The following hymns, readings, and prayer responses will be used to enhance our Sunday Morning Worship which our regular pattern of Morning Prayer.

This will be streamed live on our Facebook page at 9am on Sunday and then available for you to follow in your own time after that either on our Facebook page or on YouTube.

There will be a link to the YouTube service emailed with the weekly reflection used in this service.

Opening Hymn

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
    sing and praise your God and mine!
Great the Lord in love and wisdom,
    might and majesty divine!
He who framed the starry heavens
    knows and names them as they shine.

Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
    Wounded souls his comfort know;
those who fear him find his mercies,
    peace for pain and joy for woe;
humble hearts are high exalted,
    human pride and power laid low.

Praise the Lord for times and seasons,
    cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;
spring to melt the snows of winter
    till the waters flow again;
grass upon the mountain pastures,
    golden valleys thick with grain.

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
    peace and plenty crown your days;
love his laws, declare his judgements,
    walk in all his words and ways;
he the Lord and we his children:
    praise the Lord, all people, praise!
Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926) based on Psalm 147

Matthew 13: 1-9 

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”

The Benedictus

Bless the Lord, the God of Israel,
who has come to set us free.
He has raised for us a Saviour
sprung from royal David’s tree.
Through his prophets God had spoken
of the hope the Christ would bring;
of his faithfulness and mercy
let each generation sing.
 
Long ago God made a promise
he would set his people free,
that in all our life and worship
we might know true liberty,
to be holy, to be righteous
in his sight throughout our days;
now this child will be a herald
making ready all God’s ways.
 
Let all people know salvation
through forgiveness of their sin,
as our God in his compassion
bids a shining dawn begin.
So may all who dwell in darkness
see the shadows disappear
while he guides our feet in pathways
where his peace is ever near.
 
To the Father be all glory
with the Spirit and the Son,
as it was, is now and shall be
while eternal ages run.
Words: Anne Harrison, based on 1:68-79 © The Archbishops' Council 2005

Prayer Response

Jesus, Lord of love....
...in you mercy. hear.

Collect

Almighty God,
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Final Hymn

Father of heaven, whose love profound
    a ransom for our souls hath found,
before thy throne we sinners bend,
    to us thy pardoning love extend.

Almighty Son, incarnate Word,
    our Prophet, Priest, Redeemer, Lord,
before thy throne we sinners bend,
    to us thy saving grace extend.

Eternal Spirit, by whose breath
    the soul is raised from sin and death,
before thy throne we sinners bend,
    to us thy quickening power extend.

Thrice Holy!  Father, Spirit, Son;
    mysterious Godhead, Three in One,
before thy throne we sinners bend,
    grace, pardon, life to us extend.
Words: Edward Cooper (1770–1833)
 
opyright: Common Worship © The Archbishops' Council  © The Archbishops' Council 2000;
Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. 

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