St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE

Sunday Service and Pew Sheet

Welcome to the

Parish Church of Lewisham,

St Mary the Virgin           


30th September 2018

Ordinary 26 Trinity 18


God’s Spirit In The World

We praise God for all his prophets: men and women of every nation and creed who have resisted evil and manifested the Spirit in their lives.


Mass setting:  Thorne


Hymn 15


1. All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

2. Human pride and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tow’r and temple fall to dust.
But God's pow’r,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tow’r.

3. God's great goodness aye endureth,
deep his wisdom, passing thought:
splendour, light and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.

from his store
new-born worlds rise and adore.

4. Still from man to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done,
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call,
one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.


First Reading                11:25-29

A reading from the book of Numbers


The Lord came down in the Cloud. He spoke with Moses, but took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the spirit came on them they prophesied, but not again.

Two men had stayed back in the camp; one was called Eldad and the other Medad. The spirit came down on them; though they had not gone to the Tent, their names were enrolled among the rest. These began to prophesy in the camp. The young man ran to tell this to Moses, Look, he said, Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp. Then said Joshua the son of Nun, who had served Moses from his youth, My Lord Moses, stop them! Moses answered him, Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God


Responsorial Psalm 19 CRP p.148

R. The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.


1. The law of the Lord is perfect,

it revives the soul.

the rule of the Lord is to be trusted,

it gives wisdom to the simple. R.


2. The fear of the Lord is holy,

abiding for ever.

The decrees of the Lord are truth

and all of them just. R


3. So in them your servant finds instruction;

great reward is in their keeping.

But can we discern all our errors?

From hidden faults acquit us. R


4. From presumption restrain your servant

and let it not rule me.

Then shall I be blameless,

clean from grave sin. R


Second Reading           5:1-6

A reading from the letter of St James


An answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers mowed your fields, and you cheated them - listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart's content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.


This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God


Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your word is truth, O Lord:

consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia


Gospel  Mark 9:38-43. 45. 47-48


The Lord be with you.  And also with you


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Glory to you, O Lord.


John said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us.  For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. ‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.  If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.   And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.’


This is the gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ


Offertory Hymn 212


1. Holy, holy, holy!

Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning

our song shall rise to thee;

holy, holy, holy!

merciful and mighty!

God in three persons,

blessed Trinity!


2. Holy, holy, holy!

all the saints adore thee,

casting down their golden crowns

around the glassy sea;

cherubim and seraphim

falling down before thee,

which wert, and art,

and evermore shalt be.


3. Holy, holy, holy!

though the darkness hide thee,

though the eye made blind by sin

thy glory may not see,

only thou art holy,

there is none beside thee,

perfect in pow’r,

in love, and purity.


4. Holy, holy, holy!


Lord God almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name,

in earth, and sky, and sea;

holy, holy, holy!

merciful and mighty!

God in three persons,

blessèd Trinity!


Communion Motet: Siyahamba


Communion Hymn   442

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
allelu, alleluia.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,

alleluia, alleluia.


You shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word
that proceeds from the mouth of God.
allelu, alleluia.


Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
allelu, alleluia.


Final Hymn 143

Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labour to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfil;
in all my works thy presence find,
and prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes mine in most substance see,
and labour on at thy command,
and offer all my works to thee.

Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
and every moment watch and pray,
and still to things eternal look,
and hasten to thy glorious day.

For thee delightfully employ
whate'er thy bounteous grace hath given;
and run my course with even joy,
and closely walk with thee to heav'n.


Dear Friends,

I was at a conference recently, and there was a session on Mary and Mission.  One of the speakers began by saying ‘In the Church of England we’re sometimes so keen not to be like Roman Catholics about Mary, that we forget to celebrate her.’  


Mary has always been such a rich part of the Christian story cross; not only her role in Jesus life - Christmas, the wedding at Cana, her standing by the cross - but how we can see ourselves in her: saying yes to God like Mary did.  But sometimes we’re scared to talk about her—maybe because it’s something Roman Catholics do, or maybe we’re don’t like the image we might have grown up with of Mary as a quiet submissive woman in a world of men.  


In response to this, the two speakers at this conference celebrated a particularly wonderful part of Mary’s story – the way God chose a poor girl from a bad town and made her central to God’s loving action in the world.  We read about it in Luke 1:46-55, where we hear Mary’s song – that God has lifted up the lowly, that he has cast down the mighty (if you don’t know it, please read it – it’s definitely not a meek and mild girl but one alive with love for God and a passion for justice!).  One of the speakers, a Roman Catholic Nun, explored how she had used Mary in slums in Brazil to empower women in their communities, and at a Women’s Prisons in the UK.  Mary spoke to the women she worked with, not as an image of a weak subservient woman, but as one who they could see themselves in, from difficult circumstances, who God had empowered to change the world.  She spoke of how Mary became an ally for these women in Prison who grown up feeling they had no hope – that God choses those who society might not take a second thought about; for these woman Mary had become a friend they could talk to and through this they became closer to her Son, Jesus.  That’s one of the reasons I love this picture here (the words taken from Luke 1:46-55) – it’s not a Mary meek and mild, it’s a strong Mary, a strong mother who cares about the world and reminds us that the Kingdom of God is about Justice and Peace.


Some of us are away at Walsingham this weekend, a place of pilgrimage where we especially remember Mary – we will be praying for you all!      

Fr Steffan


SUNDAY         30th September       Ord 26, Trinity 18

10.00am        Parish Mass  

6:30pm    Film Night _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MONDAY  1st October    

Pray for those caught up in tragedy and disaster


TUESDAY   2nd October

Pray for all coping with severe climate change


WEDNESDAY  3rd October

7:30 pm                   House Mass Lewisham Park/ Slaithwaite


Pray for fruitful harvests in St Marys Community


THURSDAY  4th October  

9:30am   Said Mass

7.30pm   Bible Study—Crypt room

Pray for peace and safety amid unrest


FRIDAY  5th October     

Pray for the refugee crisis


SATURDAY  6th October

9:30am   Said Mass

10.30am  PCC Awayday (10am for coffee)

1.30pm   Music Workshop

Pray for St Marys PCC


SUNDAY         7th October       Ord 27, Trinity 19

10.00am        Parish Mass

6:30pm    Evensong


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St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham

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The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark sermon, given on our 1100years celebration Patronal Festival can be downloaded  HERE

Dean of Southwark