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

Sunday Service and Pew Sheet

17th February 2019      

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

We need to learn through life to trust in the Lord. But we all know this isn’t always easy. Jesus gives us a picture of what it is to be truly blessed in him.

Mass setting:  Thorne

Opening Hymn 427

1. Praise to the Lord,

 the Almighty, the King of creation;

O my soul, praise him,

for he is thy health and salvation:

all ye who hear,

now to his temple draw near,

joining in glad adoration.

2. Praise to the Lord,

who o’er all things so wondrously reighneht,

shieldeht thee gently from harm,

or when fainting sustaineth:

hast thou not seen

how thy heart’s wishes have been

granted in what he ordaineth

3.  Praise to the  Lord,

who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;

surely his goodness and mercy

shall daily attend thee:

ponder anew

what the Almighty can do,

if to the end he befriend thee.

4. Praise to the Lord,

O let all that is in me adore him!

All that hath life and breath,

come now with praised before him!

Let the Amen

sound from his people again:

gladly for ay we adore him.

First Reading

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah

17: 5-8.

The Lord says this:

A curse on the one who puts their trust in people,

who relies on things of flesh,

whose heart turns from the Lord.

They are like dry scrub in the wastelands:

if good comes, they have no eyes for it,

they settle in the parched places of the wilderness,

a salt land, uninhabited.

A blessing on the one who puts their trust in the Lord, with the Lord for their hope.

They are like a tree by the waterside

that thrusts its roots to the stream:

when the heat comes it feels no alarm,

its foliage stays green;

it has no worries in a year of drought,

and never ceases to bear fruit.

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

Responsorial Psalm 1 CRP p.184

R. Happy are those who have put their trust in the  Lord

1.  Happy indeed are those/

who follow not the council of the wicked,

nor linger in the way of sinners/

nor sit in the company of scorners,

but whose delight is the law of the Lord

and who ponder God’s law day and night.

2   They is like a tree that is planted/

beside the flowing waters,

that yields its fruit in due season

and whose leaves shall never fade;

and all that he does shall prosper.

3. Not so are the wicked, not so!

For they like winnowed chaff/

shall be driven away by the wind.

for the Lord guards the way of the just

but the way of the wicked leads to doom.   

Second Reading  

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 15: 12. 16-20.

If Christ raised from the dead is what has been preached, how can some of you be saying that there is no resurrection of the dead? For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, you are still in your sins. And what is more serious, all who have died in Christ have perished. If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are the most unfortunate of all people.

But Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep.

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

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

for revealing the mysteries of the Kingdom, to mere children. Alleluia!!

Gospel                Luke 6: 17. 20-26

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

The Holy Gospel according Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus then came down with them and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples, with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.

Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said:

How blessed are you who are poor: the kingdom of God is yours.

Blessed are you who are hungry now: you shall have your fill. Blessed are you who are weeping now: you shall laugh.

'Blessed are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of man.

Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, look!-your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.

Alas for you who have plenty to eat now: you shall go hungry. Alas for you who are laughing now: you shall mourn and weep.

'Alas for you when everyone speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Offertory Hymn   309

1. Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour

first begotten from the dead,

thou alone, our strong defender,

liftest up thy people’s head.

Alleluia, alleluia,

Jesu, true and living bread..

2. Here our humblest homage pay we,

here in loving rev’rence bow;

here for faith’s discernment pray we,

lest we fail to know thee now.

Alleluia, alleluia,

thou art here, we ask not how.

3. Though the lowliest form doth veil thee

as of old in Bethlehem,

here as there thine angels hail thee,

Branch and Flow’r of Jesse’s stem.

Alleluia, alleluia,

we in worship join with them.

4. Paschal lamb, thine off’ring finished

once for all when thou wast slain,

in its fullness undiminished

shall for evermore remain.

Alleluia, alleluia,

cleansing souls from ev’ry stain   

5. Life-imparting heav’nly manna,

stricken rock with streaming side,

heav’n and earth with loud hosanna

worship thee, the Lamb who died

Alleluia, alleluia,

ris’n, ascended, glorified!

Motet:   Blessed are the pure in heart ,


Communion Hymn 63

1. Blest are the pure in heart,

for they shall see our God;

the secret of the Lord is theirs,

their soul is Christ’s abode.

2. The Lord who left the heav’ns

our life and peace to bring,

to dwell in lowliness with us,

our pattern and our King.

3. Still to the lowly soul

he doth himself impart,

and for his dwelling and his throne

chooseth the pure in heart.

4. Lord, we thy presence seek;

may ours this blessing be:

give us a pure and lowly heart,

a temple meet for thee.


Final Hymn  25

1. Alleluia, alleluia,

Hearts to heaven and voices raise;

sing to God a hymn of gladness,

sing to God a hymn of praise:

he who on the cross a victim

for the worlds salvation bled,

Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,

now is risen from the dead.

2. Christ is risen, Christ the first fruits

of the holy harvest field,

which will all its full abundance

at his second coming yiel;

then the golden ears of harvest

will their heads before him wave,

ripened by his glorious sunshine,

from the furrows of the grave.

3. Christ is risen, we are risen;

shed upon us heav’nly grace,

rain, and dew, and gleams of glory

from the brightness of thy face;

that we, with our hearts in heaven,

here on earth may fruitful be,

and by angel-hands be gathered,

and be ever, Lord, with thee.

4. Alleluia, alleluia,

glory be to God on high;

Alleluia to the Saviour,

who has gained the victory;

alleluia to the Spirit,

fount of love and sanctity;

Alleluia, alleluia,

to the Triune Majesty.


Prayers – please use our Prayer board for personal prayers. Contact us with names you want us to pray for:  _______________________________________________________________________

Revision of Church Electoral Roll. This year we must fully revise our Electoral Roll, the register of all who belong to St Mary’s church. If you were on the old list, you must fill in a new form to be on the new roll. All new members are also asked to join this too—it’s for everyone, 16 years and older.

Please complete a form  today and place in the box provided. The closing date for this is 10th March. The new roll will be displayed from 17th March for any corrections before the APCM.

The form also helps us to send any communications to you if you would like this.  Speak to Fr Steve, Fr Steffan or Liz Evans if you have any query.


The times our church is open:  Tuesdays; Wednesdays; Thursdays: 10.00am - 2.00pm. Saturday mornings: 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Also Morning Prayer Tuesday-Friday 8.30am and Evening Prayer Tuesday-Friday 5.30pm

Two beautiful roses have been planted in the Therapeutic Garden in memory of Norma Dixon.They have been placed to climb across the two pergolas over the entrance gates. One is called  'Pilgrim' and the other is 'Generous Gardener', both very fitting names by which we can remember Norma. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of these roses please speak to Marion


Vacancies currently exist at the Glebe and Lloyd Court. For more information, call 02086908145 / 02083140717 or talk to Joy in church.


Children's Society Box Holders—All box holders are invited to bring their boxes to the 10.00 service on Sunday 24 February 2019 for the annual count. Please bring them up with the offertory.


The Notice sheet and Pew Sheet is now available on our website and remains there for the week. Tablet users  — no more paper!


The Mothers’ Union meet after 7.30pm mass on Wednesday 20th Feb, when Marion Watson will speak on the Leprosy Mission. _______________________________________________________________________

1st Communion 2019: preparation is on Fridays at 4.00pm in church.children will make their 1st Communion on Sunday 31st March, Mothering Sunday.aged 9 or over must be baptised and attending St Mary’s church.the clergy.


*ALPHA* begins on the Thurs 21st February, 7pm for 8 weeks.  We eat together, watch a short video, and talk.  It’s a chance to explore and talk about the Christian faith, whether new to church, never stepped foot in one, or want to refresh your faith. If interested, please give your name to Fr Steffan.


‘Forget Me Not’ Service: 24th Feb 2019 at Royal Naval College Chapel (Greenwich, 3pm-4pm for those affected by pregnancy and child loss.


Candlelit Supper and Cabaret: Sat 2nd March, 7pm in church.  Tickets available from today. There will be a limited number of places so first come first served. Book the date now and buy your ticket early to avoid disappointment. Please see Chris Jenkins.


Confirmation 2019: Bishop Karowei will join us on the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday 9th June, for Confirmation in the 10am Mass.Anyone interested in Confirmation is invited to join the Alpha Course at St Mary’s which will begin on Thursday 21st February, at 7pm. speak to Fr Steffan or Fr Steve if interested.


Parish trip to St Peter’s, Ghent: This is now fixed for Friday 10th-Sunday 12th May. If interested, please inform Fr. Steffan. More info to follow


Intercessions list: We have now revised the long list of names of the sick. Let clergy or the office know if there are names you want continued on the new list.  Fr Steve


Visit my Mosque on Sunday 3 March 2019. 12 noon to 5pm., 363 to 365 Lewisham High St.               Meet Muslims, See inside a mosque, Tea & Cake!



Dear Friends,

Who was Valentine?

Last week the shops were full of cards with red hearts on them, because it was Valentine’s day, and all about love! People were giving cards, flowers and chocolates to the person they love. It’s a really nice thing to do, and we could all make gestures like this, not just to those with whom we’re ‘in love’, but to anyone who might be in need of some love, showing how much we care about them. But why do we do it every year on February 14th, and who exactly was Valentine?

He was a Roman priest at the same time as the Unfortunately, Valentine was eventually caught. He was imprisoned and tortured to death for performing marriage ceremonies against the command of the Emperor Claudius. The Church, acknowledging the bravery and the huge sacrifice made by Valentine, conferred on him a saint-hood and a day to remember him. Popular culture has done the rest, and Valentine has come to be known as the patron saint of lovers.

His bravery and love for his people was inspired knowing that God is love. By living a life full of love, and dying for that love, he was obeying God and doing what God wants. We can learn from Valentine how important it is to love God above everything else, because that is what helps us to love and serve each other, which is exactly what God is asking us to do today.  

Reader Marion

St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham

346 Lewisham High Street

SE13 6LE   020 8690 2682