Trinity 6 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 Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9)
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.
Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven
Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity
you made us all in your image:
may we discern you in all that we see,
and serve you in all that we do;
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 8:12-25 Text / Audio – use player below
“Holy Spirit, living Breath of God”
Second Bible Reading
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 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.
Our guest preacher this week is Rt Revd Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidstone.
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:
Heavenly Father, Bishop Rod has reminded us of the way that that gospel is transforming the lives of millions all around the world. We pray for all those who are learning that the Lord Jesus is their Saviour and King – the one who gave his life for them and for whom they can give their lives. We pray especially for the 13 Christians arrested by the Revolutionary Guard in Iran at the end of June and for Pastor Vikas Gupta and others from Uttar Pradesh in India who were attacked and forced to flee their homes by Hindutva radicals at the beginning of July. Have mercy upon them. As they face great evil and unjust suffering, may they hope in you and know your eternal love.
For the world:
God of peace, watch over our world and its rising tensions. Where people are faced with hurtful rhetoric and shallow thinking as they attempt to conduct their relationships, grant them wisdom, grace and patience. Equip our leaders, ambassadors and negotiators with insight and sensitivity, that they might act and be seen to act in the ways of justice and peace.
We pray particularly for our relationship with China in the wake of the Chinese government’s recent introduction into Hong Kong of restrictive security laws and our own government’s decision to remove Huawei technology from our national 5G network. Help the nations of the world to work together for the global good.
For our communities:
Loving Father, we remember before you the schools in our villages as the academic year comes to an end. We thank you for the staff and the amazing efforts they have made to continue providing education for the children both through lockdown and afterwards in radically different circumstances.
We pray especially for the children who are moving on to secondary school in September, whose final weeks of primary education have been so disrupted, and who have not been able to experience so many of the special activities that are normally provided for this year group in the summer term. By your grace, make their memories of primary school positive and life-affirming, that they may always look back with joy and forward with hope.
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.
“Thy hand, O God, has guided”
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