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Sunday September 25

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Notices
Opening Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King
Sentence of the Day
Collects
Lesson: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Epistle: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Gradual Hymn: O God, You Search Me
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Sermon
Prayers & Intercessions
Anthem: In Our Service
Closing Hymn: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
Daily Offices for Sunday September 25

Notices

Fisherfolk Newsletter & Pew Sheet for Sunday 25 - to be uploaded when available.

Opening Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King

Sentence of the Day

Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
James 5:16

Collects

Almighty God,
you alone are our true judge,
for you know what we are,
you know what we should be,
and with you there is mercy.
Give us feeling for what is right;
set us on fire to see that right is done.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Everlasting God, we thank you for the life and service of Queen Elizabeth.
As we with give you thanks for the past, we also look to you for the future,
praying for the work and witness of Charles, our new King.
May your truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lesson

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 The army of the king of Babylon was then besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace of Judah.

3 Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesy as you do?

6 Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: 7 Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.’

8 “Then, just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.’

“I knew that this was the word of the Lord; 9 so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. 10 I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. 11 I took the deed of purchase—the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy— 12 and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard.

13 “In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions: 14 ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. 15 For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’

Epistle

1 Timothy 6:6-19

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time — God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Gradual Hymn: O God, You Search Me

Gospel

Luke 16:19-31

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Sermon by the Rev. Richard Girdwood

Today’s Gospel reading contains that well known story about the poor man Lazarus, who sat at the gate of the rich man, who traditionally is given the name Dives, hoping for some food or money. We are told, in a very stark picture in the Biblical text, that “even the dogs would come and lick his sores.”

The story continues with our being told, in verse 22, “The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham.” It is such a simple reference to the angels that we can more often than not take no notice of it. In my preparation for today a couple of bells started to ring, or perhaps that should be toll, when I heard King Charles end his first speech as our King. He quoted from Shakespeare’s Hamlet when he said, in reference to his late mother, “May 'flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.'” Read more...

Prayers & Intercessions

Prayers of the People for Sunday September 25

Anthem: In Our Service

Closing Hymn: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

Daily Offices

Morning
Evening

Sunday September 25 - Morning

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St Sergius of Radonezh

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp58-60 or pp104-106

The readings are those set for the Feast of St Sergius of Radonezh.

Psalm 66
Sirach 38:34b-39:8
Hebrews 12:7-13
John 17:1-8
Collects

Psalm 66

1Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
2Sing the glory of his name;
 make his praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
 So great is your power
 that your enemies cringe before you.
4 All the earth bows down to you;
 they sing praise to you,
 they sing the praises of your name.”

5 Come and see what God has done,
 his awesome deeds for mankind!
6 He turned the sea into dry land,
 they passed through the waters on foot—
 come, let us rejoice in him.
7 He rules forever by his power,
 his eyes watch the nations—
 let not the rebellious rise up against him.

8 Praise our God, all peoples,
 let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives
 and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
 you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
 and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
 we went through fire and water,
 but you brought us to a place of abundance.

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
 and fulfill my vows to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
 when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
 and an offering of rams;
 I will offer bulls and goats.

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
 let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
 his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
 the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
 and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
 who has not rejected my prayer
 or withheld his love from me!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Sirach 38:34b-39:8

34 How different the one who devotes himself
 to the study of the law of the Most High!
[39] 1 He seeks out the wisdom of all the ancients,
 and is concerned with prophecies;
2 he preserves the sayings of the famous
 and penetrates the subtleties of parables;
3 he seeks out the hidden meanings of proverbs
 and is at home with the obscurities of parables.
4 He serves among the great
 and appears before rulers;
he travels in foreign lands
 and learns what is good and evil in the human lot.
5 He sets his heart to rise early
 to seek the Lord who made him,
 and to petition the Most High;
he opens his mouth in prayer
 and asks pardon for his sins.

6 If the great Lord is willing,
 he will be filled with the spirit of understanding;
he will pour forth words of wisdom of his own
 and give thanks to the Lord in prayer.
7 The Lord will direct his counsel and knowledge,
 as he meditates on his mysteries.
8 He will show the wisdom of what he has learned,
 and will glory in the law of the Lord’s covenant.

Hebrews 12:7-13

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

John 17:1-8

1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

Collects

St Sergius

Everloving God,
your servant Sergius
was filled with an intense love for you
that made him a shining light
among your people in Russia;
by the same Spirit that empowered him,
strengthen our faith,
and set our hearts on fire
to live as true disciples
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sunday September 25

Almighty God,
you alone are our true judge,
for you know what we are,
you know what we should be,
and with you there is mercy.
Give us feeling for what is right;
set us on fire to see that right is done.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Queen Elizabeth & King Charles

Everlasting God, we thank you for the life and service of Queen Elizabeth.
As we with give you thanks for the past, we also look to you for the future,
praying for the work and witness of Charles, our new King.
May your truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sunday September 25

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St Sergius of Radonezh

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp60-63 or pp107-109

The readings are those set for Evening Prayer for September 25.

Psalms 134 & 135
Nehemiah 2
John 8:31-38,48-59
Collects

Psalms 134 & 135

Psalm 134

1 Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
 who minister by night in the house of the Lord.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
 and praise the Lord.

3 May the Lord bless you from Zion,
 he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 135

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise the name of the Lord;
 praise him, you servants of the Lord,
2 you who minister in the house of the Lord,
 in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
 sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
 Israel to be his treasured possession.

5 I know that the Lord is great,
 that our Lord is greater than all gods.
6 The Lord does whatever pleases him,
 in the heavens and on the earth,
 in the seas and all their depths.
7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
 he sends lightning with the rain
 and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
 the firstborn of people and animals.
9 He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
 against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations
 and killed mighty kings —
11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
 Og king of Bashan,
 and all the kings of Canaan —
12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,
 an inheritance to his people Israel.

13 Your name, Lord, endures forever,
 your renown, Lord, through all generations.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
 and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
 made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
 eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear,
 nor is there breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them,
 and so will all who trust in them.

19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord;
 house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
20 house of Levi, praise the Lord;
 you who fear him, praise the Lord.
21 Praise be to the Lord from Zion,
 to him who dwells in Jerusalem.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Nehemiah 2

1 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”

I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”

4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?”

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.

7 I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8 And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests. 9 So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.

10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.

11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.

13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”

20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”

John 8:31-38,48-59

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”

49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”

52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”

54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Collects

St Sergius

Everloving God,
your servant Sergius
was filled with an intense love for you
that made him a shining light
among your people in Russia;
by the same Spirit that empowered him,
strengthen our faith,
and set our hearts on fire
to live as true disciples
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sunday September 25

Almighty God,
you alone are our true judge,
for you know what we are,
you know what we should be,
and with you there is mercy.
Give us feeling for what is right;
set us on fire to see that right is done.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Queen Elizabeth & King Charles

Everlasting God, we thank you for the life and service of Queen Elizabeth.
As we with give you thanks for the past, we also look to you for the future,
praying for the work and witness of Charles, our new King.
May your truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Queen Elizabeth

Everlasting God, we thank you for the life and service of Queen Elizabeth.
As we with give you thanks for the past,
we also look to you for the future,
praying for the work and witness of Charles, our new King.
May your truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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