Church of England Diocese of Norwich St. Peter, Sheringham

Act of Worship: Sea Sunday 12th July 2020

12 Jul 2020, 1 a.m.

Hymn: Thou, Whose Almighty Word ...

Psalm 107:23-32

The Lord, who stilled the storm, has the power to still our restless hearts.

Let us now confess our disobedience to him.

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins, and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the day: Almighty God on this Sea Sunday we pray for all who go down to the sea in ships, that you will protect them as they sail, keep them safe from all the dangers of the sea and give them courage when they face storms. May they know your blessing on the families that they leave behind. We ask this in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Matthew 4:18-22

Jesus said “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

The disciples left their familiar way of life and stepped out on to a new unpredictable path: one which followed Jesus, one which wasn’t easy or comfortable. Are we willing to do the same?

Please see the message from the vicar.

Let us join in prayer asking for God’s presence and guidance for all at St Peter’s Church, giving thanks for Christian our vicar; for world leaders as they make vital decisions affecting everybody; for the wellbeing of our neighbours, families and friends; and for all who are sick or suffering. We pray for the departed, remembering Thelma Hale and Marjorie Sherman. May all who mourn be comforted.

Let us pray for the coming of God’s kingdom in the prayer that Jesus taught Peter and all of us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save ...

May the Spirit, who hovered over the waters when the world was created, breathe into us the life he gives; and may the blessing of God Almighty, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, rest upon us, and remain with us always. Amen.

Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, in the name of Christ. Amen.