Service for 16 August 

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Walmer & Cornilo Benefice

Sunday Morning Worship for the Tenth Sunday

after Trinity 


 Cathedral Cloisters





O Lord, open our lips:

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


The night has passed, and the day lies open

before us; Let us pray with one heart and mind.


As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

So may the light of your presence, O God,

Set our hearts on fire with love for you;

Now and for ever.  Amen.


Prayer of Thanksgiving 


Blesséd are you, creator of all, to you be praise

and glory for ever.

As your dawn renews the face of the earth bringing light and life to all creation, may we rejoice in this day you have made.

As we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep, open our eyes to behold your presence and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world   may rejoice and give you praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.         (Lancelot Andrews, 1626)



Seek the Lord while he may be found,

Call upon him while he is near.

Let the wicked abandon their ways

And the unrighteous their thoughts.

Turn back to the Lord, who will have mercy;

To our God who will richly pardon         (From Isaiah 55)


Lord God,

We have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent of all our sins.

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 of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our  Lord. Amen                   (From Psalm 51)



 May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in his

image to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.        Amen.

Hymn   Dear Lord and Father of Mankind from Wallingford Parish Church

 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

forgive our foolish ways!

Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,

in purer lives thy service find,

in deeper reverence, praise;

in deeper reverence, praise.


In simple trust like theirs who heard,

beside the Syrian sea,

the gracious calling of the Lord,

let us, like them, without a word,

rise up and follow thee;

rise up and follow thee.


O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above,

where Jesus knelt to share with thee

the silence of eternity

interpreted by love!

interpreted by love!


Drop thy still dews of quietness,

till all our strivings cease;

take from our souls the strain and stress,

and let our ordered lives confess

the beauty of thy peace;

the beauty of thy peace.


Breathe through the heats of our desire

thy coolness and thy balm;

let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,

O still, small voice of calm;

O still, small voice of calm



Affirmation of Faith


Let us proclaim together our faith in God.


Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

We believe and trust in him.


Do you believe and trust in God the Son who took our human nature, died for us, and rose again?

We believe and trust in him.


Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world? We believe and trust in him.


This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.



First Reading: Romans  11:1-2a, 29-32  




Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.

And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears, you will appear with him in glory.

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.



Hymn:          Heaven shall not wait   From First Plymouth Church,Lincoln Nebraska USA

 Heaven shall not wait

for the poor to lose their patience,

the scorned to smile, the despised to find a friend:

Jesus is Lord:

he has championed the unwanted;

in him injustice confronts its timely end.


Heaven shall not wait

for the rich to share their fortunes,

the proud to fall, the elite to tend the least:

Jesus is Lord;

he has shown the master's privilege -

to kneel and wash servants' feet before they feast.


Heaven shall not wait

for our legalised obedience,

defined by statute, to strict conventions bound:

Jesus is Lord:

he has hallmarked true allegiance -

goodness appears where his grace is sought and found.


Heaven shall not wait

for triumphant Hallelujahs,

when earth has passed and we reach another shore:

Jesus is Lord

in our present imperfection;

his power and love are for now and then for evermore.  

                                                            Authors: Graham Maule,  b1958-2019; John L. Bell, b. 1949

Gospel reading:  Matthew 15:


Hear the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Glory be to you O Lord.


This is the Gospel of The Lord

Praise be to you O Christ


Homily   Revd Carolyn Wood




The Lords prayer

As our saviour taught us, so we pray:


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. 


The Collect

Lord of heaven and earth,

as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer,

give us patience and courage never to lose hope,

but always to bring our prayers before you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Hymn  sung by St Michaels Singers

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I am found,

Was blind, but now I see.


'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.


Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come,

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far

And grace will lead me home.


The Lord has promised good to me

His word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.


Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease

I shall possess within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.


When I've been there ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun,

I've no less days to sing God's praise

Than when I've first begun.     Composer John Newton


A Song of Gods Glory


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

In the glory of God the Father.        Amen


 The Conclusion


Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heav’n:

to enter into that gate and dwell in that house,

where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;

no noise nor silence, but one equal music;

no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;

no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity;

in the habitation of thy glory and dominion, world without end,  Amen                                                                                                                                          John Donne (1572-1631)



The Lord bless you and watch over you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord look kindly on you and give you peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen


Let us bless the Lord: Thanks be to God


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen



Final Music