A short service for 19th July 6th Sunday after Trinity

On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’ before lockdown, 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.   

If you have not been to Public worship since we resumed the restrictions we have to put in place do make it different compared to the last time you went to church. You can find details at

We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 6 can be watched at: 

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

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1773176729456758 . 

If you can’t join us at 10am you catch up at any time.

For those who do not have Facebook we are working with those who understand all this technology so that hopefully by mid-August you can join in the service without Facebook.

The service we will use in church is below:

A short service for the 6th 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.


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 6

All: Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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

Reading Matthew 13: 24-30 &36-43

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the ears of corn began to form, then the weeds showed up.  The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’ ”  When Jesus had left the crowd and gone indoors, his disciples came to him and said, “Tell us what the parable about the weeds in the field means.” Jesus answered, “The man who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One; and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvest workers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered up and burnt in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of the age: the Son of Man will send out his angels to gather up out of his Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all others who do evil things, and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and grind their teeth. 43Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears!


Prayers – Andrew Dodgson, John Bookless, James Heath, Amy Hall, and Derek Oldham

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:  God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us  as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



Peter:  Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All:       In the name of Christ Amen:

 If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to vicar@stjameschurchforton.org.  

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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