18 July, Trinity 7, Celtic Morning Prayer

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The Deanery of Radnor & Builth

 

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.

 

Canticle

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.

 

Intercessions

 

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

 

Blessing


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