St Martin's, Brasted

Welcome

Welcome to the website of St Martin's Church, Brasted in Kent. Do join us in church, and feel free to ring (07905 844656) with any enquiries. Our full address is St Martin's Church, Church Road, Brasted, Westerham TN16 1HZ. Click here for a location map.

Linda Green, Rector


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Snow in February 2021


If you are missing the bells
you can hear some Brasted ringing by clicking on Bellringers on the left. The very top item is a recording of our bells in February last year.

Sadly this Sunday, 28 February, will be Linda's final Sunday with us as Rector.
She and her family leave with love and very best wishes for the future from us all.

Morning Prayer every Sunday at 10am

Service sheet is below.

David Edgar is inviting you to join
the scheduled Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 885 0343 8495
Passcode: 138721

If you have difficulty with the technology, please get in touch with David (01959 565973) for help.

  Morning Prayer
28 February 10am
Lent 2

HYMN

Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise. Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion, and acknowledge our transgression in penitence and faith.

Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and forever. Amen

♦Venite - A Song of Triumph


1 O come, let us sing to the Lord; ♦
let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving ♦
and be glad in him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God ♦
and a great king above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth ♦
and the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it, ♦
and his hands have moulded the dry land.

6 Come, let us worship and bow down ♦
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7 For he is our God; ♦
we are the people of his pasture
and the sheep of his hand.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.

Epistle
Romans 4 13-25

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Blessed are those who have endured temptations;
they have stood the test, and will receive the crown of life.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

Gospel
Mark 8 31-end

Reflection

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen


Prayers

The Collect

Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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.
Amen


Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves,
take up your cross,
and follow him;
and the blessing of God the Father,
God the Son and
God the Holy Spirit be with you all and all you love always.
Amen

HYMN



ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL
Regular live streamed services and many archived ones at
Rochester Cathedral Worship Online


Some Services on Radio and Television
Daily   Radio 4 Longwave 10.45am: Service
Every Sunday    Radio 4: Sunday Worship 8.10am,
BBC1: Songs of Praise 1.15pm
Every Sunday and Wednesday Radio 3: Choral Evensong 3pm

From Linda (our Rector)
Reflection for Lent 2

When we are happy
When we are full of sadness
God welcomes us with love

When we are bewildered
When we are full of questions
God welcomes us with love

When we are joyful
When we are full of wonder
God welcomes us with love

Ruth Burgess, Eggs and Ashes

Mark 8 31-38 New Revised Standard Version

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.

34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel,[a] will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words[b] in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Footnotes

a. Mark 8:35 Other ancient authorities read lose their life for the sake of the gospel
b. Mark 8:38 Other ancient authorities read and of mine

Get Thee Behind Me, Satan

Get thee behind me, Satan! What is this?
How could you say that to an anxious friend,
Who only wanted all that makes for peace,
Who loved you, and would keep you safe and sound?
But you see past, you choose another path,
For you divine what we don’t understand,
And your rebuke, which feels so much like wrath,
Comes from a heart that loves us to the end.
Speak to me too. Where have I set my mind?
How much of it is in some comfort zone,
Content to leave all suffering behind,
Content that you should face it all alone?
Throw Satan our behind me, turn me around,
Teach me to lose with you, til I am found.

Malcolm Guite, Parable and Paradox



God of Jew and Gentile

God of Jew and Gentile
Walking the streets of Jerusalem
Your life is at risk

God of Jew and Gentile
Sharing your food and your stories
Your life is at risk

God of Jew and Gentile
Waiting for someone to betray you
Your life is at risk.

Ruth Burgess, Eggs and Ashes



A statement of faith

We believe in God,
who made the sun and the sky, the stars and the sea,
who calls us to live responsibly.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
who became human
who healed the sick
who talked to children
who made friends with sinners.

He burned brightly and offended many.
His journey was one of life and death and resurrection.
His light continues to shine in darkness.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who inspires the scriptures
and whose breath we breathe.

We believe that God calls us to be a community,
committed to one another
offering a welcome to everyone
old and young
rich and poor
strong and weak.

We believe that God calls us to be peacemakers
workers for justice
brothers and sisters
a light for the world. Amen.

Written by two fourteen year old boys at a worship workshop on Iona

Strong and mysterious
Bright and Holy
God is on the side of love

Wise and questioning
Just and joyful
God is on the side of truth

Wild and challenging
Glorious and graceful
God is on the side of hope

Ruth Burgess, Eggs and Ashes

 

God bless to us each sign of spring,
each new green shoot,
each lighter day,
each warmer wind.
God bless to us
rebirth.

Kate Mcllhagga, A Book of Blessings, Ruth Burgess


‘Eggs and Ashes’, and ‘A Book of Blessings’
Wildgoose Publications
The Iona Community

Safeguarding
St Martin's Church takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
For full details of go to Notices and scroll down.

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