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Saint Matthew

The Sunday between 11 and 17 September

21st September 2017

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Saint Matthew

Collect One

Almighty and everlasting God,
Give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity;
and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise,
make us to love that which thou dost command;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O almighty God,
who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew
from the receipt of custom to be an apostle and evangelist;
Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires,
and inordinate love of riches,
and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
Give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O almighty God,
whose blessed Son called Matthew the tax-collector
to be an apostle and evangelist:
Give us grace to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain
and the possessive love of riches;
that we may follow in the way of your Son Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

Proverbs 3: 13–18

The Psalm

Psalm 119: 65–72

The Second Reading

2 Corinthians 4: 1–6

The Gospel Reading

Matthew 9: 9–13

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Post Communion Prayer

Lord God,
the source of truth and love:
Keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of mercy and compassion,
we have shared the joy of salvation
that Matthew knew when Jesus called him.
Renew our calling to proclaim the one
who came not to call the righteous but sinners to salvation,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Proverbs 3: 13–18
643* Be thou my vision, O lord of my heart

Psalm Psalm 119: 65–72
432* Love is his word, love is his way
20* The King of love my shepherd is

2nd Reading 2 Corinthians 4: 1–6
684 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine
613* Eternal light, shine in my heart
481* God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
324* God, whose almighty word
482* Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light
484* Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
228* Meekness and majesty
486* People of God, arise
341* Spirit divine, attend our prayers
490* The Spirit lives to set us free
491* We have a gospel to proclaim
493* Ye that know the Lord is gracious

The Gospel Matthew 9: 9–13
549* Dear Lord and Father of mankind
460 For all your saints in glory, for all your saints at rest (vv. 1, 2p, 3)
417 He gave his life in selfless love
94* In the name of Jesus
584* Jesus call us! O’er the tumult
130* Jesus came, the heavens adoring
605 Will you come and follow me

Also suitable
459* For all the saints who from their labours rest
461* For all thy saints, O Lord
471 Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days
527* Son of God, eternal Saviour

Daily Prayer


Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips

All and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

All as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

All The Lord’s name be praised.

The Word of God

A Psalm

Psalm 106: 19-43

Psalm 106: 19-43

Psalm 106: 19-43

A Canticle

Which may be said here or between the readings

Urbs Fortitudinis

1 We have a strong city:
salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

2 Open ye the gates:
that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee
because he trusteth in thee.

4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for our rock of ages is the Lord.

5 The way of the just is uprightness;
thou that art upright dost direct the path of the just.

6 Yea in the way of thy judgments O Lord have we waited for thee;
the desire of our soul is to thy Name,
and to the remembrance of thee.

One or two readings

The Gospel Canticle


1 Blessèd be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 The Lord has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through the holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of those who hate us,

4 to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies.

6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed



Let us pray

Lord, have mercy

All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

Weekday Intercessions and Thanksgivings

The Resurrection of Christ: The Household of Faith, the Church

Eternal God,
you have raised Jesus Christ from the dead
and exalted him to your right hand in glory;
through him you have called your Church into being,
that your people might know you
and make your name known.


We pray for [The Church]
the Church universal, and local ...
the unity of the Church ...
the ministries of the Church ...
the mission of the Church ...
the renewal of the Church ...
all Christians in this place ...


Eternal God, we give you thanks
for the apostolic gospel committed to your Church,
the continuing presence and power of your Spirit,
the ministry of Word, Sacrament and Prayer ...
for the mission in which you have called us to share,
the will to unity, and its fruit in common action,
the faithful witness of those who are true to Christ ...
for all works of compassion
and every service that proclaims your love.

Concluding Prayer

In peace and unity
may your people offer the unfailing sacrifice of praise,
and make your glory known;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
Give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Going out as God’s people

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

All Amen

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God

be honour and glory for ever and ever.

All Amen

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the Holy Spirit

you may abound in hope.

All Amen