At the foot of the page we have attached a link to an order of service for
Spiritual Communion 
When Unable to Attend a Celebration of Holy Communion
which you may like to use in conjunction with the Readings

St Martin's Chipping Ongar with St Peter's Shelley
Sunday 1 November 2020
All Saints’ Day / 4 before Advent
All Saints’ Day
 
 
Collect

Almighty God,

you have knit together your elect

in one communion and fellowship

in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:

grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living

that we may come to those inexpressible joys

that you have prepared for those who truly love you;

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.


Reading

Revelation 7.9-end

9  After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’
11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12 singing,
‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’

13  Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ 14 I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
   and worship him day and night within his temple,
   and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
   the sun will not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat;
17 for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

This is the word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

 
 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
All: Glory to you, O Lord.

Matthew 5.1-12

5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3  ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4  ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5  ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6  ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7  ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8  ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9  ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10  ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11  ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, O Christ.


Post Communion

God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:

may we who have shared at this table

as strangers and pilgrims here on earth

be welcomed with all your saints

to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



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