The Benefice of St Mary the Virgin,

Higham Ferrers with St John the Baptist,



Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

26th September 2021


‘Salt of the earth’


Online Worship

Welcome to our Online Worship –
Meeting Point


As Sunday Services now take place in our churches,
our Online Worship continues in ‘Meeting Point’ –
we are joined together as one worshipping family through our services at home and in church through the seasons of the
Church Year and the themes of the Gospel.

Sunday Meeting Point helps us deepen our faith as we explore readings from scripture and experiences from our day to day lives.


Meeting Point today explores the meaning of Jesus’s saying that we should be ‘the salt of the earth.’ Salt has been, and still is, one of those resources that the world couldn’t do without.


Thanks to all who have made
today’s service possible
including members of the Ministry Team and their families, and Barrie and Joy Hall from Podington Church.

00:00 / 29:27
The Welcome

Michelle introduces today’s service




Christ triumphant, ever reigning,
Saviour, Master, King!
Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining,
hear us as we sing:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, the eternal name.


Word incarnate, truth revealing,
Son of Man on earth!
power and majesty concealing
by your humble birth:


Suffering servant, scorned, ill - treated,
victim crucified!
death is through the cross defeated,
sinners justified:


 Priestly king, enthroned for ever
high in heaven above!
sin and death and hell shall never
stifle hymns of love:


So, our hearts and voices raising
through the ages long,
ceaselessly upon you gazing,
this shall be our song:


Words: Michael Saward (1932-2015)
Music: GUITING POWER John Barnard (b.1948)


Greeting Michelle & Chris


Welcome in the name of Christ
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.
And also with you.

Opening Acclamation


God in Christ has revealed his glory.
Come let us worship.


From the rising of the sun to its setting
the Lord’s name is greatly to be praised.


Give him praise, you servants of the Lord.
O praise the name of the Lord!

Collect for The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity


Almighty God, you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:

pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,

and so bring us at last to your heavenly city

where we shall see you face to face;

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. Amen


Bible Readings - Linda


Jesus said; “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.         

Matthew 5:13


Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? 

Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.  

 Mark 9:38


Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.          

Colossians 4:6


Seek ye first the Kingdom of God,

and his righteousness,

and all these things shall be added unto you;

Allelu, alleluia:


Ask, and it shall be given unto you;

seek and ye shall find;

knock, and the door shall be opened unto you;

Allelu, alleluia:


We shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word

that proceeds from the mouth of God;

Allelu, alleluia:


Words & Music: Karen Lafferty (b. 1948)
Arranged: Roland T. Fudge (b.1947)

Salty Facts….


Paul meets Barrie and Joy Hall from Podington Church




God is here! As we his people
      meet to offer praise and prayer,
      may we find in fuller measure
      what it is in Christ we share.
      Here, as in the world around us,
      all our varied skills and arts
      wait the coming of his Spirit
      into open minds and hearts.


Here are symbols to remind us
      of our lifelong need of grace;
      here are table, font and pulpit;
      here the cross has central place.
      Here in honesty of preaching,
      here in silence, as in speech,
      here, in newness and renewal,
      God the Spirit comes to each.


  Here our children find a welcome
      in the Shepherd's flock and fold,
      here, as bread and wine are taken,
      Christ sustains us as of old.
      Here the servants of the Servant
      seek in worship to explore
      what it means in daily living
      to believe and to adore.


Lord of all, of Church and Kingdom,
      in an age of change and doubt,
      keep us faithful to the gospel,
      help us work your purpose out.
      Here, in this day's dedication,
      all we have to give, receive:
      we, who cannot live without you,
      we adore you! We believe!

Words: Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000)



We pray for our world, our church and those in need, those who mourn, and those who have died. We pray too for ourselves, that we may be like salt in the world.


The Lord’s Prayer


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 –  Michelle and Chris

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.

If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit. 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.


Let us offer one another
a sign of peace.



Top of Form

       'Lift up your hearts!' We lift them, Lord, to thee;
      here at thy feet none other may we see:
      'lift up your hearts!' E'en so, with one accord,
      we lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.

      Above the level of the former years,
      the mire of sin, the slough of guilty fears,
      the mist of doubt, the blight of love's decay,
      O Lord of light, lift all our hearts to-day.

      Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,
      the deeds, the thoughts, that honour
      may not name,
      the halting tongue that dares not tell the whole,
      O Lord of truth, lift every Christian soul.

      Lift every gift that thou thyself hast given:
      low lies the best till lifted up to heaven;
      low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
      till, sent from God, they mount to God again.

      Then, as the trumpet-call in after years,
      'Lift up your hearts!' rings pealing in our ears,
      still shall those hearts respond with full accord,
      'We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!’


Bottom of Form


words: Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918)
music: WOODLANDS Walter Greatorex (1877-1949)


Final Prayer – Michelle


Lord, we pray that your grace
may always go before us and follow us,

and make us continually to be given
to all good works;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Blessing – Michelle


May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
come down upon you this day, and remain with you always.



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