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Saint Thomas

The Sunday between 26 June and 2 July

3rd July 2017

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Saint Thomas

Collect One

O Lord,
we beseech thee mercifully to hear us;
and grant that we, to whom thou hast given
an hearty desire to pray,
may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted
in all dangers and adversities;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everliving God,
who, for the more confirmation of the faith
didst suffer thy holy apostle Thomas
to be doubtful of thy Son’s resurrection;
Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt,
to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ,
that our faith in thy sight may never be reproved.
Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory, now and for evermore.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
Grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

Habakkuk 2: 1–4

The Psalm

Psalm 31: 1–6

The Second Reading

Ephesians 2: 19–22

The Gospel Reading

John 20: 24–29

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Post Communion Prayer

O God,
whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
Give us a glimpse of your glory on earth
but shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

God of hope,
in this eucharist we have tasted
the promise of your heavenly banquet
and the richness of eternal life.
May we who bear witness to the death of your Son,
also proclaim the glory of his resurrection,
for he is Lord for ever and ever.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Habakkuk 2: 1–4
643* Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

Psalm Psalm 31: 1–6
Ms* A city strong we claim as ours
459* For all the saints who from their labours rest (vv. 1–3)
668* God is our fortress and our rock
620 O Lord, hear our prayer
557* Rock of ages, cleft for me
595* Safe in the shadow of the Lord

2nd Reading Ephesians 2: 19–22 [10–28/DFC]
Ms* A city strong we claim as ours
326* Blessèd city, heavenly Salem
* (Christ is made the sure foundation)
327* Christ is our corner–stone
413 Father, we thank thee who hast planted
522* In Christ there is no east or west
340* Sing and be glad, for this is God’s house!
528* The Church’s one foundation
313* The Spirit came, as promised
493* Ye that know the Lord is gracious

Alternative Hebrews 10: 35– 11: 1
2nd Reading 558 Abba Father, let me be
562* Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine
563* Commit your ways to God
566* Fight the good fight with all thy might
463 Give us the wings of faith to rise
552* I hear thy welcome voice
590* My faith looks up to thee
623 Our heavenly Father, through your Son

The Gospel John 20: 24–29
255* [Christ is risen, alleluia]
263* Crown him with many crowns (vv. 1–4)
460 For all your saints in glory, for all your saints at rest (vv. 1, 2k, 3)
219* From heav’n you came, helpless babe
226* It is a thing most wonderful
583* Jesu, my Lord, my God, my all
338* Jesus, stand among us
424* Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives
229 My God, I love thee; not because
279 O sons and daughters, let us sing (omit vv. 2–3)
288* Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son

Also suitable
52* Christ, whose glory fills the skies
461* For all thy saints, O Lord
270 I know that my Redeemer lives
272* [Jesus lives: thy terrors now]
471 Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days

Daily Prayer


Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips

All and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

All as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

All The Lord’s name be praised.

The Word of God

A Psalm

Psalm 57, 58

Psalm 57, 58

Psalm 57, 58

A Canticle

Which may be said here or between the readings

1 We praise you, O God,
We acclaim you as the Lord; all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.

2 To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

3 Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

4 The glorious company of apostles praise you;
the noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

5 The white-robed army of martyrs praise you;
throughout the world, the holy Church acclaims you:

6 Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all praise,
the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

Part 2

7 You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

8 When you took our flesh to set us free,
you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.

9 You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

10 You are seated at God’s right hand in glory:
we believe that you will come to be our judge.

11 Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,

12 and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

One or two readings

The Gospel Canticle


1 Blessèd be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 The Lord has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through the holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of those who hate us,

4 to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies.

6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed



Let us pray

Lord, have mercy

All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

Weekday Intercessions and Thanksgivings

Creation in Christ: Creation and Providence

Almighty God,
maker of all good things:
Father, Lord of all creation,
in Christ you have shown us the purpose of your providence,
and call us to be responsible in the world.


We pray for [The World]
all the nations ...
our own country ...
those in authority ...
the peace of the world ...
racial harmony ...
those who maintain order ...


Almighty God, we give you thanks
and the gift of human life ...
for the continuing work of creation,
our share in it,
and for creative vision and inventive skill ...
for your faithfulness to us in patience and in love,
and for every human response of obedience
and humble achievement ...

Concluding Prayer

May we delight in your purpose
and work to bring all things to their true end;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

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.

Going out as God’s people

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

All Amen

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God

be honour and glory for ever and ever.

All Amen

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the Holy Spirit

you may abound in hope.

All Amen