Churchwarden Anthony has
these important announcements...
Services in August
Our Sunday service this week, and for the remainder of
August, will be a Service of the Word at 9.30 led by Di Kitson our
Wearing of Facemasks/Face coverings
From Saturday 08August
the law will change and it will be compulsory for a face mask or a
face covering to be worn in places of worship;
if you require a facemask we will have these available for you.
URGENT: food bank need
fruit squash on Sunday please.
Ordination of Rachel Moate
Rachel Moate our former reader will be ordained at St Albans
Cathedral on Saturday 23rdSeptember,
numbers are limited. Angela and Ron Alder will be representing Great
St Mary's at this service. We continually
pray for Rachel.
If anyone has a gazebo, we could borrow for a weekend in September
we need 2 or 3 if possible, for a church event. If you can lend us a
gazebo, please email Anthony.
An Act of Worship for the Eighth Sunday after TriniTY (Proper 13)
are invited to light a candle, reminding us that we are in God’s
We are in the presence of the Living God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
To those who are hungry, Jesus says: “Come and
eat! There’s more than enough for all!”
To those who are thirsty, he says: “Come and drink! It’s
free for the taking!
Stop wasting your money on food that doesn’t satisfy.
“Come to Me, and you
will find everything you need!”
(based on Matthew 14:13-21,
Hymn:Fill your hearts with joy and
Collect PrayerLord God, your Son left the riches of
and became poor for our sake: when we
prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted
place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on
foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore,
he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their
sick. 15 When it was evening,
the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the
hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the
villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16 Jesus said to them,
‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17 They
replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18 And
he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19 Then he ordered the
crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two
fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave
them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were
filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve
baskets full. 21 And those who
ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Sermon – Archdeacon Janet
Hymn: Guide me O Thou great Jehovah
An act of
We are now going to gather as one in An Act of
please join in with me at home. We give thanks for the saving death and
resurrection of Jesus and ask him to be with us now.
My Jesus, I believe that Youare present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this momentreceive You
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace
You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Hymn: I heard the voice of Jesus say
The Lord’s Prayer
Go forth into the world
in the service of God’s people near and far, refreshed by the living
water that Jesus offers to you. Listen for the parched voices of
the least of these;
search out the dry places and the arid souls, and become for them a
spring of living water. Andmay the blessings of the God of life,
the Christ of love,
and the Spirit of grace be upon you this day and forevermore.
(based on Isaiah 55.1-5)
Reverend Simon Vivian,
currently Assistant Curate in the Berkhamsted Team Ministry,
has been appointed as Vicar of the Benefice of Sawbridgeworth.
Please remember Simon, Charlotte, Alice and
Samuel in your prayers as they prepare for their move.
The Churchwardens today (8 June)madethe big
announcement which they were very excited to
share with us all! The Bishop of Hertford,
Bishop Michael has confirmed that the induction of the Revd Simon Vivian
as Vicar of Sawbridgeworth will take place on the afternoon of Sunday
We have no further details at present but anticipate that, whilst the
coronavirus continues to impact upon our lives, it will be quite a small
event. As soon as we have further details to share, we will of course
Following the news he and his family have been waiting for, Fr Simon
told us:"Having had
our move to Sawbridgeworth frustrated in April by the coronavirus
lockdown, it's heartening to know that we will soon be with you. Despite
Covid-19 dominating our lives for the time being, I'm looking forward to
working with you all as we attempt to meet the varied needs of
Sawbridgeworth and chart a way forward for our church".
With our prayers and best wishes to you all.
Anthony and Shona.
Simon and Charlotte both trained as musicians and, for a good number of
years, both worked for the BBC's Religion department in Manchester.
Simon began training for the priesthood back in 2014 at Ripon College
Cuddesdon a few miles out of Oxford and now, having completed his curacy
at St Peter's Church in Berkhamsted, is looking forward - along with the
rest of the family - to moving to Sawbridgeworth, to getting to know all
of us, and to getting to know the town and its community. We're
hoping that his licensing will be sometime in May. In the
meantime, he and the family send their very best wishes.