Sunday Service online 23rd August 2020

Our Sunday Service of the Word, including hymns, readings, prayers and a short reflection is happening on the St Edward the Confessor Facebook Page at 9.15am and will bar posted in the videos section of this page at about 1pm. Service sheet below - remember to sing up!



A Service of the Word 8th Sunday after Trinity 23rd August 2020



In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ 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. Amen.


Hymn: Lift high the Cross


Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

till all the world adore his sacred name.


Come, let us follow where our Captain trod,

our King victorious, Christ, the Son of God:


Lift high the cross..


O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

As thou hast promised, draw us unto thee:


Lift high the cross..


Let every race and every language tell

of him who saves our souls from death and hell;


Lift high the cross..


From farthest regions let them homage bring, and on his cross adore their Saviour King:


Lift high the cross..


Set up thy throne, that earths despair may cease

beneath the shadow of its healing peace:

Lift high the cross..


For thy blest cross which doth for all atone

creation's praises rise before thy throne:


Lift high the cross..

Prayers of penitence


God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

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.


Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


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. Amen.


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. Amen.


Collect


O God, you declare your almighty power

most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:

mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,

that we, running the way of your commandments,

may receive your gracious promises,

and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;

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.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 51.1-6

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,

you that seek the Lord.

Look to the rock from which you were hewn,

and to the quarry from which you were dug.

Look to Abraham your father

and to Sarah who bore you;

for he was but one when I called him,

but I blessed him and made him many.

For the Lord will comfort Zion;

he will comfort all her waste places,

and will make her wilderness like Eden,

her desert like the garden of the Lord;

joy and gladness will be found in her,

thanksgiving and the voice of song.


Listen to me, my people,

and give heed to me, my nation;

for a teaching will go out from me,

and my justice for a light to the peoples.

I will bring near my deliverance swiftly,

my salvation has gone out

and my arms will rule the peoples;

the coastlands wait for me,

and for my arm they hope.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,

and look at the earth beneath;

for the heavens will vanish like smoke,

the earth will wear out like a garment,

and those who live on it will die like gnats;

but my salvation will be for ever,

and my deliverance will never be ended.


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

Psalm: 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;

before the gods I sing your praise;

I bow down towards your holy temple

and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;

for you have exalted your name and your word

above everything.

On the day I called, you answered me,

you increased my strength of soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,

for they have heard the words of your mouth.

They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

for great is the glory of the Lord.

For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;

but the haughty he perceives from far away.


Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;

you stretch out your hand,

and your right hand delivers me.

The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;

your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Epistle Reading: Romans 12.1-8


I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.


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


Gospel Reading: Matthew 16.13-20


Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.


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


Reflection


Hymn: Be still my soul


Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;

bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

leave to your God to order and provide;

in ev'ry change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend

through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: your God will undertake

to guide the future as he has the past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;

all now mysterious shall be clear at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

his voice, who ruled them while he dwelt below.


Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

and all is darkened in the vale of tears,

then you shall better know his love, his heart,

who comes to soothe your sorrow, calm your fears.

Be still, my soul: for Jesus can repay

from his own fullness all he takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

when we shall be for ever with the Lord,

when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

sorrow forgotten, love's pure joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.


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.

Intercessions


Response: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


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

The Lord’s Prayer


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour 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. Amen.

Blessing


The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


Hymn: There’s a wideness in God’s mercy


There's a wideness in God's mercy,

like the wideness of the sea.

There's a kindness in his justice,

which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth's sorrows

are more felt than up in heaven.

There is no place where earth's failings

have such kindly judgment given.

For the love of God is broader

than the measures of our mind.

and the heart of the Eternal

is most wonderfully kind.

But we make his love too narrow

By false limits of our own

And we magnify his strictness

With a zeal he would not own.

There is plentiful redemption

through the blood that has been shed;

there is joy for all the members

in the sorrows of the Head.

There is grace enough for thousands

of new worlds as great as this;

there is room for fresh creations

in that upper home of bliss.


(second half of tune)

If our love were but more simple,

we should take him at his word;

and our lives would be all gladness

In the joy of Christ our Lord.


Dismissal


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

Common Worship copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2002 and published by Church House Publishing.

Hymns from Hymns Ancient & Modern hymns & songs for refreshing worship

Lift high the Cross - G.W. Kitchin & M.R.Newbolt; Be still my soul- K.A. D. Von Scglegel, trans. J.LBorthwick; . There’s a wideness in God’s mercy - F.W.Faber


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