Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton

The Solemn Evensong Service
Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
25 September 2022 6:30 pm

We welcome you to our service of Solemn Evensong. Please join in the words in bold text.

This opening section is said in the seasons of Advent and Lent only.

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep; We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts; We have offended against thy holy laws; We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us.

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults; Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto man­kind in Christ Jesu our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name.

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins : He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, open + thou OUR lips :

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And our mouth shall shew forth THY praise.

O God, make + speed to SAVE us :

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O Lord, make haste to HELP us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Ho‑LY Ghost :

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As it was in the beginning, is now and ever SHALL be :
world without END. A‑men.

Praise YE² the LORD²:

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The Lord's NAME² be PRAIS²‑ed.

The Psalm.

The First Lesson.

Nehemiah 2

2And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.
2:2Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
2:3And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
2:4Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
2:5And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it.
2:6And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
2:7Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;
2:8And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
2:9Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.
2:10When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
2:11So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.
2:12And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.
2:13And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.
2:14Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king's pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.
2:15Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.
2:16And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.
2:17Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
2:18Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
2:19But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
2:20Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

Here endeth the first lesson.

The Magnificat.

My soul + doth magnify the LORD :

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and my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD my Sav‑iour.

For he hath re‑GAR‑ded :
the lowliness of HIS hand‑maid‑en.

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For behold, from HENCE‑forth :
all generations shall CALL me bless‑ed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified ME :
and ho‑LY is his Name.

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And his mercy is on them that FEAR him :
throughout all GEN‑er‑a‑tions.

He hath shewed strength with his ARM :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagina‑TION of their hearts.

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He hath put down the mighty from their SEAT :
and hath exalted the HUM‑ble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good THINGS :
and the rich he hath sent EMP‑ty a‑way.

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He re‑membering his mercy hath holpen his servant IS‑rael :
As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his SEED for ev‑er.

Glory be to the Father, and to the SON :
and to THE Ho‑ly Ghost :

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As it was in the beginning, is now and ever SHALL be :
world with‑OUT end. A‑men.

The Second Lesson.

John 8:31–38, 48–end

8:31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
8:32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
8:33They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
8:34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
8:35And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
8:36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
8:37I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
8:38I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
8:48Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
8:49Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
8:50And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
8:51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
8:52Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
8:53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
8:54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
8:55Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
8:56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
8:57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
8:58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
8:59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Here endeth the second lesson.

The Nunc Dimittis.

Lord, + now lettest thou thy servant de‑part in PEACE :

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according TO thy word.

For mine eyes have SEEN :
thy SAL‑va‑tion:

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Which thou hast pre‑PAR‑ed :
before the face of ALL² peo‑ple,

To be a light to lighten the GEN‑tiles :
and to be the glory of thy peo‑PLE Israel.

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Glory be to the Father, and to the SON :
and to THE Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever SHALL be :
world without END. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed.

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ
his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by
the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead and buried,
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead,
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead
.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,
The holy catholick Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection + of the body,
And the life everlasting
.

The Lord be with you :

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And WITH thy² spir²‑it.

Let us pray.

The Prayers.

Lord, have mercy up‑ON² us:

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Christ, have mercy up‑ON² us.

Lord, have mercy up‑ON² us.

Our Father,
which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
In earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil
.

O Lord, shew thy mercy up‑ON us:

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And grant us thy salva‑TION.

O Lord, save THE King :

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And mercifully hear us when we call up‑ON thee.

Endue thy ministers with right‑EOUS‑ness :

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And make thy chosen people joy‑FUL.

O Lord, save thy peo‑PLE :

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And bless thine inherit‑ANCE.

Give peace in our time, O Lord :

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Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts with‑IN us :

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And take not thy holy Spirit FROM us.

The Collect of the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy: and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Lent Collect.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect for Peace.

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give: That both, our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness: Through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Collect for Aid against all Perils.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord: And by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night: For the love of thine only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The LORD be² with² you :

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And WITH thy² spir²‑it.

Let us BLESS² the Lord² :

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Thanks BE² to God².

May the souls + of the faithful through the mercy of God rest in peace :
And rise in glory.

A sermon may be preached.

The intercessions.

The service concludes with a hymn:

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