Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000.

Prayer during the Day
1 October 2022 at 10 am

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

A prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all, to you be glory and praise for ever. You founded the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands. In the fullness of time you made us in your image, and in these last days you have spoken to us in your Son Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us let the light of your love always shine in our hearts, your Spirit ever renew our lives and your praises ever be on our lips,

Blessed are you, Lord our God, you turn the shadow of death into morning and renew the face of the earth: to you be praise and glory for ever. You roll the darkness from the face of the light, making the night to pass that brings on the day. You have lightened our eyes that we sleep not in death, delivering us from the terror by night, from the pestilence that stalks in the darkness. You have driven sleep from our eyes and slumber from our eyelids. You make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy, for we lay down and slept and rose up again and you, Lord, have made us dwell in safety.

We awoke, and look, our sleep was sweet to us.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever.

Canticle

A Song of Deliverance

1Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust and will not be afraid;
2For the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and has become my salvation.
3With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
4On that day you will say,
'Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name;
5Make known his deeds among the nations,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
6Sing God's praises, who has triumphed gloriously;
let this be known in all the world.
7Shout and sing for joy, you that dwell in Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.'

Isaiah 12.2–6

A Song of God's Greatness

1Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
2You are clothed with majesty and honour,
wrapped in light as in a garment.
3The sun knows the time for its setting.
You make darkness that it may be night.
4O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
5When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
6May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
7I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 104.1,2,21b,22a,26,32,33,35

A Song of David

1Blessed are you, God of Israel, for ever and ever,
for yours is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour and the majesty.
2Everything in heaven and on earth is yours;
yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head over all.
3Riches and honour come from you
and you rule over all.
4In your hand are power and might;
yours it is to give power and strength to all.
5And now we give you thanks, our God,
and praise your glorious name.
6For all things come from you,
and of your own have we given you.

1 Chronicles 29.10b–13,14b

A Song of God's Blessing

1God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
2That your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
4O let the nations rejoice and be glad,
for you will judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations upon earth.
5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
6Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,
and God, our own God, will bless us.
7God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalm 67

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)

1Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.
2He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.
3Through his holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
    from the hands of all that hate us.
4To show mercy to our ancestors,
and to remember his holy covenant.
5This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
6Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
    all the days of our life.
7And you, child, shall be called
    the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord
    to prepare his way,
8To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
9In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
10To shine on those who dwell in darkness
    and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68–79

The Magnificat, the Song of Mary

1My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
2From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me
    and holy is his name.
3 He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
4He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
5Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
6He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
7He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,
8The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46–55

A Song of the Blessed

1Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
3Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
4Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
5Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
6Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
7Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
8Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5.3–10

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.

Scripture Readings

Job 42 NIV p.542

1Then Job replied to the Lord:

2“I know that you can do all things;
 no plan of yours can be thwarted.
3˻You asked,˼ ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’
 Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
 things too wonderful for me to know.
4“˻You said,˼ ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
 I will question you, and you shall answer me.’
5My ears had heard of you
 but now my eyes have seen you.
6Therefore I despise myself
 and repent in dust and ashes.”

7After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 9So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

10After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.

12The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

16After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17And so he died, old and full of years.

Psalm 119:169–end NIV p.622

169May my cry come before you, O Lord;
 give me understanding according to your word.
170May my supplication come before you;
 deliver me according to your promise.
171May my lips overflow with praise,
 for you teach me your decrees.
172May my tongue sing of your word,
 for all your commands are righteous.
173May your hand be ready to help me,
 for I have chosen your precepts.
174I long for your salvation, O Lord,
 and your law is my delight.
175Let me live that I may praise you,
 and may your laws sustain me.
176I have strayed like a lost sheep.
 Seek your servant,
 for I have not forgotten your commands.

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.

Luke 10:17–24 NIV p.1041

17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

21At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

22“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no-one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

Prayers

Gracious God, fountain of all wisdom,
we pray for all Christian people;
for Bishops Rosemarie, Christopher and Justin, for all Christian leaders,
and for those who teach and guard the faith …
May the word of Christ dwell richly in our hearts,
and knit us together in the bond of your love.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for the leaders of the nations,
and for those in authority under them …
Give them the gift of your wisdom,
and a right discernment in all things.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for the London Borough of Sutton;
for those who live and work here,
and for those who visit this place …
Speak your word of peace in our midst,
and help us to serve one another as Christ has served us.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for those who do not believe,
and yet who long to know you, the very Word of life …
Open their ears to hear your voice,
and open their hearts to the knowledge of your love in Christ.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for those bowed down with grief, fear or sickness, especially …
May your living Word bring comfort and healing to all those in need.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We give thanks for all those who have died in the faith of Christ
and we rejoice with all your saints,
trusting in the promise of your word fulfilled.

Lord of life, hear our prayer,
and make us one in heart and mind
to serve you with joy for ever.
Amen.

New Patterns of Worship F44,
Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002
cf. Psalm 119

For the peace that comes from God alone,
for the unity of all peoples,
and for our salvation,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the Church of Christ, for Jonathan, Christopher and Justin our Bishops, [for … ]
and for the whole people of God,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the nations of the world, [for … ,]
for Charles our King and for all in authority,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For this town of Sutton,
for our neighbours and our friends,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us,
and for the wisdom and will to conserve it,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm,
for the widowed and orphans,
for the sick and suffering,
and for all in any need,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed,
for the unemployed and the destitute,
for prisoners and captives,
and for all who remember and care for them,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the dying, for those who mourn,
for the faithful whom we entrust to the Lord in hope,
as we look forward to the day when we share the fullness of the resurrection,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Rejoicing in the communion of [… and of all] the saints,
let us commend ourselves, and one another,
and all our life, to God.
Silence is kept.
For yours is the majesty,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

New Patterns of Worship F39,
Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002

Open prayer may be offered.

The Collect for the 15th Sunday after Trinity:

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. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour has 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 Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
and keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
We hope you will join us again soon.