A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNIONTHE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

All are welcome to join me in taking communion. There are no exceptions.
The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.
If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). You eat the bread after I say “The body of Christ,” and drink the wine after I say “The blood of Christ.” How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.

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INTRODUCTION
"Working Class Hero " - John Lennon
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest."
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, 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.
In the presence of God we call to mind our sins and we ask God to forgive us and to help us forgive others.
The Lord is merciful to all;
we seek vengeance for the merest sleight.
Lord have mercy.
The kingdom of heaven is open to all;
we tell people they cannot go in.
Christ have mercy.
All are equal and beautiful in God's sight;
we are arrogant of own worth and blind to the worth of others.
Lord have mercy.
May God forgive us and help us to know that we are forgiven. Amen.
"Wages Day" - Deacon Blue
COLLECT
"Psalm 145" - The Schola Cantorum Of St. Peter's In The Loop
I will exalt you, O God my King,
and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you
and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
his greatness is beyond all searching out.
One generation shall praise your works to another
and declare your mighty acts.
They shall speak of the majesty of your glory,
and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts,
and I will also tell of your greatness.
They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
long-suffering and of great goodness.
The Lord is loving to everyone
and his mercy is over all his creatures.
All your works praise you, O Lord,
and your faithful servants bless you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your mighty power,
To make known to all peoples your mighty acts
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The Lord is sure in all his words
and faithful in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand
and fill all things living with plenty.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and loving in all his works.
The Lord is near to those who call upon him,
to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfils the desire of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord watches over those who love him,
but all the wicked shall he destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
FIRST READING
"Working Poor" - David Francey
Alleluia, alleluia.            
The kingdom of heaven has come near.
Alleluia.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
GOSPEL
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON
We believe in God the Father, 
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son, 

who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, 
who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
INTERCESSIONS 
"Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted,                                
For Theirs Is The Kingdom Of God" - Joel Asher
THE PEACE
"There's A Wideness In God's Mercy" - Belfast Cathedral Choir
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.
There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.
There is grace enough for thousands               
Of new worlds as great as this; 
There is room for fresh creations 
In that upper home of bliss.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all gladness
In the joy of Christ our Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFT 
The Lord is here.
God's Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

Eternal God…
…we take up the song of your praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord!  God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highes!

We ask that your Holy Spirit…
… beyond all words can hold.

Great is the mystery of faith
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Therefore, in our eating and drinking…
…Mother of blessings, for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

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.
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.
This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.
Most merciful Lord,  your love compels us to come in. Our hands were unclean, our hearts were unprepared;  we were not fit  even to eat the crumbs from under your table. But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation, and share your bread with sinners. So cleanse and feed us with the precious body and blood of your Son, that he may live in us and we in him; and that we, with the whole company of Christ, may sit and eat in your kingdom. Amen.
The body of Christ.
The blood of Christ.
"Workers' Song" - Dick Gaughan
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
"I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord"
- Dallas Christian Adult Concert Choir
I want to be a worker for the Lord,
I want to love and trust His holy Word,
I want to sing and pray,
Be busy every day
In the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray,
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray.
I will labor every day, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I want to be a worker every day,
I want to lead the erring in the way
That leads to Heav’n above,
Where all is peace and love,
In the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray,
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray.
I will labor every day, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I want to be a worker strong and brave,
I want to trust in Jesus’ pow’r to save;
All who will truly come
Shall find a happy home
In the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray,
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray.
I will labor every day, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I want to be a worker; help me, Lord,
To lead the lost and erring to Thy Word,
That points to joys on high
Where pleasures never die,
In the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray,
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray.
I will labor every day, in the vineyard of the Lord.
THE BLESSING
My sisters and brothers, go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
"The Red Flag" - Billy Bragg
"Working Man" - Cripplers
CREDITS:
Service (based on "Common Worship," Church of England) 
compiled by Jonathan Hagger
Kyries, sermon, prayer over the gifts, post communion prayer  and blessing by Jonathan Hagger
Collect, eucharistic prayer and preface by Steven Shakespeare
Readings from the N.R.S.V.
Intercessions by David Adam

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