05 July 2020

Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Due to the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) services will not be held this Sunday

at Chappelle St Roch or at St John's Church, Menton. Please use this service sheet as a guide to your personal prayers and time with God.


We welcome you back to St John's Church on Sunday 12 July, 10h30, for a simple service of prayers, readings and Holy Communion. All appropriate health precautions have been observed. Please note, at this time we cannot assure the use of toilets nor water.

Hymn Number 1,

Holy, Holy, Holy


a video recording on YouTube

First Baptist Dallas Choir & Orchestra, Texas, USA


Collect of the day

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The first reading is from Genesis chapter 24. 34–38, 42–49, 58–67


So he said, ‘I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, “You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.”


‘I came today to the spring, and said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, ‘Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,’ and who will say to me, ‘Drink, and I will draw for your camels also’—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.”


‘Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water-jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, “Please let me drink.” She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, “Drink, and I will also water your camels.” So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, “Whose daughter are you?” She said, “The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.” So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.’ And they called Rebekah, and said to her, ‘Will you go with this man?’ She said, ‘I will.’ So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
‘May you, our sister, become
   thousands of myriads;
may your offspring gain possession
   of the gates of their foes.’


Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.


Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, ‘Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?’ The servant said, ‘It is my master.’ So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.


This is the word of the Lord, thanks be to God

PSALM 45 10-17

Hear, O daughter; consider and incline your ear;
   forget your own people and your father’s house.
So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty;
   he is your lord, so do him honour.
The people of Tyre shall bring you gifts;
   the richest of the people shall seek your favour.
  The king’s daughter is all glorious within;
   her clothing is embroidered cloth of gold.
She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework;
   after her the virgins that are her companions.
  With joy and gladness shall they be brought
   and enter into the palace of the king.
‘Instead of your fathers you shall have sons,
   whom you shall make princes over all the land.
  ‘I will make your name to be remembered

through all generations;
   therefore shall the peoples praise you for ever and ever.’


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall

be, world without end.  Amen

The second reading is from the St Paul's letter to the Romans, chapter 7, verses 15-25


I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.


So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

This is the word of the Lord, thanks be to God

Hymn 2

The God of Abraham Praise


a video recording on YouTube from

GHAMSU Choir KNUST, Ghana, West Africa


GHAMSU Choir KNUST was officially inaugurated on 1st November, 2009. The Choir has a membership of about 170 choristers.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew, chapter 11, verses 16–19, 25–30

Praise to you, O Christ


 But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,
“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
   we wailed, and you did not mourn.”
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’


At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.


‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’


 Praise to you O Lord

To read Fr David's message, please click HERE



Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.


We pray for all leaders of nations give them foresight to act with true concern for the well being of the people they serve. May they know your peace as they strive together to achieve it on earth.
Bless our queen Elizabeth, the President of France, of Italy and the United States. We pray for all the people in the world where life is precarious, whether through disease, poverty or disasters especially
those facing this pandemic. Be with all who are vulnerable especially children during this long summer vacation, keep them safely under your wings of love. Lord we live in fast moving times , many are suffering from debt, from job loss and despair turn the sand they stand on into a bed rock of your strength so they feel secure in the knowledge that you know their needs. We pray for our precious yet precarious world resources help us all to be good stewards for the generations to come.

Heavenly Father as we walk forward in faith increase the certainty that you are with us every step of the way. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.


Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your son our Saviour Jesus Christ.



(thank you Mrs Carolyn Hanbury for these prayers)

Hymn number 3,

Let us with Gladsome Mind


a video recording on YouTube 

written in 1623 by John Milton, a pupil at St. Paul's School, at the age of 15 as a paraphrase of Psalm 136. (1608-1674)