Service for 26th July - The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

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Welcome to Swanage!

A Service for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 26th July, 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.

 

Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

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.

Amen

 

The First Hymn

Happy are They:  please access Simon’s accompaniment here: 

https://youtu.be/eZm86DNxx5o

 

1 Happy are they, they that love God,
whose hearts have Christ confest,
who by his cross have found their life,
and 'neath his yoke their rest.

2 Glad is the praise, sweet are the songs,
when they together sing;
and strong the prayers that bow the ear
of heaven's eternal King.

3 Christ to their homes giveth his peace,
and makes their loves his own:
but ah, what tares the evil one
hath in his garden sown!

4 Sad were our lot, evil this earth,
did not its sorrows prove
the path whereby the sheep may find
the fold of Jesus' love.

5 Then shall they know, they that love him,
how all their pain is good;
and death itself cannot unbind
their happy brotherhood.

 

The First Reading:

1st Kings 3: 5-12

 

 

Psalm 119: 129-136

 

Refrain:    The opening of your word gives light.

 

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;  

therefore my soul keeps them.

 

130 The opening of your word gives light;  

it gives understanding to the simple.

 

131 I open my mouth and draw in my breath,  

as I long for your commandments.

 

132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,  

as is your way with those who love your name. [R]

 

133 Order my steps by your word,  

and let no wickedness have dominion over me.

 

134 Redeem me from earthly oppressors  

so that I may keep your commandments.

 

135 Show the light of your countenance upon your servant  

and teach me your statutes.

 

136 My eyes run down with streams of water,  

because the wicked do not keep your law. [R]

 

Refrain:    The opening of your word gives light.

 

 

The Second Reading:

Romans 8: 26-end

 

The Gospel:

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

 

Homily

 

The Parables today have fascinated me ever since I belatedly realised they are more about joy than sacrifice. The Kingdom can be stumbled upon almost by accident, others are searching for it and in the end find what they are looking for. 

When we find it, this treasure, what do we do with it? Do we allow it to have its way with us or are we afraid of the consequences, or are we too close to what we know and possess to let go, or are we afraid that it may crumble in our hands? Surely it is safer to stick with what we know. 

I know of people who have had a 'religious' experience, been radiated with something totally other than themselves, either looking at a painting or looking at the view in the Welsh hills and been flooded with an intensity and a 'joy' not experienced before – but they have not explored it further in case it would involve too much redirection, away from the familiar in life. 

On the other hand there is the Revelation given to Julian of Norwich in which, she says, 'he showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand... I looked at it with the eyes of my understanding and thought. What can this be? I was amazed that it could last, for I thought that because of the littleness it would suddenly have fallen into nothing. I was answered..... it lasts and always will, because God loves it; and thus everything has being through the love of God. In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it, the second is that God loves it, and the third that God preserves it. But what did I see in it? It is that God is the Creator and the Protector and the lover'. 

All sorts of the things of life can be used to show us something of the Kingdom of Heaven, the small things matter – mustard seed, yeast, a hazelnut or whatever. We are being asked not to put them back in the cupboard.

We are being directed not to miss out on the joy and love God wants to share with us in order that we may share that love in our lives with others; miraculous things are happening all around us - 'in the fields' . It's to do with transformation and making a huge difference, allowing God's love to permeate all parts of everyday life.

Anthony Clegg

 

Second Hymn

 

The Church’s one Foundation: https://youtu.be/BstIPUZ4Ing

 

1 The church's one foundation

is Jesus Christ, her Lord;

she is his new creation

by water and the Word:

from heaven he came and sought her

to be his holy bride;

with his own blood he bought her,

and for her life he died.

 

2 Elect from every nation,

yet one o'er all the earth,

her charter of salvation

one Lord, one faith, one birth;

one holy name she blesses,

partakes one holy food,

and to one hope she presses,

with every grace endued.

 

3 'Mid toil and tribulation,

and tumult of her war,

she waits the consummation

of peace forevermore;

till with the vision glorious

her longing eyes are blest,

and the great church victorious

shall be the church at rest.

 

4 Yet she on earth hath union

with the God the Three in One,

and mystic sweet communion

with those whose rest is won:

O happy ones and holy!

Lord, give us grace that we,

like them, the meek and lowly,

on high may dwell with thee.

 

Prayers 

 

Almighty and Merciful Father, we your children give you thanks and praise for the blessings of your Church throughout the world.  We pray that wherever Christians meet for worship and seek your guidance in prayer, there you may be in the midst; inspiring with your Holy Spirit those you have called to serve you in the name of Christ your Son.  Shed your light upon the Church in this land, bringing to all your people a sense of common purpose and a deep desire to further your Kingdom upon earth.  Bless Nicholas and Karen our Bishops, this Diocese of Salisbury, the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England and the leaders of all the Churches, that together we may reflect that unity that is your will in the fellowship of Christian life and love.

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

 

Merciful Father, look in compassion and mercy upon your creation, torn apart by violence and ruined by exploitation; forgive our inclinations to consume what we have been so freely given, through destruction and greed.  Help us to understand and accept our part in the turmoil of the nations, especially those divided on ethnic, social or religious lines.  May your Church be a channel for peace and dialogue, and an example of compassionate service and a voice proclaiming the common human objectives of justice and reconciliation.

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

 

Lord Jesus, we thank you for the many visitors to Swanage and Studland and to our churches; may they come and share with us and listen afresh to the stories of others, and may they leave with your blessing and return home rested and hold us in prayer as we will them, day by day.  As children begin their holidays and schools close under extraordinary circumstances, preparing for whatever September may bring, we pray that you bring to all in education a sense of purpose and the joy of learning new things and imparting skills and knowledge to others. 

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

 

Bring your healing touch, O Lord, to all who are walking through life’s dark valleys.  We remember before you especially all who have come into our churches during the past week who are facing problems of faith, of health, of personal relationships, of addiction or indecision or helplessness.  May your love surround the Christian community, its elderly and infirm members, and those passing through times of illness or sorrow, or those recovering from surgery.  May light perpetual shine on those who have served you over past years, and are now with the saints in glory.

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

 

Heavenly Father 

accept these our prayers

for the sake of 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:

 

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,

ever giving himself that the world may live:

may we so receive within ourselves

the power of his death and passion

that, in his saving cup,

we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Conclusion

 

The Lord bless us and keep us:

Amen.

The Lord make his face to shine upon us,

and be gracious to us:

Amen.

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.

Amen.

 

 

Prelude on “Bread of Heaven” - Simon Lole: https://youtu.be/oGcbZicPv14

 

 

 

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