The Parishes of Bere Regis and Affpuddle in the Benefice of West Purbeck
Our Services today, 6th October 2019  
8am Holy Communion at Bere Regis         
10am Parish Communion at Affpuddle 
10am Parish Communion at Wool        
6pm Evensong with Harvest Supper at Bere Regis
Welcome to worship today. 
It has been very good to welcome Rev Sandra as our Associate Priest this week. It was also very good in last Sunday’s Benefice Service to look at feedback from the Thrive Questionnaires from all 3 of our churches. Those who were at both Licensing and Benefice Eucharist-did you notice the common strands of taking risk, of being sent out, reaching out to others and not remaining in our comfort zones for the sake of the growth of the Kingdom; thriving not surviving? God has amazing plans for us in the coming months and years; all we need is faith for these great things to happen (as small as a mustard seed will do Jesus said). Let’s enjoy!                                      
Rev Carol
Collect for today 
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. 
Post-Communion prayer 
Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Epistle Reading: 2 Timothy 1: 1-14
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 
   I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.  Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.  I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
   For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.  He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.  That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
      What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.  Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
 Holy Gospel Reading: Luke  17 : 5-10     
 The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it will obey you.
  ‘Suppose one of you has a servant ploughing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, “Come along now and sit down to eat”?  Won’t he rather say, “Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink”?  Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?  So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”’
For the Church and the community of Christ 
Loving God, renew our hope and by the Holy Spirit’s power, strengthen us to pray readily, serve joyfully and grow abundantly as your people in these parishes. We pray for each one of us in our spiritual and earthly lives and we pray for our leaders and ministers. For Reverend Sandra here in Bere Regis and Affpuddle - all those new people to meet, for her part in the team ministry and for husband Graham. For the spiritual life and leadership of Reverends Carol, Jenny and Judy and the ministry team in our benefice.  For the Thrive initiative throughout rural Dorset, in Purbeck and our benefice as it looks ahead to meet future needs. We pray for those who reach out to the young, in schools for teachers and others – ministers and volunteers, those involved in Open the Book, Messy Church, After School Club and Pioneers working with the young.  In our diocesan link with the Sudans we pray for the Episcopal churches in South Sudan and Sudan, for all of Christian faith in these countries and today for the Rt Revd Samuel Enosa Peni, Bishop of Nzara.
For the world and its leaders                                                                                
We pray for all in authority that they may work for peace, justice, freedom from oppression and a sustainable world. For Hong Kong: for peaceful protest not violent disorder and police brutality. For Syria and Yemen: safety and food for all not bombs. For Israel, Palestine and Gaza: an end to terror and brutality and justice for the oppressed. For those working to foster international agreement on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees in the next few years and for all of us in embracing consequential lifestyle change. We pray for all dealing with Brexit issues: in London, Brussels, across the EU, in Ireland and locally.  
For our parishes and community 
We continue to pray for the institutions that are so necessary for our quality of life locally -   our schools, hospitals, surgeries, shops and local organisations.  For teachers, staff and students at local schools. For university students starting a new term, especially those leaving home for the first time. For those who have left education and are unsure about their future.  For any moving house or planning a move or a new start in any way. For farmers as crops are harvested and fruit is picked and plans are made for the future.  For all in commerce and business at this uncertain time. 
For the sick and their carers   
We pray for all in hospital, all undergoing treatment and for all awaiting the outcome of tests or diagnosis. For all who give treatment and care. For any suffering dementia. For those struggling with depression or issues of the mind.  In our parishes we pray for all we know to be ill or suffering including Margaret Bartlett, John Dewey, Mary Fegan and Jenny Silavs.
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                           
We commend to you Lord, the souls of all who have died recently including June Bullock.  And for those we have loved whom we miss. We pray for comfort for all who mourn.    
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to prepare for Rev Sandra’s Licensing Service and welcome last week and to those who came to support from across the benefice- a very special evening.
A reminder that Rev Sandra’s days off are Monday, Tuesday and Saturday & Rev Carol’s day off is Tuesday. Please try to be mindful of this as far as possible. 
Next Sunday 13th October
 8am Holy Communion at Wool
10am Parish Communion and Harvest Thanksgiving at Affpuddle
10am Parish Communion at Wool
11am Harvest Thanksgiving Family Service at Bere Regis (follows 10am Junior Church)
6pm Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the ministry of Brenda Pitfield, Licensed lay minister, Bere Regis, (there will be a buffet afterwards - no contributions are required but please let Brenda know if you are coming so numbers can be well catered for)