Sunday Service Pew Sheet (ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, BRAY)



Trinity 16

Sunday 19th September 2021




Sunday worship in Church at 8.00am and at 10.00 am is available. The 10 am service will continue to be broadcast, on Zoom from Church using the usual link. The Evensong will be reintroduced in due course. Thank you for your patience, please keep the reopening schedule in your prayers



May the love of Christ be with you all.



If you would like to join a virtual ‘Zoom’ church service at 10.00 am please use:

Meeting ID: 853 4202 5466

Passcode: 074328



Hymns CP. 416, 205, 393, 492

Hymn Father Hear the Prayers we Offer CP 416


1.  Father, hear the prayer we offer:

not for ease that prayer shall be,

but for strength that we may ever

live our lives courageously.


2. Not for ever in green pastures

do we ask our way to be;

but the steep and rugged pathway

may we tread rejoicingly.


3. Not for ever by still waters

would we idly rest and stay;

but would smite the living fountains

from the rocks along our way.


4. Be our strength in hours of weakness,

in our wanderings be our guide;

through endeavour, failure, danger,

Father, be thou at our side.





O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers

of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know

what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;

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


Psalm 1

1.  Blessed are they who have not walked

 in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners,

 nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.

2.  Their delight is in the law of the Lord and they meditate on his law day and night.

3. Like a tree planted by streams of water bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither, whatever they do, it shall prosper.

4. As for the wicked, it is not so with them; they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

5.  Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement, sinner in the congregation of the righteous.

6. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: world without end. Amen

Reading James 3. 13-4. 3, 7-8a

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


Hymn This day God gives me CP 205


1. This day God gives me

Strength of high heaven,

Sun and moon shining,

Flame in my hearth,

Flashing of lightning,

Wind in its swiftness,

Deeps of the ocean,

Firmness of earth.


2.  This day God sends me

Strength as my steersman,

Might to uphold me,

Wisdom as guide.

Your eyes are watchful,

Your ears are listening,

Your lips are speaking,

Friend at my side.


3. God's way is my way,

God's shield is round me,

God's host defends me,

Saving from ill.

Angels of heaven,

Drive from me always

All that would harm me,

Stand by me still.


4. Rising I thank you,

Mighty and Strong One,

King of creation,

Giver of rest,

Firmly confessing

Threeness of Persons,

Oneness of Godhead,

Trinity blest.


Gospel Mark 9:30-37

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’


Hymn  Brother sister let me serve you CP 393


1. 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.


2. 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.

3. I will hold the Christ-light for you

in the night-time of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you,

speak the peace you long to hear.


4. 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.


5. 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.


6. Brother, sister, let me serve you;

let me be as Christ to you;

pray thatl may have the grace to

let you be my servant too.



Prayers and Preparation for the distribution of Communion



Hymn Jesus where’er thy people meet CP 492


1. Jesus, where'er your people meet,

there they behold your mercy seat;

where'er they seek thee, thou art found,

and ev'ry place is hallowed ground.


2. For  thou, within no walls confined,

inhabitest the humble mind;

such ever bring you when they come,

and going, take thee to their home.

3. Dear Shepherd of your chosen few,

thy former mercies here renew;

here to our waiting hearts proclaim

the sweetness of thy saving name.


4. Here may we prove the power of prayer

to strengthen faith and sweeten care,

to teach our faint desires to rise,

and bring all heaven before our eyes.


5. Lord, we are few, but thou art near;

nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;

O rend the heavens, come quickly down,

and make a thousand hearts thine own.


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Those giving through the Parish Giving Scheme will have their payments continue to be taken in the normal way, and we are very grateful for that. Those using Zoom to participate regularly in our Sunday Worship can also contribute to our costs using in the method below.

If you normally give to the church by completing a white Gift Aid envelope in the service, please consider during the current emergency paying on line by BACS transfer. The account details are;

Account name - St Michaels Bray with Braywood PCC
Sort Code - 20-38-83
Account number – 80409081

Please put your name as a reference. If you email Jim Tucker -   - he will send you a Gift Aid form.