During July and August we are holding three services each Sunday:

10am - Morning Worship online - live-streamed on our Facebook Page (see information and links below)

12noon - Picnic Praise - a short, outside service in the North Churchyard.  Bring your own lunch

2.30pm - Parish Prayers - a quiet, half-hour service in the church

All welcome!

Our next live-streamed Sunday service will be on our Facebook Page on Sunday at 10am. Do join us! 

You can follow the service by downloading the service sheet.

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity:  30 August 2020


Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of 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.

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 16:21-end

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.’

SERMON - Rev'd Graham Kirk-Spriggs

INTERCESSIONS - written by Helena Carr

Our Lord Jesus Christ, your example and teachings of love, justice, peace, and compassion have inspired tremendous bravery and self-sacrifice in many throughout the centuries: send your guiding spirit to sustain, strengthen and protect all those with the courage to take action and speak out against injustice, tyranny, persecution, corruption, and abuse in this world. Lift them up as beacons of light in the darkness and fear, and show them that, with you in their lives, they will never be alone or defeated.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all parts of the world where cases of coronavirus are increasing, especially India, which has seen infections rising alarmingly day by day amongst its most vulnerable communities where poverty and marginalisation has left them struggling cope with the devastation the virus brings. Send your relief and protection to all those affected, and this week we think particularly of the united Church of South India. Support them in their ministry in these difficult times.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless our Bishops Graham, Alan, and Jonathan and our ministry team here at Mancroft: Edward, Fiona, Lorna, Graham, Gill, Michael, and Ben, who will shortly be joining us; and for all those who have been working with them in their tireless and innovate efforts to restore, adapt, and expand the ministry they offer to us in these challenging times. Also, Chris, Dawn, and all the Welcomers and Sidespeople who have worked so hard to keep us safe as we open up our church again. And     as we prepare to welcome back the choir into the worship at Mancroft next week, we thank you Lord for the gift of music in our church community: for Julian and the organ scholars, Ellie, Jamie, and Alice, and for Jodi and the members of the choir who have kept music at the heart of our worship during the difficult weeks of lockdown and beyond. We are so grateful for all their efforts in producing music that uplifts us in our praise of you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, healer of all, we pray for any who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, and those who care for them. We pray at this time for Simon Crosse, Janet Hemsley, Angela Panton, Martin Pointer, and Val Rope, and in a moment’s quiet, we bring before you, Lord, those who are known to us personally… Give them your grace, comfort, and strength to sustain them through their suffering.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of eternal life, we pray for all departed souls, entrusting them to your unfailing love and mercy. We pray in particular for Rosemary Baker and at their Year’s Mind: Hazel Henderson, Rita Green, John Key, Alan Penney, Christianna Ingate, Alan Philips, Rita Symonds, Kathleen Johnson, Cicely Begbie, Jean Heaviside, and Joyce Bridges. Grant unto them, eternal rest O Lord, and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Finally, Lord, as we go into the week ahead, help us to resist the defilement all the evils you warned against in today’s reading. Give us the humility and self-knowledge to recognise our own hypocrisies, weaknesses, and flaws, and the strength and fortitude to struggle against them in your name.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.