12th July 2020
The Scottish Episcopal Church will this Sunday at 11.00 broadcasting video coverage of its Eucharistic service via its website,
social media channels and YouTube channel. The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship The
website will also contain a downloadable video and audio format of the service.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever
13 That same day Jesus went out of the houseand
sat by the lake.
2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boatand sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying:
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
The Nicene Creed.
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of
His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of
very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By
whom all things were made: Who for us men
and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the
Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: And was crucified also
for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered was buried: And the third day
He rose again according to the Scriptures:
And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father:
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the
dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who
proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son
together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And I
believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge
one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection
of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
Boris Johnson won the last General Election, his government was to
enjoy a few weeks ‘honeymoon’ The media spared his administration
criticism. It was called ‘Boris Bounce’ Since Covid though,
the nation’s mood has quickly reverted. The Government now faces daily
denunciation from many quarters.
was granted a positive reception at the outset of his ministry:
accordingly, he was invited to preach in the Jerusalem Temple and
synagogues. There he painted word pictures for his listeners,
lilies of the field, salt, and light. Later, the attitude of his
hearers altered and opposition sprung up from many quarters. Jesus was
no longer welcomed by the establishment. His ministry then became of
necessity itinerate. In today’s gospel Christ is found
preaching from a boat. His method of instruction also changed.
Dispensing with word pictures, he taught instead by parable, an earthly
story with a heavenly meaning. This then is the backdrop to one of the
best-known parables, that of the sower.
that the story is not so much of a sower, but rather the variety of
soil found by the sown seed. The sower is anyone who faithfully
proclaims Christ’s message. The seed is the gospel or the
good news of the Kingdom.
Palestine, fields were formed in long, narrow strips. The ground between
them were pathways whose surface was trampled. The hardness of the
soil precluded the seed from penetrating the earth.
This soil represents any hearer with a closed mind. Prejudice induces
blindness. An unteachable spirit can erect barriers that cannot easily
be broken down. Both pride and fear can close a mind. There are none
so blind as those who deliberately will not
kind of soil was the stony ground. In Palestine, a thin layer of soil
on top of an underlying shelf of limestone was common. On such ground,
the seed might germinate rapidly in the sunshine. Then,
lacking depth of soil, it would die for want of moisture or
nourishment. This is the person who fails to think: here today and gone
tomorrow. Many followed Jesus only for what he might give: healings,
feedings, or miracles.
third type of soil was good but contained thorns and weeds. Despite
best effort, soil is never free of weed, often growing faster than the
seed itself. Human life is busy, crowded, and cluttered.
Work is good and essential but can be an intrusion to devotion. Leisure
is good and healthy, but that too can become all consuming. Both, often
unnoticed, can overcome God’s word.
fourth type of soil was deep, clean, and soft. Here the seed gained an
entry and found nourishment. Good ground is willing to hear, learn and
to be corrected. It is never too proud nor too busy
to listen. Priorities are in order and the word received readily
translated into action and so bearing fruit. This is the kind of
disciple that God requires. As Jesus concluded, “Let anyone with ears,
closing thought. Clergy and their congregations often become dispirited,
mistakenly believing that through their own inadequacy, little
impression is being made on those about them. This parable
is a reminder that not everything said or done even with the best of
intention will fall on fruitful ground. This is not caused either by
fault or shortcoming, but simply reflects a fact of life. It should not
though encourage complacency.
We reap what we sow.” Good seeds bear good fruit.
Weeding involves careful judgement like most decisions in life
Pruning and trimming, as painful as it seems, works eventually to the good.
Without rains and storms, both in life and in the garden, there will be no growth.
Deep roots are essential to growth.
In gardening, as in life, short-cuts, slipshod efforts, and neglect are readily evident.
Jesus, you sow yourself
The Word of Truth, generously
The Word of Life, graciously
Defend us from the Evil One
Who seeks to snatch us away
Fortify us for hard times and costly discipleship
That we may endure
Deliver us from distraction
From worldly desires and
All that would lure us and choke us with false promises
Enrich us with every blessing of your Spirit
That we may be good, good soil
Forever faithful and fruitful for you
God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all
men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold
sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have
committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against Thy Divine Majesty,
Provoking most justly Thy wrath and indignation against us. We do
earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our
misdoings: The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of
them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most
merciful Father; For Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us
all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter
Serve and please Thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of
Thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Almighty and merciful Lord, grant me pardon and absolution of all my sins. Amen.
The Comfortable Words, Preface. and Sanctus.
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to Him.
Come unto Me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, to the end
that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. St. John iii. 16.
Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
Righteous; and He is the Propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.
with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud
and magnify Thy glorious Name; evermore praising
Thee, and saying,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: Glory be to Thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.
union, O Lord with the faithful, I desire to offer Thee praise and
thanksgiving. I present to Thee my soul and body with
the earnest wish that may always be united to Thee. And since I can not
now receive Thee sacramentally, I beseech Thee to come spiritually into
my heart. I unite myself to Thee and embrace Thee with all the
affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate
Thee from me. May I live and die in Thy love. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer:
today’s recurring theme of nature, an obvious hymn to sing might be
‘All things bright and beautiful’. There is however a delightful
anonymous Dutch carol translated by the nineteenth century
hymnist G. R. Woodward.
Each verse of the text uses a different flower as its primary image and receives a contrasting musical setting before the celebratory refrain. While this is often sung at Advent and Christmas, there is nothing about the text to limit it to those seasons. The source of the tune remains anonymous, but it was harmonized by Dr Charles Wood. A professor of music both at Cambridge and in London, his pupils included Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Listen on You Tube Charles Wood or Rutter
1. King Jesus hath a garden, full of divers flowers,
Where I go culling posies gay, all times and hours.
There naught is heard but Paradise bird,
Harp, dulcimer, lute,
With cymbal, trump and tymbal,
And the tender, soothing flute.
2. The Lily, white in blossom there, is Chastity:
The Violet, with sweet perfume, Humanity. Refrain
3. The bonny Damask-rose is known as Patience:
The blithe and thrifty Marigold, Obedience. Refrain
4. The Crown Imperial bloometh too in yonder place,
‘Tis Charity, of stock divine, the flower of grace. Refrain
5. Yet, ‘mid the brave, the bravest prize of all may claim
The Star of Bethlem-Jesus-bless’d be his Name! Refrain
6. Ah! Jesu Lord, my heal and weal, my bliss complete,
Make thou my heart thy garden-plot, fair, trim and neat. Refrain
Jesus the sower
whatever I am today, whatever the mix
of path, rock, thorns, or soil
help me to become good ground
for you, for your word and for your presence and the blessing of God Almight the Father Son and Holy Spirit be with us always