Order of Service for Choral Matins at Whitewell

Order of Service for Morning Prayer 22nd October 2017  (19th Sunday after Trinity)

Hymn – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of Creation

All sit

Penitential sentences

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scriptures moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;

A general confession, To be said by the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant O most merciful Father, for his sake; that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen

The absolution or remission of sins

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, The power and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen

The Choir will sing the Preces by Smith
Please all stand for the Gloria

 VENITE (Psalm 95) All sing

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and shew ourselves glad in him with Psalms.

For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship, and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the provocation, and  as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;

When your fathers tempted me: proved me and saw my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said: It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways.

Unto whom I sware in my wrath: that they should not enter into my rest.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen

All sit

Psalm 99 (To be sung by the choir. All stand for the Gloria)

1 The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

2 The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

4 The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.

8 Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen

All sit for the First Lesson – Exodus: Chapter 33, verses 12-23

The Choir will sing the Te Deum Laudamus in Bb by Stanford

We praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud : the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Hosts;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man : thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people : and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.

Second Lesson- Matthew 22:15-22

The Choir will sing the Jubilate Deo in Bb by Stanford (Psalm 100)
Please stand for the Gloria

O BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.

Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen

CREED (All Stand)

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead and buried, He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen

The Choir will sing the Responses and Lord’s Prayer  by Smith

The first Collect, for the 19th Sunday after Trinity

O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The second Collect, for Peace

O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The third Collect, for Grace

 O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Anthem – Locus Iste (Bruckner)


Hymn – Jerusalem the Golden


A prayer for the Queen’s Majesty

O Lord our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth; and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit that she may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and wealth long to live; and strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 A prayer for the Royal Family

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family: Endue them with thy holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 A prayer for the Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels; Send down upon our Bishops , and Curates, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen

 A prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God. Who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen

 2 Corinthians 13

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen

Hymn – To God be the glory


Vox Vocavit and St. Mary’s, Whitewell, thank you for supporting this BCP service.   Vox Vocavit are an adhoc choir formed from  members who live in Cheshire, Shropshire and Clwyd.  They  meet to perform Matins and Choral Evensong services and are conducted by James Hall.

 St. Mary’s, Church, Whitewell is a member of the Prayer Book Society and holds occasional Matins services and a service of Evensong on the 2nd Sunday of every month.  We would be delighted to welcome you to any of our services.




Opera Gala St Alkmunds

What a treat for opera buffs !  Peter Edge is organising an Autumn Evening of Opera on Saturday 28th October  at 7:30.

The programme includes arias and ensembles from Mozart’s Magic Flute & Figaro, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and many more!
Please do come along, everyone would be more than welcome!

Confirmation Service

You are INVITED by Veronica to attend a joint celebration of Confirmation at St Chad’s, Tushingham at 11:00am on 29th October.  The confirmation service will be presided over by Bishop Keith Sinclair, The Bishop of Birkenhead. Refreshments afterwards.  Please do come and make a good show for the Bishop.  This will be especially appreciated by Veronica, and the candidates will appreciate your support as we welcome them into the family of the church.

Whitewell Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper

Our Harvest Festival service this year was a delightful Family Service, at which children enacted the key message of the sermon by trying to put together some pieces of railway track into a viable model railway.  The problem was that one group had all the straight pieces, and the other had all the curves, so neither group was successful.  Musical entertainment was provided by Jenny Ralphs who accompanied the children on the piano.  The message from the game, of course, was that we need to work together and share in order to succeed.  A collection of produce was made.  That which was suitable was passed on to the Whitchurch Food Bank, while fresh produce was later sold off at The Harvest Supper.  The money raised, and the collection plate from the service were also shared with the Foodbank.  Around 70 people enjoyed our traditional Harvest Supper in the Parish Rooms, of cottage pie and mushy peas, followed by fruit pie and cream.  In another demonstration of sharing, all the food was supplied by members of the congregation.  Church Warden Carolyn Wort, and the Rector, Revd. Veronica, thanked all those who had helped and supported the event.