All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

Evening Prayer from 

     The Book of Common Prayer

     Sunday, 12th September 2021
The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity


Hymn  120 – Jesu the very thought of thee


Dearly beloved [brethren],

    the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge

        and confess our manifold sins and wickedness;

     [and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before

        the face of almighty God our heavenly Father;

    but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent and

obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same by his infinite goodness and mercy.

    And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge

        our sins before God;

    yet ought we most chiefly so to do,

    when we assemble and meet together

    to render thanks for the great benefits that we have

        received at his hands,

    to set forth his most worthy praise,

    to hear his most holy word,

    and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary,

    as well for the body as the soul.]

     Wherefore I pray and beseech you,

    as many as are here present,

    to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice,

    unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying [after me]:


Almighty and most merciful Father,

    we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.

    We have followed too much the devices and desires

        of our own hearts.

    We have offended against thy holy laws.

    We have left undone those things which we ought to have done.

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us.

    But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.

    Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults.

 Restore thou them that are penitent; according to thy promises declared unto humankind in Christ Jesu our Lord.

    And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

    that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

    to the glory of thy holy name.    Amen.



A priest says

    Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    who desireth not the death of a sinner,

    but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live;

    and hath given power, and commandment, to his ministers

    to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent,

    the absolution and remission of their sins:

    he pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent

        and unfeignedly believe his holy gospel.

    Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance,

        and his Holy Spirit,

    that those things may please him which we do at this present;

    and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy;

    so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our Father, which art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy name;

    thy kingdom come;  thy will be done,

    in earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that 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.


These responses are used

     O Lord, open thou our lips

All   and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

     

    O God, make speed to save us.

All   O Lord, make haste to help us.

     

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

    and to the Holy Ghost;

All   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

    world without end. Amen.

     

    Praise ye the Lord.

All   The Lord's name be praised.



Psalmody     PSALM 119.73-80

Manus tuae fecerunt me

73  THY hands have made me and fashioned me : O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

74  They that fear thee will be glad when they see me : because I have put my trust in thy word.

75  I know, O Lord, that thy judgements are right: and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.

76  O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort : according to thy word unto thy servant.

77  O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live : for thy law is my delight.

78  Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me : but I will be occupied in thy commandments.

79  Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies : be turned unto me.

80  O let my heart be sound in thy statutes : that I be not ashamed.

81 MY soul hath longed for thy salvation : and I have a good hope because of thy word.

82  Mine eyes long sore for thy word : saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?

83  For I am become like a bottle in the smoke : yet do I not forget thy statutes.

84  How many are the days of thy servant : when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?

85  The proud have digged pits for me : which are not after thy law.

86  All thy commandments are true : they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.

87  They had almost made an end of me upon earth : but I forsook not thy commandments.

88  O quicken me after thy loving-kindness : and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.


   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end. Amen.

     

 Old Testament Reading      

First Reading:   Exodus 18: 13-26     King James Version

13  And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.

14  And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

15  And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

16  When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

17  And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18  Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

19  Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

20  And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

21  Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

22  And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.

23  If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

24  So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

25  And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

26  And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

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Here ends the First Lesson


 Magnificat  

      

1  My soul doth magnify the Lord :

  and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

     

2  For he hath regarded :

   the lowliness of his handmaiden.

     

3  For behold, from henceforth :

  all generations shall call me blessed.

     

4 For he that is mighty hath magnified me :

   and holy is his Name.

     

5  And his mercy is on them that fear him :

   throughout all generations.

     

6  He hath shewed strength with his arm :

   he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

     

7  He hath put down the mighty from their seat :

   and hath exalted the humble and meek.

     

8  He hath filled the hungry with good things :

   and the rich he hath sent empty away.

     

9  He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :

   as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

    

Luke 1.46-55

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :

   and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end. Amen.

     

 New Testament Reading     Matthew 7: 1-14      KJV

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Here ends the second Lesson


Nunc dimittis  

 1  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :

   according to thy word.

     

2  For mine eyes have seen :

   thy salvation;

     

3  Which thou hast prepared :

  before the face of all people;

     

4  To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :

   and to be the glory of thy people Israel.   Luke 2.29-32

     

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end.       Amen.


   The Apostles' Creed     

  I believe in God the Father almighty,

   maker of heaven and earth:

   and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

   who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

   born of the Virgin Mary,

   suffered under Pontius Pilate,

   was crucified, dead, and buried.

   He descended into hell;

   the third day he rose again from the dead;

   he ascended into heaven,

   and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty;

   from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

   I believe in the Holy Ghost;

   the holy catholic Church;

   the communion of saints;

   the forgiveness of sins;

   the resurrection of the body,

   and the life everlasting.     Amen.

     

 Prayers  

  The Lord be with you.

All  And with thy spirit.

     

 Let us pray.

     

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

All  Christ, have mercy upon us.

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

     

All  Our Father, which art in heaven,

   hallowed be thy name;

   thy kingdom come;

   thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

   And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that trespass against us.

   And lead us not into temptation;

   but deliver us from evil. Amen.

     

   O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.

All  And grant us thy salvation.

     

   O Lord, save the Queen.

All  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

     

   Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All  And make thy chosen people joyful.

     

   O Lord, save thy people.

All  And bless thine inheritance.

     

   Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,

   but only thou, O God.

     

   O God, make clean our hearts within us.

All  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

     

Three Collects are said.

The Collect of the Day  

KEEP, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


 The Collect for Peace  

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both, our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,  and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies  may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

All  Amen.



  The Collect for Aid against all Perils  

   Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;  

for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

All  Amen.



Hymn   231 – O for a closer walk with God 


 

A reading from Saints & Pilgrims in the Diocese of St Albans

by Alan Smith +St Albans


12th September – Henry Hucks Gibb s – (1819-1907) –

Governor of the Bank of England and politician


Hymn   374 – Help us to help each other Lord


Prayers


Hymn  12 – God that madest earth and heaven


Blessing

THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your 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 Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.



The Dismissal

   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

   and the love of God,

   and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,

   be with us all evermore.

All  Amen.    


                      

Piece of Organ Music



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