Parish of Greater Whitbourne Holy Communion. Eighth Sunday after Trinity – 7th August ‘22

The Gathering

1st Hymn AMNS 148 At the name of Jesus (vv 1,3,5,7)

 

1. At the name of Jesus

every knee shall bow,

every tongue confess him

King of glory now:

'tis the Father's pleasure_

we should call him Lord,

who from the beginning

was the mighty Word.

 

3. Humbled for a season,

to receive a name

from the lips of sinners

unto whom he came,

faithfully he bore it

spotless to the last,

brought it back victorious,

when from death he passed :

 

5. Name him, brothers, name him,

with love strong as death,

but with awe and wonder

and with bated breath:

he is God the Saviour,

he is Christ the Lord,

ever to be worshipped,

trusted, and adored.

 

7. Brothers, this Lord Jesus

shall return again,

with his Father's glory,

with his angel train;

for all wreaths of empire

meet upon his brow,

and our hearts confess him

King of glory now.

 

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 Eighth Sunday after Trinity

 

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts

and bodies

in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

FIRST READING Genesis 15:1-6

 

The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not

be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very

great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me,

for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of

Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring,

and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word

of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir;

no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” The Lord

brought Abraham outside and said, “Look toward heaven and

count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said

to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the

LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.

 

PSALM Psalm 33:12-end

 

R Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own!

 

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord!

happy the people he has chosen to be his own!

The Lord looks down from heaven,

and beholds all the people in the world.

From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze

on all who dwell on the earth. R

 

He fashions all the hearts of them

and understands all their works.

There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army;

the strong are not delivered by great strength.

The horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

for all its strength it cannot save. R

 

Behold, the eye of the Lord

is upon those who fear him,

on those who wait upon his love,

To pluck their lives from death,

and to feed them in time of famine. R

 

Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,

for in his holy name we put our trust.

Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,

as we have put our trust in you. R

 

SECOND READING Hebrews 11:1-3. 8-16

 

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction

of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received

approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared

by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from

things that are not visible. By faith Abraham obeyed when he

was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an

inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.

By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised,

as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who

were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward

to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is

God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though

he was too old – and Sarah herself was barren – because he

considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one

person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born,

“as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains

of sand by the seashore.” All of these died in faith without having

received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted

them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners

on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that

they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the

land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity

to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a

heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their

God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

2nd Hymn AMNS 373 Help us O lord to learn

1. Help us, O Lord, to learn

the truths thy Word imparts:

to study that thy laws may be_

inscribed upon our hearts.

 

2. Help us, O Lord, to live.

the faith which we proclaim,

that all our thoughts and words and deeds

may glorify thy name.

 

3. Help us, O Lord, to teach

the beauty of thy ways,

that yearning souls may find the Christ,

and sing aloud his praise.

Gospel Reading – Luke 12:32-40

 

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, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is

your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your

possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that

do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief

comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also. Be dressed for action and have

your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to

return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the

door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are

those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly

I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat,

and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle

of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those

slaves. But know this: if the owner of the house had known at

what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house

be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is

coming at an unexpected hour.”

 

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 412 O Lord, we long to see your face

1. O Lord, we long to see your face,

to know you risen from the grave,

but we have missed the joy and grace_

of seeing you, as others have.

Yet in your company we'll wait,

and we shall see you, soon or late.

 

2. O Lord, we do not know the way,

nor clearly see the path ahead;

so often, therefore, we delay

and doubt your power to raise the dead.

Yet with you we will firmly stay;

you are the Truth, the Life, the Way.

 

3. We find it hard, Lord, to believe;

all habit makes us want to prove;

we would with eye and hand perceive

the truth and person whom we love.

Yet, as in fellowship we meet,

you come yourself each one to greet.

 

4. You come to us, our God, our Lord;

you do not show your hands and side;

but faith has its more blest reward;

in love's assurance we confide.

Now we believe, that we may know,

and in that knowledge daily grow.

 

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

 

Strengthen for service, Lord,

the hands that have taken holy things;

may the ears which have heard your word
be deaf to clamour and dispute;

may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;

may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love shine with

the light of hope;

and may the bodies which have been fed with your body be

refreshed with the fullness of your life;

glory to you 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 403 Now let us from this table rise

 

1. Now let us from this table rise,

renewed in body, mind, and soul;

with Christ we die and live again,

his selfless love has made us whole.

 

2. With minds alert, upheld by grace,

to spread the Word in speech and deed,

we follow in the steps of Christ,

at one with man in hope and need.

 

3. To fill each human house with love,

it is the sacrament of care;

the work that Christ began to do

we humbly pledge ourselves to share.

 

4. Then give us courage, Father God,

to choose again the pilgrim way,

and help us to accept with joy_

the challenge of tomorrow's day.

 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:

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

Wednesday 10th: 9.30am Morning Prayer from home Zoomed.

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

                             7.30pm Saltmarshe WI at Saltmarshe & District Hall.

 

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