Trinity 3 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
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower
and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
it will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
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.
Collect for the Third Sunday after Trinity
God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
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 1:22 – 2:3 Text / Audio – use player below
Choose “Lord Thy word abideth” (traditional) or “Speak, O Lord” (contemporary)
Second Bible Reading
Matthew 11:1-15 Text /Audio – click player below
Observing that 24th June (just passed) was the feast day of St John the Baptist, in whose name, Widford Church is dedicated…
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:
Lord God, we thank you that you have not left us having to guess what you are like, but have revealed your character and will to us through the words of your prophets in Holy Scripture. We thank you, too, for Jesus’ own clear teaching that the Scriptures all testify about him, and that those who come to him in faith will receive life in all its fulness. Even so, we are sorry for the way your church has allowed the significance and authority of the Bible to be questioned and diminished and we pray you would raise up Christian leaders who will fearlessly proclaim its truth. We are sorry for the way the Bible is misquoted and misrepresented by charlatans with their own sub-Biblical agendas both within the church and without it.
We are also sorry when we ourselves do not approach your written Word with sufficient reverence, humility, eagerness and gratitude. Help us, as Peter explains, to remember that it is Your Word which brought us to new birth in Christ Jesus and gives us eternal life; and stir us, therefore, to strive in all aspects of life to submit to its wisdom, instruction and guidance.
For the world:
Merciful Lord, we commend to you our world, its people and its leaders. We particularly pray for those in positions of authority, whatever their faith, to live according to the Christian pattern of speaking the truth in love. Empower them to stand firm for truth in its fulness rather than crowd-pleasing half-truths, and let their love for the people be evident through the graciousness of their speech, their willingness to listen and their readiness to apologise for any mistakes.
We pray particularly for those engaged in the difficult matters of bringing equality where there has been inequality between people of different race. We pray for those responsible for advising on matters of foreign policy in regard to historically complex and sensitive matters like the relationship between Israel and Palestine. We pray for those whose task it is to negotiate trade agreements for our nation and for those who represent us on the international stage over matters of global security and care for the planet. Fill their heads with wisdom and their hearts with compassion for the benefit of all.
For our communities:
God of love, we thank you for the love that we have received from our families and friends and neighbours. We pray today that you would provide us all with opportunities to be a blessing to them this week.
As lockdown is lifted further, we pray for the landlords of our village pubs preparing to receive guests once more and for all who will choose to patronise their premises or visit friends for the first time in months. May this be a time for the renewal and deepening of relationships, and a time where fear gives way to joy.
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.
“Every Promise of Your Word”
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