Sunday 26th July 2020 – 7th Sunday after Trinity

Welcome to worship, which is led today by the Crayke family service team plus a few others. As usual, there is a playlist set up at the top to play the whole service, including hymns. Or you can go down the page and play each video separately, or read the words if you prefer.

If you are reading this before Sunday morning at 11.30am, please join us at our Zoom Coffee. Details available from Revd Stephen – see the contact page on the main menu.

YouTube Playlist

Service written out

Welcome & Greeting from Ann

Hello and welcome to everyone wherever you are.

I must say I have enjoyed watching the Byland Church Services on different days, at different times and from different places too. If you are watching on Sunday morning then don’t forget the zoom coffee after the service at half past 11.

Whoever you are, whenever you view this service, you will find it typical of Crayke Family Services. At St Cuthberts Church, family services are usually the first Sunday of each month and you would be welcome if you bring a child or not!

At the end of the service there will be links to a wordsearch, a crossword and a colouring all to do with the story today.

And so lets begin-

Welcome in the name of Christ.
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with us all. Amen

Hymn – Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Prayer of Preparation

Lord, direct our thoughts,
and teach us to pray.
Lift up our hearts to worship you in spirit and in truth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Collect for Seventh Sunday after Trinity

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.
Amen.

Confession

We confess to you our selfishness and lack
of love:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

We confess to you our fear and failure in
sharing our faith:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

We confess to you our stubbornness and
lack of trust:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

Absolution

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn – You are the vine

Psalm 119 v129-136 from The Message Bible.

Every word you give me is a miracle word—
    how could I help but obey?
Break open your words, let the light shine out,    let ordinary people see the meaning.
Mouth open and panting,
    I wanted your commands more than anything.
Turn my way, look kindly on me,    as you always do to those who personally love you.
Steady my steps with your Word of promise
    so nothing malign gets the better of me.
Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women    so I can live life your way.Smile on me, your servant;
    teach me the right way to live.
I cry rivers of tears    because nobody’s living by your book!

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Gospel reading Matthew 13 v31-33,44-52 NIV

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ

Story of the Mustard Seed & Talk – led by Ann Chappell

I have enjoyed being in my garden during the last 4 months of ‘lockdown’. The birds have been a delight. We have watched baby black birds, blue tits, long tailed tits, goldfinch, house martins, robins and many others too. In the sunshine among the birds, flowers and trees it has truly been a heavenly place. It has made us so thankful that we have Gods handiwork right here. So many people lead very different lives and the have little. In our bible reading today we heard how Jesus described the Kingdom of Heaven to the people around him. Jesus told parables to enable people to understand his teachings.This is the parable of the mustard seed.

“This is what the kingdom of Heaven is like” said Jesus. “Its like a mustard seed.” And he went on to say something like this:

“A mustard seed isn’t just a small seed. It isn’t even a very little seed. You couldn’t even call it a tiny seed. It’s a teensy, weensy, itsy, bitsy hardly-visible-at-all seed – that’s the mustard seed.
But when you plant it, and water it, and weed it, and wait for it to grow, it springs up into a bush.
Not a big bush. Not a large bush. Not a huge bush. But a great enormous gigantic bushy bush – that’s the mustard bush.
It grows so big, in fact, that the birds of the air find a home in it’s branches.
The tiny little hummingbirds.
The slightly bigger sparrows.
The roosters. The rooks. The parrots.
The hawks. The doves. The geese. The ducks. And the great big golden eagles.
All of them are welcome, all find a home in the mustard bush. Grown from the tiny mustard seed.
That’s what the kingdom of heaven is like.”

What a wonderful place heaven must be – a place for everyone. God cares for us so much, there will be a place for you and me. A tiny bit of faith can grow and grow, just as the tiny mustard seed grew.

A new window has been installed at St Cuthbert’s Church and it is a picture of St Cuthbert. He is surrounded by creatures. See how many birds you can count in the window the next time you enter the Church.

Hymn – For I’m building a people of power

Our Affirmation of faith, this is what we believe

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Gracious God, accept our gifts
and with them our lives
to be used in your service
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Five finger prayers

We start the five-finger prayer with our thumbs and pray for those closest to us:

Hold in your loving hands Lord, our families, our friends and our neighbours.
As we ease out of lockdown, enfold in your endless love all those who are anxious about the future; who are still isolated; who are still unable to see or hug their family.
Help us, as the communities of the Byland Churches, to share your love with those around us. Make us one Lord, in your body, in the kingdom of your Son.

Lord, your kingdom come
Your will be done

With our pointer fingers we pray for those who point us in the right direction;

Hold in your supportive hands Lord, our church leaders and our teachers.
As our church buildings begin to re-open and we consider the best ways to worship and serve you in the future, we pray for Liz, for Stephen and for our lay leaders.
We pray for the teachers in our schools working hard in these difficult times to keep learning going and to keep our children safe.
May they all know your unfailing support and wisdom.
Make us strong Lord, join our hearts Lord, through your Son

Lord, your kingdom come
Your will be done

With our index fingers we pray for our leaders:

Hold in your guiding hands Lord, the leaders of the world.
As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we pray for governments, for scientists and for all in positions of authority.
We pray that nations will learn and look forward together, changing what needs to be changed and working for justice and for peace.
May they look to you for direction and guidance.
Make us one Lord, in your body, in the kingdom of your Son.

Lord, your kingdom come
Your will be done

With our ring fingers we pray for those who are struggling:

Hold in your comforting hands Lord, all those who are unwell, in trouble or suffering in any way. At this time of separation from others, we pray for those who feel separated from you.
Help us to help them, we pray.
We lift to you anyone we know who needs our prayers today.
May they feel your reassuring comfort.
Make us strong Lord, join our hearts Lord, through your Son

Lord, your kingdom come
Your will be done

With our little fingers we pray for ourselves:

Hold us in your all enveloping hands Lord, we pray.
At this time of upheaval, help us to take time to pray, to listen and to learn from you.
Help us each to use our talents to grow your kingdom here on earth;
to become people of praise and to glorify your precious name.
Make us one Lord, in your body, in the kingdom of your Son

Lord, your kingdom come
Your will be done. Amen

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.

Sending Out

We go into the world in the name of Christ,
with the love of God
and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We go, but we do not go alone.
We go together and Christ goes with us. Amen

Hymn – He’s got the whole world in his hands

Dismissal & Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Links to resources

Colouring Sheet

Crossword

Wordsearch

Decoder

Five finger prayer sheet download

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 Worship 19th July 2020 – 6th Sunday after Trinity

Welcome

Welcome to worship today. As usual, there is a playlist set up at the top to play the whole service, including hymns. Or you can go down the page and play each video separately, or read the words if you prefer.

If you are reading this before Sunday morning at 11.30am, please join us at our Zoom Coffee. Details available from Revd Liz – see the contact page on the main menu.

YouTube Playlist

Here is another short video to watch, which is a 3 minute reflection from our new archbishop.

Service written out

Hymn – O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Gathering

Greeting

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

The Spirit of God hovered over the water
and brought life to all creation.

Come, Holy Spirit
and renew the face of the earth.

Silence is kept.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Prayer of Penitence

Human sin disfigures the whole creation,
which groans with eager longing for God’s redemption.
We confess our sin in penitence and faith.

We confess to you
our lack of care for the world you have given us.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

We confess to you
our selfishness in not sharing the earth’s bounty fairly.
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

We confess to you
our failure to protect resources for others.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

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.

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Collect

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 44: 6-8

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

Psalm 86: 11-17

Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
knit my heart to you, that I may fear your name.

I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
and glorify your name for evermore;

For great is your steadfast love towards me,
for you have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.

O God, the proud rise up against me
and a ruthless horde seek after my life;
they have not set you before their eyes.

But you, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion,
slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.

Turn to me and have mercy upon me;
give your strength to your servant
and save the child of your handmaid.

Show me a token of your favour,
that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;
because you, O Lord, have helped and comforted me.

HYMN – King of Glory, King of peace

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

Alleluia, alleluia.
You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things.
Alleluia.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Last week Stephen introduced us to the parable of the sower, this week we have the parable of the weeds. Again, this is one of the very few parables that has an explanation of what it means.

There is a field with the intended harvest and the pesky invading weeds. The good seed is the people of the kingdom and the weeds are everyone else.

It is a story that any gardener will find familiar. It tells of the difficulty of telling apart young plants because they look the same. A question I have often asked (and often got wrong) is “Is this a weed”?

Let’s find out more about these weeds in the gospel story.

The weeds that Jesus was probably speaking about at the time were the bane of existence for farmers. They were bearded darnel or LOLIUM TEMULENTUM. In the early stages of growth it looks just like wheat and is difficult to distinguish until it’s grown bigger, by which time the roots of both plants would be intertwined. Bearded darnel is slightly poisonous, causing dizziness and sickness and has a bitter taste. Definitely not something you want in your wheat by the time it goes to be ground into flour.

The question for me is what do we do about this story? How are we meant to react in response to it. We are all people of the kingdom – so what are we meant to do about the weeds?

The message I take away from this story is to leave the weeds to God. How much time do people spend judging one another? How much time do we spend figuring out whether someone is a true Christian or a good person or not? That is a waste of time. It is not the job of the harvest to sort out the weeds – that task belongs to the farmer.

The picture of wheat and weeds is not perfect. For a seed, it is already pre-determined which plant it will be. We are different. We can make choices about how we live our lives and whether we turn more towards the way of Jesus, or away. A plant cannot turn itself into a weed, a weed cannot turn itself into a plant. Yet every day we can move closer to Jesus or further away.

It is only God and Jesus and the Spirit, who know us well enough to see whether we are wheat or a weed.

Sometimes, it is very obvious that we are surrounded by weeds: people who damage those around them with their lack of love. We all know that we don’t live in a perfect world, that there are people in the world who are cruel, manipulative, crooked or spiteful. We also know that sometimes we can have these traits.

While it is not our place to judge, it is our responsibility to call out to God our despair at the strength of the weeds and to call on him to help. The answer is to pray. When you see problems in the world, pray about them. Cry out to God in rage, showing him the damage that is being done by the enemy. He will tell you when it is your job to take action about something. Otherwise, concentrate on growing up as a good seed, ready for harvest.

We need help to grow well and, elsewhere in the gospels, Jesus explains to his disciples what that help will be: the Spirit is given to help those who are listening.

A few weeks ago, I got together online with some people I was in a choir with 25 years ago. I leave you with Jesus’ words to the disciples as set by Thomas Tallis.

If ye love me, keep my commandment and I will pray the Father and he shall give you another comforter. That he may bide with you forever. Even the spirit of truth.

ANTHEM – If ye love me

Affirmation of Faith

We say together in faith

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:

for 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!
Amen.

Hymn – All over the world

Intercessions – prepared by Guy

Creator God, we are your children so we call you on you as our Father. Father you know the whole world is groaning, the whole world is afflicted with pain and loss caused by the Corona Virus. Give us all, whoever we are, wherever we are, patience to endure and strength to overcome these present troubles. Hold our hands father and hug us as we would hug each other if we could. And in your great love deliver us from the depths and darkness of our present and fill us with the light and comfort of your presence.

Abba, father, so we pray

Father, we pray for those who minister your word and teach your way, and especially we pray for Liz and Stephen. You have asked much of them recently- to guide us from afar, to hold our hand when they cannot be near, to be with us when we must all be apart. We thank them for all they have done and will yet do, and we thank you Lord for the strength and comfort you have brought to them in their recent ministry. We ask that you stay by their side so they can stay by ours.

Abba, father, so we pray

Father, you have made this earth and all its nations. Cast your wisdom upon those who rule your world, upon those who have to make impossible decisions, upon those who must chart a course through all the perils of unknown regions. Help them to bring the ship of your creation safe home. And give us all the wisdom of magnanimity. Take from them and take from us our anger and our keenness to blame so that we all may play our part and help us all reach calm waters

Abba, father, so we pray

Father, you are the first and last, our only hope, our only God. Look with loving kindness on all those who are trembling and afraid, whether for themselves or for others. Deliver them from their depths, fill them with the knowledge of your faithfulness and give them hope to light their darkness. And for those whose earthly end has come, grant them safe passage to the light and warmth of your presence and peace and happiness for all eternity.

Abba, father, so we pray

Father, we are your children, and we ask for your support and your guidance through the dark and uncharted seas in which we find ourselves. Throughout the world your whole people is groaning. Still our fears and heal our hearts. Fill us with your love so that we may wait patiently for calmer, sunlit waters. Stay close to us on our journey. Help us to be no longer children but to grow up into Christ. And help us to follow him, rejoicing.

Abba, father, so we pray

Amen

Offertory Prayer

God of life, saviour of the poor,
receive with this money
gratitude for your goodness,
penitence for our pride
and dedication to your service
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace

Peace to you from God who is our Father.
Peace from Jesus Christ who is our peace.
Peace from the Holy Spirit who gives us life.
The peace of the triune God be always with you
and also with you.

Spiritual communion

Today I will read the institution narrative from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, then offer a time of silence, finishing with the prayer for spiritual communion and the Lord’s prayer.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIVUK)

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits you have given me,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
O most merciful redeemer,
friend and brother,
may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Prayer

Silence is kept.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe,
creator of light and giver of life,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
In Jesus your light has shone out;
and you have given your Holy Spirit
as a mighty stream of life-giving water
to refresh and renew the face of the earth.
Let your light shine in us
that we may be beacons of justice
and bearers of hope.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Hymn – Thou whose almighty word

Blessing

May God
who clothes the lilies and feeds the birds of the sky,
who leads the lambs to pasture and the deer to water,
who multiplied loaves and fishes and changed water into wine,
lead us, feed us, multiply us,
and change us to reflect the glory of our Creator
now and through all eternity;
and the blessing …

The Dismissal

Go in the light and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God

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.