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A Service of the Word

2 August 2020

8th Sunday after Trinity


You can download a copy of the special service booklet here

You can watch a 'Zoom' recording of the service here

You can listen to the latest sermon from St Alfege Church on our Dial a Sermon line.  Just phone  020 8016 2271 (it costs the same as a normal local call).

'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it'  Matthew  13. 45

Vermeer Girl with a Pearl Earr
The  girl with the pearl earring'  (detail), by Johannes Vermeer, oil on canvas, c. 1660 (c) Rijksmseum, Amsterdam


You can watch a video of Sam Barber playing Andante Religioso  from Organ Sonata No. 4  by Mendelssohn here

First Hymn

You can watch a video of Sam Barber playing Be still, my soul here

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
   both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
   and the works of your commandments'
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading

Psalm 139. 1-18

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is so high that I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from your spirit?
    Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
    if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
    and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light around me become night’,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is as bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
    My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
    all the days that were formed for me,
    when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
    I come to the end—I am still with you.

Second Reading

Philippians 3: 7-11

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.



You can read and hear an audio recording of the address/reflection by David McEvoy, Reader, here

Prayers for the week

You can hear the sung response by the Taizé community here

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer, When I call, answer me;
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer, Come and listen to me.

Healing God, we pray for all who are sick or in need, mentioning by name Gordon Baker, Barry Graney, John Kelly, Jordan Morley, Sue Ralfe, Moira Skingley and Gamal Tadros. And we pray for Ada Greenwood as she continues to recover from heart surgery.  May they all know your loving care.

Gracious God, we pray for the departed, remembering by name Sarah Akoth Ogada (Christine Bleasdale's mother) and Alfo Nzekwe (Ade's brother). We ask your  blessing and comfort on all who are mourning the loss of loved ones.


You can watch a video of the Taize virtual choir singing Veni, Sancte Spiritus here


The love of God has been poured into our hearts
Through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
We dwell in him and he in us.

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name,
make known his deeds among his peoples.

Sing to him, sing praises to him,
and speak of his marvellous works.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
Who was and is to come.

A Prayer by Brother Roger of Taizé

Living God,
through your continuous presence in us,
you draw us out of ourselves and our doubts.
And you come to give our lives
a kind of shock of meaning.
You have confided to us, God’s poor,
a mystery of hope.
It sets within us an inner light.
In you we find peace of heart and unclouded joy
that touches the depth of the soul.


Final Hymn

The Blessing

May the Lord bless you and watch over you,
the Lord make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you,
the Lord look kindly on you
and give you peace
and may the blessing of God almighty, + the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.


Liturgical text from Service of the Word and Common Worship Order One, Copyright © The Archbishops Council 2000 and New Patterns for Worship, Church House Publishing  © The Archbishops Council 2016. A prayer by Brother Roger of Taizé from Life from Within, Prayers by Brother Roger of Taizé, Geoffrey Chapman/Mowbray/WJKP 1991

With thanks to Sam Barber for his recordings of the hymns, Be still my soul and Dear Lord and Father of mankind (63, Anglican Hymns Old & New, Kevin Mayhew and 115, Hymns Ancient and Modern, Hymns Ancient and Modern) and for his recording of Andante Religioso from Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn. With thanks also to the Taizé Community for permission to play their recordings of Glory to God in the Highest, O Lord hear my prayer, and Veni Sancte Spiritus (sung by the Taizé virtual choir) by Jacques Berthier © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé.
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