United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Worship on the Second Sunday after Trinity





The Lord be with you
All        And also with you.


Sing joyfully to the LORD,

All        Praise the LORD with music.

Sing to him a new song,

All        sing with skill and joy!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,

All        blessed is the people God chose for an inheritance.

From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all humanity;

All        from the Lord’s dwelling place

God watches all who live on earth.

No nation is saved by the size of an army

All        despite all its great strength it cannot save.

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear God,

All        on those whose hope is in God’s unfailing love.

In God our hearts rejoice,

for we trust in the holy name of our Lord.

All        May God’s unfailing love rest upon us,

for we put our hope in you.                             (from Psalm 33)



1 The God of Abraham praise
who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of everlasting days

and God of love!
Jehovah, great I AM,
by earth and heaven confessed
we bow and bless the sacred name
for ever blessed.


2 The God of Abraham praise,
at whose supreme command
from earth we rise, and seek the joys
at his right hand:
we all on earth forsake
its wisdom, fame, and power;
and him our only portion make,
our shield and tower.


4 The God of Abraham praise,

Whose all-sufficient grace

Shall guide us all our happy days,

In all our ways:

He is our faithful friend;

He is our gracious God;

And he will save us to the end,

Through Jesus’ blood.


4 The whole triumphant host
give thanks to God on high:

‘Hail, Father, Son and Holy Ghost!’
they ever cry:
Hail Abraham’s God and ours!
We join the heavenly throng,
and celebrate with all our pow’rs
in endless song.



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 4:13-25

It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring – not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: ‘I have made you a father of many nations.’ He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.’ The words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness – for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.



This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God


Second reading
Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’

On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but those who are ill. But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’

While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’ Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’

Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.

When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and the people playing pipes, he said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.

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.




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.




Prayers of intercession

Dear Father God, we welcome you into our homes this day.


As we still ourselves, help us to remember the healing and reassuring words of your beloved

Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ: ‘Peace be with you’.


We pray for Toby, Rebecca, Annabel, Gideon and Aiden as Toby tirelessly encourages and

supports us.

We pray for Sarah, Linda, Elaine, Les, Robert and Sue and their families as they help Toby

and our church communities at this difficult time.

We pray that physical, mental and spiritual strength be given to our Bishops as they adapt to

guide us in this changed land.

We pray for Blackburn Diocese, the Church of England and Christian people throughout the



Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


We pray for all who have died and for all who are seriously ill.

We pray for all who have lost their loved ones.

We pray for all who are anxious about seriously ill relatives and friends.

We entrust them all to your loving arms.


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Living God, speak into the depths of our experience,

Speak the words that still our fears

And calm our anxieties:

‘Peace be with you.’


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Faithful God, speak to us behind our closed doors

As we remember those, who risk their own safety,

In order to serve others:

Peace be with them.


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


God who inspires Hope, speak to us in the present

And speak to us of the future,

In time our doors shall be open:

Peace shall be renewed.


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


For those who lead the life of our Nation:

Our Queen Elizabeth, our Prime Minister

And all who shape our common life,

For us all: Peace shall be renewed.


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


God, whose name and whose gift is love,

Open our hearts to know you, to love you

And to find strength in you.

And to hear again: ‘Peace be with you.’


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Father God, bless all fathers today with wisdom,

With patience, with courage and above all

With love for their children.

Peace be with them.


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


God of grace and mercy, hear our prayers at this time.

Strengthen us by your Spirit that we may carry on our lives as best as we are able.

We affirm our commitment to look out for others, show love in action and bring

encouragement, hope and peace.


Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and all Christian people

to your unfailing love.


A moment of silent prayer



Faithful Creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

All        Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven…



Will You Come And Follow Me
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Go Where You Don’t Know
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Let My Love Be Shown,
Will You Let My Name Be Known,
Will You Let My Life Be Grown
In You And You In Me?

Will You Leave Yourself Behind
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Care For Cruel And Kind
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Risk The Hostile Stare
Should Your Life Attract Or Scare?
Will You Let Me Answer Prayer
In You And You In Me?

Will You Let The Blinded See
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Set The Prisoners Free
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Kiss The Leper Clean,
And Do Such As This Unseen,
And Admit To What I Mean
In You And You In Me?

Will You Love The ‘You’ You Hide
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Quell The Fear Inside
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Use The Faith You’ve Found
To Reshape The World Around,
Through My Sight And Touch And Sound
In You And You In Me?

Lord, Your Summons Echoes True
When You But Call My Name.
Let Me Turn And Follow You
And Never Be The Same.
In Your Company I’ll Go
Where Your Love And Footsteps Show.
Thus I’ll Move And Live And Grow
In You And You In Me.



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!




Common Worship is (c) Copyright Archbishops Council of the Church of England

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

The Summons by John Bell is (c) Copyright 1987 WRGR, Iona Community

Call to worship posted on the Kir-shalom website. http://www.spirit-net.ca/sermons/b-or02sm.php

Intercessions based on material from the Church of Scotland