ALL SAINTS SUNDAY SERVICE 12 SEPTEMBER 2021 HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sunday 12 September 2021 at 10.30am

Harvest Festival (Trinity 15)

Eucharist

Celebrant: Revd Canon Stephen Hazlett

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COLLECT
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; 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.

FIRST READING  Joel 2.21-27
21 Do not fear, O soil;
be glad and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things!
22 Do not fear, you animals of the field,
for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
the tree bears its fruit,
the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

23 O children of Zion, be glad
and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
he has poured down for you abundant rain,
the early and the later rain, as before.
24 The threshing-floors shall be full of grain,
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25 I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent against you.

26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again
be put to shame.

PSALM 126
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

SECOND READING  1 Timothy 2.1-7
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all —this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth,* I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

THE GOSPEL  Matthew 6.25-33
‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?* And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God* and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

POST COMMUNION
Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy; and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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HYMNS

Opening: O worship the King

Offertory: Come ye faithful people, come.

Communion: We plough the fields and scatter

Closing: Now thank we all our God

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NEXT WEEK: Wednesday 15 September at 10.30: ‘Celtic’ Holy Communion for the Feast of Saint Ninian (16 September) (Reserved Sacrament) led by Gerry Ewan, Sunday 19 September at 10.30:Holy Communion (Reserved Sacrament) led by Rosemary Green

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In our prayers we hold before God:

Those who are sick
                               

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e in  residential care, housebound or in hospital. 

Those with long term illness. 

Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time.
May light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.    

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OUR INTERIM PRIEST IN CHARGE: Revd Stephen Hazlett
tel. 01557 620132
mobile: 07900 231360
email: stephen.hazlett@greyfriarsstmarys.org.uk

Stephen is available for pastoral and hospital visits and end of life care.

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NOTICES

HARVEST FESTIVAL

All donations of food that are collected at this Sunday’s Harvest Festival celebration will be given to the Machars Basics Food Bank.

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©UNICEF/UN0498795/UNICEF Afghanistan

A young boy in the the Haji IDP camp in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, on 5 August 2021

THE CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN

In view of recent events in Afghanistan, we are supporting Unicef’s work in that country. Please read this statement by Herve Ludovic de Lys, Afghanistan’s Unicef Representative.

If you would like to help Unicef, please consider donating. Thank you.

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PRAYERS IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked (John 20. 19)

Ever-present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.

(A prayer by Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark)

Joint prayer from the denominations in Scotland

We turn to you, our Father, for we need your help.
Lord Jesus, as you have promised, be with us, whatever lies ahead, Strengthen us, Holy Spirit, as we face this together.

We pray for our world and our country,
as coronavirus threatens our lives and our livelihood, leaving many in lockdown,
while key workers continue, despite the risk.

We pray for government leaders at Westminster and Holyrood, responding to medical and scientific advice,
making tough decisions for the wellbeing of all.

We pray for all who serve on the frontline in the NHS and in social care; facing increasing numbers, overstretched resources
and distressing human need.

Bless those who are ill, those who are alone and afraid,
those exhausted looking after their family, those worried for the vulnerable, those fearful for their finances, those shut in to their fears.

Thank you for those who have returned from retirement to help,
or joined the volunteer army.

Thank you for those working:
to manufacture needed resources,
to keep in contact with the isolated, to encourage others at this time.

Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Give us faith, hope and love and hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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All Saints uses the Revised Common Lectionary for its Liturgical readings. Online access can be found at: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=77

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