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 (01959 565829) 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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Latest Updates

Latest updates
27 October: Update to Music section covering update to detail of Thursday rehearsals, along with the report for 2019

Facemasks

As of 24 July, when face coverings have become mandatory in many public places but not as yet in churches, the Church of England’s current advice (summarised) is as follows:
“We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers and visitors, where there may be other people present, remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand-washing.”
We do encourage all who will be attending St Martin’s, to follow this advice. However, do not be discouraged from coming if you do not have one - there will be some available.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL TO COVER YOUR NOSE AS WELL AS YOUR MOUTH

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES
November
1 10am Holy Communion
***** 8 10.30am Remembrance Sunday*****
15 10am Holy Communion
22 10am Holy Communion
29 10am Holy Communion

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                                           ALL SAINTS DAY

From Linda (our Rector): Reflections and Prayers

Matthew 5:1-12
New Revised Standard Version

The Beatitudes

5 When Jesus[a] 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.


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. Amen.


Intercessions

We pray for the coming of God’s kingdom.
You sent your Son to bring good news to the poor,
sight to the blind,
freedom to captives
and salvation to your people:
anoint us with your Spirit;
rouse us to work in his name.

Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to bring help to the poor
and freedom to the oppressed.

Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to tell the world
the good news of your healing love.

Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to those who mourn,
to bring joy and gladness instead of grief.

Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to proclaim that the time is here
for you to save your people.

Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Lord of the Church,
hear our prayer,
and make us one in mind and heart
to serve you in Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                Poems


All Saints

Though Satan breaks our dark glass into shards

Each shard still shines with Christ’s reflected light,

It glances from the eyes, kindles the words

Of all his unknown saints. The dark is bright

With quiet lives and steady lights undimmed,

The witness of the ones we shunned and shamed.

Plain in our sight and far beyond our seeing

He weaves them with us in the web of being

They stand beside us even as we grieve,

The lone and left behind whom no one claimed,

Unnumbered multitudes, he lifts above

The shadow of the gibbet and the grave,

To triumph where all saints are known and named;

The gathered glories of His wounded love.

Malcolm Guite


All-Saints' Day (1867)

Blessed are they whose baby-souls are bright,
Whose brows are sealèd with the cross of light,
Whom God Himself has deign'd to robe in white—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they who follow through the wild
His sacred footprints, as a little child;
Who strive to keep their garments undefiled—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they who commune with the Christ,
Midst holy angels, at the Eucharist—
Who aye seek sunlight through the rain and mist—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they—the strong in faith and grace—
Who humbly fill their own appointed place;
They who with steadfast patience run the race—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they who suffer and endure—
They who through thorns and briars walk safe and sure;
Gold in the fire made beautiful and pure!—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they on whom the angels wait,
To keep them facing the celestial gate,
To help them keep their vows inviolate—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they to whom, at dead of night,—
In work, in prayer—though veiled from mortal sight,
The great King's messengers bring love and light—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they whose labours only cease
When God decrees the quiet, sweet release;
Who lie down calmly in the sleep of peace—
Blessed are they!

Whose dust is angel-guarded, where the flowers
And soft moss cover it, in this earth of ours;
Whose souls are roaming in celestial bowers—
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they—our precious ones—who trod
A pathway for us o'er the rock-strewn sod.
How are they number'd with the saints of God!
Blessed are they!

Blessed are they, elected to sit down
With Christ, in that day of supreme renown,
When His own Bride shall wear her bridal crown—
Blessed are they!

Ada Cambridge


Blessing

God who has prepared for us a city with eternal foundations,
Give us grace to share the inheritance of the saints in glory
and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be upon us and all we remember today. Amen.


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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