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Prayers and Reflections for the Mayoralty – Thursday 23rd July 2020

Prayers and Reflections for the Mayoralty
Thursday 23rd July 2020

You can follow this special online service at your own pace, wherever you are. This service is intended to reflect upon and dedicate to God the year to come, praying for the work of The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester and the Members of the City Council.

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Order of Service

Opening Hymn

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Words: Jan Struther (1901–53)
Tune: Slane 239 NEH

The Gathering

The Introduction and Greeting

The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester

In the name of Christ, I welcome you.
God is love; and those that abide in love, abide in God.
and God abides in them.

The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you.

The Collect

O Almighty God,
who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men;
Grant unto thy people,
that they may love the thing which thou commandest,
and desire that which thou dost promise;
that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed,
where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Liturgy of the Word

Councillor Patrick Cunningham, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester

Jeremiah 29: 1-7

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah, and the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the artisans, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It said: Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

The Homily

The Reverend Jax Machin, Chaplain to the Mayor of Winchester

The Anthem

Sung by the Girl Choristers of Winchester Cathedral

I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
and covered the earth as a mist.
I dwelt in high places,
and my throne is in a pillar of cloud.
Alone I compassed the circuit of heaven
and walked the depths of the abyss.

In the waves of the sea and in all the earth,
and over every people and nation I got a possession.
With all these I sought rest.
And I took root in a people that was glorified,
in the portion of the Lord’s own inheritance.
I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus,
and as a cypress on the mountains of Hermon.

I was exalted like a palm tree on the sea shore,
and as a fair olive tree in the plain.
And my branches are branches of glory and grace,
and my flowers are the fruit of glory and riches.
Come unto me, ye that are desirous of me,
and ye be filled with my fruits.

For my thoughts are filled from the sea,
and my counsels from the great deep.
And I came out as a stream from a river
I said, I will water my garden
and will water abundantly my garden-beds.

And lo, my stream became a river,
and my river became a sea.

Words: Book of Ecclesiasticus 24
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Opus 113, no.

The Prayers of Intercession

The prayers end

O Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Sending Out

The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen,
long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen!
Send her victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us,
God save The Queen!

The Blessing and Dismissal

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak;
help the afflicted; honour everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you
this day and for evermore.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

You are invited to Evening Prayer on Zoom.

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Material used in this service is copyright the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England 2000
Hymns printed under CCLI 205165