Mary’s, Horne on 16 September 2018; soloist, Ginette Nye

Thy will be done on earth, O Lord

O Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as 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,

Closing prayers and Blessing

Lord Jesus, live in us so that we may live in the world
with your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips and your love in our hearts.
May all that we are, and all that we do
be for the glory of your name.  Amen.

May God, who kindled the fire of his love in the hearts of the saints,
pour upon you the riches of his grace,
may he give you joy in their fellowship and a share in their praises
and may he strengthen you to follow them in the way of holiness
and to come to the full radiance of glory.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

The hymn ‘Thy hand O God has guided’ is sung

Thy hand, O God, has guided
thy flock, from age to age;
the wondrous tale is written,
full clear on every page;
our forebears owned thy goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both of this bear witness:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Thy heralds brought glad tidings
to greatest as to least;
they bade them rise and hasten
to share the great King’s feast;
and this was all their teaching
in every deed and word;
to all alike proclaiming:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness,
through many a scene of strife,
the faithful few fought bravely
to guard the nation’s life.
Their gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, hope restored,
was all in this enfolded:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

And we, shall we be faithless?
Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict
And cast away our crown?
Not so: in God’s deep counsels
Some better thing is stored:
We will maintain, unflinching,
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Thy mercy will not fail us,
nor leave thy work undone;
with thy right hand to help us,
the vict’ry shall be won;
and then, by all creation,
thy name shall be adored,
and this shall be their anthem:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord

Organist: Peter Nye
Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257