Sunday 31 July 2022

8 a.m. Said Eucharist
President and Preacher: The Revd Alison Guy

9 a.m. in Box – Said Eucharist
President and Preacher: The Revd Ann Morris

10 a.m. Sung Eucharist
President and Preacher: The Revd Sandy Emery

COLLECT OF THE DAY

Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

FIRST READING: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14; 2:18–23

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me—and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labours under the sun, because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

PSALM 49:1–8

All    Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.   

   Hear this, all you peoples;
   listen, all you that dwell in the world,
     You of low or high degree,
   both rich and poor together.
All    Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

   My mouth shall speak of wisdom
   and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
   I will incline my ear to a parable;
   I will unfold my riddle with the lyre.
All    Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

  Why should I fear in evil days,
   when the malice of my foes surrounds me,
   Such as trust in their goods
   and glory in the abundance of their riches?
All    Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

   For no one can indeed ransom another
   or pay to God the price of deliverance
   To ransom a soul is too costly;
   there is no price one could pay for it.   
All    Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

SECOND READING: Colossians 3:1–11

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth.

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

GOSPEL READING: Luke 12:13–21

Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’

POST COMMUNION COLLECT 

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

MUSIC at the Sunday 10 a.m. Eucharist

Anthem: O taste and see how gracious the Lord is (R. Vaughan Williams)

Hymns: 368 (All my hope on God is founded); 390 (Blessed assurance); 423 (Fight the good fight)

Organ music before the service: Ennio Morricone 'Gabriel's Oboe' from The Mission; after the service: Ennio Morricone: title music from Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cativo

PRAYING IN THE WEEK

As well as the Collect and readings from this service, you may want to use the following in your prayers:

In the Anglican Communion, for the Church of the Province of West Africa and Archbishop Jonathan Hart

For our five overseas partner dioceses, especially the Diocese of Western Tanganyika and Bishop Emmanuel

In our deanery, for our ecumenical colleagues and partners

In our parish, for those who are at secondary school

For those in need, including Jonathan Brough, Jilly Jennings, Emily Plane, Jo Cope and Lola Liddle (6)

For those whose anniversary of death falls at this time: Richard Howell, Robert Vosper, Robert Price, Revd Leslie Virgo, Poppy Cooke and Nancy Lister