October 4th 2020

Sunflower and welcome sign on a gate




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Sunday 4th October 2020                                                      Trinity 17


Opening Song said or sung quietly at home


Abba, Father, let me be

Yours and yours alone.

May my will forever be

More and more your own.

Never let my heart grow cold,

Never let me go.

Abba, Father, let me be

Yours and yours alone


Leader:        Grace mercy and peace be with you

All:             and also with you.


Leader:        We come from scattered lives to meet with God.

                   Let us recognise his presence with us.

                   A moment of quiet as we call upon God and seek his presence

                   As God’s people we have gathered:

All:             let us worship him together.



Leader:        Let the light fall warm and red on the rock,

                   Let the birds sing their evening song

                   And let God’s people say Amen.

All:             AMEN


Leader:        Let the tools be stored away,

                   Let the work be over and done

                   And let God’s people say Amen.

All:             AMEN.


Leader:        Let the flowers close and the stars appear,

                   Let hearts be glad and minds be calm

                   And let God’s people say Amen.

All:             AMEN.




Leader:        Open our lips, O God,

All:             And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.


Leader:        The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:             And also with you.



Leader:        A welcome to our You Tube service and notices


Please join us for coffee on Zoom immediately after this service (click on the second link on this service sheet at the top of page.)


Zoom Children’s Church is at 9:30am via a private link please speak to Rev Trevor Kemp for how to join or see our website.

Reopening of churches for services – details are on the website and will be updated (the usual calendar has been removed)

Next week Oct 11th there will be a service of Holy Communion at All Saints Church, Kemble at 11:00am.

Please remember, if you are entering a church building it is now mandatory to wear a face covering. This applies to both public services AND private prayer.

Online services will continue

Foodbank – give food donations at local collection points or online donations. To find out how to donate please go to our Foodbank page

GDASS – Women’s Refuge – change to our normal pre-Christmas collection, please see website for details or speak to Trevor Kemp or Judith Miles – This year we are asking for gift cards to be donated to support and encourage those who have suffered domestic abuse.

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm –series on St Pauls Letter to the Romans contact Rev Trevor Kemp or just join via our website link (next meeting Oct 15th)

Zoom coffee mornings weekdays 10:30 (link on Virtual Church Hall  tab)

Zoom Night Prayer (compline) 9:00PM Mon-Fri – via website




A time for reflection and confession:


Leader:        O God, your fertile earth is slowly being stripped of its riches,

All:             Open our eyes to see.


Leader:        O God, your fertile waters are slowly being choked with chemicals            and plastics and waste.

All:             Open our eyes to see.


Leader:        O God, your clear air is slowly being filled with pollutants,

All:             Open our eyes to see.


Leader:        O God, your creatures are slowly dying

                   And your people are suffering

All:             Open our eyes to see.


Leader:        God our maker, so move us by the wonder of creation,

All:             That we repent and care more deeply.


Leader:        So move us to grieve the loss of life,

All:             That we learn to cherish and protect your world.


Leader:        May God who loves the world so much

                   That he sent his Son to be our saviour

                   Forgive us our sins

                   And make us holy to serve him in the world,

                   Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:             Amen.



Leader:        Let us pray            (collect for 17th after Trinity)


All:             Holy God, earth and air and water are your creation,

                   and every living thing belongs to you:

                   have mercy on us as climate change confronts us.

                   Give us the will and the courage to simplify the way we live,

                   to reduce the energy we use,

                   to share the resources you provide,

                   and to bear the cost of change.

                   Forgive our past mistakes

                   and send us your Spirit,

                   with wisdom in present controversies

                   and vision for the future to which you call us

                   in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.




Reading :   Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 (Life Application Bible)


Then God issued this edict:         

I am Jehovah, your God, who liberated you from your slavery in Egypt. You may worship no other God than me.

You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds or fish.


You shall not use the name of Jehovah your God irreverently, nor use it to swear to a falsehood. You will not escape punishment if you do.

Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day. 

Six days a week are for your daily duties and your regular work.


Honour your father and mother, that you may have a long, good life in the land the Lord your God will give you.

You must not murder.

You must not commit adultery.

You must not steal.

You must not lie.

You must not be envious of your neighbour’s house, or want to sleep with his wife, or want to own his slaves, oxen, donkeys, or anything else he has.”


All the people saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain and heard the thunder and the long, frightening trumpet blast; and they stood at a distance, shaking with fear.

They said to Moses, “You will tell us what God says and we will obey, but don’t let God speak directly to us, or it will kill us.”

“Don’t be afraid,” Moses told them “for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power, so that from now on you will be afraid to sin against him.”



Affirmation of faith

Leader:        Let us declare our faith in God.


All              We believe in God the Father,

                   from whom every family

                   in heaven and on earth is named.

                   We believe in God the Son,

                   who lives in our hearts through faith,

                   and fills us with his love.

                   We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                   who strengthens us

                   with power from on high.

                   We believe in one God;

                   Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



Reading:    Philippians 3:4b-14


If others could be saved by what they are, certainly I could. For I went through the Jewish initiation ceremony when I was eight days old, having been born into a pure-bloodied  Jewish home that was a branch of the old original Benjamin family. So I was a real Jew if there ever was one. What’s more I was a member of the Pharisees who demand the strictest obedience to every Jewish law and custom.

And sincere? Yes,  so much that I greatly persecuted the Church and I tried to obey every Jewish rule and regulation right down to the very last point.

But all these things that I once thought very worthwhile – now I’ve thrown it all away so that I can put my trust and hope in Christ alone.

Yes, everything is worthless when compared to the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing in order that I can have Christ, and become one with him, no longer counting on being saved by being good enough or by obeying God’s laws , but by trusting Christ to save me; for God’s way of making right with himself depends on faith – counting on Christ Alone.

Now I have given up everything else – I have found it the only way to really know Christ and to experience the mighty power that brought him back to life again, and to find out what it means to suffer and to die with him. 

So whatever it takes, I will be one who lives in the fresh newness of life of those who are alive from the dead.

I don’t mean to say that I am perfect. I haven’t learned all that I should yet, but keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.

No, dear brothers. I am still not all I should be but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing. Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.



Reflection from the Vicarage  

“The Pride of Life” 



Now let us pray together

Time to Pray      (Prayers written for us by Marion Gilliland)



We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.



Leader:        This we know, the earth does not belong to us,

All:             we belong to the earth


Leader:        This we know, all things are connected,

All:             Like the blood that unites one family.


Leader:        This we know, we did not weave the web of life,

All:             we are merely a strand in it.


Leader:        This we know, whatever we do to the web,

All:             we do to ourselves.


Leader:        let us give thanks for the gift of creation,

All:             Let us give thanks that all things hold together in Christ.


Leader:        Bless to us, O God,

All:             the moon that is above us,

                   The earth that is beneath us,

                   The friends who are around us,

                   Your image deep within us,



                   And the blessing of God Almighty,

                   The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

                   Be among you and remain with you always.

All:             Amen.


Leader:        We go into the world to walk in God’s light,

                   To rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.

All:             Thanks be to God.


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