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.

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.


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.


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.

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




Five finger prayer sheet download

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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.