All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

Choral Evensong from 

     The Book of Common Prayer

     Sunday, 31st July 2022
Seventh Sunday after Trinity  


(Please be seated for the Introit)
Introit :   O Trinity of Blessed Light.  -    C. Kenneth Turner (1904-1959)

The words may be followed in the hymn-book, No. 5. 

Composed for the Choir of Mansfield Parish Church, 1959


Dearly beloved [brethren],

    the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge

        and confess our manifold sins and wickedness;

     [and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before

        the face of almighty God our heavenly Father;

    but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent and

obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same by his infinite goodness and mercy.

    And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge

        our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do,

    when we assemble and meet together

    to render thanks for the great benefits that we have

        received at his hands,

    to set forth his most worthy praise,

    to hear his most holy word,

    and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary,

    as well for the body as the soul.

    Wherefore I pray and beseech you,

    as many as are here present,

    to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice,

    unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying [after me]:


Almighty and most merciful Father,

    we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.

    We have followed too much the devices and desires

        of our own hearts.

    We have offended against thy holy laws.

    We have left undone those things which we ought to have done.

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us.

    But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.

    Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults.

 Restore thou them that are penitent; according to thy promises declared unto humankind in Christ Jesu our Lord.

    And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

    that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

    to the glory of thy holy name.    Amen.



A priest says

    Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    who desireth not the death of a sinner,

    but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live;

    and hath given power, and commandment, to his ministers

    to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent,

    the absolution and remission of their sins:

    he pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent

        and unfeignedly believe his holy gospel.

    Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance,

        and his Holy Spirit,

    that those things may please him which we do at this present;

    and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy;

    so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our Father, which art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy name;

    thy kingdom come;  thy will be done,

    in earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation;

    but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom,

    the power and the glory,

    for ever and ever.     Amen.


These responses are used

     O Lord, open thou our lips

All   and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

     

    O God, make speed to save us.

All   O Lord, make haste to help us.

     

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

    and to the Holy Ghost;

All   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

    world without end. Amen.

     

    Praise ye the Lord.

All   The Lord's name be praised.




Psalmody   PSALM 107.    Confitemini Domino


1 O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.

2  Let them give thanks whom the Lord hath redeemed : and delivered from the hand of the enemy;

3  And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west : from the north and from the south.

4  They went astray in the wilderness out of the way : and found no city to dwell in;

5  Hungry and thirsty : their soul fainted in them.

6  So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : and he delivered them from their distress.

7  He led them forth by the right way : that they might go to the city where they dwelt.

8  O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

9  For he satisfieth the empty soul : and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

10  Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : being fast bound in misery and iron;

11  Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord : and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest;

12  He also brought down their heart through heaviness : they fell down, and there was none to help them.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end. Amen.

           

First Reading:   Genesis 50: 4-26   King James Version

And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,

5  My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.

And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.

And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

8 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.

And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.

10  And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

11  And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

12  And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:

13  For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

14  And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

15  And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.

16  And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

17  So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

18  And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.

19  And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

20  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

21  Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

22  And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.

23  And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.

24  And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

25  And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

26  So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.


Here ends the First Lesson


Hymn  97   Father of heaven, whose love profound


The setting for the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis this evening is by J. Eric  Hunt (1903-1958) in E flat
Hunt, who was blind from birth, was born in London and served as Organist at Bickley in Kent and later in Shrewsbury - 16 years at each place.  This setting of the canticles dates from 1934.


 Magnificat  

      

1  My soul doth magnify the Lord :

  and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

2  For he hath regarded :

   the lowliness of his handmaiden.     

3  For behold, from henceforth :

  all generations shall call me blessed.     

4 For he that is mighty hath magnified me :

   and holy is his Name.     

5  And his mercy is on them that fear him :

   throughout all generations.     

6  He hath shewed strength with his arm :

   he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.     

7  He hath put down the mighty from their seat :

   and hath exalted the humble and meek     

8  He hath filled the hungry with good things :

   and the rich he hath sent empty away.     

9  He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :

   as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

    

Luke 1.46-55

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :

   and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end. Amen.



 New Testament Reading    1 Corinthians 14:1-19 King James Version

14  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10  There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11  Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12  Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13  Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15  What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16  Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17  For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18  I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19  Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.


Here ends the second Lesson

Nunc dimittis  

1  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :

   according to thy word.     

2  For mine eyes have seen :

   thy salvation;     

3  Which thou hast prepared :

  before the face of all people;     

4  To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :

   and to be the glory of thy people Israel.   Luke 2.29-32

     

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end.       Amen.


 The Apostles' Creed

   I believe in God the Father almighty,

   maker of heaven and earth:

   and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

   who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

   born of the Virgin Mary,

   suffered under Pontius Pilate,

   was crucified, dead, and buried.

   He descended into hell;

   the third day he rose again from the dead;

   he ascended into heaven,

   and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty;

   from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

   I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church;

   the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;

   the resurrection of the body,

   and the life everlasting.     Amen.

  


Prayers  

  The Lord be with you.

All  And with thy spirit.

     

 Let us pray.     

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

All  Christ, have mercy upon us.

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

     

All  Our Father, which art in heaven,

   hallowed be thy name;

   thy kingdom come;

   thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

   And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that trespass against us.

   And lead us not into temptation;

   but deliver us from evil. Amen.

     

   O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.

All  And grant us thy salvation.

     

   O Lord, save the Queen.

All  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

     

   Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All  And make thy chosen people joyful.

     

   O Lord, save thy people.

All  And bless thine inheritance.

     

   Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,

   but only thou, O God.

     

   O God, make clean our hearts within us.

All  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

     


Three Collects are said.


The Collect of the Day  

LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.. Amen.

 

The Collect for Peace  

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both, our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,  and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies  may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

All  Amen.



  The Collect for Aid against all Perils  

   Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

All  Amen.



Anthem  :  Hymn to the Trinity (Holy, Holy, Holy ).  – Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).
This is the first of his 3 Cherubic Hymns of 1884,  now set to English words


A reading from Saints & Pilgrims in the Diocese of St Albans

by Alan Smith +St Albans

31st July  –  Christina of Markyate C.1100-55 – Nun and Mystic


Hymn   125 - O for a thousand tongues to sing

Prayers - Lead by Richard Deadman

Hymn (Offertory) 163 - Angel voices ever singing


Blessing

THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

               

Organ Voluntary



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