Note: 'We' and 'our' are appropriate even if you're worshipping
on your own as we all worship together as part of the one 'Body of Christ'
(You may like to create an atmosphere by lighting a candle)
This is the day that the Lord has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Hymn for Today Take My Life And Let It Be
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We come in the name of Christ
to seek forgiveness for our sins,
to offer praise and thanksgiving,
to hear and receive God's holy word,
and to pray for the needs of the world,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit
to give to the service of God.
'Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'
So we turn away from our sin and turn to Christ,
confessing ours ins in penitence and faith.
Silence may be kept to recall our sins
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore to us the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the Father of all mercies cleanse us
from our sins, and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world
and in your great love fashioned us in your image.
Now, through the deep waters of death,
you have brought your people to new birth
May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts
as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever.
Add your own personal concerns or thanks
For Trinity 4
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ's sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
For Churches Closed To Public Worship
Ever present God, be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing, be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen we may
with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness to an emerging world.
For Jesus' sake. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD
A reading from the Book of the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9-12)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem; and the battle-bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Second Reading: A reading from the 1st Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (Corinthians 12 - 12-27)
As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Thanks be to God.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Gospel Reading: A reading from the Gospel According to Matthew (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30)
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Thanks be to God.
Talking about John the Baptist, Jesus said:
'But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.”
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’
At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Thanks be to God.
If you would like to hear the anthem Lord Be With Us On This Day sung by the *Dymock Virtual Choir,
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
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(* some members of the Dymock church choir recorded separately at home and played back together to create the sound of a 'virtual choir').
The eagle eyed among you will notice that the New Testament reading this week is a small chunk from the one we read last week. This isn’t a typo but rather a chance to do a sequel on an amazing passage.
Well I have had quite a week - my aim has been to visit as many of the churches in our parish while they are open for prayer. You may not know but because of the pandemic I had not actually been inside most of the churches before my licensing. So these past two weeks it has been a real treat to pop in and pray.
What treasures we have in our Benefice! The beautiful serenity of Preston, the vast glory of Dymock, the stillness and peace of Upleadon, the warmth of Redmarley, Kempley is a treasure trove and I sat outside Donnington marvelling at the beauty. Later today I am off to find Bromesberrow, Oxenhall and Pauntley with an eager excitement at what I might find.
At every church the presence of God is tangible.
One of my memories of secondary school RS is a text book with a picture of a bombed church - there was a sign outside ‘building destroyed church meeting next door’. I grew up with the concept that the church is the people not the building - which I 100% agree with. However - the church is the building as well - we are gifted in this benefice with beautiful unique places of worship and we have a duty and a responsibility to care for them and respect the places where people have worshipped for hundreds of years.
Our reading today reminds us of the vital need to know our purpose - if the lungs decided to try to do the job of the foot we would all be in big trouble. The lungs are brilliant at being lungs and we vitally need them. Each of our churches has a God given vital purpose and mission - our role together is to work out what that is and how we bless that.
I am so thankful for all the hard work and love so many people have given to our churches particularly over the last few months but also over the years of vacancy. The body of Christ in Leadon Vale has been working brilliantly through tough times.
So are you a foot or a finger nail? An eye or a left lung? Let’s revel in our calling and run the race that God has set before us!
(Rev'd Kat Mepham, Priest-in-Charge, Leadon Vale Benefice)
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
(You may prefer to go straight to the 'Conclusion' below or add the Agape Communion first)
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord in Your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord in Your Mercy: Hear our Prayer
You might like to add your own prayers on the following topics:
If you haven't tried it before, try it now in the privacy of your own home – God will hear you no matter how well you think you did it.
- The Church, remembering all who lead our church world-wide, nationally and in our Benefice.
- Your city, town or village and their organisations, including Schools, Care Homes, Clubs and Societies.
- For those who are ill or mourning the loss of loved ones, especially any known to you.
- For all involved in the coronavirus emergency. Include a prayer for those who are ill with the virus at home or in hospital and for those who care for them, especially members of our NHS.
Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.
You may like to add the prayer Jesus taught us: Our Father...
* 'AGAPE COMMUNION'
You can use bread and wine; or you can use any available food or drink, eg: a biscuit and soft drink is perfectly suitable and will be preferable if children are with you, so they can join in too.
You can do it at any time of the day to suit you, but if you do it at 10:00am,
you can think about all the others doing it at the same time elsewhere, even if they're not physically present with you.
Almighty God, thank you for food and drink and ask you to
bless these offerings in response to Jesus' command
to 'Do this in remembrance of me.' Amen.
All present then share the 'elements'.
(You can break a slice of bread to share, or break a single biscuit, or use individual biscuits.
Individual glasses of drink are probably preferable at this time than a 'shared cup').
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
As we return our attention to the world,
May we remember the love and Commandment of your Son, Jesus Christ,
To serve as he served us. Amen.
Hymn for the Week Great Is Thy Faithfulness
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Click here for a closing voluntary
recorded by Bob May on Dymock's Organ
* Agape is a Greek word that means 'Brotherly Love' and has long been used to describe
a 'love meal' or non-priest-blessed commemoration of the Last Supper.
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The book 'Common Worship', material from which is included in this Service,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000