St Mary Magdalene Enfield Sanctuary

Weekly Online Service
16 August 2020 The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Please find below our service for this week. You can also click on the PDF button to open and download a copy of the printed generic Service booklet.

You will find an opening hymn - words are included. This is followed by the service. Finally there is a closing hymn. Please feel free to follow along in whichever way you feel most comfortable. Words in bold are for everyone to join in.

Hymn

All hail the power of Jesu's name

All hail the power of Jesu’s name;
let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem
to crown him Lord of all.

Crown him, ye morning stars of light,
who fixed this floating ball;
now hail the Strength of Israel’s might
and crown him Lord of all.

Crown him, ye martyrs of your God,
who from his altar call;
praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
and crown him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
ye ransomed of the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
the wormwood and the gall,
go spread your trophies at his feet,
and crown him Lord of all.

Let every tribe and every tongue
to him their hearts enthral,
lift high the universal song
and crown him Lord of all.

Service Audio

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

All say Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Prayers of Penitence

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.  Amen.

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. Amen.

Gloria in Excelcis

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

Lord Jesus Christ,
only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand
of the Father:
receive our prayer.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Glory to God, Glory to God,
Glory to God in the highest.

The Collect of the Day is said or sung.

Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Old and New Testament Readings

Genesis 45.1-15 - Read by Adeola Shyllon

Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, ‘Send everyone away from me.’ So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.

4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come closer to me.’ And they came closer. He said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither ploughing nor harvest. 7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, “Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10 You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11 I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.” 12 And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father how greatly I am honoured in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.’ 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Romans 11.1-2a, 29-32 - Read by Elizabeth Ranson

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

Matthew 15.21-28 - Read by Aniru Shyllon

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All say: Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ 24 He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ 26 He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ 27 She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ 28 Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

“Yes Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Matthew 15:27

2020-08-16 crumbs

Black lives matter, a cry we are hearing across the world. Many reply yes, but don’t all lives matter. That is true and yet this looses what is at the heart of that cry. As a child the harsh reality of racial hatred hit our family. Cousin David was stabbed and died while helping a young black man during a fight outside a dance hall in London.

During our teenage years Malcolm and I were involved with training youth leaders. Our tutor was the Social Scientist Richard Hausner; it was from him we learnt about discrimination in its many forms. We all know what outright racism and hatred of the other looks like, I did as a child, including the notice in the window of the boarding house next door, no Irish and no Blacks it was clear, but there are many shapes that lie beneath the surface of society now and how we interact with each other. I wonder if you have ever noticed it in our Bible, yes all of life lives in its pages.

Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman is unsettling.

Jesus was less than eager to help this woman, explaining that his mission was first to the house of Israel. However, it was Jesus who had left Jewish territory and invaded this woman’s world. Furthermore, this Canaanite woman considered an unclean outsider, demonstrated that she had a better grasp of Jesus’ identity than the handpicked disciples had at this point. Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman unsettled boundaries and called into question definitions of clean and unclean.

Jesus had entered into Tyre and Sidon where the Canaanite woman instantly greeted him. It is remarkable that Jesus’ reputation had spread to this region and that she would somehow know who Jesus was. Matthew does not tell us that Jesus performed any signs in Tyre and Sidon before meeting her, yet she somehow recognised him, not just as a roaming healer, but also as a king.

The woman greeted Jesus as the “Son of David.” Her recognition was all the more remarkable because the disciples had been slow in fully recognising Jesus. Yet, this woman hailed him as the Son of David, begged for his mercy, and entreated him to use his power over a demon that possessed her daughter. How is it possible that this woman had more insight into Jesus’ identity than his disciples? She was, after all, an unclean outsider, part of a people who are remembered as an old and despised enemy of Israel.

Jesus’ response was, perhaps, the most perplexing piece of this narrative. At first, he didn’t say a word to her, but he refused to send her away. Only after her persistence did he talk with her. Twice, he explained to her that his mission was first to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Indeed, the narrative emphasised that the “house of Israel” had provided Jesus with more work than one labourer could feasibly handle. The need in Israel was indeed great.

The disciples, too, seemed to think that Jesus should stay focused on the needs of Israel. They were clearly acting in a racist and xenophobic way and they seemed to believe that they had superiority as Jews over other people and they didn’t want to engage on any level with this outsider in their midst. They kept telling him to send her away because they were tired of hearing her cries for help. Just like the police officer with his knee on the neck of George Floyd, they didn’t listen.

Perhaps, Jesus’ refusal to listen to the disciples gave the woman hope that her request would be heard. She then did something that was significant she knelt before him. The magi, who were also Gentiles, were the first to offer worship to Jesus in this way. This woman knelt before the one whom she recognised as having authority not only to sit on the throne of David but also to wield power over evil.

Jesus’ response to her second cry for help included a repetition of his mission to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He even likened her status as a Gentile to the status of the pet dogs who long to be fed from the table. In first century Israel Canaanite people were readily referred to as dogs. The woman, however, was not deterred. She claimed a place in the household, but it was a not a position of privilege or even the position of an insider. She accepted the status of a family’s dog by claiming that even the dogs enjoyed crumbs from the table.

Her statement is striking. She placed hope in what others had discarded. This Son of David had so much power that there was enough power for the house of Israel and more than enough left over for her. She was not trying to thwart his mission. She just wanted a crumb, recognizing that even a crumb was powerful enough to defeat the demon that possessed her daughter.

Jesus praised her faith. This woman seemed to understand what the members of the household of Israel had yet to grasp. Jesus was not only hope for Israel, but also hope for the world.

In the passage immediately before this story, Jesus responded to challenges from the scribes and Pharisees by resetting the boundaries of clean and unclean. Jesus declared that what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and what comes out of the heart determines what makes one clean. What came out of the Canaanite woman’s heart was faith, certainty that Jesus had power enough for Israel and power enough to save her non-Israelite daughter.

Her words demonstrate that the boundary separating her from the house of Israel must be reconsidered. With a faith so pure, how could she be deemed unclean? The disciples don’t just tolerate the difference - they actively engage with it, they are prepared to be challenged by it and to allow themselves to grow through this cross-cultural interaction. The encounter with the Canaanite woman prepares us all for Jesus’ great commission to go and to make disciples of all the nations.

This encounter is regularly remembered in our Eucharistic liturgy, we stand with her as we say together “We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs from under your table. But you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy…” Reading about Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman reminds the church that God is constantly entering new territory and setting new boundaries. This God is in the unsettling business of meeting outsiders and granting them not just a crumb, but also a place at the table. What life lesson did I learn from Richard Hausner, well to take people as you find them, share a meal and to be colour blind.

Amen.

The Rev'd Maureen Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 16/08/2020

Service Audio

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Intercessions 

The Intercessions list has been circulated with petitions for the Church, The World, The Community, Our Keyworkers, The Sick and the Deceased. The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is found at:

London Anglican Cycle of Prayer

This or another response may be used:

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen N our bishop(s) and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …; according to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

and also with you.

A sign of peace may be exchanged.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray.

Service Audio

Collect

God of our pilgrimage, you have willed that the gate of mercy should stand open for those who trust in you: look upon us with your favour that we who follow the path of your will may never wander from the way of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Recessional Hymn

Who would true valour see

Who would true valour see,
let him come hither;
one here will constant be,
come wind, come weather;
there’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

Whoso beset him round
with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound,
his strength the more is.
No lion can him fright:
he’ll with a giant fight,
but he will have the right
to be a pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt his spirit;
he knows he at the end
shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, fly away;
he’ll not fear what men say;
he’ll labour night and day
to be a pilgrim.

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