Welcome to the Byland Churches website – July 2021

Our website was set up in March 2020, in response to the closure of our church buildings due to the Coronavirus pandemic, as a place for us to hear the Word of God and worship in our own homes.

Worship online, both clergy and lay-led, has been produced regularly up to June 2021 and is still available to revisit or watch for the first time by scrolling through or via the calendar. We warmly invite you to share in that with us.

We are currently having a pause in producing these services and we would love to welcome you in person to our worship across the Benefice churches and details of what is happening and where can be found under the “Services in Church” tab.

As we move into a new phase of reduced legal restrictions with regard to COVID, we are of course looking forward to being able to worship more “normally” again – but being safe in our churches will continue to be our priority.

As we feel our way forward together over the next few weeks, we ask that you continue to sanitise hands and to bring a mask to services. There may be slight differences in each church, not least as we must of course respect the wishes of the clergy who are kindly leading services for us in the vacancy. If you have any questions please contact the relevant churchwarden prior to the service (details under the “Contact” tab).

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Most of our buildings are now starting to open again every day and we welcome you to visit – please contact the churchwarden if you would like to check before you go.

Wishing you all a very peaceful and refreshing summer!

Sunday 27th June – Fourth Sunday after Trinity

PLAY WHOLE SERVICE

INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS

Preparation

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

Hymn: All my hope on God is founded

We have come together in the name of Christ
to offer our praise and thanksgiving,
to hear and receive God’s holy word,
to pray for the needs of the world,
and to seek the forgiveness of our sins,
that by the power of the Holy Spirit
we may give ourselves to the service of God.

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Lord God,
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Father of all mercies
cleanse you from your sins,
and restore you in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessed is the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of our prayer;
therefore shall our hearts dance for joy
and in our song will we praise our God.

Blessed are you, Lord our God,
creator and redeemer of all;
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world
and in your great love fashioned us in your image.
Now, through the deep waters of death,
you have brought your people to new birth
by raising your Son to life in triumph.
May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts
as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever.

The Word of God

Psalm 30

1    I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have raised me up  
and have not let my foes triumph over me.
2    O Lord my God, I cried out to you  
and you have healed me.

3    You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;  
you restored me to life from among those that go down to the Pit.
4    Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;  
give thanks to his holy name.

5    For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,
his favour for a lifetime.  
Heaviness may endure for a night,
but joy comes in the morning. 
6    In my prosperity I said,
‘I shall never be moved.  
You, Lord, of your goodness,
have made my hill so strong.’

7    Then you hid your face from me  
and I was utterly dismayed.
8    To you, O Lord, I cried;  
to the Lord I made my supplication:

9    ‘What profit is there in my blood,
if I go down to the Pit?  
Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
10  ‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;  
O Lord, be my helper.’ 

11  You have turned my mourning into dancing;  
you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;
12  Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;  
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

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.

Old Testament Reading

Lamentations 3: 23-33

Hymn: New every morning is the love

New Testament Reading

Mark 5: 21-43

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.
And Christ shall give you light.
You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.
Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on the earth.
And Christ shall give you light.
When Christ our life appears you will appear with him in glory.
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,
and Christ shall give you light.

Sermon

If I was going to have a text for today’s sermon, it would be the first verse of our Old Testament reading – Lamentations 3 verse 23.

“The Lord’s compassions are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”

Today’s New Testament reading, from Mark’s gospel, is about three desperate people, desperate in their different needs for compassion. So let’s have a look at their stories, and see how Jesus met their needs.

One of the three is a man, Jairus, one of the leaders of the local synagogue, and so a well known public figure. He is desperate because his daughter is dying.

Another is a woman. It seems that her periods are out of control and have been for years, and so she will probably has been unclean for all that time. Being unclean means other people who come into physical contact with them will automatically be considered unclean for the rest of that day – it doesn’t make for a good social life. Not surprisingly, she is desperate to remain out of the public eye.

The third is a child, the daughter of Jairus.

Now, in our gospel reading we met Jairus first. His daughter is seriously ill, doing downhill and now is moribund. He comes to Jesus, falls at His feet and pleads with Jesus to come to his house to save his daughter. Falling at someone’s feet and pleading with them is not normal for public figures unless they are really desperate, especially when there is a crowd all round. But Jairus recognises that Jesus is the one person he knows who could lay hands on her so that she would be healed and live.

Jesus starts on the way to Jairus’ house when something happens that only Jesus is aware of. He feels power going out of Him. So Jesus stops and asks the crowd who has touched His clothes. The woman is not wanting to embarrass herself or anyone else and so stays quiet. The disciples think that in the circumstances that’s a daft question, but Jesus knows what He is doing and keeps looking round.

Eventually the woman, all of a-tremble with fear falls at His feet and tells Him her story, and that she can feel in her body that she has been healed. Jesus affirms this for her, reassuring her that her faith has healed her, and she can go in peace, being freed from her physical suffering. According to the law this means that after waiting a week, she can see a priest and offer a sacrifice. Then she will become ceremonially clean again, and can get to enjoy a normal social life once more.

But by this time, Jairus has received a message from home to say that his daughter is now dead, and there is no point in bothering Jesus any more. Jesus overhears this, and tells Jairus not to be afraid, but to just believe. In the Greek the word here translated as ‘believe’ is the same word as Jesus had used telling the woman with her medical condition that her ‘faith’ had healed her. Did that make it easier for Jairus, having witnessed the woman’s miracle, dare to believe Jesus could do something even more miraculous for his daughter?

Jesus only lets Peter, James and John accompany him with Nicodemus to the synagogue leader’s house. There they find quite a commotion, with people crying and wailing. Jesus felt the previous miracle happen in the middle of a crowd, but for this miracle, there need to be peace and quiet.

Jesus puts everyone out of the house except Jairus and his wife and his three disciples. He needs to speak to the child, and for that there needs to be peace.

He takes the girl by the hand and speaks to her. ‘Talitha koum’ are the words He says. It is Aramaic, a language closely related to Hebrew, which was more commonly used in every day life in those days. It literally translates as ‘Little girl, get up’. And straight away, she did. Everyone else in the room was amazed. Then Jesus told them to keep this quiet, almost certainly for the sake not only of the child but also of the family and Himself. Just as bad news can come as a shock and need time to adjust too, so can unexpectedly good news.

This might be a good time to pause for a moment to let the whole story of two miracles, both dramatic in different ways sink in. One miracle was for someone with a very private diagnosis, yet in the end she made a very public acknowledgement of it; the child’s death, was made public news, but the miracle was kept as private as possible at the time.

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So, what sort of people was Jesus interested in helping and healing? All sorts.

There was a man, a man of high social standing who couldn’t bear to lose his daughter. There was a woman – someone with a physically draining and socially damaging medical condition. And there was the twelve year old girl who wasn’t going to make it to adulthood.

A child, a male adult and a female adult.
A socially high profile public figure, someone socially almost an outcast, and a child yet to find a definitive social state.
A fatal illness, a chronic life sapping illness, and a sudden family life crisis.

They all needed a fresh start in some way

And Jesus found time and an answer for all of them. How come? Do you remember our text for today?

“The Lord’s compassions are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness”

Every morning we get a fresh start in life – a new day, a new beginning. As our second hymn put it: ‘New every morning is the love our waking and uprising prove’. It’s an even fresher start if we have remembered the night before to do what the Bible also teaches – not to let the sun go down on our wrath, in other words not to go to bed angry. Even if we can’t forgive fully about whatever stimulated it that day, a start on it is good. If that seems impossible, saying to yourself and God that you want to would be a something.

Jesus gave them all a fresh start by making sure they had the time they needed for healing to take place. We can follow this example by giving ourselves time to have a conversation with God about what is troubling us. Not just by us talking to God, but also by us including time to listen to His reply, maybe even having a bit of a conversation sometimes. We may even get a sense of how glad He is that we have chosen to do this.

And after we have let ourselves engage with God this way, we can appreciate even more the hymn we will end this service with, ’Great is thy faithfulness’. Each little step of faith we take, God will show us a bit more of His faithfulness, which makes it a bit easier for us to take our next step of faith, and that is how we grow in faith – not so much what we think, though that comes into it too, but what we put into daily practice of living a life of growing compassion ourselves.

The Creed

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.
Amen.

Hymn: Now the green blade riseth

Prayers

Father God,
we praise and thank you for your compassion and faithfulness

We bring before you today our longing and desire to see your healing in our world.
We pray for our Queen, our government and all world leaders that they will look to you for guidance in dealing with the problems of their countries. May they grow in compassion and look for the health and well being of all their citizens.

We pray that they will promote peaceful living together. We pray for support for their medical services in the global fight against Covid. May they discover through experience your compassion and faithfulness

Lord, in your compassion
Hear our heartfelt prayer

Father God,
we bring before you today all parents trying to bring up their children to the best of their abilities. We pray for those who have ill or handicapped children, that they will find the compassion and support they need in such difficult times, be it from family, friends, neighbours or medical services. May they discover that You feel with them, and will honour the sacrifices they make on their children’s behalf.

We also pray for those who have lost children, be it to death or other circumstances, that they will have those around to support them in their grief.
May they discover through experience your compassion and faithfulness

Lord, in your compassion
Hear our heartfelt prayer

Father God,
we bring before you today those with private illnesses, those they are too embarrassed to tell anyone else about. We pray that they will in some way discover that you love them, do not think any the less of them and help them find someone who they can confide in who will help them find the medical help they need, and also the help that you freely offer.
May they find through experience your compassion and faithfulness

Lord, in your compassion
Hear our heartfelt prayer

Father God,
we bring before you our churches. May our Christian leaders be ever open to hearing your voice, and putting your longings into action. Give them the grace to lead by example and promote healing of rifts between your family members.

We pray for more unity between different churches and denomination, that we may all work to become more at unity with each other, just as Jesus, and You, His Father are one.
May we find through experience your compassion and faithfulness

Lord, in your compassion
Hear our heartfelt prayer

Father God,
we bring before you ourselves. Give us the honesty to see ourselves in a truer light, that we may see where our lives fall short of your longings for us. Help us become aware of the faults in us that we feel embarrassed about. Give us the courage to confess them to you and receive your sense of forgiveness, that we may no longer be a burden and distraction to ourselves but may be freed to rejoice all the more in your love, forgiveness and freedom to live and worship to your glory.
May we find through experience your compassion and faithfulness

Lord, in your compassion
Hear our heartfelt prayer

Lord, in your faithful compassion
All Hear our heartfelt prayers,
and accept them
for the sake of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

The Collect 

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
as our Saviour 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.

Offertory Prayer

Generous God, we thank you for all you have given us.
We thank you for all the ways that we can give to you in return.
We ask that through our gifts we will see your Kingdom grow
in our hearts and in our homes,
in our neighbourhoods and our nations;
to the glory of your name.
Amen.

Hymn: Great is Thy faithfulness

The Blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
and keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
Amen.

Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.



Sunday 23rd May – Pentecost

WHOLE SERVICE

INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS

Greeting

Welcome in the name of Christ.

Alleluia. Christ is risen
He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Today is Pentecost, let us say together:

The wind of God is blowing!
The fire of God is blazing!
The joy of God is flowing in this place!

Song 1: The Spirit lives to set us free

Let us pray together

Almighty God, help us today to be open to your Spirit;
to hear your word, to proclaim your glory
and to celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Setting the scene – “Be filled with the Holy Spirit”

Before we come to know Jesus our lives are a bit like this balloon (show a flat balloon), they are empty of God, empty of real life.

However, when we come to Jesus and turn away from living in our own selfish way, Jesus does something wonderful:

He breathes His Holy Spirit into our spirits and fills us with the life of God. (blow up balloon)

This life of God completely changes us as you can see.

But this life is not meant to be just kept inside us for our own benefit. Jesus wants to send us out into the world with the power to change the world.

Watch this balloon move as the power of the breath inside it moves it (release balloon so it flies off).

In the same way as the breath in the balloon sent it out, the Holy Spirit within us will send us out into the world to do the things that Jesus wants us to do.

He may send us out to share Jesus’ love with our friends at school and our family at home.

He may send us out to bring hope to a neighbour who is depressed or to support a work colleague.

He may send us out to pray for someone who is sick or to fight for justice for the poor.

You see God wants everyone to know that they are loved, and that through Jesus they can become a part of His great family.

He chooses each one of us to go and share this great news in all sorts of wonderful ways and He gives us His power through the Holy Spirit to be able to do it.

Confession

Lord, we admit that we neglect your creation and ignore the needs of the world.
Fill us with your Spirit. Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

Lord, we admit that we do nothing when we should take action.
Fill us with your Spirit. Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Lord, we admit that we forget to listen for your Word.
Fill us with your Spirit. Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

Absolution

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins and restore us in his image;
to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Collect for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Talk – “The Helper arrives”

Jesus told his friends to wait in Jerusalem – to wait for the Helper he’d promised to send them.

So they waited. They waited and they prayed for forty days. And while they waited the streets of Jerusalem filled up with people from every land. People from the north and from the south. From the east and from the west. People from all around the world, who came together to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.

Jesus’ friends were in an upstairs room when suddenly some surprising things began to happen.

They heard a wind blow, harder than the fiercest storm. But nothing was blown about!

They heard the flickering of flames and they watched tongues of fire lick and lap and land on their heads – but nobody smelled any smoke!

And then the Helper came – the Holy Spirit – and he filled them all with the presence and power of God!

And what they heard next was talking – strange words pouring out of each and every mouth.

So they rushed outside, eager to tell the crowd what had happened. And now, suddenly, everyone could understand. People from the north and from the south. People from the east and from the west. People from all around the world. For now Jesus’ friends were able to speak in foreign languages – languages they had never learned – all because of God’s Holy Spirit! What better way to tell the world about Jesus?

“So that’s what it’s all about,” said a man from Spain. “That’s amazing!” said a woman from Africa. “Tell me again?” asked a man from France. But there were others who thought Jesus’ friends were just talking nonsense.

“These people are drunk!” one man shouted. “It’s nothing but a load of gibberish!”

And that’s when Peter stood up. Peter – who had been with Jesus from the start. Peter – the fisherman. Peter – who had never made a speech in his life!

“Listen everybody!” he shouted. “We are not filled with wine. We are filled with something else – God’s own Holy Spirit! Many years ago a prophet said that this would happen – that God would send his Spirit to help not just special people like prophets and kings, but everyone! That has happened to us today. And it has happened because Jesus, who died on a cross, was brought back to life by God himself and now sits beside God in heaven! It was Jesus who sent this wonderful gift to us. Jesus, the Special One we have been waiting for all these years. Jesus, who was put to death by you.”

The people were sorry for what they had done to Jesus. “What can we do?” they cried.

“Tell God you’re sorry,” said Peter. “Let him wash away all the bad things you have done. And you will receive his Holy Spirit too”.

So that’s what the people did. Three thousand of them! They told God they were sorry. They were baptised. And they were filled with God’s Holy Spirit.

People from the north and from the south. People from the east and from the west. People from all over the world!

So Jesus did send a Helper for his friends – the Holy Spirit.

And the Holy Spirit helped them to share the message of Jesus with all the visitors who were in the city at the time.

When those visitors went back home, many of them took the message of Jesus with them – and that’s how the good news of Jesus began to spread all over the world!

Song 2: Come Down O Love Divine

Affirmation of faith

God’s spirit is building us into God’s people so let us declare together what we believe:

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 one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

We come now to our time of prayer and we begin with our Offertory Prayer:

Generous God, we thank you for all that you have given us.
We thank you for the ways in which we can give to you in return.
We ask that through our gifts, be they of time, talents or money, we will see your Kingdom grow, in our hearts and in our homes, in our neighbourhood and in our nations.
To the glory of your Name. Amen

Let us pray:

Holy Spirit of God, set our hearts on fire with your love.
Give us the courage and faith to say “yes” to You; to be Your people in this place;
to spread your Word and to build up your Church.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Breathe on us God with your Spirit.
Open our hearts and our minds, we pray, to the nudges from your Spirit.
May we not be afraid to go with You on adventures as God’s people; but always to have faith that you will be with us, by our side.
Breathe on us God with your Spirit

Give us wisdom God by your Spirit.
Guide us, we pray, so that in all we do and all we say, your love will shine through. Show us the best ways, through the guidance of your Spirit, to reach the people we meet in our daily lives so that their hearts too may be set ablaze with Your love.
Give us wisdom God by your Spirit

Empower us God by your Spirit, to speak out confidently for justice and for peace in your Name. Open our eyes, we pray, to see what needs to be seen in the world around us. Remind us that even when problems seem huge and we feel helpless, that we can always find your help in prayer.
Empower us God by your Spirit

Heal us God by your Spirit.
We pray for all the areas of our world that need your healing. There are so many places and people in our broken world which are torn apart by war, by famine, by fear. We offer them up into your all-embracing arms.
We remember quietly in our hearts anyone we know in need of your healing, and we pray that they may know your comfort and love.
Heal us God by your Spirit.

Encourage us God by your Spirit.
Give us confidence, we pray, to share the Good News of Your love with others and to do your will in this world, knowing you are there with us always.
Encourage us God by your Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit and fill our hearts today, that we may grow in the knowledge of your love. Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer:

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.

Song 3: Breath on me breath of God

Sending Out

May God’s Holy Spirit be in our life.
(place hand on heart)
May God’s Holy Spirit be in our world.
(sweep hand out in front)
May God’s Holy Spirit be love between us.
(hold out hands)
And may God bless us all. Amen

Dismissal

We go into the world, filled with the Spirit;
to walk in God’s light, to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory. Amen

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Song 4: All over the world, the Spirit is moving

Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Common Worship material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.