Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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.
OT reading: Jeremiah 17: 5-10
Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse – who can understand it? I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.
Praise be to God.
1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Gospel: Luke 6: 17-26
Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”
Praise be to you O Christ
Please remember in your prayers Cheryl Doulas who is being confirmed this morning at San Blas and Wendy Sanderson who is being received into the Church of England.
for your Prayers – please pray ….for those who are ill, struggling or recovering including:- Jonathan Copping, John and Sylvia Stuart, Jean Musgrave, Wendy Packwood, Martin Smith, Charles Murray Lewis, Jonathan Adrian Griffiths and Aidan O’Farell.
those who’s anniversary of death occurs around this time for
Sylvia Wiltshire, Olive Stephenson and Katherine Meffit Straus.
Welcome if you are visiting us today. Please take our greetings back to your home church and enjoy your stay.
We welcome all Christian people, from whichever church they belong, to take communion at All Saints. If you do not wish to take the Communion but would like a blessing please come forward with your Order of Service booklet.
Gluten-free wafers and non-alcoholic wine are available. Please indicate to those administering Communion if this is what you would like.
Fundraising: Wendy Sanderson is looking for volunteers to help at future car boot sales and for people to help distributing posters to hotels and bars. Please let her know how you can help. The next sale is on Saturday 2nd of March
Bible study: There will be a fortnightly group meeting for Bible study and prayer on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the month at 11.15 am. If you would like to be part of this, please drop an email to the chaplain.
Advance notice that the 11.00 am service on Sunday 24 February will be followed by a bring and share lunch.
Merciful Father, who gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life, that those who come to him should never hunger: draw us to the Lord in faith and love, that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom, where he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.