Trinity 2 2020
This page contains all of the resources for our Sunday act of worship. You are encouraged to join us at 9:30am if you are from Widford or Wareside or 11am if you are from Hunsdon because these are the normal times of the services in these villages.
However, if you are unable to make this, please follow in your own time. Our use of common resources means that, though we are separated, we can nonetheless worship together.
You have two ways to participate
You can either watch (and join in with) the service on a single video (Option 1) or follow the service in stages, taking your own time over the prayers, choosing the hymns/songs you would prefer (Option 2).
Option 1: Whole Service Video
Our whole act of worship this week is contained in this one video. Just click play and watch it through to the end – the words of the prayers and hymns will appear on screen.
Once the video is finished, you may like to scroll almost to the very bottom of this page (or click here), where there information on how to make donations to support the churches’ work.
Option 2: Order of Service
You may take your own time in using this order of service, choosing different hymns or songs as you go. If you have not worshipped with us before, you might like to watch our explanatory video guide first… (Actually, there’s good advice within it for everyone!)
Please note: do not use the links below at the same time as the full-service video above in Option 1 because this contains all the words of the prayers and hymns on screen and playing the videos below at the same time will make a bit of a messy noise!
Sentence of Scripture
A word of comfort from God to his people:
But now, this is what the Lord says —
he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Prayer of Preparation
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.
“The Church’s One Foundation”
Collect for the Second Sunday after Trinity
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers of Penitence
The Apostle John writes:
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:8-9)
Let us admit to God the sin that always confronts us.
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing
and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(cf. Psalm 51)
Hear the words of comfort our Saviour Christ says to all who truly turn to him:
God so loved the world
that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
Hear what Saint Paul says:
This saying is true and worthy of full acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
(1 Timothy 1.15)
First Bible Reading
1 Peter 1:13-21 Text / Audio – use player below
There is a green hill
Second Bible Reading
Matthew 10:24-39 Text /Audio – click player below
Let us affirm our faith in God using the words of the Nicene Creed.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Use the player below to hear the prayers or click to read.
We bring our prayers to God our Father in union with Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit:
For the church:
Gracious Father, we pray in line with the Apostle Peter’s wishes for your church, that we would set our hope on the grace to be brought to us when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. Lift our eyes from the temptations of the world, and give us the grace to be obedient children, not conforming to the evil desires we had when we lived in ignorance, but being holy in all we do, just as he who called us is holy. And, we pray, teach us what holiness means in every aspect of our lives, that we may truly shine as beacons for Christ Jesus in a world of darkness.
For the world:
Sovereign Lord, we pray for those in our community, nation and world whose opportunities and enjoyment of life have been restricted by racism, whether blatant, subtle or systemic. Teach us what to say and how to act, that we might effectively contend for a world in which all people may flourish and where love reigns supreme.
As we remember the blood of Jesus shed for us that we might be redeemed from slavery to sin and live new lives as free people in your kingdom of joy, so we pray for those whose lives have been stunted by the suffocating influence that the slave industry has exercised on power structures for so many years. Help us to do what we can to secure freedom for the millions of slaves around the world today, and to provide an equitable future for all, regardless of race, colour or creed.
For our communities:
Father, we commend our families, friends and neighbours into your safe keeping for this coming week. We remember especially those who are lonely or who feel friendless and all who have found the experience of lockdown stressful and troubling.
We pray for those who are most vulnerable within our community as the lockdown is eased – for the elderly, the sick and those shielding – that they would continue to find our communities to be considerate and careful, safe and supportive.
We pray all these things in the name of Jesus.
The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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 for ever.
“What can wash away my sin? (Nothing but the blood of Jesus)”
The peace of God which surpasses 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 with you always.
Some material in this service is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) and is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council. cf. www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship