Sunday Orders of Service

Holy Communion for 2nd August 2020

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity


¶  Gathering




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




Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
he whose word cannot be broken
formed thee for his own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
thou may’st smile at all thy foes.


See, the streams of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters,
and all fear of want remove.
who can faint while such a river
ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.


Saviour, if of Zion’s city
I through grace a member am,
let the world deride or pity,
I will worship in thy name.
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
all his boasted pomp and show;
solid joys and lasting treasure

none but Zion’s children know.


Text: John Newton (1725-1807) based on Isaiah 33:20-21, alt

©Music: Cyril Vincent Taylor (1907-1991).


Leader: Let us worship God:


We have come together as the family of God
in our Father’s presence
to offer him praise and thanksgivin
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:


Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection,
both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
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 9:1-5


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

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

           For the word of the Lord.

All:       Thanks be to God.




Gradual Hymn

Bread of heaven, on thee we feed,
for thy flesh is meat indeed;
ever may our souls be fed
with this true and living bread;
day by day with strength supplied
through the life of him who died.


Vine of heav’n, thy love supplies
this blest cup of sacrifice;
‘Tis thy wounds our healing give,
to thy cross we look and live:
Thou our life! O let us be
rooted, grafted, built on thee.

Text: Josiah Conder (1789-1855)

Music: William Dalrymple Maclagan (1826-1910)



Gospel Reading

Matthew 14:13-21


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

All:    Glory to you, O Lord.


Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the         towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said,         ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 

Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

           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.
        ​​​​​​​    Amen.





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.
        ​​​​​​​      Amen.


¶  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 gifts of the people are gathered and presented.
The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.


Take this moment, time and space;
take my friends around;
here among us make the place
where your love is found.


Take the time to call my name,
take the time to mend
who I am and what I’ve been,
all I’ve failed to tend.


Take the tiredness of my days,
take my past regret,
letting your forgiveness touch
all I can’t forget.


Take the little child in me,
scared of growing old;
help him
(her) here to find thy worth
made in Christ’s own mould.


Take my talents, take my skills,
take what’s yet to be;
let my life be yours, and yet,
let it still be me.

 John L Bell/ Graham Maule

© 1988 WGRG Iona Community



The Eucharistic Prayer

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

All:   Amen.


        The Lord be with you                   

All:   and also with you.                     


       â€‹â€‹â€‹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
       â€‹â€‹â€‹through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹through whom you have created all things;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹who was sent by you in your great goodness
       â€‹â€‹â€‹to be our Saviour.


        By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹he lived on earth and went about among us;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹he opened wide his arms for us on the cross;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹he put an end to death by dying for us;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.


        Therefore with angels and archangels,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹and with all the company of heaven,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹we proclaim your great and glorious name,

        for ever praising you and saying:   

All:    Holy, holy, holy Lord, 
       â€‹â€‹â€‹God of power and might,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹heaven and earth are full of your glory.                                      
       â€‹â€‹â€‹Hosanna in the highest.
       â€‹â€‹â€‹Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
       â€‹â€‹â€‹Hosanna in the highest.



       â€‹â€‹â€‹Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹and according to your holy will,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹these gifts of bread and wine
       â€‹â€‹â€‹may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹took bread and gave you thanks;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
       â€‹â€‹â€‹Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹do this in remembrance of me.
       â€‹â€‹â€‹In the same way, after supper
       â€‹â€‹â€‹he took the cup and gave you thanks;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹he gave it to them, saying:

       â€‹â€‹â€‹Drink this, all of you;
       â€‹â€‹â€‹this is my blood of the new covenant,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
       â€‹â€‹â€‹Do this, as often as you drink it,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹in remembrance of me.


        Great is the mystery of faith:               Christ is the bread of life:

All:    Christ has died:                         All:  When we eat this bread
         â€‹â€‹â€‹Christ is risen:                                  and drink this cup,
         â€‹â€‹â€‹Christ will come again.                    we proclaim your death,

                                                                       Lord Jesus,

                                                                       until you come in glory.



And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once
for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people   
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever, 

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
         â€‹â€‹â€‹who takes away the sin of the world.
         â€‹â€‹â€‹Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All:     Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
       â€‹â€‹â€‹   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.
           ​​​​​​​   Amen.






Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy pow’rful hand:
bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me till I want no more,
feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fiery cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
strong deliv’rer, strong deliv’rer,
be thou still my strength and shield,
be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death, and hell’s destruction,
land me safe on Canaan’s side:
songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee,
I will ever give to thee.


Text: William Williams (1717-1791
Music: John Hughes (1873-1932)




¶    Dismissal


Blessing & Dismissal


Priest:   The peace of God,
           ​​​​​​​     which passes all understanding,
           ​​​​​​​   â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹  keep your hearts and minds
           ​​​​​​​   â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹  in the knowledge and love of God,
           ​​​​​​​   â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹  and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
           ​​​​​​​   â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹  and the blessing of God almighty,
           ​​​​​​​   â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
           ​​​​​​​   â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹  be with you, and all those whom you love,
           ​​​​​​​   â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹  today and always.

All:       Amen.


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


All:          In the name of Christ. Amen. 







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