Morning Worship

Sunday 28 June 2020

Third Sunday after Trinity

Opening prayers

We meet in the presence of God, who knows our needs, hears our cries, feels our pain, and heals our wounds.

Give thanks to God through Jesus Christ.

Sing psalms, hymns and sacred songs:

Let us sing to God with thankful hearts.

Open our lips, Lord:

And we shall praise your name.

HYMN – Take my life

Reading: Genesis 22.1-14

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So, Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him.

On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now, I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Reading: Jeremiah 28.5-9

Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; and the prophet Jeremiah said, ‘Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfil the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles.

But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.’

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 13

  1. How long will you forget me, O Lord; for ever?  How long will you hide your face from me?
  2. How long shall I have anguish in my soul and grief in my heart, day after day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me?
  3. Look upon me and answer, O Lord my God; lighten my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
  4. Lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed against him,’ and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
  5. But I put my trust in your steadfast love; my heart will rejoice in your salvation.
  6. I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt so bountifully with me.

Glory be 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, world without end.
Amen

Canticle: Benedicite

  1. Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
  2. Bless the Lord you heavens: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
  3. Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
  4. Bless the Lord all people on earth: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
  5. O people of God bless the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
  6. Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
  7. Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
  8. Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit: bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart; Bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

The Song of the Three 35–37, 60–65

Glory be 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, world without end.
Amen

Collect for today

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
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

HYMN – All Creatures of our God and King

Reading: Romans 6. 12-23

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 10.40-42

‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’

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

DISCUSSION

Time for quiet prayer followed by intercessions

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us so we pray

Our Father in heaven
hallowed by you name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Amen

Closing prayer

In darkness and in light, in trouble and in joy, help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love, to serve your purpose, and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

The Lord God almighty is our Father:

He loves us and tenderly cares for us.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our Saviour:

He has redeemed us and will defend us to the end.

The Lord, the Holy Spirit, is among us

All he will lead us in God’s holy way.

We say the together:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all evermore.  Amen

Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord

Thanks be to God

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.

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