A warm welcome to everybody attending our services today and especially to any newcomers or visitors to the area. Wge celebrate Holy Communion at 8am at Affpuddle and come together for Parish Eucharist at 10am at Bere Regis. There is also Evensong starting at 6pm this evening at Bere Regis.
Collect for today  
 Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
New Testament Reading: James 3: 1 to 12 
   Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who will teach be judged more strictly.  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
    When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.  Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.  Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
    All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
     With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  My brothers and sisters, can a fig-tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
The Holy Gospel:  Mark 8: 27 to 38
     Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’
   They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’
    ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’
   Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah.’
    Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
     He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.  He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
     But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. 
     ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said. ‘You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’
        Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?  Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.’
For the Church and the community of Christ                                                                                                                                                                                      As Christ instructed those around him so may we put earthly concerns to one side and do your work: may our deeds be done for the glory of God and not through selfishness            ~we pray for those who minister to us including our  Archbishops Justin and John, our Bishops Nicholas and Karen, our Vicar Charles and all in our ministry team              ~we continue to pray for strong safeguarding processes in our Church and those elsewhere: where there has been abuse may it be dealt with openly and may harm done be healed             ~ we pray for all working with young people to increase their love of God – here  in our Junior Church, in schools and after school groups and interdenominational organisations     ~and for the Church in the Sudans: for the Area Diocese of Magwi, and for the Rt Revd Martin Abuni its bishop.
For the world and its leaders
Lord, may your Holy Spirit touch world leaders such that they work for peace, reconciliation, goodwill and friendship              ~so we ask for peace in the countries where there is war or the fear of war, violence by oppressors, exploitation of the weak or a minority            ~and we ask for help for those afflicted – physically maimed, mentally traumatised, homeless, orphaned, hungry                ~in our continent we ask for  sensible and realistic discussions between those negotiating Brexit arrangements
For our parishes and community   
We continue to pray for those in schools and colleges having returned after the summer break, particularly students and teachers in new positions             ~for any coming to terms with change in their lives- move of job, of house, marriage, or birth of a child          ~for quality of spirit and community in those groups bringing us together and including our local sports teams           ~we pray for those struggling financially whether as individuals or in business dealings        ~and for decent and affordable housing for those who want to settle here
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
We pray for all who are ill or in pain, those awaiting operation or treatment and for those in hospital             ~ in our parishes for Jane Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh, Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, John Dewey, Linda Thomas,  Mary Fegan and Kirstin Duffield                ~for all carers, spouses, family and those who give support            ~for all with issues of the mind         
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                        
We lift to God, our father in Heaven, the souls of all who have died whom we have known, including recently from our parishes Christopher Edwards, Dennis Bentley, Nigel Woodward and Christine Townley          ~we celebrate their lives and those of others we have known               ~ we pray for all  in grief at the loss of those close to them, Lord give comfort and strength 
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
Services next  Sunday  23rd September:                                        
 9.15am  Parish Eucharist,  Affpuddle         
11.00am  Morning Worship and Communion,  Bere Regis 
 On Wednesday 26th at  Bere Regis 11 am there is mid-week  Communion (but no lunch)
 The funeral for Christine Townley will be at 11.30am on Thursday 27th September at Bere Regis