St Martin's, Brasted


Welcome to the website of St Martin's Church, Brasted in Kent. Do join us at a service, 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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In the churchyard May 2020

Latest updates
3 May: Updates in Bellringers concerning the immediate future of live ringing
18 May: Choir's Thursday evening Zoom singalong will now be devoted to learning anthems as well as hymns. Still open to all.  Details in Music.

Services on the web
  • from Durham Cathedral
  • from Rochester Cathedral

  • from Holy Trinity, Dartford

  • Some Regular Services on Radio and Television

    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: Reflection and Prayers for the Sunday after Ascension Day (followed by this week's hymn with music to sing along to, thanks to Gloria)

    Opening Words (by Ruth Burgess)
    We know you and we do not know you
    You are mysterious and full of joy.

    You know us and you understand us
    You are loving and full of truth.

    You welcome us and you live in us
    You are holy and full of hope.

    We look for you in each other
    We look for you in our midst.

    Reading - The Ascension of Jesus Acts 1:6-14 NRSV

    6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

    Help us to see

    ‘Why do you stand looking up towards heaven?’ by Thom M Shuman

    We look for you,
    straining our eyes
    into the far country,
    but our vision is disrupted
    by the least, the lost,
    the littlest, the last
    among us.
    We race after you,
    Trying to catch up,
    and turning the corner
    find only
    a homeless family
    in our path.

    We wander the streets,
    yearning to find you,
    calling your name,
    but it is only

    a single mother who turns
    and wearily smiles,

    a street person
    who whispers ‘hello’,

    a little girl who pirouettes
    and takes our hand.

    Gone …

    But you are still here, Lord.
    Help us to see.

    From Ascension Intercessions by David Hamflett

    Let us hold before God all those whom Christ calls to follow him –

    when faith is great and when faith is little;

    when faith is sure and when faith clings by its finger nails;

    when faith sees clearly and when faith gropes;

    when faith reassures and when faith challenges;

    when following is easy and when following brings conflict –

    both those who follow Christ with firm tread and those whose step is less steady –

    that, among God’s people, joys may be celebrated and tears may be shed,

    all are welcomed, young and old, seeker and stranger,

    God’s kingdom is sought and lived,

    and the good news of Jesus Christ is shared and proclaimed.

    Your Kingdom come.

    Your Will be done.

    The Blessing of The God of Life from The Iona Community Worship Book

    The blessing of the God of life be ours,
    The blessing of the loving Christ be ours,
    The blessing of the Holy Spirit be ours,
    To cherish us, to help us, to make us holy.

    All quotes above are taken from Fire and Bread, Ruth Burgess except The Blessing

    HYMN: Hail the day that sees him rise..

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

    Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia
    To his throne above the skies; Alleluia
    Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia
    Enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia

    There for him high triumph waits; Alleluia
    Lift your heads, eternal gates! Alleluia
    He hath conquered death and sin; Alleluia
    Take the King of Glory in! Alleluia

    Lo, the heaven its Lord receives, Alleluia
    Yet he loves the earth he leaves; Alleluia
    Though returning to his throne, Alleluia
    Still he calls mankind his own. Alleluia

    See! He lifts his hands above; Alleluia
    See! He shows the prints of love; Alleluia
    Hark! His gracious lips bestow Alleluia
    Blessings on his Church below. Alleluia

    Still for us he intercedes, Alleluia
    His prevailing Death he pleads; Alleluia
    Near himself prepares our place, Alleluia
    He the first-fruits of our race. Alleluia

    Lord, though parted from our sight, Alleluia
    Far above the starry height, Alleluia
    Grant our hearts may thither rise, Alleluia
    Seeking thee above the skies. Alleluia

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

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