Service for Sunday 16th August – 10th after Trinity.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 10th Sunday of Trinity –

6th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:
Week 2 of 3 Looking at the Values we have adopted as a
NEW Church:

“Praying: as a way of ‘Living Well’ in an age of change”
Sunday 16th August 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

Matthew 15:21-28 – The story of Jesus and the Syrophoenician

And, if you would like to look up the reading for yourself – click the link:…

Set Readings for today:
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 – God’s great desire, “to build a House of Prayer for all peoples and nations.”

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 – A great leveller and also an encouragement to his Jewish compatriots. Paul is setting himself up for one of his great phrases, “By grace alone. And by faith alone.” Vintage speech – St Paul.

Matthew 15:[10-20] and 21-28: – This included much of the same material we are going to look at today but it shows how it is linked to Prayer when Jesus says, in verses 10-20, that it is what comes out of a person that is the most important thing with regard to God, not simply observing carefully what goes in to a person, which was what the Pharisees focused on. The reason is that, although the two are linked, what comes out of a person also reveals the will and purposes of the heart ie. what is good and wholesome and lifegiving, not just the avoidance of what is not so.

Hymns and Songs for 8th Sunday after Trinity:

1. “Morning has broken” – Songs of Praise with Lyrics:
– Cat Stevens famous version:

2. “Take my life and let it be” with Lyrics:
– Version by Chris Tomlin with Lyrics:

3. “O Thou who camest from above” by Charles Wesley. A truly great hymn. With all its power and presence – Songs of Praise Chorister of the Year – Lucy Rhodes in the Albert Hall:
– Stripped back simple version with solo voice and guitar (recorded as Lockdown commenced):

4. “What a friend we have in Jesus”
– Country version by Alan Jackson:
– Vision Choir version – with actions (great to play with children):

Great song to sing with Children:
5. “What a friend we have in Jesus”
– Vision Choir version – with actions (great to play with children):
– Country version by Alan Jackson with Lyrics:

Music for Reflection (during Communion):

6. “Candle on the Water” – sung by Kirsty Bowles: 

– “Original taken from the film “Pete’s Dragon” – speaks of God’s words to each of us in our times of Prayer:
– Version with Lyrics:

We have been told by Facebook that unfortunately we are not able to play recorded artists during the actual “Livestream” itself at present, so we are playing certain videos either Before or After as a physical Church. So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:
Played before the Livestream:

7. “Real Love” by The Kingdom Choir – released only a month ago. Played on Friday night on Radio 2 as I was travelling home – In Aid of Refuge Charity:
Played after the Livestream:

8. “Pray” by Sam Smith feat. Logic – expresses the inner yearning of so many modern hearts:

Other choices in the Playlist:
9. “Open the Eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart” – by Paul Baloche with Lyrics:
– See also a wonderful version of the same song we played a few weeks ago – “A ten year old autistic and blind boy singing.” Remarkable, especially if you have played the professional version first:

10. “Lord, I need you” – classic by Matt Maher:
– Version part of World Youth Day in Brazil with the Pope:
– Version with Lyrics:

Further Videos
11. Looking further into Contemplative Prayer “The Prayer of the Heart: ”A short practical guide by Lawrence Freeman from the World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM) (13mins) Very good:
– also quite a few other talks by Lawrence Freeman in the same vein. Simply search for “Lawrence Freeman,” “WCCM,” or “The Prayer of the Heart.”

12. See also – See also the talk we mentioned a few weeks ago, given by Richard Rohr in Norwich Cathedral in 2015, “Becoming Stillness.” Although an hour long, it is one of the best talks to help us understand why Prayer is both so valuable and so important:

“The Flame of Sacred Love” by Brother Ramon SSF – great exploration of the Hymn by Charles Wesley that we looked at today. Much more in depth and much better written. A BARGAIN at £2 from Amazon.

TV and Films:
“The Railway Man” – not so much to do with our theme today, but as a way of remembering all that so many went through in the Far East during the Second World War (VJ Day). A great testimony to the power of the human spirit to forgive and to look to live in the light of reconciliation. A true story. Well worth a watch. Was shown Friday night (14th Aug) on BBC 1, and so should be available on iPlayer. Alternatively, available on DVD from Amazon, or Amazon Prime.

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