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25 July 2021: The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
James the Apostle

Eucharist

This service is livestreamed at 9.30am on Sundays

Hymn

God is here!
All stand as the ministers process in.
  1. God is here! As we your people            
    meet to offer praise and prayer,
    may we find in fuller measure
    what it is in Christ we share.
    Here, as in the world around us,
    all our varied skills and arts
    wait the coming of the Spirit
    into open minds and hearts.
  2. Here are symbols to remind us
    of our lifelong need of grace;
    here are table, font and pulpit;
    here the cross has central place.
    Here in honesty of preaching,
    here in silence, as in speech,
    here, in newness and renewal,
    God the Spirit comes to each.
  3. Here our children find a welcome
    in the Shepherd’s flock and fold,
    here, as bread and wine are taken,
    Christ sustains us as of old.
    Here the servants of the Servant
    seek in worship to explore
    what it means in daily living
    to believe and to adore.
  4. Lord of all, of Church and Kingdom,
    in an age of change and doubt,
    keep us faithful to the gospel,
    help us work your purpose out.
    Here, in this day’s dedication,
    all we have to give, receive:
    we, who cannot live without you,
    we adore you! We believe!
Words: Fred Pratt Green

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The Lord be with you.
and also with you.

Prayers of Penitence

The people are invited to reflect on their sins. We keep a few moments of silence to remember before God our faults and the things we have done that are wrong. God promises us forgiveness, healing and a fresh start when we confess our sins in faith and penitence.

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,
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.

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.

The Collect

Merciful God,
whose holy apostle Saint James,
leaving his father and all that he had,
was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ
and followed him even to death:
help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,
to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;
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.

New Testament Reading

Acts 11: 27 – 12: 2

At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. 29The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; 30this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

12About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. 2He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

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

Gospel Reading

Matthew 20 : 20 – 28

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. 21And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ 22But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ 23He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

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

Sermon

Apostles 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.

Prayers of Intercession

Response:
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

At the end:
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen

The Peace

The minister introduces the peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Hymn

‘Lift up your hearts!’ We lift them, Lord, to thee

  1. ‘Lift up you hearts!’ We lift them, Lord, to thee;
    Here at thy feet none other may we see:
    ‘lift up your hearts!’ E’en so, with one accord,
    We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.
  2. Above the level of the former years,
    the mire of sin, the slough of guilty fears,
    the mist of doubt, the blight of love’s decay,
    O Lord of light, lift all our hearts to-day.
  3. Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,
    the deeds, the thoughts, that honour may not name,
    the halting tongue that dares not tell the whole,
    O Lord of truth, lift every Christian soul.
  4. Lift every gift that thou thyself hast given:
    low lies the best till lifted up to heaven;
    low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
    till, sent from God, they mount to God again.
  5. Then, as the trumpet-call in after years,
    ‘Lift up your hearts!’ rings pealing in our ears,
    still shall those hearts respond with full accord,
    ‘We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!’
Henry Montagu Butler (1833 – 1918)

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

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.

The president praises God for his mighty acts.

The choir sing the Sanctus.
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.

The president recalls the Last Supper.

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

The Prayer continues. At the end we respond:
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 forever.
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.

The choir sing the Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Jesus is the lamb of God
Who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
But only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Giving of Communion

You are invited to use the prayer for Spiritual Communion below asking Jesus to be with you now.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.
Amen.

Music during communion

Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.

Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.

We ask them whence their victory came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.

They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.

Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.

Isaac Watts (1709)

Ave verum corpus,
Natum de Maria virgine;
Vere passum immolatum
In crucis pro homine.
Cuius latus perforatum
Unda fluxit et sanguine.
Esto nobis praegustatum
In mortis examine.

Hail, true body,
Born of the virgin Mary;
Who has truly suffered, slaughtered
On the Cross for humanity.
Whose side was pierced,
Pouring out water and blood.
Be a foretaste for us
During our ordeal of death.

W.A. Mozart: “Ave Verum Corpus” K. 618

Prayer after Communion

Strengthen for service, Lord,
the hands that have taken holy things;
may the ears which have heard your word
be deaf to clamour and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;
may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love
shine with the light of hope;
and may the bodies which have been fed with your body
be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever.
Amen

The Blessing

A blessing is given.

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

The ministers depart. An organ voluntary is played.

 

‘All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you. (1 Chronicles 29:14) We ask your blessing on what we offer, which is given in thanksgiving for your many blessings and for all you have done for us’.

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Spiritual Communion

The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ. The form of prayer offers Christians an opportunity to give thanks for their communion with him, particularly at times when they would ordinarily be present at the Eucharist.

The Book of Common Prayer instructs us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves. Making a Spiritual Communion is particularly fitting for those who cannot receive the sacrament at the great feasts of the Church, and it fulfils the duty of receiving Holy Communion ‘regularly, and especially at the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun or Pentecost’ (Canon B 15).

The Church of which we are members is not defined by the walls of a building but by the Body of Christ of which we are members. In making our communion spiritually, we are joining with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us, ‘I am the Bread of Life’.