St Peter’s is now open for a Service of the Word every Sunday at 10am.

For those unable to join us in person,  the words and prayers for Sunday August 2nd are below. 

 

A SERVICE OF THE WORD

August 2nd 2020, Trinity 8

 

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Welcome to St Peter, De Beauvoir Town.

 

The Lord of all creation be with you.

The Lord bless you.

 

We come from scattered lives to meet with God.

Let us recognise God’s presence with us now.

 

Silence is kept.

 

As God’s people we have gathered:

Let us worship God together.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Hymn to be played while words are read silently

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto me and rest;
lay down, O weary one, lay down
your head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
weary and worn and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light;
look unto me, your morn shall rise,
and all your days be bright.”
I looked to Jesus and I found
in him my Star, my Sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk,
’til trav’ling days are done.

 

Opening prayer

 

God of our days and years,

we set this time apart for you.

Form us in the likeness of Christ

so that our lives may glorify you.

Amen.

 

Prayers of penitence

 

We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden, to ask for forgiveness and peace.

 

Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy

forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly,

love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.

 

We have not always worshipped God, our creator.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

We have not always followed Christ, our Saviour.

 

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

We have not always trusted in the Spirit, our guide.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

AMEN.

 

Collect

 

Lord God,

your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

when we are needy save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

AMEN.

 

Readings

 

Genesis 32.22-31

 

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’ So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ Then the man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’ Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’ The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

 

Romans 9.1-5

 

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Silence

 

The Gospel

Matthew 14.13-21

 

Jesus loaves and fishes

 

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

Sermon

 

The Creed

 

Let us declare our faith in God.

 

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us

with power from on high.

We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

Prayers for the church and for the world

 

Lord, meet us in the silence

And hear our prayer.

 

As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your 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 for ever.

Amen.

 

Instrumental played by local cellist Alexandra Fletcher

 

Thanksgiving

 

Let us give thanks and praise for all God’s gifts

Silence

 

For birth and life and strength of body,

for safety and shelter and food,

we give you thanks:

we praise your holy name.

 

For sight and hearing and the beauty of nature,

for words and music and the power of thought,

we give you thanks:

we praise your holy name.

 

For work and leisure and the joy of achieving,

for conscience and will and depth of feeling,

we give you thanks:

we praise your holy name.

 

For grace and truth in Jesus Christ,

for the gifts of the Spirit and the hope of heaven,

we give you thanks:

we praise your holy name.

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Blessing & Dismissal

 

Jesus says to his disciples,

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

Not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid.’

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

Notices including banns of marriage

 

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.

 

The Lord bless you and watch over you,

the Lord make his face shine upon you

and be gracious to you,

the Lord look kindly on you and give you peace;

and the blessing …

 

We go into the world

to walk in God’s light,

to rejoice in God’s love

and to reflect God’s glory.

 

AMEN

 

 Read Vicar’s Reflection for August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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