SUNDAY 1st August 2021 - TRINITY 9

How to be a good King and speaking truth to power


Grace and peace to you from God our Father,

and the Lord Jesus Christ.




Angel-voices ever singing
Round thy throne of light,
Angel-harps, for ever ringing,
Rest not day nor night;
Thousands only live to bless thee
And confess thee
Lord of might.


For we know that thou rejoicest
O'er each work of thine;
Thou didst ears and hands and voices
For thy praise design;
Craftsman's art and music's measure
For thy pleasure
All combine.


In thy house, great God, we offer
Of thine own to thee;
And for thine acceptance proffer
All unworthily
Hearts and minds and hands and voices
In our choicest


Honour, glory, might and merit
Thine shall ever be,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Blessed Trinity.
Of the best that thou hast given
Earth and heaven
Render thee.



I will go to the altar of God;

to the God of my joy and gladness.

Our help is in the name of the Lord;

who made heaven and earth.

Turn us, O God and Saviour;

that your people may rejoice in you.

O Lord, show us your mercy;

and grant us your salvation.

Lord, hear our prayer;

give ear to our cry.



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.



Gloria – from the setting by Grayston Ives

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.




FIRST READING – 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13 read by Liz Williams

26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.         

27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.

12:1 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor

 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 

3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

4 “Now a traveller came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveller who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 

6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 

8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 

9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 

10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 

12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die


1 O God of earth and altar,
Bow down and hear our cry,
Our earthly rulers falter,
Our people drift and die;
The walls of gold entomb us,
The swords of scorn divide,
Take not thy thunder from us,
But take away our pride.

2 From all that terror teaches,
From lies of tongue and pen,
From all the easy speeches
That comfort cruel men,
From sale and profanation
Of honour and the sword,
From sleep and from damnation,
Deliver us, good Lord!

3 Tie in a living tether
The prince and priest and thrall,
Bind all our lives together,
Smite us and save us all;
In ire and exultation
Aflame with faith, and free,
Lift up a living nation,
A single sword to thee.

GOSPEL John 6: 24 – 35 read by Sally-Jayne Murray

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 

26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 

27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 

28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 

29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 

30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 

31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 

32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 

33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 

34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.


Alleluia Alleluia Glory be to God on High

Alleluia to the Father who has gained the victory

Alleluia to the Spirit Fount of love and sanctity

Alleluia Alleluia to the Triune Majesty




ANTHEM: Turn Back O Man by Gustav Holst


OFFERTORY HYMN                                                                                                                           

1 The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is his new creation
By water and the word:
From heaven he came and sought her
To be his holy Bride,
With his own blood he bought her,
And for her life he died.

2 Elect from every nation,
Yet one o'er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses
With every grace endued.

3 In toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace for evermore:
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blessed;
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest!

4 Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with thee.



Let us present our offerings to the Lord.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory,

the splendour, and the majesty; for everything in

heaven and on earth is yours.

All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Worship and praise belong to you, Almighty God,

in every place and at all times. All power is yours:

you created the heavens and established the earth;

you sustain in being all that is.


In Christ your Son, our life and yours

are brought together in a wonderful exchange.

He made his home among us

that we might forever dwell in you.


Through your Holy Spirit, you call us to new birth

in a creation restored by love.


As children of your redeeming purpose,

we offer you our praise,

with angels and archangels

and the whole company of heaven

singing the hymn of your unending glory:


SANCTUS AND BENEDICTUS from the setting by Grayston Ives)  

Holy Holy Holy, Lord God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of you glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


CONSECRATION PRAYER (please sit or kneel)

Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving creator,

for the gift of your son, born in human flesh.

He is the word existing beyond time,

both source and final purpose,

bringing to wholeness all that is made.

Obedient to your will, he died upon the cross.

By your power you raised him from the dead.

He broke the bonds of evil,

and set your people free

to be his body in the world.


On the night when he was given up to death,

knowing that his hour had come,

having loved his own, he loved them to the end.

At supper with his disciples

he took bread and offered you thanks.

He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying,


‘Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.’


After supper, he took the cup,

he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying:


‘Drink this, all of you.

This is my Blood of the new covenant;

it is poured out for you, and for all,

that sins may be forgiven.

Do this in remembrance of me.’


We now obey your Son’s command.

We recall his blessed passion and death,

his glorious resurrection and ascension;

and we look for the coming of his Kingdom.

Made one with him, we offer you these gifts

and with them ourselves,

a single, holy, living sacrifice.


Hear us, most merciful God,

and send your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon this bread and this wine,

that, overshadowed by his life-giving power,

they may be the Body and Blood of your Son,

and we may be kindled with the fire of your love

and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.


Help us, who are baptised

into the fellowship of Christ’s Body,

to live and work to your praise and glory;

may we grow together in unity and love

until at last, in your new creation,

we enter into our heritage,

in the company of the Virgin Mary,

the apostles and prophets,

and of all our brothers and sisters

living and departed.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be to you, Lord of all ages,

world without end.




The living bread is broken for the life of the world.

Lord, unite us in this sign.



As our Saviour Christ has commanded and taught us,

we are bold to say;


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.



AGNUS DEI from the setting by Grayston Ives

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us your peace



Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are we who are called to share in this supper.

Lord I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.  


COMMUNION ANTHEM – Verily, Verily I say unto you by Thomas Tallis



Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious.

And his mercy endures for ever.



Father, your steadfast purpose is the completion of all things in your son.

May we who have received the pledges of the Kingdom,

live by faith, walk in hope and be renewed by love,

until the world reflects your Glory, and you are all in all;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



BLESSING to which we respond:




Let us go in peace, to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ.




1 Jerusalem the golden,
With milk and honey blest,
Beneath thy contemplation
Sink heart and voice opprest.
I know not, O I know not,
What social joys are there,
What radiancy of glory,
What light beyond compare.

2 They stand, those halls of Sion,
Conjubilant with song,
And bright with many an angel,
And all the martyr throng;
The Prince is ever in them,
The daylight is serene,
The pastures of the blessèd
Are decked in glorious sheen.

3 There is the throne of David,
And there, from care released,
The song of them that triumph,
The shout of them that feast;
And they who, with their Leader,
Have conquered in the fight,
For ever and for ever
Are clad in robes of white.

4 O sweet and blessèd country,
Shall I ever see thy face?
O sweet and blessed country,
Shall I ever win thy grace?
Exult, O dust and ashes!
The Lord shall be thy part:
His only, his for ever,
Thou shalt be, and thou art!