'Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
In all your ways acknowledge Him;
and He will direct your paths.'
Proverbs 3:5-6 St Mary's Anglican Church, Appledore
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Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalms 23:1-6

David's psalm is a joyful proclamation of God's providence. Humankind can live free from fear because, like the good shepherd, God will always provide, protect, and guide this flock.

"You anoint my head with oil" -

When a king made a covenant with a vassal, he often sealed it by holding a banquet. During the festivities, it was customary to anoint the head of his guests with oil as a sign of friendship and protection.

Psalm 139

O Lord, You have searched me
and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
You know it completely, O Lord.

You hem me in - behind and before;
You have laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to You;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to You.

For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with You.

If only You would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
They speak of You with evil intent;
Your adversaries misuse Your name.
Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord,
and abhor those who rise up against You?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them as my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

  “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.” Psalm 56:3

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

A Sunday Prayer

Dear Lord, we pray for all who are sick, who have suffered an injury, or are struggling under the burden of loss or other emotional distress, who cannot just get up in the morning and carry on their normal lives.

Help us remember to give thanks on days that we are well and to enjoy them and not upset ourselves with minor problems but count our blessings instead. We thank you when we have loving families, caring friends, kind neighbours to turn to when we need them. 

Open our eyes Lord and our hearts to anyone who might be in need of our help in return.

We pray that we might be ready for any task you find for us. Help us become aware of any gifts you have given us and give us the confidence and courage to use them in your name.

Be with us all during the coming week and help us to meet with whatever it sends us with faith and a joyful heart.

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

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo = O be joyful in the Lord
Psalm 100 (Psalm 99 in the Vulgate). 

Since it is short and joyful, the Jubilate is often sung as an anthem.


O BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands : serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves : we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise : be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting : and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end.  Amen.

Jubilate Deo (Jubilate Everybody)

Words and music by Fred Dunn

Jubilate, everybody
Serve the Lord in all your ways
And come before His presence singing
Enter now His courts with praise
For the Lord our God is gracious
And His mercy's everlasting
Jubilate, Jubilate, Jubilate Deo