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Sunday, May 21, 2017
4:00 pm High Altar


The Sixth Sunday of Easter is often called Rogation Sunday, as it precedes the three rogation days that always fall on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day. You'll notice hints of prepartion for the rogation days in the morning services today, when at times there is an emphasis on God our creator and provider. For example, pay attention to the words of the psalm and the hymns. See also the words of the collect, which, through petition and gratitude, approaches God as the provider of all things.

Among the sermons in the archive that can help you understand God as creator and provider, consider these:

The Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth (2011) by Fr Spurlock
On Providence (2010) by Fr Austin
Bread and Life, Freedom and Friendship (2009) by Fr Austin
All Ours as Gift (2008) by Fr Austin
Food in the Wilderness (2003) by Fr Mead


O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gentlemen of the Choir

Officiant: Fr Daniels

Preacher: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Cantabile, Op. 37, no. 1, Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Hymn: 292
O Jesus, crowned with all renown

Responses: Dan Locklair (b. 1949)

Psalm: 34 Anglican Chant (Martin)

Service: ‘The Gloucester Service’, Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Lesson: Leviticus 25:1-17

Hymn: 209
We walk by faith, and not by sight

Lesson 2: Matthew 13:24-34a

Anthem: Give unto the Lord, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Psalm 150: Anglican Chant (Talbot)

Voluntary: Imperial March, Op. 32, Edward Elgar, transcribed by George Martin (1844-1916)

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