Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
3rd July 2022
14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
3rd Sunday after Trinity
ORDER OF SERVICE
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All are requested to join in wherever text is GREEN or when instructed by Fr. David.
Where the is shown, all are encouraged to make the sign of the cross.
Where the is shown all are encouraged to strike their breast with a closed hand following the actions of Fr. David.
Where the is shown all are encouraged to tap their breast with an open hand following the actions of Fr. David.
Greetings to you all to our Eucharist Service on the (proper)
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You are very welcome; we are very delighted to have you.
Please bring your own petitions, cares and concerns to God and offer them alongside ours.
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Now, if you are able, please will you stand as we sing
HYMN:New every morning is the love Our wakening and uprising prove;
New every morning is the love
Our wakening and uprising prove;
Through sleep and darkness safely brought,
Restored to life, and power, and thought.
New mercies, each returning day,
Hover around us while we pray;
New perils past, new sins forgiven,
New thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.
The trivial round, the common task,
Would furnish all we ought to ask,
Room to deny ourselves, a road
To bring us daily nearer God.
Only, O Lord, in thy dear love
Fit us for perfect rest above;
And help us this and every day
To live more nearly as we pray.
BLESSED BE GOD: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen
From Easter to Pentecost:
Allelulia. Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia
In Lent and other penitential occasions:
Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;
His mercy endures for ever.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, to whom all hearts be 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 Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
This prayer is omitted during Lent and Advent:
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s 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.
Holy God, holy and mighty , holy and immortal, have mercy on us.
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbour: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
THE FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Isaiah 66:10-14
Thus says the Lord:
“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her–
that you may nurse and be satisfied
from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
from her glorious bosom.
For thus says the Lord:
I will extend prosperity to her like a river,
and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,
and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child,
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
your bodies shall flourish like the grass;
and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants,
and his indignation is against his enemies.”
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
1 Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
sing the glory of his Name;
sing the glory of his praise.
2 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! *
because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
3 All the earth bows down before you, *
sings to you, sings out your Name.”
4 Come now and see the works of God, *
how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.
5 He turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
and there we rejoiced in him.
6 In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations; *
let no rebel rise up against him.
7 Bless our God, you peoples; *
make the voice of his praise to be heard;
8 Who holds our souls in life, *
and will not allow our feet to slip.
THE SECOND READING
A reading from the book of
[My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads.
Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.]
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised– only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule– peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
All stand for the Acclamation and Gospel reading.
I call you friends, says the Lord,
Because I have made known to you
Everything I have learnt from my Father.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to: Luke
The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’
“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
After the Gospel reading
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Here at St. George’s our pews are full of ex-pats, and I suspect that most of us here today remember quite vividly our first visit to Thailand. I came here in April of 2021, during the height of Covid, and travelling during that time was a surreal experience to say the least. There were two layovers on the way, Detroit and Seoul, and the airports were deserted, save for the pilots, airport staff, and of course we travellers, a small but intrepid band passing through the metal detectors and rushing to make our connecting flights, our footsteps echoing through the empty terminals. And of course, getting onto the plane was no small feat. It was like applying for a corporate job. I remember standing at the gate in Detroit, waiting to board a plane to Korea, and after a temperature check, I stood at the desk where a flight attendant thumbed through a stack of my documents, reading the fine print, her furrowed brow hovering above her mask. Twenty-seven long and sleepless hours later, we touched down at Suvarnabhumi, and I was herded—along with the other passengers—down the hall, and soon enough an army of nurses descended upon us for one last screening. After that, I finally reached the hotel, where I would quarantine for the next ten days, and stood there looking out the window at Thailand, a country that I longed to experience, close enough to see but still inaccessible, out of reach, just beyond the glass.
So, why I am telling you this story? Because on that journey, even though it was full of paperwork, hurry, pressure, and insomnia—I was still full of wonder and expectation. I had never been to Thailand before and, in fact, had never even been to Asia. It was all so new. I was able to drink in every moment. Wonder is a precious thing. It not a common experience, but it resurfaces throughout our lives, in those rare moments—when we fall in love, have children, or travel to a new country. But then it fades away, just as quickly as it appeared. Wonder is a dying light.
My second journey to Thailand felt different. The journey was now a routine. I was focused on getting here, and I didn’t stop to drink in the moment. I had done it all before. And I’m sure many of you can relate. The first time you came here, it was all so new. But now, after living here, we still appreciate Thailand, but it is more in the background, more familiar. Yes, wonder all too easily fades away. Wonder is a dying light.
On the surface, our gospel reading for this afternoon tells the story of a missionary journey. Jesus sends the 70 out into the towns to preach the gospel, to heal the sick, to bring refreshment to weary souls. But at a deeper level, I think it is also about wonder, and about how easily it fades away.
But before I can explain, I need to set the reading in context. Last week, James and John tried to call fire down onto a Samaritan town, but they failed. They failed because our Lord rebuked them. He chased away the vengeance from their hearts. But imagine, if you will, that this never happened. Imagine that Christ never rebuked them, never said, “You do not know what spirit you are of.” They would have gone out on that missionary journey with their illusions intact. Thinking that God is full of wrath and anger. And they would have done a terrible job of preaching the good news. They may well have gone through the streets proclaiming God’s judgment and maybe even refusing to heal those they deemed unworthy. But it was not so. They went into the towns as vessels of grace, mercy, and restoration. In the name of Christ, they healed the sick, and they brought refreshment to exhausted souls… They went into that journey knowing full well that no one lies outside the boundaries of God’s concern.
With every healing, with every miracle, the disciples had to let go of their false images of God. The journey was not just for the sick, it was also for them. As the grace of Christ coursed through them and healed the lepers, the deaf, and the infirm, it also purified their hearts of illusion, so that they could finally see God and His kindness. And they were able to release their judgment.
We often think that spiritual maturity is about cultivating virtue. But what if this is not true? What if spiritual maturity is about how quickly we can let go of our images of God?
I think in our own lives, we can follow the disciples’ example and learn to let go of our false images of God. After all, an ever-present temptation, a real danger in the life of prayer, is loss of wonder. And without wonder, we hold our preconceptions about God with too much force. Wonder is not just about being amazed at the loveliness of a night sky—it is also about holding our ideas about God with an open hand. This attitude is already prayer. We find God much more easily in letting go than in speaking. That is one of the great paradoxes of Christian prayer: Immersion in grace comes through an openness to mystery, and not through many words. Wonder is not an attitude, it is a state of prayer; and in wonder we let go of our opinions about God, letting them flee away, like a flock of birds into the dawn. And then the grace of Christ can finally course through us.
But wonder is a dying light. And we must tend it and keep it aflame. And we do that through unknowing: through a silent consent to God’s mystery. And in that silence is true prayer. I am reminded of a quote by Miles Davis, that great jazz artist: “Play what’s not there.” Prayer does not consist in many words, but in the silence between the words. For in that silence there is openness, humility, surrender, consent… In a word, ‘wonder.’
It is like being in Thailand. We love this place, or else we would not be here. Remember how beautiful it was as we first arrived? We stepped off the plane into the heat, and we took in every sight and sound, every new face, every sudden rainfall, and every temple. But wonder is a dying light. And for many of us, Thailand has become a mere background. We see it every day. But now and again, it is good to remember. Thailand surrounds us. And so does God. But we often forget both.
It is good to remember God. But to remember God, we must submerge our hearts in His mystery. This is true wonder. This is true prayer.
THE NICENE CREED
Please stand for the Nicene Creed.
Let us together affirm the faith of the Church.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s table.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.
Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, and in what we have failed to do: we have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves; we repent and are sorry for all our sins , Father forgive us, strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
**(Note: all are encouraged to strike their breast 3 times following the lead of Fr. David as he utters the words: ‘sorry for all our sins’)**
The congregation stands.
We are the Body of Christ.
His Spirit is with us.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
Deacon: We will now exchange the sign of peace in the traditional Thai way, with a wai.
HYMN: Jesu, lover of my soul, Let me to thy bosom fly,
Jesu, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last.
Plenteous grace with thee is found,
Grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound,
Make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art,
Freely let me take of thee,
Spring thou up within my heart,
Rise to all eternity.
Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God forever.
Let us pray
We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us. Amen.
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The Lord be with you.
and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.
By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.
Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.
Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice, made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.
Let us pray with confidence to the Father, as our Saviour has taught us:
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 those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.
**(Note: All are encouraged to tap their breast three times following the example of Fr. David as he utters the words ‘…have mercy, …have mercy and …grant us peace’)**
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.
This is the Lamb of God , who takes away the sins of the world;
Happy are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.
**(Note: All are encouraged to strike breast following the example of Fr. David as all utter the words ‘not worthy’)**
After Communion the celebrant and the congregation say
Let us pray.
Father of all we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us in this hope that we have grasped; so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name.
Father, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit , be amongst you and remain with you always.
Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
HYMN: In the cross of Christ I glory, Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.
When the woes of life o’ertake me,
Hopes deceive and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me,
Lo! It glows with peace and joy.
When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming,
Adds more lustre to the day.
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.
Here is the music for this week’s hymns, if you would like to practice beforehand.
Performed by Fr. David Price
NOTE: The introductory music is 2 Pieces for a Musical Clock – Haydn