Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Open our hearts, O Lord, to give heed to what is said by your Son.





Gathering Hymn        

Almighty God

Verse 1
Almighty God to you all hearts are open
Search and know our thoughts and anxious fears
Wash us in the fountain of your mercy
Come with your light, we cannot hide from you

Verse 2
Almighty God to you all hearts are open
With gratitude we raise our song to you
Come and fill the praises of your people
In grace and truth, you make us new again

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Verse 3
Almighty God to you all hearts are open
We long for more than what this world provides
No shallow spring will ever satisfy us
Your river deep floods over everything

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Gathering Prayer

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you 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.

The Lord’s Commandments

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all  your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’. there is no commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Lord, have mercy on us, and write both your laws in our hearts.


Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth, and ourselves in your image. Teach us to discern your hand in all your works and to serve you with reverence  and thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you  and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

The Lesson: PHILIPPIANS 1:21-30

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Hymn

We Labour Unto Glory

Verse 1
My God, my God, where e'er I go, glory
Where I reap and where I sow, glory
When my hands they grip the thorn, glory
In the still and in the storm, glory, glory

Oh, we labour unto glory
'Til Heaven and Earth are one
Oh, we labour unto glory
Until God's kingdom comes

Verse 2
The sun it shines and then goes down, glory
Rain, it pours and beats the ground, glory
Dust, it blows and ends my days, glory
Hearts they burn beneath Your gaze, glory, glory

Oh, we labour unto glory
'Til Heaven and Earth are one
Oh, we labour unto glory
Until God's kingdom comes

Verse 3
My heart, my hands, they're kingdom bound, glory
Where thorns no longer curse the ground, glory
Trim the wick, ignite the flame, glory
My work, it will not be in vain, glory, glory

Oh, we labour unto glory
'Til Heaven and Earth are one
Oh, we labour unto glory
Until God's kingdom comes

Gospel Reading: MATTHEW 20:1-16

The Lord be with you
And with thy spirit
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 
according to MATTHEW
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ 

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the labourers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 

3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5 So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 

8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the labourers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 

10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 

13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 

16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

The Gospel of Christ
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Apostles Creed 

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power 
of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. 

Prayers of the People

Not our will:
but your will, Lord, be done.

at the prayers conclusion

Merciful Father, 
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Invitation to Communion & The Confession

The Priest calls the people to confession, then all say together.

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all: We acknowledge and confess our many sins, Which we have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against your Divine Majesty. We earnestly repent, And are truly sorry for our misdoings. Have mercy on us, most merciful Father; For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that from now on we may always serve and please you in lives wholly renewed by your Spirit, To the honour and glory of your Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Priest prays the Absolution

The Peace

The Peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind,

not reluctantly or under compulsion,

for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

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Offertory Hymn

565 - Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Prayer Over the Gifts

God of power, the glory of your works fills us with wonder and awe. Accept our offering this day, and help us to live in peace and harmony with all your creation, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer

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 our thanks and praise.

…Now with all creation we raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name.

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.

… All glory and honour are yours,
Father and Son,
with the Holy Spirit
in the holy Church,
now and for ever.

The Prayer of Humble Access

We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant and great mercies. We are not even worthy to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord, who delights in showing mercy: grant us therefore, gracious Lord, So to eat this bread and to drink this wine, that our bodies and souls may be cleansed by Christ’s Body and blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

The Congregation is invited to the Lord’s Table and then continue in prayer


The Communion

The Congregation is invited to the Lord’s Table to receive the bread and the wine.

Communion Hymn

48 - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

The Lord's Prayer

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.

Prayer after Communion

The priest invites everyone to pray

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we  thank you with all our hearts for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. We acknowledge your love and care for us in making us members of his mystical body, the blessed company of all faithful people, and heirs of eternal life.

And here we offer and present ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a holy and living sacrifice, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Christ Be In My Heart

Verse 1
Christ be in my heart
Come reunite the places
That life has torn apart
For what you put together
No man can sep - a - rate
Christ be in my heart to - day

Verse 2             
Christ be on my mind
Help me look out for the other
By laying down my life
Cause carrying the cross
Is the path you always take
Christ be on my mind today

Amen, Amen, Amen 
Amen, Amen, Amen

Verse 3             
Christ be in my eyes
To recognize your image
In those not on my side
Cause you love everything
That your hands have made
Christ be in my eyes today

Verse 4            
Christ be on my feet
To step inside the story
Of the forgotten and the weak
To clothe your love in flesh
Just like you did for me
Christ be on my feet

Amen, Amen, Amen 
Amen, Amen, Amen

Christ with me
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Christ in me
Christ beneath me
Christ above me
Christ be in my heart today

The Blessing

The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you  and remain with you always.   

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!






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