Next Sunday Service Pew Sheet (Trinity 4) 5th July 2020



(BCP The Fourth Sunday After Trinity)


Sunday, 5th July 2020


Unfortunately, in these troubled times our beautiful Parish Church has been closed, until the Coronavirus emergency is finished. It has been suggested that to continue producing our weekly pew sheet would be a help to our usual congregation to direct their thoughts and prayers.


Keep safe and remember to self isolate at all times as requested by our Government, so that the emergency can be over as quickly as possible.

May the love of Christ be with you all.


If you would like to join a virtual ‘Zoom’ church service, followed by a coffee morning chat, on this Sunday 11.00am following the Diocesan Church at Home service please use:

Meeting ID: 867 4334 0996 Password: 228797

All are welcome

                         “Book of Common Prayer"                            


O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O Heavenly Father, for Jesus Christís sake our Lord. Amen.


THE EPISTLE Romans 8.18-23 (KJV)

I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope: because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.


THE GOSPEL  St Luke 6.36-42 (KJV)

BE ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again. And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master; but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.




Order One in “Common Worship”

and ‘On line zoom service’

The Gathering

A silence is held

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

All:      Amen


The Greeting

Priest:   The Lord be with you

All:        And also with you

                     Prayer of Preparation

                   All:       Almighty God.

                                To whom all hearts are open,

                                all desires known,

                                and from whom no secrets are hidden:

                                cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

                                by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

                                that we may perfectly love you

                                and worthily magnify your holy name:

                                through our Lord:



                      Prayer of Penitence

                            Priest:   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.


All:                         Almighty God, our heavenly Father

                                we have sinned against you

                                and against our neighbour

                                in thought word and deed,

                                through negligence,

                                through weakness,

                                through our own deliberate fault.

                                We are truly sorry

                                and repent all our sins.

                                For the sake of your Son

                                Jesus Christ, who died for us,

                                forgive us all that has past

                                and grant that we may serve you

                                in newness of life

                                to the glory of your name.



COLLECT (Priest)

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.



READING (omitted from the service)        Genesis 24. 34-38, 42-49, 58-67

So he said, ‘I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, “You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.”

‘I came today to the spring, and said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, ‘Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,’ and who will say to me, ‘Drink, and I will draw for your camels also’—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.”

‘Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water-jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, “Please let me drink.” She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, “Drink, and I will also water your camels.” So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, “Whose daughter are you?” She said, “The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.” So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.’ And they called Rebekah, and said to her, ‘Will you go with this man?’ She said, ‘I will.’ So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

‘May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads;

may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.’

Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, ‘Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?’ The servant said, ‘It is my master.’ So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.


PSALM 45. 10-17 (omitted from the service)

10.  Hearken O daughter and consider, in-/cline thine / ear:

forget thine own people / and thy / father's / house.

11. So shall the king have pleasure / in thy / beauty:

for he is thy lord, and / therefore / do thou / honour him.

12. And the daughter of Tyre shall / bring thee / gifts:

the rich also among the / peoples • shall / seek thy / favour.

13. The king's daughter is all glorious with/in the / palace:

her clothing / is of / wrought / gold.

14. She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of / divers / colours :

the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company,

and shall / bring her / unto / thee.

15. With joy and gladness / shall they / bring her:

and shall enter / into • the king's / palace.

16. Instead of thy fathers thou / shalt have / children:

whom thou shalt make / princes • in / all / lands.

17. I will make thy name to be remembered from one generation / to an/other:

therefore shall the peoples praise thee / world with-/out / end.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: world without end. Amen


READING (Read by a reader in the service)          Romans 7. 15-25a

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.


Reader:   This is the word of the Lord

All:       Thanks be to God


GOSPEL                                                                                Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-30

Priest:   The Gospel according to Matthew

All:                         Glory to you O Lord


‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,

“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.”

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’


Priest:   This is the word of the Lord

All:     Praise to you O Christ




Prayers of Intercessions

(responses to Lord hear us the response is Lord graciously Hear us            )


Prayer:    Merciful Father,

ALL:          accept these prayers

                   for the sake of your Son

                   our Saviour, Jesus Christ



The Peace


Priest:  God is love

                   and those that live in love

                   live inGod

                   and God lives in them.


                   The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:            And also with you


The Lord’s Prayer

Priest        Let us prayer with confidence s our Saviour 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 them that trespass against us.

                   And lead us not into temptation

                   but deliver us from evil.

                   For thine I the kingdom, the power and the glory,

                   for ever and ever. Amen.


The Dismissal

Priest:      The peace of God’’

                   which passes all understanding,

                   keep your hearts and minds

                   in the knowledge and love of God,

                   and his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord:

                   And the blessing of God Almighty,

                   the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

                   be among you and remain with you always.

All:            Amen.


         Priest:     Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All:       In the name of Christ. Amen


Great News St Michael’s will be open, for private prayer, between 10 and 11 o’clock on every Wednesday morning. The church is being prepared with appropriate hand sanitizers and a special area for individual prayer that will be both welcoming, safe and easy to clean and manage.

Please ensure you follow the instructions of those opening the church to keep you and others safe.


Just a reminder that if you would like to join the 11 am St Michael’s short service and coffee morning on Sundays, following the Diocesan Church at Home service. Please use the link:-

Meeting ID: 867 4334 0996 Password: 228797  

All are very welcome.


The Rev Ainsley Swift will record a short video from the Vicarage study. You will then find it on the St Michael' Bray Facebook page and on Ainsley's page along with other acts of worship"


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Those giving through the Parish Giving Scheme will have their payments continue to be taken in the normal way, and we are very grateful for that. If you normally give to the church by completing a white Gift Aid envelope in the service, please consider during the current emergency paying on line by BACS transfer. The account details are;

Account name - St Michaels Bray with Braywood PCC

Sort Code - 20-38-83

Account number - 80409081

Please put your name as a reference. If you email Jim Tucker - - he will send you a Gift Aid form.