FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

     THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
 
The parishes of Bere Regis and Affpuddle in the Benefice of West Purbeck
 
Services in the benefice today
 
8am Wool Holy Communion
10am Bere Regis Songs of Praise with shortened Communion
10am Affpuddle Parish Eucharist
6pm Wool Healing Eucharist
 
Welcome to our Worship today. An interesting question to mull over is whether we would recognise Jesus if he stood next to us? Some of us have a picture of him in our minds; perhaps that could help. Or, would it be something he said, perhaps a familiar saying from the gospels? Or maybe even something he did, like when he broke bread in the road to Emmaus story? Significantly, in the gospels is it was very often the ones we would least expect that recognised Jesus and understood who he was. Today’s gospel shows us that even if his own, who should have rec-ognized him, didn’t, the demons and evils spirits certainly did. The great news that the Letter to the Galatians makes clear is that Jesus is for all, there are no barriers as to who has access to him. We can all come to know him and recognise him through faith. Where, I wonder, will he make himself known to us this week?
Rev Carol
 
Collect
O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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
 
Epistle Reading: Galatians 3 : 23-29
 
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
 
Holy Gospel Reading: Luke 8 : 26-39
 
They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!’ For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’
‘Legion,’ he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permis-sion. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the
people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, be-cause they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over the town how much Jesus had done for him.
 
Prayers
 
For the Church and the community of Christ
We celebrate you as three in one: our loving Holy Father, Our Lord Jesus divine but in earthly form and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. we pray for the Church militant here on earth to carry out the mission and minis-try of the three in one, for the new united benefice in west Purbeck and our mission and ministry here, for the Thrive initiative here and else-where in the diocese , we pray for the incoming Associate Priest for the Benefice team based at Bere Regis, we pray for all the ministry team: Reverends Carol, Jenny and Judy, our Licensed lay Ministers and our LPAs for all involved in safeguarding both here in our benefice and wider in the Church throughout the country, we pray for all in training and prepa-ration for ministry particularly those approaching ordination, and we pray for our diocesan partners in the Episcopal Churches of the Sudan and South Sudan: today for the Rt. Rev. David AkauKuol, Diocesan Bishop of Awerial.
 
For the world and its leaders
We pray for peace where there is war in so many places including Syria or an end to chaos and for fair government on places such as Sudan and for stability of government in places such as Zimbabwe , for world leaders to cooperate in fostering peace and dignity for people every-where , for the Queen and her government, for all involved in the elec-tion of the new leader of the Conservatives and out new Prime Minister
 
For our parishes and community
 
We pray for all who work in these parishes: our schools, surgeries, shops and commerce from Bere Regis to Wool and to Affpuddle, and for all providing emergency services – fire, police, ambulance and coastguard and for all who call on these services , and we pray for all who live in these parishes: their families and relationships, their work and their leisure time, the meeting of their individual needs both physical and spiritual
 
For the sick and their carers
 
We pray for all in hospital or receiving out-patient treatment, for those awaiting treatment or the outcome of tests, for all with long term con-ditions which affect their quality of life, for all carers, for all suffering dementia and for those battling 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; for any we have known and loved who have died recently; we pray for comfort for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.
 
Post-Communion prayer
Eternal Father, we thank you for nourishing us with these heavenly gifts: may our communion strengthen us in faith, build us up in hope, and make us grow in love; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 
Notices
Midweek Holy Communion is at the Bere Regis Church at 11am on Wednesday 26th June and is followed by a simple lunch
 
Youth Communion is at the D’Urberville Centre Wool at 3.30pm on Thursday 27th June
 
Next Sunday 30th June there will be one service for all the benefice be-ing at Affpuddle at 10am – benefice Eucharist
 
Sunday 30th June - Church in the Community - You are invited to be part of a Christian Church presence at BereFest, 2pm at the Sports Ground in Bere Regis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                             
 
 
                              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                
 
 
                               
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                    
 
                                      
     
                        
                                          
                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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          THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
Welcome to our Churches at Bere Regis and Affpuddle.  The services for today, 3rd                                                   September are 10am Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis, 11am  Mattins  with  a                                shortened  Communion at Affpuddle and at 6 pm  Evensong at  Bere Regis.  A                                               special welcome to visitors to the area.
  Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Holy Gospel :  Matthew 16, verses 13 to 20                                           
                                         
                                                                                                       
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                        
 
     
 
 
 
                                                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                         
 
 
 
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
      
 
                                            
     
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
                     
 
     
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                            
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                                                   The  Holy  Gospel:  John 14 : 8-17                                                                                 Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’  Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”?  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.  Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.  Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
     ‘If you love me, keep my commands.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever –  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
                                                          Prayers
For the Church and the community of Christ       
Lord, just as the disciples were filled by your Holy Spirit may each of us receive the Holy Spirit and live our lives  inspired by it  we pray for the Holy Spirit to fill your Church here – in West Purbeck and also our Diocese, our country and wherever two or three gather in your name we pray for all who minister to us here in the benefice and for all involved in  the appointment of our new Associate priest we pray for all in training and preparation for ministry particularly those approaching ordination  and we pray for our diocesan partners in the Episcopal Churches of the Sudan and South Sudan: today for Rt. Revd. Isaac Nyaryiel Aleth, Diocesan Bishop of Aluakluakwe pray and we  for the continuing  good work of the Sudan Medical Link 
For the world and its leader
We pray for peace where there is war for stability and the rule of law and an end to violence and torturefor lessons to be learned from the anniversaries remembered on the last few days: 75 years  on D-Day and 30 years on from Tianamen Square  we pray for wisdom over Brexit and for EU leaders as they appoint a new President of Council for all making and implementing decisions over the environment
For our parishes and community  
We pray for our neighbours in these communities: for their physical health, spiritual welfare, relationships,  work and all they do we pray for school and other students taking exams for those where help is needed and for those people and agencies that can provide it
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
  We pray for all in hospital or receiving out-patient treatment for those awaiting treatment or the outcome of tests               for all with long term conditions which affect their quality of life, for all carers, for all suffering dementia, for those battling issues of the mind and in our parishes we pray for  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; for any we have known and loved who have died recently;  
we pray for comfort for all who mourn the loss of loved ones. 
                                                                 Post Communion Prayer  
Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
        Notices: Donations for Christian Aid Week may be made using the red Christian Aid envelopes in the churches and returned to Brenda Pitfield (Bere Regis) or Lindy Ventham (Affpuddle) by 16th June.The total raised by Bere Regis Duck Race evening was just in excess of £1,000 from the sale of over 850 ducks, plus raffle/produce
Services next Sunday 16th June Trinity Sunday:                                                              
 8am Affpuddle:   Holy Communion          10am  Bere Regis:  Parish Eucharist
10am  Wool:  Family Service           6pm Bere Regis:   Evensong
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prayers
   For the Church and the community of Christ                
  Today, Mothering Sunday, we give thanks to God for all who nurture and sustain others, and particularly for the nurturing care God offers us through his Holy Spirit and in our Lord Jesus Christ             ~may all our churches be communities of welcome, sanctuary and refreshment - for spirit, mind and body              ~we ask you to be with us as we in Bere Regis and Affpuddle seek a new associate priest as part of the benefice team                      ~we pray for the ongoing work of the ministry team throughout this benefice          ~we pray for the Sunday afternoon meetings at Wool considering ethical issues                   ~guide the Church of England in those difficult issues we face: the place of same sex relationships and transgender issues, the importance of faith for the young, disparity of wealth in our country and the world, those who seek a right to terminate their own life                 ~in our Diocesan partnership we  pray for the Episcopal Churches in the Sudan and South Sudan and today for Rt  Revd Thomas Tut Gany, Suffragan Bishop of Ayod Area in the diocese of Duk.
   For the world and its leaders
 For peace not war between countries and peoples  –  for  Yemen, Syria and Iraq, for Gaza, Israel and Palestine, for India and Pakistan, Korea                    ~for civil order not violence or threats  - South Sudan, Nigeria, Venezuela and Christchurch in New Zealand             ~for those suffering the devastation of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique                 ~ for all working to improve the quality and standard of life in the developing world: access to clean water, sufficient food, fair trade,  the provision of health services and education                ~ for all partaking in Brexit decisions in Parliament, Government and the EU            
   For our parishes and community
 Just as  the young thank parents and carers for nurturing them so may parents and grandparents cherish their younger ones             ~may we respect and care for our neighbours and respond when they seek us out              ~as we have been nurtured so may we nurture our pets as approprriate     
~ we pray for any in our community  going through a difficult time or crisis and for those relying on foodbanks here in Purbeck            ~for farmers and those working the land: those with livestock, those planting and tending crops, the water-cress growers, all involved in milk production and distribution           
   For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
~We pray for all in hospital or receiving out-patient treatment      ~for those awaiting treatment, or operation or the outcome of tests                ~for all carers and those who give support            ~for those whose faculties are deteriorating or suffering dementia       ~for those battling depression or issues of the mind          ~ and in our parishes we pray for  Margaret Bartlett,  Jo Powell, John Dewey, Linda Thomas, 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; we lift to you those we each have known and loved; in our beneficiary we lift to you those who have died recently and we pray for comfort for their family and friends 
                                                     Post Communion Prayer:     
 Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father.
        Notices              Affpuddle PCC meets Wednesday 3rd April at 7pm at Bladen Tye, Briantspuddle
  Midweek Communion at Bere Regis is at 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd April followed by a Lent Lunch
  The annual count for Fairer Share based on membership attendance is underway across the diocese
  The Church Electoral Roll is being revised this year as required by the Diocese. Forms should be completed and signed, then returned to the electoral roll keeper for the parish – for Bere Regis Sylvia Bayliss and for Affpuddle Richard Killer. Parish AGMs are on Sunday 7th April for Wool at 11.30am, Wednesday 24th April for  Bere Regis, Sunday 28 April for Affpuddle
   At Wool next Sunday 7th April the third session of the moral issues course looks at war and peace and considers whether it can ever be right for a Chrisian to take up arms: 4pm at the D’Urberville Centre
                                            Services next Sunday 7th April  
10am Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis     
11am Mattins and Communion at Affpuddle                  6pm  Evensong at Bere Regis
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                    
 
 
                                                              
                                                                                                                              
              
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
rough Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                             
 
 
                              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                
 
 
                               
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                    
 
                                      
     
                        
                                          
                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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