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Roland Evans

Roland Evans was an exceptional teacher who taught in Nun’s Cross school for many years. He had a great ability to inspire and feed the imagination of children. He was like a pied piper when children were around. Sadly, he had to retire early when he contracted Motor Neuron Disease. However, he had an indomitable spirit and made a number of return visits to see how the school was developing. Years after his retirement, parents of his pupils spoke of him with great affection. He was cared for by his loving wife, Annette, until she died from cancer after a long illness bravely borne. He died suddenly on 11th September 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with his son Peter, daughter Rebecca and his other family members at this sad time.

John Lankester Memorial Service

John Lankester was a man of deep faith and a man of action. A member of the Killiskey Select Vestry for many years, he took a great interest in the maintenance of the church building and graveyard. In recognition of the wide esteem in which he was held, a memorial service will take place in Nun’s Cross church on Sunday 17th October at 5pm.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Help is requested to decorate the church on Saturday 3rd October at 11am in preparation for the harvest service the following day.

 

Please bring fruit and vegetables for display. After the service these will be donated to the Tiglin Residential Rehabilitation Centre.

 

The preacher at our service will be our Intern Deacon, Revd Alexander Chisnall.

Wednesday Service 29th September 2021

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St Michael and All Angels – A Late Evening Office (Wed 29th Sept)

Blessed be our God for all time, now and for evermore. Amen.                                                                 Glory to you, our God, glory be to you, Holy Spirit, Comforter, treasure of all goodness and giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us from all sin, and in your love bring us to salvation.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,  so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 
He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever, Amen.

 

Reading – Daniel 10 verses 4 – 21

On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.

10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

15 While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. 16 Then one who looked like a man[b] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. 17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

18 Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”

When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”

20 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.

 

Meditation.

 

 

PRAYERS – Let us pray,

Lord in your mercy                 Hear our prayer

Let us continue praying in silence                  (Silence is kept)

 

The Collect of St Michael and all Angels

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order: Grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven, so, at your command, they may defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

Blessing

And the blessing of God Almighty – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with us and remain with us always.  Amen.

Evening Prayer 22 September 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer 22 September 2021

Time: Sep 22, 2021 07:30 PM London

 

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Wednesday 22 September 2021: Evening Prayer

 

PREPARATION

OPENING SENTENCE

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Psalm 141:2

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

Blessed be the Lord our God,

By whose grace we are yet alive. 

 

Blessed be His Son Jesus Christ,

By whose rising we are yet set free.

 

Blessed be the Spirit of God,

In whom is our hope and our joy.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Father, we come together in the Name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, to offer you our worship, praise and thanksgiving. To you belong all power and glory. You are the source of all goodness. Let our worship bear witness to your peace and saving power. Through your Spirit may we ever rejoice in the abiding presence of our risen and ascended Lord. Amen.

 

CANTICLE (SAID)

O Gracious Light

O Gracious light, pure brightness

    of the everliving Father in heaven,

O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

 

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,

    and our eyes behold the vesper light,

    we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son,

    and Holy Spirit.

 

You are worthy at all times

    to be praised by happy voices,

O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be

    glorified through all the worlds.

 

PENITENCE

Have mercy upon us,

most merciful Father;

in your compassion forgive us our sins,

known and unknown,

things done and left undone;

and so uphold us by your Spirit

that we may live and serve you in newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

Almighty God have mercy upon you,

pardon, and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

PSALM

Thanks & Praise 110

O God, you search me and you know me.

All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.

When I walk or lie down, you are before me:

ever the maker and keeper of my days.

 

You know my resting and my rising.

You discern my purpose from afar,

and with love everlasting you besiege me:

in ev’ry moment of life or death, you are.

 

Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,

you have known its meaning through and through.

You are with me beyond my understanding:

God of my present, my past and future too.

 

Although your Spirit is upon me,

still I search for shelter from your light.

There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:

even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

 

For you created me and shaped me,

gave me life within my mother’s womb.

For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:

safe in your hands, all creation is made new.

Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957 )

based on Psalm 139

 

A READING

John 8: 21-38

Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Then the Jews said, ‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’ They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.’ As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

 

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’

 

Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.’

MEDITATION

 

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE

MAGNIFICAT                         The Song of the Virgin Mary           Luke 1: 46-55

1   My soul proclaims the | greatness · of  the | Lord,  ♦︎

my spirit re•joices · in | God my | Saviour,

2   who has looked with favour on his | lowly | servant; ♦︎

from this day all gene|rations · will | call me | blessèd;

3† the Almighty has done | great things | for me  ♦︎

and | holy | is his | name.

4   God has mercy on | those who | fear him,  ♦︎

from gene|ration · to | gene|ration.

5   The Lord has shown | strength · with his | arm  ♦︎

and scattered the | proud in | their con|ceit,

6   casting down the mighty | from their | thrones  ♦︎

and | lifting | up the | lowly.

7   God has filled the hungry with | good | things  ♦︎

and sent the | rich a|way | empty.

8   He has come to the aid of  his | servant | Israel  ♦︎

to re|member · the | promise of  | mercy,

9   The promise | made to · our | forebears,  ♦︎

to Abraham | and his | children · for | ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

PRAYER

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

 

Let us pray.

 

Our Father in heaven,

    hallowed by our Name;

    your kingdom come;

    your will be done

    on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

    as we forgive those who sin against us.

 

Save us from the time of trial

    and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours now and forever.     Amen.

 

Lord, reveal your love among us;

That we may know the joy of your salvation.

 

Grant peace within and among all nations;

And teach our leaders wisdom.

 

Endow your Church with faithfulness;

And her servants with knowledge and true godliness.

 

Defend, O Lord, the rights of the poor and the oppressed;

That your justice may be known among all people.

 

Lord, renew your Spirit within us;

That in us and through us your will may be done.

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

O Lord,

Hear the prayers of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know

what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

COLLECTS AT EVENING PRAYER

 

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, creator of day and night, giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing upon us occasions of song in the evening. As you have protected us in the day that is past so be with us in the coming night. Free us from all evil, sin and fear; for you are our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. To you be glory for endless ages. Amen.

 

O Lord, support us all day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then, Lord, in mercy grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Grant, Lord, that we may be faithful to you without turning aside, worship you without growing weary, serve you without failing; diligently seek you, happily find you, and forever possess you, the one and only God, blessed for ever and ever. Amen.

 

INTERCESSIONS

O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we pray for people of every race, and in every kind of need; make your ways known on earth, your saving presence among all nations. (Especially we pray for ___________)

 

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

We pray for your Church throughout the world: Guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. (Especially we pray for ___________)

 

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

We commend to your fatherly goodness all who are in any way afflicted or distressed in body, mind or spirit; comfort and relieve them in their necessities; give them patience under their sufferings, and bring good out of their afflictions. (Especially we pray for ___________)

 

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Almighty God, we thank you

for the gift of your Holy Word.

May it be a lantern to our feet,

A light to our paths,

And a strength to our lives.

Take us and use us to love

and serve all persons

in the power of the Holy Spirit

and in the Name of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE ENDING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us evermore. Amen.

2 Corinthians 13:14

Evening Prayer 15th September 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Sep 15, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Evening Prayer

15th September, 2021.

 

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Psalm 73:21-28

When my heart became embittered and I was pierced to the quick,

I was but foolish and ignorant; I was like a brute beast in your presence.

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

You will guide me with your counsel and afterwards receive me with glory/

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire in comparison with you.

Though my flesh and my heart fail me, God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

Truly, those who forsake you will perish; you will put to silence the faithless who betray you.

But it is good for me to draw near to God; in the Lord God have I made my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Opening prayer

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful, let us pray with one heart and mind.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God, so may your mercy come down upon us to cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise now and for ever.

 

The word of God

John 7:25-36

Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.’ Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’ Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, ‘When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?’

The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple police to arrest him. Jesus then said, ‘I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.’ The Jews said to one another, ‘Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, “You will search for me and you will not find me” and, “Where I am, you cannot come”?’

 

Address

 

Anthem: Thou knowest Lord

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts;
Shut not thy merciful ears unto our pray’rs;
But spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty.
O holy and most merciful Saviour,
Thou most worthy Judge eternal,
Suffer us not at our last hour,
For any pains of death to fall away from Thee.

 

Setting by Henry Purcell

 

 

Prayers of intercession

Prayers may be offered:

for peace

for individuals & their needs

for all who work in communication and the media

for all who work in health care

for those who mourn the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a way of life

for the work of aid agencies throughout the world

for those living in poverty or under oppression

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

The Conclusion

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Evening Prayer Wednesday 8 September 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer 8 September

Time: Sep 8, 2021 07:30 PM

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Wednesday 8 September 2021: Evening Prayer

 PREPARATION

PENITENCE

Lord God, mighty God,
you are the creator of the world.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary,
you are the Prince of Peace.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
by your power the Word was made flesh
and came to dwell among us.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Praise the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

PSALM

 

Psalm 132

1  Lord, remember for David ♦︎

all the hardships he endured;

2  How he swore an oath to the Lord ♦︎

   and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:

3  ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house, ♦︎

nor climb up into my bed;

4  ‘I will not allow my eyes to sleep, ♦︎

   nor let my eyelids slumber,

5  ‘Until I find a place for the Lord, ♦︎

a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.’

6  Now, we heard of the ark in Ephrathah ♦︎

   and found it in the fields of Ja-ar.

7  Let us enter his dwelling place ♦︎

and fall low before his footstool.

 

8  Arise, O Lord, into your resting place, ♦︎

   you and the ark of your strength.

9  Let your priests be clothed with righteousness ♦︎

and your faithful ones sing with joy.

10  For your servant David’s sake, ♦︎

   turn not away the face of your anointed.

11  The Lord has sworn an oath to David, ♦︎

a promise from which he will not shrink:

12  ‘Of the fruit of your body ♦︎

   shall I set upon your throne.

13  ‘If your children keep my covenant

and my testimonies that I shall teach them, ♦︎

their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.’

14  For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself; ♦︎

   he has desired her for his habitation:

15  ‘This shall be my resting place for ever; ♦︎

here will I dwell, for I have longed for her.

16  ‘I will abundantly bless her provision; ♦︎

   her poor will I satisfy with bread.

17  ‘I will clothe her priests with salvation, ♦︎

and her faithful ones shall rejoice and sing.

18  ‘There will I make a horn to spring up for David; ♦︎

   I will keep a lantern burning for my anointed.

19  ‘As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; ♦︎

but on him shall his crown be bright.’

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, 

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

A READING

Luke 11: 27-28

While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!’ But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!’

 

MEDITATION

 

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE

MAGNIFICAT                         The Song of the Virgin Mary           Luke 1: 46-55

 

Thanks & Praise 222

My soul rejoices in God, my Saviour.

My spirit finds its joy in God, the living God.

 

My soul proclaims your mighty deeds.

My spirit sings the greatness of your name.

 

Your mercy flows throughout the land

and every generation knows your love.

 

You cast the mighty from their thrones

and raise the poor and lowly to new life.

 

You fill the hungry with good things.

With empty hands you send the rich away.

 

Just as you promised Abraham,

you come to free your people, Israel.

 

Owen Alstott (b. 1947)

based on the Canticle Magnificat

 

PRAYER

Kneel

Let us pray.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Show us your mercy, O Lord,

and grant us your salvation.

 

Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness

and let your servants shout for joy.

 

O Lord, save your people

and bless those whom you have chosen.

 

Give peace in our time, O Lord,

and let your glory be over all the earth.

 

O God, make clean our hearts within us

and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

 

 

COLLECTS AT EVENING PRAYER

 

O God

from whom all holy desires all good judgements

and all just works proceed:

Give to your servants

that peace which the world cannot give,

that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments,

and that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies,

may pass our time in rest and quietness;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

 

Lighten our darkness, O Lord, we pray

and in your great mercy defend us

from all perils and dangers of this night;

for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVINGS

Let us continue praying to our ever-living God,

through whose providence

and with the willing acceptance of his servant Mary,

he sent his only begotten Son

to be Emmanuel, God with us.

 

INTERCESSIONS

O Son of God and Son of Mary,

your mother found favour with God . . .

your mother was your handmaid . . .

Help us to follow her example.

 

Your mother praised you . . .

your mother rejoiced in her Saviour . . .

your mother is blessed by all generations . . .

Help us to follow her example.

 

Your mother pondered your meaning . . .

your mother watched out for you . . .

your mother saw your mighty deeds . . .

Help us to follow her example.

 

Your mother stood near the cross  . . .

your mother was pierced in her soul  . . .

your mother devoted herself to prayer . . .

Help us to follow her example.

 

THANKSGIVINGS

God our Father,

through Jesus Christ,

born of the virgin Mary,

you brought salvation to the world.

We thank you for showing your favour.

 

You made Mary a dwelling place for your Son

and now he lives in us.

We thank you for showing your favour.

 

You chose Mary to be the mother of your Son

and have chosen us to be a holy nation.

We thank you for showing your favour.

 

You came upon Mary with the Holy Spirit

and have given him to be our Comforter.

We thank you for showing your favour.

 

You blessed Mary among all women

and have blessed us more than we deserve.

We thank you for showing your favour.

 

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

Almighty God,

who looked upon the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary

and chose her to be the mother of your only Son:

Grant that we who are redeemed by his blood

may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say

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.

 

THE ENDING

BLESSING

Christ the Son of God, born of Mary,

fill you with his grace

to trust his promises and obey his will

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

The IPCC Report

The findings of the most recent report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) proved unequivocally that current climate change is definitely the result of human actions. The world must act NOW to curb the increase in global temperature. That means the elimination of the use of fossil fuels, a daunting task indeed. However, it is possible for all countries to act in unison to safeguard our future. As an example, in September 1987, all 198 UN member states signed up to the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer from Ozone Depleting Substances. Without this, global temperatures would be even higher than they are today. All governments need to take immediate measures to reduce emissions. Individual actions are also critical. The energy, food and transport sectors each account for approximately 20% of lifestyle emissions. Here are 10 steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint: save energy at home; drive less; eat plant-based foods; fly less; eliminate food waste; reduce, reuse, repair, recycle; use wind or solar energy; drive an electric vehicle; use eco-friendly products; speak up.

Creation Time

In 1999, the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN), a partner of Eco-Congregation, urged churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October. This was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, which recommended that the period “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”.

Due to COVID restrictions, in place of our normal Animal Blessing Service, we will hold a Creation Time Service on 5 September which will focus on our care for God’s world.