The parishes of Bere Regis and Affpuddle in the
Benefice of West Purbeck
Our Services today, 25th August 2019:
8am Holy Communion at Wool
10am Parish Communion at Affpuddle
10am Parish Communion at Bere Regis
6pm Healing Eucharist at Wool
Welcome to worship. We Christians often get a reputation of being people who say ‘no’ to things; that they should be stopped or not allowed in the first case. Since these are often things that people want to do, it doesn’t make us that popular. It is true that as Christians we may be called to be counter-cultural and so perhaps sometimes we do have to speak out against things that other people take for granted. However, we’re not called to a ‘rules for rules sake’ approach. In today’s gospel, for example, Jesus was angry with those who put Sabbath rules before the needs of people. Today, few of us would dispute the need of a doctor to work on a Sunday if they’re skills were suddenly required. It is a question of priorities. In such circumstances I find it helpful to ask myself: ‘what would Jesus do?’ and then try to say or act accordingly.
Revd Carol
Collect for today
Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer,
give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Post-Communion prayer
God of our pilgrimage, you have willed that the gate of mercy should stand open for those who trust in you: look upon us with your favour that we who follow the path of your will may never wander from the way of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epistle Reading : Hebrews 12: 18-29
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is
burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to
such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no
further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was
commanded: ‘If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned
to death.’ The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, ‘I am trembling
with fear.’
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the
heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of
angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names
are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the
spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new
covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the
blood of Abel.
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape
when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will
we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time
his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Once more I will
shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’
indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things –
so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let
us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and
awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’
Holy Gospel Reading: Luke 13: 10 – 17
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman
was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was
bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he
called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your
infirmity.’ Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she
straightened up and praised God.
Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue
leader said to the people, ‘There are six days for work. So come and be
healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.’
The Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the
Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it
water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom
Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath
day from what bound her?’
When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people
were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
For the Church and the community of Christ
We pray for the Church of England, its leaders, Archbishops and Bishops, for its
role in our country as the established faith, its social and moral influence and its
following and perception by all people. Here in West Purbeck benefice for Carol,
Jenny, Judy and our ministry team. And for Rev Sandra Williams as she prepares
for ministry here. For newly appointed priests in the Church, those settling in to a
new post, and those contemplating taking Holy orders. We pray for the proper
safeguarding for all vulnerable in our churches and for those who deal with
reported complaints. For the Episcopal churches in South Sudan and Sudan: today
for the Rt. Revd. Paul Tokmach Lual, Diocesan Bishop of Nyang..
For the world and its leaders
We pray for an end to war and conflict: in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and
elsewhere. An end to aggression and threat of war between states: Kashmir, the
Gulf of Oman and other places and regions. A peaceful and democratic solution to
the issues in Hong Kong. For world leaders and especially G7 leaders meeting at
Biarritz this weekend. For our country, for Ireland and the EU at this time of
uncertainty: for governments, MPs, and civil servants. For all people to have
decent water and sanitation: for the work of WaterAid, charities and NGOs. For
fair trade and the work of Traidcraft and others.
For our parishes and community
For all on annual holiday – our parishioners who are away and all visitors to our villages. For young people who have decisions to make following A level results or GCSE results. For those making decisions about the future – work, relationships, marriage and lifestyle. For any moving house or planning a move or a new start in any way. For those growing crops and fruit as we approach a time of harvest. For all in commerce and business as we approach a possible no-deal Brexit.
For the sick and their carers
We pray for all in hospital, all undergoing treatment and for all awaiting the outcome of tests or diagnosis. For all who give treatment and care. For any suffering dementia. For those struggling with depression or issues of the mind. In our parishes we pray for all we know to be ill or suffering including Margaret Bartlett, Jo Powell, John Dewey, Mary Fegan, Mary England and Ivor Mullins.
For the deceased and those who mourn
We commend to you Lord, the souls of all who have died including Steve Webber; for any we have known and loved who have died recently; we pray for comfort for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.
Wednesday 28th August: 11am Holy Communion at Bere Regis – no soup lunch this month but if the weather is nice please bring a picnic to enjoy in the churchyard
Next Messy Church, Saturday 7th September 3pm in Wool
Ride and Stride is on Saturday 14th September: cycle or walk to beautiful churches and raise funds for their upkeep: to participate or help, please contact Pat Wharf or Richard Smith at Bere Regis or Richard Killer at Affpuddle
The Licensing Service and welcome for the Reverend Sandra Williams will take place at Bere Regis on 2nd October at 7.30pm
The farewell service and thanks for Brenda Pitfield’s ministry as LLM will take place on 13th October
Services Next Sunday 1st September:
8am Holy Communion at Bere Regis
10am Parish Communion at Affpuddle
10am Parish Communion at Wool
6pm Evensong at Bere Regis