Liturgy of the word for the 15th Sunday after Trinity – 15th September 2023

Welcome to St Paul’s Athens,   especially if you are here for the first time or visiting Athens.

Please join us after the service for refreshments in the garden. St. Paul’s has internet – ask for the password.


The worship is led by Deacon Christine Saccali, who is also preaching.


Entrance  Hymn Introit: 263 (Lasst uns Erfreuen) All creatures of our God and King (omit verses 5 and 6 which are marked with an asterisk)



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.



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 Congregational Psalm: 397 (Monkland) Let us, with a gladsome mind


First Reading :   Genesis 50 : 15-21

 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?”  So they approached[a] Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died,  ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.  Then his brothers also wept,[b] fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.”  But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God?  Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.  So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.


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 to remember his 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 swell 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.


Gospel Hymn Gradual: 464 (St James) Thou art the Way: by thee alone



Gospel Reading Matthew 18:21-35

 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if my brother or sister sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven[a] times.  “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.  When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him,  and, as he could not pay, the lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions and payment to be made.  So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’  And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.  But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’  Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’  But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.  Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’  And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.  So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”


Reader:  This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All:          Praise to you, O Christ.         


Sermon   (Please be seated)   Deacon Christine Saccali



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.    




Most glorious and holy God,

whose servant Hildegard, strong in the faith,

was caught up in the vision of your heavenly courts:

by the breath of your Spirit

open our eyes to glimpse your glory

and our lips to sing your praises with all the angels;

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.



Climate Change Prayer (Collect) Climate Change Prayer (Collect)

Holy God, earth and air and water are your creation,

and every living thing belongs to you:

have mercy on us as climate change confronts us.

Give us the will and the courage to simplify the way we live,

to reduce the energy we use,

to share the resources you provide,

and to bear the cost of change.

Forgive our past mistakes

and send us your Spirit,

with wisdom in present controversies

and vision for the future to which you call us

in Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                   and also with you

Hymn:     Offertory: 369 (Binchester) Happy are they, they that love God

             (During this hymn the collection will be taken)




Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on 24th September, with Fr Bjorn Kling presiding

There will be a mid-week Eucharist on Wednesday 20th September with Fr. Bjorn Kling presiding

During the vacancy Deacon Christine Saccali is the acting Chaplain

Morning prayer on Wednesdays at 10 a.m

You can join our prayer connect group on Tuesdays at 09.00 on Zoom, the link can be found on the website  

POS- the church has a POS machine, so donations and payments can be done by debit or credit card.

Opening The Doors—Our exciting new history book is now available at a cost of €10.00. It is a lasting legacy to the presence of the Anglican Church here in Athens.

Weekly Giving—If you would like to make your weekly giving to the church by our envelope scheme (which we would like to encourage) please speak to Nelly Paraskevopoulou.

Table Top Sales; There is often a Greetings a card stall and a second hand book stall in the gardens after the liturgy. Please do look out for them.

Anyone who wants to join the team of Side Persons is welcome, see the Church Wardens .




Hymn Final: 388 (Truro) Jesus shall reign where’er the sun


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.


           Minister:    Go in the peace of Christ

           All:             Thanks be to God


Deacon Chris:  Day Off – Friday   697 737 7655

Swedish Church: Fr. Bjorn  694 6072428




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