22nd Sunday after Pentecost – 24th October 2021

21st Sunday after Trinity

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proper 25

Year B – Track 2


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All are requested to join in wherever text is GREEN or when instructed by Fr. David.

Where the ✝ is shown, all are encouraged to make the sign of the cross.

Where the ✊ is shown all are encouraged to strike their breast with a closed hand following the actions of Fr. David.

Where the ✋ is shown all are encouraged to tap their breast with an open hand following the actions of Fr. David.

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To God be the glory! Great things he hath done;
So loved he the world that He gave us his Son;
Who yielded his life in atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear His voice;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice:
O come to the Father
Through Jesus the Son
And give him the glory;
Great things he hath done!

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice:
O come to the Father
Through Jesus the Son
And give him the glory;
Great things he hath done!

Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer and higher and greater will be
Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice:
O come to the Father
Through Jesus the Son
And give him the glory;
Great things he hath done!

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Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ✝

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen


From Easter to Pentecost:

Allelulia. Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia


In Lent and other penitential occasions:

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;

His mercy endures for ever.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Let us pray:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts be 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 Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

This prayer is omitted during Lent and Advent:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.  Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.  Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

 Holy God, holy and mighty ✝, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 


A Reading from the book of:

Jeremiah 31:7-9

Thus says the Lord:

Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;

proclaim, give praise, and say,

“Save, O Lord, your people,
the remnant of Israel.”

See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,

among them the blind and the lame, those with child and
those in labor, together;
a great company, they shall return here.

With weeping they shall come,
and with consolations I will lead them back,

I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;

for I have become a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.

 This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Psalm 126

In convertendo

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.

3 Then they said among the nations, *
“The Lord has done great things for them.”

4 The Lord has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.

5 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.

6 Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.

7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

A Reading from the book of

Hebrews 7:23-28

The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but Jesus holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

All stand for the Acclamation and Gospel reading.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

I am the light of the world, says the Lord,

anyone who follows me will have the light of life.


The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to:

Mark 10:46-52


Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

After the Gospel reading

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Today’s Gospel reading is so much more than just a simple miracle story.   First of all, it is seen as the fulfilling of the joyful prophecy of Jeremiah, which we heard in our 1st Reading.  This is a foretelling of the return of the Jews from exile in Babylon back to their homeland. Despite his reputation for always complaining and feeling hard-done-by, not everything Jeremiah wrote was gloomy!  This is a hymn of praise and rejoicing, because of what God is going to do for his people — thus setting the scene for today’s Gospel.

What we have just heard is actually the last miracle story in Mark’s gospel.  It comes at the end of a long section where Jesus is actively forming his disciples.  This begins (in chapter 7) with the healing of a man who is deaf and dumb.  By his being healed, he is being taught how to hear and how to speak.  These were the necessary abilities of the Christian disciple: to hear and understand the Word of God, and to share the message with others.  Later (in chapter 8), there is the two-stage healing of a blind man.  This story clearly symbolises the gradual opening of the disciples’ eyes as to the true identity and mission of Jesus.  And the whole sequence ends with the healing of another blind man which we have just heard.  This is not merely coincidence!   Jesus, with his disciples and a large crowd, is seen leaving Jericho, and is now very near to Jerusalem.  In fact, Jericho, which lies to the north-east, is on the way to Jerusalem.

This has great significance for the story to follow.  A blind beggar, Bartimaeus (known only by his father’s name), is sitting beside the road.  He hears all the noise, is told that Jesus is passing by, and begins to call out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  What does he want?  Money?  Healing?  Probably he is just thinking right now of his own personal needs.  He must have heard about Jesus’s reputation as a marvellous healer.  However, the people round about tell him to be quiet – after all, he’s only a poor beggar and should not disturb an important person like Jesus!  In our life, many people, things, and concerns can prevent us too from coming to Jesus.  It’s all too easy to “have no time” for the weekly Eucharist, prayer, and the reading of scripture.  But worse still, how often have we ourselves blocked someone from approaching Jesus?   A child, a searching colleague or friend, a son or daughter who wants to give their life in service of others, rather than simply pursue a money-making career?

Bartimaeus will not be put off so easily. He really wants to get Jesus’s attention, so he continues to call out even more loudly, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Jesus, we should remember, tells us always to keep on asking.   Jesus hears.  Jesus stops.  If the man had not kept calling, Jesus might well have continued on his journey.  How many times during our day does Jesus pass by, and we fail to recognise him, and neglect to call him?   The problem is that too often we have fixed ideas as to where we are likely to see him, or the forms under which he will appear.   It is easy to find him in sacred scripture, or in Holy Communion, but less easy in a person we do not like.  But he can come in any form, and in any person or situation, even the most unlikely.  The person screaming obscenities at me may well be Jesus challenging me to give a Christian response!

Call him over here,” says Jesus.  Notice that Jesus does not go to the man.  Nor does he call him directly.  The people — those who just now were stopping him, and telling him to shut up — are now giving him positive encouragement to come forward!
That is how we come to know Jesus too. People call us to him, or introduce him to us.  So many people have led me to Jesus: parents, family, friends, and teachers.   At the same time, there are people waiting to hear Jesus’ call — through us.  In our family, our workplace… how often do we share our faith?  How many people even know we are committed Christians?  A private Christian is, believe it or not, actually a contradiction in terms!

How foolish Bartimaeus would have been if he had stopped shouting because of the crowd’s opposition!   Public opinion is very fickle.
Bartimaeus now jumps up, and throws off his cloak.  For a beggar, his cloak was also his sleeping mat, and his only possession.  Even this he now gets rid of.  Very possibly, he now approaches Jesus stark naked: with nothing except himself!  The world’s first parents, Adam and Eve, were ashamed of their nakedness after sinning; and they hid from God.   Jesus, who died naked on the cross, overturns the shame which sin brought. Bartimaeus comes to Jesus, naked and without shame.

In baptism, too, which was the sign of commitment to Jesus, the catechumens of old threw off their old clothes and stepped naked into the baptismal pool, coming out on the other side to be clothed in a white garment, symbolising a share in the new life of Jesus.  So Bartimaeus comes to Jesus with confidence, in freedom, with nothing.  Compare this with the well-dressed rich man, who could not follow Jesus because he identified wealth only with money!

Face to face now with Jesus, Bartimaeus is asked: “What can I do for you?”   Here we have Jesus, the High Priest described in the Second Reading from  Hebrews – someone who, in sharing our human nature, has a deep understanding of our needs.  “Every high priest is taken from among men, and made their representative before God, to offer gifts, and sacrifices for sins.”  And so Jesus asks the blind beggar, “What can I do for you?” In last week’s Gospel Jesus asked exactly the same question of the apostles James and John.  Their answer: “Give us the two top spots in the Kingdom of your glory.”  In reply they were told very clearly they would get only what they deserved.  They also got some firm teaching about serving others, and not looking for privileges.
In answer to the same question, Bartimaeus gives a very different answer: “Lord, that I may see.” In the context of this story, he is asking for much more than physical sight.  His prayer is one we all need to make continually.

The secret of life is to be able to see, to see life’s real meaning and direction, to be people of vision, to know where God is to be found, where real truth and goodness and beauty are in abundance.  It is a prayer that is certain to be answered, as it was here. “Go,” says Jesus, “your faith has saved you.” Immediately, the man was able to see.

Then what did the man do?  He did the only thing a person of vision could do: he followed Jesus on the road!  At the beginning of the story we saw a blind beggar sitting by the roadside. This is the person who has not yet met Jesus.  He is blind, an impoverished beggar, spiritually at a standstill, and off the real track of life.  At its conclusion, we have a man who can see, has vision, who knows very clearly where he is, and should be going.  No longer is he a beggar, but greatly enriched by that vision; no longer sitting passively waiting to receive, but now actively walking with Jesus; no longer at the wayside, but now on the road, on the Way.   Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  And this road leads to Jerusalem, and so to suffering, death and resurrection.

This episode is an epilogue to the long preceding teaching passage, and a summary of all that has come before it in this part of Mark’s gospel.  It is also a summary of the Christian life and pilgrimage.

On our own we are blind and poor, with nothing of our own. As Christians, we have our eyes opened to the meaning of life, we are to undergo a radical conversion experience which gives new direction to all we are and do. We are ready to walk with Jesus on the way to Jerusalem with clear vision, with true freedom.


Please stand for the Nicene Creed.

Let us together affirm the faith of the Church. ✝

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:

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with 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 and the Son, 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.  Amen.

PROPER 25 – YEAR B – p97-98

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

21st Sunday after Trinity

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

a. Let us pray to God for a clear vision to his loving servants.

b. Bless your Church with grace faithfully to offer the sacrifices of praise and worship due to your name….Inspire your people to play their part in the priesthood of all believers, for the greater glory of the Kingdom.

We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth;  guide and govern it by your Spirit,  so that all Christians may be led in the way of truth,  and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in the righteousness of life.

We ask your blessing on +Vsevolod our Bishop,  on this, our parish of St. George – for its work,  its worship and its witness.  We pray particularly for Fr. David in his ministry to us,  and for all members of our congregation,  be they near or far.

1 Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

c. Have pity on the world where so many stumble in the darkness of suspicion and prejudice…Open the eyes of the ignorant, and direct them into the way of truth….Hear the voices of those who cry out for your mercy.

d. Unite us, our families, friends and neighbours, in sharing the vision of your glory….Make us quick to discern the needs of the disadvantaged in our communities, and eager to help them.

We pray for the leaders of all the nations of this world,  most particularly for the King and Government of Thailand at this time of unrest,  and also in the countries from which we come. We remember also all the people in countries that have had problems of any kind during this past week, most particularly all those caught up in the tragic situation in Afghanistan, the floods here in Thailand, and the continuing volcanic eruption in La Palma.

Grant wisdom to those in authority in every land,  and give to all people a desire for righteousness and peace,  the will to work together in trust,  to seek the common good,  and to share with justice and equity the limited resources of the earth.

2 Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

e. Have mercy on all who are affliced with loss or imperfection of sight…Shield them as they walk and travel…..Strengthen them with your inner light……Bless and enable the work of the eye surgeons,  and all who seek to releive the needs of the blind.

We pray for all who are prevented from,  or persecuted for practising their faith,  wherever they may beWe pray for our fellow Christians, both here in Thailand,  and also in our own home countries.

3 Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for all those who suffer in body,  mind and spirit;  the sick;  the poor;  the depressed;  the lonely;  the afraid, the unloved;  the persecuted;  the unemployed and those who care for them. Those who grieve;  and those who have nobody to pray for them.

4 Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

We remember all those who have been touched by the COVID 19 pandemic;  particularly here in Pattai-Ya,  where so many lives and livelihoods have been senselessly destroyed,   and where there is such heavy dependence on the hotel, hospitality and tourist industry. We give you thanks that the outbreak is now beginning to show steady signs of decline, and for the progress which has been made with the  vaccination programme here in Thailand,  where greater numbers are being safeguarded more speedily,  and hopefully being spared  the worst  of the unpleasant side-effects.

Amongst the sick we remember;

Fr. Tom, Brian, Kyoko, Colin, Mavis, Patricia,  Eric, Kent, Graham, Elizabeth, Conrad, Griselda, Jun,  Maurice,  Martyn, Emilia, Gareth, and any others known personally to each and every one of us…

5 Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

f. We commend the souls of the faithful departed, confident in the interceding mercy of Christ, who will save to the uttermost…Grant them the perpetual vision of your glory.

We bring to you all who have died in the hope of the resurrection,   especially the millions who have perished in the COVID pandemic – ,  for David (3), and Mike (1) ……… for Marilyn,  whose anniversary occurs at this time, and for all those known personally to us, collectively or individually…

Give them joy in the fellowship of your heavenly Kingdom,  where Christ reigns for ever.

6 Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

[DAVID] – g. We ask that our prayers will lead us to follow in the way of Christ.

Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s table.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, and in what we have failed to do: we have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves; we repent and are sorry ✊ for all ✊ our sins ✊, Father forgive us, strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

**(Note: all are encouraged to strike their breast 3 times following the lead of Fr. David as he utters the words: ‘sorry for all our sins’)**

Almighty God, who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, pardon you ✝ and set you free from all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The congregation stands.

We are the Body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Please greet each other with a sign of peace.

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluya, Alleluya!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam:

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluya, Alleluya, Alleluya!

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluya!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show:

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluya, Alleluya, Alleluya!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluya!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, three in One:

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluya, Alleluya, Alleluya!

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Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God forever.

 Let us pray

We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.  Amen.


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

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.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Proper Preface

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body ✝ which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: 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.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice, made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father, as our Saviour has taught us:

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.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to tap their breast three times following the example of Fr. David as he utters the words ‘…have mercy, …have mercy and …grant us peace’)**

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

This 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.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to strike breast following the example of Fr. David as all utter the words ‘not worthy’)** 

After Communion the celebrant and the congregation say


Let us pray.

Father of all we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. 

Keep us in this hope that we have grasped; so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name.

Father, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ✝, be amongst you and remain with you always.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what thou dost love,
And do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with the fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with thee the perfect life
Of thine eternity.

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Here is the music for this week’s hymns, if you would like to practice beforehand.

Performed by Fr. David Price

NOTE: The introductory music is ‘Trumpet Tune’ – Stanley.