Virtual Services

8th Sunday after Trinity – 2nd August 2020

Welcome

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to All Saints and our virtual service this morning. First and foremost, I just want to say, thank you for continuing to look after one another and those around you. I keep hearing stories of people saying that they are ringing others just to make sure they are well. And I really want to thank you for taking the time to look out for one another.  

Our lectionary readings for this Sunday speak of God’s goodness to us and how he fulfils all that we need, in order that we are then equipped to meet the needs of those around us.  Today we explore this in worship, word and prayer and so let’s begin with a prayer of approach:  

Dear God, 
you look deep inside us, 
seeing not only our outer but our inner needs. 
Have compassion on us, we pray. 
Feed us today from your holy word, 
and we will be filled. 
Amen. 

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Worship

We start our worship with a song from the new Rend Collective Album. It reminds us that we are unconditionally loved by our Creator God and that he provides for all that we need which is echoed in Isaiah 55:1-5 and Psalm145: 8-9, 14-21 the appointed Old Testament reading and Psalm for today.

Unfortunately the video doesn’t have the words included and so these are provided below for you to follow if needed.

You see me though a lens of perfect love 
And no mistake could change Your mind 
You see my brokenness, there’s no disguise 
But there is mercy in Your eyes 

Unconditional, undeniable 
Oh, what perfect love, You proved it on the cross 
Unconditional, unmistakable 
Time and time again, in spite of everything 
It’s unconditional 
Unconditional 

You see right through the mess of sin and shame 
You see a child who needs You grace 
You run to meet me at the broken road 
And in Your arms I know I’m home 

Unconditional, undeniable 
Oh, what perfect love 
You proved it on the cross 
Unconditional, unmistakable 
Time and time again 
In spite of everything 
It’s unconditional 
Unconditional 

You call me child, I’m not rejected 
Call me Your’s, I am accepted 
Now just as I am 
With all my faults and all my failures 
Love redeems and Your grace covers me 
Just as I am 

Unconditional, undeniable 
Oh, what perfect love 
You proved it on the cross 
Unconditional, unmistakable 
Time and time again 
In spite of everything 
It’s unconditional 
Unconditional 
Undeniable 

Your heart has welcomed me just as I am 
But to be loved is to be changed 

 

Hold the moment and let the knowledge of God’s love for you sink in. Where is God changing you? Give thanks and take as long or as short a moment as each of you needs.  

This next song reminds us of the generosity of God, a characteristic we will see displayed in our Gospel Reading this morning.  

Word

Jesus has just heard the terrible news that his cousin John the Baptist has been killed by Herod, so he takes his group of friends away to a quiet place. But the crowds follow him and our reading this morning tells us of Jesus’ response to the crowds.  

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 14
13-21

An Activity Sheet https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/20732/02-aug-2020-childrens-sheet.pdf 

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A Colouring sheet 

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This weeks sermon has been provided in the form of a scan which we can not paste in here however if you click here you can download a copy.

In Malcolm’s Reflection,  he speaks of Jesus acts in love, in partnership and in abundance and challenges us to do the same.  

How do we act in love?  

How do we act in partnership? and  

How do we act in abundance?  

What do we have to offer ?  What can we practically do to act in love, partnership and abundance where we are today? 

Witness

Prayers of Intercession

Lord, today, we pray for people who have little or nothing: 
for those who feel trapped in their situation, 
and can’t see the bigger picture, 
or even any tiny glimmer of light. 
 
We pray for people who are hungry: 
for parents who struggle to feed their children, and themselves. 
We thank you for the work of food banks, 
and pray that they would have the resources 
to continue to meet so many needs. 
 
We pray that you would give us an appreciation of our food: 
the work that goes into producing and distributing it. 
Teach us not to be wasteful, 
but to preserve and pass on the goodness of your earth. 
Amen. 

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Reproduced with permission. 

 

Prayer Activity 

Draw or print out some fish-shaped and bread roll-shaped cards. 
(Optional)  
On one side of the fish cards, write: 
Jesus said: 
‘Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people’, 

and on the bread shapes: 
Jesus said: 
‘Whoever comes to me will never go hungry 
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’ 

Pick a card and write on it one of the following :
(if they have a bread shape) something they are grateful for in their lives; 
(fish shape) someone they know who needs Jesus. 

Hold your cards and pray together: 
 
Lord God, 
we gratefully receive your gifts of fish and bread. 
Bless us abundantly 
as we seek opportunities 
to share you with those around us. 
Amen. 

The Lord’s prayer 

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. 

Amen. 

Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Blessing and Dismissal

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; 

And the blessing of God Almighty, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 
be among you and remain with you always.  

Amen. 

Reminder

If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church

There are also the sermons available from the Bishop’s senior staff here: https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/video-sermons.