Weekly Online Service
1 November 2020 All Saints Day

Please find below our service for this week. You can also click on the PDF button to open and download a copy of the printed generic Service booklet.

You will find an opening hymn - words are included. This is followed by the service. Finally there is a closing hymn. Please feel free to follow along in whichever way you feel most comfortable. Words in bold are for everyone to join in.

Hymn

For all the saints

For all the saints who from their labours rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
Alleluia.

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness, still their one true light.
Alleluia.

O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia.

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia.

But lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array:
the King of glory passes on his way.
Alleluia.

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Alleluia.

Service Audio

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

All say Amen.

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

and also with you.

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 Prayers of Penitence

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

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.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.  Amen.

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 Excelcis

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, heavenly 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 of the Day is said or sung.

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; 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.

The Readings

Revelation 7.9-17 - Read by Adeola Shyllon

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12 singing,
‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ 14 I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
   and worship him day and night within his temple,
   and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
   the sun will not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat;
17 for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

1 John 3.1-3 - Read by Elizabeth Ranson

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

Matthew 5.1-12 - Read by Aniru Shyllon

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All say: Glory to you, O Lord.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

‘Right Attitudes’, ‘Right Actions’, and ‘Right Reactions’

Matthew 5.1-12

“Remember, remember the fifth of November gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes, Guy, twas his intent to blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below to prove old England’s overthrow.
By God’s mercy he was catchd with a darkened lamp and burning match.
So holler boys, holler boys, let bells ring,
holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him? Burn him.”

Believe it or not this was a nursery rhyme to be chanted before lighting the bonfire and burning the guy.

What this has to do with us here this morning as we celebrate All Saints, well bear with me, I am not the first to preach about Guy Fawkes and the war against terror. I suspect that I will not be the last.

Four hundred and fourteen years ago on Thursday London was ablaze with bonfires and flaming torches to celebrate the failure of an assassination attempt on king James 1st , the whole of the royal family, the nobility, the bishops and the house of commons. Had this been successful then there would have been a power grab by Catholic collaborators that would, most likely, have failed leading to the massacre of innocent Catholics throughout the land.

Why kill the King? To put this into context requires a quick resume of England’s religious history, something that filled me with horror in my teens, I hope to make it relatively painless this morning. We go back to 1517, yes 500 years ago, Luther had begun to contemplate the question “what must I do to be saved?” He was certain that God did not require payment, in the form of ‘indulgencies’ to allow his people a short cut into heaven. It took the next 40 years for the church in Germany to formalise it’s Reformation.

Here in 1509 Henry 8th had ascended the throne of England and begun a period of reform by commanding things such as the founding of Oxford and Cambridge colleges. England was to be no longer an intellectual backwater. It is often said that the Church of England was the result of the Pope’s refusal to grant Henry a divorce. This was not so, it was because Henry, a devout catholic, did not believe the Pope to be catholic. The Holy See was rife with political and financial corruption resulting in our first Brexit, however we were not Anglicans yet.

By 1521 Luther’s books were beginning to arrive on our shores causing panic among senior bishops who ordered books to be burnt. Echoed in Nazi Germany during WW2, but the tide had turned and could not be turned back. In 1526 Tyndale translated the Bible into English and Coverdale published the early copies, one of which was recently on display at St Paul’s Cathedral. By the mid 1550’s wooden altars had replaced those of stone, and in 1552 a book of common prayer had been approved.

During her reign catholic Queen Mary tried to reverse the changes and return the country to Catholicism. But by burning so called ‘heretics’ she gained the people’s anger and fuelled the Elizabethan decade of real reformation during the 1570’s.

We arrive at 1603, Elizabeth died, having been excommunicated by the pope and was succeeded by James 1st. In historical terms, after the Bible was translated into English, reform was moving fast. It was hoped that James would bring in a more tolerant attitude toward those labelled papists. But this did not materialise, torture and execution of Catholics continued. Step in the Catholic noblemen Robert Caitsby, and his co-conspirators including Guy Fawkes.

As we hear the gospel reading this morning what can we 21st century disciples take from Jesus’ words that help us in any way to make sense of life in Britain’s past or present. Each of the statements Jesus makes begins with the word ‘Blessed’, it was a common word in Jewish tradition found in many of the Old Testament psalms. It means ‘Oh how rewarding is such a life’, and its also used to describe someone of whom God approves.

Modern Theologians split the Beatitudes, the ‘Blesseds’, into three sections. The first six verses are about ‘Right Attitudes’, the next three ‘Right Actions’, and the final two are warnings about impending persecution and ‘Right Reactions’ to it. They all point toward the coming ‘Kingdom of God’.

Who are the poor in spirit? Well they are not the dis-spirited, but rather those who recognise their total dependence on God. In The Old Testament the word ‘poor’ meant having no resources and so describes a complete dependence on others, in this case God. How must an ordinary catholic man in the 1600’s have felt in being fined for not attending a church service he found anathema.

Mourning, for Jesus held a much wider meaning than grieving the loss of a loved one. It included grieving a personal failure, a sin, or alienating oneself from God. The blessing of Comfort is available through and because of Jesus who takes away the sin of the world on the cross.

Meek, in this context does not mean weak, or even a naturally kind person. Meekness is being in balance, knowing strength in doing God’s will, and being committed to his cause. Inheriting the earth is more a reference to inheriting the new life in God’s kingdom.

Do we hunger and thirst for righteousness? Jesus knew a life lived to please God would bring us happiness. We know happiness is not always achieved, but despite our failings and failures we can continue trying to live life loving God and our neighbour. We can be agents of God’s blessing in doing what we can to alleviate poverty, bring comfort and that will bring blessings in plenty.

We come now to ‘right actions’ Mercy is something we experience because God displayed it first, sending his Son to be our saviour, and so we are called to show God’s love and mercy to others. We see mercy in the way King James did not pursue ordinary catholic people in revenge for the foiled gunpowder plot.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. Perhaps one of the most important verses in the Bible. Jesus tells us if we are to enjoy God’s presence in our life both here on earth and in heaven we must be pure or holy. Holiness is something at the heart of our thoughts, emotions, will and in what we do. We can never be sinless in this life but to be a disciple it must be our deepest desire.

 “Blessed are the peacemakers” and we have needed them from the beginning of time. But peace is much more than the absence of hostility. In the Bible we read of wholeness, joy and completeness. A peacemaker is then someone who encourages harmony in family life, in community, in national and international relations, in nature and in the world.

In the final three verses of the Beatitudes we read warnings of sacrifice and promises of reward in following Jesus.

Jesus told the disciples to expect persecution and evil and it culminated in him being tortured and killed.

The 86 years between Luther’s first writings and the Gunpowder plot were years of fear, persecution and torture based on religious practice. We cannot help but look at what is happening in the world now and draw comparisons. I S or Daish, now driven underground, are known to have used similar forms of torture and execution and have gone further to develop new and efficient ways to incite fear and compliance by killing the innocent.

Christian people around the world remain vulnerable to the same risk of persecution, torture and death. We remember the London bombings in 2007, the Manchester bombing and the London Bridge attack, they all point to unbelieving men, out of a misguided belief in a perverted form of Islam, attempting to turn people from their faith and practice.

When we believe and follow in his footsteps, Jesus teaches us not to be afraid, but rejoice and be glad, because just like the prophets of old, our reward in heaven is great.

Amen.

The Rev’d Maureen Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 01/11/2020

Service Audio

The Nicene 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.

The Intercessions 

The Intercessions list has been circulated with petitions for the Church, The World, The Community, Our Keyworkers, The Sick and the Deceased. The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is found at:

London Anglican Cycle of Prayer

This or another response may be used:

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen N our bishop(s) and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …; according to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

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

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

and also with you.

A sign of peace may be exchanged.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray.

Service Audio

Post Communion Collect

God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things: may we who have shared at this table as strangers and pilgrims here on earth be welcomed with all your saints to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Blessing

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 and remain with you always. Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Recessional Hymn

Who would true valour see

Who would true valour see,
let him come hither;
one here will constant be,
come wind, come weather;
there’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

Whoso beset him round
with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound,
his strength the more is.
No lion can him fright:
he’ll with a giant fight,
but he will have the right
to be a pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt his spirit;
he knows he at the end
shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, fly away;
he’ll not fear what men say;
he’ll labour night and day
to be a pilgrim.

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