This week’s pewsheet, November 22nd

Team Rector – Revd Steve Harrison: 07466 858975, rectorstroudwater@gmail.com

Team Vicar – Revd Liz Palin: 01452 741147, tv1stroudwater@gmail.com

Team Vicar – Revd Dave Bishop: 01453 822332,  tv2stroudwater@gmail.com

General enquiries – officestroudwater@gmail.com

 

Team Morning Prayer is at 10:00 on Zoom, please find the meeting ID in the email, or contact one of the Team clergy.

We will meet for Zoomy coffee immediately after the end of the service for about 10 minutes. 

Sunday 22 November 2020

CHRIST THE KING

(Stir it up Sunday)

Collect

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory.

Amen


Ezekiel 34.11–16, 20–24

11  For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

20  Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22 I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

23  I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

Psalm 95.1–7

1  O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.
2  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving
and be glad in him with psalms.
3  For the Lord is a great God
and a great king above all gods.
4  In his hand are the depths of the earth
and the heights of the mountains are his also.
5  The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have moulded the dry land.
6  Come, let us worship and bow down
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7  For he is our God;
we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

Ephesians 1.15–end

15  I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Matthew 25.31–end

31  ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40 And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44 Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45 Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’


Post Communion

Stir up, O Lord,

the wills of your faithful people;

that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,

may by you be plenteously rewarded;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Readings for Advent 1

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm 25:1-9

1Thesselonains 3:9-end

Luke 21:25-36

Prayers

Sun 22 Christ the King

The Church of Bermuda: Bishop Nicholas Dill

Diocese of Gloucester: Ruardean C of E Primary School, Simon Manning [Headteacher]

Mon 23 Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c100

Santiago, Diocese of Phillippines: Bishop Frenzel Piluden

Santiago, Diocese of Chile: Bishop Hector Zavala

Diocese of Gloucester: The Benefice of Lydney, Woolaston, Alvington and Aylburton,

David Gardiner [Parish Clergy], Aileen Powell [Reader]

Tue 24

Brazil, Diocese of Sao Paulo: Bishop Francisco Fernandes

The Episcopal Church, Diocese of East Carolina: Bishop Robert Skirving

Diocese of Gloucester: Aylburton C of E Primary School and Lydney C of E Primary School,

Rachel Dare [Headteacher] Primrose Hill C of E Primary Academy, Vicki Henson [Headteacher]

Wed 25

Nigeria, Diocese of Sapele: Bishop Blessing Erifeta

South India, Diocese of East Kerala: Bishop V S Francis

Diocese of Gloucester: The Benefice of Newnham with Awre and Blakeney, Joe Knight,

Brian Brobyn [Parish Clergy]

Thu 26

Uganda, Diocese of East Ruwenzori: Bishop George Turyasingura

Canada, Diocese of Saskatchewan: Bishop Michael Hawkins

The Episcopal Church, Diocese of East Tennessee: Bishop Brian Lee Cole

Diocese of Gloucester: Newnham St Peter’s C of E Primary School, Anne Nolan [Headteacher]

We pray for the children as they continue to work hard, in different circumstances than before, and for the staff and the extra responsibilities that they have taken on to care for our children. Please can you also pray for the child in our school who lost his mother over the holidays and for the whole of his family as we all try to support them going forwards. Please can you also pray for our church as the wardens work towards a recruitment of a new vicar and the governing board as the seek to recruit foundation governors.

Fri 27

North India, Diocese of Eastern Himalayas: Vacant

Canada, Diocese of Saskatoon: Bishop Christopher Harper

Diocese of Gloucester: The Benefice of Parkend and Viney Hill, Sam Norton [Parish Priest], Liz Brobyn [Reader]

Sat 28

Uganda, Diocese of Sebei: Bishop Paul Kiptoo Masaba

Hong Kong, Diocese of Eastern Kowloon: Bishop Timothy Kwok

Japan, Diocese of Kyushu: Bishop Luke Ken-ichi Muto

Diocese of Gloucester: The Benefice of St Briavels with Hewelsfield and Brockweir, David Treharne, David Rees, Nicki Bullivant [Parish Clergy], Mandy Vaughan, James Parsons [Readers]

NOTICES

Coffee group: Wednesday at 10:00 for about 40 minutes on Zoom. Bring your own tea or coffee and whatever cake or biscuits you would prefer. If you would like to join in please email Dave for the link (tv2stroudwater@gmail.com), no need for a new meeting ID if you’ve joined before.

Live services will resume on the 6th December.