Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton

The Solemn Evensong Service
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
9 October 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 6:1–16

6Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
6:2That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
6:3And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
6:4Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.
6:5Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;
6:6Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.
6:7And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.
6:8Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.
6:9For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
6:10Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.
6:11And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.
6:12And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
6:13Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.
6:14My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
6:15So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.
6:16And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

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 15:12–end

15:12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
15:13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
15:14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15:15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
15:16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
15:17These things I command you, that ye love one another.
15:18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
15:19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
15:20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
15:21But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
15:22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
15:23He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
15:24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
15:25But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
15:26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
15:27And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

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 Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.

Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; 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.