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REVISED Service sheet for Patronal Festival 28th June 2020

Sunday 28th June 2020

*****Apologies - the link to download the service sheet in the previous email was incorrect.  Please use the one below*****

The service will be streamed by Fr Simon at 9.30am on Sunday morning from St Peter's

How to participate
The service sheet for this week can be found below and will is also available to download and print from the website
On Sunday morning, simply use your computer, tablet or mobile phone and go to either:
The St Peter’s parish website at

Or the St Peter's Facebook page at

You should see a live video – simply click on the Play button on the screen. If you don’t see a video, refresh the page.  If you have difficulty with the sound, try plugging in headphones or a speaker.  In recent weeks, many of us have experienced some issues with the screen freezing for a few seconds.  This is outside our control and usually due to the increased load on the network coming in to the house and not a problem with the computer.

If you're not able to watch live then you'll be able to catch up but watching the recording later in the same way from Facebook, or from the Facebook window on the right hand side of the St Peter's website (scroll down until you find the service you want). 

Invite friends
Many people will find this act of worship comforting and inspiring during these distressing times, so please invite friends in Berkhamsted and even internationally to join us online. If you know of any older people who are perhaps a little less confident using computers, do please help them to join in. This service is open to everyone to worship God.

Patronal Festival


Live from St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted
Sunday 28th June 2020
Voluntary for Double Organ in D minor, Z.719 – Henry Purcell, played by Jonathan Lee
Hymn :
Christ is made the sure foundation,
And the precious corner-stone,
Who, the two walls underlying,
Bound in each, binds both in one,
Holy Sion's help for ever,
and our confidence alone.
To this temple, where we call thee,
Come, O Lord of hosts, today;
With thy wonted loving-kindness,
Hear thy people as they pray;
And thy fullest benediction
Shed within its walls for ay.
Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
Gifts of grace by prayer to gain;
Here to have and hold for ever,
Those good things their prayers obtain,
And hereafter, in thy glory,
With thy blessèd ones to reign.
Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Laud and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One,
One in love, and One in splendour,
While unending ages run.
+In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.
Invitation to Confession:
The saints were faithful unto death and now dwell in the heavenly kingdom for ever.
As we celebrate their joy, let us bring to the Lord our sins and weaknesses,
and ask for his mercy.
Almighty God,
our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.
Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
+pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
Gloria : Mass of St Thomas – David Thorne
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.
Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.
The Collect:
Almighty God,
who inspired your apostle Saint Peter
to confess Jesus as Christ and Son of the living God:
build up your Church upon this rock,
that in unity and peace it may proclaim one truth
and follow one Lord, your Son our Saviour Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All: Amen.
First Reading:  Acts 12:1–11 read by Penny Fray
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.  He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.  After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.  (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.)  When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover.  While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.
The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison.  Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.  He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’  And the chains fell off his wrists.  The angel said to him, ‘Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.’  He did so. Then he said to him, ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.’  Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize  that what was happening with the angel’s help was real;  he thought he was seeing a vision.  After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city.  It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him.  Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.’
This is the word of the Lord
All:  Thanks be to God
Gradual psalm:  Psalm 125
They that put their trust in the Lord shall be even as the mount Sion :
which may not be removed, but standeth fast for ever.
The hills stand about Jerusalem :
even so standeth the Lord round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
For the rod of the ungodly cometh not into the lot of the righteous :
lest the righteous put their hand unto wickedness.
Do well, O Lord :
unto those that are good and true of heart.
As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness :
the Lord shall lead them forth with the evil-doers; but peace shall be upon Israel.
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.
Gospel:  St Matthew 16:13–19
Alleluia, Alleluia.
I do not call you servants but friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything that I have heard from my Father.
All: Alleluia.
The Lord be with you 
All:  And also with you
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
All:  Glory to you, O Lord
When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’  And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’  He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’  Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
This is the Gospel of the Lord
All:  Praise to you, O Christ
Homily - Fr Anthony Lathe
Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Prayers of Intercession: led by Simon Lawson
Each section is followed by the response:
Lord, in your mercy,
All: hear our prayer.
The prayers end with:
Merciful Father,
All: accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Peace:
We are fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God,
through Christ our Lord who came and preached peace to those who were far off
and those who were near.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All:  And also with you.
Offertory Hymn:
Disposer supreme, and judge of the earth,
Who choosest for thine the weak and the poor,
To frail earthen vessels, and things of no worth,
Entrusting thy riches which ay shall endure;
Throughout the wide world their message is heard,
And swift as the wind it circles the earth;
It echoes the voice of the heavenly Word,
And brings unto mortals the hope of new birth.
Their cry thunders forth, ‘Christ Jesus is Lord’,
Then Satan doth fear, his citadels fall:
As when the shrill trumpets were raised at thy word,
And long blast shattered proud Jericho’s wall.
O loud be the call, and stirring their sound,
To rouse us, O Lord, from sin’s deadly sleep;
May lights which thou kindlest in darkness around,
The dull soul awaken, her vigil to keep.
All honour and praise, dominion and might,
To thee, Three in One, eternally be,
Who pouring around us thy glorious light,
Dost call us from darkness thy glory to see.
Prayer over the gifts:
Father, accept all we bring before you this day.
Guide us with your love and feed us at your table
as you nourish the faith of the Church
by the preaching of your apostle Peter.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
The Eucharistic Prayer:
The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 
All: It is right to give thanks and praise.
It is indeed right and good
that we should give you thanks, praise and glory,
almighty and everlasting God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
For after his resurrection
he sent out his apostles and evangelists
to preach the gospel to all nations
and lead us in the way of truth.
Himself the chief cornerstone,
he founded his Church upon the apostles
firmly to stand for ever
as a sign of your holiness upon earth
and a living witness to all
of the way that leads to heaven.
And so with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we lift our voices
and join in their unending hymn of praise:
Sanctus & Benedictus: Mass of St Thomas – David Thorne
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.
Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.
Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.
Christ is the bread of life:
All: When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.
Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:
All: Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever.
The Lord’s Prayer:
God is the Father of the whole human race,
and so, united as his daughters and sons, we turn to him and say:
Our Father,
who art in heaven,     
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who 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.
Breaking of the Bread:
We break this bread, to share in the Body of Christ:
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.
Invitation to Communion:
Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.
Agnus Dei: Mass of St Thomas – David Thorne
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.
Whilst the priest receives Holy Communion,
during the music you may choose to say this prayer:
Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Motet:  Tu es Petrus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, sung by the choir of St Peter’s
Tu es petrus,
et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam;
et portae inferi non prevalebunt adversus eam;
et tibi dabo claves regni coelorum.
Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

Post Communion Prayer:
Almighty God,
who on the day of Pentecost
sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles
with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,
filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
by the power of the same Spirit
strengthen us to witness to your truth
and to draw everyone to the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen
All: Father of all,
we give you thanks and praise,
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord.
The Lord be with you
All: And also with you.
God, who has prepared for you a city with eternal foundations,
bring you, with Peter and all the saints,
to the eternal and triumphant joy of that city;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the + Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
All: Amen.
Go in the peace of Christ.
All: Thanks be to God.
For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confest,
Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O blest communion, fellowship divine,
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon, to faithful warriors cometh rest.
Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
But, lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of Glory passes on his way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Tu es petra from Esquisses Byzantines – Henri Mulet, played by Gavin Roberts
Liturgical material used is take from Common Worship ©The Archbishops’ Council 2000 
Hymns: CCLI 19368 Calamus 2642 

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