Sunday 2nd August

    

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  

1. And can it be that I should gain. An int'rest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be That thou, my God, should die for me?

2.'Tis myst'ry all! th'Immortal dies: who can explore his strange design?

In vain the firstborn seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine! 

'Tis mercy all! let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more. 

3.He left His Father's throne above, So free, so infinite His grace;

Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for Adam's helpless race;
'Tis mercy all, immense and free; For, O my God, it found out me.


4.Long my imprisoned spirit lay Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quick'ning ray,I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; 

My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth and followed Thee. 

5.No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him is mine! 

Alive in Him, my living Head,And clothed in righteousness divine, 

Bold I approach th'eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own.                                            Charles Wesley (1707-1788)      

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 

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake: when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word     

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 55.1-5                                     

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. 

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

New Testament Reading: Romans 9.1-5

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit — I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

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

Gradual Hymn   

Bless the Lord, my soul, And bless God's holy name,
Bless the Lord, my soul, Who leads me into life.  (three times)        Taize Community from Psalm 103                  

Gospel Reading     Matthew 14.13-21

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. 

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. 

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

Sermon 

Matthew 14 13-21 (Isa 55 1-5 & Rom 9 1-5)

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 give thanks, O Lord, for the way in which you transformed the disciples,
and enabled them to achieve things that they would not have imagined to be possible.
Help us to be willing to be transformed by you, so that, notwithstanding our inadequacies,
we will may be able to do things in your service which we may not have imagined to be possible.

Lord in your mercy        All  Hear our prayer

We think of those in need of our prayers.
We pray, Lord, for
- those who must make an important decision this week;
- those who risk themselves for others;
- those who have family members who are unwell or who are themselves seriously ill;
We ask you, Lord, to give them your help and support, and the power of your Holy Spirit.

Lord in your mercy             All  Hear our prayer

A prayer for those awaiting news this month about the next stage of their education.
God, you have given us every good and perfect gift, and you are generous without finding fault. Help those awaiting news about the next stage of their education. To stay calm as they wait to hear. Whatever happens, be with them, and help them to know the wisdom that comes from heaven.
Lord in your mercy             All  Hear our prayer

A prayer for the summer.
Lord God, We put ourselves into your hands, and pray that you will bless us and our families during this summer month of August. Although the world is a different place this year, and we may not be able to go away, may we still be able to make our home a place of relaxation, joy, love, peace and safety. May we continue to be generous and considerate, not thinking only about ourselves, but helping others to enjoy the blessings of summertime as well. 

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

Hymn

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace, and the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you.
There'll be shoults of joy and the trees of the field shall clap, shall clap their hands.
And the trees of the field shall clap their hands, And the trees of the field shall clap their hands,
And the trees of the field shall clap their hands, And you'll go out with joy.   (three times)
Stuart Dauermann (b.1944) based on Isaiah 55:12 ©Lillenas Publishing Co/Kingsway Thankyou Music

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.