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15th Sunday after Trinity
20th September 2020

¶        Preparation        

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.


1          Through the night of doubt and sorrow
            onward goes the pilgrim band,
            singing songs of expectation,
            marching to the promised land.

2          Clear before us through the darkness
            gleams and burns the guiding light;
            pilgrim clasps the hand of pilgrim,
            stepping fearless through the night.

3          One the light of God's own presence
            o'er his ransomed people shed,
            chasing far the gloom and terror,
            brightening all the path we tread;

4          One the object of our journey,
            one the faith which never tires,
            one the earnest looking forward,
            one the hope our God inspires:

5          One the gladness of rejoicing
            on the far eternal shore,
            where the one almighty Father
            reigns in love for evermore.

Igjennem Nat og Traengsel
Bernhardt Severin Ingemann (1789-1862)
tr Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)


God, who in generous mercy
sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church
in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith
and active in service;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


¶        Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Philippians 1.21-end


1          King of glory, King of peace,
            I will love thee;
            and that love may never cease
            I will move thee.
            Thou hast granted my request,
            thou hast heard me;
            thou didst note my working breast,
            thou hast spared me.

2          Wherefore with my utmost art
            I will sing thee,
            and the cream of all my heart
            I will bring thee.
            Though my sins against me cried,
            thou didst clear me;
            and alone, when they replied,
            thou didst hear me.

3          Seven whole days, not one in seven,
            I will praise thee;
            in my heart, though not in heaven,
            I can raise thee.
            Small it is, in this poor sort
            to enrol thee:
            e'en eternity's too short
            to extol thee.

George Herbert (1593-1633)

Gospel Reading: Matthew 20.1-16

Reflection (pdf)    


Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.
We believe in God the Father, who created all things: f
or by his will they were created and have their being.
We believe in God the Son, who was slain:
for with his blood, he purchased us for God,
from every tribe and language, from every people and nation.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit: the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’
Even so come, Lord Jesus.


¶ Prayers


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. We are heartily sorry, and repent of all our sins. For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name.


We pray to God the Father, who has reconciled all things to himself in Christ:

For peace among the nations, that God may rid the world of violence and let peoples grow in justice and harmony …;
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who serve in public office, that they may work for the common good …;
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For Christian people everywhere, that we may joyfully proclaim and live our faith in Jesus Christ …;
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who suffer from hunger, sickness or loneliness, that the presence of Christ may bring them health and wholeness …;
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That we, with those who have died in faith, may find mercy in the day of Christ.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


The Lord’s Prayer

¶ Conclusion

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.


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