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Sunday 26th July

7th Sunday

after Trinity



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.


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.

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.

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)

Silent prayer


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 our Lord.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading  from the New Testament

Gradual psalm or song     

Gospel Reading

Reflection (pdf)    by the Revd Andrew King (Methodist Minister); also available in Audio

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power.
For you have created all things,
and by your will they have their being.


You are worthy, O Lamb,
for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language
and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom
and priests serving our God,
and they will reign with you on earth.

To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour, glory and might, for ever and ever.  Amen.





The Lord's Prayer




God of hope, grant that we,
with all who have believed in you,
may be united in the full knowledge of your love
and the unclouded vision of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Romans 8.26-39

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.

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New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Gradual Anthem


Morning glory, starlit sky, soaring music, scholar's truth,
flight of swallows, autumn leaves, memory's treasure, grace of youth;

Open are the gifts of God, gifts of love to mind and sense;
hidden is love's agony, love's endeavour, love's expense.

Love that gives, gives evermore, gives with zeal, with eager hands,
spares not, keeps not, all outpours, ventures all, its all expends.

Drained is love in making full; bound in setting others free;
poor in making many rich; weak in giving power to be.

Therefore he who shows us God helpless hangs upon the tree;
and the nails and crown of thorns tells of what God’s love must be.

Here is God, no monarch he, throned in easy state to reign;
here is God, whose arms of love aching, spent, the world sustain.

William Hubert Vanstone (1923-1999) © J W Shore
Anthem by Barry Rose

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The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at


Matthew 13.31-33,44-52

Jesus put before the crowd 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.’

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New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.



O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace:
give us grace seriously to lay to heart
the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions.
Take away all hatred and prejudice,
from godly union and concord;
that, as there is but one body and one Spirit,
one hope of our calling,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of us all,
so we may henceforth be all of one heart and of one soul,
united in one holy bond of peace, of faith and charity,
and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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We pray to the Lord.

For the unity of the Church in witness and proclamation of the Gospel …

Lord, hear our prayer.

For the peace and stability of all peoples and for the leaders of the nations …

Lord, hear our prayer.

For places of work, education and leisure …

Lord, hear our prayer.

For a blessing on our homes;
for our relations and friends and all whom we love …

Lord, hear our prayer.

For the sick and suffering
and all who minister to their needs …

Lord, hear our prayer.

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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. 

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. 

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