Sunday Service Pew Sheet (ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, BRAY)


Trinity Eight Sunday

25th July 2021

Sunday worship in Church at 10.00 am is available. However the service will continue to be broadcast, on Zoom from Church using the usual link. The 8.00 am Service and Evensong will be reintroduced in stages; there will be more news in due course. Thank you for your patience, please keep the reopening schedule in your prayers"

If you would like to join a virtual ‘Zoom’ church service at 10.00 am please use:

Meeting ID: 853 4202 5466

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May the love of Christ be with you all.


Hymns CP. 485, 416, 284, 556

Hymn Jesu the very Thought of Thee CP485


1. Jesus, the very thought of Thee

    With sweetness fills my breast;

    But sweeter far Thy face to see,

    And in Thy presence rest.


2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,

  Nor can the memory find

A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,

  O Savior of mankind!


3. O Hope of every contrite heart,

  O Joy of all the meek,

To those who fall, how kind Thou art!

  How good to those who seek!


4. But what to those who find? Ah, this

  Nor tongue nor pen can show;

The love of Jesus, what it is

  None but His loved ones know.


5. Jesus, our only Joy be Thou,

  As Thou our Prize wilt be;

Jesus, be Thou our Glory now,

  And through eternity.




Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern

both our hearts and bodies

in the ways of your laws

and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.     Amen

Psalm 145 10-18

10.  All thy works / praise • thee O / Lord:

and thy / servants / bless thy / name.

11. They speak of the glory / of thy / kingdom:

and their / talking / is of • thy / power,

12. That thy power may be / known • unto / men:

even the glorious / brightness / of thy / kingdom.

13. Thy kingdom is an ever-/lasting / kingdom:

and thy dominion en/dureth • through/out all / ages.

14. The Lord upholdeth / all • such as / fall:

and lifteth / up all / those • that are / down.

15. The eyes of all wait upon / thee O / Lord:

and thou givest them their / food in / due / season.

16. Thou openest / thine / hand:

and fillest / all things / living • with / plenteousness.

17. The Lord is righteous in / all his / ways:

and / merciful • in / all his / works.

18. The Lord is nigh unto all them that / call up/on him:

yea all such as / call up/on him / faithfully.


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 Ephesians 3. 14-21 

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.


Hymn Father Hear the Prayer we Offer CP416

1. Father, hear the prayer we offer:

not for ease that prayer shall be,

but for strength, that we may ever

live our lives courageously.


2. Not for ever in green pastures

do we ask our way to be ;

but the steep and rugged pathway

may we tread rejoicingly.


3. Not forever by still waters

would we idly rest and stay;

but would smite the living fountains

from the rocks along our way.


4. Be our strength in hours of weakness,

in our wanderings be our Guide;

through endeavour, failure, danger,

Saviour, be thou at our side.


Gospel John 6. 1-21

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Jesus Walks on the Water

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.


Hymn Bread of Heaven, on Thee we Feed CP284

1. Bread of heaven, on thee we feed,

for thou art our food indeed.

Ever may our souls be fed

with this true and living bread,

day by day with strength supplied

through the life of Christ who died.

2. Vine of heaven, thy blood supplies

this blest cup of sacrifice.

Lord, thy wounds our healing give;

to thy cross we look and live.

Jesus, may we ever be

grafted, rooted, built on thee.


Prayers and Preparation for the distribution of Communion



Hymn Praise the Lord Ye Heavens, Adore Him CP556


1.  Praise the Lord! ye heavens adore him;

Praise him angels, in the height;

Sun and moon, rejoice before him;

Praise him, all ye stars of light.

Praise the Lord! for he has spoken;

Worlds his mighty voice obeyed;

Laws which never shall be broken

For their guidance he has made.


2. Praise the Lord! for he is glorious;

Never shall his promise fail;

God has made his saints victorious;

Sin and death shall not prevail.

Praise the God of our salvation!

Hosts on high his power proclaim;

Heaven, and earth, and all creation,

Laud and magnify his name.




1130 Baptism (Isabella Kaur Beardsall)


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Account name - St Michaels Bray with Braywood PCC
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