Worship for the Second Sunday after Trinity – 21st June

Preparing for worship
If you are attending a communion service in the churchyard, please use this service and reflection as preparation before you set out, finishing with the hymn before the Peace. If you are worshipping at home, then carry on with the sharing of bread – you’ll need a table, set with a piece of bread and a glass of wine or juice, and a cross and lit candle.

We meet in faith and love with our sisters and brothers in faith, to worship and give thanks.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Be with us Lord, as we gather in your name;
direct our thoughts, teach us to pray;
lift up our hearts to worship you
in spirit and in truth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We say the Song of God’s Majesty (psalm 8), printed on the front of the pewsheet

After a moment of quiet reflection, we confess our sins to God with this prayer;

Generous God,
You entrusted us with your Word, but we did not keep it.
You lit a flame in our midst, but we have hidden it.
You called us to freedom but we still live in our fears
Generous God, forgive us.

Generous God,
you call us to be salt and light; but we have become bland and clouded.
You spread a table before us; but we squander your gifts.


You call us to the feast, but we make our excuses.
Generous God, forgive us.

If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, the one who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all our failings.

We say the Gloria, in the traditional words, or sing it in the version below (to “Ode to Joy” or “Love Divine)

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Or sing

Glory be to God in heaven, peace to those who love him well;
on the earth let all his people speak his grace, his wonders tell:
Lord, we praise you for your glory, Mighty Father, heaven’s King
hear our joyful adoration and accept the thanks we bring.

Only Son of God the Father, Lamb who takes our sins away,
now with him in triumph seated, for your mercy, Lord, we pray:
Jesus Christ, most high and holy, Saviour, you are God alone,
in the glory of the Father, with the Spirit, ever One!

THE COLLECT and the two readings are printed on the pewsheet

The first scripture reading. Romans 6.1-11

At the end,
For the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

HYMN (said or sung)

1 Jesus, the very thought of thee
with sweetness fills the breast;
but sweeter far thy face to see,
and in thy presence rest.

2 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!

3 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.

4 Jesus, our only joy be thou,
as thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be thou our glory now,
and through eternity.

THE GOSPEL Matthew 10.24-31

The Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end For the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

REFLECTION (on the website, attached to the email, or printed for you at the end of these sheets)

Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor, today I believe.

Lord, You have always given strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak, today I believe.

Lord, You have always given peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart, today I believe.

Lord, You have always kept me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

Lord, You have always marked the road for the coming day;
and though my path may be hidden, today I believe.

Lord, You have always lightened this darkness of mine;
and though the night is near, today I believe.

Lord, You have always spoken when time was ripe;
and even in silence now, today I believe.


Prayer for the needs of the church, the world, our community and for an end to this time of adversity.

1. As we share in the joy of God’s grace today, let us pray to the Father
In Christ our Lord

2. That with our brothers and sisters in all the world, our hearts may be filled with God’s love which raised Jesus to new life, bringing hope and dispelling despair in our isolation, we pray to the Father
In Christ our Lord

3. That all the people of our world may turn from war and cruelty, and find the peace that Jesus gives, that we may work together to overcome this virus, and care for all who have fallen ill, we pray to the Father
In Christ our Lord

4. That God will bless our families, friends and neighbours, all who we would love to be with today, and all the people of Chippenham, with his blessings of joy, even in this time of hardship, we pray to the Father
In Christ our Lord

5. That everyone in need today may know the hope and strength of Jesus’s presence, especially our doctors, medics, nurses, carers and emergency workers, and those whom we hold in silence in our hearts ….… we pray to the Father
In Christ our Lord

6. That all who have died may have a share in the hope of glory to which we are called. For Fiona, ………, and those whose lives have enriched us and whose memory we cherish, we pray to the Father
In Christ our Lord

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Brother, sister let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too.

2 We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are travellers on the road.
We are here to help each other
walk the mile, and bear the load.

3 I will hold the Christ-light for you,
in the night-time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

4 I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow,
till we’ve seen this journey through.

5 When we sing to God in Heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love, and agony.

6. Brother, sister let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too.

(Finish here if you are coming to communion)


Jesus came and stood amongst his disciples and said, “Peace be with you”, and they were filled with joy when they saw the Lord.
Alleluia! The peace of the risen Lord be always with you.
and with all our sisters and brothers, near and far. Alleluia!

We share a sign of peace with all people of faith throughout the world, by clasping our hands together and bowing our heads saying the word “Shalom”, peace.


We are all, dispersed as we are, invited to the common table to share in a fellowship meal. At this table we come as brothers and sisters in the Holy Family of God.

Jesus said,
“I am the bread of life. Those who come to me will never hunger, those who believe in me will never thirst.”
O taste and see that God is good! blessed are all those who put their trust in him.

Take and eat a piece of the bread. If you are with another, give the bread to each other. As you give and receive the bread, say this prayer:

As we break this bread, and as we share it, we thank you, God, that you give us this day our daily bread.
For the food which delights and nourishes us and for the companionship that sustains us as your people.

Drink a sip of the wine or juice. If you are with another, give the wine to each other. As you give and receive the wine, say this prayer:

We thank you for drink to quench our thirst and for the Living Water with which you surprise and enrich and transform our lives.
We give thanks for this feast at which all can share, though separated now. A foretaste of the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen us to walk with him in his risen life;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be amongst us and remain with us, this Easter and always. Amen.

May we, now and always, abide in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

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