Although we can now share the Eucharist together at All Saints on a Sunday morning, we continue to publish this weekly online Liturgy of the Word for those who are not yet ready to mix in public and for our wider audience. This week’s music comes from a wide range of sources, including a parish church in Southampton, a Catholic community in Minnesota, and St Paul’s Cathedral. We open our worship with hymn 388, Jesus shall reign …
Jesus shall reign (words and music) | The Coventry Singers
Almighty God, who sent your servant John the Baptist to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah, inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to you, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
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Reflection by Rev Sydney Maitland
An opportunity for faith to shine forth
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We believe in one God, the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation hecame down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living andthe dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
• Pray for the world and its people, for those who suffer and those in need …
• Pray for Church and its members, especially Jenny M, Douglas N, Catriona M, Brenda M, Claire, Joanna, Elena J, Jessie B …
• Pray for the departed, especially those whose year’s mind falls this month: George Staines, Margaret and William Marshall, Alan Colvin, Robert Murray, Patrick Lauderdale, Neil Ross, Margaret Deed …
• The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians:
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.‘
And so let us each bring our own prayers, petitions and thanksgivings to the Lord …
O God, whose will it is that all should find salvation and come to know the truth: receive the prayers and petitions which we offer in faith and love; through him who gave proof of your purpose, and who sacrificed himself to win freedom for all mankind, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with us always. Amen.
J.S. Bach: Nun komm der heiden Heiland (‘Saviour of the nations, come’ or, literally, ‘Now come, Saviour of the heathen’) | Introduced and played by Simon Johnson, organist and assistant director of music at St Paul’s Cathedral, on the OBE Chapel organ, Advent 2, 2014
- The Psalms, individually, at EpiscopalNet.org
- The New English Hymnal: music and words at Hymnal.org
- The Complete New English Hymnal: recordings on Youtube