Worship at Home – Lyme Bay Deanery Service

We’ve a very special Worship at Home video for you this week as the Beaminster Team is joined by members of the Lyme Bay Deanery and the Bishop of Salisbury.

Worship at Home Fourth Sunday after Trinity – 5th July 2020

We are not able to gather physically to worship today. However, we remember that although we may be apart, we can still worship together. Here are some resources and suggestions to help you worship at home and join together as the body of Christ. Thank you to all our contributors: Liz Orza, Lyme Bay Deanery Chapter, children from Loders School, Martin Schellenberg, and the Bishop of Salisbury

We have recorded an act of worship for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity, you can download the order of service here if you’d like to follow along. 

There is no Zoom coffee this week. However, we are working towards creating another time in the week to meet virtually. 

The readings for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity are:

  • Old Testament Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12
  • Psalm: Psalm 145:8-15
  • New Testament: Romans 7:15-25a
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19,25-end

Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity 

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. Amen.

Questions to reflect on: 

Jesus offers us rest. “Come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

  • What burdens do you carry that you need to lay down or give to Jesus to carry?
  • What rest do you need or seek?

He then encourages us to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart”. Being yoked means being joined to Christ. Oxen are yoked to work together to plough a field. Being yoked to Jesus perhaps means we work alongside him, join in with what he is doing. 

  • What do you need to learn from Jesus?
  • Where in your life do you need more gentleness and humility? 
  • What is Jesus doing that you can join in with?

Letter from Bishop Matthew Peter

Dear beloved In-Christ Canon David Baldwin and all the entire flock of Christ in Lyme Bay Deanery/Salisbury Diocese

Thank you very much for sharing with us your divine plan of commemorating our God given relationships. Though I will not be effectively able to be with you in the video form due to our erratic network situation, I will surely be with you in Spirit. It is from this perspective that I hereby share with you my personal joy and that of the Diocese of Wonduruba for the Sunday July 5th. 2020 event.

May the good Lord inspire all His servants during the event-Amen. Indeed, we continue to uphold each other in prayers in all seasons in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus. We continue to stand firm on the foundation laid by our Saviour which no foe will ever shaken even the Covid-19 pandemic.

Canon David Baldwin, please kindly share with the Lyme Bay Deanery and the entire Salisbury that the flock of God in the Diocese of Wonduruba have some unique challenges since 2015 which have now been magnified by the insertion of covid-19 pandemic. Most of the population in the Diocese has been subjected to internal displacements and Church work tools have been vandalised.

The Diocese needs to deploy both the Pastors and the Evangelists to visit the areas of the displaced which are only accessible on bicycles, but at the moment the Diocesan leadership can not afford to avail the required bicycles.

Finally, let us together encourage ourselves that, these challenges facing our world are just temporary because we are covered by the love of our Lord Jesus, “No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from  the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”-Romans 8:39.

Remain blessed.

Rt. Rev. Matthew Taban Peter
Diocesan Bishop
Diocese of Wonduruba/ECCS


Our hymn today, The Lord’s my Shepherd, was recorded by the musicians of St Martin the Fields. 

The voluntary, details below, was recorded by the Director of Music at St Mary’s Beaminster, Martin Schellenberg. It was recorded on the organ St Mary’s Beaminster. You can also listen to two other hymns for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

Hymn 213 – I heard the voice of Jesus : Tune – Kingsfold.
Hymn 387 – O perfect love : Tune – Strength and stay
Nun danket alle Gott

Martin writes: there are two organ pieces this week. The first is the poignantly beautiful Lied from 24 Pieces in a Free Style by Louis Vierne. As churches are opening for public worship this Sunday, I have chosen the triumphant Choral-Improvisation Nun danket alle Gott (Now thank we all our God) by Sigfrid Karg-Elert.

External Resources

Sunday Worship continues on Radio 4 every week https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnds  

Worship is also available from Salisbury Cathedral via its YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/SalisburyCathedral1

And something you may find interesting:

His yoke is easy from The Messiah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx6PVtEZMAc

Some background to the needs in South Sudan https://www.tearfund.org/about_us/what_we_do_and_where/countries/east_and_central_africa/south_sudan/

And information about the British Army and peacekeeping in South Sudan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDeecWpiiSg

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