The parishes of Bere Regis and Affpuddle
in the benefice of West Purbeck
Services next Sunday 14th July
8am Holy Communion at Wool
10am Mattins at Affpuddle
10am Parish Communion at Wool
11am Family Service (following Junior Church 10am) at Bere Regis
A warm welcome to all.                                 Collect for today
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Epistle Reading: Colossians 1:1-14
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother: To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Holy Gospel Reading: Luke 10: 25-37
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’
He answered, ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’
‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’
In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”
‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’
The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’
Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
Prayers For the Church and the community of Christ Heavenly father, may we act with kindness, mercy and compassion to those in need, whatever their race or creed ~we pray for the Church and its ministry : here in our villages of west Purbeck, throughout the Deanery of Purbeck and throughout this diocese ~we pray for Church leaders: our priests in our parishes, our Archdeacon Anthony, Bishop of Sherborne Karen and Nicolas, Bishop of Salisbury, our Archbishops Justin and ~we pray for the Thrive initiative here in our benefice and for the renewal of the role of the Church in all rural parishes ~ we pray for the Reverend Sandra Williams as she prepares to become Associate Priest in our benefice ~and we pray for our diocesan partners in the Episcopal Churches of the Sudan and South Sudan: today for the Rt. Rev. Daniel Deng Abot, Diocesan Bishop of Duk.
For the world and its leaders We pray for peace where there is war in many places including Syria, Yemen and Libya ~ for stability of government and the fair rule of law everywhere including Sudan, South Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo ~for a spirit of cooperation not confrontation in matters of security, trade, surveillance and crime ~we pray for all people to have decent water and sanitation ~we pray for health and education services to be available for all ~and we pray for the work of agencies and charities providing aid including Christian Aid, Tearfund and Cafod ~and in UK for the Queen, the government and all involved in the choice of a new Prime Minister
For our parishes and community
We pray for the parishes that make up our benefice and their communities, for Bere Regis, Bere Heath, Affpuddle, Briantspuddle, Throop and Pallington, Wool and East Stoke, Bovington ~for the farms and businesses in these places ~for the services provided by schools, shops, surgeries and other facilities ~we pray for those who feel vulnerable, those living alone, perhaps frail and relying on carers ~for those who are isolated because of lack of transport or personal immobility ~for those who struggle financially ~for any burdened by stress perhaps through work or personal relationships ~Lord, where we can perceive a need let us give help For the sick and their carers We pray for all in hospital, those we know, those we don’t know in so many places and with so many medical issues ~we pray for those awaiting treatment or the outcome of tests ~for all with long term conditions which affect their quality of life, for all suffering dementia and for those with issues of the mind ~now we pray for those who give help or care from surgeons and doctors and nurses to carers and family and neighbours ~ in our parishes we pray for all we know to be ill or suffering including Margaret Bartlett, Jo Powell, John Dewey, Mary Fegan, Mary England and Ivor Mullins
For the deceased and those who mourn We commend to you Lord, the souls of all who have died; for any we have known and loved who have died recently; we pray for comfort for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.
Post-Communion prayer
Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thrive not Survive: Please remember to return your Thrive Questionnaires today! Return boxes are in each of the churches.
School Holiday Munch Club - Hot Lunches Wednesday 31st July & Every Wednesday in August, 12.45 pm, KOW Building, D’Urberville Centre- a Churches Together in Wool and Wool Library Collaborative - The lunches will be provided free of charge and all are welcome to come and eat. Please let us know you are coming 01929 462215 or email
Wednesday 17th July 10am Holy Communion at the D’Urberville Centre, Wool
2.30 Holy Communion at Turberville Court, Bere Regis
Services next Sunday 21st July
8am Holy Communion at Affpuddle
10am Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis
10am Family Service at Wool
6pm Evensong at Bere Regis