A very warm welcome to everyone to our services today.   At Bere Regis we have early Holy Communion at 8am and then at Affpuddle we celebrate  Parish Eucharist at 9.15am.  Junior Church at Bere Regis is followed by our monthly Family Service which starts at 11am.
Collect for today 
   O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity: mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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.
Epistle Reading: Ephesians 4:25 to 5:2
   Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body.  ‘In your anger do not sin’: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.  Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
The Holy Gospel:  John 6:35 and 41 to 51
  Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.    
  At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’  They said, ‘Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, “I came down from heaven”?’
    Stop grumbling among yourselves,’ Jesus answered.  ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.  It is written in the Prophets: “They will all be taught by God.”   Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.
       No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.  Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.  But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.’    
For the Church and the community of Christ                                                                                                                                                                                      Let us take and eat your living bread, Lord, let us all share in the bread of life and receive your Holy Spirit        
~cast your strength and wisdom on those who minister to us we pray – those ordained in this Deanery, our vicar Charles, our benefice ministry team         
~we pray for all affected by abuse done in places of Church establishment, for abused and abusers, in the C of E and the Catholic Church and for those dealing with it       
~and we pray for the effective safeguarding  systems now in place to prevent future abuse         
 ~ Lord,  may your Holy Spirit be with those bringing the love of Christ to those far from our country – working for the relief of suffering and bringing clean water or technical aid, and all involved in overseas mission           
~and for the Church in South Sudan and Sudan:  for the Diocese of Rejaf, and for the Rt Revd Enoch Tombe Stephen its bishop.
For the world and its leaders
We pray for all world leaders that where they meet they may talk constructively and that after meeting they may work for peace and better lives for all           
~Lord, be with all who are suffering the impact of climatic catastrophe and those dealing with its impact - fire in California, fire and drought in Australia, drought in Africa and high temperatures in Europe      ~ we pray for all dealing with the contamination issues in Salisbury: chemicals experts, investigators and for  the future safety and peace of mind of all in the Salisbury area               
~on Brexit for politicians and negotiators for both sides                 
~for migrants on the shores of the Mediterranean and for a sensible agreement between European countries to deal with them         
For our parishes and community   
 We ask for the love that comes with the Holy Spirit to flow through our community: care, tolerance, respect, help and sharing             
~we think particularly of the isolated or lonely,  give comfort     
~for families on holiday whether visiting our area from away or local residents visiting elsewhere         ~we pray for young people who have left school                 
~for all starting work or a new job       ~for farmers in this time of drought, their animals and crops 
 ~for all those struggling financially, for the work of foodbanks and other charities
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 and Nigel Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh, Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, Janet Cropper, 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 and for those with dementia          
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, locally Christopher Edwards        ~ we pray for comfort in grief for family,  friends and neighbours of  those who have died recently, here and elsewhere.     
 Post Communion  Prayer     
Lord of all mercy, we your faithful people have celebrated that one true sacrifice which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace: by our communion keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel and preserve us from all sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
NB: Bere Regis PCC on Wednesday 15th  7:30 pm at the Vicarage,  Thursday 16th 11:30 Funeral at Affpuddle (Christopher Edwards),     Saturday 18th 11 am Baptism at Bere Regis
Services next  Sunday 19th August:             
8am  Affpuddle,  Holy Communion      
10am   Bere Regis, Parish Eucharist                 
6pm Bere Regis,   Evensong