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11:00 Morning Prayer Christian Aid Service at St James Church

Sunday 21st May, 2023




Mike Collins
Rev Heather Atkinson
Carolyn Fish
Pastoral Prayers
Richard Wilberforce
Wendy Wilberforce
Joel 1:10-12; 2:21-25 - read by Jenny Davies
Matthew 13:1-9, 31-32 - read by John Codling
Hail The Day110
At The Name Of Jesusview chords/lyrics
Alleluia! Sing To Jesusview lyrics
Christ Triumphantview lyrics


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Reading: Joel 1:10-12; 2:21-25

Joel 1:10-12; 2:21-25

read by Jenny Davies

The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails.
Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people's joy is withered away.
Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things!
Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.
Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.
The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
"I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm— my great army that I sent among you.



Hymn: Hail The Day

Hail The Day

Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88)
Thomas Cotterill (1779-1823)
Music: Robert Williams (1781-1821)



Hymn: At The Name Of Jesus

At The Name Of Jesus

Words: C M Noel (1817-77)
Music: Michael Brierley (b 1932)

At the name of Jesus
Every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him
King of glory now:
'Tis the Father's pleasure
We should call him Lord,
Who from the beginning
Was the mighty Word.
Mighty and mysterious
In the highest height,
God from everlasting,
Very Light of light.
In the Father's bosom,
With the spirit's blest,
Love, in love eternal,
Rest, in perfect rest.
Humbled for a season,
To receive a name.
From the lips of sinners
Unto whom he came,
Faithfully he bore it
Spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious,
When from death he passed:
Bore it up triumphant
With its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures, To the central height,
To the throne of Godhead,
To the Father's breast;
Filled it with the glory
Of that perfect rest.
Name him, brothers, name him,
With love as strong as death,
But with awe and wonder
And with bated breath:
He is God the Saviour,
He is Christ the Lord,
Ever to be worshipped,
Trusted, and adored.
In your hearts enthrone him;
There let him subdue
All that is not holy,
All that is not true:
Crown him as your captain
In temptation's hour;
Let his will enfold you
In it's light and power.
Brothers, this Lord Jesus
Shall return again,
With his Father's glory,
With his angel train;
For all wreaths of empire
Meet upon his brow,
And our hearts confess him
King of glory now.



Hymn: Alleluia! Sing To Jesus

Alleluia! Sing To Jesus

Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-98)
Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-76)

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
His the scepter, His the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph,
His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
Thunder like a mighty flood;
"Jesus out of ev'ry nation
Has redeemed us by His blood."
Alleluia! Not as orphans
Are we left in sorrow now.
Alleluia! He is near us;
Faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him
When the forty days were o'er,
Shall our hearts forget His promise,
"I am with you evermore"?
Alleluia! Bread of heaven,
Here on earth our food, our stay.
Alleluia! Here the sinful
Flee to You from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
Earth's Redeemer, hear our plea
Where the songs of all the sinless
Sweep across the crystal sea.



Hymn: Christ Triumphant
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Christ Triumphant

Words: Michael Saward (1932-2015)
Music: John Barnard (b 1948)

Christ triumphant, ever reigning
Saviour, Master, King
Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining
Hear us as we sing
Yours the glory and the crown,
The high renown, the eternal name
Word incarnate, truth revealing
Son of Man on earth!
Power and majesty concealing
By your humble birth
Yours the glory and the crown,
The high renown, the eternal name
Suffering Servant, scorned, ill-treated
Victim crucified!
Death is through the cross defeated
Sinners justified
Yours the glory and the crown,
The high renown, the eternal name
Priestly King, enthroned forever
High in heaven above!
Sin and death and hell shall never
Stifle hymns of love
Yours the glory and the crown,
The high renown, the eternal name
So, our hearts and voices raising
Through the ages long
Ceaselessly upon You gazing
This shall be our song
Yours the glory and the crown,
The high renown, the eternal name



Reading: Matthew 13:1-9, 31-32

Matthew 13:1-9, 31-32

read by John Codling

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Whoever has ears, let them hear."
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
Though 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."




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