Morning Worship on 19 July

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship, led by Rev Charles Sargent with a talk by Rev Nicholas Calver. All the music was recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘Angel-voices ever singing’ is sung

Angel-voices ever singing round thy throne of light,
Angel-harps for ever ringing, rest not day nor night;
Thousands only live to bless thee,
And confess thee Lord of might

Thou who art beyond the farthest mortal eye can see,
Can it be that thou regardest our poor hymnody?
Yes we know that thou art near us
and wilt hear us constantly

Yea, we know that thou rejoicest o’er each work of thine;
Thou didst ears and hands and voices for thy praise design;
Craftsman’s art and music’s measure
For thy pleasure all combine.

In thy house, great God, we offer of thine own to thee;
And for thine acceptance proffer, all unworthily,
Hearts and minds and hands and voices
In our choicest psalmody.

Honour, glory, might, and merit thine shall ever be:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, blessèd Trinity:
Of the best that thou hast given,
Earth and heaven render thee.

The Greeting, Confession and Gloria

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.  

Therefore, 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.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

The Gloria is sung
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.

The Collect and readings

Collect for the sixth Sunday after Trinity
Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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

A reading from Isaiah 44: 6-8
by Suzanne Robinson

The Gospel reading from Matthew 13: 24-30 and 36-43
by Judith Absalom

Talk
by Rev Nicholas Calver

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

The Creed
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. 
Amen.

The Intercessions
led by Julie Mohacek

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

The anthem is ‘O God you search me and know me’                  
(A setting of Psalm 139 by Bernadette Farrell b. 1957)
Sung by the choir of St Mary’s, Horne on 19 January 2020

O God, you search me and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down you are before me:
Ever the maker and keeper of my days.

You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
And with love everlasting you besiege me:
In ev’ry moment of life or death, you are.

Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
You have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future, too.

Although your Spirit is upon me,
Still I search for shelter from your light.
There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:
Even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

For you created me and shaped me,
Gave me life within my mother’s womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
Safe in your hands, all creation is made new.

Closing prayers and blessing

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has 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.

Eternal God, the light of minds that know you, the joy of hearts that love you, and the strength of wills that serve you: grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may truly serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, give us your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips, and your love in our hearts.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.
Amen.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The hymn ‘At the name of Jesus’ is sung

At the name of Jesus ev’ry knee shall bow,
Ev’ry tongue confess him King of glory now;
‘tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,
who, from the beginning, was the mighty Word.

At his voice creation sprang at once to sight,
All the angels’ faces, all the hosts of light,
Thrones and dominations, stars upon their way,
All the heav’nly orders in their great array.

Humbled for a season, to receive a name
From the lips of sinners unto whom he came,
Faithfully he bore it, spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious when from death he passed.

Bore it up triumphant, with its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures to the central height,
To the throne of Godhead, to the Father’s breast,
Filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.

All creation, name him, with love as strong as death;
But with awe and wonder, and with bated breath.
He is God the Saviour, he is Christ the Lord,
Ever to be worshipped, trusted and adored.

In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
All that is not holy, all that is not true;
Crown him as your captain in temptation’s hour;
Let his will enfold you in its light and pow’r.

Truly, this Lord Jesus shall return again,
With his Father’s glory, with his angel train;
For all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,
And our hearts confess him King of glory now.


Organist: Peter Nye

Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.