Sunday Orders of Service

Holy Communion for 16th August 2020

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity


¶   Gathering




The minister offers words of welcome, gathering us into God’s presence, and introduces the first hymn:




We have a gospel to proclaim,
good news for all throughout the earth;
the gospel of a Saviour’s name:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.

Tell of his birth at Bethlehem,
not in a royal house or hall,
but in a stable dark and dim,
the Word made flesh, a light for all.

Tell of his death at Calvary,
hated by those he came to save;
in lonely suff’ring on the cross:
for all he loved, his life he gave.

Tell of that glorious Easter morn,
empty the tomb, for he was free;
he broke the power of death and hell
that we might share his victory.

Tell of his reign at God’s right hand,
by all creation glorified.
He sends his Spirit on his Church
to live for him, the Lamb who died.

Now we rejoice to name him King:
Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
This gospel-message we proclaim:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.

© The Revd Edward Burns (b1938)


Leader: Let us worship God:


     We have come together as the family of God
     in our Father’s presence
     to offer him praise and thanksgiving
     to hear his holy word,
     to bring before him the needs of the world,
     to ask his forgiveness of our sins,
     and to seek his grace.




Leader:  Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
             firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
             and to live in love and peace with all.


All:       Almighty God our heavenly Father,
            we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,
            in thought, word and deed,
            through negligence, through weakness,
            through our own deliberate fault.
            We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
            Forgive us all that is past;
            and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
            to the glory of your name. 




 Priest:  Almighty God,
            who forgives all who truly repent,
            have mercy upon you,
            pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
            confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
            and keep you in life eternal.
            Through Jesus Christ our Lord.





Gloria in Excelsis


Glory to God above!
Heavens declare his love;
praise him, you angels,
praise him all you high and heav’nly host.
Worship him, sun and moon;
stars complement their tune;
grounded in God’s good purpose,
let his grace become your boast.


O sing hallelujah
praise God for evermore.


Glory to God below
let depths of ocean show;
lightning and hail, snow,
wind and cloud perform at his command!
Let ev’ry mountain range,
forest and grove and grange,
creatures of earth and air and sea
praise God in ev’ry land.


‘Glory to God!’ now sing
commoner, queen and king;
women and men of
ev’ry age unite to praise the Lord.
Worship God’s holy name
and let your lives proclaim
God’s saving pow’r extends to those
who love and serve his name.


O sing hallelujah
praise God for evermore.

Psalm 148, paraphrased by John L Bell

©  1993 WGRG, Iona Community


The Collect

(Prayer for the Day)

A minister prays:

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of your humble servants;
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things as shall please you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All:  Amen.



¶ The Ministry of the Word


First Reading

Romans 11:1-2a; 29-32


A reading from St Paul’s letter to the Romans:

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.


For the word of the Lord.

All:  Thanks be to God.



Gradual Hymn

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does his successive journeys run;
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.


To him shall endless prayer be made,
and praises throng to crown his head;
his name like sweet perfume shall rise
with ev’ry morning sacrifice.


People and realms of ev’ry tongue
dwell on his love with sweetest song,
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.


Blessings abound where’er he reigns:
the pris’ners leap to loose their chains,
the weary find eternal rest,
and all the humble poor are blest.


Let ev’ry creature rise and bring
peculiar honours to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud amen.

Text: Isaac Watts



Gospel Reading

Matthew 15:21-28


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

All:   Glory to you, O Lord.


Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All:   Praise to you, O Christ.




Revd Sally



Affirmation of Faith


Leader: Let us affirm our faith together:


All:       We believe in God the Father,
             from whom every family
             in heaven and earth is named.

             We believe in God the Son,
             who lives in our hearts through faith,
             and fills us with his love.

             We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
             who strengthens us
             with power from on high.

             We believe in one God;
             Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Prayers of Intercession



 Lord, in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer.


and at the end:

 Merciful Father:

All:   Accept these prayers
        for the sake of your Son
        our Saviour Jesus Christ.



¶ The Liturgy of the Sacrament



The Peace

Priest: The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:      and also with you.



Offertory Hymn


During the hymn, the altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it. Normally, a collection would be taken, but this is not possible currently: please do consider making your gifts to your Parish Church or the Heart of Norfolk Benefice.


O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray
that all thy Church might be for ever one,
grant us at ev’ry eucharist to say,
with longing heart and soul, ‘Thy will be done.’
O may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.


For all thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
make thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
by drawing all to thee, O Prince of Peace,
thus may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.


We pray thee too for wand’rers from thy fold;
O bring them back, good Shepherd of the sheep,
back to the faith which saints believed of old,
back to the Church which still that faith doth keep:
soon may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.


So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
may we be one with all thy Church above,
one with thy saints in one unbroken peace,
one with thy saints in one unbounded love:
more blessèd still, in peace and love to be
one with the Trinity in unity.


Text: William Harry Turton (1856-1938) based on John 17;
Music: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625).



The Eucharistic Prayer

Be present, be present,
Lord Jesus Christ,
our risen high priest;
make yourself known in the breaking of bread.

All:   Amen.


       The Lord be with you

All:  and also with you.


       Lift up your hearts.

All:  We lift them to the Lord.


       Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

      Father, we give you thanks and praise... [Eucharistic Prayer B, p188]


The Eucharistic Prayer continues until the words:

... for ever praising you and saying:


All: 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.


The Eucharistic Prayer continues until the acclamation.

Great is the mystery of faith:

All: Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.



Christ is the bread of life:

All: When we eat this breadand drink this cup,we proclaim your death,
Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.









The Eucharistic Prayer continues, concluding with the Great Doxology:

...through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

All:   Amen.



The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has 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.


Breaking of the Bread


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

All: Though we are many, we are one body,
       because we all share in one bread.


Invitation to Communion


Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All:  Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
       but only say the word, and I shall be healed.


The president and the people receive Communion.



 Prayer after Communion


Silence is kept.


Leader:  God of our pilgrimage,
             you have led us to the living water:
             refresh and sustain us
             as we go forward on our journey,
             in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:        Amen.


All:       Almighty God,
            we thank you for feeding us
            with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
            Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
            to be a living sacrifice.

            Send us out in the power of your Spirit
            to live and work to your praise and glory.





And can it be that I should gain
an int’rest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?


He left his Father’s throne above
so free, so infinite his grace;
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me.


Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.


No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ my own.


Text: Charles Wesley

Music: Thomas Campbell


¶ Dismissal


Blessing & Dismissal


Priest:    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, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
              be with you, and all those whom you love,
              today and always.

All:         Amen.


Leader:  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 


All:        In the name of Christ. Amen. 



Largo,  GF Handel (1738), from the opera Xerxes

Played by James Lilwall on Bawdeswell Church organ.


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