Parish of Greater Whitbourne Holy Communion. Ninth Sunday after Trinity – 14th August ‘22

The Gathering

1st Hymn AMNS 211 Through the night of doubt and sorrow (om v3)

 

1. Through the night of doubt and sorrow

onward goes the pilgrim band,

singing songs of expectation,

marching to the promised land.

 

Clear before us through the darkness

gleams and burns the guiding light;

brother clasps the hand of brother,

stepping fearless through the night.

 

2. One the light of God's own presence

o'er his ransomed people shed,

chasing far the gloom and terror,

brightening all the path we tread:

 

one the object of our journey,

one the faith which never tires,

one the earnest looking forward,

one the hope our God inspires:

 

*3. one the strain that lips of thousands

lift as from the heart of one:

one the conflict, one the peril,

one the march in God begun:

 

one the gladness of rejoicing

on the far eternal shore,

where the one almighty Father

reigns in love for evermore.

 

4. Onward, therefore, pilgrim brothers,

onward with the Cross our aid;

bear its shame, and fight its battle,

till we rest beneath its shade.

 

Soon shall come the great awaking,

soon the rending of the tomb;

then the scattering of all shadows,

and the end of toil and gloom.

 

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The Greeting

 

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

 

Almighty God,

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.  Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’

 

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

 

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,

firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments

and to live in love and peace with all.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against you,

through our own fault,

in thought, and word, and deed,

and in what we have left undone.

We are heartily sorry,

and repent of all our sins.

For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

forgive us all that is past;

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

to the glory of your name. Amen.

 

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The Gloria

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

 

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

The Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity

 

Almighty God,

who sent your Holy Spirit

to be the life and light of your Church:

open our hearts to the riches of your grace,

that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit

in love and joy and peace;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

FIRST READING Jeremiah 23:23-29

 

A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah.

 

Am I a God near by, says the LORD, and not a God far off?

Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says

the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD.

I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies

in my name, saying, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed!” How

long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back – those who

prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart?

They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams

that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my

name for Baal. Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream,

but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What

has straw in common with wheat? says the LORD. Is not my

word like fire, says the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a

rock in pieces?

 

PSALM Psalm 82

 

R Arise, O God, and rule the earth.

 

God takes his stand in the council of heaven;

he gives judgement in the midst of the gods:

“How long will you judge unjustly,

and show favour to the wicked? R

 

Save the weak and the orphan;

defend the humble and needy;

Rescue the weak and the poor

deliver them from the power of the wicked. R

 

They do not know, neither do they understand;

they go about in darkness;

all the foundations of the earth are shaken. R

 

Now I say to you, ‘You are gods,

and all of you children of the Most High;

Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,

and fall like any prince.’”

Arise, O God, and rule the earth,

for you shall take all nations for your own. R

 

SECOND READING Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2

 

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

 

By faith the people of Israel passed through the Red Sea as if it

were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they

were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had

been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did

not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had

received the spies in peace. And what more should I say? For

time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,

of David and Samuel and the prophets – who through faith

conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises,

shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge

of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in

war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by

resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release,

in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking

and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were

stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the

sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute,

persecuted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy.

They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and

holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended

for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had

provided something better so that they would not, apart from

us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so

great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and

the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance

the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and

perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set

before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has

taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

2nd Hymn AMNS 182 Let saints on earth

 

1. Let saints on earth in concert sing
with those whose work is done;
for all the servants of our King
in heaven and earth are one.

2. One family, we dwell in him,
one Church, above, beneath;
though now divided by the stream,
the narrow stream of death.

3. One army of the living God,
to his command we bow:
part of the host have crossed the flood,
and part are crossing now.

4. E'en now to their eternal home
there pass some spirits blest;
while others to the margin come,
waiting their call to rest.

5. Jesu, be thou our constant guide;
then, when the word is given,
bid Jordan's narrow stream divide,
and bring us safe to heaven.

Gospel Reading – Luke 12:49-56

 

Alleluia, alleluia.

We do not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Alleluia.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Jesus said to his disciples: “I came to bring fire to the earth, and

how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which

to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!

Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I

tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household

will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will

be divided: father against son and son against father, mother

against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law

against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-

law.” He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising

in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it

happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say,

‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites!

You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but

why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The 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. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

 

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

 

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

for the sake of your son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

 

Blessed are the peacemakers:  they shall be called children of God.

We meet in the name of Christ and share his peace.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

3rd Hymn AMNS 233 O thou who camest from above

 

1. O thou who camest from above

the fire celestial to impart,

kindle a flame of sacred love

on the mean altar of my heart.

 

2. There let it for thy glory burn

with inextinguishable blaze,

and trembling to its source return

in humble prayer and fervent praise.

 

3. Jesus, confirm my heart's desire

to work and speak and think for thee;

still let me guard the holy fire

and still stir up the gift in me.

 

4. Still let me prove thy perfect will,

my acts of faith and love repeat;

till death thy endless mercies seal,

and make the sacrifice complete.

 

As the grain once scattered in the fields

and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside

are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,

so, Lord, may your whole Church

soon be gathered together from the corners of the earth
into your kingdom. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

 

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

 

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right,

it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

 

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things
     from the beginning,

and formed us in your own image.

 

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,

giving him to be born of a woman
     and to die upon the cross;

you raised him from the dead

and exalted him to your right hand on high.

 

Through him you have sent upon us

your holy and life-giving Spirit,

and made us a people for your own possession.

 

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

 

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

 

In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the
     forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

 

Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious
     ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

 

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

 

Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love

and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:

 

Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

 

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

 

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

 

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

 

We do not presume

to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord

whose nature is always to have mercy.

Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.

Amen.

Prayer after Communion

The post-communion Collect

 

Holy Father,

who gathered us here around the table of your Son

to share this meal with the whole household of God:

in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace,

gather people of every race and language to share in the eternal

banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

We thank you, Lord,

that you have fed us in this sacrament,

united us with Christ,

and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet

prepared for all peoples.  Amen.

4th Hymn AMNS 170 The church’s one foundation (omit *)

 

1. The Church's one foundation

is Jesus Christ her Lord;

she is his new creation

by water and the word:

from heaven he came and sought her

to be his holy Bride;

with his own blood he bought her,

and for her life he died.

 

2. Elect from every nation,

yet one o'er all the earth,

her charter of salvation

one Lord, one faith, one birth;

one holy name she blesses,

partakes one holy food,

and to one hope she presses

with every grace endued.

 

*3. Though with a scornful wonder

men see her sore opprest,

by schisms rent asunder,

by heresies distrest,

yet saints their watch are keeping,

their cry goes up, 'How long?'

and soon the night of weeping

shall be the morn of song.

 

4. Mid toil and tribulation,

and tumult of her war,

she waits the consummation

of peace for evermore;

till with the vision glorious

her longing eyes are blest,

and the great Church victorious

shall be the Church at rest.

 

5. Yet she on earth hath union

with God the Three in One,

and mystic sweet communion

with those whose rest is won:

O happy ones and holy!

Lord, give us grace that we,

like them the meek and lowly,

on high may dwell with thee.

 The Dismissal

 

The peace of God,

which passes 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 among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

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Brief Notices (see http://whitbourne.org.uk/files/WeeklyNotices.pdf):

 

This week:

Sunday 14th, (9 after Trinity): 9.30am Holy Communion at Whitbourne.
                             11am Holy Communion at Upper Sapey.

Tuesday 16th: 9am Morning Prayer Zoomed from home.

Wednesday 17th: 9.30am Morning Prayer Zoomed from home.

20th-29th August: Worcester Open Studios – see August mag page 13.

Sunday 21st (10 after Trinity): 9.30am Holy Communion at Whitbourne.

                             3pm Evening Prayer at Edvin Loach.

 

Further ahead:

Sunday 28th August at 3pm: Annual Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of Old St. Bartholomew’s Church, Hope Lane, Lower Sapey, WR6 6HE (plus 1/2mile!) All welcome! – Patricia Prosser. Click HERE for Pat’s Annual Letter.

 

Saturday 3 September 2-5pm Upper Sapey Church Garden Party, - a sort of Fête but concentrating on Cream Teas and socialising!