October 25, 2020 Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost






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Welcome and Gathering



A reading from Deuteronomy

Last week, we walked with Moses in the early days of the Israelites being formed as a dessert community. Today, we meet him at the end of the wilderness journey as he passes the mantle of leadership to Joshua at the edge of the Promised Land

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”

Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

God gives his people strength.

If we believe in his way, he’s swift to repay

all those who bear the burden of the day

God gives his people strength


God gives his people hope

If we but trust in his word, our prayers are always heard

he warmly welcomes anyone who’s erred.

God gives his people hope.


God gives his people love

If we but open wide our hearts, he’s sure to do his part

He’s always the first to make a start.

God gives his people love.


God gives his people peace.

When sorrow fills us to the brim, and courage grows dim

He lays to rest our restlessness in him.

God gives his people peace.


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Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17

Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.

You turn us back to the dust and say, *
“Go back, O child of earth.”

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.

You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.

In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.

Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? *
Be gracious to your servants.

 Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.

 Show your servants your works *
and your splendour to their children.

 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.



A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians

read by Jeanette Coulstring

As Paul continues this, his earliest letter, he assures the people that he will be truthful and gentle as he continues to support and uphold the people who are following the way of Christ

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others,

though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.  1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church
Thanks be to God

The Gospel (Matthew 22:36-40)

read by Rev Paul Jennings
The Lord be with you
And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

This is the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,  and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”



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by Rev Canon Lynn Uzans


Prayers of the People

led by Sheila Hulford





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Blessing from the Black Rock Prayer Book

The world now is too dangerous and too beautiful 
for anything but love.
May your eyes be so blessed you see God in everyone.
Your ears, so you hear the cry of the poor.
May your hands be so blessed
that everything you touch is a sacrament.
Your lips, so you speak nothing but the truth with love.
May your feet be so blessed you run to those who need you.
And may your heart be so opened, so set on fire,
that your love, your love, changes everything.
And may the blessing of the God who created you, loves you,
and sustains you, be with you now and always.