Trinity 4 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
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in 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.
“Christ is made the sure foundation”
Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
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
“Christ Alone, Cornerstone” (new tune and additional chorus to an old hymn)
Second Bible Reading
Matthew 11:16-30 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.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus” (new words and additional chorus to an old hymn)
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:
Our heavenly Father, we pray for your church here in this benefice and around the world; that we would live up to our holy calling and so bring honour and praise to you. We pray that we would remember that we were once in darkness but are now in the light, and that as we recall our wonderful salvation, we would indeed declare your praises in word and deed.
We pray for those who should have been ordained deacon or priest either last weekend or this but are having to wait because of the virus. O Lord, stir up in them the gifts of your grace, that even now their ministries will be compelling witnesses for your mercy and love.
For the world:
God of healing and compassion, on this, the 72nd birthday of the National Health Service, we thank you for its establishment and for the dedication of all who work in it: give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who care for the sick, and your wisdom to those engaged in medical research. Strengthen all in their vocation through your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health and strength. We pray with special gratitude at this time for all those who have been and continue to be engaged in work with patients suffering from COVID19. May the eyes which have looked upon harrowing scenes see the light of hope; the ears which have been filled with cries of distress hear your still small voice of calm; and the hands which have comforted the dying know they are held by you.
We pray for the people of Hong Kong as they wrestle with the new security law which many fear will remove protections for its citizens and allow Beijing to close down any dissent by instant imprisonment of its critics. Mindful of the impact this will have on international relations more generally, we pray, Lord God, that you would have mercy upon our leaders and diplomats as they seek to protect the vulnerable and make a stand for what is right.
For our communities:
Loving Lord, we pray once again for our families, friends and neighbours, confident of your love for them. We think of the sick, the lonely and the fearful, and we remember before you those who grieve; especially the family and friends of Lilian Manning, Giancarlo Zerbazzi and Charlie Patton. Whilst we may not be able to draw close to them at this time, we pray that they would know your embrace and find comfort in your Son, Jesus Christ, who conquered death and rose from the grave.
We commend to you all who are returning to work this week, those who face the prospect of redundancy and those who are struggling financially as a result of the lockdown. Gracious Lord, we ask you to have mercy on those we love, that they may know that there is eternal security in you and find peace and consolation in Jesus.
We pray all these things in his precious name.
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.
“Amazing Grace” – choose traditional with a cappella choir or contemporary with additional chorus
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