Service Sheet: Sunday 22nd August 2021

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 677 (Omit v 3) Stand up, stand up for Jesus

COLLECT

Almighty and eternal God, by your generous love you grant to those who pray more than is desired or deserved: pour down your mercy upon us, forgiving what our conscience fears, and granting what we dare not ask; 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

Joshua 24. 1­2a, 14­ – 18

The Tribes Renew the Covenant

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’

PSALM Psalm 34.15­22
R. O taste and see, O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to root out the remembrance of them from the earth. R

The righteous cry and the Lord hears them and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the broken­hearted and will save those who are crushed in spirit. R

Many are the troubles of the righteous; from them all will the Lord deliver them. He keeps all their bones, so that not one of them is broken. R

But evil shall slay the wicked and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord ransoms the life of his servants and will condemn none who seek refuge in him. R

EPISTLE

Ephesians 6. 10­ – 20

The Whole Armour of God

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

GRADUAL HYMN – 310 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty

GOSPEL

John 6. 56 – ­69
Jesus said to the crowd: ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’ He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

The Words of Eternal Life

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.’ Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

OFFERTORY HYMN – 66 (Omit v 3) Be thou my vision

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Living God, increase in us the healing power of your love. Guide and direct us that we may please you in all things, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

COMMUNION HYMN – 379 Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 840 Ye holy angels bright

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 22nd August 2021

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Prayers of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Commemoration

Almighty and eternal God, Lord of infinite tenderness and compassion, when, as now, we are overwhelmed by the reports of tragedy and disaster bombarding us from all sides – and we are sickened with horror at the stories unfolding both at home and abroad – you understand that our thoughts do not turn naturally to gratitude, nor our hearts to rejoicing.

Yet from the midst of chaos and destruction, of terror, of desperation and of grief comes word which gives us much for which to be genuinely thankful.

We bless you for the loyalty and courage of men and women who put others’ needs before their own well-being and safety. For the steadfastness of those who see at first hand, the evil that men do – yet refuse to give in to despair.

For the strength and determination of those who have themselves experienced betrayal and trauma, yet continue to act with kindness and integrity. Above all, Lord, we give thanks that in our worship this morning, you have reminded us how you came to us in flesh and blood, in the Person of your Son, Jesus: assuring us that nothing, now, can ever separate us from your love; showing us the Way to live in him – and offering us fresh encouragement and hope.

Heavenly Father, may your Church on earth, in all its branches, be faithful and diligent in proclaiming the Gospel: especially when life is hard, and few are interested in hearing your Word. 

May we put aside our inner squabbles and jealousies, and focus only on modelling your love and goodness. Silence

Lord, hear us; Lord, graciously hear us

We ask your blessing on our Queen, and on all who play a part in maintaining the peace and stability of our nation. May they act with honesty and honour, wisdom and empathy, both for the good of the country, and of the wider world. Silence

Lord, hear us; Lord, graciously hear us

Remembering that you have made all people in your image, and that, in your eyes, every last one of us is precious, unique and infinitely beloved: we pray for those of our fellow beings who stand in special need. For the people of Afghanistan, whose plight is so much in the forefront of our minds just now. Silence

Lord, hear us; Lord, graciously hear us

For the peoples of other places, whose situation is no longer reported except in passing, but whose suffering goes on: in particular, we think of Haiti, where the hurricane season makes survival even more precarious for a society mired in endemic poverty, and shattered by its latest earthquake.

We think of Burma, and Hong Kong: where civil rights have been systematically removed, and protest silenced with harsh punishment.

We think of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ivory Coast, where there have been new outbreaks of ebola, as well as the coronavirus.

And we think of the people here at home: especially just now in Portsmouth, where violent crime, human trafficking and drug peddling destroy lives, and tear communities apart. Silence

Lord, hear us; Lord, graciously hear us

Lord of life, as we pray for the healing of the world, we ask also your help and blessing for those who are sick in body, mind and spirit; and your comfort for those who grieve.

While we offer our concern for those known to us, and who are part of our own local church family – we pray, too, that all may find the help and understanding they need to bring them relief. Silence

Lord, hear us; Lord, graciously hear us

In silence now, we make our own, private prayers

Silence

Lord, hear us; Lord, graciously hear us

With love and thanksgiving, we remember the faithful departed who now live, with you, in eternal glory. We bless you for their memory and example, and pray that our lives may echo theirs: so that, at the last, we may fulfil our hearts’ desire and join them by your side, for ever more: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Silence

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ

Amen.

Intercessor: Jane Taylor

Service sheet: Sunday 15th August 2021

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 822 When morning gilds the skies

COLLECT

O God, you make known your almighty power in your merciful compassion: increase your mercy towards us; that we, being eager for your promises, may inherit the treasures of heaven; 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

Proverbs 9. 1­ – 6

Wisdom’s Feast

Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. She has sent out her servant­girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, ‘You that are simple, turn in here!’ To those without sense she says, ‘Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.’

PSALM Psalm 34. 9­ – 14
R. O taste and see, O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.

Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones, for those who fear him lack nothing. Lions may lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good. R

Come, my children, and listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is there who delights in life and longs for days to enjoy good things? R

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from lying words. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. R

EPISTLE

Ephesians 5. 15­ – 20
Brothers and sisters, be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

GRADUAL HYMN – 220 Give to our God immortal praise

GOSPEL

John 6. 51­ – 58
Jesus said to the crowd: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’

OFFERTORY HYMN – 515 My God, and is thy table spread

COMMUNION HYMN – 83 Bread of heaven, on thee we feed

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal God, we have received a token of your promise. May we who have been nourished by holy things live as faithful heirs of your promised kingdom, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 40 (Omit v 3) Angel­-voices ever singing

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.page2image10144

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 200

Service Sheet: Sunday 8th August 2021

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468

St Dominic, Priest

INTROIT HYMN – 190 (Omit vv 5­8) For all the saints

COLLECT

Almighty God, whose servant Dominic grew in the knowledge of your truth and formed an order of preachers to proclaim the faith of Christ: by your grace give to all your people a love for your word and a longing to share the gospel, so that the whole world may come to know you and your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

APOCRYPHA

Ecclesiasticus 39. 1­ – 10
One who devotes himself to the study of the law of the Most High seeks out the wisdom of all the ancients, and is concerned with prophecies; he preserves the sayings of the famous and penetrates the subtleties of parables; he seeks out the hidden meanings of proverbs and is at home with the obscurities of parables. He serves among the great and appears before rulers; he travels in foreign lands and learns what is good and evil in the human lot. He sets his heart on rising early to seek the Lord who made him, and to petition the Most High; he opens his mouth in prayer and asks pardon for his sins. If the great Lord is willing, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding; he will pour forth words of wisdom of his own and give thanks to the Lord in prayer. The Lord will direct his counsel and knowledge, as he meditates on his mysteries. He will show the wisdom of what he has learned, and will glory in the law of the Lord’s covenant. Many will praise his understanding; it will never be blotted out. His memory will not disappear, and his name will live through all generations. Nations will speak of his wisdom, and the congregation will proclaim his praise.

PSALM Psalm 25. 3­ – 9
R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you have I hoped all the day long. R

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions, but think on me in your goodness, O Lord, according to your steadfast love. R

Gracious and upright is the Lord; therefore shall he teach sinners in the way. He will guide the humble in doing right and teach his way to the lowly. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. R

EPISTLE

1 Corinthians 1. 18­ – 25

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling­block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

GRADUAL HYMN – 186 Firmly I believe and truly

GOSPEL

Matthew 10. 5­ – 13

The Mission of the Twelve

Jesus sent out the twelve with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 844 Ye watchers and ye holy ones

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Merciful God, who gave such grace to your servant Dominic that he served you with singleness of heart and loved you above all things: help us, whose communion with you has been renewed in this sacrament, to forsake all that holds us back from following Christ and to grow into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

COMMUNION HYMN – 379 Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 200 Forth in the peace of Christ we go

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 8th August 2021

St Dominic

Let us pray to God, whose saints have shown his glory in the Church and in the world.

The response to “Sing praises to the Lord” is Whose love endures forever.

O God, you have enlightened your Church by the eminent virtues and preaching of St. Dominic, your confessor. Mercifully grant that by his prayers we may be protected against temporal necessities and daily improve in all that is spiritually good. 

Silence

May your church’s ministers and all her people know that they too are called to holiness.

Sing praises to the Lord- Whose love endures forever.

Sanctify all human striving towards a better world, that all may work together for good. Let the nations work together to overcome the devastating effects of the coronavirus.

Silence

Give wisdom to all in authority, to learn from those who in the past have governed with justice and mercy.

Sing praises to the Lord- Whose love endures forever.

In all our families, with our friends and at our work, help us to share the grace which we see in the life of Saint Dominic. Help us, in our congregation to emulate the lives of the Order of Preachers.

Grant, Lord, that we may emulate the love and community shown by the Olympic athletes in their striving to compete with each other.

Silence

Bless our community with the love that seeks peace and perfection for all. 

Sing praises to the Lord- Whose love endures forever.

Have compassion on those who suffer for the truth. May they find strength in the example of Saint Dominic. Grant strength and courage to journalists who cast light on the darkness of oppression to continue in the face of authoritarian pressure.

We bring before you those on St Michael’s Church prayer list.

Silence

Open the vision of holiness for the comfort of all who are afflicted in mind or body. Lord Jesus, most kind, bless us now and at the hour of our death. O Lord, deliver us from a sudden and unprovided death.

Sing praises to the Lord- Whose love endures forever.

We give thanks for blessed Dominic and for all who have left us a pattern of holy living. Draw to yourself all who have died, especially all those we now bring to mind. 

Silence

Give us grace to honour their memory not only with our lips, but in lives that make us worthy to come with them to eternal life in the heavenly glory.

Sing praises to the Lord- Whose love endures forever.

Gracious Lord, we ask that you hear our silent supplications. 

Silence

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

Intercessor: Richard Smith

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