Sunday 27th June – Fourth Sunday after Trinity




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.

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.


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.

Hymn: Now the green blade riseth


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.


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.

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.

Hymn: Great is Thy faithfulness

The Blessing

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

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.

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 March 28th – Palm Sunday




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

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 118)

This is the day the Lord has made!
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good!

The Lord is our strength and our song.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good!

He has become our victory!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good!

Hymn – Ride On Ride On in Majesty

Prayer of Preparation

Lord God Almighty, we come to worship you.
In our imagination, we join with the crowds who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday.
We rejoice that we can share in the wonder and joy of that occasion and we ask that you will guide us in our worship today. Amen


Lord Jesus, you came to change the world.
Forgive us when we become complacent.

Lord Jesus, you came to serve others.
Forgive us when we put our own needs first.

Lord Jesus, you came to bring peace.
Forgive us when we upset others and don’t stand up for justice.

Lord Jesus, you came to meet us where we are.
Forgive us when we don’t help each other through our struggles.


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.

Palm Sunday Bible reading based on Mark 11 1-11 & John 12 12-16

Hymn – We have a King who rides a donkey

Talk by Lucy Willshaw

Hello everyone. It is lovely to be with you here today and to be part of your family service for Palm Sunday.

For those of you who I haven’t met yet, my name is Lucy Willshaw and, since last autumn, I have been working as a youth and children’s worker in the Byland Group of Churches and also in Ampleforth and Kirkdale Benefices and Helmsley Parish. I have lived in Helmsley for twenty years and so I know and love this area very much. I am very much part of the local church community and I see my new role as a real gift, in that I am able to put time into reaching out to young people in a way that isn’t usually possible for churches in small, rural communities. I am really looking forward to being able to get out and about and more involved with life in the Byland Group as restrictions begin to ease.

But let’s get back to today! Today, we have been hearing all about what happened on the first Palm Sunday, about two thousand years ago in Jerusalem. I wonder what your favourite part of the story is. Maybe it is the donkey – the fact that Jesus knew just where to send the disciples to find it and that he chose a donkey over something grand, like a horse to ride into Jerusalem on. Maybe you like the fact that the crowd covered the road with cloaks and leaves to make a carpet for the donkey to walk on. Maybe you like the words the crowd were shouting – “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Whichever bit you liked best, we know that there were lots of people gathered and there was a great deal of noise and celebration.

Celebration. There doesn’t seem to have been much of that in the last twelve months, does there? But I am sure we have all found moments of celebration in the last year. I wonder what sorts of things you have celebrated… birthdays, Christmas, finally learning the 7 times table, a new job, Yorkshire Day, going back to school. Human beings love to celebrate special occasions and achievements.

And I wonder how we celebrate?

In normal times, one of the important things in a celebration is being able to gather together with family and friends. And in Jerusalem crowds of people gathered along the road when Jesus was arriving. I imagine that people were there in family groups or with their friends. They lined the streets in excitement just like we might do if we heard someone famous was visiting our town or village, or there was a special parade.

Our celebrations often centre around food – a birthday cake, chocolate at Easter time, a particular meal. And after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, he did go on to have a special meal, with his friends, to celebrate the Passover Festival.

We might wave things around as part of a celebration – streamers or flags or balloons. And in Jerusalem they waved palm branches as Jesus approached.

And we like to sing and chant and play music at a party or celebration. We have heard that everyone in Jerusalem was making a right old racket!

I wonder what Jesus thought of all the people and all the noise as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey that day… I think he certainly would have liked all the noise, because in the Bible it says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

So, no wonder we like a celebration if Jesus did! Just as those people in Jerusalem celebrated two thousand years ago, it is only right that we should celebrate with Jesus and celebrate Jesus, full stop. And not only should we should celebrate with the people of Jerusalem today, on Palm Sunday, but also in all areas of our lives.

Do you know, we have got a whole year coming up to do some extra celebrating! In the Diocese of York, a festival called the Children of Light Festival has just begun. This is a whole year of celebrating and encouraging young people in our churches. It began last weekend with a commissioning service led by the Archbishop of York, in which young people were sent out as beacons of light into their churches. I wonder what that means to you … to be a beacon of light. We have been through some dark and sad times in the last twelve months and we all want to see light at the end of the tunnel. Light is connected to hope. Young people are full of light and hope and life – something some of us older people in churches should remember and respect and learn from.

There will be some special events to get involved with and to enjoy together over the next year. But also, the year is about churches recognising how important it is to have young people as part of their church family and what they can do to encourage and nurture young people in their faith and as part of the church community. It wouldn’t have been just adults welcoming Jesus in Jerusalem two thousand years ago, children would have been there too, and our churches should reflect that, everyone welcoming and following Jesus together. And to help with that, the diocese will be providing training and resources, throughout the year, specifically to help churches and schools as they seek to inspire and support young people in their faith.

The year is about pilgrimage – going on a journey together – young people and older people together – travelling in faith and companionship. Just as Jesus journeyed with his disciples into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, in celebration and hope, so we journey together with Jesus throughout this year and beyond.

Do you know what else I think the festival is an opportunity for? I think it is time for young people to make a noise – just like the crowds who lined the streets on the way into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It’s time to sing and shout and get noticed! It’s time for churches to listen to young people.

That’s something worth celebrating, isn’t it?

We will now enjoy another song – Hosanna Rock.

Hymn – Hosanna Rock

Our Affirmation of faith

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.

Collect for Palm Sunday

True and humble King, hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory. 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


In our prayers, we look towards Holy Week and to walking the way of the cross with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, as we remember the crowds cheering on Palm Sunday when you rode into Jerusalem, we thank you for everything good in our lives.
Holy God, be with us this Holy Week

Lord Jesus, as we remember Holy Monday, when you turned over the tables of the money lenders in the temple, remind us of all the things that are so much more important than money.
Holy God, be with us this Holy Week

Lord Jesus, as we remember Holy Tuesday, when you taught the crowds about kindness and compassion in the Kingdom of God, help us to look after one another and to see God in all people.
Holy God, be with us this Holy Week

Lord Jesus, as we remember Holy Wednesday, when the woman poured expensive perfume all over your feet, help us to be generous people and to do what we can for people in need.
Holy God, be with us this Holy Week

Lord Jesus, as we remember Holy Thursday, when you ate supper with your friends, help us to be good friends and neighbours, and to share things willingly and unconditionally.
Holy God, be with us this Holy Week

Lord Jesus, as we remember Good Friday, when you were crucified, even though you had done nothing wrong, we pray for people who suffer, and we remember that you care for us all.
Holy God, be with us this Holy Week

Lord Jesus, as we remember Holy Saturday, when all was quiet and dark and no-one visited the tomb, we pray for people who feel alone; help us to be a comfort to one another.
Holy God, be with us this Holy Week

Lord Jesus, together we look forward to Easter Sunday, remembering that God has promised new life for all and that there is nothing, not even death, that can overcome His love for us.

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.

Sending Out

Merciful God, as we enter Holy Week, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem
and to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Stir up within us the gift of faith, that we may not only praise Him with our lips,
but may follow Him in the way of the cross.

Hymn: Meekness and Majesty

Blessing & Dismissal

May the road rise up to meet us.
May the wind be always at our back.
May the sun shine warm upon our face;
the rains fall soft upon our fields and, until we meet again,
may God hold us in the palm of His hand

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