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Sunday 28 June 2020 



O Praise Ye the Lord


Psalm 13

1  How long will you forget me, O Lord; for ever? •

   How long will you hide your face from me?

2  How long shall I have anguish in my soul

      and grief in my heart, day after day? •

   How long shall my enemy triumph over me?

3  Look upon me and answer, O Lord my God; •

   lighten my eyes, lest I sleep in death;

4  Lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed against him,’ •

   and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.

5  But I put my trust in your steadfast love; •

   my heart will rejoice in your salvation.

6  I will sing to the Lord, •

   for he has dealt so bountifully with me.



Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

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.



Genesis 22.1-14



After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.

 When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son.So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’


Romans 6.12-end


Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 10.40-end

  ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’ 



Reading pp 32-33 The Book of God.



Creedal Hymn

We Believe in God the Father.



From Beth:

Heavenly Father, how difficult it can be to make space to be silent and to find the solitude to be still, and yet it is in silence and stillness that we hear your voice calling to us to look for you in this wonderful world that you have created, and to listen to you speaking deep within each of us. You are not to be heard in the hurricane, nor in the earthquake or fire, but in the still small voice of calm. 

All-powerful God, help us to listen for the sound of your voice. May we answer when you call, responding eagerly to do your will and proclaim your good news. 

Loving Father, we long to be with you, to be in your presence. In our pilgrimage on earth, may we never lose sight of you and may we draw ever closer to you. Give us the strength each day to stand back and dedicate some time solely to you. 

Dear God, your Son accepted our sufferings and taught us the virtue of patience in human illness, hear the prayers we offer for those who are sick. May all who suffer pain, illness or disease and all those who tend and care for them, know that they are joined to Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



Before the throne of God above


HC Eucharistic Prayer H


Post communion

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we may look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.



 Ye Holy Angels bright



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