Sunday 26th July

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Welcome to our online worship for Sunday 26th July - Trinity 7.

There will also be a live worship service using zoom, which will be open from 9.45 a.m. for technical sound checks, we will begin our worship at 10.00 a.m:  Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID:  853 3394 3329

Junior Church
11am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to noon for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month). Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074

If you are unable to join the zoom using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196
and use the appropriate meeting ID

For any children joining either service, there are activity sheets


You may like to light a candle as a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness.

Music: Adagio from Organ Concerto Number 1 in G is played by Stephen Davies

Welcome To Worship

Welcome to our worship as we are gathered in heart and spirit if not in physical proximity with one another. It is a reminder that the church is not the building but rather it is the people of God who are the church.

The Greeting

Faithful One, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives. For the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


All creatures of our God & King


Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,
this is your world and we are your people:
come among us and save us.
We have wilfully misused your gifts of creation;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.

We have seen the ill-treatment of others
and have not gone to their aid;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.

We have condoned evil and dishonesty
and failed to strive for justice;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.

We have heard the good news of Christ,
but have failed to share it with others;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.

We have not loved you with all our heart,
nor our neighbours as ourselves;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.


May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and keep us in eternal life.


Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel Reading (Matthew 13:31-33 & 44-52)

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeastfield

31He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

33He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Net

47“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

52He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”



Come Down O Love Divine, sung by St John's Choir

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.
We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen



Prayers of Intercession

Loving Father

We thank you for your Kingdom which is beyond our understanding and in which everyone can find a place. Your love for us is larger than our minds can comprehend and we pray that we might find in ourselves the same generous love that you show to us so that we can overflow with love for others. When generosity of spirit is lacking we pray Lord that you would work within that heart and enable it to flourish and grow, that your yeast would work within every individual so that your Kingdom will be visible to everyone.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

Heavenly King

We pray for nations around the world as they work through the different stages of the pandemic and navigate the choices that have to be made each day in response to the changing situation. Give clarity of mind as the decisions are being taken and ensure that the information that is being used to inform government decisions is as accurate as possible. As each day passes and we learn more about the virus we pray that we would be generous in our response to the things we are being asked to do as we seek to protect the lives of those we live alongside.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

God of peace

As we move into the summer season and people begin to take time out from busy working lives, school work and other routine activities, we pray for those who simply need to rest. Help us make space in each day to stop and wonder at all the treasures you have set in the world around us. We pray for those whose work is in the leisure sector and whose livelihoods are dependent on people spending time away from work; as we gradually ease back into more normal activities we pray for people to be sensitive to the needs of others and accepting of those who might be more anxious about a return to old ways.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

Holy Spirit

We ask that you help us clean up the world that we have damaged so much. Give us eyes that are open to see the abuse of the natural world. As we see the damage that has been caused by the use of plastic we pray that you would help us understand how we might clean up the waste that is destroying the world for future generations. Prompt us when we forget to check the product labels and give us a willingness to change our shopping habits.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

God of comfort

You are with us in all things and know our deepest needs and our greatest fears. We pray for those who are in especial need of your comfort and strength at this time. Many are known to us individually and in the silence we lift them to you… We remember also those named on our pew sheet asking that wherever they are and whatever their need your presence will support them. Be with their families and friends as your love reaches out to them. For those who are mourning the loss of loved ones we ask your particular embrace at this time.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

God of eternity

We thank you for the fullness of your Kingdom which is ready to welcome all who come to you. May we be people who live in the knowledge of your extraordinary blessing bringing hope to those who feel hopeless, love to those who feel unloved, courage to those who are afraid and a gentle touch to those who are in need of support.

Merciful Father
Accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Prayer

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 for ever.

The Peace

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy,
that you may be kept safe and blameless
in spirit, soul and body,
for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The peace of the Lord be always with you Amen.

Reflecting on Holy Communion

Holy communion is available on Sunday night at 6pm in St John's Church, Hook.

At this time when we cannot easily gather to share Holy Communion with one another we take some time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.


1 Corinthians 11: 23 - 26

23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Consider all that God has done for you, especially as you see this in Jesus. ‘Count your blessings’ and respond with appropriate generosity from your material wealth.

Giving to our Churches

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The blessing of the one true God,
to whom be all love and all glory for time and for eternity,
come down upon you and remain with you always.


To God Be The Glory
Link to To God Be The Glory (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Readings taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Organ music played by Stephen Davies:
1.Matthew Camidge (1764-1844),  Adagio from Organ Concerto Number 1 in G.
2. Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748), Chorale Prelude “Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt” (Deal with me, in thy grace, Oh God)
Hymns from St John's Hook Choir,YouTube & BBC under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's Activities for Sunday 26th July
Children's Activities for Sunday 26th July
Open Children's Activities for Sunday 26th July