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Celebration of the Eucharist for Fourth Sunday of Easter. St Michael’s, Helensburgh

Fourth Sunday of Easter Eucharist Service led by the Revd. Dom Ind from St Michael and All Angles Church. on Sunday, 25 April 2021

For the weekly service sheet please click on the following link: https://www.stmichaelhelensburgh.org.uk/2021/04/24/service-sheet-sunday-25th-april-2021-fourth-sunday-of-easter/

Service Sheet: Sunday 1st August 2021

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

INTROIT HYMN – 223 Glorious things of thee are spoken

COLLECT

Grant to us, Lord, the spirit to think on those things that are right, and always to be ready to do them: that we, who without you cannot be alive, may have the strength to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Exodus 16. 2­ – 4, 9­ – 15
The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, “Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.”’ And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked towards the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”’ In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

PSALM Psalm 78. 23­ – 29
R. We will tell the glorious deeds of the Lord, the wonders he has done.

So he commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven. He rained down upon them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. R

So mortals ate the bread of angels; he sent them food in plenty. He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens and led out the south wind by his might. R

He rained flesh upon them as thick as dust and winged fowl like the sand of the sea. He let it fall in the midst of their camp and round about their tents. So they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they desired. R

EPISTLE

Ephesians 4. 1­ – 16

Unity in the Body of Christ

I, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, ‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.’ (When it says, ‘He ascended’, what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

GRADUAL HYMN – 413 (Omit vv3,4) Just as I am, without one plea

GOSPEL

John 6. 24 – ­35
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were at the place where Jesus had given the bread, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 424 Let all mortal flesh keep silence

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God of grace, we have shared in the mystery of the body and blood of Christ. May we who have tasted the bread of life live with you for ever. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

COMMUNION HYMN – 579 O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 246 (Omit vv 2,4) God is working his purpose out

BLESSING

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 among you and remain with you always.

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

Intercessions for Sunday 1st August 2021

Pentecost 10

Intercessor: Kevin Boak

Let us pray to the God who loves us, knows our needs and provides for us. The response in our prayers to the words, ‘Feed us, Father’ is, with the bread of life.

As the travelling people of God, we pray for a deepening hunger for the things of God and a loosening of our grip on all the wants and expectations which prevent us from moving forward in God’s way. We pray for church leaders and all involved in Christian teaching, that we may all receive the spiritual nourishment we need. Silence

Feed us, Father, with the bread of life.

As brothers and sisters with the whole of creation, we pray for respect and reverence among people regardless of wealth or status; for responsible sharing of resources and consideration for the natural world. May we be responsible stewards and work together to combat global warming, with the problems of extreme weather events and the destruction of homes and farmland. We pray for preparations for the Glasgow COP26 conference later this year, for constructive dialogue and positive progress between nations.  Silence

Feed us, Father, with the bread of life.

As we prepare and eat our food each day, we pray for those who grow and manufacture it, distribute it and sell it, particularly thinking at present of the challenges of Covid contact tracing causing shortages of critical staff. May we be careful citizens, mindful of the wastefulness of Western society, and remember the needs of those in the developing world or hidden in our own society who struggle to afford nourishing food. May we strike the right balance to seek first the kingdom of God, rather than pursuing material possessions. Silence

Feed us, Father, with the bread of life.

As we ask for daily bread, we pray for those who hunger emotionally or try to survive on spiritual junk food. May they find sustenance and peace in their hearts and minds. We pray for those suffering from physical ailments and for health workers who have become exhausted providing care through many challenging months. We hold before God and in our hearts all who are on St Michael’s prayer list. Silence

Feed us, Father, with the bread of life.

As we remember with love those who have journeyed through physical death, we pray that, nourished by the Bread of Life, they may travel on eagles’ wings into the brightness of eternal life. Today we give thanks for the lives of all those known to us and for Ian Hume, whose funeral took place on Thursday. We pray for Sue and her family, and all who mourn the loss of loved ones. Silence

Feed us, Father, with the bread of life.

As we grow increasingly aware of our spiritual hunger, we give thanks for the wonder of God’s feeding throughout our days of travelling this earthly life, and long for the day when we will be united with all the saints who have gone ahead of us to worship before the throne of God. Silence

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Service Sheet: Sunday 25th July 2021

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

James, Apostle

INTROIT HYMN – 565 Ye servants of God

COLLECT

O God of mercy: grant that, as your holy Apostle James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ, and followed him even to death; so we, forsaking all selfish desires, may ever be ready to obey your call; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Jeremiah 45. 1 – ­5

A Word of Comfort to Baruch

The word that the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Baruch son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a scroll at the dictation of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah: Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: You said, ‘Woe is me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’ Thus you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: I am going to break down what I have built, and pluck up what I have planted—that is, the whole land. And you, do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for I am going to bring disaster upon all flesh, says the Lord; but I will give you your life as a prize of war in every place to which you may go.’

PSALM Psalm 126
R. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. R

Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed. R

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negev. Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. R

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

Acts 11. 27­ – 12.2
At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

James Killed

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

GRADUAL HYMN – 205 He who would valiant be

GOSPEL

Matthew 20. 20­ – 28

The Request of the Mother of James and John

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’ When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

OFFERTORY HYMN – 73 Brother, sister, let me serve you

COMMUNION HYMN – 259 Jerusalem the golden

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and the breaking of bread, and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 372 O Jesus, I have promised

BLESSING

God give you grace to follow his saints in faith and hope and love; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

Intercessions for Sunday 25th July 2021

Theme: The festival of St James the Apostle & Martyr 

After: “For all the saints who from their labours rest” the response is “Thy Name, O Jesus be for ever blest” 

Father in heaven you have gathered in your keeping the saints of the Church through the ages from every nation, thank you for their witness to you and their inspiration to us. Today we remember St James who left his family and followed Jesus as one of his disciples and remained faithful until he was killed by King Herod. Too many of your saints have paid the ultimate price of faithful witness, the last century seeing more martyrs than any other. May we be kept vigilant and alert by the sacrifices others have made , so that we may never take our faith for granted, and always be ready to take a stand. 

SILENCE

For all the saints who from their labours rest — Thy Name, O Jesus be for ever blest.

Father in heaven we give you thanks that you sent Jesus to live amongst us, we pray that we may share in his mission passing on the message of the gospel. May your whole Church be moved to share in this ministry. We pray for the work of our Church her at St Michael’s and our Rector, Dom, and Lay-Reader, Kevin. 

SILENCE

For all the saints who from their labours rest — Thy Name, O Jesus be for ever blest.

Father in heaven, all the kingdoms and nations on earth are answerable to your authority and much evil flourishes. Give us courage to speak your truth and message of love, whether it is popular or not. Give courage and strength to all who are working for relief agencies and generosity to all who are called to support them in their work. 

SILENCE

For all the saints who from their labours rest — Thy Name, O Jesus be for ever blest.

Father in heaven, we give you thanks and praise for our homes, families and friends. Teach us to be sensitive to the needs of others. Help us to listen and respond with help and encouragement. Bless all whom we love. 

SILENCE

For all the saints who from their labours rest — Thy Name, O Jesus be for ever blest.

Father in heaven, we give you thanks that you care for us. We hold before you all who are suffering, whether through illness, pain, loneliness; those who are homeless; those deeply in debt; those addicted to drugs or alcohol; and those who cannot cope. We pray for courage and endurance for National Health Service staff, carers and caring charities. 

SILENCE

For all the saints who from their labours rest — Thy Name, O Jesus be for ever blest.

Father in heaven we rejoice in the Good News of eternal life. We hold before you those who are departed from us and we continue to remember Ian Hume from our own congregation. We share with them in the fellowship of all your saints and commend them to your unfading love. 

SILENCE

For all the saints who from their labours rest — Thy Name, O Jesus be for ever blest.

Father in heaven, keep us aware of the noble line of all the saints and the privilege of following in their steps. Enrich the poverty of our love and commitment and keep us close to Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of You Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Intercessor: Joan Sadden

These garden ready plants need a good home!

Come round, have a look, and take some away. Donations only to Christian Aid and Open Doors.

Venue: 9 Chapelacre Grove, Helensburgh 

Dates: Mon 26th July to Mon 2 Sept inclusive. Plant contributions also welcomed.

Plants range from late summer and autumn bedding, cacti and succulents (enjoying the heat), shrubs, trees, herbs, veg and a couple of cacti window box starter sets for children.

For a full plant list, please click on this link: Plant List – potted on and ready to plant out

Intercessions for Sunday 18th July 2021

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Intercessor: Rosemary Wilson

After the words “Dear Lord” the response is “Hear our prayer”

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit we bow our heads before You and bring to You the needs of the world. 

First it is our joy to thank You for the beauty of Your creation all around us. After the long months of lockdown our eyes are open wider to appreciate and praise You for the diversity in flowers, shrubs, trees and landscape which lifts our impoverished spirits closer to you. We have learnt the value of these things and the joy of companionship with other people, help us to draw closer to each other in compassion and fellowship, and thus to You. Bind us together as a family of God so that we may attract other people by reflecting Your love. For all Your manifold gifts we praise and thank You. 

In silence we give thanks for special blessings received this week. Dear Lord: Hear our prayer

Loving Father, as we approach the cusp of our release from social restrictions, give us wisdom in our behaviour. Help us to think carefully about the protection of those around us, to show discipline and restraint. Grant that by so doing we may contain the spread of Covid and gradually return to fuller lives in which to serve You. Silence. Dear Lord:Hear our prayer 

Heavenly Father we hold before You the areas of the world where conflict endangers people’s lives, especially in Afghanistan, now left without foreign military deterrents. Give Your pure and peaceable wisdom to the leaders of the nations, and strengthen their resolve to seek an end to violence. 

In our own country we are ashamed of the verbal racist insults directed at our footballers after all their dedication in training. Purge the minds of these unfeeling and unthinking people and let Your love take charge.  Silence  Dear Lord: Hear our prayer 

Loving Father we pray for the leaders of our churches. Give them and us grace to inspire knowledge and faith in You. At the time of uncertainty and anxiety help us to trust in You. Strengthen our resolve to serve You in our lives. 

Take our hearts and souls to love with; Take our minds and wills to pray with; Take our emptied hands to heal with; Take us, body, soul and spirit; Live in us however You will; Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Dear Lord: Hear our prayer Loving Father, we ask Your blessing for grace and guidance to all members of our Royal Family. In all their stresses and strains uphold them by Your Holy Spirit so that they can be beacons of Your love and inspire us all to live closer to You.  Silence  Dear Lord: Hear our prayer

In trust and faith, we commend all members of our community who are suffering in mind, body or spirit. In silence let us bring them before you.We ask Your blessing on all in the National Health Service, all carers and social workers ~ and ourselves. We pray for all who are mourning the loss of a loved one and we remember and give thanks for all the departed; especially, today, Ian Hume and Donald Boak.  Silence

Let us end our intercessions with the prayer of St Francis: 

Lord, make us instruments of your peace;

Where there is hatred, let us sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt , faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive;  It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying that that we are born to eternal life. 

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of You Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN. 

Service Sheet: Sunday 18th July 2021

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 76 Christ is made the sure foundation

COLLECT

O God of power and might, all good things belong to you: sow in our hearts the love of your name, and make us grow in the life of faith; nurture the things that are good, and tend them with your loving care; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Jeremiah 23. 1­ – 6

Restoration after Exile

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.

The Righteous Branch of David

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

PSALM Psalm 23
R. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters. R

He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. R

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. R

EPISTLE

Ephesians 2. 11­ – 22

One in Christ

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’ a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling­place for God.

GRADUAL HYMN – 193 (Omit v3) Hail to the Lord’s anointed

GOSPEL

Mark 6. 30­ – 34, 53­ – 56

Feeding the Five Thousand

The apostles returned from their mission. They gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

Healing the Sick in Gennesaret

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market­places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 244 In Christ there is no east or west

COMMUNION HYMN – 490 The Lord’s my shepherd

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God, as we are strengthened in these holy mysteries, may our lives be a continual offering, holy and acceptable in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 13 (Omit v3) All hail the power of Jesus’ name

BLESSING

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 among you and remain with you always.page2image24064

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

St Michael’s thank you to Barbara Wenborn

On Sunday, 11 July 2021, we thanked Barbara Wenborn for her services as the church’s organist for 16 years!. Regretfully, Barbara decided to retire; we will certainly miss her playing church’s organ after so many years.

Barbara is a Maid of Kent, who arrived in Helensburgh in Sept 2003 with her husband, Malcolm. They joined StM & for the last 16 years, Barbara has been an organist with specific responsibility for Choral Evensong. Pre Covid, StM was the only church in Argyll offering weekly Choral Evensong & this was primarily down to Barbara, who built a reputation of being an Evensong specialist!

Thank you, Barbara!

Service Sheet: Sunday 11th July 2021

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 25 AIIeluia, alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise

COLLECT

O God, you have prepared for those who love you good things no eye has seen: pour into our hearts such love of you, that, by loving you in all things and above all things, we may be worthy of your promises, which surpass all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Amos 7. 7 – ­15
This is what the Lord God showed me: The Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.’
Amaziah Complains to the King
Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, ‘Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, “Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.”’ And Amaziah said to Amos, ‘O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.’ Then Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of syca more trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

PSALM Psalm 85. 8­ – 13
R. Show us your mercy, O Lord, and Grant us your salvation.

I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him. Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. R

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. R

The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness shall go before him, and peace shall be a pathway for his feet. R

EPISTLE

Ephesians 1. 3 – ­14

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

GRADUAL HYMN – 288 King of glory, King of peace

GOSPEL

Mark 6. 14­ – 29

The Death of John the Baptist

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, ‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’ For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 200 (Omit v3) Hark! the sound of holy voices

COMMUNION HYMN – 462 Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Living God, in this sacrament we have shared in your eternal kingdom. May we who taste this mystery forever serve you in faith, hope and love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 293 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

BLESSING

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 among you and remain with you always.

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

Intercessions for Sunday 11th July 2021

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Intercessor: Joan Thomson

Those who speak out God’s will are bound to be vulnerable to rejection and abuse.

To the words: Show us your loving kindness O Lord

Please reply: And grant us your salvation

Father, we pray for more thankful hearts to bless you, because the gifts we receive from you are so much more than we deserve. We pray for all Benedictines as the Church remembers Benedict of Nursia today. We give thanks for the work of our church in the community, for Kevin our Bishop, Dom our Rector and Kevin our Lay Reader and their families. We pray that, as we are permitted to meet informally once again, that our church community may shine with goodness and love, humility and truth. We thank you, Father, for the gift of music this church has received over so many years. We ask your blessing on all who have made music in this place – our choir and our organists. We think especially today of the pleasure Barbara has given us with her organ playing and her dedication and ask you to give her strength to enjoy her retirement.  Silence

Show us your loving kindness O Lord: And grant us your salvation.

Father we give you thanks for John the Baptist and the way he stood against an evil regime in which Herod abused his position. Keep us and our local, national and world leaders from contempt for what is just and true in your eyes. We thank you for the gift of your kingdom to us. We rejoice in our freedom and the freedom of our Church and country. We pray for all those who protest in all corners of the world, against dictatorship and corruption, and who give their lives for truth and freedom. We remember all those who are persecuted for their faith in you and for making a stand against evil. Silence

Show us your loving kindness O Lord: And grant us your salvation.

Father, we pray that our households and neighbourhoods may be areas of praise and thankfulness, not only in the places where we are comfortable, but particularly through these disturbed and difficult times. We pray for our hope and strength to increase in the face of this new wave of Covid 19. We remember before you all who are slaves to sin. We pray for drug addicts, alcoholics and those who gamble away their lives. We ask your love to strengthen all who are in homes where there is oppression and where lives are not valued. We pray for all who suffer mental anguish or physical pain.  Silence

Show us your loving kindness O Lord: And grant us your salvation.

Father, we pray for all those on our prayer list and those suffering illnesses who are known to us personally. Lord we pray for the time when your kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. We join our prayers with our loved ones departed, remembering today the family of Donald Strachan, and with all your saints praying that we may all know your rule and enjoy your presence. Silence

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen