Sunday Service 4th October 2020

Harvest

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Harvest Thanksgiving

We meet in the name of God.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This is the day that the Lord has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Hymn 1

Invitation to confession

Let us confess our forgetfulness
of the needs of the poor,
and repent of the ways in which
we waste the resources of the world.

God has blessed us,
but still God’s children go hungry.
Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy

God has blessed us,
but still the poor cry out for justice.
Christ, have mercy.
All Christ, have mercy.

God has blessed us,
but still we see inequality
and oppression in the earth
Lord, have mercy.
All Lord have mercy.

Absolution

Almighty God
who in Jesus Christ has given us
the kingdom that cannot be destroyed
forgive us our sins,
open our eyes to God’s truth,
strengthen us to do God’s will
and give us the joy of his kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

A moment of silence

The Collect

Creator God,
you made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea
and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest,
may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

2 Corinthians 9.6-end (IV)
Luke 12.16-30 (DA)

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.
Lift up your eyes, and see
that the fields are ripe for harvesting.
Gather the fruit for eternal life.
Alleluia.

Sermon

Creed

Let us declare our faith in God.
All 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

Prayers

We pray

Let us offer our prayers to God
for the life of the world
and for all God’s people
in their daily life and work.

God, the beginning and
end of all things,
in your providence and care
you watch unceasingly
over all creation;
we offer our prayers

We pray for all who work
to gather in the harvest
and all engaged in research to
safeguard crops against disease.
Lord of all creation:
hear our prayer

We pray for governments
and aid agencies,
and those areas of the world
where there is disaster,
drought and starvation.
For our government making
decisions in the pandemic
that they will have wisdom
and care for the less well off.
Lord of all justice:
hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are ill,
remembering those in
hospital and nursing homes
and all who are known to us.
We ask you to keep
health workers safe.
Lord of all compassion:
hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died,
whom we entrust to your eternal love
in the hope of resurrection to new life.
Lord of all faithfulness:
hear our prayer.

We spend a moment in quiet to pray
for anything that is on our heart
particularly at this time.
Amen

Merciful father

The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us,
so we pray

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 for ever.
Amen

The harvest of the spirit
is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
praise him, all creatures here below,
praise him above, Ye heavenly host,
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen

Hymn 2

The Blessing

May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the source of all goodness and growth,
pour his blessings upon all things created,
and upon us his children,
that we may use his gifts to his glory
and the welfare of all peoples;
and the blessing of God Almighty
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be among us and remain with us always.
Amen

Ending