St Martin's, Brasted


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

Flowers for Christmas 2020

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.

Latest updates
15 January 21: Details of closure of St Martin's church moved to News
15 January 21: Details for Zoom services added below

Morning Prayer every Sunday at 10am
beginning 17 January

There will be a service of Morning Prayer on ZOOM. As many of you will know it is difficult/impossible to all speak at the same time. Because of this Judith and I will be leading the service this week to see how it goes.
Next week we will ask others to lead a part of the service by reading a reading, prayers or canticle.
Rev Linda Green, Rector

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 for next week.

St Martin’s, Brasted
Order of Service for Morning Prayer



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

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

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.

Jesus says, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'
So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ,
confessing our sins 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.

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.

Blessed is the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of our prayer;

therefore shall our hearts dance for joy
and in our song will we praise our God.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord our God,
creator and redeemer of all;
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world
and in your great love fashioned us in your image.
now, through the deep waters of death,
you have brought your people to new birth
by raising your Son to life in triumph.
May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts
as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever.

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

Silence is kept

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 for ever. Amen.

The Word of God

Jubilate – a Song of Joy

1 O be joyful in the Lord all the earth;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

2 Know that the Lord is God;
it is he that has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and bless his name.

4 For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting,
and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

Old or New Testament Reading


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.


The Collect

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
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.

The Blessing or other Prayer


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 Gloria (our Organist)

HYMN: Be thou my vision..

(Click the little triangle on the left to show two vertical lines, then wait a moment to get the music.)

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,

Be all else but naught to me save that thou art.
Be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
Be thou ever with me and I with thee, Lord,
Be thou my great Father and I thy true son,
Be thou in me dwelling and I with thee one.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight,
Be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might.
Be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tower,
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Be thou mine inheritance now and always.
Be thou and thou only the first in my heart,
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, thou heaven’s bright Sun,
O grant me its joys after vict’ry is won.
Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

(words reproduced within the terms of St Martin’s CCLI license)


From Linda (our Rector)
The Second Sunday of Epiphany


Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

John 1:43-51 New Revised Standard Version
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”


They threw down their nets
and they followed Him.
There was no time to
calculate profit or loss.
There was no time to
call home for a second opinion.
It seemed like absolute madness.
It seemed like death.
But it was a wise madness,
a necessary death.
The old faith dropped
and sank beneath waves.

The new faith walked on water,
beckoning on to Jerusalem
and the dry hills around.
Steve Turner

The Call of the Disciples

He calls us all to step aboard his ship,
Take the adventure on this morning’s wing,
Raise sail with him, launch out into the deep,
Whatever storms or floods are threatening.
If faith gives way to doubt, or love to fear,
Then, as on Galilee, we’ll rouse the Lord,
For he is always with us and will hear
And make our peace with his creative Word,
Who made us, loved us, formed us and has set
All his beloved lovers in an ark;
Borne upwards by his Spirit, we will float
Above the rising waves, the falling dark,
As fellow pilgrims, driven towards that haven,
Where all will be redeemed, fulfilled, forgiven.
Malcolm Guite

We ask for courage

We give thanks for your story, and we give thanks for our spiritual ancestors, who have lived and told your story faithfully through the generations.

We ask for courage as we receive your story: to live it well, and to tell it faithfully and appropriately in our time.

We give thanks for your abiding and transforming presence, and the myriad ways we encounter, experience and express relationship with you.

We give thanks for the Spirit’s gifts calling to each individual and congregation embodying Jesus in the world.

We ask for courage to celebrate difference, welcoming one another in love, as we rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

We give thanks for Jesus the Christ, whom we follow on your way of Love.

We ask for courage to follow the call of Jesus to love with radical hospitality, to live a different way, to be and to see him wherever we go.

In our words and silence, Holy One, hear our prayers. Amen.


God of glory,
you nourish us with your Word
who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit
that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory
and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom;
and the blessing of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
be upon you and all those you love.

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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