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  • Service for 5th July

    The Deanery of  Radnor and Builth

    Morning Prayer

    The 4th Sunday after Trinity

    July 5th 2020

    An opening sentence from Scripture

    Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.     Matt. 11:28

    Hymn led by Adeline Jennings (St Mary’s Builth / Buallt Benefice)

    I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Come unto me and rest;
    Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
    Thy head upon my breast.”
    I came to Jesus as I was,
    Weary and worn and sad;
    I found in him a resting place,
    And he has made me glad.

    I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Behold, I freely give
    The living water; thirsty one,
    Stoop down, and drink, and live.”
    I came to Jesus, and I drank
    Of that life-giving stream;
    My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
    And now I live in Him.

    I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “I am this dark world’s light;
    Look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
    And all thy day be bright.”
    I looked to Jesus, and I found
    In him my star, my sun;
    And in that light of life I’ll walk,
    Till trav’ling days are done.               

    Text: Horatius Bonar

                                                                        Tune: Kingsfold trad. melody

    The Confession

    Let us confess our sins to the Father and seek his pardon and peace.

    Almighty and merciful God,

    we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed.

    We have not loved you with all our heart.

    We have not loved others as Christ loves us.

    We are truly sorry.

    In your mercy, forgive what we have been,

    help us to amend what we are,

    and direct what we shall be;

    that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

    to the glory and praise of your name. Amen.

    God our Father, who by our Lord Jesus Christ has

    reconciled the world to himself and forgives the sins of all who truly repent, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, and grant you the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.     

    We have come together as the family of God in our Father’s presence to offer him praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive his word, to bring before him the needs of the world, and to seek his grace that through his Son Jesus Christ we may give ourselves to his service.

    O Lord, open our lips,

    and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

    We sing to you, O Lord, and bless your name:

    and tell of your salvation from day to day.

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

    as it was in the beginning, is now,

    and shall be for ever.  Amen.

    Let us worship the Lord. 

    All praise to his name.

    The Old Testament reading Zechariah chapter 9 verses 9-12

    Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
        Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
    See, your king comes to you,
        righteous and victorious,
    lowly and riding on a donkey,
        on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
    I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
        and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
        and the battle bow will be broken.
    He will proclaim peace to the nations.
        His rule will extend from sea to sea
        and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
        I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
    Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
        even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

    This is the word of the Lord. 

    Thanks be to God.

    Jubilate: Psalm 100

    O shout to the Lord in triumph all the earth:

    serve the Lord with gladness

    and come before his face with songs of joy.

    Know that the Lord he is God:

    it is he who has made us and we are his,

    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

    Come into his gates with thanksgiving

    and into his courts with praise:

    give thanks to him and bless his holy name.

    For the Lord is good his loving mercy is for ever: his faithfulness through out all generations.

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

    as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen.

    The New Testament reading Matthew chapter 11 verses 16-19 & 25-30

    “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

    “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

    For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

    At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

    “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    This is the word of the Lord.

    Thanks be to God.

    Hymn led by Mark

    “We Played the Flute!” the Children Said

    “We played the flute!” the children said —
    “You would not dance or join our game!
    We wailed like those who grieve the dead,
    And yet you would not do the same.”

    When John would fast for many days,
    The crowds would murmur and condemn;
    Yet they complained at Jesus’ ways:
    “He eats and drinks with those who sin!”

    Forgive us, Lord, what we expect!
    We want a faith that we control —
    Yet faith is not what we direct,
    For it’s your grace that makes us whole.

    And when we let our burdens go
    And take your yoke, and learn from you,
    We’ll find your rest, and then we’ll know
    Your way, not ours, will see us through.            Tune: Herongate traditional English melody

    Text: Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

    Sermon – Rev Mark Beaton

    Apostles’ Creed

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

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

    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

    He 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 and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again 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.

    Prayers

    The Lord be with you.

    And also with you.

    Lord, have mercy on us.                

    Christ, have mercy on us.                             

    Lord, have mercy on 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.

    Intercessions    led by Rev Petra Goodband

    Collect for the Day

    O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

    without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

    increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

    that with you as our ruler and guide

    we may so pass through things temporal

    that we finally lose not the things eternal;

    grant this, heavenly Father,

    for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

    who is alive and reigns with you,

    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

    one God, now and for ever.

    Collect for Peace

    O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,

    to know you is eternal life,

    to serve you is perfect freedom:

    defend us your servants from all assaults of our enemies, that we may trust in your defence

    and not fear the power of any adversaries;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Third Collect

    Eternal God and Father,

    by whose power we are created,

    and by whose love we are redeemed:

    guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,

    that we may give ourselves in love and service

    to one another and to you;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Hymn led by Adeline Jennings (St Mary’s Builth / Buallt Benefice)  Trust and Obey

    When we walk with the Lord 
    in the light of his word, 
    what a glory he sheds on our way! 
    While we do his good will, 
    he abides with us still, 
    and with all who will trust and obey. 

    Refrain:
    Trust and obey, for there’s no other way 
    to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. 

    Not a burden we bear, 
    not a sorrow we share, 
    but our toil he doth richly repay; 
    not a grief or a loss, 
    not a frown or a cross, 
    but is blest if we trust and obey.

    [Refrain]

    But we never can prove 
    the delights of his love 
    until all on the altar we lay; 
    for the favor he shows, 
    for the joy he bestows, 
    are for them who will trust and obey.

    [Refrain]

    Then in fellowship sweet 
    we will sit at his feet, 
    or we’ll walk by his side in the way; 
    what he says we will do, 
    where he sends we will go; 
    never fear, only trust and obey.

    [Refrain]

    Text: John Henry Sammis

    Tune: Daniel Brink Towner

    The Lord be with you.           

    And also with you.

    The Blessing

    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, Son and Holy Spirit,                                           

    be among you and remain with you always.

    Amen.

    Go in the peace of Christ.    

    Thanks be to God.


  • Readings for 5 July, 2020

    Zechariah 9.9-12

    The Coming of Zion’s King

    Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
        Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
    See, your king comes to you,
        righteous and victorious,
    lowly and riding on a donkey,
        on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
    10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
        and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
        and the battle bow will be broken.
    He will proclaim peace to the nations.
        His rule will extend from sea to sea
        and from the River[a] to the ends of the earth.
    11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
        I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
    12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
        even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

    Psalm 145.8-14

    8The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
        slow to anger and rich in love.

    The Lord is good to all;
        he has compassion on all he has made.
    10 All your works praise you, Lord;
        your faithful people extol you.
    11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
        and speak of your might,
    12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
        and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
        and your dominion endures through all generations.

    The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
        and faithful in all he does.[a]
    14 The Lord upholds all who fall
        and lifts up all who are bowed down.

    Romans 7.15-25a

    15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

    21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

    Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30

    16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

    17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
        and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge,
        and you did not mourn.’

    18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

    The Father Revealed in the Son

    25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

    27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

    28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


  • Service for 28th June

    Worship for June 28th 2020

    Feast of St Peter & St Paul (June 29th)

    Opening Responses led by Rev Mark Beaton

    In the beginning when it was very dark, God said:

    “Let there be light”

    And there was light.

    Please light your candle.

    In the beginning when it was very quiet the Word was with God.

    And what God was, the Word was.

    Please open your bible.

    When the time was right, God sent his Son.

    He came among us. He was one of us.

    Please place your cross beside your candle and bible.

    Song/Hymn                  As we are gathered   (led by Adeline Jennings)

    As we are gathered, Jesus is here,
    one with each other, Jesus is here,
    joined by the Spirit, washed in the blood,
    part of the body, the Church of God.
    As we are gathered, Jesus is here,
    one with each other, Jesus is here.
     

                                           Repeat

    Text and Music: John Daniels

    © Copyright 1979 Springtide/Word Music (UK)

    A Thanksgiving led by Rev Mark

    You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, want us to wait for the right time for us to discover who we are, where we must go, who will be with us, and what we must do.

    So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the waiting time.

    You keep us looking. You, the God of all space, want us to look in the right and the wrong places for signs of hope, for people who are hopeless, for visions of a better world which will appear among the disappointments of the world we know.

    So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  . pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the looking time.

    You keep us loving. You, the God whose name is love, want us to be like you: to love the loveless, the unlovely, and the unlovable; to love without jealousy or design or threat; and most difficult of all to love ourselves.

    So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  .  pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the loving time.

    And in all this, you keep us:

    through hard questions with no answers, through failing where we hope to succeed, and in making an impact when we felt we were useless, through the patience and the dreams and the love of others, and through Jesus Christ and his Spirit,

    you keep us.

    So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the keeping time,

    and for now, and for ever. Amen.

    Song/Hymn                  Sent by the Lord (led by Rev Mark Beaton)

              Sent by the Lord am I, my hands are ready now

    to make the earth the place in which the Kingdom comes.

    Sent by the Lord am I, my hands are ready now

    to make the earth the place in which the Kingdom comes.

    The angels cannot change a world of hurt and pain

    into a world of love, of justice and of peace.

    The task is mine to do, to set it really free.

    Oh help me to obey, help me to do your will.

    Text: Anon. Music: Traditional Nicaraguan melody

    Old Testament Reading                Isaiah 49:1-6

    Listen to me, you islands;
        hear this, you distant nations:
    Before I was born the Lord called me;
        from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
    He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
        in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
    he made me into a polished arrow
        and concealed me in his quiver.
    He said to me, “You are my servant,
        Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
    But I said, “I have labored in vain;
        I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
    Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
        and my reward is with my God.”

    And now the Lord says—
        he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
    to bring Jacob back to him
        and gather Israel to himself,
    for I am[a] honored in the eyes of the Lord
        and my God has been my strength—
    he says:
    “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
        to restore the tribes of Jacob
        and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
    I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
        that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

    New Testament Reading               Acts 11:1-18.

    The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

    Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, 

    ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ 

    “I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

    “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

    “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’

    “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[a] water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

    When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

    Song/Hymn        I, the Lord of sea and sky (led by Rev Petra Goodband)

    I, the Lord of sea and sky,
    I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin
    my hand will save.
    I, who made the stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear my light to them?
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord?

    I have heard you calling in the night.

    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

    I will hold your people in my heart.

    I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have borne my people’s pain.
    I have wept for love of them.
    They turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone,
    give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my words to them.
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord. ……

    I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will tend the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them.
    My hand will save.
    Finest bread I will provide
    till their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give my life to them.
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord. ……

    Text and Music: Dan Schutte

    © Copyright 1981 Daniel L. Schutte and New Dawn Music

    Sermon                        Rev Petra Goodband  

    Intercessions               Rev Janet Day

    Song/Hymn                  Jesus Christ is waiting (led by Adeline Jennings)

    Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets:

    no-one is his neighbour, all alone he eats.

    Listen, Lord Jesus, I am lonely too;

    make me, friend or stranger, fit to wait on you.

    Jesus Christ is raging, raging in the streets

    where injustice spirals and all hope retreats.

    Listen Lord Jesus, I am angry too;

    in the kingdom’s causes let me rage with you.

    Jesus Christ is healing, healing in the streets:

    curing those who suffer, touching those he greets.

    Listen, Lord Jesus, I have pity too;

    let my care be active, healing just like you.

    Jesus Christ is dancing, dancing in the streets:

    where each sign of hatred his strong love defeats.

    Listen, Lord Jesus, I feel triumph too;

    on suspicion’s graveyard let me dance with you.

    Jesus Christ is calling, calling in the streets:

    “Come and walk faith’s tightrope; I will guide your feet.”

    Listen,Lord Jesus, let my fears be few;

    walk one step before me, I will follow you.

    Text: John L. Bell and Graham Maule. Music: Traditional French melody

    Text © Copyright 1988 WGRG, Iona Community

    Closing Responses led by Rev Janet Day

    Look at your hands      

    and feel the touch of his tenderness.

    Look at your feet

    and see the path and the direction.

    Look inside your heart

    and feel God’s fire and his love.

    Look at the cross                  

    and see God’s Son and our Saviour.

    This is God’s world               

    and we serve him in it.

    The Blessing – Rev Mark Beaton

    The Lord bless you and keep you;
    the Lord make his face to shine upon you,

    and be gracious to you;
    the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

    Liturgy: © Copyright WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G51 3UU, Scotland


  • Readings for 28 June

    Trinity 3

    Jeremiah 28.5-9

    Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord. He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms. But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”

    Psalm 89. 1-4, 15-18

     I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
        with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
        through all generations.
    I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
        that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
    You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
        I have sworn to David my servant,
    ‘I will establish your line forever
        and make your throne firm through all generations.’”[c]

        love and faithfulness go before you.
    15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
        who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
    16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
        they celebrate your righteousness.
    17 For you are their glory and strength,
        and by your favour you exalt our horn.[d]
    18 Indeed, our shield[e] belongs to the Lord,
        our king to the Holy One of Israel.

    OR  Psalm 89.8-18

    Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
        You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

    You rule over the surging sea;
        when its waves mount up, you still them.
    10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
        with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
    11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
        you founded the world and all that is in it.
    12 You created the north and the south;
        Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
    13 Your arm is endowed with power;
        your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

    14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
        love and faithfulness go before you.
    15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
        who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
    16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
        they celebrate your righteousness.
    17 For you are their glory and strength,
        and by your favor you exalt our horn.[d]
    18 Indeed, our shield[e] belongs to the Lord,
        our king to the Holy One of Israel.

    Romans 6.12-23

    12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

    Slaves to Righteousness

    15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

    19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Matthew 10.40-42

    40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”


  • Communion Service for 21 June, Zoom

    THE DEANERY OF RADNOR & BUILTH

    Holy Communion on the 2nd Sunday after Trinity

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Grace and peace be with you.  And keep you in the love of Christ.

    Hymn led by Adeline Jennings      To God be the glory          

    To God be the glory, great things he hath done,
    So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
    Who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
    And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

                Refrain

    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
    Let the earth hear his voice;
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
    Let the people rejoice;
    Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
    And give him the glory; great things he hath done.

    Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
    To every believer the promise of God;
    The vilest offender who truly believes,
    That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.        Refrain

    Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
    And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
    But purer, and higher, and greater will be
    Our wonder, our rapture when Jesus we see.                    Refrain

    Heavenly Father, all hearts are open to you. No secrets are hidden from you.

    Purify us with the fire of your Holy Spirit that we may love and worship you faithfully, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

    Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

    We confess our sins saying:-

    Heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

    and have failed to do what we ought to have done.

    We are sorry and truly repent.

    For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,

    forgive us all that is past and lead us in his way to walk as children of light.

    Amen.

    Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on you and set you free from sin, strengthen you in goodness and keep you in eternal life, 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                 Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth:

    send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,

    the true bond of peace and of all virtues,

    without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.

    Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,

    who is alive and reigns with you,

    in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    Old Testament reading:-      Jeremiah chapter 20 verses 7-13

    You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived;
        you overpowered me and prevailed.
    I am ridiculed all day long;
        everyone mocks me.
    Whenever I speak, I cry out
        proclaiming violence and destruction.
    So the word of the Lord has brought me
        insult and reproach all day long.
    But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word
        or speak any more in his name,’
    his word is in my heart like a fire,
        a fire shut up in my bones.
    I am weary of holding it in;
        indeed, I cannot.
    I hear many whispering,
        ‘Terror on every side!
        Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!’

    All my friends
        are waiting for me to slip, saying,
    ‘Perhaps he will be deceived;
        then we will prevail over him
        and take our revenge on him.’

    But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;
        so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
    They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
        their dishonour will never be forgotten.
    Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous
        and probe the heart and mind,
    let me see your vengeance on them,
        for to you I have committed my cause.

    Sing to the Lord!
        Give praise to the Lord!
    He rescues the life of the needy
        from the hands of the wicked.

    New Testament reading:-     Romans chapter 6 verses 1-11

    What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

    For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

    Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

    In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

    Hymn                                     Do not be afraid.

    Refrain

    Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
    I have called you by your name; you are mine.

    When you walk through the waters I’ll be with you,
    you will never to sink beneath the waves.              

    Refrain.

    When the fire is burning all around you,
    you will never be consumed by the flames.                       

    Refrain  

    When the fear of loneliness is looming,
    then remember I am at your side.                                       

    Refrain

    When you dwell in the exile of the stranger,
    remember you are precious in my eyes.                           

    Refrain

    You are mine, oh my child; I am your Father,
    and I love you with a perfect love.                                       

    Refrain

    Gospel reading:-                   Matthew chapter 10 verses 24 to 39                                                    

     ‘The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

    ‘So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.  Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

    ‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

    ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn

    ‘“a man against his father,

    a daughter against her mother,
    a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –

    a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”

    ‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

    Sermon – Rev Janet Day

    Apostles’ Creed

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.                                          

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

    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

    He 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 and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again 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.

    The Intercessions

    As Rev Mark says the following words of introduction to the Eucharist, you are encouraged to raise the bread and then the wine which you have brought to the table.

    Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

    Through your goodness we have this bread to offer,

    which earth has given and human hands have made.

    It will become for us the bread of life.

    Blessed be God for ever.

    Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

    Through your goodness we have this wine to offer,

    fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

    It will become our spiritual drink.

    Blessed be God for ever.

    The Eucharistic Prayer

    The Lord be with you.  And also with you.           

    Lift up your hearts.    We lift them to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our 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,

    holy Father, all-powerful and everliving God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Who by his death has destroyed death and by his rising to life again has restored to us eternal life.

    And so with the hosts of angels and all the company of heaven

    we proclaim the glory of your name and join in their unending hymn of praise:

    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.

    All praise and thanks to you, true and living God, Creator of all things, Giver of life.

    You formed us in your own image;

    but we have marred that image and fall short of your glory.

    We give you thanks that you sent your Son to share our life;

    you gave him up to death that the world might be saved,

    and you raised him from the dead that we might live in him and he in us.

    Sanctify with your Spirit this bread and wine, your gifts to us,

    that they may be for us the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

    On the night he was betrayed, he took bread,

    and when he had given 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 when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,

    Drink from this, all of you, for 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.

    Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:                                   

    Christ has died.                                                                  

    Christ is risen.                                                           

    Christ will come in glory.

    As he has commanded us, Father, we remember Jesus Christ, your Son.

    Proclaiming his victorious death, rejoicing in his resurrection

    and waiting for him to come in glory we bring to you this bread, this cup.

    Accept our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

    Restore and revive your people,

    renew us and all for whom we pray with your grace and heavenly blessing,

    and at the last receive us with all your saints into that unending joy promised by your Son,

    Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father, forever and ever.      

    Amen.

    As our Saviour taught us, we boldly pray:  

    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.

    Prayer of Humble Access

    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 we may evermore dwell in him and he in us. Amen.

    The Communion

    The bread is broken

    Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup

    we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

    Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.                      

    Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.   

    Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace.

    Come let us receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    given for us and feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

    The body of Christ keep you in eternal life. Amen.                We share the bread

    The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life. Amen.      We share the wine

    Give thanks to the Lord for he is gracious: his love is everlasting.

    Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,

    you have fed us at the table of life and hope:

    teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,

    that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son,

    Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Hymn             You shall go out with joy

    You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace,
    and the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you.
    There’ll be shouts of joy and the trees of the field
    shall clap, shall clap their hands.

    And the trees of the field shall clap their hands,
    And the trees of the field shall clap their hands,

    And the trees of the field shall clap their hands,

                            and you’ll go out with joy.

    The Lord be with you.           And also with you

    May 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, Son and 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.

    An Order for the Holy Eucharist, material from which is included in the booklet, is copyright © Church in Wales Publications and the Representative Body of the Church in Wales 2004, 1994.