Collect for the day
Almighty and everlasting God, who stooped to raise fallen humanity through the child-bearing of blessed Mary: grant that we, who have seen your glory revealed in our human nature and your love made perfect in our weakness, may daily be renewed in your image and conformed to the pattern of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
The Gospel Reading
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 1:46-55
And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
Please pray for those who are unwell:
Jonathan Copping, John and Sylvia Stuart, Jean Musgrave, Wendy Packwood, Martin Smith , Jonathan Adrian Griffiths, Aidan O’Farrell, Lindsay and Madeleine Spencer, Sheila and Kate True, Callum Joyce, Gerrard Richmond and Brenda Smith.
Please remember in your prayers, those whose anniversary falls at this time, and those who still mourn their passing:
God most high, whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh: we thank you that in this sacrament of our redemption you visit us with your Holy Spirit and overshadow us by your power; strengthen us to walk with Mary the joyful path of obedience and so to bring forth the fruits of holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Welcome to all our visitors today
Whether you are a new resident, a tourist, or a returning “swallow”, you are very welcome to our service. Please make yourself known to the Chaplain and the Sides-people.
If you normally receive the bread and wine at your own church you are welcome to receive Holy Communion here at All Saints’. If you would prefer just to have a blessing, please hold the service sheet in your hand, or just keep your arms crossed.
Regrettably, at the moment, we will be giving communion in one kind (the bread) only because of the pandemic situation. Please be assured that this is considered by the Anglican Church as full participation in the sacrament.