11th October 2020 – Morning Prayer and Annual Church Meeting


Words of preparation.

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.

All: We come from scattered lives to meet with God.

Let us recognize his presence with us.

Silence is kept.

As God’s people we have gathered:

let us worship him together. 



Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Final exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4

When I first looked at this passage, it did strike me that
this was an interesting passage for today, when, later on
we will undertake our Annual Church Meeting. For at the
start of the passage, Paul makes a plea to two members
of the church who have fallen out with one another. The
reason why is not known and the person to whom Paul
asks to help them work it through is also not known but
here Paul is publicly asking them to work it out and to
come to a common mind with one another. This
resonates with the call for unity found at the beginning of
Chapter 2, where Paul reminded the community to
acknowledge what they have, to be united, serving one
another and to have the same mind as Christ Jesus.
As Paul moves towards the end of the letter he
commands to the community to rejoice. Tom Wright
highlights that whilst the greek is often translated as
rejoice, this is not an individual action that we might
know it to be today but that at Paul’s time it would have
been more of a public celebration. Interestingly the
communities public image states Paul should be one of
gentleness and graciousness. Gentleness and
Graciousness, two characteristics that accepts and
encourages people to be themselves and two
characteristics that arguably are being cried out for in
the current situation. Paul reminds the community that
the Lord is near and from this Wright highlights comes
the prayer that overcomes anxiety 1 , the patterns of
thought which celebrate God’s goodness throughout
creation and the style of life which the gospel embodies”

In a moment we will move into the business of the
Annual church meeting and as we do so, let us hold in
mind and seek together, how we as a community of
believers in this place, can celebrate the goodness of
the creator and share this with the community around



Prayers of intercession:
Led by the service leader concluding with the Lord’s
prayer being said by all

All Saints Prayer
God, make us a family.
We need one another,
We love one another,
We forgive one another,
We work together.
Together we hear God’s word.
Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all people,
Together we serve our God,
Together we hope for heaven.
These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to attain them, O God,
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

The APCM Agenda will be conducted at this point in the service.


The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Blessing and Dismissal

We say the Grace together

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all,
now and evermore.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.


If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church

There are also the sermons available from the Bishop’s senior staff here: https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/video-sermons.