Welcome to today’s online worship offering using the same readings, prayers and reflection that will be shared in church plus some musical offerings. It takes about half an hour to fully participate in this offering so we hope you can find some quality time to interact with it. Thank you for sharing in this worship with us.
The Prayer for Today: The Collect
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; 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.
Hymn: The King of Love my Shepherd is
First Reading: Philippians 4: 1-9
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
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.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Anthem: Rejoice in the Lord Alway
The Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Hymn: Lord Jesus, think on me
Lord Jesus, think on me, And purge away my sin. From earth-born passions set me free, And make me pure within. Lord Jesus, think on me, With care and woe oppressed; Let me thy loving servant be, And taste thy promised rest. Lord Jesus, think on me, Amid the battle's strife. In all my pain and misery Be thou my health and life. Lord Jesus, think on me, Nor let me go astray. Through darkness and perplexity Point thou the heavenly way. Lord Jesus, think on me When floods the tempest high; When on doth rush the enemy, O Saviour, be Thou nigh! Lord Jesus, think on me That, when the flood is past, I may the eternal brightness see And share Thy joy at last.
Today’s Reflection: from Rev. Suzanne Johnson, our Curate:
Hymn: Be Still my Soul
Hymn: Beauty for Brokenness
Notices for this Week
Annual Parish Church Meeting: Next Sunday after our morning service at St Nicolas Church, we will hold our APCM. Of course this should have been held back in April but was postponed. If you can attend, you are encouraged to bring your copy of the Annual Report which has the agenda etc within it. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments—unless you are going to hold out until lunchtime!
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: You will know from the news that this overarching investigation report into the Anglican Church of England and Wales was published this week. It contains invaluable lessons and our Bishop and his team are taking time to read it carefully and will write to all parishes about it soon. There are more details about this together with a reflection about it in the ‘About Us>Safeguarding’ section of this website.
Final Hymn: Lift High the Cross
On our heads and our houses the blessing of God; On our coming and going, the peace of God; In our life and believing, the love of God; At our end and new beginning, The arms of God to welcome us and bring us home. Amen. [John L. Bell]
A Voluntary: Michael Calabris played by Carson Cooman