Service Sheets 


Please select the service sheet for worship today:

- Eucharist in Ordinary Time Sunday 17th October 10.30am 

- Service of The Word Wednesday 20th October 6.30pm


Eucharist in Ordinary Time



This can be a time of quiet reflection and prayer as we gather and prepare to worship.

Words of welcome and Introduction


Opening Hymn: Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us (number 379)

1. Lead us, heav’nly Father, lead uso'er the world’s tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing ev’ry blessing
if our God our Father be. 
2. Saviour, breath forgiveness o’er us,all our weakness thou dost know,
thou didst tread this earth before us;
thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary,
through the desert thou didst go. 
3. Spirit of our God, descending,fill our hearts with heav’nly joy,
love with ev’ry passion lending,
pleasure that can never cloy;
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy. 


The Gathering

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
All   Amen.


The Greeting 

The Lord be with you
All     and also with you.


Prayer of Preparation

All     Almighty God,
         to whom all hearts are open,
         all desires known,
         and from whom no secrets are hidden:
         cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
         by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
         that we may perfectly love you,
         and worthily magnify your holy name;
         through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers of Penitence 

God the Father forgives us in Christ and heals us by the Holy Spirit.
Let us therefore, put away all anger and bitterness,
all slander and malice,
and confess our sins to God our redeemer.
All     Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.


The Absolution

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy on us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All     Amen.

Collect for today 

At the end of the prayer.
All     Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

If there are two scripture readings, the first may be read here. 
The reader may say at the end of the reading:
            This is the Word of Lord
All       Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Reading

Please stand for the Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to…
Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

The Reflection


The Affirmation of Faith – The Nicene Creed

Please stand to affirm our Faith.
Let us declare our faith in God, saying together …

All     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 Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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 and the 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 and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who 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.


Prayers of Intercession

The response used:
Lord, in your mercy
All     hear our prayer.
And at the end:
Merciful Father,
All     accept these prayers
         for the sake of your Son,
         our Saviour Jesus Christ,


The Peace

(These words or an alternative may be used)

Peace to you from God our heavenly Father.
Peace from his Son Jesus Christ who is our peace.
Peace from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.
The peace of the triune God be always with you
All     and also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

The Offertory Hymn: Father God I Wonder (number 159)

Father God,
I wonder how I managed to exist
without the knowledge of your parenthood
and loving care.
But now I am your child,
I am adopted in your family
and I can never be alone,
‘cause, Father God, you’re there beside me.
I will sing your praises,
I will sing your praises,
I will sing your praises,
For evermore. 


The Eucharistic Prayer 

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
Father, you made the world and love your creation.
You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.
His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death.
And so we gladly thank you,
with saints and angels praising you and saying:
All     Holy, holy, holy Lord,
         God of power and might,
         heaven and earth are full of your glory.
         Hosanna in the highest.
         [Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
         Hosanna in the highest.]

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.
On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said;
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he come in glory.
[Great is the mystery of faith:]
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

Lord of all life,
help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.
Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with St James and all the Saints
to feast at your table in heaven.
Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,
for ever and ever. 
All     Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our saviour taught us, so we pray:
All     Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.


Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
All     Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

The Agnus Dei is said as the bread is broken.
All     Jesus, Lamb of God,
         have mercy on us.
         Jesus, bearer of our sins,
         have mercy on us.
         Jesus, redeemer of the world,
         Grant us peace.


The invitation to communion

Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.                                                                                       
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All      Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
         but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

At Saint James’s all are welcome to receive communion.
If you are visiting and would receive Communion in your own Church, please join with us today.
All, including children, may come forward for a prayer of blessing.


Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.
All     Father of all,
         we give you thanks and praise,
         that when we were still far off
         you met us in your Son and brought us home.
         Dying and living, he declared your love,
         gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
         May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
         we who drink his cup bring life to others;
         we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
         Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
         so we and all your children shall be free,
         and the whole earth life to praise your name;
         through Christ our Lord.


The Final Hymn: All People That On Earth Do Dwell (number 21)

1. All people that on earth do dwell,sing to the Lord, with cheerful voice;
him serve with fear, her praise forth tell,
come ye before him and rejoice.
2. The Lord, ye know, is God indeed,without our aid he did make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed
and for his sheep he doth us take.
3. O enter then his gates with praise,approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.             
4. For why? the Lord our God is good:his mercy is for every sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.
5. To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,the God whom heav’n and earth adore,
from us and from the angel-host
be praise and glory evermore. 


The Conclusion

The Blessing and Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All     In the name of Christ.  Amen.


Service of The Word 



Words of explanation and The Notices


Opening Music 



Welcome in the name of Christ.
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you
All     and also with you.


The Collect


Prayer of Penitence

Come, Holy Spirit of God,
All   and search our hearts with the light of Christ.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
All   Amen. Lord, have mercy.
After a moment of quiet reflection
Come, let us return to the Lord and say:
All   Lord our God,
in our sin we have avoided your call.
Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
Have mercy on us;
deliver us from judgement;
bind up our wounds and revive us;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Words of confession

All     Almighty God,
long-suffering and of great goodness:
I confess to you,
I confess with my whole heart
my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,
my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;
the hurts I have done to others,
and the good I have left undone.
O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;
and raise me to newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



The Liturgy of the Word


Reading from Holy Scripture

The reading is taken from ……………
at the end
This is the Word of the Lord
All     Thanks be to God.

A Reflection


Second piece of music/hymn


Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
All   I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
All   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.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
All   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.



ending with: 
The Lord’s Prayer
As our saviour taught us, so we pray together:

All     Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.



The Peace

Note: the words to introduce the peace may be different.
All     and also with you.


The final music/hymn


Closing Prayer

All     In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



The Blessing

Words of blessing will be offered.


The Dismissal

All     We go into the world
to walk in God’s light,
to rejoice in God’s love
and to reflect God’s glory.


Cherry Kirkwood, 19/12/2020