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All Saints’ Service November 1st

Topic: All Saints’ Service

Time: Nov 1, 2020 11:00 AM

 

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Killiskey Parish
Sunday 1st November 2020 @ 11.00am
ALL SAINTS’ DAY
SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING FOR
AND REMEMBRANCE OF LOVED ONES
Preparation
GREETING
Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
and also with you.
INTRODUCTION
This morning we give thanks for the lives of all those saints who have lived and died, and especially for
those dear to us.
We affirm that our relatives and friends who have died in faith are not forgotten and that they are known
to, loved by and cared for by God. We believe that as we entrust our lives to God so we may look forward
to being one day reunited with them.
Opening Hymn: 80 “Great is thy faithfulness”
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 spring-time and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
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!
Thomas O Chisholm (1866-1960)
based on Lamentations 3: 22-23 and Genesis 8: 22
PENITENCE
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. Hebrews 12:1
You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy on us,
pardon and deliver us from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE COLLECT FOR ALL SAINTS
Let us pray that we may be strengthened by our communion with all the saints.
(Silence is kept)
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 our Lord. Amen.
Hymn: 712 “Tell out my soul”
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord:
unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name:
make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy Name, the Lord, the Mighty One.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might:
powers and dominions lay their glory by.
proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word:
firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children’s children and for evermore.
Ministry of the Word
The Lesson: Revelation 7: 9-17
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all
tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with
palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they
fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, singing,
‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come
from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’
Then he said to me,
‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Psalm: Psalm 34: 1-10
I will bless the Lord at all times; ♦︎
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
My soul shall glory in the Lord; ♦︎
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me; ♦︎
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord and he answered me ♦︎
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look upon him and be radiant ♦︎
and your faces shall not be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me ♦︎
and saved me from all my troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him ♦︎
and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is gracious; ♦︎
blessed is the one who trusts in him.
Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones, ♦︎
for those who fear him lack nothing.
Lions may lack and suffer hunger, ♦︎
but those who seek the Lord
lack nothing that is good.
Come, my children, and listen to me; ♦︎
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is there who delights in life ♦︎
and longs for days to enjoy good things?
Keep your tongue from evil ♦︎
and your lips from lying words.
Turn from evil and do good; ♦︎
seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous ♦︎
and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, ♦︎
to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry and the Lord hears them ♦︎
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted ♦︎
and will save those who are crushed in spirit.
Many are the troubles of the righteous; ♦︎
from them all will the Lord deliver them.
He keeps all their bones, ♦︎
so that not one of them is broken.
But evil shall slay the wicked ♦︎
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord ransoms the life of his servants ♦︎
and will condemn none who seek refuge in him.
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.
The Lesson: Revelation 7: 9-17
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all
tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with
palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they
fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, singing,
‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come
from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have
come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the
Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Hymn before the Gospel: 630 “Blessed are the pure in heart”
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ’s abode.
The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with us,
our pattern and our king;
still to the lowly soul
he doth himself impart,
and for His dwelling and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.
Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be;
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple meet for thee.
vv. 1 & 3 John Keble (1792-1866)
vv. 2 & 4 W J Hall (1703-1861) altd.
based on Matthew 5: 8
The Gospel: Matthew 5: 1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely
on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets
who were before you.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON
Response
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Let us affirm our faith in God.
We believe in God the Father
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son
who lives in our hearts through faith
and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit
who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVING
Let us pray to the Lord, who has conquered death.
Jesus, bread from heaven,
you satisfy the hungry with good things:
grant us a share with all the faithful departed
in the banquet of your kingdom.
Hear us, risen Lord,
our resurrection and our life.
Jesus, the light of the world,
you gave the man born blind the gift of sight:
open the eye of faith
and bring us from darkness
to your eternal light and glory.
Hear us, risen Lord,
our resurrection and our life.
Jesus, Son of the living God,
you summoned your friend Lazarus from death to life:
raise us at the last to full and eternal life with you.
Hear us, risen Lord,
our resurrection and our life.
Jesus, crucified Saviour,
in your dying you entrusted each to the other,
Mary your mother and John your beloved disciple:
sustain and comfort all who mourn.
Hear us, risen Lord,
our resurrection and our life.
Jesus, our way and truth and life,
you drew your disciple Thomas from doubt to faith:
reveal the resurrection faith to the doubting and the lost.
Hear us, risen Lord,
our resurrection and our life.
May God in his infinite love and mercy
bring the whole Church,
living and departed in the Lord Jesus,
to a joyful resurrection
and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom. Amen.
GENERAL COLLECT
Almighty and eternal God,
you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints:
Grant to us the same faith and power of love,
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,
we may be sustained by their example and fellowship:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven…
THE COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
The eternal God is our refuge
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Blessed are those who mourn
for they shall be comforted.
The names of those to be remembered are read aloud.
Silence is kept after all the names are read.
This is the will of him that sent me,
that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me,
And I will raise him up on the last day.
Lord God, creator of all, you have made us creatures of this earth, but have also promised us a share in
life eternal. According to your promises, may all who have died in the peace of Christ come with all your
saints to the joys of your kingdom, where there will be neither sorrow nor pain, but life everlasting.
Alleluia. Amen.
Grant to us, Lord God, to trust you not for ourselves alone, but for those also whom we love and who are
hidden from us by the shadow of death; that, as we believe your power to have raised our Lord Jesus
Christ from the dead, so we may trust your love to give eternal life to all who believe in him; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.
Hear us, O merciful Lord, as we remember in love those whom we have placed in your hands.
Enfold them in the arms of your mercy, in the blessed rest of eternal peace and in the glorious
company of the saints in light. Amen.
Closing Hymn: 471 “Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days”
Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days!
A world without saints forgets how to praise.
Their faith in acquiring the habit of prayer,
their depth of adoring, Lord, help us to share.
Some march with events, to turn them God’s way;
some need to withdraw, the better to pray;
some carry the gospel through fire and through flood:
our world is their parish: their purpose is God.
Rejoice in those saints, unpraised and unknown,
who bear someone’s cross or shoulder their own:
they shame our complaining, our comforts, our cares:
what patience in caring, what courage is theirs!
Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days!
A world without saints forgets how to praise.
In loving, in living, they prove it is true:
the way of self-giving, Lord, leads us to you.
F Pratt Green (1903- 2000)
Dismissal
BLESSING
May God give you his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
in this world and the next;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you
and remain with you, and with all whom you love, always. Amen.
SALUTATION
Neither death nor life
can separate us from the love of God
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.
May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm;
and may he lead us to eternal life. Amen.

Remembrance – War Poems

In Flanders Fields by John Mc Crae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.
Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfrid Owen
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Frances (Mick) Tottenham

Our thoughts and prayers are with Nicola Neumann and the Tottenham
family following the death of Frances (Mick). She was a Select Vestry
member. She loved nature and was a talented artist who helped decorate
the church and advised on tree planting in the graveyard.

Finances – November

The Parish is facing a significant drop in income levels this year due to the
cancellation of its main fundraising event and reduced monies from church
collections during lockdown. One method of assisting parish finances would
be to join in the Planned Giving arrangements which are set out below.

Planned Giving – November

Please consider renewing or beginning your financial commitment to
Killiskey Parish by way of Planned Giving. By doing this you can maximise
the amount of money received by the Parish and greatly assist the Parish
to meet its financial commitments. Planned Giving is making a pledge to
donate an amount of money regularly over the course of the year whether
weekly, monthly, quarterly or by a single donation. Under the tax
regulations, the Parish, as a registered charity, can obtain a tax refund
from the government for recorded donations from tax payers (PAYE and
Self-Assessment) who contribute a minimum of €250 in the tax year. This
is the equivalent of €4.81 per week. The parish can claim a further approx.
45% of the amount donated from the government. Cash donations on the
plate, while very gratefully received, are not eligible for a tax refund. If you
are contributing more than €250 over the course of the year through this
method, you might like to consider Planned Giving.
Planned Giving can be done in any one of the following ways:
*The envelope system enables parishioners to donate regular cash
amounts which can be recorded for tax refund purposes. Envelopes can be
obtained from the churchwardens.
*By setting up a standing order with your bank for a minimum donation of
€5 per week (or monthly or quarterly equivalent).
*A donation or donations totalling at least €250 can be made directly to
the Parish Treasurer, Scott Golden, Malvern House, The Glebe, Wicklow
Town.

Confirmation

Due to the imposition of Level 5 restrictions, the confirmation services
planned for November cannot now take place. Please remember candidates
in your prayers as they look forward to re-scheduling.

ECO TIPS — THE GREAT OUTDOORS

As winter and shorter daylight hours approach, we all need to seek
positivity during this second period of significant restrictions. The great
outdoors will once again provide solace for many. Gardening is a
wonderful panacea in a turbulent world and additionally can provide food
for the larder. Reconnecting with the land proved a big hit in the first
Lockdown, let it happen again this winter; feeling the earth in one’s hands
really helps to keep people grounded. Nature can also act as a soothing
balm; we all heard and saw great stories of this in the spring. While
always remaining within 5km of your home, you could visit a local park or
wood, stroll along a beach, walk along your local road, looking carefully all
around you – a wide array of wildlife is there to be seen. Birds can also be
attracted into our gardens, by hanging up bird feeders (seed and feeders
can be delivered straight to your door by ordering on-line, e.g. from
BirdWatch Ireland in Kilcoole). A dull grey day can be brightened up by
the antics of colourful goldfinches, blue, great and coal tits and many
other species competing for food. Some lucky households will even be
blessed with the presence of great spotted woodpeckers. Enjoy!

Evening Prayer October 28th

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Oct 28, 2020 07:30 PM London

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WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER. EVENING PRAYER

 

GREETING

Welcome in the name of Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and peace be with you.

And also with you.

 

PREPARATION

In a world where fear can hold us back, we face the future with confidence in God’s presence.

As God’s people we have gathered. Let us worship together. Amen.

 

PENITENCE

We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden, to ask for his forgiveness and peace.

 

Silence is kept

 

Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us:

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have wandered and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things that we ought to have done; and we have done those things that we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us sinners. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to humankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may live a disciplined, righteous and godly life, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

 

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by the Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

God in Christ has revealed his glory.

Come, let us worship.

From the rising of the sun to its setting.

The Lord’s name is greatly to be praised.

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.

THE WORD OF GOD

 

A READING

Revelation 13:11-18

Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; and by the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred and sixty-six.

ADDRESS

 

CANTICLE

In our darkness – Taizé

In our darkness
there is no darkness.
With you, o Lord,
the deepest night
is clear as the day.

 

PRAISE

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.

There is no end to God’s greatness.

One generation shall praise your works to another

and shall declare your power.

All your works praise you, Lord,

and your faithful servants bless you.

They make known the glory of your kingdom

and speak of your power.

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord:

let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

 

PRAYERS

 

We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

 

Silence is kept

 

That the rest of this day may be holy, peace full and full of your presence; in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

 

That we may hear and respond to your call to peace and justice; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

 

That you will sustain the faith and hope of those who are lonely, oppressed and anxious; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

 

That you will strengthen us in your service, and fill our hearts with longing for your kingdom; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

 

God of mercy, you know us and love us and hear our prayer: keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

 

COLLECT

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scripture to be written for our learning: Help us to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

SENDING OUT

Heavenly Father, we share together the blessing of your presence.

Give us in this life knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.