Worship at Home Sunday 2nd August 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, David Baldwin, Barbara Simmonds, Martin Schellenberg, and various children.

We have recorded an act of worship for the eighth Sunday after Trinity and you can download the order of service to follow along.

The readings for the eighth Sunday after Trinity are:

  • Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 55:1-5
  • Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9,15-end
  • New Testament: Romans 9:1-5
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21

Collect for the eighth Sunday after Trinity 

Lord God,
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Questions to reflect on: 

Read or listen to the passage a couple of times. 

What do you like about the passage, what strikes you as important, where are you in the passage?


Our hymn today, Take this moment by John Bell and Graham Maule, 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, Be thou my guardian and my guide: Tune – Abridge.

Be thou my guardian and my guide
Trumpet tune

Martin writes: There are two organ pieces this week. The first is Picardy by Alec Rowley. This is a gentle extemporisation on the well-known tune that the words Let all mortal flesh keep silence are often sung to. Alec Rowley (1892-1958) was an English composer, organist, pianist, lecturer and writer on music. He was a dedicated teacher, broadcaster and writer; after his death the Alec Rowley Memorial Prize was established at Trinity College of Music. 

The second piece is the jolly and toe-tapping Trumpet Tune by John Stanley. He became the youngest ever person to get his B.Mus. degree from Oxford University at the age of seventeen. Stanley moved in very auspicious musical circles; he was good friends with Handel, and his teacher, Maurice Greene, was a Master of the King’s Musick.

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

Some things you may find interesting: 

Find out more about the Iona community, where our liturgy and song comes from today, here https://iona.org.uk/

New Wine, a charismatic Christian festival of teaching and worship, usually held in July and August, is now online. Find out more here https://www.new-wine.org/

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