Parish of Greater Whitbourne Holy Communion. Seventh Sunday after Trinity – 31st July ‘22

The Gathering

1st Hymn AMNS 184 Jerusalem the golden

 

1. Jerusalem the golden,

with milk and honey blest,

beneath thy contemplation

sink heart and voice opprest.

I know not, O I know not

what joys await us there,

what radiancy of glory,

what bliss beyond compare.

 

2. They stand, those halls of Sion,

all jubilant with song,

and bright with many an angel,

and all the martyr throng;

the Prince is ever with them,

the daylight is serene,

the pastures of the blessèd

are decked in glorious sheen.

 

3. There is the throne of David;

and there, from care released,

the shout of them that triumph,

the song of them that feast;

and they, who with their Leader

have conquered in the fight,

for ever and for ever

are clad in robes of white.

 

4. O sweet and blessèd country,

the home of God's elect!

O sweet and blessèd country

that eager hearts expect!

Jesu, in mercy bring us  ͜

to that dear land of rest;

who art, with God the Father

and Spirit, ever blest.

 

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 Seventh Sunday after Trinity

 

Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

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 Ecclesiastes 1:2. 12-14; 2:18-23

 

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is

vanity. I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem,

applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that

is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has

given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that

are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing

after wind. I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun,

seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me – and

who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will

be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under

the sun. This also is vanity. So I turned and gave my heart

up to despair concerning all the toil of my labours under the

sun, because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and

knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another

who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What

do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil

under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work

is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is

vanity.

 

PSALM Psalm 49:1-12

 

R My mouth, O Lord, shall speak of wisdom.

Hear this, all you peoples;

hearken, all you who dwell in the world,

you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.

My mouth shall speak of wisdom,

and my heart shall meditate on understanding. R

 

I will incline my ear to a proverb

and set forth my riddle upon the harp.

Why should I be afraid in evil days,

when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,

The wickedness of those

who put their trust in their goods,

and boast of their great riches? R

 

We can never ransom ourselves,

or deliver to God the price of our life;

For the ransom of our life is so great,

that we should never have enough to pay it,

In order to live for ever and ever,

and never see the grave. R

 

For we see that the wise die also;

like the dull and stupid they perish

and leave their wealth to those who come after them.

Their graves shall be their homes for ever,

their dwelling places from generation to generation,

though they call the lands after their own names. R

 

Even though honoured, they cannot live for ever;

they are like the beasts that perish.

Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves,

and the end of those who delight in their own words. R

 

SECOND READING Colossians 3:1-11

 

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are

above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your

minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for

you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When

Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed

with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is

earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which

is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on

those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once

followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid

of all such things – anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive

language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing

that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have

clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in

knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal

there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised,

barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

2nd Hymn AMNS 472 How shall I sing that majesty

 

1. How shall I sing that majesty

which angels do admire?

let dust in dust and silence lie:

sing, sing, ye heavenly choir.

Thousands of thousands stand around  ͜

thy throne, O God most high;

ten thousand times ten thousand sound  ͜

thy praise; but who am 1?

 

2. Thy brightness unto them appears,

whilst I thy footsteps trace;

a sound of God comes to my ears,

but they behold thy face.

They sing because thou art their Sun;

Lord, send a beam on me;

for where heav'n is but once begun

there alleluias be.

 

3. How great a being, Lord, is thine,

which doth all beings keep!

Thy knowledge is the only line  ͜

to sound so vast a deep.

Thou art a sea without a shore,

a sun without a sphere;

thy time is now and evermore,

thy place is everywhere.

Gospel Reading – Luke 12:13-21

 

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.

 

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother

to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him,

“Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And

he said to the crowd, “Take care! Be on your guard against all

kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance

of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The

land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to

himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my

crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns

and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my

goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods

laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said

to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of

you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So

it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not

rich towards God.”

 

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 249 Take my life and let it be

 

1. Take my life, and let it be  ͜

consecrated, Lord, to thee;

take my moments and my days,

let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

2. Take my hands, and let them move  ͜

at the impulse of thy love;

take my feet, and let them be  ͜

swift and beautiful for thee.

 

3. Take my voice, and let me sing

always, only, for my King;

take my lips, and let them be  ͜

filled with messages from thee.

 

*4. Take my silver and my gold;

not a mite would I withhold;

take my intellect, and use  ͜

every power as thou shalt choose.

 

5. Take my will, and make it thine:

it shall be no longer mine;

take my heart: it is thine own;

it shall be thy royal throne.

 

6. Take my love; my Lord, I pour  ͜

at thy feet its treasure-store;

take myself, and I will be  ͜

ever, only, all for thee.

 

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

 

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine
and the source of life,

ever giving himself that the world may live:

may we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death andpassion

that, in his saving cup, we may share
his glory and be made perfect in his love;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. 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 367 God of grace and God of glory

 

1. God of grace and God of glory,

on thy people pour thy power;

now fulfil thy Church's story ;

bring her bud to glorious flower.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

for the facing of this hour.

 

2. Lo, the hosts of evil round us  ͜

scorn thy Christ, assail his ways;

from the fears that long have bound us

free our hearts to faith and praise.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

for the living of these days.

 

3. Cure thy children's warring madness,

bend our pride to thy control;

shame our wanton selfish gladness,

rich in goods and poor in soul.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

lest we miss thy kingdom's goal.

 

4. Set our feet on lofty places,

gird our lives that they may be  ͜

armoured with all Christlike graces

in the fight to set men free.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

that we fail not man nor 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):

 

Tuesday 2nd

9am from home by Zoom*

Morning Prayer

Wednesday 3rd

9.30am from home by Zoom*

Morning Prayer

Saturday 6th

10-noon Olly’s Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church

Coffee Morning

Sunday 7th

“8 after Trinity”

9.30am at Whitbourne*

Holy Communion
web-page pdf booklet

 

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