Sunday 15th September - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

THE PARISH MASS

 

SUNDAY 15th September 2019 – 10:30 

 

COMMUNICATION: If you hear of anyone in our congregation who is ill or especially if they are in hospital, will you please make sure one of the Churchwardens is told.

 

The Introit Hymn 

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
praise the Lord, for he is kind:

Refrain:
For his mercies aye endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.


Let us blaze his Name abroad,
for of gods he is the God: Refrain

He with all commanding might
filled the new-made world with light: Refrain

He the golden-tressèd sun
caused all day his course to run: Refrain

And the horned moon by night,
mid her spangled sisters bright: Refrain

All things living he doth feed,
his full hand supplies their need: Refrain

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
praise the Lord, for he is kind: Refrain

 

The Entrance Antiphon

Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true.

Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord be with you

And with your spirit   

 

 

 The Invitation to Confession

Brothers and Sisters let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. 

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen

 

The Kyrie

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

 

The Gloria

 

Glory to God, Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest.

 

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.

 

Glory to God, Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest.

 

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.

Glory to God, Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest.

 

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 the God the Father.

 

Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God, in the highest.

 

 

The Collect

Look upon us, O God,

Creator and ruler of all things,

and, that we may feel the working of your mercy,

grant that we may serve you with all our heart.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The First Reading

A reading from the book of Exodus

The Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Go down now, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have apostatised. They have been quick to leave the way I marked out for them; they have made themselves a calf of molten metal and have worshipped it and offered it sacrifice. “Here is your God, Israel,” they have cried “who brought you up from the land of Egypt!”’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘I can see how headstrong these people are! Leave me, now, my wrath shall blaze out against them and devour them; of you, however, I will make a great nation.’

But Moses pleaded with the Lord his God. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘why should your wrath blaze out against this people of yours whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with arm outstretched and mighty hand? Remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, your servants to whom by your own self you swore and made this promise: “I will make your offspring as many as the stars of heaven, and all this land which I promised I will give to your descendants, and it shall be their heritage for ever.”’

So the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

Thanks be to God

 

The Psalm

I will leave this place and go to my father.

I will leave this place and go to my father.

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.

In your compassion blot out my offence.

O wash me more and more from my guilt

and cleanse me from my sin.

I will leave this place and go to my father.

A pure heart create for me, O God,

put a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,

nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

I will leave this place and go to my father.

O Lord, open my lips

and my mouth shall declare your praise.

My sacrifice is a contrite spirit.

A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

I will leave this place and go to my father.

 

The Second Reading

 A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Timothy

 

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, and who judged me faithful enough to call me into his service even though I used to be a blasphemer and did all I could to injure and discredit the faith. Mercy, however, was shown me, because until I became a believer I had been acting in ignorance; and the grace of our Lord filled me with faith and with the love that is in Christ Jesus. Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them; and if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the greatest evidence of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people who would later have to trust in him to come to eternal life. To the eternal King, the undying, invisible and only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

 

The Gospel Acclamation

 

Alleluia, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia!

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind,

so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.

Alleluia, alleluia!

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Glory to you O Lord

 

The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them:

 

‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.

 

‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’

 

He also said, ‘A man had two sons. The younger said to his father, “Father, let me have the share of the estate that would come to me.” So the father divided the property between them. A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery.

‘When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch, so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs. And he would willingly have filled his belly with the husks the pigs were eating but no one offered him anything. Then he came to his senses and said, “How many of my father’s paid servants have more food than they want, and here am I dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your paid servants.” So he left the place and went back to his father.

‘While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly. Then his son said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we are going to have a feast, a celebration, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found.” And they began to celebrate.

 

‘Now the elder son was out in the fields, and on his way back, as he drew near the house, he could hear music and dancing. Calling one of the servants he asked what it was all about. “Your brother has come” replied the servant “and your father has killed the calf we had fattened because he has got him back safe and sound.” He was angry then and refused to go in, and his father came out to plead with him; but he answered his father, “Look, all these years I have slaved for you and never once disobeyed your orders, yet you never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends. But, for this son of yours, when he comes back after swallowing up your property – he and his women – you kill the calf we had been fattening.”

 

‘The father said, “My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours. But it was only right we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.”’

 

The Gospel of the Lord 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

The homily by Fr John

 

THE CREED

 

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisibleI believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

 

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through Him all things were made.

 

For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

 

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and   was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the Prophets.

 

I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

The Prayers of the Faithful 

For the full intercession, please see PARISH PRAYERS

In humility let us pray to our merciful Father.

 

Lord, hear us;

Lord graciously hear us

 

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us Sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

 

Father, your love is with us always and trusting in that forgiving love, we make our prayers to you.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

The Offertory Hymn 

 

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam, 
thou silver moon that gently gleam,


Refrain:
O praise him, O praise him, 
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, 
ye lights of evening, find a voice, (R)

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest man both warmth and light, (R)

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show: (R)

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One: (R)

 

 

The Preparation of the Gifts

 

Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church

 

The Prayer over the Offerings

 

Look with favour on our supplications, O Lord, and in your kindness accept these, your servants’ offerings, that what each has offered to the honour of your name may serve the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord.Amen.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

 

The Lord be with you:

And with your spirit

 

Lift up your hearts:

We lift them up to the Lord

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right and just.

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

 

 

The mystery of faith:

 

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

 

The Priest continues

 

… Through Him, and with Him, and in Him, O God almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare 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.

  

Deliver us Lord, we pray, from every evil; graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever.

 

The Sign of Peace

                 

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The peace of the Lord be with you always:

And with your spirit

 

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

 

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

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

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

Behold the Lamb of God; behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb.

 

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

 

The Communion Antiphon

 

How precious is your mercy, O God!

The children of men seek shelter in the shadow of your wings.

The Body of Christ

The Blood of Christ

The communicant replies each time:  Amen.

  

The Communion Hymn

 

Faithful Shepherd, feed me
in the pastures green;
Faithful Shepherd, lead me
where thy steps are seen.

Hold me fast, and guide me
in the narrow way;
so, with thee beside me,
I shall never stray.

Daily bring me nearer
to the heavenly shore;
may my faith grow clearer,
may I love thee more.

Hallow every pleasure,
Every gift and my pain;
be thyself my treasure,
though none else I gain.

Day by day prepare me
as thou seest best,
then let angels bear me
to thy promised rest.

 

 

 

The Post Communion Hymn 

 

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidd'st me come to thee, 
O Lamb of God,  I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt;
fightings within and fears, without,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need, in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive;
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve,
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God,I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
has broken every barrier down;
now to be thine, yea, thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, of that free love
the breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
here for a season, then above:
O Lamb of God, I come.

 

The Post Communion Prayer

 

May the working of this heavenly gift, O Lord, we pray,

take possession of our minds and bodies,

so that its effects, and not our own desires,

may always prevail in us.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Blessing and Dismissal

 

The Lord be with you

And with your spirit.

 

May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

  

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary: 

And she conceived by the Holy Ghost. 

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

 Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord:

Be it unto me according to Thy word. 

 

Hail Mary . . . 

  

And the Word was made Flesh.

And dwelt among us. 

 

Hail Mary . . . 

 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

 

Let us pray: 

We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his Passion and Cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.   

 

Cake Stall

 

Next cake stall is 6th October 2019

 

Fr John Eldridge SSC

 

 The Institution and Induction of Fr John will take place within the context of The Eucharist on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7:30pm.  Please pray for Fr John and his family and also the people of St John the Divine, Worthing.

 

Harvest Festival

 

We will be keeping our Harvest Festival celebrations on

Sunday 13 October 2019 – 10:30

 

                                

100 (!) CLUB

 

This is an invaluable part of funding the life of our Church and costs from just £1 a  week with £10 prizes on a weekly basis and at the moment up to £50 once a month.  Are you part of it? If not please talk to Jane Blair. AND are your subscriptions up to date? Again talk to Jane. We need to increase our numbers for this – invite your friends and neighbours to join.

 

 

CLOCK TOWER SANCTUARY

 

Bin at the back of the Church for tinned and packet food for the young homeless people day centre.

 St Cyprian (210 - 258)

 

He was born in Carthage and spent most of his life in the practice of the law. He was converted to Christianity, and was made bishop of Carthage in 249. He steered the church through troubled times, including the persecution of the emperor Decius, when he went into hiding so as to be able to continue looking after the church. In 258 the persecution of the emperor Valerian began. Cyprian was first exiled and then, on the 14th of September, executed, after a trial notable for the calm and courtesy shown by both sides.

Cyprian’s many letters and treatises shed much light on a formative period in the Church’s history, and are valuable both for their doctrine and for the picture they paint of a group of people in constant peril of their lives but still determined to keep the faith.

 

St Theodore of Tarsus (601 - 690)

 

He was born in Tarsus, in modern Turkey. A Greek by birth, he became a monk in Italy. He was not ordained priest until at the age of 65 he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by Pope Vitalian. He arrived in England in 669 and spent the rest of his life reorganising and reforming the life of the Church throughout the country, holding visitations and synods, establishing new dioceses and a great school at Canterbury, and reconciling divisions between the Celtic and Roman ecclesiastical traditions. He died at Canterbury on 19 September 690. He is remembered for his scholarship and for bringing unity and organisation to a divided church.

 

St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

 

He was born in Capernaum, and was working as a tax-collector when Jesus called him. He wrote his gospel in Aramaic, and is said to have preached in the East.