A short service for 26th July 7th Sunday after Trinity

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

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We are continuing with the Reflection and the Reflection for Trinity 7 can be watched at:

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


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 26h July – 7th 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 7

All: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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: 31-33 & 44-52

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.” “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”


Prayers Sick Andrew Dodgson, John Bookless, James Heath, Amy Hall and Derek Oldham. Departed: Rev Christopher Ball.

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: Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Blessing Dismissal

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. This and 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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