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Words in bold type are said by everyone.


Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to our joint benefice service this morning for today the Eighth Sunday after Trinity and the Feast of James the Apostle.


+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

One thing I have asked of the Lord,

this is what I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life;

to behold the beauty of the Lord

and to seek Him in His temple.

Call:                                        Who is it that you seek?

Response:                           We seek the Lord our God.

Call:                                        Do you seek Him with all your heart?

Response:                           Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call:                                        Do you seek Him with all your soul?

Response:                           Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call:                                        Do you seek him with all your mind?

Response:                           Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call:                                        Do you seek Him with all your strength?

Response:                           Amen. Christ, have mercy.



We now say together the Declaration of Faith:

To whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life,

and we have believed and have come to know

that You are the Holy One of God.


Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ,

King of endless glory.





And the Collect for today.


Merciful God,

whose holy apostle Saint James,

leaving his father and all that he had,

was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ

and followed him even to death:

help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,

to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;

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.





Let’s all sing our first hymn together now


My God, accept my heart this day     Sung by Brentwood Cathedral Choir


My God, accept my heart this day,
and make it always thine,
that I from thee no more may stray,
no more from thee decline.

Before the cross of him who died,
behold, I prostrate fall;
let every sin be crucified,
and Christ be all in all.

Anoint me with thy heavenly grace,
and seal me for thine own,
that I may see thy glorious face,
and worship near thy throne.

Let every thought and work and word,
to thee be ever given;
then life shall be thy service, Lord,
and death the gate of heaven.


All Glory to the Father be,

All glory to the son,

All glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,

While endless ages run


Text Matthew Bridges Music Ralph Courteville




And now for our first reading.

Ephesians 3.14-end                                               Read by Margaret Ludwig

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Let’s now sing the Gospel hymn together,

‘Gather around for the Table is Spread’  sung to Skye Boat Song


Gather around for the table is spread, welcome the food and rest!

Wide is our circle with Christ at the head, he is the honoured guest

Learn of his love, grow in his grace, pray for the peace he gives;

here at this meal, here in this place, know that his spirit lives!

Once he was known in the breaking of bread, shared with a chosen few;

Multitudes gathered and by him were fed, so he will feed us too.


THE GOSPEL                  John 6.1-21    Read by Rev Roger North                              

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


THE PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION            Led by Patrick Macwilliam

Let us pray.


And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:

Our Father, which art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done,

in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive them that 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.



He who would Valiant be

He who would valiant be,
‘Gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy
Follow the Master,
There’s no discouragement
Shall make him once relent,
his first avowed intent
To be a pilgrim.

Who so beset him round
With dismal stories,
Do but themselves confound –
His strength the more is.
No foes  shall stay his might
Though he with giants fight:
he will make good his  right
To be a pilgrim.

Since, Lord. Thou dost defend
Us with thy Spirit,
We know we at the end
Shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away,
I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labour night and day
To be a pilgrim.

Words Percy Dearmer (after John Bunyan)   Music Trad English arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams




Lord God, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord

Let us now all go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

+ In the name of Christ. Amen.


The service concludes with Sophie Plummer singing Pie Jesu at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, March 2010