June 13, Trinity 2 Holy Communion

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Zoom Eucharist Service

 

2nd Sunday After Trinity

 

Sunday 13th June 2021

 

Ministry of the word led by Rev Mark Beaton

Sermon Rev Petra Goodband

Intercessions Rev Mark Beaton

Eucharist led by Rev Petra Goodband

 

We meet in the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

The Lord of glory be with you. The Lord of glory bless you.

 

From mist and darkness from restful waters. God gathers us.

From health and sickness from plenty and poverty. God gathers us.

From highroads and byways from fields and cities. God gathers us.

To a feast, a banquet, to life eternal. God gathers us.

 

Hymn – Come ye thakful people come, led by

 

Come, ye thankful people, come,

raise the song of harvest home;

all is safely gathered in,

ere the winter storms begin.

God our Maker doth provide

for our wants to be supplied;

come to God’s own temple, come,

raise the song of harvest home.

 

All the world is God’s own field,

fruit as praise to God we yield;

wheat and tares together sown

are to joy or sorrow grown;

first the blade and then the ear,

then the full corn shall appear;

Lord of harvest, grant that we

wholesome grain and pure may be.

 

For the Lord our God shall come,

and shall take the harvest home;

from the field shall in that day

all offenses purge away,

giving angels charge at last

in the fire the tares to cast;

but the fruitful ears to store

in the garner evermore.

 

Even so, Lord, quickly come,

bring thy final harvest home;

gather thou thy people in,

free from sorrow, free from sin,

there, forever purified,

in thy presence to abide;

come, with all thine angels, come,

raise the glorious harvest home.

Words: Henry Alford (1810-71) Altd. Music: George Elvey (1816-93).

 

Prayers of Penitence

Whoever is on the Lord’s side, let them join with me, that we may come to the visions of God.

 

Create a clean heart within me, O God, so that it may become your chosen shelter and the resting place of the Holy Spirit. I make the cross of Christ upon my breast, over the tablet of my heart, and I beseech the living God of the universe, may the Light of lights come to my dark heart so that I may live in the power of your love.

 

Pour down upon us from heaven the rich blessing of your forgiveness. Grant to us, O Saviour of Glory, the fear of God, the love of God and his affection, and the will of God to do on earth at all times, as angels and saints do in heaven. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Collect for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity

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 forever. Amen

The Creed from the Iona Community

We believe in God above us, maker and sustainer of all life, of sun and moon, of water and earth, of male and female.

We believe in God beside us, Jesus Christ, the word made flesh, born of a woman, servant of the poor, tortured and nailed to a tree.

A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, he died alone and forsaken.

He descended into the earth to the place of death.

On the third day he rose from the tomb.

He ascended into heaven, to be everywhere present throughout all ages, and his kingdom will come on earth.

We believe in God within us, the Holy Spirit burning with Pentecostal fire, life-giving breath of the Church, Spirit of healing and forgiveness, source of all resurrection and of eternal life.  Amen

 

Readings. Ezekiel 17. 22-24     

 

Thus says the Lord God:

I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out.

I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs;

I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.

On the mountain height of Israel, I will plant it,

in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar.

Under it every kind of bird will live;

in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.

All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord.

I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree;

I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.

I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Psalm 92. 1-4, 12-15   

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.    

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
In old age they still produce fruit;
they are always green and full of sap,
showing that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

 

2 Corinthians 5. 6-17                                                                                                                                                

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord – for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

 

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore, all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

 

Mark 4. 26-34                                                                                                                                                                      He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’ He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Sermon

 

Intercessions

 

The Peace

Christ, King of Tenderness, bind us with a bond of love that cannot be broken.

My brothers and sisters, the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

 

Hymn – The Church’s One Foundation

The church’s one foundation

is Jesus Christ, our Lord;

we are a new creation

by water and the Word.

From heav’n he came and taught us

what perfect love can be;

through life and death he sought us,

and rose to set us free.

 

The church in ev’ry nation

is one through all the earth;

our charter of salvation,

one God, one faith, one birth;

one name together blessing,

one holy food we share,

to one hope ever pressing,

at one in work and prayer.

 

Still, schisms, tribulation,

and hatred fuel our war;

we wait the consummation

of peace forevermore.

The saints their watch are keeping;

their cry goes up, “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping

shall be the morn of song.

 

Yet we on earth have union

with God, the Three in One,

and mystic, sweet communion

with those whose rest is won.

Oh, happy ones and holy!

God, give us grace that we,

like them, the meek and lowly,

may live eternally.

Words: Samuel Stone (1839-1900) Altd. AURELIA Samuel Wesley (1810-76)

 

The Eucharistic Prayer                                                    

The table of bread and wine is now to be made ready. It is the table of company with Jesus, and all who love him. It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world, with whom Jesus identified himself. It is the table of communion with the earth, in which Christ became incarnate. So come to this table, you who have much faith and you who would like to have more; you who have been here often and you who have not been for a while, you who have tried to follow Jesus, and you who have failed; Come. It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.

 

Let us pray.

Loving God, through your goodness we have this bread and wine to offer, which earth has given, and human hands have made. May we know your presence in the sharing of this bread, so that we may know your touch in all bread, all matter. We celebrate the life that Jesus has shared among his community through the centuries, and shares with us now. Made one in Christ, and one with each other, we offer these gifts and with them ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice. Amen.

 

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.

 

We offer you praise, dear God, and hearts lifted high, for in the communion of your love Christ comes close to us and we come close to Christ. Therefore, with the whole realm of nature around us, with earth, sea, and sky, we sing to you. With the angels of light who envelop us, with all the saints before and beside us, with brothers and sisters, east and west, we sing to you. And with our loved ones, separate from us now, who yet in this mystery are close to us, we join in the song of your unending greatness:

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.

 

We praise you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

 

On the night before he died, he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

 

When supper was ended, he took the cup of wine. Again, he praised you, gave it to them and said: 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.

 

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross. Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory

 

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died,

Christ is risen,

Christ will come again.

 

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth. Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with all the saints to feast at your table in heaven. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray for the coming of God’s kingdom in the words our Saviour 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.

 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

 

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

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

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace. Amen

 

Giving of Communion

If you are hungry, eat the bread of life.

If you are thirsty drink from the cup of salvation

Blessed are all who hunger for this bread & wine.

The body of Christ, the bread of life        (we share the bread together)

The blood of Christ, the true vine            (we share the wine together)

 

Prayer after Communion                                                                                                 Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son: sustain us with your Spirit, that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven, and we share in the eternal banquet with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Hymn – Onward Christian soldiers!

Onward Christian soldiers! Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus going on before.

Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;

Forward into battle, see, his banners go!

 

Refrain       Onward, Christian soldiers! Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus, going on before.

 

At the name of Jesus, Satan’s host doth flee;

On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!

Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise:

Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise!

 

Like a mighty army moves the Church of God:

Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod;

We are not divided, all one Body we—

One in faith and Spirit, one eternally.

 

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane;

But the Church of Jesus constant will remain.

Gates of hell can never ’gainst the Church prevail;

We have Christ’s own promise, which can never fail.

 

Onward, then, ye people! join our happy throng;

Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.

Glory, laud and honour unto Christ, the King;

This through countless ages men and angels sing.

The Sending Out

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home rejoicing, once again into our doors. And the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son & Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

Let us end our worship today by sharing the grace with one another.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 onwards. ‘Opening greeting’ is from Ruth Burgess Candles and Conifers: Resources for All Saints’ and Advent Wild Goose Publications 2005 p50. ‘Prayers of Penitence’, ‘Introduction to the Peace’, ‘Giving of Communion’ and ‘Blessing’ are from Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbrian Community Harper Collins Publishers 2000 pp 75-77, 82, 85 & 86. ‘Prayer over the gifts’ is from Ray Simpson Celtic Worship Through the Year Hodder & Stoughton 1997 p78.


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