Next Sunday Service Pew Sheet (Trinity 15) 20th September 2020



(BCP The Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity)

Sunday, 20th September 2020





Unfortunately, in these troubled times, our beautiful Parish Church has been closed but is now open for private prayer between 10 and 11am every Wednesday and on Sundays there will be a Communion Service at 10 am, you can also watch this service at home on Zoom (see below). Face Masks should be worn in church and social distancing will be in use. No service sheets can be distributed so we have placed Orders of Service will be in the pews you can sit in 72 hours before the service. Please only sit in the pews with Orders of Service (every other pew) so that we maintain social distancing. Please leave the Order of Service in the pew when you leave. You can also print off this Pew Sheet and bring it with you if you wish as it contains all you need for the service and take it home with you as you leave.  When the time comes to receive Communion be guided by the Churchwarden's who will show you where to go. Communion will need to be received standing (we cannot use the altar rail) and only the bread will be distributed. It has been suggested that to continue producing our weekly pew sheet would be a help to our usual congregation to direct their thoughts and prayers.


May the love of Christ be with you all.

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

Meeting ID: 853 4202 5466

Passcode: 074328


All are welcome

Book of Common Prayer"                            


Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us every by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE EPISTLE Galatians 6.11-18 (KJV)

Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.


THE GOSPEL St Matthew 6. 24-34 (KJV)

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself: sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.





Order One in “Common Worship”

and ‘On line zoom service’

The Gathering

A silence is held


Priest:   In the name of the Father,

                                and of the Son,

                                and of the Holy Spirit.

All:                         Amen


The Greeting

Priest:   The Lord be with you

All:                         And also with you


Prayer of Preparation

All:                         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 our Lord:



Prayers of Penitence

Priest:   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.


All:                         Almighty God, our heavenly Father

                                we have sinned against you

                                and against our neighbour

                                in thought word and deed,

                                through negligence,

                                through weakness,

                                through our own deliberate fault.

                                We are truly sorry

                                and repent all our sins.

                                For the sake of your Son

                                Jesus Christ, who died for us,

                                forgive us all that has past

                                and grant that we may serve you

                                in newness of life

                                to the glory of your name.



COLLECT (Priest)

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit

upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent

in the fellowship of the gospel

that, always abiding in you,

they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

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 145 (1-8) (sung by the choir)

1. I will exalt thee O / God my / King:

and I will bless thy / name for / ever • and / ever.

2. Every day will I give / thanks • unto / thee:

and praise thy / name for / ever • and / ever.

3. Great is the Lord, and marvellous / worthy • to be / praised:

his greatness is / past / searching / out.


4. One generation shall praise thy works / unto • an/other:

and / shall de-/clare thy / power.

5. As for me I will be talking of the glorious brightness / of thy / majesty:

and of / all thy / wondrous / works.

6. Men shall speak of the might of thy / marvel•lous / acts:

and I will / also / tell of • thy / greatness.

†7. The memory of thine abundant kindness shall ever be / on their / lips:

and / men shall / sing of • thy / righteousness.

8. The Lord is / gracious • and / merciful:

long-suffering / and of / great / goodness.


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 (Read by a reader in the service)          Philippians 1. 21-30


For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.


Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.


Reader:                                This is the word of the Lord

All:                                         Thanks be to God


Anthem (sung by the choir)


GOSPEL                                                                                Matthew 20. 1-16


Priest:   The Gospel according to Matthew

All:                         Glory to you O Lord


‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’


Priest:   This is the word of the Lord

All:            Praise to you O Christ



Apostle’s Creed (Stand)


All:                         I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

                                creator of heaven and earth.

                                I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                                He was conceived by the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the Virgin Mary.

                                He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                                He will come again 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 life everlasting. Amen


Prayers of intercession


Prayer:    In the power of the Spirit, and in union with Christ,

                 let us pray to the Father.


(responses to Lord hear us the response is Lord graciously Hear us            )


Prayer:    Merciful Father,

All:            accept these prayers

                   for the sake of your Son

                   our Saviour, Jesus Christ



The Peace

Priest:      God is love

                   and those that live in love live in God

                   and God lives in them.

                   The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:            And also with you


Preparation of the Table

Priest:      Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

                   through your goodness we have bread to offer,

                   which earth has given and human hands have made.

                   It will become for us the bread of life.

All:            Blessed be God for ever.


Priest:      Blessed are you, Lord God of all Creation:

                   through your goodness we have this wine to offer,

                   fruit of the vine and work of human hands,

                   It will become for us the cup of salvation.

All:            Blessed be God for ever.


Priest.      Yours, Lord, is the greatness, and the power,

                   the glory, the splendour and the majesty;

                   for everything in heaven and on earth are yours.

All:            All thing come from you,

                   and of your own do we give you.


The Eucharistic Prayer


Priest:      The Lord be with you

All:            and also with you.

Priest:      Lift up your hearts.

All:            We lift them to the Lord.

Priest:      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:            It is right to give thanks and praise.


Priest:      It is indeed right,

                   it is our duty and our joy,

                   to give you thanks and praise,

                   holy Father, heavenly King,

                   almighty and eternal God,

                   through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

                   For he is your living word

                   and formed us in your own image.

                   Through him you have free us from the slavery of sin,

                   you raised him from the dead,

                   and exalted him to your right hand on high.

                   Through him you have sent upon us your Holy and life giving Spirit, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                made us a people for your own possession.


                   Therefore with angels and archangels,

                   and with all the company of heaven,

                   we proclaim you great and glorious name,

                   for ever praising you and singing:


All:            Holy, holy, holy,

                   Lord God of hosts,

                   heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.

                   Glory be to thee,

                   O Lord most high.

                   Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

                   Hosanna in the highest.


Priest:      Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

                   though your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

                   as we follow his example and obey his command,

                   grant by the power of your Holy Spirit

                   these gifts of bread and wine

                   may be to us his body and his blood;


                   who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

                   took bread and gave you thanks;

                   he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                   Take, eat; this is my body which was given for you;

                   do this in remembrance of me.

                   In the same way, after supper

                   he took the cup and gave you thanks;

                   he gave it to them, saying:

                   Drink this, all of you;

                   this is my blood of the new covenant,

                   which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

                   Do this, as often as you drink it.

                   Therefore, heavenly Father,

                   we remember his offering of himself

                   made once and for all upon the cross;

                   we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;

                   we look for the coming of your kingdom,

                   and with this bread and this cup

                   we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


                   Great is the mystery of faith:

All:            Christ has died:

                   Christ is risen:

                   Christ will come again.


Priest:      Accept through him, our great high priest,

                   this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

                   as we eat and drink these holy gifts

                   in the presence of you divine majesty,

                   renew us by your Spirit,

                   inspire us with your love

                   and unite us in the body of your Son,

                   Jesus Christ our Lord.


                   Through him, and with him, and in him,

                   in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

                   with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

                   we worship you, Father almighty,

                   in songs of everlasting praise:


All:            Blessing and honour, glory and power be yours for ever and ever.                                                                          Amen.


                   The Lord’s Prayer

Priest        Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour taught us:-


All:            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 them that 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. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

Priest:      We break this bead

                   to share in the body of Christ.

All:            Though we are many, we are one body,

                   because we all share in the one bread.


Agnus dei

All:            O Lamb of God,

                   that takest away the sins of the world,

                   have mercy upon us.

                   O Lamb of God,

                   that takest away the sins of the world,

                   have mercy upon us.

                   O Lamb of God,

                   that takest away the sins of the world,

                   grant us thy peace.


Priest        Jesus is the Lamb of God

                   who takes away the sin of the world.

                   Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All:            Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

                   but say the word, and I shall be healed.


(The Post Communion Prayer is said by the Priest)


All:            Almighty God,

                   we thank you for feeding us

                   with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

                   Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

                   to be a living sacrifice.

                   Send us out in the power of your Spirit

                   to live and work to you praise and glory.



The Dismissal

Priest:      The peace of God’’

                   which passes all understanding,

                   keep your hearts and minds

                   in the knowledge and love of God,

                   and his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord:

                   And the blessing of God Almighty,

                   the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

                   be among you and remain with you always.

All:            Amen.

Priest:      Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All:            In the name of Christ. Amen



Great News St Michael’s will be open, for private prayer, between 10 and 11 o’clock on every Wednesday morning. The church is being prepared with appropriate hand sanitizers and a special area for individual prayer that will be both welcoming, safe and easy to clean and manage.

Please ensure you follow the instructions of those opening the church to keep you and others safe.


The Church will be open for a short Sunday Communion service on Sundays  at 10 am. We will need to accept a rather limited version of what we would have been used to; with Social distancing, the wearing of face masks and other restrictions nevertheless, the very special nature of a gathered congregation in prayer and worship will be maintained. The service will be complemented by the presence of Lindsay Bramley on the organ and St Michael’s Choir, members of whom will be also following Government instructions


Just a reminder that if you would like to join the 10 am St Michael’s short service on ‘Zoom’:-


St Michael's, Bray live Sunday service from church

Sunday, 9 August⋅10:00 – 11:00



Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 853 4202 5466

Passcode: 074328

All are very welcome.

The Rev Ainsley Swift will post articles and short videos on St Michael, Bray. You will then find it on the St Michael' Bray

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along with other church-related news; and

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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. 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.