Service For The Seventh Sunday After Trinity


A Service For The Seventh Sunday After Trinity

A very warm welcome to this Service of Holy Communion.
Please join in the words in bold type.


Notices are given and Banns are read.           

                                                                                               The Gathering

The Lord be with you
and also with you.                         

                                                                                                                 Prayer of Preparation                              

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 Christ our Lord.

                                                                                  Prayers of Penitence

 St Paul says
‘Be imitators of God;
love as Christ loved;
do not grieve the Holy Spirit;
put away all anger and bitterness,
all slander and malice.’

So let us confess our sins to God,
who forgives us in Christ.                         

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.

The president says                                     

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.

                                                                                        Gloria in Excelsis           

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his 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.

                                                                                                             The Collect     

Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as a mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your Kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                                                          The Liturgy of the Word

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 
   He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters; 
   he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
   for his name’s sake. 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
   I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff—
   they comfort me. 

You prepare a table before me
   in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
   all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
   my whole life long.

All my hope on God is founded sung by the Choral Scholar of St Martin-in-the-Fields

1          All my hope on God is founded;
            he doth still my trust renew.
            Me through change and chance he guideth,
            only good and only true.
            God unknown, he alone
            calls my heart to be his own.

2          Human pride and earthly glory,
            sword and crown betray his trust;
            what with care and toil he buildeth,
            tower and temple, fall to dust.
            But God's power, hour by hour,
            is my temple and my tower.

3          God's great goodness ay endureth,
            deep his wisdom, passing thought:
            splendour, light, and life attend him,
            beauty springeth out of nought.
            Evermore, from his store
            new-born worlds rise and adore.

4          Daily doth the almighty giver
            bounteous gifts on us bestow;
            his desire our soul delighteth,
            pleasure leads us where we go.
            Love doth stand at his hand;
            joy doth wait on his command.

5          Still from man to God eternal
            sacrifice of praise be done,
            high above all praises praising
            for the gift of Christ his Son.
            Christ doth call one and all:
            ye who follow shall not fall.

Gospel Reading  

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.  He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.  (Mark 6:30-34, 53-56)         

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


                                                                                                                 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,
was incarnate from 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
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.

Prayers of Intercession

Eternal God,
fount and source of all authority and wisdom,
hear our prayer for those who govern;
give to Elizabeth our Queen, grace,
as the symbol of loyalty and unity
for all our different peoples.
Give to the parliaments in these islands,
and especially to our Government,
wisdom and skill, imagination and energy. 
May they show clear leadership in these uncertain times.

We pray for God’s church, especially for the people he has called to be leaders and teachers in our generation, remembering and giving thanks for our own Rector Val and her team. We pray that they will be strengthened and protected by the Holy Spirit.

We pray for the leaders of the world carrying responsibilities for the lives of their people. We pray for all victims of the world’s injustices and for a new spirit of righteousness and integrity in the hearts of the powerful.

Nearer to home, we pray for the people of our parishes, asking that as God’s people we may work to build a community as open and generous as God’s love shown to us in Christ Jesus.
We pray that God will bring healing in mind, body and spirit to all who are troubled. We pray that in lives darkened by any kind of pain, distress or grief the light of Christ will bring comfort, hope and a sense of God’s all encompassing love. 

In a moment of silence we bring our individual prayers to God………

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
hear these prayers we offer you in His name. 
By the power of your Holy Spirit, 
work within us and among us to bring your kingdom values into this world. 
Let your will be done so that all people may live only for your praise and glory. 

 The Liturgy of the Sacrament

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.

Because the Lord is my shepherd  sung by St Martin’s Voices
1          Because the Lord is my shepherd, 
            I have ev'rything I need.
            He lets me rest in the meadow 
            and leads me to the quiet streams.
            He restores my soul and he leads me
            in the paths that are right: 
            Lord, you are my shepherd, you are my friend. 
            I want to follow you always just to follow my friend.   

2          And when the road leads to darkness,
            I shall walk there unafraid.     
            Even when death is close 
            I have courage for your help is there.
            You are close beside me with comfort, 
            you are guiding my way:

3.          Your goodness always is with me
            and your mercy I know.          
            Your loving kindness strengthens me 
            always as I go through life.
            I shall dwell in your presence for ever,          
            giving praise to your name.
                                        Christopher Walker (born 1947) based on Psalm 23 

(The Zoom congregation leave the service and conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and the Grace.)                                                                                             

Preparation of the Table

Generous God,
creator, redeemer, sustainer,
at your table we present this money,
symbol of the work you have given us to do;
use it, use us,
in the service of your world
to the glory of your name.  Amen 

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.

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.                         

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.

The Lord's Prayer

Let us pray with confidence 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.

Breaking of the Bread                          

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.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace

                                                                                    Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink
in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.                                                             

                                                                                 Prayer after Communion

Eternal God,
comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, 
you have fed us at the table of life and hope;
teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,
that all the world may acknowledge
the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

                                                                                                            The Dismissal

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak;
help the afflicted; honour everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.  Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.                      

The ministers and people depart.

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