St Peter / Balsall Common

A service for Sunday July 5th 2020 (Trinity 4)

Following this introduction, you will find the order of service for our regular Eucharist. Links - usually showing in a different colour - will take you to additional resources to enhance your worship. If it is a video or another 'page', this should open as a new page on your screen, so that when it ends, you can close the window or 'click' on the back-arrow to go back to the main text.

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We have been asked to include some music, but have to be careful to comply with copyright law! Likewise, in the music and other home-made videos, we have to acknowledge the 'free' editing software we used!

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We begin with an Introit written and played by our Director of Music …. please click here to listen to this original work of music


[In 'Ordinary Time']

An opening hymn, played by Kim, to help us prepare ourselves for worship - click here to hear a clip of some appropriate music!) - "Make me a channel of your peace” - do please 'sing along' with the words

Prayer for Growth

ALL: God of mission who alone brings growth to your church, send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness. Help our church to grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you, and in service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Presiding Minister may say

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

ALL: Amen.

The Presiding Minister greets the people saying:

The Lord be with you

All: and also with you

The Presiding Minister introduces the theme of the service.


The Presiding Minister invites us to confess our sins to God:

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life. Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all people.

ALL: Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, and word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God.


To see and hear Absolution pronounced, click on this link. Close the tab/click back arrow < to return to this page and the words and subsequent links.

Minister: Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

ALL: Amen.

The following is said or sung by all:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


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. Amen.

THE COLLECT (The special prayer for the day)

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 our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 



New Testament: Romans 7 :15-25

The Gospel: Matthew 11 :16-19, 25-30

A reading from the New Testament follows. You may read it from your own bible if you like. At the end, the reader says: This is the Word of the Lord.

Please click here to view the video of the New Testament Reading given by Eileen - remember to close the window or use the ‘back arrow’ (<) which you will find in the left-hand corner of your screen. 

ALL: Thanks be to God.

We prepare for the Gospel and Sermon by singing (or listening to) “I heard the voice of Jesus say 'Come unto me and rest'”, played by Kim: Click here to play the video


At this point you can view the Gospel and the Sermon which today are presented by Moira from inside the church - 

Click here to see and hear the Gospel reading

and click here for the Sermon

- when it finishes, close the window or use the ‘back arrow’ < which will be in the left-hand corner of your screen.

We stand to say THE PROFESSION OF FAITH (The Creed).

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.



We offer up our prayers, both those which are personal, and also those which we offer as a church.

The prayers this week have been written for us by Mark. 

Click here to listen and see Mark say the prayers

In the power of the Trinity, Father, Son & Holy Spirit, we offer our prayers to God.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in Faith.

We pray for the universal church throughout the world, and today especially for the work of industrial chaplains – who take the message of Christ and a word of comfort and friendship to people wherever they are in their work – remembering especially the CIGB group in Birmingham, and our own Frances Critoph as she ministers to those in retail jobs in Solihull. We also ask for your blessing on the new Anglican Province of Alexandria, and its new Archbishop Mouneer Anis, as he leads churches across the north of Africa from Somalia through Egypt to Mauretania. ... Lord in your Mercy – Hear our Prayer

In our prayers for the world, we bring to mind the work of the many charities working with the elderly, who rely on voluntary donations and the work of volunteers. May these continue to be forthcoming to support this service of love. Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

In our own Parish, this week we bring before you our friends and neighbours in Arden Close & Elmwood Close: may we offer help where it is needed, and share with them the good news of your Son 

Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

As we think of those in need, the house bound & all who are self-isolating or have symptoms of the coronavirus, especially anyone living alone...

We also bring before you those who have asked for our prayers, including particularly Dorothy Allcock, Isabella Booeye, Elizabeth Clement, Terry Curry, Vanessa Godfrey, Richard Jones, Ruth Kenyon & family, Brien Lawrence, Rhiannon Mapleston, Joyce Marlow, Chris Mayhew, Karen McDougal, Mair Mosford, John Sleath, Amy Stevens, Ray Thompson, Linda Whitlock, Tom & family & Maureen, aqnd all those whose names are also listed in the news-sheet, and those who care for them. Give them all the strength and courage to carry on and hope for the future: in a moment of silence we remember them and those we know personally, ...

Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

We remember all those who have recently died, especially Iris Pryce, Alison Thompkins, Jean Cavanagh, Moreen Seabrook, Valerie Underhill

And we remember those whose anniversary falls at this time, remembering by name those who are recorded in our book of remembrance: Norman Rathbone, Jean Clarke, Alfred Dubberley, Dominick Mendela.  In the knowledge that we shall all meet again in your glorious Kingdom.

Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

Rejoicing in the fellowship of St Peter & all your saints we commend our church, ourselves and all Christian people to your unfailing Love –

Merciful Father, Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


The Presiding Minister says:

The peace of the Lord be always with you

ALL: and also with you (You may wish to share with another person in your household!)

We have also recorded the next section of the service including the Eucharistic Prayer: you can click on this link to play that video. To return to this script - as before, use the back-arrow or close the window. Otherwise, continue reading - if you have played the video, scroll down to the post-communion prayer of thanksgiving.

The Presiding Minister says

Blessed are you Lord God of all creation; through your goodness we have this bread to offer which earth has given and human hands have made. For us it becomes the bread of life.

ALL: Blessed be God for ever

Blessed are you Lord God of all creation; through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. For us it becomes the cup of salvation.

ALL: Blessed be God for ever

Pray, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.

ALL: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good, and the good of all His Church.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER (The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving)

The Lord be with you.

ALL: And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

ALL : We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

ALL: It is right to give him thanks and praise. 

Minister: Blessed are you, Lord God, our light and our salvation; to you be glory and praise for ever. From the beginning you have created all things and all your works echo the silent music of your praise. In the fullness of time you made us in your image, the crown of all creation. You give us breath and speech, that with angels and archangels and all the powers of heaven we may find a voice to sing your praise:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

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

Please sit or kneel.

How wonderful the work of your hands, O Lord. As a mother tenderly gathers her children, you embraced a people as your own. When they turned away and rebelled your love remained steadfast. From them you raised up Jesus our Saviour, born of Mary, to be the living bread, in whom all our hungers are satisfied. He offered his life for sinners, and with a love stronger than death he opened wide his arms on the cross.

On the night before he died, he came to supper with his friends and, taking bread, he gave you thanks. He broke it and gave it to them, saying: 

Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine, he gave you thinks and said: 

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. Great is the mystery of faith.

ALL: Chris has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again

Father, we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross; we remember his dying and rising in glory, and we rejoice that he intercedes for us at your right hand. Pour out your Holy Spirit as we bring before you these gifts of your creation; may they be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy things in your presence, form us in the likeness of Christ, and build us into a living temple to your glory. 

Remember, Lord, your Church in every land. Reveal her unity, guard her faith, and preserve her in peace.

Bring us at the last with Peter and all the saints to the vision of that eternal splendour for which you have created us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, by whom, with whom, and in whom, with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:

ALL: Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever,  Amen


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

ALL: 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.


The Breaking of Bread: The Presiding Minister breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup

ALL: We proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

THE HOLY COMMUNION: The Presiding Minister invites the people to the Holy Communion.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

ALL: Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

……. giving of communion …..


We join together in saying:

ALL: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Through Him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.   Amen.

The following blessing may be used, or some other form to suit the season

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always.


To see the Blessing as a video, click on this link.

Click here to hear and join in a stirring hymn to close our service - "Lord of the Dance".

Feel free to sing along!

As we close our service, let's listen to a 'Voluntary' composed and played by Kim, our Director of Music, dedicated to Valerie Underhill. He has written this brief explanation:

Over 20 years ago, Val Underhill and I had a conversation about JS Bach's Fugue in G minor (that follows a Fantasia). I promised Val that I would try to learn it at some point - it's actually NINE pages long!! This week's voluntary is thus merely based on the said piece - I played the music into my keyboard and then accompanied myself on the piano, doubling up on some of the tunes. This fugue is by far my favourite of all time (I even have a record - vinyl !! - somewhere of Jacques Loussier jazzing it up) ... I know that it was a favourite of Val's too - hence this is my dedication to Val (whose funeral was on July 3rd) - Kim

click here to hear it

Don’t forget to join our Zoom “Coffee Together” at 11:00 this Sunday morning - come as you are! Email for an invitation if you do not have it in your in-box already - ....

or click on this link: Coffee Together – at 11:00

and if you have any particular requests, email ! 🎼💒🎹