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Readings and Prayers
5 July 2020
Fourth Sunday after Trinity


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We welcome Revd Susan Blackall as our celebrant and Canon Henry Whyte as our preacher this morning.

'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest' 
Matthew  11. 28

Christ blessing (detail)
Christ Blessing (detail) c 1465 by Antonello da Messina  (c) National Gallery, London and Creative Commons


You can see a recording of Sam Barber playing the Final from Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne here.

First Hymn

You can see a video of Sam Barber playing 'Angel-voices ever singing' here

The Collect

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us thy mercy
that, thou being our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, O heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever..


Matthew 11.16-19, 25-end Rest for the weary

‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;   we wailed, and you did not mourn.”

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’


You can  read the sermon by Canon Henry Whyte here

Prayers for the week

Dear Lord, may we come to Thee, recognising Thee as the one who can carry our burdens, forgive our sins and reveal the glory of Thy kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for our church around the world, including those whose faith and worship carry risks and persecution. May your spirit continue to bring healing and forgiveness, especially in countries we all too easily ignore. We pray here in Greenwich for Bishop Christopher and all who work across our diocese of Southwark. Here at St. Alfege’s we give thanks for our clergy and staff team to lead and enable our worship. We ask you to bless the reopening of our beloved church; may it continue to serve as a reminder of your presence among us.

We remember our brothers and sisters of our partner church Okutendareza mu Luganda, especially those who are stranded abroad and far away from loved ones at this time.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
You taught us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Give us, Lord, the courage to embrace diversity and not to fear difference. Help us acknowledge our failure to learn how to live according to your commandment. During this time of change and uncertainty, help us reimagine a society that recognises each person’s true gifts, and in which each person has an equal voice.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
We pray for key workers and volunteers who ensure that vital services continue to reach the most vulnerable in our society. As the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday this week, we ask for your blessing on everyone who devotes their life to caring for others at their time of need. We remember the millions of people who live in countries where healthcare is not assured.
We give thanks for the love and support of family and friends. We pray for all those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week, including Rebecca Risdon.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
We pray for the countless people whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by Lockdown; those who find themselves without a home, without work, without purpose.

We bring before you all those on our prayer list in need, including  Gordon Baker, Rick Brooks, Linda Dean, Barry Graney, John Kelly, Sue Ralfe, and Gamal Tadros.

As we prepare to emerge from lockdown, we remember the hundreds of people who continue to die each day due to Coronavirus. We remember all those recently departed this life; may they rest in peace and rise in glory. Bring comfort to the bereaved; may they know you are near them, and will hear them in their time of need.

In a moment of silence, we bring before you the concerns of our own hearts.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of thy son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


You can hear the St Alfege Church Choir singing Thomas Tallis' If ye love me here

Post Communion Prayer

Everlasting God,
comforter to the afflicted and healer to the broken,
who hast nourished us at the table of life and hope:
teach us the ways of gentleness and peace
that all the world may acknowledge
the kingdom of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Final Hymn

The Blessing

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.


Liturgical texts taken from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England and Common Worship: Times and Seasons.

Many thanks to Sam Barber for his recording of 'Forth in thy name, O Lord I go' and 'Angel-voices ever singing'  (239 and 163, Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard, Hymns Ancient and Modern Limited ) and for his recording of the Final from Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne.

Many thanks also to the Choir of St Alfege Church for their recording of If ye love me by Thomas Tallis.
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