YOUR CHURCH ONLINE 2022

UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL, BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY THE VIRGIN, BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2022
THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
PARISH COMMUNION

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Collect

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.

Reading: Isaiah 1.1, 10-20 11.1-11 – Isaiah addresses Sodom and Gomorrah: God has had enough of hardness of heart, but it is not too late to repent

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:

I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.

The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib;

but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.

Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom!

Listen to the teaching of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!

What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the Lord;

I have had enough of burnt-offerings of rams
and the fat of fed beasts;

I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats.

When you come to appear before me,
who asked this from your hand?
Trample my courts no more;

bringing offerings is futile;
incense is an abomination to me.

New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation—
I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.

Your new moons and your appointed festivals
my soul hates;

they have become a burden to me,
I am weary of bearing them.

When you stretch out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;

even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your doings
from before my eyes;

cease to do evil,
learn to do good;

seek justice,
rescue the oppressed,

defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.

Come now, let us argue it out,
says the Lord:

though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;

though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.

If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;

but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be devoured by the sword;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

’For the word of the Lord’
Thanks be to God.

Anthem: Blessed are the pure in heart – Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941)
To listen, click here.
(The Choir of Wells Cathedral: Conductor, Malcolm Archer)

“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ’s abode.
Still to the lpnely soul
He does himself impart,
and for his cradle and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.”
Words : John Keble (1792-1866)

Gospel: Luke 12.32-49 – Where your treasure is, there your heart will be

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’
’This is the Gospel of the Lord’
Praise to you O Christ.

Offertory

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Prayers of Intercession

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Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
We pray for those in most need in our own families and neighbourhood, thinking of the elderly, the housebound and those in hospital or hospice. We pray for all carers and visitors whether family members, volunteers or health care professionals and especially for those who minister to people near the end of life’s journey through the hospice movement – for they do your work and so we ask for them your gifts of patience, compassion and understanding.
We pray for those that we know who are sick, lonely or in some special need at this time as we share a brief moment of silence together as we name them in our hearts.
Lord in your mercy
hear our prayer
We also remember those we have loved but see no more and pray for those left behind to grieve. Let them know that nothing is more dependable in times of sorrow than your encircling love
Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember before God those we love but no longer see, in the silence we lift them before you… may the light of Christ which eternally shines bring hope for you turn our darkness into light; in your light shall we see light.
Merciful father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Post Communion

Strengthen for service, Lord,
the hands that have taken holy things;
may the ears which have heard your word
be deaf to clamour and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;
may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love
shine with the light of hope;
and may the bodies which have been fed with your body
be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever.

Hymn: All my hope on God is founded
To listen, click here.
(Songs of Praise, St Alban’s Church, Bristol)

All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
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;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s power,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
deep His wisdom, passing thought:
splendour, light, and life attend Him,
beauty springeth out of naught,
Evermore,
from His store
new-born worlds rise and adore.

Still from man to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done,
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ His Son.
Christ doth call
one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.

Words: Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)
Music: Herbert Norman Howells (1892-1983)

Blessing

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.

Organ Voluntary

Three Pieces for Organ (III. Allegro con spirito) – Frank Bridge (1879-1942)
To listen, click here.
(Mikhail Mishchenko on the Walcker organ (1923) in Kaarli Kirik, Tallinn, Estonia)

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