A short service for 12th July 5th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world. Today we return to church for public worship for the first time since 15th March. Deo Gratis Public worship will be very different compared to the last time you went to church.

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We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 5 can be watched at:

We will be live streaming the 10am Eucharist and this can be watched on the Church Facebook page:


If you can’t join us at 10am you catch up at anytime. The service we will use in church is below.

A short service for the 12th July – 5th Sunday after Trinity

The Greeting Peter: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Peter: There is one body and one spirit. There is one hope to which we are called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. Peace be with you

All: and also with you.

Prayer of preparation

All: Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, and 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.

Confession Peter: Let us in a time of silence offer our lives to God

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


We say together the Collect for Trinity 5

All: O Lord, from whom all good things come: grant to us your humble servants, that by your Holy inspiration we may think those things that are good, and by your merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever, Amen.

Reading Matthew 13: 1-9 & 18-23 The Parable of the Sower

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” . “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”


Prayers Eucharistic prayer

Peter May God be with us.

All: And also with you

Peter: Lift up your hearts to Jesus

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Peter: Let us give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

Peter says prayer over the bread and wine at the end we all say: Amen

We say together the Lord’s Prayer.

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.

Concluding Prayer

All: Gracious God, lover of all, in this sacrament we are one family in Christ your Son, one in the sharing of his body and blood and one in the communion of his Spirit: help us to grow in love for one another and come to the full maturity of the Body of Christ. We make our prayer through your Son our Saviour. Amen

Blessing Dismissal Peter: Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord All: In the name of Christ Amen

There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way. If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar: email and telephone number below

Email vicar@stjameschurchforton.org Tel; 07970 923 141

If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away, please email them to Peter on the above email. There has been a service sheet for every week whilst we were unable to have public worship. The future services sheets will contain the services which will be used in church. Public worship has returned but it is far from what we are used to, not least there are no hymns. When we are able to return to all gathering together as the “pleb sancta dei” there will be a huge celebration and the promised Champagne reception. For now the Champagne is still in the cooler! Watch this space!

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