Holy Communion on 23 August

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Holy Communion to celebrate the Feast of St Bartholomew the Apostle, the patron saint of St Bartholomew, Burstow. The three clergy of the benefice, Nicholas, Charles and Tony, all play a part in the service and recorded their parts in St Bartholomew’s church, with the addition of recordings of readings, and music which was all recorded at previous services.

This service has been put together as a continuous film, so just click below to take part

If you prefer to join in the service bit by bit, please click on the audio links below

The hymn ‘For all your saints still active’ is sung

For all your saints still active,
For those whose work is done;
For saints with you in glory
Whose earthly race is run.
You rose as King and Sov’reign,
That they the crown might wear,
Reserved for those who humbly
your earthly pathway share.

Bartholomew, th’ apostle,
Least known among your friends,
Remained a faithful follower
And served you till the end.
His deeds may not be noted,
but he to Christ stayed true;
may we too seek your glory,
and only honour you.

Apostles, prophets, martyrs,
Who served you here on earth,
Now reign with you in heaven,
Singing your praise and worth.
With them, and all whose witness
Is known to you alone,
We share our earthly journey
Towards your heavenly throne.

We praise you, God our Father,
We worship Christ, your Son,
We glorify your Spirit,
Forever three, yet one.
On earth we see you dimly,
In heaven face to face;
And then with all who’ve served you,
We’ll praise you, God of grace.

The Greeting, Welcome and Confession

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Welcome to St Bartholomew, Burstow on the feast of St Bartholomew the Apostle, the patron saint of this church.

We run the race set before us,
surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
Therefore let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which clings so closely,
bringing them 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 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.


The Collect and readings

Collect for Feast of St Bartholomew the Apostle
Almighty and everlasting God,
who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your word:
grant that your Church
may love that word which he believed
and may faithfully preach and receive the same;
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 Acts 5: 12-16
by Kay Hammond

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 22: 24-30
by David Brill

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 Ann Sheppard

The responses to the intercessions are:

Lord in you 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. The next response is:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

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 concludes:

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.

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.

Lamb of God, you take away
the sin of the world:
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away
the sin of the world:
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away
the sin of the world:
grant us peace.

After the Celebrationof Communion, 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 ‘From the rising of the sun’
(Music by FAG Ouseley, 1825-89; words from Malachi 1: 11)
Sung by the choir of the Windmill United Benefice at St Mary’s, Horne on Advent Sunday, 3 December 2017

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same,
my name shall be great among the Gentiles;
and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name:
for my name shall be great among the heathens.
Thus saith the Lord.

The Blessing

God, who has prepared for you a city with eternal foundations,
bring you, with all the saints,
to the eternal and triumphant joy of that city;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

The hymn ‘Great is thy faithfulness’ is sung

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been thou for ever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided,
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided,
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided,
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

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.