St Peter / Balsall Common

Following this introduction, you will find the order of service for our regular Eucharist. At various points, there are Links - usually showing in a different colour - if you ‘click’ on these you will be taken to additional resources to enhance your worship. If it is a video or another 'page', this should open as a new page on your screen, so that when it ends, you can close the window or 'click' on the back-arrow to go back to the main text.

This is something of an experiment and we are trying some new ideas, so, please let us know if this has been helpful and if you have any other suggestions! Thank you.

We have been asked to include some music, and have tried a couple of links, but have to be careful to comply with copyright law! We do have a CCLI licence for music in church, but this does not cover streaming or broadcasts. There are some recordings which are in the public domain or have been allowed by their Rights Owner for use in worship etc... and things on Youtube are covered by a different set of rules! Each of these clips may operate differently so look to see if we have put any guidance, before you click!



An opening hymn, as we prepare ourselves for worship - click here to hear a clip of appropriate seasonal music (permitted by copyright!) .... read below.

NB - for this you will have to scroll down (roll up) the screen until you go past the words of the hymn, and you will see a red arrow beside a picture of the record sleeve! Click the red arrow! Then you can roll back to read or sing the words! True worship!

Prayer for Growth

ALL: God of mission who alone brings growth to your church, send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness. Help our church to grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you, and in service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Presiding Minister may say

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

ALL: Amen.

The Presiding Minister greets the people saying:

The Lord be with you

ALL: and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

ALL: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord,


PRAYERS OF PENITENCE The Presiding Minister invites us to confess our sins to God:

Minister: The sacrifice of God is a broken Spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise. Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us.

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 wrong doing 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 forgive you by the death of his Son and strengthen you, to live in the power of the Spirit all your days.

ALL: Amen.

The following is sung by all:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

THE COLLECT (The special prayer for the day)

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; 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

ALL: Amen.


A reading from the Old or New Testaments follows. You may read it from your own bible if you like. At the end, the reader says: This is the Word of the Lord.

Please click here to view the video of the Old Testament Reading  - remember to close the window or use the ‘back arrow’ (<) which you will find in the left-hand corner of your screen. (The link has now been taken down after an agreed limited time in accordance with our Safeguarding procedures).

ALL: Thanks be to God.


At this point you may wish to hear the Gospel read, and watch the Sermon - click here to open and play the video - when it finishes, close that window or use the ‘back arrow’ < which will be in the lefthand corner of your screen.

When the Gospel Reading is announced the reader says:

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.

ALL: Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end of the Gospel Reading:

This is the Gospel of the Lord

ALL: Praise to you, O Christ

THE SERMON - if we do not have a video, we shall try to post a written meditation on the website.  

We stand to say THE PROFESSION OF FAITH (The Creed)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures;  he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one Holy Catholic  and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.



Please look at your newsletter (one day we may insert a link here) to see who we are asking prayers for today: please add any prayers of your own.

This week we are asked prayerfully to remember:

  • those who are ill, struggling or recovering including: Dorothy Allcock, Elizabeth Clement, Terry Curry, Ruth Kenyon & family, Stella Lamb, Brien Lawrence, Karen McDougal, Gail Upton, Ray Thompson, & Maureen, and all who are struggling with life in isolation.
  • those who have died recently: Grace Butcher, Peggy Gould, Frances Highway, Margaret Simmonds
  • those whose anniversary of death occurs at this time: Brian Edward, Tom Wyatt, Alf Jansen, Tony Hastewell, Brenda Newman, Alan Sewell, Dorothy West, Howard Luckett, Frank Brown, Fr Andrew SDC, Bernard Slater
  • please continue to pray for: Peter Allcock, Trevor Boult, Melva Brown, Philip Cater, Win Clarke, Lorna Collings, Bob Dagger, Enid Jansen, Paul Jobbins, Mair Mosford, John Page, Bill Price, John Sleath, Amy Stevens, Peter & Pat Wright, Val Underhill, Fiona, Jessica, Mark, Sarah & all their families

  • Lord, in your mercy

    ALL: Hear our prayer.

    and at the end:

    Merciful Father,

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


    The Presiding Minister says:

    In the tender mercy of our God, the dayspring from on high shall break upon us, to give light to those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace. The peace of the Lord be always with you

    ALL: and also with you

    We have also recorded the next section of the service including the Eucharistic Prayer: you can click on this link to play that video. To return to this script - as before, use the back-arrow or close the window. Otherwise, continue reading - if you have played the video, scroll down to the post-communion prayer of thanksgiving.

    The Presiding Minister says

    Blessed are you Lord God of all creation; through your goodness we have this Bread to offer which earth has given and human hands have made. For us it becomes the bread of life.

    ALL: Blessed be God for ever

    Blessed are you Lord God of all creation;  through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. For us it becomes the cup of salvation.

    ALL: Blessed be God for ever

    Pray, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.

    ALL: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good, and the good of all His Church.

    THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER  (The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving)

    The Lord be with you.

    ALL: And also with you.

    Lift up your hearts.

    ALL : We lift them to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

    ALL: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

    Father, you made the world and love your creation. You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour. His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death. And now we give you thanks because you give us the spirit of discipline, that we may triumph over evil and grow in grace, as we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed. And so we gladly thank you, with saints and angels praising you, and singing

    ALL: 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.

    We praise and bless you, loving father, through Jesus Christ our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    On the night before he died he came to supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat, this is my body  which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

    When supper was ended, he took the cup of wine, again he praised you, gave it to them, and said: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

    So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.Bringing before you the bread of life, and the cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

    Jesus Christ is Lord:

    All: Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.

    Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day  when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth. Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Peter, (St. N) and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.

    All: Amen.


    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

    ALL: 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.


    The Breaking of Bread: The Presiding Minister breaks the consecrated bread.

    We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

    ALL: Though we are many we are one body for we all share in the one bread.

    THE HOLY COMMUNION: The Presiding Minister invites the people to the Holy Communion.

    Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those  who are called to his supper

    we sing

    Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us.

    Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us.

    Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant us peace.


    We join together in saying:

    ALL: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Through Him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

    The following blessing is used.

    To see it as a video, click on this link.

    Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him; And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

    ALL: Amen.

    A Minister says:

    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

    ALL: In the name of Christ.  Amen.

     Click here to hear some more music appropriate to the theme of our service.

    NB for this link, scroll down past the words and click on the black and white arrow to play either Piano or Organ version. Feel free to sing along!

    Text includes material from Common Worship, Copyright The Archbishops Council 
    Copyright covered by CCLI licences - Music 1022426 Video 1022433 Copyright 1020356