A Service for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 30th August

A Service for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 30th August, 2020

 

Preparation:

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.

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

you are always more ready to hear than we to pray

and to give more than either we desire or deserve:

pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,

forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid

and giving us those good things

which we are not worthy to ask

but through the merits and mediation

of 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

 

 

 

The First Hymn

Father, hear the prayer we offer:   please access Simon’s accompaniment here

 https://youtu.be/EmpalRl4ekU

 

 

1 Father, hear the prayer we offer:

not for ease that prayer shall be,

but for strength that we may ever

live our lives courageously.

 

2 Not for ever in green pastures

do we ask our way to be;

but the steep and rugged pathway

may we tread rejoicingly.

 

3 Not for ever by still waters

would we idly rest and stay;

but would smite the living fountains

from the rocks along our way.

 

4 Be our strength in hours of weakness,

in our wanderings be our guide;

through endeavour, failure, danger,

Father, be thou at our side.

 

 

The First Reading:

Jeremiah 15: 15-21

 

 

Psalm 26:1-8

 

Refrain:    Lord, I love the place where your glory abides.

 

1    Give judgement for me, O Lord,

for I have walked with integrity;  

I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.

2    Test me, O Lord, and try me;  

examine my heart and my mind.

3    For your love is before my eyes;  

I have walked in your truth.

4    I have not joined the company of the false,  

nor consorted with the deceitful. [R]

5    I hate the gathering of evildoers  

and I will not sit down with the wicked.

6    I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord,  

that I may go about your altar,

7    To make heard the voice of thanksgiving  

and tell of all your wonderful deeds.

8    Lord, I love the house of your habitation  

and the place where your glory abides. [R]

 

Refrain:    Lord, I love the place where your glory abides.

 

Have mercy on us and redeem us, O Lord,

for our merits are your mercies

and in your judgement is our salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

 

 

The Second Reading:

Romans 12: 9-end

 

 

 

 

The Gospel:

Matthew 16: 21-end

 

 

Homily

 

We have reached a critical moment in the life of Christ.  The journey to Jerusalem looms and all that that was likely to produce in terms of confrontation and danger.  But our Lord was issuing more than just a warning of what lay ahead, he was trying to move the disciples on in their understanding.  This has ever been a problem for Christians over the course of 2,000 years.   A warning can just produce fear – we know just how fear paralyses people, paralyses us – we see it in the world around us; politically, in conflict situations, at the interface of cultures.  Jesus is doing more than warning – he is not advocating fear - he is seeking to inspire and appeal to that great motivator of human endeavour: faith – have faith and you can move mountains. 

 

We are brought by Matthew, as with the other Evangelists, to see the point at which the way of Christ became, with him, the way of the Cross – which, in reality it had always been, but now they were coming to see it.  We can discuss at some length what taking up one’s cross (or losing one’s life) looks like for us today, but crucially it does run counter to an attitude of complacent and comfortable self-interest.  So the way of the cross is a way of exploration; it is a path that indicates a desire – that we enter into because we have that desire – to understand and contribute something to situations within our capacity to touch, that demand sacrifice, self-giving, risk - and, what none of us like: allowing ourselves to be used by others.  All of these things Jesus modelled as he approached the Cross. We know he met his crisis moments, especially in Gethsemane, but how often, I wonder, on the hills and by the sea in Galilee had he pondered these things, before he spoke these words that we hear today.

 

Peter found the whole thing particularly difficult – as he did later at the moment of our Lord washing his feet at the Last Supper - and at the point of challenge in the courtyard of the high priest’s house in Jerusalem .  He got the point of what Jesus was saying, but then couldn’t face it.  Peter is so like us really.  He wanted things to be okay; he really wouldn’t want to talk about failure; he wanted to follow a Christ who could not only make things right, but not be damaged himself.  But, deep down he was committed, his words declared him to be so on several occasions, but he also met failure head-on and, and, very importantly and significantly for both him and for us, he didn’t give up!

 

 

John Mann

 

 

Second Hymn -We Love the Place, O God: https://youtu.be/u2htXE7w_-o

 

1 We love the place, O God,

wherein thine honour dwells;

the joy of thine abode

all earthly joy excels.

 

2 It is the house of prayer,

wherein thy servants meet;

and thou, O Lord, art there

thy chosen flock to greet.

 

3 We love the sacred font;

for there the holy Dove

to pour is ever wont

his blessing from above.

 

4 We love thine altar, Lord;

O what on earth so dear?

for there, in faith adored,

we find thy presence near.

 

5 We love the word of life,

the word that tells of peace,

of comfort in the strife,

and joys that never cease.

 

6 We love to sing below

for mercies freely given;

but O we long to know

the triumph-song of heaven.

 

7 Lord Jesus, give us grace

on earth to love thee more,

in heaven to see thy face,

and with thy saints adore

 

Prayers

 

Lord, we pray for your Church in all the world, and especially for the churches of town of Swanage and Studland. As we prepare to look to the future in our own team of churches we pray for vision and discernment as we pray through the process of the appointment of a new team vicar, and remember those who are being newly ordained and commissioned at this time.  Particularly we ask your blessing upon Solveig to be ordained priest and Nick to be ordained deacon on 26th September and Peter to be commissioned as a licensed lay minister the following day.

 

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

We pray for nations of the world, especially those at conflict one with another, or within their own land, 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 constant mercy,

who sent your Son to save us:

remind us of your goodness,

increase your grace within us,

that our thankfulness may grow,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Conclusion

 

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:

Amen

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: Entree Pontificale - Bossi: https://youtu.be/SlCVKLguUak

 

 

 

 

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