Sunday 26th July 2020




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.


Opening Hymn    

God is love, let heav'n adore him; God is love, let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him, and exalt him with one voice.
He who laid the earth's foundation, He who spread the heav'ns above,
He who breathes through all creation, He is love, eternal love.

God is love and he enfoldeth all the world in one embrace;
with unfailing grasp he holdeth every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking under sorrow's iron rod,
then they find that self-same aching deep within the heart of God.

God is love, and though with blindness sin afflicts the human soul,
God's eternal loving-kindness guides and heals and makes us whole.
Sin and death and hell shall never o'er us final triumph gain;
God is love, so love for ever o'er the universe must reign.    Timothy Rees (1874-1939)           

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

Deacon        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.


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.


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 

Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: though our faith is small as mustard seed, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word     

Old Testament Reading:1 Kings 3.5–12                                     

 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.’

For the word of the Lord ;      All    Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Reading: Romans 8.26–39

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. For the word of the Lord, thanks be to God

For the word of the Lord ;    All  Thanks be to God. 

Gradual Hymn   

Seek ye first the kingdom of God And His righteousness; And all these things shall be added unto you.
Allelu, alleluia.

You shall not live by bread alone, But by every word That proceeds from the mouth of God.
Allelu, alleluia.

Ask, and it shall be given unto you; Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, alleluia.                           ©Maranatha! Music/CopyCare Ltd                           

Gospel Reading     Matthew 13.31–33, 44–52  

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)

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

Jesus put before the crowd another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’ He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.

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


1 Kings 3, 5-12, Psalm 119, 129-136, Matthew 13, 31-33, 44-52

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                      

We thank you, Lord, for your steadfast love which speaks to us daily through the written word of the scriptures.
Give us the humility of Solomon who knew his total dependence on your guidance.
We, too, do not know how to go out or to come in. Give us ears, Lord, to hear your word and to act on it.
Lord, in your mercy........hear our prayer.

At this moment when life changing decisions are having to be made by every government in the world: about how to revive and sustain economies about how to develop peoples , rather than to oppress them.
Give us the discernment to know good from evil
and how best to keep your commandments to love one another.
Lord, in your mercy.......hear our prayer.

We remember before you those whose names are written in our own Book of Remembrance for July:
Phillip Arnold Hodge. Joan Barrett Ron Brewin. Les Myerscough. Nan Bazzard. Ray Ward. Victoria Pratt. Guy Roddon. Margret Kathleen Bucks. Ralph S Adams. Hew Motion. Sue Brown. Muriel Hyde. Allan Raymond Catt. Jessie Binns. Jean Flack. Tim Gwynne-Evans. Jose Carmo Pergira. And we pray for other families known to us who especially grieve at this time.

Help us to follow those who have gone before us on the path to your Kingdom.
May we,too, make any sacrifice of time, money and love for the Pearl of great price which is your Kingdom,

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


All my hope on God is founded; He doth still my trust renew. Me through change and chance he guideth,
Only good and only true. God unknown, He alone, Calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory, Sword and crown betray his trust; What with care and toil he buildeth,
Tower and temple, fall to dust. But God’s power, Hour by hour, Is my temple and my tower.

God’s great goodness aye endureth, Deep his wisdom, passing thought: Splendour, light and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of naught. Evermore From his store Newborn worlds rise and adore.

Still from man to God eternal Sacrifice of praise be done.High above all praises praising 
For the gift of Christ his Son  Christ doth call One and all: Ye who follow shall not fall.    Robert Bridges (1844-1930) based on the German of Joachim Neander (1650-1680)


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.