St Buryan Church

St Buryan TR19 6BA 




Sat 28 Nov 2020 - 6pm - Service of the Word. Click here to download
Sun 29 Nov 2020 - 9.30am - Eucharist Service & 6pm Compline on Worship.

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Sennen Feast Eucharist Service on Advent Sunday
29th November 2020

The Gathering and Vestry Prayer

Into your presence we come Father Son and Holy Spirit, Glorious Trinity.
We are here to listen to your word as it is revealed to us and then to act upon it in our daily lives. We are here to be filled with your Spirit and dedicate our lives again to you. We are here because you call us to service as you have called your saints throughout history. We are here of our own free will. Use us and guide us in your love.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The Lord be with you         and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

In this Advent of expectation draw us together in unity, that our praise and worship might echo in these communities and also through our lives. In this Advent of expectation draw us together in mission, that the hope within might be the melody of our lives. In this Advent of expectation draw us together in service, that the path we follow might lead us from a stable to a glimpse of eternity. Amen

Invitation to confession

When the Lord comes, he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness, and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins. To you O Lord we bring our lives troubled, broken or at ease, a sacrificial offering for you to use

Take away our selfishness and teach us to love as you loved
Take away our sense of pride and show us the meaning of humility
Take away our blindness and show us the world through your eyes
Take away our greed and teach us how to give as you gave
Show us your ways. Teach us your paths that we might walk with you more closely our hand in your hand, our feet in your footsteps
From the baby in a stable to eternity, Amen

Almighty God, long-suffering and of great goodness: I confess to you, I confess with my whole heart my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments, my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking; the hurts I have done to others, and the good I have left undone. O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you; and raise me to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Almighty God, who forgives all 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.

The Collect for Advent Sunday

Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Or this more traditional one:

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Gospel Reading:

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (13 v 24-end)
Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples: 24‘In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’

At the end:    This is the Gospel of the Lord.             


Advent Sunday is also Sennen Feast day, and so now we are 3 for 3 of having all our church feast days in lockdown of one type or another. It is challenging trying to celebrate the witness of the saints of old outside the building that is so very much linked to the history of the parishes.

Sennen Feast always must hold Advent Sunday and Feast in a creative tension. Advent is the beginning of the new church year, a season of penitence and being prepared. Feast seems more like a joyous explosion of wonder and happiness at our community, past present and future.

Into this heady mix is the reading for today, Mark’s gospel sounds very much like a reading for our time. Be alert, he says and I for one am waiting for the following message of wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay two metres apart!

None of us were ready and prepared for the pandemic, nor the reality of the lockdown, but we at least knew by the second lockdown that we could cope, and what we needed. We also knew what to look out for – the R rate, the ways to manage the lockdown, who would be breaking the law or the spirit of the law. We knew to look out for rising temperatures and coughs, and to act. We knew the importance of isolation to prevent the spread of the disease.

We also know that we avoid taking excessive risks, and we check those around us to make sure that they are not going to be in trouble or endanger us.

We knew we could cope; we knew what was needed. We knew who a good role model would be, and who would not! We know what to look out for, and the importance of acting appropriately.

What if we applied this to our faith? To be this alert to the moments of God’s glory around us? To be ready to see God at work around us.

What if we applied this to our own spiritual growth, to check for the things that lead to health and those that take us into a space or situation that leads to us imagining the absence of God, being unable to connect to God? To know we can cope with dry periods in our spiritual life.

What is we applied this to our prayer life, that we knew what to look out for that would help us pray, help us engage with scripture, help us act out our faith in acts of service and love? We would know we must not take excessive risks of stopping praying, stopping reading scriptures, stopping worshipping God.

When Senan (Sennen) first stepped on these shores 1,500 years ago, we know that he was just a man, an ordinary human being like you and I. But he had a mission, he heard God’s call on him and was obedient. He shared the good news of Jesus for this world to the people of Sennen in such a way after his short visit here, the stories of faith, the influence of his prayers remained and created a fertile vibrant growth in this community.             

He could not have done this without God. Nor without being alert and attentive to the holy in this place and being alert to God’s whisper in this land. Did Senan know that he could cope with being a forerunner for Christ, or being the one who brought the news of Christ to a community that had not heard of Jesus God’s Son? Did Senan know what was needed for these people at the end of the world?
I think he did.

For Senan like so many of those greats in the history of our Christian faith, knew that for all people the power of knowing Jesus would change lives, the healing of knowing the love of God for yourself would change your life.

So, wherever he went he shared the love and the power of God, and left the communities knowing that it was over to them whether this knowledge would make a difference. Senan leaving so soon in his ministry means that he was not trying to win folk for Christ to make himself important or feted, he knew he was part of a chain of people who would be the church, the people of God in this community.

And the chain of follows is still growing, you and I are standing in the footsteps of Senan, Buriana and Levan, and all the saints who loved God and were alert to God’s call on our lives today. Be alert, keep awake, for God is calling you to follow him, love him, serve him today as he called the saints from long ago, and as he will call those who will come after us for generations to come.

Prayers of Intercession

Prayers by Fiona Vinnicombe for 29 November 2020 – Advent 1

Everlasting God, as we come before you at the start of the Season of Advent we ask you to prepare us for the coming, of your son Jesus Christ and to hear us when we pray in faith for the needs of the Church and the world and to thank you for your goodness. Jesus, you are light even in the darkest places. Help us to trust in you when we are lost or lonely. Shine hope into our hearts we pray.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Mighty God, we pray for your church at this challenging time. Even though we are not able to gather together to praise you and to hear your holy word, give us a sense of expectation and inspiration for this Feast Day of St Sennen and at the start of Advent. We pray for your blessing on all those who lead, preach and teach within the Land’s End Benefice as they seek to do your will and guide us through our spiritual and worldly journey through Advent.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Creator God, govern the hearts and minds of all world leaders and those in authority that they may act justly, honestly and according to your will especially at this time of the global pandemic.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father God, we pray for those amongst our families, friends and neighbours who are anxious about the preparations for a different festive season, for those concerned about whether they will be able to see family and friends.  Help us as we try to set an example of a true spirit of preparation for that incredibly precious gift of Jesus Christ. May they see in our Services, Carols and Christingles, whether in church or online, the true meaning of Christmas and experience your love for them through the giving of your Son, Jesus Christ

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Merciful God, we pray for those for whom this day will be long and painful, for those in hospital or ill at home, those struggling with despair or depression and for all who care for them.  Comfort and heal all who suffer, especially at this time of the Covid 19 pandemic, give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Be near to all who mourn and comfort them with the knowledge that in the coming of your son Jesus the gates of heaven will be opened wide for all who accept him as Lord and Saviour.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer                        

“Keep awake, for you do not know when the Master of the house will come…”

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Lighting of the Advent Candles

May Christ our Saviour bring life into the darkness of our world, and to us, as we wait for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Preparation of the Table

We hold before you this bread.    

We believe you are the creator of the world.

We hold before you this wine.     

We believe in Jesus, whose blood was shed for us.

We hold before you our prayers.

We believe your Spirit will guide and direct us.

We hold before you ourselves.     

We believe we are your church, here and in your world.

Blessed be God forever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here           His Spirit is with us

Lift up your hearts.      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is always right to give you thanks, God our Creator, loving and faithful,
holy and strong. You made us and the whole universe, and filled your world with life. You sent your Son to live among us, Jesus our Saviour, Mary’s child. He suffered on the cross; he died to save us from our sins; he rose in glory from the dead.

You send your Spirit to bring new life to the world, and clothe us with power from on high. And so we join the angels to celebrate and sing:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Father, on the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his friends.

He took the bread, and thanked you. He broke it, and gave it to them, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine. He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, the new promise of God’s unfailing love. Do this to remember me.

Jesus Christ has died.

Jesus Christ has died. Jesus Christ is risen. Jesus Christ will come again.

Father, as we bring this bread and wine, and remember his death and resurrection, send your Holy Spirit, that we who share these gifts may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood. Pour your Spirit on us that we may love one another, work for the healing of the earth, and share the good news of Jesus, as we wait for his coming in glory. For honour and praise belong to you, Father, with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit: one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that 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.

Breaking of the Bread

We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.

God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.

Giving of Communion

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

St. Alphonsus Liguori in the 18th century:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

The priest receives the bread and wine on behalf of the community

Prayer after Communion

O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus, Son of God, Saviour of the world
Be the centre of all that we are, and the life that we lead

Lord Jesus, Light in this dark World, illuminate our hearts and minds
Be the centre of all that we are, and the life that we lead


May God the Father, who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son, give you grace to prepare for life eternal. Amen.

May God the Son, who comes to us as redeemer and judge,
reveal to you the path from darkness to light. Amen.

May God the Holy Spirit, by whose working the Virgin Mary conceived the Christ, help you bear the fruits of holiness. Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

As we await our coming Saviour, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above): Invitation to Confession (1st Sun. of Advent to Christmas Eve) ©  1988 Continuum (Mowbray) (Adapted) Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA Affirmation of Faith 3 ©  Hodder & Stoughton 1993, from A Voice of Singing Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000 Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops' Council 2002 Collect (1st of Advent, Additional) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2004

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