A Service for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 23rd August

A Service for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 23rd August, 2020



Before beginning to read this short service, you may wish to find a space for prayer in front of a cross, a candle, or a special place. 


May the light of Christ, rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.


The Acclamation of Christ at the Dawning of the Day


O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


May Christ, the true, the only light

banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.


O come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving

and be glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God

and a great king above all gods.

Come, let us worship and bow down

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God;

we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.


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.


Blessed are you, creator of all,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As your dawn renews the face of the earth

bringing light and life to all creation,

may we rejoice in this day you have made;

as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep,

open our eyes to behold your presence

and strengthen our hands to do your will,

that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.



The Collect


Silence is kept.


O God, you declare your almighty power

most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:

mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,

that we, running the way of your commandments,

may receive your gracious promises,

and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;

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.





The First Hymn

Firmly, I believe, and truly:   please access Simon’s accompaniment here




1 Firmly I believe and truly

God is Three and God is One;

and I next acknowledge duly

manhood taken by the Son.


2 And I trust and hope most fully

in that manhood crucified;

and each thought and deed unruly

do to death, as he has died.


3 Simply to his grace and wholly

light and life and strength belong,

and I love supremely, solely,

him the holy, him the strong.


4 And I hold in veneration,

for the love of him alone,

Holy Church as his creation,

and her teachings as his own.


5 Adoration ay be given,

with and through the angelic host,

to the God of earth and heaven,

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


The First Reading:

Isaiah 51: 1-6


Psalm 138


Refrain:    Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.


1    I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;  

before the gods will I sing praise to you.

2    I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name,

because of your love and faithfulness;  

for you have glorified your name

and your word above all things.

3    In the day that I called to you, you answered me;  

you put new strength in my soul. [R]

4    All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,  

for they have heard the words of your mouth.

5    They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,  

that great is the glory of the Lord.

6    Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly;  

as for the proud, he regards them from afar. [R]

7    Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you will preserve me;  

you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;

your right hand will save me.

8    The Lord shall make good his purpose for me;  

your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever;

forsake not the work of your hands.


Refrain:    Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.


Lord our God, supreme over all things,

look upon the humble and lowly

and put new strength into our souls

to complete your purpose for us

in Jesus Christ our Lord.



The Second Reading:

Romans 12: 1-8


The Gospel:

Matthew 16: 13-20





There were moments in the life of Jesus that were, in our understanding, turning points in the course of his three years of ministry.  One of the most important of these occurred at Caesarea Philippi.  It was at this Roman city in the hill country beyond the Galilee that Jesus drew his disciples to consider deeply who he was; maybe they were confused; maybe Jesus just needed to hear it from their lips; maybe it was a product of being in the mountains, by the flowing waters from Mount Hermon, in the midst of the inspirational hunger for what is new and hopeful and exciting; however it was, the desire was there from Peter, and no doubt the others too, to cement their fellowship with and following of this charismatic young rabbi, who spoke with authority and healed, with a miraculous power such as they knew was from God.


Jesus from then on was warning them, that, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised”.  That text we shall consider next week, but today we read what Saint Matthew records as the words having been said by Jesus at the place of commitment and acknowledgement, that he was, as Peter announced, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”


Our Lord speaks of what has been revealed to Peter and the other disciples, and asks that they do not talk of the fact that he is the anointed one of God to anyone else, but at the same time he declares that Peter shall lead the way in the establishment of the kingdom of heaven.  So, this is a turning point not only for Jesus but for them all. 


The consequences of finding the crucial moments of our lives and acknowledging them for what they are is inspirational.  We feel able to undertake great things and receive renewed energy.  That surely is the experience of Peter and his fellow disciples. They are ready to get set, and go!  Jesus is about to rock them back on their heels with the prediction of his suffering, but never mind that yet, we see the excitement and are filled with the joy of this moment, in this very beautiful place, experiencing a very amazing encounter - and even the warning to follow, which we shall hear next week, will not deflect them from the course that they are on, in stepping forth with Christ to the City of Jerusalem.


John Mann


Second Hymn -My God, how wonderful thou art: https://youtu.be/qr2dKQmaQ_A


1 My God, how wonderful thou art,

thy majesty how bright!

How beautiful thy mercy seat,

in depths of burning light!


2 Wondrous are thine eternal years,

O everlasting Lord,

by holy angels day and night

incessantly adored!


3 How wonderful, how beautiful,

the sight of thee will be,

thine endless wisdom, boundless power,

and awesome purity!


4 O how I fear thee, living God,

with deepest, tenderest fears,

and worship thee with trembling hope

and penitential tears!


5 Yet I may love thee too, O Lord,

almighty as thou art,

for thou hast stooped to ask of me

the love of my poor heart.


6 No earthly father loves like thee,

no mother, e’er so mild,

bears and forbears, as thou hast done

with me, thy sinful child.


7 Father of Jesus, Love’s reward,

what rapture it will be,

prostrate before thy throne to lie,

and gaze and gaze on thee!




Heavenly Father, we pray for your Church in all the world, especially for this Diocese of Salisbury and for Nicholas and Karen our Bishops.  We remember particularly in our prayers today those who feel isolated from the fellowship of God’s people through ill health or the necessity to maintain physical separation from others through the current pandemic.  My your love and peace be felt by them today, and those gathering in Church know the conscious presence of those physically absent, in rejoicing in the oneness in the Spirit which is your gift.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer


Lord Jesus, we pray for the nations of the world, and especially our own country, as with compassion, equity and justice as well as with discernment and mercy they may respond to those in poverty and distress, at home and abroad.  We pray for those who are vulnerable: the sick and injured, the refugee and the bereaved, and all who are caught in regions of conflict.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer


Lord Jesus Christ, you came amongst us as one who shows what it means to be a follower of you, by all you did and said.  You taught your followers to be active and to be still; to work and to rest; to proclaim as well as to live the Gospel by example.  Continue, we pray, to make known the ways of love and joy and peace. Keep your people conscious of the need to work for a just and free world, for reconciliation, an end to poverty and prejudice.  

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer


Lord, we remember before you the sick in body, mind and spirit.  Bring healing to those who have asked for our prayer as we bring them to mind in a moment of silence:




May your blessing rest on those for whom we pray, known or unknown; and may the comfort of your Holy Spirit rest on the bereaved, the distressed, those living through times of doubt and hopelessness.  Give strength to the weak, rest to the weary, support and reassurance to all who are close to death.  Stand beside, and when needed carry, all who are exhausted with caring for others assuring them that their loved one is carried too.


Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer



Merciful Father accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


The Peace


The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then were they glad when they saw the Lord




The Lord’s Prayer


A few moments of silence before we pray:


Lord of all mercy,

we your faithful people celebrate that one true sacrifice

which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace:

by our communion

keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel

and preserve us from all sin;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




The Lord bless us and keep us:

The Lord make his face to shine upon us,

and be gracious to us:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon us

and give us peace:


Numbers 6.24-26


The Lord God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

the holy and undivided Trinity,

guard us, save us,

and bring us to that heavenly city,

where he lives and reigns for ever and ever.



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