Thursday, 8 August 2013

Trinity 7 pewsheet

Colour: Green

Welcome to the Church of
St-Peter-in- the-Forest, Walthamstow

Being a Good Samaritan

All Age Communion

Presiding today is Fr Paul Trathen

14th July 2013

Our welcomers are Frances and George Downing

Hymn:    O Lord all the world belongs to you
O Lord, all the world
belongs to you,
and you are always
making all things new.
What is wrong you forgive
and the new life you give
is what’s turning
the world upside down.


The world wants the wealth
to live in state,
but you show us a new way
to be great:
like a servant you came,
and if we do the same,
we’ll be turning
the world upside down.

The world’s only
loving to its friends,
but you have brought us
love that never ends;
loving enemies too,
and this loving with you
is what’s turning
the world upside down.

O Lord, all the world
belongs to you,
and you are always
making all things new.
Send your Spirit on all
in your Church whom you call
to be turning
the world upside down.
This world lives divided
and apart.
You draw us all together
and we start,
in your body, to see
that in fellowship we
can be turning
the world upside down.




Priest:    In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit;

All:          Amen.

Priest:    The Lord be with you
All:          and also with you.

Greeting and Introduction

Priest:    Today we are looking at what it means to be a Good Samaritan – the story of “The Good Samaritan” is a well known one and probably one with which we can identify in today’s world.  Today we are also re-opening a branch of Mothers’ Union, here at St Peter’s.  The characters in the story of The Good Samaritan go on a journey; come with me on a journey as we explore both this story and the values and ethos of the Mothers’ Union.

Gather around the font.

Part One of the Gospel Reading       (The Gospel today is from Luke 10:25-37)

MU 1:     We believe in the value of each individual and their unique qualities.  We believe in the value of relationships.  Jesus said, ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ’Love your neighbour as yourself.’’

All:          When we put other things before God and ignore his commandments,
Lord, forgive us.

Sing:       When I needed a neighbour were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour, were you there?

And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter,
were you there?

Gather round the Book of Remembrance

Part two of the Gospel Reading

MU 2:     We will show our Christian faith by the transformation of communities worldwide.  We will promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children.

All:          When we hurt each other and forget who our neighbours are,
Lord, forgive us.

I was hungry and thirsty, were you there, were you there?
I was hungry and thirsty, were you there?

And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter,
were you there?

Gather in front of the altar

Part three of the Gospel Reading

MU 3:     We believe in the value of the family in its many forms as a source of love and support for individuals and the basis for a caring community.

All:          When we pass by on the other side and ignore our community,
                Lord, forgive us.

Sing:       When I needed a shelter, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a shelter, were you there?

And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter,
were you there?

Gather round the Votive stand and on the ramp

Part four of the Gospel Reading

MU 4:     Mothers’ Union is a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths and none.  We are firmly rooted in a voluntary ethos centred on mutual respect and collaboration.  Our governance, leadership, and programmes are driven by and undertaken through members within their own communities worldwide.

All:          When we fail to help people in need, because of our differences,
                Lord, forgive us.

Sing:       When I needed a healer, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a healer, were you there?

And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter,
were you there?

Gather in the centre of Church

Part five of the Gospel Reading

MU 5:     Our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships.

Sing:       Wherever you travel, I’ll be there, I’ll be there,
wherever you travel, I’ll be there.

And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter,
I’ll be there.


Priest:    May God the Father who forgives us when we are truly sorry,
                have mercy on us all.  Amen.

Gloria – Majesty, worship his majesty

Majesty, worship his majesty;
unto Jesus be glory, honour and praise.
Majesty, kingdom, authority
flow from his throne unto his own: his anthem raise.
So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus;
magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship his majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.

Reflection (by Fr Paul Trathen)

Re-Opening and Dedication of the Mothers’ Union Branch

Minister:     May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you all, that in this, and in all things, you may do God’s will in the service of the kingdom of Christ.  Amen.

Minister:     In the name of God I commend you to this work, and dedicate the branch to the glory of God.  In the name of the parish of St Peter’s in the Forest, Walthamstow, I pledge you our prayers, encouragement and support in the years ahead.

Let us pray: Almighty God, look with favour upon this branch of the Mothers’ Union; as the members reaffirm their commitment to follow Christ and to serve in his name, give them courage, patience and vision; strengthen them in their Christian vocation of witness to the world, and service to others, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

We say together The Mothers’ Union Prayer

Loving Lord
we thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share
your love through the encouragement, strengthening and
support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer
and worship, and, in love and service, reach out as your
hands across the world. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Prayer of Commitment to be said by the members, together…

Heavenly Father,
as members of this branch we commit its life to you;
we seek your blessing in all we do;
your presence in our fellowship,
your inspiration in our activities;
your strength in our service to the Church
and to the community;
help us to be faithful in prayer and worship
and outgoing in our witness to the gospel,
that we may advance your kingdom,
and glorify your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Priest:          I call on you now to pray that God will bless his servants and provide such gifts and powers as may be needed for the work ahead. Let us pray in silence ….

O God,
we ask that you will bless your servants
with a sense of your presence,
and knowledge of your constant love.
Give wisdom and understanding,
your guidance and the humility to accept it.
Grant all members the grace to support
and uphold all who work in your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

O God,
you have called us from many nations and people;
we ask you to bless the work of the Mothers’ Union,
and prosper its branches throughout the world.
Give wisdom and courage to those who hold office
and serve on its councils;
unite its members in faith and love,
and grant us your peace in our hearts and homes,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

In a moment of quiet, take time to go and ‘place’ your prayer on one of the prayer sheets around the church – there are sheets representing those we know who are hurt, ill, vulnerable, for our neighbourhood and community, for those who help and serve us and for our families and all who support us.

The Peace

Priest:    We’ll now share the peace together, to celebrate the Body of Christ to which
we belong.

We are the Body of Christ. By the one Spirit we were all baptised into the one Body.  Let us pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life together.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:          And also with you.

                We shake hands with one another

Hymn – When God almighty came to earth
During the offertory hymn, a collection will be taken. 
If you would like information on how to gift-aid your donation, please see Peter Shrubsole after the service.  Information on setting up standing orders is also available from Peter.

When God Almighty came to earth,
he took the pain of Jesus’ birth,
he took the flight of refugee,
and whispered: ‘Humbly follow me.’

When God Almighty met his folk,
of peace and truth he boldly spoke
to set the slave and tyrant free,
and whispered: ‘Humbly follow me.’
When God Almighty went to work,
carpenter’s sweat he didn’t shirk
profit and loss he didn’t flee,
and whispered: ‘Humbly follow me.’
When God Almighty took his place
to save the sometimes human race,
he boldly took it on a tree,
and whispered: ‘Humbly follow me.’
When God Almighty walked the street,
the critic’s curse he had to meet,
thy cynic’s smile he had to see,
and whispered: ‘Humbly follow me.’
When God Almighty comes again,
he’ll meet us incognito as then,
and though no words may voice his plea,
he’ll whisper: ‘Are you following me?’

Eucharistic prayer

Priest      The Lord is here.                 
All           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 him thanks and praise.

When we turned away you did not reject us,
                but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life
                that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross
                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

                On the night that he was betrayed,
                at supper with his friends he took bread, and gave you thanks;
                he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
                Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
                do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
                his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
                he gave you thanks, and said:

                Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
                which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;
                do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
                his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,
                send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine
                may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts
                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole Church throughout the world
                we offer you this sacrifice of praise
                and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
                Hosanna in the highest.


 Priest:   Let us pray the prayer that Jesus taught us:

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. Amen.

The priest invites people to come forward to receive communion or a blessing.

Priest      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.

Priest:    God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
All:          Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Adults who are baptized and children who’ve received preparation are welcome to receive communion. If you do not receive communion, please feel free to go forward for a blessing.
Communion Hymn           Lord of all hopefulness

Lord of all hopefulness,
Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike,
no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking,
and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts,
Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all kindliness,
Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome,
your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing,
and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord,
at the eve of the day.
Lord of all eagerness,
Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled
at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours,
and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord,
at the noon of the day.
Lord of all gentleness,
Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment,
whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping,
and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord,
at the end of the day.

Prayer after Communion

Creator God,
who believes in each one of us and loves us all,
even though we may not deserve it,
we ask your blessing on us and those whom we love
and on those whom we avoid,
so that all people may know your love.

Final Hymn         Colours of day

Colours of day dawn into the mind,
the sun has come up,
the night is behind.
Go down in the city, into the street,
and let’s give the message
to the people we meet.

So light up the fire
and let the flame burn,
open the door, let Jesus return,
take seeds of the Spirit,
let the fruit grow,
tell the people of Jesus,
let his love show.

Open your eyes, look into the sky,
the darkness has come;
the sun came to die.
The evening draws on, the sun disappears,
but Jesus is living,
and his Spirit is near.

So light up the fire
and let the flame burn,
open the door, let Jesus return,
take seeds of the Spirit,
let the fruit grow,
tell the people of Jesus,
let his love show.
Go through the park, on into the town;
the sun still shines on;
it never goes down.
The light of the world is risen again;
the people of darkness
are needing our friend.

So light up the fire ….

Blessing and Dismissal

Priest:                   When the journey is long and we hunger and thirst,
All:                         Bread of Life, you sustain us.
When the road is hard and our bodies weak
All:                         Bread of Life, you heal us.
When our spirits are low and we can’t carry on
All:                         Bread of Life, you revive us.
When we offer our hand in love and in service
All:                         Bread of life, you bless us.
When the challenge is great and the workers are few
All:                         Bread of Life, you empower us.
When the victory is won and we see your face
All:                         Bread of Life, you will rejoice with us!

Go out into the world as witnesses to Christ and let his Spirit guide you. 
All:                         Thanks be to God.  Amen.


New rotas (September – December) will be available soon.  If you would like to be added on to any of the rotas – welcoming, serving, reading, coffee, cleaning, flower arranging or Rocks leaders, please let Sarah know by the beginning of August.  If you know you’re not going to be around for specific dates, please let Sarah know.

If you are not sure if you’d like to be added on to the rotas on a regular basis but would perhaps like to try something – even if it’s just once – please speak to Sarah or have a chat with someone who is on the rota.  We are most urgently in need of Servers so please give that some thought.

And remember, as with everything, the more people on one particular rota, the less often you’ll be called on!  For example, if you’re on the readers rota, you’ll probably be down to read once every 10 – 12 weeks.  At the moment, the servers are down to serve every other week……

If you have any photos of Parish/Church life, send them to Paul or Sarah via email and they will be posted on the parish blog site.

At the back of church is a letter from Fr Paul, on behalf of the Buildings Committee.  It concerns our church building and where we go from here.  Please take a copy with you, read it, think and pray about it and make your choice from the four options given.  There will be a box in church into which you are asked to put your reply, no later than the 25th August.

Today and for the next few Sundays (hopefully into September) the church will be open from 2.00 – 5.00 pm serving tea/coffee and cakes.  We need volunteers to ‘man’ the church so if you think you could spare a few hours on a Sunday afternoon once in a while, please speak to Bernard, Judith, Frances or Sue.

Churchyard Working Party – 10th August 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.  Bring a packed lunch; tea, coffee and cake will be available.  There are tools available to use too, but do bring your own if you have any.  If you want more information, please speak to Dan.

Please stay after the service, to have a cup of coffee, tea or juice, and a biscuit, and chat with other people.  Our coffee, tea, sugar and biscuits are all fair-trade products.  Serving coffee today are Liz Todd and Geoff Hammond

Prayers – this week please pray for:

Barbara & Stan Eager                      Rita & Colin Reid               Beryl Goodwin 
Lily Bollen                                            Ray Hepburn                      Les Hobart         
George and Phyllis Robbins         Richard Fayolle                  Michael Bailey
Fred Lennard                                     Eddie Hoad                                        
Richard, Debbie, Claire and Grace Mainwaring

Next Week:
21st July 2013
Eight after Trinity – Parish Eucharist

Paul Wardell
Anne Smith

Peter Shrubsole
Genesis 18:1-10a

Christopher Cole

Colossians 1:15-28

Marian Bradley
Ken Bradley

Pam Bollen

When you come across a pile of stones do you build a wall or a bridge?

Weekday evenings & weekends contact:
The Vicar: Fr Paul Trathen
St Peter’s Vicarage, 121 Forest Rise, E17 3PW
020 8521 5000
(Parish blog)
(Vicar’s blog)
Weekday office hours contact:
The Parish Administrator:
Sarah Collins
Peterhouse Centre
122 Forest Rise, Walthamstow
E17 3PW
020 8509 1811

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