20th September Evening Service

St Botolph’s – Evening Service – 20th September

Preparation

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

be with you

and also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Confession

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1v8-9)

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Lord God, we have sinned against you;

we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse you from your sins, and restore you in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

Scripture

113     I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.

    114     You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

    115     Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.

    116     Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,

and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

    117     Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually!

    118     You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,

for their cunning is in vain.

    119     All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies.

    120     My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.

    121     I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.

    122     Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.

    123     My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.

    124     Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,

and teach me your statutes.

    125     I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!

    126     It is time for the Lord to act, for your law has been broken.

    127     Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.

    128     Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;

I hate every false way.

    129     Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.

    130     The unfolding of your words gives light;

it imparts understanding to the simple.

    131     I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.

    132     Turn to me and be gracious to me,

as is your way with those who love your name.

    133     Keep steady my steps according to your promise,

and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

    134     Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.

    135     Make your face shine upon your servant,

and teach me your statutes.

    136     My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.

                        (Psalm 119v113-136 (ESV))

 

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”                    (Matthew 20v1-16 (ESV))

 

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

The Creed

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.            Amen

 

Sermon

 

The Collects

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; 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

O God, the author of all holy desires, all good purposes, and all just works: give to us your servants that peace which the world cannot give, so that we, obeying your commands, and being delivered from the fear of our enemies, may live in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen

Lighten our darkness, Lord: and by your great mercy defend us from all peril and danger this night; for the love of your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.                     Amen

 

The Intercessions

Lord, in your mercy,     Hear our prayer

 

Merciful father        Accept these prayers for the sake of your son,

our saviour, Jesus Christ.     Amen

 

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with us all evermore.                 Amen

 

The Peace

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding,

keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.         Amen

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Harvest for the Hungry

In St Botolph’s year plan, September 27th is scheduled as Harvest Festival Sunday.  Quite how Harvest will be celebrated in the current circumstances, we cannot tell, especially if we are not able to worship all together.

However, one thing that we can be sure of is that St Botolph’s will once again be supporting TEN’s “HARVEST FOR THE HUNGRY” project.  Clearly we will not be able to administer it in the same way as in previous years, but we hope that your response to the project will be as magnificent as is has been in the past.  Over the 27 years of Harvest for the Hungry, every year, with only two exceptions, our gift has surpassed the previous year’s total.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t let Covid19 spoil that record this year?

Because of the unusual circumstances this year, we cannot make plans for the usual collection of Harvest for the Hungry gifts in church, and on the separate instruction sheet you will find the procedure for this year.  

We hope that you will not be put off by the new arrangements, and look forward to receiving your gifts over the next couple of weeks.

If you are new to St Botolph’s and don’t know about Harvest for the Hungry, please call St Botolph’s office on 01536 414052.

Every blessing to you all

Derek Wade

Two ways to donate:
1. Download the file below and follow the instructions.
2. Online. Go to, https://www.ten-uk.org/news-and-resources/campaigns/harvest-for-the-hungry/

IMPORTANT
If you donate online, please complete the tear off strip on the form below, scan or photograph when complete and send to admin@stbots.church. This will enable us to keep track of the total donations from St Bots fellowship.

Heavenly time in Irthlingborough

Last Sunday afternoon and evening many of us, around eighty, met at the Frontier centre in Irthlingborough. This was the first time many of us had been together since the end of March! It felt like an old-friends’ reunion. So much to catch up on, and simply the joy of being together again. And a rain shower or two didn’t dull the spirits. We concluded our time together giving God the glory in a service of evening prayer. We are still very much limited in what we are allowed to do, and this is very important in our area at the moment. We cannot sing, but we can listen to music and we can be sung to. We can say Psalms together and we can pray. We can read the Bible and consider it together. We did all these, and God blessed us. The Bible reading set for evening prayer was from Matthew’s gospel chapter 16. In v18 Jesus says, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” It’s good for us to remember that it is God’s church of which we are part, it is God who builds it against all the odds, and it is God who protects it for eternity. No matter what, we are safe with Him!

We had such a great time that we are planning a return visit soon. Watch this space.

Thanks to Rich and his team for allowing us to use this fantastic venue. A place where we could maintain social distancing in comfort and still enjoy one another’s company.

I am grateful to God for His unending love, mercy and grace.