Weekly Pewsheet

Collect for the Day

God of healing and compassion, we thank you for the establishment of the National Health Service, and for the dedication of all who work in it: give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who care for the sick, and your wisdom to those engaged in medical research. Strengthen all in their vocation through your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



READING Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-end

So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The LORD has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’ I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master’s son.’

Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”

And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.” So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.”Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.




Psalm 45:10 to end

Refrain: Behold our defender, O God, and look upon the face of your anointed.

10 Hear, O daughter; consider and incline your ear; forget your own people and your father’s house.

11 So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty; he is your lord, so do him honour.

12 The people of Tyre shall bring you gifts; the richest of the people shall seek your favour.

13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is embroidered cloth of gold.

14 She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework; after her the virgins that are her companions.

15 With joy and gladness shall they be brought and enter into the palace of the king.

16 ‘Instead of your fathers you shall have sons, whom you shall make princes over all the land.

17 ‘I will make your name to be remembered through all generations; therefore shall the peoples praise you for ever and ever.’

Refrain: Behold our defender, O God, and look upon the face of your anointed.

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.




GOSPEL Matthew 11:16-19; 25-end

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”







Ways to Worship With Us

Our online service is at 10.30am today on our Facebook page.

Some of you will prefer your own simple service using this pew sheet.

You will also be able to find a sermon for today and most weeks on the Rector’s podcast—this is audio only so good for those who don’t want to be staring at a screen!




Poem for the Day

9am Monday to Thursday each week

The Rector has set himself the challenging of broadcasting a Poem for the Day Monday to Thursday every week at 9am as the lockdown continues. This will be pre-recorded and broadcast on our Facebook Page via Facebook Premiere. This is very similar to Facebook Live which we have used before, but means that everyone who has “liked” the page will get a notification in the form of a post with a photo which will automatically open at 9am: it even has its own count down at the start! This also means that Nick will be able to interact with you during and after the broadcast. It’s about 5 minutes and is a great way to connect at the beginning of the day, providing some routine as well. It will also stay on the page for those who would like to catch up with it afterwards.


Prayer during the Day

12 noon Monday to Thursday

This regular lockdown feature is also Monday to Thursday on our Facebook page and is broadcast by the Associate Rector at 12 noon. It’s also a great way to pause briefly to pray together and to catch up with Dean.


The Revd. Nick Jones ObSb (Rector) 020 8992 8876; 07485 208457


The Revd. Dean Ayres (Associate Rector) 020 8992 9384


The Revd. Mary Spredbury (Curate) 020 8995 8879



Yvonne Kisiedu & Mary Lendor (Churchwardens)




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