This Sunday’s service sheet

Sunday 2nd August

Trinity 8


The leader says

The Lord be with you.

All         And also with you.


OPENING HYMN (not played during phone service)

“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder”


       God so loved the world
       that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ
       to save us from our sins,
       to be our advocate in heaven,
       and to bring us to eternal life.

       As we prepare to hear God’s holy Word,
       let us call to mind our sins.

We pause to reflect in silence for a moment

All  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. 


       May God our Father forgive us our sins,
       and bring us to the fellowship of his table
       with the saints forever.



Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.

All   Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine

When you pass through the waters, I will be with
you.  When you walk through fire, you shall not be

All   I have called you by name; you are mine.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

All   Fear not, for I have redeemed you.

        I have called you by name; you are mine.

from Isaiah 43


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.


HYMN (not played during phone service)

“I am the bread of life”


Matthew 14:13-21Read by Veronica Garside

Feeding the Five Thousand

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.

at the end:

This is the word of the Lord.

All         Thanks be to God.

HOMILY (by Martina Lewis)


All   I believe in God, the Father almighty,
        creator of heaven and earth.

       I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,  
       who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
       born of the Virgin Mary,
       suffered under Pontius Pilate,
       was crucified, died, and was buried;
       he descended to the dead.
       On the third day he rose again;
       he ascended into heaven,
       he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
       and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

       I believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the holy catholic Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (by Margaret Penfound)

Generous God, creator and sustainer of our world and its people, we bring our requests to you, knowing that you hear us and will respond to those who ask in faith.

Our world is facing many crises at the present time, most of which humanity has caused. Father, grant us wisdom and insight to address the causes and learn from past mistakes. We pray for your guidance for those developing vaccines and other means to combat the spread of coronavirus and for patience and consideration for one another as we play our own part in preventing further outbreaks. Give wisdom to those in government whose decisions impact our way of life as they deal with conflicting interests.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

As we look to our faith to find answers, we pray for those trained to help us, those trained to guide us, those making decisions which will affect all our lives. We pray for our bishops and clergy, as they plan for a new way to worship, and our selves as we search for our roles in our Church’s new community.  We pray for the charities, which have been affected by the lock down, those who have not been able to access support, those finding funding to continue their services difficult, the volunteers who are not able to volunteer at the moment.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

We pray for the church, the body of Christ, as we try to continue to engage with people during this time of restrictions. Holy Spirit, inspire your church with new ideas for meaningful contact with one another and with those who are not yet part of your kingdom. May we use this time to consider afresh our priorities and be prepared to be part of a new way of serving you. Bless our clergy, Phill and Barbara, our bishops and archbishops and help them in coping with the changes to their work patterns and the challenges of technology.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

Many people’s lives have been turned upside down in the last few months. We pray for those whose employment has ceased, with little prospect of restarting.  For those who have lost their accommodation and those living in cramped housing with little opportunity to connect with the world outside. For those having to cope in confined spaces with restless children, an abusive partner, or parents with dementia. Help them to find moments of peace and to know the comfort of your presence in the chaos.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

Across the world, Christians are finding ways to continue to take the gospel to those who have yet to meet with Christ. We pray for Phill and Sylvie Good in Beirut as the lockdown continues there.  Help them, O Lord, with their language skills to keep in touch with the many Syrian refugees they have been helping. We pray for the many Bible Society outlets in many different countries and for their online programmes bringing hope and comfort to many.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

The suffering of others causes us distress, but we know that you are a God who heals and so we hold before you those who are ill, especially those fighting off the coronavirus. Lord Jesus, stretch out you healing hand to them and to others we know personally and make them whole once more.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

You have prepared a place with you in your heavenly kingdom for all those who die in the love of Jesus, so Lord we claim this promise for those who have left this earthly life. Comfort their loved ones and may they be reassured of the hope of eternity that knowing Christ as Lord brings.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

Lord God, whose we are and whom we serve, we place our lives afresh in your hands. Take us as we are and make us what you would have us be, and so fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may be strong for your service and used wholly for your glory.

All        Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers
For the sake of your Son
Our Saviour Jesus Christ



Believing the promises of God, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

All    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.


HYMN (not played during phone service)

Two songs based on the feeding of the five thousand, one to help us reflect:

“Five loaves and two fishes”

…and one for a bit of fun: “Jesus fed 5000 men”


The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.

All    Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
All    In the name of Christ, we go. Amen