Sunday Eucharist Resume at St Michael’s

Wednesday Eucharist

From this week, 1 September 2020, St Michael’s will no longer be open for individual prayers or meditation on a Tuesday morning.

However, the weekly 10:30 Sunday Eucharist resumes.

“We will resume our weekly 10.30 Sunday Eucharist, but it will be rather basic compared to what we are used to at St Michael’s. We’ve a strong choral tradition but unfortunately our choir will not be allowed to sing and indeed, there will be no congregational singing. Communion will be in one kind only (no wine) and we need to follow guidelines in the way we receive the sacrament. These will be noticeable differences but the overwhelmingly positive is that once again we will be able to feed on eucharistic food, something which has been denied most of us since Lent!

We are restricted to 50 people at each service, which is a challenge for a congregation of our size. You will need to reserve your place and if we’re
already over the limit for that Sunday, I’ll put you down for the following week. In 2 weeks, we will be able to offer Communion to 100 people which is still a challenge. Quite often we’ve over 100 communicants between the 8:00am and 10:30am Eucharists.”
Dom Ind, Rector

To book, please contact the Rector by email – rector@stmichaelhelensburg.org.uk.

Watch: Reflections on the First Sunday in Lent, 21 February 2020

Reflections on the first Sunday in Lent, Sunday, 21 February 2021 – St Michael and All Angels Church, Helensburgh by the Revd. Dom Ind.

Please view the weekly Service Sheet by clicking on this link: https://www.stmichaelhelensburgh.org.uk/2021/02/20/service-sheet-sunday-21st-february-2021-first-sunday-in-lent/

Service Sheet: Sunday 21st February 2021, First Sunday in Lent

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 360 O for a closer walk with God

COLLECT

Almighty God, whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are but did not sin, give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit, that as you know our weakness so we may know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Genesis 9. 8 – ­17
God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’

PSALM Psalm 25. 1 – ­10
R. Your paths, O Lord, are love and faithfulness.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me. Let none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes. R

Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long. R

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord. R

Gracious and upright is the Lord; therefore he teaches sinners in his way. He guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly. All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your Name’s sake, O Lord, forgive my sin, for it is great. R

EPISTLE

1 Peter 3. 18­ – 22
Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

GRADUAL HYMN – 111 Do not be afraid

GOSPEL

Mark 1. 9 – ­15
The Baptism of Jesus
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

The Temptation of Jesus

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

OFFERTORY HYMN – 261 Jesu, lover of my soul

COMMUNION HYMN – 463 Sweet sacrament divine

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Faithful God, in this holy bread you increase our faith and hope and love. Lead us in the path of Christ who is your Word of life. We ask this in his name.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 172 God is working his purpose out

BLESSING

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

Intercessions for Sunday 21st February 2021

Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession Intercessor: Rosemary Wilson

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, bind us together in spirit as St Michael’s family, to intercede for the needs of the world.

Firstly, we give you heartfelt thanks for all your blessings to us – for your constant loving presence, your guidance and the knowledge that the whole world is in your hands.

Here remember especial blessings of the past week and thank God for them.

Dear Lord, we hold before You the wartorn parts of the world. Especially all the suffering in the Middle East and countries where there is such political unrest. The Yemen, Myanmar, Russia, China and the USA. We beseech You to guide their leaders into the ways of peace, putting aside their own ambition and caring for the welfare of the people.

In your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for the safe release of the Sheikh of Dubai’s daughter – at present held hostage. We pray that her Father might respond to pressure from the United Nations. 

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the safety of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters. Let us take courage from them to stand firm in our Christian values. 

Dear Lord, hear our prayer.

Nearer home we pray for Your Spirit to support all working in the NHS and all Key workers. Let us take our cue from them to give unstintingly of our time and empathy to support those struggling with life during these abnormal times. We pray for the very elderly in care homes and those caring for them. We ask your blessing on Prince Philip and the Royal Family.

Dear Lord, hear our prayer.

Dear Lord, inspire us with good judgement how best to use this Lent. 

Make us instruments of Your peace. Where there is injury, pardon. Doubt – faith; despair – hope; darkness – light, sadness – joy.

We pray in remembrance of those no longer with us; for John Spens, Alastair Russell, Cliff Ward, Ann Cleminson and Harry Yeomans. May they rest in peace.

We dedicate ourselves to Your service, dear Lord. May the currents of your grace, become in us, a tidal wave of love.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers, for the sake of Your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Thought for Evensong: First Sunday in Lent – 21st February 2021

Psalm 119: 1 – 32, Genesis 25: 27 – 26: 5 and Hebrews 2: 14 – 4: 1

Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Psalm 119: 1

And all the nations of the earth shall gain blessing for themselves through your offspring, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws. Genesis 26: 5b

Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. Hebrews 2: 17 and 18 

O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights: Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen. Collect for First Sunday in Lent

Our evening readings follow on from the morning theme of the Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, hence our collect referring to that forty-day period of trial. Lent is traditionally a period of abstinence and reflection in the weeks leading to the Passion of our Lord, and the prayer asks that our flesh (our unbridled appetites) might be brought under the control of the Holy Spirit, so that we lead disciplined and careful lives. 

As we enter the weeks of Lent, it will be with Psalm 119 as our companion. This is a rather daunting psalm because of its length and subject matter. It sets such a high standard of obedience to God’s Law that we can easily feel unworthy or downhearted. Indeed, the very first verse is something we can stumble over as we struggle to walk blamelessly through life, recognising this is something we are unable to achieve in our own strength. It serves as a reminder that the only truly blameless person to walk this earth was Jesus, but offers hope to us when we utter the prayer of verses 17 and 18, asking God to deal with us bountifully and to open our eyes so that we see the wondrous things out of the Law. 

The reading from Hebrews is a great encouragement if we are feeling a sense of spiritual inadequacy. Hebrews 2: 14 reminds us that Jesus shared our own flesh and blood and had the same physical limitations that we do. The forty days in the wilderness were a dreadful physical trial, surviving in the arid landscape and with extremes of heat and cold. On top of the physical deprivation came the spiritual trial of disciplining his body and mind to face this ordeal and to prepare himself for the three years of arduous ministry ahead. Little wonder in this weakened state he was exposed to the physical, political and spiritual temptations that Satan brought. Jesus needed to identify totally with fallen humanity (yet without himself falling into sin -Hebrews 4: 15), so that he was fully ready to understand our needs and weaknesses, and then to die on the cross for those very sins. Verse 16 of Hebrews chapter 2 reminds us that Jesus came to earth to help the descendants of Abraham (as we are reminded in our reading from Genesis 26), and that because of his own testing he is able to help us as we are tested or tempted (verse 18).

With this encouragement surrounding us, the writer to the Hebrews begins chapter three describing us as holy partners in a heavenly calling. The daunting start to Psalm 119, with its thoughts of being blameless in our walk with God, can then be understood in the context of the New Covenant, where Jesus has taken our sins away on the cross, where righteousness (or blamelessness) has been imputed to us (Romans 5: 18 – 21), and where we can draw on the strength of the Holy Spirit to deliver us from present temptation. Hebrews 3: 6 speaks of Jesus being faithful over God’s house as a son, and that we are part of that house if we hold firm. The picture is one of being integrated into a great building, where Christ is the foundation, the corner stone and the cement that holds it all together.

The passage from Hebrews (often a rather technical and sometimes obscure book) has further encouragement for us, that we are part of that worldwide edifice, the Church, and that we are not alone. In fact, the writer sees us as being dependant on each other. Apart from the mutual love and kindly support Christians are called upon to share with our brothers and sisters, we are also called to exhort one another every day (3: 13). The word ‘exhort’ can mean energetic encouragement and correction (where needed) to help each other on the way, recognising that we can fall away and need urgent help to bring us back into line. 

At a time when we all feel shell-shocked and worn down by months of bad news and things just not being ‘normal’, we can draw strength from the fact Jesus experienced the human condition and is alongside us in all our tribulations. He will support us, help us to walk blamelessly and pick us up when we fall. May we use this year’s season of Lent to understand afresh what it cost Jesus to give up the glory of heaven, to become one of us and to offer his life in our place to save us from our sins.

Kevin Boak, Lay Reader

Reflections on Ash Wednesday

“Ash on an old man's sleeve,
Is all the ash the burnt roses leave.
Dust in the air suspended
Marks the place where a story ended,
Dust in breathed was a house-

Read the reflection on Ash Wednesday by Laurence Freeman from WCCM by clicking the link below

Ash Wednesday

Lent Reflections – The Start of Lent

Start of Lent - CoE

Greatest Story of all Time

“This is not a Lent course. Or rather, it’s not a plan to take on something difficult as a Lenten discipline, like giving up chocolate or alcohol, something we thankfully lay down on Easter Sunday. Rather, it’s an invitation, to find ourselves in the greatest story ever told, and then to invite others into that story with us.”

To read more about The Start of Lent – Greatest Story of all Time by the Church of England, please do click on this link: Lent Reflections – The Start of Lent

Taken & Given – quiet morning on Zoom – Saturday, 13 March 2021

The Prayer and Spirituality Team invites you to a quiet morning on Zoom in preparation for Easter. 

Watch: Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2020

Ash Wednesday 2021

Reflections on Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 from St Michael and All Angels Church, Helensburgh by the Revd. Dom Ind.

Watch: Reflections on Sunday next before Lent, 14 February 2021

Reflections on Sunday next before Lent, 14 February 2021

Reflections on the Sunday next before Lent, Sunday, 14 February 2021 – St Michael and All Angels Church, Helensburgh by the Revd. Dom Ind.

To view this week’s service sheet please click on the following link: https://www.stmichaelhelensburgh.org.uk/2021/02/13/service-sheet-sunday-14th-february-2021-sunday-next-before-lent/

Service Sheet: Sunday 14th February 2021, Sunday next before Lent

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 82 Christ, whose glory fills the skies

COLLECT

Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross, give us faith to perceive his glory, that being strengthened by his grace we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

2 Kings 2. 1­ – 12

Elijah Ascends to Heaven

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know; keep silent.’ Elijah said to him, ‘Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he answered, ‘Yes, I know; be silent.’ Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ He responded, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.’ As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, ‘Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!’ But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

PSALM Psalm 50. 1­ – 6
R. Our God will come and will not keep silence.

The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, God reveals himself in glory. R

Our God will come and will not keep silence; before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm. He calls the heavens and the earth from above to witness the judgment of his people. R

“Gather before me my loyal followers, those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.” Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; for God himself is judge. R

EPISTLE

2 Corinthians 4. 3­ – 6
Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

GRADUAL HYMN – 489 The Lord will come and not be slow

GOSPEL

Mark 9. 2­ – 9

The Transfiguration

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

The Coming of Elijah

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 363 O God beyond all praising

COMMUNION HYMN – 547 When I look into your holiness

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Holy God, we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. May we who are partakers of his table reflect his life in word and deed, that all the world may know his power to change and save. We ask this in his name.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 217 How good is the God we adore

BLESSING

Christ our king make you faithful and strong to do his will, that you may reign with him in glory; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.page2image20120

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.