June 14th – 1st Sunday after Trinity

Our preacher is the Rev Jan Wilson, and our celebrant is the Rev Elizabeth Bunker

Hymns and songs were recorded remotely by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields in their homes, and edited together.

The order of service is embodied on this page. However, following it here means scrolling away from the video, so it is also here,  where you can read separately on another device, or print.

 

Opening Hymn Who would true valour see

1       Who would true valour see,
let him come hither;
one here will constant be,
come wind, come weather;
there’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

2       Whoso beset him round
with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound;
his strength the more is,
No lion can him fright;
he’ll with a giant fight,
but he will have the right
to be a pilgrim.

3       Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt his spirit;
he knows he at the end
shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, fly away;
he’ll not fear what men say;
he’ll labour night and day
to be a pilgrim.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

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The gathering

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

Sentence: ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’
Matthew 37b, 38

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. Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

The Summary of the Law (sit)

Minister Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this:
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

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. Amen.

The Absolution

The Gloria

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. Amen.

Collect

God of truth,
help us to keep your law of love
and to walk in ways of wisdom,
that we may find true life
in Jesus Christ your Son.
Amen

 

First Reading: Exodus 19.2–8a

2 The Israelites had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. 3 Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: 4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, 6 but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.’ 7 So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.
8 The people all answered as one: ‘Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do.’

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Psalm 100

R We are the people and the sheep of his pasture.
1 Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. 2 Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. R
3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his name. 4 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age. R
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, Amen

New Testament Reading: Romans 5:1-8

1 Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Gospel Hymn; For the fruits of all creation

1       For the fruits of his creation,
Thanks be to God;
For his gifts to every nation,
Thanks be to God;
For the ploughing, sowing, reaping,
Silent growth while we are sleeping,
Future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,
Thanks be to God.

2       In the just reward of labour,
God’s will is done;
In the help we give our neighbour,
God’s will is done;
In our world-wide task of caring
For the hungry and despairing,
In the harvests we are sharing,
God’s will is done.

3       For the harvests of his Spirit,
Thanks be to God;
For the good we all inherit,
Thanks be to God;
For the wonders that astound us,
For the truths that still confound us,
Most of all that love has found us,
Thanks be to God.

Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000)
© 1970 Stainer & Bell Ltd

 

Hear the GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Matthew 9.35-10.8

Glory to you, O Lord

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ 1 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

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

Sermon – Revd Jan Wilson

I don’t know if you know the name Simon Stylites but it has to said that he was an unusual character!

He lived in the 5th century and is remembered for spending nearly 40 years living on top of pillars, the largest being over fifty feet high.

Simon took these extreme measures in order to avoid people, so he could devote himself to prayer without distraction!

Sometimes we all need a place of peace and quiet to spend time with God without distraction but a 50 foot pillar does seem a bit extreme and I doubt that it would be a good idea to build one on the Bedford Road outside St Thomas’!

Now in first Century Palestine there were also religious people whose dedication to holiness led them to avoid contact with many others.

You and I know them as Pharisees and they would not socialise with anyone they considered sinners and they believed that they were the experts in religious law. Woe betide anyone who had not ritually washed or kept the Sabbath!

They set themselves apart for God and believed themselves to be the holiest of people.

Jesus however was different.

And He wanted to show people a different way.

He actively sought out and mixed with people on the outskirts, the unclean, the sinners, all those people he knew needed God in their lives.

He was determined to show God’s love and to show the religious leaders what the true love of God meant.

The Pharisees were not happy!

So despite increasing opposition from them, Jesus headed out to live out God’s love and tell the good news to all people wherever they lived.

And the reason for this – he had compassion.

Compassion is a gut wrenching emotion that compels us to act.

Jesus was moved by compassion to love those who didn’t know about the love of God.

He wasn’t like the Pharisees!

Jesus didn’t condemn them he wanted them to see and feel God’s love.

He could see that they were like ‘sheep without a shepherd’ – they had no one to guide them or teach them the ways of God.

They were at risk – they needed a shepherd

Jesus’ mission was to reach out to these lost people and bring them back to God.

However he knew that this was not something that he could do alone so he commissioned and sent out the twelve disciples to spread the good news.

They were, as we are, expected to continue his mission to save and to teach of God’s love.

Even Simon Stylites understood this, and shared the good news when people climbed up a ladder to hear!

We have to share the good news but sometimes our world can feel like a hostile place, hostile to Christians. It might seem safer to share the good news with each other in the safety of the church.

Jesus, however, does not seem to have been too worried about his disciples getting distracted from their mission by mixing with those who were distant from God

Even though they were very inexperienced, he sent his small group of disciples out confident that they would share the good news and not be distracted.

He knew that they would face opposition and even persecution.

But he also promises that God will be with them always.

Although they may be powerless, God’s Spirit will be with them, guiding them and giving them the words to say.

To their society the disciples were going to seem like fools and inciters of anti social behaviour.

The very fabric of society would be threatened by the teachings of Jesus and as a result the disciples would suffer the same verbal and physical persecution that Jesus did.

However Jesus knew that there was a vast harvest out there and his disciples would powerfully affect, influence and change many of those they went to with the Gospel message.

And so it is with us.

There is no doubt that our world needs the good news.

Coronavirus and Covid 19 have changed our world. There are still worries and fears for the future yet we have seen love in action in our communities, in our hospitals and in the work of all our keyworkers.

Over these last two weeks we have seen the protests in America and worldwide. People are prepared to stand up against inherent racism and wrongs. We have witnessed some dreadful scenes. Now is the time to offer prayer, educate ourselves, be engaged and be involved. Black lives matter.

We need to show that justice for all is paramount.

Racism exists as much in the United Kingdom as much as it does in the USA. In our communities and sadly in the church as well. It is wrong and as much as Trump may hold a Bible and stand outside a church it is clear that racism does not have a place in the Gospel.

We need to share the good news and stand in solidarity with all who are experiencing racism and injustice.

We need to spread the good news just as those 12 disciples did.

We need an outpouring of the love of God to have true compassion, to be able to challenge authority when needed, to care for the lost, the suffering and the traumatised.

And Jesus believes that we can do this!

So when we are worried or unsure about reaching out into the unknown, let us be encouraged by the power of the Gospel to change, to build and to empower and by the ability of God to use us, his current day disciples to spread the good news.

Let’s remember the twelve disciples sent out into the unknown and the strength they received through Jesus and his words, through the love of God.

They are an example that we need to follow

So now what should we do –

Well we have Good News – let’s spread it!

Amen

The Nicene Creed (stand)

 

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 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, he became 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.

The Prayers by Tony Fletcher, read by Shena Wright

Almighty God, as we turn to you as our refuge and stronghold we pray that the divisions in the world be healed, especially in the USA and also in our own country. The violence and near rioting that has been evident as statues are pulled down and buildings vandalised. Teach us to remember that All Lives Matter.

We pray for the health and well being of our nation and for all that are fearful and anxious, isolated and housebound that we may be alert to their needs and care for them in their vulnerability.

Lord in your mercy    HEAR OUR PRAYER

Father, Coronavirus and Covid 19 have changed our world. We give you thanks that at last we are seeing a reduction in cases of this awful disease and an easing of the restrictions made to protect us.

We also give thanks for the amazing bravery of our health workers and carers constantly putting the welfare of others before themselves.

We pray for our Government, and the Scientific advisors and give them wisdom in the decisions they have to make as they try to bring the country out of lockdown and save the economy.

Lord in your mercy     HEAR OUR PRAYER

Father,  in our own church we give thanks that we are seeing small steps toward re-opening the church. Teach us to be patient as we make the church safe to enter, and we give thanks to Shena and Peter as they prepare for this and all that they do. We also give thanks for all the local clergy as they lead us in our worship both “live” and on- line. Also teach us patience as we await our new Vicar, Jess and pray for her and her move to Wilbury.

Lord in your mercy      HEAR OUR PRAYER

We give thanks with all who have reasons to celebrate this week, for anniversaries  and birthdays and we think especially of Silvio Madueke who celebrates his sixteenth birthday on Monday.

Lord in your mercy        HEAR OUR PRAYER

 We pray for those who are sick or in hospital and for all who work for our overstretched NHS as they care for them. And we pray for those who have died and we commend them to your eternal keeping.

Merciful Father, Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN

 

The Peace

We are the body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
and also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.

Offertory hymn, Will you come and follow me

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1       Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown,
in you and you in me?

2       Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
in you and you in me?

3       Will you let the blinded see
if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free
and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean,
and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean
in you and you in me?

4       Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound
in you and you in me?

5       Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

John L Bell (born 1949) and Graham Maule (1958-2019)
© 1987 WGRG, c/o Iona Community, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP, Scotland. http://www.wildgoose.scot

 

Eucharistic prayer

Yours, Lord, is the greatness,
the power, the glory,
the splendour, and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you,
and of your own do we give you.

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.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places
to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King,
almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For he is your living Word;
through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and formed us in your own image.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead
and exalted him to your right hand on high.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have sent upon us
your Holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

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.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
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.

Pause for the Sanctus Bell


To you be glory and praise for ever.

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.

Pause for the Sanctus Bell


To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself, made once for all upon the cross
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith.
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts,
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love,
and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Here follows a time for silent reflection

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray: (kneel or sit)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory
are yours now and for ever. Amen.

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: give us your peace.

We do not presume
to come to this 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 our sinful bodies
may be made clean through his body,
and our souls washed through his most precious blood,
and that we may evermore dwell in him,
and he in us. Amen

The body of Christ Amen
The blood of Christ Amen

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal Father,
we thank you for nourishing us
with these heavenly gifts:
may our communion strengthen us in faith,
build us up in hope,
and make us grow in love;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Final Hymn All my hope on God is founded

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       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.

3       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.

4       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.

 

 

Meine Hoffnung stehet feste Joachim Neander (1650-1680)

paraphrased Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

 

 

Blessing and Dismissal

The blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you now and always. Amen

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

Copyright: Common worship Archbishop’s Council ©2000

Thought for the Week

Notices

Next week Bishop Alan has instructed all his clergy (and I assume that includes Readers) to take a week off. He suggests that they don’t prepare and broadcast online services, but, instead, join the whole Diocese celebrating St Alban in the Cathedral. You can find it here https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/Event/the-alban-pilgrimage-reimagined
So there won’t be a service posted here next week. However there will be a blogpost including Readings, a reflection and prayers

Prayers for the week

Redhoods Way West
Archers Way
Hazelfoot
Saffron Hill
Abbotts Road
Valley Road
Chasten Hill
Beech Hill
Tabor Court
Runnalow & its closes
Fullers Court
Warren Close
Special topics
Our community halls and their activities
Councillors and local authorities

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Thought for the week, from Season of Invitation (paraphrased) If you decide to invite someone to church, it’s a success if you actually invite. Whether they respond positively or not is between them and God. You succeeded!
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