St Ethelburga's Church

Send us out to build us up

Sunday 11th July 2021

Prayer of Preparation

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

Song               As the deer pants


Confession

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed.  We have not loved you with our whole heart.  We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.  In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen

Bible Reading            Joel 1

1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.

2 Hear this, you elders;

    listen, all who live in the land.

Has anything like this ever happened in your days

    or in the days of your ancestors?

3 Tell it to your children,

    and let your children tell it to their children,

    and their children to the next generation.

4 What the locust swarm has left

    the great locusts have eaten;

what the great locusts have left

    the young locusts have eaten;

what the young locusts have left

    other locusts have eaten.

5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!

    Wail, all you drinkers of wine;

wail because of the new wine,

    for it has been snatched from your lips.

6 A nation has invaded my land,

    a mighty army without number;

it has the teeth of a lion,

    the fangs of a lioness.

7 It has laid waste my vines

    and ruined my fig-trees.

It has stripped off their bark

    and thrown it away,

    leaving their branches white.

8 Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth

    grieving for the betrothed of her youth.

9 Grain offerings and drink offerings

    are cut off from the house of the Lord.

The priests are in mourning,

    those who minister before the Lord.

10 The fields are ruined,

    the ground is dried up;

the grain is destroyed,

    the new wine is dried up,

    the olive oil fails.

11 Despair, you farmers,

    wail, you vine growers;

grieve for the wheat and the barley,

    because the harvest of the field is destroyed.

12 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.

13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn;

    wail, you who minister before the altar.

Come, spend the night in sackcloth,

    you who minister before my God;

for the grain offerings and drink offerings

    are withheld from the house of your God.

14 Declare a holy fast;

    call a sacred assembly.

Summon the elders

    and all who live in the land

to the house of the Lord your God,

    and cry out to the Lord.

15 Alas for that day!

    For the day of the Lord is near;

    it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[c]

16 Has not the food been cut off

    before our very eyes –

joy and gladness

    from the house of our God?

17 The seeds are shrivelled

    beneath the clods.

The storehouses are in ruins,

    the granaries have been broken down,

    for the grain has dried up.

18 How the cattle moan!

    The herds mill about

because they have no pasture;

    even the flocks of sheep are suffering.

19 To you, Lord, I call,

    for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness

    and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.

20 Even the wild animals pant for you;

    the streams of water have dried up

    and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.

Response

This is the word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God

Talk                             Matthew Foy


Song                           This I believe


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.

Song                           Mighty to Save