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Sunday September 19

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Opening Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Sentence of the Day
Collect of the Day
Gradual Hymn: Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You
Prayers & Intercessions
Anthem: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
Closing Hymn: The Church's One Foundation


Fisherfolk Newsletter & Pew Sheet for Sunday September 19

Opening Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Sentence of the Day

Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.
Mark 9:35

Collect of the Day

Holy God,
in your economy
the last will be first and the first will be last;
help us to step aside,
and grant us such humility that we may recognise and welcome all your children
with open hands, warm hearts and generous minds,
with your hospitality and grace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Proverbs 31:10-31

10A wife of noble character who can find?
 She is worth far more than rubies.
11Her husband has full confidence in her
 and lacks nothing of value.
12She brings him good, not harm,
 all the days of her life.
13She selects wool and flax
 and works with eager hands.
14She is like the merchant ships,
 bringing her food from afar.
15She gets up while it is still night;
 she provides food for her family
 and portions for her female servants.
16She considers a field and buys it;
 out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She sets about her work vigorously;
 her arms are strong for her tasks.
18She sees that her trading is profitable,
 and her lamp does not go out at night.
19In her hand she holds the distaff
 and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20She opens her arms to the poor
 and extends her hands to the needy.
21When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
 for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes coverings for her bed;
 she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is respected at the city gate,
 where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them,
 and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25She is clothed with strength and dignity;
 she can laugh at the days to come.
26She speaks with wisdom,
 and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27She watches over the affairs of her household
 and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children arise and call her blessed;
 her husband also, and he praises her:
29“Many women do noble things,
 but you surpass them all.”
30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
 but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31Honor her for all that her hands have done,
 and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

41What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Gradual Hymn: Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You


Mark 9:30-37

30They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

33They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

36He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Sermon by Vicar Stuart Goodin

“Relevant”. That’s what the banner said at the church I happened to visit last Saturday when I went to help run a small training event – appropriately masked and distanced, of course. A few of us puzzled over the banner, trying to make out the meaning of the symbols arrayed around a central cross and over that word in bold letters, “Relevant”.

Eventually we got it. The “Relevant” banner was part of a series of banners hanging in the church setting out the values that church community had landed upon as being important descriptors of who they were and who they wanted to be. This banner, and the Relevant word, were trying to encapsulate how they saw themselves relating to the outside world... Read more...

Prayers & Intercessions

Prayers of the People for Sunday September 19

Anthem: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

Closing Hymn: The Church's One Foundation

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