Sunday

19th July 2020

 

ST. THOMAS & ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, Doxey

and

St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge

Our Service of Morning Worship

From Doxey Church

Also live on ZOOM – 10am “doors open” for 10.30am start.

The service will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

This morning we have a focus on the Ministry of

 

Wycliffe Bible Translators

 

 

Our guest speakers (on video) are David and Georgina Gray

 

To connect with this service:

·        On a landline phone or mobile: Phone 0131 460 1196

o       Meeting I.D. is: 896 5744 0958 : Password: 526448

o       If asked for a “participant I.D.” “just press # to continue”.

·        From a computer, laptop, tablet, i-pad, smart phone, etc

o       In the browser go to https://join.zoom.us/ - and then “join a meeting” – meeting number and password as above.

After the Service

If worshipping live on ZOOM – you are invited to stay “on the line” after the service to chat. I would encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and bring your cake and biscuits.

As we do this, I will probably ask the computer to split us into groups of 7 or 8 - an easier way to chat.

 

 

As we start the service, Please “mute” your phone, i-pad, tablet, laptop or computer

We suggest, if online, you use “Speaker view” {This is the view with one large picture and several small ones - “click” with curser or finger on “Speaker view

 

Welcome and Introduction

Revd Martin Strang

 

Opening greeting

This morning, Ian Perry is leading our service

Grace, Mercy and Peace from God our Father,

and the Lord Jesus Christ, be with you

All; And also with you.

 

This is the day that the Lord has made

All; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

{Throughout the service please continue to respond with the words in bold – still on “Mute”}

 

Opening prayer (together)

We have come together in the name of Christ

to offer our praise and thanksgiving,

to hear and receive God’s holy word,

to pray for the needs of the world,

and to seek the forgiveness of our sins,

that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we may give ourselves to the service of God.

Amen

 

Hymn – Be still for the presence of the Lord

Our thanks to Jim Marsden for leading us in our sung worship.

Be still for the presence of the Lord
The Holy One is here
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground
Be still for the presence of the Lord
The Holy One is here

Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around
He burns with holy fire
With splendour He is crowned
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant King of light
Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around

Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place
He comes to cleanse and heal
To minister His grace
No work too hard for Him
In faith receive from Him
Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place

Confession and Receiving God’s Forgiveness

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’

So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ,

confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

 

All   Lord God,

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. Amen.

 

May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins,

and restore us in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

 

 

Blessed is the Lord,

All   for he has heard the voice of our prayer;

Therefore, shall our hearts dance for joy

All   and in our song will we praise our God.

 

The prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord our God,

creator and redeemer of all;

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the waters of chaos

you drew forth the world

and in your great love

fashioned us in your image.

 

Now, through the deep waters of death,

you have brought your people to new birth

by raising your Son to life in triumph.

May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts

as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks

and praise.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

All   Blessed be God for ever.

 

Let us pray:

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

All   Amen.

 

Introducing David and Georgina Gray

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Reading

Matthew 13 v 24-30, 36-43

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. 25 One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. 27 The man's servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ 28 ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. 29 ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. 30 Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’”

36 When Jesus had left the crowd and gone indoors, his disciples came to him and said, “Tell us what the parable about the weeds in the field means.”

37 Jesus answered, “The man who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One; 39 and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvest workers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of the age: 41 the Son of Man will send out his angels to gather up out of his Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all others who do evil things, 42 and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash their teeth. 43 Then God's people will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears!

Reader: This is the word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

 

Song – Living Hope

Our thanks to John Wyatt [Worship Minister at St John’s, Hoxton, London] for leading us in our sung worship.

How great the chasm that lay between us.

How high the mountain I could not climb.

In desperation, I turned to heaven,

And spoke Your name into the night.

Then through the darkness, Your loving-kindness

Tore through the shadows of my soul.

The work is finished, the end is written.

Jesus Christ, my living hope.

Who could imagine so great a mercy?

What heart could fathom such boundless grace?

The God of ages stepped down from glory

To wear my sin and bear my shame.

The cross has spoken, “I am forgiven”.

The King of kings calls me His own.

Beautiful Saviour, I'm Yours forever.

Jesus Christ, my living hope.

Chorus

Hallelujah,

Praise the One who set me free!

 

Hallelujah,

Death has lost its grip on me!

You have broken every chain,

There's salvation in Your name.

Jesus Christ, my living hope!

Repeat chorus

Then came the morning that sealed the promise,

Your buried body began to breathe.

Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion

Declared the grave has no claim on me.

 

Then came the morning that sealed the promise

Your buried body began to breathe.

Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion

Declared the grave has no claim on me.

Jesus, Yours is the victory!

Repeat chorus x2

Jesus Christ, my living hope!

God, you are my living hope!

Our Response

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All   And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid

with Christ in God.

All   Awake, O sleeper,

and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All   And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

you will appear with him in glory.

All   Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,

and Christ shall give you light.

 

 

Sermon

David and Georgina Gray,

                        starting with a Wycliffe video

 

Song – Father God, I wonder ……

Our thanks to Jim Marsden for leading us in our sung worship.

Father God, I wonder how I managed to exist

Without the knowledge of Your parenthood

and Your loving care.

But now I am Your child,

I am adopted in Your family,

And I can never be alone,

’Cause Father God, You’re there beside me.

I will sing Your praises,

I will sing Your praises,

I will sing Your praises,

Forever more.

I will sing Your praises,

I will sing Your praises,

I will sing Your praises,

Forever more.

Sing song twice

 

Family News from the Grays

 

Reading

Some wise words from the Book of Proverbs

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Gossips betray a confidence, but the trustworthy keep a secret.

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favour with him.

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Lazy people should learn a lesson from the way ants live. They have no leader, chief, or ruler, but they store up their food during the summer, getting ready for winter.

Poor people are helpless against a wicked ruler; he is as dangerous as a roaring lion or a raging bear.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

I ask you, God; let me be neither rich nor poor. So, give me only as much food as I need. If I have more, I might say that I do not need you. But if I am poor, I might steal and bring disgrace on my God.

Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and renounce them find mercy.

God keeps every promise he makes. He is like a shield for all who seek his protection.

Reader: This is the word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

 

 

The Apostles’ Creed

All   I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

Intercessions

Rachel Strang leads us in our intercessions

After each section…

            Lord, in your mercy,

All       Hear our prayer.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers together into one,

As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray:

All      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. Amen.

 

A Morning Collect

We pray together:

Almighty and everlasting God,

we thank you that you have brought us safely

to the beginning of this day.

 

Keep us from falling into sin,

or running into danger,

Order us in all our doings

and guide us to do always

What is righteous in your sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

Hymn – Tell Out, my Soul

Our thanks to Tony Murley and the Virtual Choir for leading us in our sung worship.

TELL OUT, MY SOUL, the greatness of the Lord!

Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;

Tender to me the promise of His word;

In God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

 

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His name!

Make known His might, the deeds His arm has done;

His mercy sure, from age to age the same;

His holy name—the Lord, the mighty One.

 

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His might!

Powers and dominions lay their glory by;

Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,

The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

 

Tell out, my soul, the glories of His word!

Firm is His promise, and His mercy sure:

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

To children’s children and forever more!

 

 

Conclusion

 

The Blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

All   Amen.

The Grace

All   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with us all evermore.

Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All       In the name of Christ, Amen