Trinity 5 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
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
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.
“Tell out, my soul” Choose Songs of Praise version with organ or Keswick Convention version with band.
Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through 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
Romans 8:1-11 Text / Audio – use player below (recorded in Widford Church)
“To God be the Glory” choose either traditional or contemporary (new tune)
Second Bible Reading
Matthew 13:1-23 Text /Audio – click player below (recorded in Widford Church)
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.
Our guest preacher this week is Revd Dr Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society.
“Now, in reverence and awe…”
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 of the Church, we pray for the Church Society as it seeks to live out its calling to equip your people to live your word and to bring renewal and reformation to the Church of England. We remember especially the Revd Dr Lee Gatiss, our preacher today, and we thank you for the gifts of communication you have given him – for his diligence in research and his clarity in both speaking and writing.
We pray, too, for ourselves; that we would put down deep roots in your word, be steadfast and faithful in the midst of trouble and distraction and so bear much fruit for your glory.
For the world:
Lord God, you are sovereign over the nations and raise up rulers for the peoples. We pray for those who, by your will, have been elected to high office in our nation for this precise moment in history.
We thank you for all the positive efforts that our leaders have been making to control the spread and health impacts of COVID19 and to protect jobs, livelihoods and community cohesion. We pray once again that, as they continue to face difficult decisions, the complexity of which is far beyond our knowledge, you would grant them wisdom to act in the way that will provide the greatest stability for the nation in the long term and the best protection for the most vulnerable amongst us.
We pray also for those whose task it is to hold ministers to account, whether they be seated in the benches opposite or in the press. Give them perceptive insights that will help the decision-makers to make better plans, that our political discourse will be less confrontational and more productive; that politicians of every shade will care less about point-scoring and more about the welfare of the people.
For our communities:
Loving Lord, we commend to you our communities, and especially our farmers who provide food for our nation. We pray for all who will be involved in harvesting the crops from the fields around our villages and that the harvest will be plentiful for the good of all.
We remember the people who are facing redundancy and all that follows from it, and we pray for the work of the foodbank and other charities established to meet the needs of the poor. May they receive a bumper crop from the generosity of those who currently have plenty and may they distribute this wisely amongst the most needy.
We pray all these things in Jesus’ 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.
“O Jesus, I have promised” – choose traditional or “Sunday School” version
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