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    Holy Communion St James the Apostle

    25th July 2021


    Leader Rev Rachael Storer Preaching Rev Janet Day Celebrant Rev Rachael Storer


    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.



    1. He who would valiant be
      ‘Gainst all disaster,
      Let him in constancy
      Follow the Master.
      There’s no discouragement
      Shall make him once relent
      His first avowed intent
      To be a pilgrim.
    2. Who so beset him round
      With dismal stories,
      Do but themselves confound –
      His strength the more is.
      No foes shall stay his might,
      Though he with giants fight:
      He will make good his right
      To be a pilgrim.
    3. Since, Lord, thou dost defend
      Us with thy Spirit,
      We know we at the end
      Shall life inherit.
      Then fancies flee away!
      I’ll fear not what men say,
      I’ll labour night and day
      To be a pilgrim.


    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.



    Loving Father, all the fancy words in the world, expressed in eloquent prose, decorated with emotion, spoken with conviction, cannot compete with a heartfelt ‘sorry’ when all other words fail. There are times when we are all too aware of our limitations, conscious of sin and the distance it creates between us. Sometimes ‘sorry’ is all the heart can bear to say aloud. It is only you who can read and understand the language of our hearts. Only you who can translate our ‘sorry’ into the prayer we would have prayed if we had the words within us. Then you forgive, and having forgiven, surround us in an embrace of love, drawing us close to your heart as it was always meant to be. Thank you, Loving Father, that you listen to hearts as well as voices. Thank you. 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.


    Collect for St James the Apostle                                                                                                                          Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

    Acts 11.27 – 12.2                                                                                                                                                At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers* living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

    Psalm 126                                                                                                                                                                        When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

    2 Corinthians 4. 7-15                                                                                                                                    But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.


    Listen to the gospel of Christ according to Saint Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord

    Matthew 20. 20-28                                                                                                                                                                    Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’ When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

    This is the gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.

    Sermon – Rev Janet Day


    The 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

    Intercessions led by Rev Rachael

    Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

    Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


    The Peace

    Jesus says, Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

    The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.


    Hymn                                                                                                                               Morning has broken like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
    Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
    Praise for them springing fresh from the world

    Sweet the rains new fall, sunlit from Heaven
    Like the first dewfall on the first grass
    Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
    Sprung in completeness where His feet pass


    Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
    Born of the one light, Eden saw play
    Praise with elation, praise every morning
    God’s recreation of the new day

    Morning has broken like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
    Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
    Praise for them springing fresh from the world

    Source: Musixmatch

    Songwriters: Cat Stevens / Eleanor Farjeon


    Lord Jesus Christ, you draw and welcome us, emptied of pride and hungry for your grace, to this your kingdom’s feast. Nowhere can we find the food for which our souls cry out, but here, Lord, at your table. Invigorate and nourish us, good Lord, that in and through this bread and wine your love may meet us and your life complete us in the power and glory of your kingdom. Amen.


    You are welcome to raise the bread and then the wine which you have brought to the table of our Lord.


    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 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 ever living 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 us in eternal life. Amen. We share the bread

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


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


    Post-communion Prayer                                                                                             Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and the breaking of bread, and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    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.


    The Lord be with you. And also with you.



    1 Onward, Christian pilgrims,
    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 banner go!

    Onward, Christian pilgrims,
    marching as to war,
    With the cross of Jesus
    going on before!

    2 At the sign of triumph
    Satan’s host doth flee;
    On, then, Christian pilgrims,
    on to victory!
    Hell’s foundations quiver
    at the shout of praise;
    Brothers, lift your voices,
    loud your anthems raise! [Refrain]

    3 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 hope and doctrine,
    one in charity. [Refrain]

    4 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 thro’ countless ages
    men and angels sing. [Refrain]

    Author: S. Baring-Gould Tune: ST. GERTRUDE


    The peace of God which is beyond all understanding guard your hearts in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ, 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.


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

  • 18 July, Trinity 7, Celtic Morning Prayer

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    Trinity Seven 18 July 2021                 Morning Prayer – A Celtic Form


    Led by Rev Petra Goodband


    The God of heaven has made his home on earth.

    Christ dwells among us and is one with us.


    The highest of all creation lives among the least.

    Christ journeys with the rejected and welcomes the weary.


    Come now all who thirst

    and drink the water of life.


    Come now all who hunger

    and be filled with good things.


    Come now all who seek

    and be warmed by the fire of love.

    (Iona Abbey Worship Book – Service of Welcome)


    Come, Lord, come to us.

    Enter our darkness with your light,

    Fill our emptiness with your presence,

    Come refresh, restore, renew us.

    In our sadness, come as joy,

    In our troubles, come as peace,

    In our fearfulness, come as hope,

    In our darkness, come as light,

    In our frailty, come as strength,

    In our loneliness come as love,

    Come, refresh, restore, renew us.

    (David Adam)


    Hymn: All My Hope On God is Founded led by Jess


    All my hope on God is founded,

    all my trust he shall renew;

    he, my guide through changing order,

    only good and only true:

    God unknown, he alone

    calls my heart to be his own.

    Pride of man and earthly glory,

    sword and crown betray his trust;

    all that human toil can fashion,

    tower and temple, fall to dust.

    But God’s power, hour by hour,

    is my temple and my tower.

    Day by day our mighty giver

    grants to us his gifts of love;

    in his will our souls find pleasure,

    leading to our home above:

    love shall stand at his hand,

    joy shall wait for his command.


    Still from Earth to God eternal

    sacrifice of praise be done;

    high above all praises praising

    for the gift of Christ his Son:

    hear Christ’s call, one and all –

    we who follow shall not fall.

    Author: Joachim Neander Translator: Robert Bridges


    Confession and Absolution


    God our Father,

    long-suffering, full of grace and truth,

    you create us from nothing and give us life.

    You give your faithful people new life in the water of baptism. You do not turn your face from us, nor cast us aside.

    We confess that we have sinned

    against you and against our neighbour.

    We have wounded your love and marred your image in us.

    Restore us for the sake of your Son, and bring us to heavenly joy,

    in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


    May the God of love bring us back to himself,

    forgive us our sins,

    and assure us of his eternal love

    in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


    Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 23. 1-6


    Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.


    The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called:

    ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

    Psalm 23


    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

    He makes me lie down in green pastures;

    he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.

    He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

    Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;

    for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

    you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

    and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.


    New Testament Reading Ephesians 2. 11-22


    So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body

    through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and

    proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined

    together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built

    together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.


    A Reading from the Gospel  Mark 6. 30-34, 53-56


    The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and

    arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had

    compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he

    began to teach them many things.


    When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.


    Talk: Rev Mark Beaton


    Hymn: God Moves in a Mysterious Way led by Adeline


    God moves in a mysterious way

    His wonders to perform.

    He plants his footsteps in the sea

    And rides upon the storm.


    You fearful saints, fresh courage take;

    The clouds you so much dread

    Are big with mercy and shall break

    In blessings on your head.


    His purposes will ripen fast,

    Unfolding ev’ry hour.

    The bud may have a bitter taste,

    But sweet will be the flow’r.


    Blind unbelief is sure to err

    And scan his work in vain.

    God is his own interpreter,

    And he will make it plain.

    William Cowper (1774)


    Collect for the day


    Lord of all power and might,

    the author and giver of all good things:

    graft in our hearts the love of your name,

    increase in us true religion,

    nourish us with all goodness,

    and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

    through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

    who is alive and reigns with you

    and the Holy Spirit,

    one God, now and for ever.


    Declaration of faith


    To whom shall we go?

    You have the words of eternal life,

    and we have believed and have come to know

    that you are the Holy One of God.


    Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.



    Christ, as a light Illumine and guide me.

    Christ. as a shield Overshadow me.

    Christ under me; Christ over me;

    Christ beside me on my left and my right.

    This day be within and without me,

    Lowly and meek, yet all powerful.

    Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;

    in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.

    This day be within and without me,

    Lowly and meek, yet all powerful.

    Christ as a light; Christ as a shield;

    Christ beside me on my left and my right.




    Concluding with the Lord’s Prayer. As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

    Our Father who art in heaven ………


    Hymn : For the Fruits of His Creation led by Mark


    For the fruits of all creation,

    thanks be to God;

    for the gifts of every nation,

    thanks be to God;

    for the ploughing, sowing, reaping,

    silent growth while we are sleeping,

    future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,

    thanks be to God.

    In the just reward of labour,

    God’s will is done;

    in the help we give our neighbour,

    God’s will is done;

    in our world-wide task of caring

    for the hungry and despairing,

    in the harvests we are sharing,

    God’s will is done.


    For the harvests of the Spirit,

    thanks be to God;

    for the good we all inherit,

    thanks be to God;

    for the wonders that astound us,

    for the truths that still confound us,

    most of all that love has found us,

    thanks be to God.


    Words Fred Pratt Green © Stainer & Bell Ltd


    Let us share The Grace


    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