Welcome to today’s online worship offering using the same readings, prayers and reflection that will be shared in church. Today we have a podcast reflection from Steven Croft, our Bishop of Oxford and we have chosen some musical offerings to reflect the theme of our service which is ‘Rejoicing’.
The Prayer for Today: The Collect
Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; 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.
Hymn: Happy are they, they that love God
Happy are they, they that love God, whose hearts have Christ confest, who by his cross have found their life, and 'neath his yoke their rest. Glad is the praise, sweet are the songs, when they together sing; and strong the prayers that bow the ear of heaven's eternal King. Christ to their homes giveth his peace, and makes their loves his own: but ah, what tares the evil one hath in his garden sown! Sad were our lot, evil this earth, did not its sorrows prove the path whereby the sheep may find the fold of Jesus' love. Then shall they know, they that love him, how all their pain is good; and death itself cannot unbind their happy brotherhood.
First Reading: Philippians 4: 4 -7
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Gospel: Matthew 15: 21 -28 The Canaanite Woman’s Faith
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Anthem: Give us the Wings of Faith [Bullock]
Give us the wings of faith to rise Within the veil, and see The Saints above, how great their joys, How bright their glories be. We ask them, whence their victory came They with one united breath Ascribe the conquest to the Lamb Their triumph to His death. They marked the footsteps that He trod, His zeal inspired their breast; And following their incarnate God They reached the promised rest. [Words Isaac Watts]
Today’s Reflection: from Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford. Simply click the link to listen to the address and watch the slide presentation.
Psalm 133: Behold how good and joyful a thing it is.
Our Prayers for Today: Click the link below to listen to the prayers; the text is below the link
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice
Father God, you have carried us through all our wanderings and loved us when we fail you. We rejoice in you. You have given us untold riches: friends to love, beauty to enjoy, quiet spaces. We praise you for our life on this planet, for trust between people and the unimaginable gift of the Gospel. Keep us thankful all our days, that, against all the odds, we may never lose sight of hope and delight.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
Eternal Father whose Son Jesus was, in the fullness of his power most gentle, and in his greatness most humble; bestow his mind and spirit upon us, who have no cause for pride; that clothed in true humility we may discern the way of true greatness and play our part in creating his kingdom here on earth.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
The Lord is near; do not worry about anything
Lord, at this time of worry, anxiety and pain, lift us out of fear into hope, out of weakness into strength, out of endless concerns into your eternal peace. Give us courage and deepen our faith. You are a rock which nothing can shatter. On you we can place the whole weight of our lives.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
In everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God
Lord, we pray for all those who are going through dark times – times of trouble, times when it is not clear what to do.
For those whose lives are forever changed by the explosion in Beirut.
For those impacted by extreme weather conditions especially those involved in the Scottish train derailment.
For those suffering from the Coronavirus and all those striving to care for them.
For all who are sick and suffering in mind or body, especially those known to us.
For those who have died and for those who are bereaved and struggling to see ways forward.
May the light of God support them, the Power of God protect them, the Joy of God heal them and the grace of God bless them.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
You, Lord are in this place, Your presence fills it, Your presence is peace. You, Lord are in my heart, Your presence fills it, Your presence is peace. You, Lord are in my life, Your presence fills it, Your presence is peace.
Drop thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease; take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lived confess the beauty of Thy peace, the beauty of Thy peace.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways; reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find, in deeper reverence, praise. In simple trust like theirs who heard beside the Syrian sea the gracious calling of the Lord, let us, like them, without a word rise up and follow thee. O Sabbath rest by Galilee, O calm of hills above, where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity, interpreted by love! Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease; take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace. Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm; let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm!
Notices for this Week
Cream Tea at St Anne’s Church, Dropmore: Because of the virus, the summer cream teas had to be cancelled this year, but last Sunday, St Anne’s held a ‘Take Away Cream Tea’. This proved very successful. Along with some donations for which we are most grateful, the total raised was £210.00. Sue has decided to have an encore and a second Take Away Tea of scones, jam and cream will be held next Sunday (23rd) from 3pm to 5pm. If you wish to place an order please message Sue on 01628 661815 or 07795 676 254.
Services at St Anne’s: St Anne’s held its first service last Sunday since the start of the pandemic shut down. Although the congregation was small the service was appreciated by those able to attend and the next service there will be next Sunday (23rd).
Weddings: You will be pleased to hear that we have four weddings coming up at St Nicolas Church: Andrew and Gemma, Oliver and Katja, Thomas and Claire, Matthew and Joanna. Please do remember these couples in your prayers.
Lord of love, we pray for all these couples who are planning to be married in this parish. Be with them in all their preparations and on their wedding day and give them your love in their hearts throughout their married life together. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [Mother’s Union Prayer]
Online Worship: During August, our Diocesan online services are taking a break but this does offer the opportunity to sample the Church of England streamed worship offerings which are lovely. Go to https://www.churchofengland.org and put ‘Weekly Online Services’ into the search box at the top of the screen and this will lead you to lots of interesting and inspiring worship opportunities.
Feeding the Soul: Do you sometimes feel the need for a bit more spiritual nourishment? Do you miss the opportunity to meet with other members of our church community?
Our Parish ‘Connections’ programme is for everyone and on Wednesday, 2nd September from 7:00 to 8:00pm, Jane our Vicar is inviting us into her garden (socially distanced!) to reflect on ‘The Spirit of Love: Loving Neighbour’. You don’t need to bring anything except perhaps something to drink (!). We are hoping to hold a Connections session fortnightly at least during September. It would be helpful for seating arrangements if you could let Jane know if you would like to come.
PCC Meeting: The PCC will meet for the first time since January next Sunday, 23rd August at 12 noon after morning worship.
We need to deal with financial matters, set a date for the postponed Annual Parish Church Meeting, review our patterns of worship in the light of our current experience and particularly address how we support/engage our young families as current restrictions continue. Please do share your views with any PCC member about these or other issues.
Pam Taylor’s Exhibition: If you are in Windsor any time this month, give yourself some time to visit Pam’s exhibition at the Old Court. The details are below.
Some Live Music Opportunities: You may remember that last December, we had a wonderful Christmas Concert by the tenor, Peter Auty with his wife Verity. They are performing locally in three locations in the next few weeks. Details below:
Services/Events next Week
St Anne’s Church Dropmore: is open for private prayer by appointment. There is now a said Holy Communion service at 9:15am on the second and fourth Sunday in the month.
St Nicolas Churchis open for private prayer on Wednesdays from 12 noon until 2 pm with a said Holy Communion service at 12:30.
St Nicolas Church will be open for a further said Parish Eucharist at 10:45am next Sunday (23rd August) subject to restrictions.
Our online Sunday worship offering continues on our website including the readings, reflection and prayers plus some lovely musical offerings.
Final Hymn: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
The Peace of God which passes all understanding, Keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge And love of Jesus Christ our Lord; And the blessing of God Almighty, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Be upon us and remain with us always. Amen
Voluntary: Widor Toccata at Cathedral Basilica, Newark