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25th October 2020

posted 22 Oct 2020, 07:11 by Church Office   [ updated 23 Oct 2020, 01:37 by CHS Info ]

Pram Service


This week in Pram Service we are celebrating all the saints: the old ones, the young ones, the black ones, the white ones, all the saints including you and me!

We’ll be having a saints hunt around the church, marching, singing and making a collage of all the saints (well, some of them).


Both of the readings this week state the core of our faith: love of God and love of neighbour.  Although Jesus is asked for the greatest commandment – just the one- he cannot mention love of God separately from love of one another.  Just as, when God gives the same commandment to Moses, he repeats that love of neighbour flows from God’s very nature.  Helpfully, God spells out some of what love of neighbour implies: of course, some it seems impossible (you shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin for instance!) but love always has a practical nature: actively working for the well-being of one another, treating others fairly and never profiting from someone else’s bad fortune.  This is love that we can commit to building, engaging in active concern for the well-being of the whole community.


First Reading:  Leviticus 19:1-2 15-18

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

15 You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.

17 You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.


Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:34-46

34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” 41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42 “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions


Prayer - The Collect

 Blessed Lord,

who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

help us so to hear them,

to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them

that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,

we may embrace and for ever hold fast

the hope of everlasting life,

which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Church Office,
22 Oct 2020, 08:00