Trinity 7 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
Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near.”
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 Kingdom of God is justice and joy
Collect for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
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 8:26-39 Text / Audio – use player below
Second Bible Reading
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 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.
“Lead me, Lord”
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:
We pray, Heavenly Father, for the important decisions that the PCCs of the three parishes are taking over the next couple of weeks with regard to re-opening the church buildings for worship and in relation to other aspects of the churches’ ministries. As we face the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with uncertainty about the future, please give us your wisdom so that we may do those things which are most effective for the communication of the gospel – that souls may be set free and lives may be transformed.
We remember, too, Christians around the world facing different challenges: for those in France concerned about the number of church buildings falling victim to arson; for those in Bangladesh being refused food aid unless they convert to Islam; for those in China being denied state benefits and told to post images of Chairman Mao in their homes; for those in northern Nigeria living in fear of violence from Fulani herdsmen. Lord God, your Son warned us that following him would lead to persecution and trouble: grant to your people courage to persevere and grace to forgive their oppressors; have mercy upon them in their physical need and reassure them of the imperishable inheritance that is theirs in Jesus Christ.
For the world:
God of the nations, as our own government comes under fire for its handling of alleged interference from Russian agencies in key matters of state, we pray once again for public discourse about this and other matters to be measured and careful. In the same way that your Word is true, may the words of our politicians and our media be trustworthy and true. We thank you for the precious gift we have of freedom of speech, and we ask that you help us all to use this wisely; not to tear down, but to build up.
As we hear about the Queen and Prince Philip appearing in public once more, we pray for all the Royal Family: uphold them by your grace and bring them both joy in their official roles and fulfilment in your service.
For our communities:
Father, we thank you for our families and for the holiday season which gives us opportunities to spend time with them. Help us to make the most of these moments – whether for the creation of positive memories of joyful experiences or for the healing of hurts and restoration of family harmony. In your mercy, give to all who are taking time away from the normal routines of life your blessing of refreshment and rest.
We pray, too, for our neighbours and friends; that they would know your peace in these unsettling days. Where they have no confidence in you and no hope of a joyful future, help us to speak of your perfect kingdom and of the Lord Jesus Christ’s offer of new life with him.
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.
“There is a hope”
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