‘Called to follow him’ – 7th November 2021 – 3rd Sunday before Advent

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21 11 07 3rd Sunday before Advent order of service

The Readings


Hebrews 9.24-end
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Mark 1.14-20
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Scripture Quotations are from: New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org 

The Sermon

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The Prayers

Prepared by Siobhan H


Holy God, we pray for your church throughout the world, for our Mission Partnership, for our worship team and all who contribute to the life of St Mary’s. We pray for the stillness to listen to the voice of the Spirit as it calls us to discipleship. That each of us may be granted the gifts of discernment and courage, as we seek to follow your call and bring transformation to our communities.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Creator God, we pray for a greater understanding of the wonderful ecosystem which you have bestowed on us and a strong commitment by governments and people throughout the world to protect and preserve it for this and future generations.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
Compassionate God, we pray for the millions of refugees throughout the world who have fled from war, torture and abuse and who are now suffering from starvation, freezing conditions and rejection. We pray that we and our community can see the face of Christ in each of them and give them an opportunity for a new life of peace and freedom.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer 
Healing God, we pray for those who are sick or suffering at this time. Amid their physical and mental suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence. We pause to remember those known to us who need our prayers at this time.
As winter pressures lead to increased demand in our health care sector we pray for all health care staff and emergency workers. Give them the physical and emotional strength to the demands placed upon them.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer 
Gracious God, we remember those who have died and gone before us, who have helped pave the way for us to be who we are and where we are today. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Let us pray for a moment in silence  for our own intentions and for those who have asked for our prayers.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers,
for the sake of your son,
our saviour,
Jesus Christ,
Prayers adapted from acireland.ie
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is used here is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000