Great St Mary, Sawbridgeworth 
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We are in the presence of the Living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. 

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 Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10am-12noon   Thursday and Sun 2pm - 4pm

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On SUNDAY 9th August, The Ninth Sunday of Trinity,  our act of worship at Great St Mary's, will be a Service of The Word. There will also be an act of Worship right here on the internet.

The service sheet for the internet service is available HERE for viewing or printing. The address will be given by Bishop Alan.
Here is Rev. Debbie's introduction and news.

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 licensed reader. 


Wearing of Facemasks/Face coverings

From Saturday 08 August 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 23rd September, numbers are limited. Angela and Ron Alder will be representing Great St Mary's at this service. We continually pray for Rachel.


Gazebo's Required

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.

Some thoughts about last Sunday's service from Rev. Debbie

The online Order of Service is here and also below the webcast with the address by The Venerable Janet Mackenzie Archdeacon of Hertford. The Readings for Trinity 8 are here.


An Act of Worship for the Eighth Sunday after TriniTY (Proper 13)

Welcome and Introduction - Gathering Before GodYou are invited to light a candle, reminding us that we are in God’s presence.

We are in the presence of the Living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Call to Worship 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, Isaiah 55:1-3)

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness

Collect Prayer
Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven

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.

Reading: Matthew 14.13-21

13 Now 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 spiritual Communion 

We are now going to gather as one in An Act of Spiritual Communion,
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 You are 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 moment receive You sacramentally, 
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.

Hymn: I heard the voice of Jesus say


The Lord’s Prayer

Blessing  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.
And may 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)




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Other news...

The 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) made the 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 20th September.

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 notify everyone.

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.

REvd Simon Vivian


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.



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