Sunday 14th June

 

St. Michael and All Angels

 

Amersham on the Hill

 

ORDINARY TIME

AUDIO SERVICE OF THE WORD

A warm welcome to this service

“Ordinary Time” is those parts of the liturgical year when no other season is observed, namely from the day following the Presentation of Christ (Candlemas) to Shrove Tuesday, and again from the Monday following the Day of Pentecost until the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. There is, though, nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time, which simply comes from the word “ordinal”, or “counted time”, (as Sundays are numbered “before Lent” or “after Trinity”).  The seasonal colour is green, denoting new life and growth.

Introduction

Opening Hymn     

  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 (b.1949)and Graham Maule (b.1958)              

The Greeting     

 The Lord be with you;        All     and also with you.                                          

Prayer of Preparation 

All   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

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.  All   Amen.  Lord, have mercy.

Invitation to Confession

We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden, to ask for his forgiveness and peace.

Confession 

All    Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Absolution 

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.    All  Amen. 

The 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.

The Liturgy of the Word                                                

Old Testament Reading

Exodus 19.2–8a  The Israelites had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. 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:   You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.   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,   but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.’   So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him.   The people all answered as one: ‘Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.’      For the word of the Lord,  All    Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Reading

Romans 5.1–8  Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  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.   And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,   and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,   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.   For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.   Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.   But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.    For the word of the Lord,  All         Thanks be to God. 

Gradual Hymn 

  1. All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice; Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell, come ye before him, and rejoice.
  2.  The Lord, ye know, is God indeed, Without our aid he did us make; We are his folk, he doth us feed, And for his sheep he doth us take.
  3. O enter then his gates with praise, Approach with joy his courts unto; Praise, laud, and bless his name always, For it is seemly so to do.
  4. For why? the Lord our God is good: his mercy is for ever sure; His truth at all times firmly stood,and shall from age to age endure.
  5. To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, The God whom heaven and earth adore, From us and from the Angel-host Be praise and glory evermore.                                                                                                                                                                  William Kethe (d.1594)        

Gospel Reading    

Alleluia, alleluia. I am the light of the world, says the Lord. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.  Alleluia, alleluia.  (cf John 8.12)

The Lord be with you ;   All  and also with you.

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

Matthew 9.35 – 10.8  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.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few;  therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ 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.  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;   Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;  Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.  These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,  but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.”  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.      All   Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon   Exodus 19, 2-8a, Psalm 100, Matthew 9, 35-10,8

Affirmation of Faith                               

Let us declare our faith in God.    All    We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love. We believe in God the Holy Spirit,who strengthens us with power from on high. We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Amen.                                                               

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All     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.     

Prayers of Intercession                 

Let us be still in God’s presence. Love and be loved. Fall deep into silence, the silence of God.

O Christ, tirelessly you seek out those who are looking for you and who think that you are far away; teach us, at every moment, to place our spirits in your hands. While we are looking for you, already you have found us. However poor our prayer, you hear us far more than we can imagine.

Heavenly Father, though we are separated in our different homes because of Covid 19, through our recordings, we are all together and can bring our prayers to you.

Lord, you know of the different experiences people are having of the virus, for some a time of peace and restoration; for others of fear, loneliness, destruction of their livelihoods and the cruel pain of death and loss. O Lord, we hold all up to your love and protection.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

We pray for all in leadership positions, making hard decisions at this time. We pray for all those suffering injustice. Guide your witnesses to peace and safeguard your workers for justice.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

Lord, give us love; that boundless, healing energy, which transforms the world.

Give us joy because no darkness or evil can overcome you.

Give us peace to quieten our hearts and free us from bitterness.

Give us patience to go on following you even when it is hard.

Give us kindness to reach out to our neighbour and to the person who needs to be loved.

Lord, may we bear the fruits of your spirit.

Christ, there is nowhere I can journey that you have not travelled:

Christ, I do not know what lies ahead, but I do know Who is with me.

Christ, I do not know where I shall end up, but I know Who is there before me.

Christ, the future is not fully unknown for You are there before me.

O God, Father, moment by moment you hold me in your being, on you I depend.

O God, eternal Son, friend and brother beside me, in you I trust.

O God, Holy Spirit, life and love within me, from you I live.

Into our emptiness: breathe your fullness.

Into our tiredness: pour your energy.

If we are discouraged: bring us your hope.

If we are afraid: bring us your courage.

If we do not know the way: give us your wisdom. For we are your people and you are our God.

Holy Spirit, spirit of the living God, you breathe on all that is inadequate and fragile. You make living water spring even from our hurts. And through you, the valley of tears becomes a place of wellsprings. So, in an inner life with neither beginning nor end, your continual presence makes new freshness break through. Amen.

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

Hymn

Forth in the peace of Christ we go; Christ to the world with joy we bring;
Christ in our minds, Christ on our lips, Christ in our hearts, the world's true king.

King of our hearts, Christ makes us kings; Kingship with him his servants gain;
With Christ, the Servant-Lord of all, Christ's world we serve to share Christ's reign.

Priests of the world, Christ sends us forth, The world of time to consecrate,
The world of sin by grace to heal, Christ's world in Christ to recreate.

Prophets of Christ, we hear his Word: He claims our minds to search his ways;
He claims our lips to speak his truth; He claims our hearts to sing his praise.

We are his Church, he makes us one: Here is one hearth for all to find;
Here is one flock, one Shepherd-King; Here is one faith, one heart, one mind.    

James Quinn (b.1919)

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.   All  Amen.  

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

Recessional hymn verse

All sing        May the grace of Christ our Saviour, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favour, rest upon us from above.

 

 

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), and New Patterns for Worship (2002) , material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.  CCL No 908682.