St Barts Sunday Service
The Reverend Jan Staniforth
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Grace and Welcome
Opening Hymn: 350 Stand Up and Bless the Lord soloist: Rodney Williamson
Stand up and bless the Lord, you people of God's choice;
stand up and bless the Lord of hosts with heart and soul and voice.
Though high above all praise, above all blessing high,
who would not fear God's holy name, and praise and magnify?
God is our strength and song, who makes salvation ours;
then be God's love in Christ proclaimed with all our ransomed powers.
Stand up and bless the Lord, the Lord your God adore;
stand up and bless God's glorious name henceforth forevermore.
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reading: Romans 8:26-39 read by Paul Cappon
Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33
Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
Sermon The Reverend Jan Staniforth
Prayers of the People
Priest: Lord, in your love. People: Hear our prayer.
Please pray for the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now – please pray for them as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic,
For the sick in our parish of St. Bartholomew: Doris, Lisa, Sue, Laurie, Harriott, Marissa, Mary, Jan, Don, Fay, Christina, Hana and her family, Harriet and her family in Africa, Michael and Kathleen;
and in the parish of St. Aidan’s: Mimi, Reverend Olu Alabi, Ruth, Carmen, Erma, Lew, Lynne, Seare
and for those whom we now uphold, aloud or in the silence of our hearts: (silence)
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: 628 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High soloist: Martha Patterson
O love, how deep, how broad, how high! It fills the heart with ecstasy,
that God, the Son of God, should take our mortal form for mortals' sake.
For us he rose from death again, for us he went on high to reign,
for us he sent his Spirit here to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.
To God whose boundless love has won salvation for us through the Son,
to God the Father, glory be both now and through eternity.
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in
Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Pennie and David Younger.
Mini Concert with pianist Téa Mamaladze
Songs Without Words, Book 2, Op. 30 Andante espressivo Felix Mendelssohn
In appreciation for this week’s online service:
Reverend Jan Staniforth
Reader: Paul Cappon
Music: Téa Mamaladze
Soloists: Martha Patterson and Rodney Williamson
Altar Guild: Pamela Mallon
Web Service: Ruth Honeyman Webmaster & Videographer: Kevin McQuinn
Video and Art Editor: Simon Honeyman
Additional Photography: Kevin McQuinn, Pamela Mallon, Bonnie Robinson
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- Attr. Rembrandt (1606–1669), Parable of the Hidden Treasure, c.1630. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.
- Jan Luyken (1649–1712), Parable of the Leaven, date unknown. Taken from the Bowyer Bible of 1795, Bolton Museum, Lancashire, England.
- Imre Szakács (b.1948), Mustard Seed, 2009. Private Collection, Budapest.
- John Constable (1776–1837), The White Horse, 1819. Frick Collection, Manhattan.
- Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), Norham Castle, Sunrise, c.1845. Tate Britain, London.
- Joseph Mallord William Turner, Fishermen at Sea, 1796. Tate Britain, London.
- Thomas Cole (1801–1848), The Voyage of Life: Old Age, 1842. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.