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Order of Service for 26th July (Text File Only)



Shaftesbury Team Ministry

Team Livestream Service

6pm, 26th July 2020

7th Sunday after Trinity


The Gathering


O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.



The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,

the darkness falls at thy behest;

to thee our morning hymns ascended,

thy praise shall sanctify our rest.


We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,

while earth rolls onward into light,

through all the world her watch is keeping,

and rests not now by day or night.


As o'er each continent and island

the dawn leads on another day,

the voice of prayer is never silent,

nor dies the strain of praise away.


The sun that bids us rest is waking

our brethren 'neath the western sky,

and hour by hour fresh lips are making

thy wondrous doings heard on high.


So be it, Lord: thy throne shall never,

like earth's proud empires, pass away;

thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,

till all thy creatures own thy sway.

John Ellerton (182-1893)


This opening prayer may be said

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.


Silence is kept.


As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and for ever.



The Word of God


Psalm 119:129-136

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;  ♦

therefore my soul keeps them.

130 The opening of your word gives light;  ♦

it gives understanding to the simple.

131 I open my mouth and draw in my breath,  ♦

as I long for your commandments.

132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,  ♦

as is your way with those who love your name.

133 Order my steps by your word,  ♦

and let no wickedness have dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from earthly oppressors  ♦

so that I may keep your commandments.

135 Show the light of your countenance upon your servant  ♦

and teach me your statutes.

136 My eyes run down with streams of water,  ♦

because the wicked do not keep your law.


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.


1 Kings 3.5-12

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Romans 8.26-39

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Canticle – A Song of the Lamb

Let us rejoice and exult

and give glory and homage to our God. Alleluia.

1 Salvation and glory and power
belong to our God, ♦

whose judgements are true and just.

2 Praise our God, all you his servants, ♦

all who fear him, both small and great.

3 The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns: ♦

let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory.

4 For the marriage of the Lamb has come ♦

and his bride has made herself ready.

5 Blessed are those who are invited ♦

to the wedding banquet of the Lamb.

Revelation 19.1b, 2a, 5b, 6b, 7, 9b

To the One who sits on the

throne and to the Lamb ♦

be blessing and honour and glory and might,

for ever and ever. Amen.


Let us rejoice and exult

and give glory and homage to our God. Alleluia.


Matthew 13.31-33,44-52

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.




The Lord is my light and my salvation;

the Lord is the strength of my life.

The Lord is my light

and my salvation;


the Lord is the strength of my life.

The light shines in the darkness

and the darkness has not overcome it.

The Lord is the strength

of my life.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

The Lord is my light

and my salvation;

the Lord is the strength of my life.

from Psalm 27 and John 1


Gospel Canticle

You have done great things, O God,

and holy is your name.


1 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; ♦

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2 From this day all generations

will call me blessed; ♦

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name.

3 He has mercy on those who fear him, ♦

from generation to generation.

4 He has shown strength with his arm ♦

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5 Casting down the mighty from their thrones ♦

and lifting up the lowly.

6 He has filled the hungry with good things ♦

and sent the rich away empty.

7 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, ♦

to remember his promise of mercy,

8 The promise made to our ancestors, ♦

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

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.


You have done great things, O God,

and holy is your name.





These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer


Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

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.



The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.



The Conclusion

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with us all evermore.



Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.


© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005 The Bible readings (other than the psalms) are from The New Revised Standard Version

Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

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