Trinity 7 Sunday 31st July Songs of Praise

Welcome to our Songs of Praise Service for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

31st July 2022

Each of the Hymns have been chosen by members of our Congregation.

Before we start today’s service, there is a messages we would like you to read and pray about:-

As you will know by now, our advertisement for a new Minister was unsuccessful. The position will be re-advertised in in due course. Please continue to pray for this position.

This is again for a fulltime minister for the two benefices of Fillongley with Corley and Ansley with Arley.

Thank you.


1st Hymn is- Morning Has Broken

The Preparation

  • As the deer pants for water,
    so longs my soul for you, O God.
  • My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;
    when shall I come before the presence of God? (Psalm 42:1, 2)

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. 

Confession and Words of Comfort

8) If we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves
and the truth is not in us;
9) If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just
will forgive us our sinsand cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1: 8, 9)

A period of silent recollection follows. 

All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.


Hear the words of comfort, our Saviour Christ says
to all who truly turn to him:

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have everlasting life.

Collect for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity 

Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

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.


Our First Reading id taken from Ecclesiastes Chaps: 1 and 2

Chap: 1

12 I, the Philosopher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.

13 I determined that I would examine and study all the things that are done in this world. God has laid a miserable fate upon us.

14 I have seen everything done in this world, and I tell you, it is all useless. It is like chasing the wind.

Chap: 2

18 Nothing that I had worked for and earned meant a thing to me, because I knew that I would have to leave it to my successor,

19 and he might be wise, or he might be foolish – who knows? Yet he will own everything I have worked for, everything my wisdom has earned for me in this world. It is all useless.

20 So I came to regret that I had worked so hard.

21 You work for something with all your wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and then you have to leave it all to someone who hasn’t had to work for it. It is useless, and it isn’t right!

22 You work and worry your way through life, and what do you have to show for it?

23 As long as you live, everything you do brings nothing but worry and heartache. Even at night your mind can’t rest. It is all useless.

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God 

2nd Hymn isMy Jesus I love Thee

 3rd Hymn is – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

1) Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2) 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.

3) O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4) 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.

5) 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!    ( by John Greeleaf Whittier – 1807 to 1892)

Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to – Luke Chap: 12

13 A man in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the property our father left us.”

14 Jesus answered him, “Friend, who gave me the right to judge or to divide the property between you two?”

15 And he went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.”

16 Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops.

17 He began to think to himself, “I don’t have a place to keep all my crops. What can I do?

18 This is what I will do,’ he told himself; “I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and all my other goods.

19 Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’

20 But God said to him, “You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’ ”

21 And Jesus concluded, “This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’s sight.” 

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God 

We say the Apostles Creed:-

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.


4th Hymn is – A Wonderful Saviour is Jesus My Lord

1   A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord,
a wonderful Saviour to me.
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
where rivers of pleasure I see.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
that shadows a dry, thirsty land.
He hideth my life in the depths of his love,
and covers me there with his hand,
and covers me there with his hand.

2   A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord;
he taketh my burden away.
He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved;
he giveth me strength as my day.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
that shadows a dry, thirsty land.
He hideth my life in the depths of his love,
and covers me there with his hand,
and covers me there with his hand.

3   With numberless blessings each moment he crowns,
and filled with his fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, “Oh, glory to God
for such a Redeemer as mine!”

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
that shadows a dry, thirsty land.
He hideth my life in the depths of his love,
and covers me there with his hand,
and covers me there with his hand.

4   When clothed in his brightness, transported I rise
to meet him in clouds of the sky,
his perfect salvation, his wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
that shadows a dry, thirsty land.
He hideth my life in the depths of his love,
and covers me there with his hand,
and covers me there with his hand.
( by Fanny Crosby – 1890)

5th Hymn is – Abide With Me

1 Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

2 Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away.
Change and decay in all around I see.
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

3 I need thy presence every passing hour.
What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like thyself my guide and strength can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

4 I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless,
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

5 Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes.
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
(by Henry Francis Lyte (1793 to 1847)

6th Hymn is – I the Lord of Sea and Sky

7th Hymn is – Give Me Oil in My Lamp (Mission Praise 167)

Prayers of Intercession

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing

that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All: Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,

and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful,

to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love,

and your love, for your name’s sake.

All: Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord, for the health and well-being of our nation,

God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety,

be their hope; in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for the isolated and housebound,

that we may be alert to their needs,

and care for them in their vulnerability:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for our homes and families,

our schools and young people,

and all in any kind of need or distress:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for a blessing on our local community,

that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship,

where all are known and cared for:

Lord, hear us,

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend ourselves,

and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God. Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

All: Amen.

8th Hymn is – What a Friend We Have in Jesus 

  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  1. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
  1. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Saviour, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.
    (by Joseph M. Scriven -1855)

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ we pray to the Lord 

All:  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. 

All: Amen.

9th Hymn is – Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

We end by saying:

All: Merciful Father
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Closing Blessing

May the peace of God be in your heart
May the grace of God be in your words
May the love of God be in your hands
May the joy of God be in your soul
and in the song that your life sings.

10th Hymn is In Christ Alone

All: Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All: in the name of Christ, Amen.

© 702211


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