A Service for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity

The Lifeboat Service is to take place by zoom this evening (Sunday 16th August) -  please follow this link: http://www.swanageteam.com/news-events/swanage-lifeboat-service-sunday-16th-august-2020/

The Lifeboat Service is to take place by zoom this evening (Sunday 16th August) - please follow this link: http://www.swanageteam.com/news-events/swanage-lifeboat-service-sunday-16th-august-2020/

A Service for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 16th August, 2020



Before beginning to read this short service, you may wish to find a space for prayer in front of a cross, a candle, or a special place.  


May the light of Christ, rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.


The Acclamation of Christ at the Dawning of the Day 


O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


May Christ, the true, the only light

banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.


O come, let us sing to the Lord; 

let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation. 

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving 

and be glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God 

and a great king above all gods. 

Come, let us worship and bow down 

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God; 

we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. 


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


Blessed are you, creator of all,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As your dawn renews the face of the earth

bringing light and life to all creation,

may we rejoice in this day you have made;

as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep,

open our eyes to behold your presence

and strengthen our hands to do your will,

that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.



The Collect


Silence is kept.


Let your merciful ears, O Lord,

be open to the prayers of your humble servants;

and that they may obtain their petitions

make them to ask such things as shall please you;

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.





The First Hymn

For Mary, Mother of our Lord:   please access Simon’s accompaniment here: 




For Mary, Mother of our Lord

God's holy name be praised,

Who first the Son of God adored

As on her child she gazed.


Brave, holy Virgin, she believed,

Though hard the task assigned,

And by the Holy Ghost conceived

The Saviour of mankind.


She gave her body for God's shrine,

Her heart to piercing pain,

She knew the cost of love divine

When Jesus Christ was slain.


Dear Mary, from your lowliness

And home in Galilee,

There comes a joy and holiness

To every family.


Hail, Mary, you are full of grace,

Above all women blest;

Blest in your Son, whom your embrace

In birth and death confessed




The First Reading:

Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8



Psalm 67


1    God be gracious to us and bless us  

and make his face to shine upon us,

2    That your way may be known upon earth,  

your saving power among all nations.

3    Let the peoples praise you, O God;  

let all the peoples praise you.

4    O let the nations rejoice and be glad,  

for you will judge the peoples righteously

and govern the nations upon earth.

5    Let the peoples praise you, O God;  

let all the peoples praise you.

6    Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,  

and God, our own God, will bless us.

7    God will bless us,  

and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.


In the face of Jesus Christ

your light and glory have blazed forth,

O God of all the nations;

with all your people,

may we make known your grace

and walk in the ways of peace;

for your name’s sake.



The Second Reading:

Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32


The Gospel:

Matthew 15 [10-20] 21-28





VJ Day


Each day is unique.  Not many have three examples of the ultimate triumph of good over evil

First, in our Gospel we have Jesus saving a girl from possible premature death.  Just one of a succession of miracles during our Saviour’s ministry while here on earth.

The second is John Hume’s death last week reminding us of the life of one who many regarded as a saint!  A committed Catholic in the then fiercely Protestant Northern Ireland, he brought Catholic and Protestant together after many years of conflict to bring lasting peace to their country through the Good Friday agreement.  His funeral in the Catholic Cathedral in his home town illustrated the integrity of the man.  His priest said, “Even in the darkest moments when people could have been forgiven for having no hope, John made peace visible for others.  His vision revealed what could be, and he convinced others that peace could be a reality.”

The third example of the success of good over evil was the ending of a World War that had lasted for five long years

Some years ago we were able to visit Myanmar, Burma as it was then.  The visit was part holiday and part pilgrimage, because a member of the family lost his life while serving in the army.  His unit had formed a permanent garrison of troops with their families to defend the country.  With the invasion of Burma his unit was sent forward to drive out the invaders.  Tragically, it was overwhelmed by vastly greater numbers. The death of the soldier left his widow and two young children at risk.  Fortunately the RAF managed to fly in an aircraft and rescue the families.

When the War was over a plaque was placed in the Allied cemetery at Kohima with this inscription:  “When you go home tell them of us, for your tomorrow we gave our today.”

Yesterday was the 75th Anniversary of the surrender of Japan - since, known as V.J. Day.  Since that day a whole generation born in that year are now old enough to be grandparents - and have enjoyed peace in their home countries. This was achieved through the dedication of those involved being committed to the world as intended by its creator - God - which includes trust, truth and peace.

All very well, you might say, but we are neither God, nor great, nor even particularly good. The answer to which is contained in St Paul’s letter to the Romans - our Second Reading this morning, in which he says - God never takes back his gifts.  As you Romans changed from being disobedient to God you now enjoy his mercy.

This is a truth that applies to all God’s human creatures.  Live in obedience to enjoy God’s mercy.

In what way can we be obedient to God, you might ask?  God made human beings, neither great nor humble, neither good nor wicked - simply human.  We can be obedient in the way we use the gifts we enjoy.  For example, if I am born with a healthy body and grow to eat and drink to excess - that is not in keeping with our creation - that is disobedience.  If our employment involves handling a person’s affairs, and use that responsibility to steal their money - that is disobedience.  If we have a row with a neighbour and refuse to be reconciled - that is disobedience.

To be obedient, which we as Christians must always aim to be, we must be constantly vigilant.  We need not fear our weakness, or frequent failures - in the assurance that God, our Father - the Son of God, our Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, will be present to support and encourage us - now and through eternity.  Thanks be to that Holy Trinity.

Peter Burtwell


Second Hymn  



Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;

Tender to me the promise of his word;

In God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name!

Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;

His mercy sure, from age to age the same;

His holy name, the Lord, the mighty One.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!

Powers and dominions lay their glory by;

Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,

The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.


Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!

Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

To children's children and forever more!




Lord, we pray for your Church. Fill it with all truth, for in your truth lies our peace. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in error, redirect it. Where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is in want, provide for it. May your Church in one body and one spirit, be also of one heart and one soul, united to worship you with one mind and one voice.  Especially we pray today for the healers and reconcilers of your flock, who have sought to tread a path of unity in the midst of disunity.

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.


Lord, creator of galaxies in our universe and every blade of grass on our planet, inspire in us your servants the will to ensure the survival of the animals and plants which you have given to share this earth with us. May your people promote justice in a world of inequality and a widening gulf between rich and poor.  We pray for nations at conflict and for the many vulnerable individuals brought to a state of utter desperation and hopelessness.  Grant to aid agencies and all who are bringing relief the strength and resources to meet the needs of all people on this earth, and to peacemakers the wisdom and determination to end war.

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.


Lord, we commend to your continual care the homes of this town of Swanage and the village of Studland. Put far from our homes every root of bitterness and the single-minded desire for worldly success, that the common good of all people may be furthered in these challenging times, with fear for health and jobs and security shared by those who through a compassionate word, or direct action, are able to help. Fill the hearts of the people with faith and the love of you. Bless the work of our Swanage town council and Studland parish council, and all organisations that are working for the good of the community. 

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.


Lord, we bring before you those who suffer. May we be aware of those around us who are in mental or physical pain. And give us the insight which will lead us to a way in which we can help them.

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.


Lord, from whom neither life nor death can separate those who trust in your love,  and whose love holds us all in your embrace; so unite us to yourself that in fellowship with you we may always be united to our loved ones. Give us courage, constancy and hope, through him who died and was buried and rose again for us.

We offer you our souls and bodies to do with you as you will.

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


The Peace


The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then were they glad when they saw the Lord


The Lord’s Prayer


A few moments of silence before we pray:


God of our pilgrimage,

you have willed that the gate of mercy

should stand open for those who trust in you:

look upon us with your favour

that we who follow the path of your will

may never wander from the way of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.





The Lord bless us and keep us:


The Lord make his face to shine upon us,

and be gracious to us:


The Lord lift up his countenance upon us

and give us peace:


Numbers 6.24-26


The Lord God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

the holy and undivided Trinity,

guard us, save us,

and bring us to that heavenly city,

where he lives and reigns for ever and ever.




Voluntary: Nun Danket - Karg-Elert: https://youtu.be/IrYEJFJSJWM





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