Trinity 10

Service for the 15th Sunday after Trinity – 12th September 2021

St Paul’s Athens

 

Fr. Leonard will lead the worship and preach. Angelos Pouliadakis will assist.    Before our worship begins the organ will play.

 

Opening Hymn:  377  Immortal, invisible

 

Priest:                Blessed be the kingdom of God.

All:                     Now and for ever. 

Priest:                The Lord be with you

All:                      and also with you

 

The deacon invites us into a short time of silence and stillness

 Assistant:          Your raise the dead to life in the spirit.

Kyrie eleison              All: Kyrie eleison

     Assistant:         You bring pardon and peace to the broken in spirit.

                                Christe eleison          All: Christe eleison

Assistant:         You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided.

                                Kyrie eleison             All:  Kyrie eleison

 

Priest:   Almighty God, who forgives all those who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,  and keep you in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord .   Amen.

 

Gloria:  Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, the glory of God the Father. Amen, amen.

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St Francis

St Francis Time – Pet Service 3 October 2021 – 12.00 noon

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Philellinon 27,  Athens

FrancisCome to St. Paul’s to give thanks for all the affection and friendship you receive from your pet. Either bring your pet to church for a blessing (no camels or elephants!) or bring a photograph. There will be a collection taken and 20% will be given to an animal charity in Athens.

(COVID Restrictions apply to human numbers inside the church building – service relayed to the garden on external speakers)

 

Bible STudies

St Paul’s Christmas Bazaar 2021 – a letter from Fr Leonard

Dear Friends

A date has been fixed for a Christmas Bazaar – Sunday 5th December 2021. Please fix that date in your diaries and planners now.

If you have been in Zappeion recently you will see that Aegli Restaurant is in a very sorry state – closed down and stripped of all fittings. There is no way that the Bazaar can take place as it has for several years now at Aigli. Anyway, to rent that basement space for one day cost €4,000, which is a huge bite into any money that is raised on the day.

Lynn Stavrou has booked the spacious entrance lobby outside the lecture theatre at the War Museum in central Athens. The cost for the day is €600.

Although the area at the war Museum is large, clearly we will not have as many square metres as in previous years, so we will all have to think differently for the Bazaar from now on. Not all the usual stalls will be possible, and not as much space can be given to all the stalls. Flexibility will be the order of the day, but the most exciting thing is that we are planning a Bazaar this year. You will recall that COVID restrictions in 2020 prevented us from having any fund-raising events.

Lynn Stavrou will co-ordinate the stall holders this year.

We are now inviting you to consider if you would be willing to organize your stall again – or offer to help support stall holders in some way. We also need manual help in setting up and clearing away tables, and help with transporting some items from Karneadou 6 to the Museum, and back again at the end of the day.

PLEASE contact Lynn Stavrou about your stall, or Trevor Kamuzonde if you can offer help with furniture moving on the day. Act now at this early stage by indicating that you would like to run a stall, and experience will inform you that it is time to start collecting and preparing for your stall.

COVID restrictions: we will of course be subject to any restrictions that apply to the Museum, and it will be the Museum authorities that decide if the Bazaar proceeds or is cancelled. This will not be a decision made by the Wardens or Fr. Leonard.

 

Lynn Stavrou

Trevor Kamuzonde

Leonard Doolan                         September 2021

Liturgy 30:08:2020

Liturgy of the Word – Sunday 29th August 2021

Welcome to St Paul’s Athens,   especially if you are here for the first time or visiting Athens.  Deacon Christine leads our worship today, and is the preacher.  The hymn is announced from the door.

 

1 Angel voices ever singing
round Thy throne of light,
angel harps, forever ringing,
rest not day nor night;
thousands only live to bless Thee
and confess thee Lord of might.

 

2 Thou who art beyond the farthest
mortal eye can scan,
can it be that Thou regardest
songs of sinful man?
Can we feel that Thou art near us
and wilt hear us? Yea, we can.

 

3 Yea, we know Thy love rejoices
o’er each work of Thine;
Thou didst ears and hands and voices
for Thy praise combine;
craftsman’s art and music’s measure
for Thy pleasure didst design.

 

4 Here, great God, today we offer
of Thine own to Thee;
and for Thine acceptance proffer,
all unworthily,
hearts and minds and hands and voices
in our choicest melody.

 

5 Honour, glory, might, and merit
Thine shall ever be,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
blessed Trinity:
of the best that Thou hast given
earth and heaven render Thee.

 

Minister:  Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All:            and also with you.

Minister:  O Lord, open our lips

All:            and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Minister: Give us the joy of your saving help

All:            and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

 

The minister then welcomes people informally.

 

Prayers of Penitence

Minister:   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.

 

All: 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.

 

Minister:  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.

All:            Amen

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BVM BLOG

Service for the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15th August 2021

Anglican Church in Greece – St Paul’s Athens

 

Fr. Leonard will lead the worship and preach. The deacon is Deacon Christine.   Before our worship begins the organ will play.

 

Opening Hymn: 185   (tune Abbot’s Leigh)

 

Priest:                Blessed be the kingdom of God.

All:                     Now and for ever. 

Priest:                The Lord be with you

All:                      and also with you

Priest:                Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women

and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

All:                      Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of

                            our death.

 

The deacon invites us into a short time of silence and stillness

 

All:        Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be: that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Priest:   Almighty God, who forgives all those who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,  and keep you in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord .   Amen.

 

Gloria:  Glory in the highest to the God of heavens:

              Peace to all your people through the earth be given.

              Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,

              Singing Alleluia! To the heavenly King.

              Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father’s Son;

              With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone.

              Lamb once killed for sinners, all our guilt to bear,

              Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer

             

             Christ the world’s true Saviour, high and holy one,

              Seated now and reigning from your Father’s throne:

              Lord and God, we praise you! Highest heaven adores:

              In the Father’s glory, all the praise be yours!

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Trinity 10

Service for the 10th Sunday after Trinity – 8th August 2021

St Paul’s Athens

 

Fr. Leonard will lead the worship and preach. Angelos Pouliadakis will assist.   Before our worship begins the organ will play.

 

Opening Hymn: 234  (2nd tune Ratisbon)

 

Priest:                Blessed be the kingdom of God.

All:                     Now and for ever. 

Priest:                The Lord be with you

All:                      and also with you

 

The assistant invites us into a short time of silence and stillness

 

Assistant:           Your raise the dead to life in the spirit.

Kyrie eleison              All: Kyrie eleison

     Assistant:           You bring pardon and peace to the broken in spirit.

                                 Christe eleison          All: Christe eleison

Assistant:           You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided.

                                 Kyrie eleison             All:  Kyrie eleison

 

Priest:   Almighty God, who forgives all those who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,  and keep you in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord .   Amen.

 

Gloria:  Glory in the highest to the God of heavens:

              Peace to all your people through the earth be given.

              Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,

              Singing Alleluia! To the heavenly King.

 

              Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father’s Son;

              With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone.

              Lamb once killed for sinners, all our guilt to bear,

              Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer

              

             Christ the world’s true Saviour, high and holy one,

              Seated now and reigning from your Father’s throne:

              Lord and God, we praise you! Highest heaven adores:

              In the Father’s glory, all the praise be yours!

 

Collect:  Let us pray     (Collect of the Day) 

Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  All:  Amen.

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Trinity

Service for the 9th Sunday after Trinity – 1st August 2021, St Paul’s Athens

Fr. Leonard will lead the worship and preach. Deacon Christine will assist.   Before our worship begins the organ will play.

 

Opening Hymn: 368  Guide me O thou great Redeemer

 

Priest:                In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All:                     Amen. 

Priest:                The Lord be with you

All:                      and also with you

 

The Deacon invites us into a short time of silence and stillness

 

Deacon:             Your raise the dead to life in the spirit.

Kyrie eleison              All: Kyrie eleison

     Deacon:             You bring pardon and peace to the broken in spirit.

                                 Christe eleison          All: Christe eleison

Deacon:             You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided.

                                 Kyrie eleison             All:  Kyrie eleison

 

Priest:   Almighty God, who forgives all those who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,  and keep you in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord .   Amen.

 

Glory to God in the heaven above, peace to his friends on earth.

Lord God of hosts, and our heavenly King, Father and mighty God.

We worship you, we give you thanks, praise to your holy name.

‘Glory to God’ heaven declares ‘Glory’ creation sings.

Refrain:  Glory to God in the heaven above, peace to his friends on earth.

                God, ever three, yet eternally one, glorious Trinity.

 

Son of the Father, and Lord of us all, holy eternal Lamb,

Christ, who has carried the sin of the world, mercy on us, we pray.

Jesus our God, Saviour and Judge, answer us when we cry;

Seated on high, reigning with God, hear and receive our prayer.  Refrain.

 

You, Jesus Christ, are the Lord, the Most High, you are the Holy One.

You, only you, with the Spirit divine, reign in the Father’s love.

Blessed are you, Father and Son, Spirit of grace and truth;

Myst’ry profound, veiled yet revealed, hidden in depths of light.  Refrain

 

Collect:  Let us pray     (Collect of the Day) 

Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day, and make her holy, strong, and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord.  All:  Amen.

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Summer Raffle

Summer Raffle Prizewinning Tickets Announced

ST PAUL’S GRAND SUMMER RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS

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Winners who have not yet collected their prize, or arranged for their ticket-seller to collect on their behalf, can go to St. Paul’s from Tuesday 27th July through Saturday 31st July between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or after the 10 a.m. liturgy on Sunday 1st August (up to 12.30), with the email or ticket stub containing their winning number, and sign on receipt. Any prizes not collected will be retained and included in a future raffle. If there is collection problem please contact  lynnstav@gmail.com

Liturgy 30:08:2020

Service for Sunday Liturgy 25th July 2021 – St Paul’s Athens

Welcome to St Paul’s Athens,   especially if you are here for the first time or visiting Athens. Due to Government COVID-19 restrictions ‘double’ masking is required in the church. A distance of 2metres should be kept between each person.

Deacon Christine leads our worship today, and is the preacher. Today is the Feast of St. James the Apostle.

Entrance: The organ will play before the worship begins. The hymn is announced from the door.

 

Opening hymn

1 Who are these like stars appearing,
these before God’s throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
praising loud their heav’nly King.

 

2 Who are these of dazzling brightness,
these in God’s own truth arrayed,
clad in robes of purest whiteness,
robes whose lustre ne’er shall fade,
ne’er be touched by time’s rude hand?
Whence come all this glorious band?

 

 

3 These are they who have contended
for their Saviour’s honour long,
wrestling on ’til life was ended,
foll’wing not the sinful throng;
these, who well the fight sustained,
triumph thro’ the Lamb have gained.

 

4 These are they whose hearts were riven,
sore with woe and anguish tried,
who in pray’r full oft have striven
with the God they glorified;
now, their painful conflict o’er,
God has bid them weep no more.

 

5 These, like priests, have watched and waited,
off’ring up to Christ their will;
soul and body consecrated,
day and night to serve him still:
now in God’s most holy place
blest they stand before his face.

 

Minister:  Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All:            and also with you.

Minister:  O Lord, open our lips

All:            and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Minister: Give us the joy of your saving help

All:            and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

 

The minister then welcomes people informally.

Prayers of Penitence

Minister:   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.

 

All: 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.

 

Minister:  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.

All:            Amen

 

Psalm 126

1    When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,  ♦

then were we like those who dream.

2    Then was our mouth filled with laughter  ♦

and our tongue with songs of joy.

3    Then said they among the nations,  ♦

‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

4    The Lord has indeed done great things for us,  ♦

and therefore we rejoiced.

5    Restore again our fortunes, O Lord,  ♦

as the river beds of the desert.

6    Those who sow in tears  ♦

shall reap with songs of joy.

7    Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed,  ♦

will come back with shouts of joy,

bearing their sheaves with them.

 

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.  Amen

 

First Reading:  2 Cor 4, 7-15

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

 

At the end of the reading:

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

All:         Thanks be to God.

 

Minister:  Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All:            And Christ shall give you light.

Minister:  You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All:            Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Minister:  Set your minds on things that are above,  not on things that are on the earth.

All:            And Christ shall give you light.

Minister:  When Christ our life appears you will appear with him in glory.

All:            Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,  and Christ shall give you light.

 

 

The Benedictus   Luke 1, 68-79     (Please stand to say the canticle together)

 

  1. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, who has come to his people and set them free.
  2. He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of his servant David.
  3. Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,
  4.  To show mercy to our ancestors, and remember your holy covenant.
  5. This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
  6. Free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
  7. And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
  8. To give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of all their sins.
  9. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
  10. To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end.  Amen.

     

    Sung:    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alelluia

     

    Gospel Reading                                                                                      

    Minister:  Alleluia, Alleluia.  We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

    All:           Alleluia

    Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (Matt. 20, 20-28)

    All:          Glory to you, O Lord. 

    Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

(After the Gospel)  This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All:          Praise to you, O Christ.         

 

Sermon   (Please be seated)  

 

The Apostles’ Creed  (remain  standing)

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 God 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.

 

Intercessions:   Lord in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

 

Collect for any season:  

Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands that have taken holy things; may the ears which have heard your word be deaf to clamour and dispute; may the tongues that have proclaimed your praise be free from deceit; may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love shine with the light of hope; and may the bodies that have been fed with Christ, be refreshed with the fullness of your Spirit; glory to you for ever.  Amen

 

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.

 

The Peace      (Please stand)  The deacon will introduce words for the Peace

                       

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                   and also with you

 

Notices:  No Wednesday Eucharist on 28th July.

 

1 For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever bless’d.
Alleluia, alleluia!

 

2 Thou wast their rock, their refuge, and their might,
thou, Christ, the hope that put their fears to flight;
’mid gloom and doubt, their true and shining light.
Alleluia, alleluia!

 

3 Oh, bless’d communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine,
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia, alleluia!

 

4 The golden evening brightens in the west.
Soon, soon to faithful servants cometh rest.
Sweet is the calm of paradise the bless’d.
Alleluia, alleluia!

 

5 But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array,
as God to glory calls them all away.
Alleluia, alleluia!

 

6 From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
*all praising Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Alleluia, alleluia!

 

Minister:     Let us say the Grace together:    The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.   Amen.

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

A Letter from St Paul’s Local Environment Officer

Dear Friends,

Elizabeth Bussmann, Environment Officer for the Diocese in Europe, points out that environmental concerns in the Diocese are not a task for just one person.  LEOs need the support of a team to make it a project owned by the whole congregation. And so I am asking anyone interested in any aspect of the environment to join our St. Paul’s LEO team and lend a hand – this will be almost completely electronically done (minimal physical meetings)

 

Something we can focus on is a plastic-free environment. Don’t think of plastic waste as that great blob travelling the Pacific Ocean. It exists in every water-way in the world – lakes, ponds, streams, rivers and oceans.  What you decide as an individual, what your neighbours decide as a community and what we do as a congregation must and will have an effect on reducing this horrible blight which gets into our drinking water, affects the life of water creatures, enters the food chain and is finally eaten by us. It seeps into the water used for agriculture, both surface and ground, thereby affecting the crops we and our livestock eat.  Plastic is toxic.  Think before buying it or using it. Try to get your local shops and others to stop using it and point them towards available alternatives.

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