Trinity 2 - 21st June 2020

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Opening hymn:  “We have a Gospel to proclaim”

Recorded by the Choral Scholars of St Martin's-in-the-Field, London for use by parish churches during the pandemic

Closing Music Handel: 'La Rejouissance' 

Played by Andrea Board, Organist for Cowley parish church 

The parish church of St Peter’s, Stratton near Cirencester holds both a CCLI Copyright licence No. 1038214 and a Streaming licence No. 1074410 

 

Preparation

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

(silence)

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

Amen.

 
The Word of God

 

Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-end

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my cry of supplication.
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
    for you will answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and bow down before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant;
    save the child of your serving girl.
17 Show me a sign of your favour,
    so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Scripture Reading

 

Jeremiah 20: 7 - 13

O Lord, you have enticed me,
   and I was enticed;
you have overpowered me,
   and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughing-stock all day long;
   everyone mocks me. 
For whenever I speak, I must cry out,
   I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’
For the word of the Lord has become for me
   a reproach and derision all day long. 
If I say, ‘I will not mention him,
   or speak any more in his name’,
then within me there is something like a burning fire
   shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
   and I cannot. 
For I hear many whispering:
   ‘Terror is all around!
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’
   All my close friends
   are watching for me to stumble.
‘Perhaps he can be enticed,
   and we can prevail against him,
   and take our revenge on him.’ 
But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior;
   therefore my persecutors will stumble,
   and they will not prevail.
They will be greatly shamed,
   for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonour
   will never be forgotten. 
O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous,
   you see the heart and the mind;
let me see your retribution upon them,
   for to you I have committed my cause. 

Sing to the Lord;
   praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
   from the hands of evildoers. 

 

Reflections

 

Response

 

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All   And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All   Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All   And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

you will appear with him in glory.

All   Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,

and Christ shall give you light.

from Colossians 3

 

Prayers

 

Let us pray to our heavenly Father

Who is familiar with our world

And understands our humanity.

Lord of all, where ever Christians are ridiculed

Or persecuted for their faith,

We ask your courage and inner strength;

Wherever we are called to be your witnesses, 

We ask for the grace to communicate your love.

Wherever love for you has grown cold

We ask you to fan the flames again.

(silence)

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

Lord, where ever bodies, minds or spirits 

are wracked with pain, 

or too weak or exhausted to pray

we ask the bathing love of your presence

and the practical caring of hands working in your name.

Let’s pause and name loved ones before God…

(silence)

Wherever there are doubts and the battle is strong

As ask your empowering and clear guidance

(silence)

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

Wherever nature’s beauty or the daily miracles around us

Alert us to your face, we thank you for the grace

To live the resurrection life

 

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers 

For the sake of your Son 

Our Saviour Jesus Christ

Amen

 

Collect

O God,

the strength of all those who put their trust in you,

mercifully accept our prayers

and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature

we can do no good thing without you,

grant us the help of your grace,

that in the keeping of your commandments

we may please you both in will and deed;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

 

The Blessing

 

 


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