United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Worship on the first Sunday after Trinity



In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
All        Amen.

The Lord be with you
All        And also with you.


God is with his people.

He dwells in their midst.

Listen and hear him speak.

All        Our hearts long for his word.

We wait upon the Lord

so that we may renew our strength.

God is our help and our support.

His spirit moves among us

to lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days.

All        With joyful hearts we sing God’s praise. 

With rejoicing we call upon Him. 

The Lord is our hope and our salvation



The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes

Bless the Lord, o my soul
Oh, my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh, my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find

Bless the Lord, o my soul
Oh, my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh, my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Yeah, I’ll worship Your holy name

And on that day
When my strength is failing
The end draws near
My time has come
Still my soul will
Sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years
And then forevermore

Bless the Lord, o my soul
Oh, my soul

Bless the Lord, o my soul
Oh, my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh, my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name


Prayers of penitence


All        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.



Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

Have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness

and keep you in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



First Reading
Romans 1:16-17, 3:22-31

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’


There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished  – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the ‘law’ that requires faith.  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,  since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.  Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.



This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God


Second reading
Matthew 7:21-29

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.


This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God




Affirmation of faith

All  I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

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,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come 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.




Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

Was Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace, my fears relieved,
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
T’was Grace that brought me safe thus far
And Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

When we’ve been there a thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
Than when we first begun.



Prayers of intercession

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the support and fellowship which we find in our worship during

this difficult time and we ask that you help us to pray for the needs of our world, our community,

our families, friends and ourselves.

Gracious God.

All        Make us strong in faith and love.


Heavenly Father, we presently see a world of beauty and tragedy. We pray that your ways of peace

and justice will sideline the ways of violence and contempt. Especially at this time we pray for an end

to all forms of racism and the world wide repercussions following the death of George Floyd.

We pray for those who work to keep the peace and foster mutual understanding and respect. We

pray for the life of the world in which we live, especially for those who exercise power and authority

in politics and the media.

Gracious God.
All        Make us strong in faith and love.


Heavenly Father, may we never lose sight of the many and varied needs of our own neighbourhood

and may we always be found willing and able to help and support others whenever we can.

We thank you for the place we call home and we pray for our families and friends. Make your loving

presence felt amongst us all. Especially with those whose family life has been made difficult and

testing during the weeks of lockdown. Be with those who have no family to care for them. Comfort

those whose loved ones are causing them worry and heartache. Strengthen those whose children or

family are in danger.

Gracious God.
All        Make us strong in faith and love.


Heavenly Father, we remember all those suffering from Covid-19. We pray for them and their

families who are frightened because of this disease. Give them courage, faith, hope and confidence

in those who are caring for them and let them know you are present in their time of suffering.

We pray especially for Joan and anyone else we know who needs our prayers at this time.

Gracious God.
All        Make us strong in faith and love

Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone

close and dear to them. We remember those who have died and the thousands of people we have

lost due to Covid-19.

Help us to experience the comfort of your love within us, and the fellowship of our church family

around us.

Gracious God.
All        Make us strong in faith and love


Heavenly Father, as we look ahead at the coming weeks give us hope that life will slowly return to

some sort of normality, whatever that is. Help us to live our lives fully and to offer our time,

attention and kindness with faith, hope and love.

A moment of silent prayer



God of truth,

help us to keep your law of love

and to walk in ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life

in Jesus Christ your Son.

All        Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven…



In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.


Prayer of Commitment


All             Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


~ written by St. Boniface (ca. 672-754) 


God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side and guide you in truth and peace and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always.


All        Amen!





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Biblical texts are from the Holy Bible New International Version Anglicised (NIV-UK) is (c) Copyright Biblica, Inc

In Christ alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty is (c) Copyright 2001 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redmon is (c) Copyright 2011 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

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