All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

Sunday 26th September 2021

Harvest Festival



In the name of the Father, and of the Son

And of the Holy Spirit

  Amen


The Greeting


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

  And also with you.


Hymn           289    Come ye thankful people come    


Prayer of Preparation


  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 Christ our Lord.

  Amen.


The Summary of the Law


  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.

   Amen.  Lord, have mercy.



Confession

Let us confess our forgetfulness of the needs of the poor and repent of the ways in which we waste the resources of the world.


          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.  Amen.


Absolution

  Almighty God,

      who forgives all who truly repent,

      have mercy upon you,

      pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

      confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

      and keep you in life eternal;

      through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  Amen.


Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Collect

Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; 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


Readings        


Old Testament Reading                                               Psalm 65


1                Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; •
                  to you that answer prayer shall vows be paid.
2                To you shall all flesh come to confess their sins; •
                  when our misdeeds prevail against us,
                  you will purge them away.
3                Happy are they whom you choose
                  and draw to your courts to dwell there. •
                  We shall be satisfied with the blessings of your house,
                  even of your holy temple.
4                With wonders you will answer us in your righteousness,
                  O God of our salvation, •
                  O hope of all the ends of the earth
                  and of the farthest seas.
5                In your strength you set fast the mountains •
                  and are girded about with might.
6                You still the raging of the seas, •
                  the roaring of their waves
                  and the clamour of the peoples.
7                Those who dwell at the ends of the earth
                  tremble at your marvels; •
                  the gates of the morning and evening sing your praise.
8                You visit the earth and water it; •
                  you make it very plenteous.
9                The river of God is full of water; •
                  you prepare grain for your people,
                  for so you provide for the earth.
10              You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; •
                  you soften the ground with showers and bless its increase.
11              You crown the year with your goodness, •
                  and your paths overflow with plenty.
12              May the pastures of the wilderness flow with goodness •
                  and the hills be girded with joy.
13              May the meadows be clothed with flocks of sheep •
                  and the valleys stand so thick with corn
                  that they shall laugh and sing.


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now and shall be forever - Amen

 

New Testament Reading                                                          1 Timothy 2.1-7

                   First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all —this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.


                    This is the word of the Lord  

                    Thanks be to God


Hymn         (Parish Praise)   55       Seek ye first the Kingdom of God   


Gospel Reading                                                                      Matthew 6.25-33


Alleluia, alleluia.

Lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are ripe for harvesting.

Gather the fruit for eternal life.       Alleluia.             cf John 4.35,36


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


‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?”  For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

  

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you O Christ.


Sermon               Ven. Dave Middlebrook, Archdeacon of Bedford                                                                


We stand to affirm our faith saying together the words of the creed


Creed           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.

      Amen.


Prayers of Intercession


                      Our prayers this morning are led by Ann Timms


 In Response to Lord, in your mercy

 hear our prayer.


At the end…..

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our saviour, Jesus Christ; Amen


The Peace

The harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  cf Galatians 5.22,23

  

  The peace of the Lord be always with you

  and also with you.



Hymn           290     We plough the fields



Blessing of the harvest gifts



Prayer over the Gifts

  

  Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this bread to set before you,

which earth has given and human hands have made.

It will become for us the bread of life.

                     Blessed be God for ever.


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,

fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

It will become for us the cup of salvation.

                     Blessed be God for ever.


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.


It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For you have created the heavens and the earth, and formed us in your own image.

In the fullness of time you sent forth your Son, your eternal Word,

who laid down his life for our salvation and rose from the grave, the first-fruits of your new creation.

You send forth your holy and life-giving Spirit to give life to our mortal bodies and to renew the face of the earth.

Therefore with all the heavenly hosts, we give voice to everything that you have made, and sing the eternal hymn of praise.


           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.


Accept our praises, heavenly Father, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and as we follow his example and obey his command, grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.


In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: 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.


Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross; we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


[Great is the mystery of faith:]

     Christ has died:

 Christ is risen:

 Christ will come again.

      

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty, renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:


                  Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


 


The Lord’s Prayer

  As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

  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.



Breaking of Bread


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

  Though we are many, we are one body,

      because we all share in one bread.


  Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world

  have mercy on us.

        Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

  have mercy on us.

        Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

  grant us peace.



Giving of Communion


God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people


Jesus Christ is Holy, Jesus Christ is Lord,

 to the glory of God the Father


  We do not presume

      to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

      trusting in our own righteousness,

      but in your manifold and great mercies.

      We are not worthy

      so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

      But you are the same Lord

      whose nature is always to have mercy.

      Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

      so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

      and to drink his blood,

      that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

      and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

   and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.   

                      Amen.





The Body and Blood of Christ – Amen


The congregation receive communion respecting social distancing protocol.


Prayer after Communion

Lord of the harvest, with joy we have offered thanksgiving for your love in creation and have shared in the bread and the wine of the kingdom:

by your grace plant within us a reverence for all that you give us and make us generous and wise stewards of the good things we enjoy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen


  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 live to praise your name;

      through Christ our Lord.

      Amen.



Hymn            291     To thee O Lord our hearts we raise





Blessing

  May God our creator,

                      who clothes the lilies and feeds the birds of the air,

                      bestow on you his care

                      and increase the harvest of your righteousness;

                                 

  and the blessing of God almighty,

  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

  be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


Dismissal

  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

  In the name of Christ.  Amen.


 Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright  The Archbishops’ Council 2000

Common Worship: Times and Seasons material from which is included in this service, is copyright  The Archbishop’s Council 2006