Worship at Home – Sunday 19th July 2020

We are not all 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.

If you would like to follow along with the video service then you can download the order of service right here.

The readings for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity:

  • Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 44:6-8
  • Psalm: Psalm 86 or 139
  • New Testament: Romans 8:12-25
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Collect for the 6th Sunday after Trinity 

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Questions to reflect on: 

Read the parable of the wheat and the weeds. 

  • What do you like about this story?
  • What do you think is important about this story?
  • Where are you in the story?


Our hymn today, O God you search me and you know me by Bernadette Farrell, is inspired by Psalm 139 and was recorded by the musicians of St Martin in 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 another hymn for the 6th Sunday after Trinity.

Hymn 313 – Lord of all hopefulness : Tune – Slane
Meditation – Peter Hurford
Plein Jeu – Louis-Nicolas Clerembault

Martin writes: “There are two organ pieces this week. The first is Meditation from Suite Laudate Dominum by Peter Hurford. This is a very gentle and reflective piece with a tune that changes from right hand to left hand and back again. Peter Hurford OBE was the distinguished Director of Music at St Albans Abbey for twenty years where he conceived the idea of the St Albans International Organ Festival. Apart from this, he also recorded the complete organ music of J. S. Bach to international acclaim. His anthem Litany to the Holy Spirit is sung throughout the word.

The second piece is the bold first movement of the second suite by the 18th century Parisian composer Louis-Nicolas Clerembault who was a well-known organist and composer. This bold piece uses the full organ and is typical of its period.

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 some things you may find interesting:

An essay on the parable of the wheat and weeds https://www.journeywithjesus.net/lectionary-essays/current-essay

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