United Benefice of St Michael and St Mary
SUNDAY 13th JUNE 2021

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Voluntary in G minor – Malcolm Archer (b. 1952 )

The Lord be with you
And also with you


Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Hymn: For the fruits of all creation

For the fruit of all creation,
thanks be to God;
for the gifts to 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 (1903-2000)
Music: Francis Jackson (b.1917)

Reading: Psalm 20 David prays for victory

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble,
the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 Send you help from his holy place
and strengthen you out of Zion;
3 Remember all your offerings
and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4 Grant you your heart’s desire
and prosper all your plans.
5 We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the name of our God;
may the Lord grant all your requests.
6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed;
he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.
7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God.
8 They collapse and fall down,
but we will arise and stand upright.
9 O Lord, give victory to the king
and answer us when we call.

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Anthem: Jesus Christ the apple tree – Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987)

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(The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge)

The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit, and always green:
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree.

His beauty doth all things excel:
By faith I know, but ne’er can tell
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

For happiness I long have sought,
And pleasure dearly I have bought:
I missed of all; but now I see
‘Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

I’m weary with my former toil,
Here I will sit and rest awhile:
Under the shadow I will be
of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive;
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.

Words from ‘Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs’, 1784

Gospel: Mark 4.26-34 Jesus speaks in parables: seeds and mustard seeds

He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’
He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon :  By Revd Anna Moore

Prayers: Prepared and read by David Sayce

Merciful Father accept these prayers
for the sake of your son
our saviour Jesus Christ


The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen

Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins…
Go in the light and peace of Christ
Thanks be to God.

Voluntary: No 2 from ‘Six Short Preludes and Postludes Set 2’ Op 105 ‘On a theme of Orlando Gibbons (Song 22)’ – C V Stanford (1852-1924)

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