All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

C.W Communion Service Third Sunday after Trinity


Hymn - 100   All people that on earth do dwell (Old Hundredth)


In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you  

and also with you.


Prayer of Preparation


Sit or Kneel

      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.

Prayers of Penitence

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your

mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

All   Amen. Lord, have mercy.

 

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our

sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.


Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s

Commandments and to live in love and peace with all.


Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy

forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly,

love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.


Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   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 for Third Sunday After Trinity     Let us pray


Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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



The Liturgy of the Word     

Old Testament Reading           2 Kings 5.1-14

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, ‘If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’  So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said.  And the king of Aram said, ‘Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.’

He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments.  He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, ‘When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy.’ When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, ‘Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.’

But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, ‘Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.’  So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house.  Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, ‘I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy!  Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?’ He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him, ‘Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, “Wash, and be clean”?’  So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

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


New Testament reading   Galatians 6. [1-6] 7-16

My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.  For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.  All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads.

Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. 

See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand!  It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh.  May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!  As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

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


Hymn - 374   Help us to help each other (Dunfermline)

Gospel Reading    Luke 10.1-11, 16-20


Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, one God, who was, and who is, and who is to come, the Almighty.  cf Revelation 1.8


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.


After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.  Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.  Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!”  And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.  Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;  cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”  But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.”  ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.’

The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’  He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.  See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’

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This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

It is strange that all the synoptic gospels agree that Jesus sent out twelve disciples in pairs to extend his ministry of word and deed, but only in Luke do we find a record of an additional seventy (or seventy-two depending on which translation of the original text you are reading from, be it Hebrew or Greek). Luke’s first “mission” occurs during Jesus’ Galilean ministry which we understand to be directed towards Israel and the mission of the seventy/seventy-two occurs during his “travel narrative” as Jesus journeys for the final time to Jerusalem going through the country of Samaria

Theologians are divided in their views as to whether the number of “Disciples” sent out was seventy or seventy-two, but all of them agree that the number has symbolic significance with references back to Old Testament scripture and despite the uncertainty of number, the mission indicates the expanded scope of Jesus ministry perhaps pre-empting a time where the larger circle of disciples will bring the message of the kingdom not just to Israel, but to all ends of the earth.

We heard that their mission was successful, and they returned to Jesus rejoicing in the reception that they had received saying “Lord in your name even the demons submit to us”. Today we rejoice that the authority of his name is still the powerful means by which our lives and the lives of those who we meet may be transformed.

The seventy (or seventy-two) messengers may have long since died, but God continues to call new evangelists, teachers and preachers to proclaim his gospel in his world in their time. Even today we must remember that the messengers themselves are not the essential factor, we believe that all Christian people should live their lives in a Christ like manner by both word and deed. We must be clear that it is the message and not the messenger that should be the focus of our existence. The known world is much bigger in our day than it was when Luke was writing but has become smaller by the use of technology for travel and instantaneous communication; yet the power to encourage others to hear, to change heart and to submit is still in the name of the one who we call Lord.

Jesus’ instructions to his seventy messengers were remarkably specific and could leave little doubt that their task could prove difficult. Telling them that he was sending them out like “lambs in the midst of wolves”; he encouraged them to take only what they were wearing and to carry nothing with them; there was to be no distraction from the main intent of their visit. They were told to stay in one house and eat what was provided; hospitality was to be accepted and a blessing offered in return. Their work was to offer peace, Christ’s peace, to cure the sick and share the good news that the kingdom of God was near. The focus of those who they met should be on the gifts that came from God and not on the messengers who brought them.

The message that the servants of God brought to the people of the towns and villages was essential and urgent. They preached that the kingdom of God was important to all, both those who received them and those who did not. They preached that with the power to transform lives, the Kingdom would be revealed soon in the presence of Jesus Christ, who travelled their countryside and commissioned those who spoke in his name; there was no time to delay, now was a time of decision for as Jesus drew closer to Jerusalem, so the prospect of the cross magnified their message.

For many believers the immediacy of the kingdom dims with the passage of time. We are a very practical people, living in our own modern context and setting, changing as the situations that affect us dictate, yet most importantly we live within the parameters of what we can see, feel, and touch. The coming of the kingdom requires a change in our perspectives, whether it is to live in the presence of Christ today or living with him in the hereafter; we are required to see the challenges of life through a lens provided by God and not on a perspective built by human endeavour.

We can begin this change in our lives by the context in which we read this passage; rather than reading it as a historical account of those who were waiting for the Kingdom of God, perhaps we should see ourselves as ones who are following in the footsteps of those who were delivering the good news of the Kingdom. We are blessed by being able to have the ability to see this passage from two different perspectives, we are able to teach the reality of the resurrection as we know the integrity of Easter, but we are also continuing to share in the anticipation of the fulfilment of its promise.

As the messengers of today we have a powerful calling. The Lord has appointed us (not just me!) to go out into the world ahead of him. We are not to find our own way to live in Jesus footsteps; instead our specific instruction is to share the good news with vitality and anticipation. We are no longer burdened with the responsibility of persuasion, for we are not the focus, the focus is clearly on the message we proclaim of the coming of Christ and our call to live each day in his name. Our authority is not our status, our possessions, our abilities or our Charisma, but like the first messengers we are to encourage everyone to follow and submit to the power of our Lord. This power has already been tested and proved by the seventy who returned with joy!

As present day messengers that joy can be ours as well, for we have each been appointed by Christ to share the Good News of the coming of His kingdom. We must be careful to rejoice not in the power of our own accomplishments, but in the knowledge of the names those to be written in heaven by the one who is most powerful of all. Amen

The Creed   Let us affirm our faith in the words of the Creed

       We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is,

seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Lord, in your mercy

All   hear our prayer.


And at the end

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.



The Peace


Peace to you from God our heavenly Father.

Peace from his Son Jesus Christ who is our peace.

Peace from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.


The peace of the triune God be always with you        

and also with you.


Hymn - 380   Jesus Lord we look to thee  (Vienna)


Prayer at the preparation of the Table


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this bread to set before you,

which earth has given and human hands have made.

It will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God for ever.


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,

fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

It will become for us the cup of salvation.

Blessed be God for ever.


Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things from the beginning,

and formed us in your own image.


Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,

giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;

you raised him from the dead

and exalted him to your right hand on high.

Through him you have sent upon us

your holy and life-giving Spirit,

and made us a people for your own possession.

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and saying:


       Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

[Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.]


Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.


In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.


Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died,

Christ is risen;

Christ will come again.


Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love

and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.


Through him, and with him, and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:

All   Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

      Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who 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.

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

       Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.


       Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

God’s holy gifts, for God’s holy people

Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father



        We do not presume

to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord

whose nature is always to have mercy.

Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.



The congregation receive communion respecting social distancing protocol.



Prayer after Communion


O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. . Amen





       Father of all,

we give you thanks and praise,

that when we were still far off

you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love,

gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

so we and all your children shall be free,

and the whole earth live to praise your name;

through Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Hymn - 356   Father Lord of all creation (Abbots Leigh)


Blessing

The peace of God,

which passes 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 Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 In the name of Christ. Amen.


Copyright acknowledgement: Some material used in this service is copyright The Archbishops Council; Common Worship and Common Worship Times & Seasons 2002 & 2006;

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