Here are the words we will use on Sunday.

The Gathering

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.



The Lord be with you                     

and also with you.


For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord;

for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords.

To a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word.


Lead us, Father, into freedom, from despair your world release,

that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.

Show us how, through care and goodness, fear will die and hope increase.


All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned:

pride of status, race or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan.

In our common quest for justice may we hallow life's brief span.


You, Creator-God, have written your great name on humankind;

for our growing in your likeness, bring the life of Christ to mind;

that by our response and service earth its destiny may find.

Prayers of Penitence


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.


Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,

firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments

and to live in love and peace with 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.  Amen.


We receive God’s forgiveness with the following words:

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.

As forgiven people we sing to the glory of God:


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.

Glory to God in the Highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, Heav'nly King,

Almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.


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.


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.


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.


Glory to God, Glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest.

The Collect

Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
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.


The Liturgy of the Word

As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.

2 Timothy 4.5–13

This is the word of the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.




Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christlight for you
in the nighttime of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I'll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow,
till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we've known together
of Christ's love and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that l may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.


We listen to the Gospel reading.


Alleluia, alleluia.  We do not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.



Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.



We listen to the sermon.


The Creed


We say a statement of our shared belief:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

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.

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.  Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

We sit or kneel as we pray for our community, and for the world.

The prayers may include one of the following responses:

Lord, in your mercy      or     Lord, hear us.

hear our prayer.                    Lord, graciously hear us.


Merciful Father

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour,

Jesus Christ. Amen.


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.



The Peace

We all share in the peace of God; introduced by the following words:


The harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, goodness,

faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.



I, the Lord of sea and sky,

I have heard My people cry.

All who dwell in dark and sin,

My hand will save.

I who made the stars of night,

I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear My light to them?

Whom shall I send?


Chorus       Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?

    I have heard You calling in the night.

    I will go Lord, if You lead me.

    I will hold Your people in my heart.


I, the Lord of snow and rain,

I have borne my people's pain.

I have wept for love of them,

they turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone,

Give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak My word to them

Whom shall I send?




I, the Lord of wind and flame

I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them,

My hand will save

Finest bread I will provide,

Till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give My life to them,

Whom shall I send?




We hear about some of the things that are going on within the life of the church.

Details of these are usually also on the pew sheet.


The Dismissal


The peace of God,

which passes 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 Spirit,

be among you all and remain with you always.  Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.



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