15th Sunday after Pentecost – 5th September 2021

14th Sunday after Trinity

23nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proper 18

Year B – Track 2


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All are requested to join in wherever text is GREEN or when instructed by Fr. David.

Where the ✝ is shown, all are encouraged to make the sign of the cross.

Where the ✊ is shown all are encouraged to strike their breast with a closed hand following the actions of Fr. David.

Where the ✋ is shown all are encouraged to tap their breast with an open hand following the actions of Fr. David.

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O worship the King
All glorious above;
O gratefully sing
His power and his love:
Our Shield and Defender,
The Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendour,
And girded with praise.

This earth, with its store
Of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power
Hath founded of old:
Hath stablished it fast
By a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast
Like a mantle, the sea.

O measureless Might,
Ineffable Love,
While angels delight
To hymn thee above,
Thy humbler creation,
Though feeble their lays,
With true adoration
Shall sing to thy praise.

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Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ✝

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen


From Easter to Pentecost:

Allelulia. Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia


In Lent and other penitential occasions:

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;

His mercy endures for ever.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Let us pray:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts be 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.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

This prayer is omitted during Lent and Advent:

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

 Holy God, holy and mighty ✝, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 


A Reading from the book of:

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
‘Be strong, do not fear!

Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,

with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;

the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Psalm 146

Lauda, anima mea

Praise the Lord, O my soul! *
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

2 Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
for there is no help in them.

3 When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
and in that day their thoughts perish.

4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
whose hope is in the Lord their God;

5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
who keeps his promise for ever;

6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.

7 The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

8 The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger; *
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.

9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

A Reading from the book of

James 2:1-10, 14-17

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

 This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

All stand for the Acclamation and Gospel reading.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Jesus proclaimed the Good news of the Kingdom,

And cured all kinds of sickness among the people.


The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to:

Mark 7:24-37


Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

After the Gospel reading

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Today’s gospel deals with two miracles performed by Jesus, and this is reflected too in the psalm, which is also a link to the other lessons.

On the face of it, these two miracles appear to be very different from each other, and quite out of keeping with Our Lord’s normal approach.  What unites them though is the fact that Jesus is clearly anxious to avoid publicity, and to stay out of the public gaze – he didn’t want people to believe merely because they had been fed, and seen miracles.  That was not the essence of faith!  To this end he had entered a house in the hope that his presence would go unnoticed but, as with modern ’celebrities’, this was well-nigh impossible.  In this case he was not being pursued by the ‘paparazzi’ – the press corps which so harassed people such as the late Princess Diana, but by the crowd, which quite simply had followed him in the hope, and also the expectation of seeing him perform some miracle.  Such was the general sentiment that it is hardly to be wondered at, that Jesus simply wanted to ‘disappear’ for a little while, until the excitement had died down!

Clearly this was a vain aspiration and doomed to failure from the outset, and so the Gentile woman of Syrophoenician origin, whose daughter had a demon, tracked him down and presumably entered the house unbidden in her desire to have her daughter exorcised. The Church has always regarded these evil spirits as ‘fallen angels’ – modern medicine might well deem such people to be schizophrenics, but the condition can often be very frightening to those faced with dealing with them, as I know only too well from first-hand experience, so naturally the mother was very anxious to seek Jesus’s intervention.

As we read on, it would seem that Jesus really didn’t want to be bothered with her at all.  He was sent in the first instance to the Jews, and this woman was not one of their number, hence the remark that ‘it is not right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs’. The sentence began, ‘Let the children (of Israel) be fed first’, so then the whole thing then might be deemed rather insulting.  Jesus though, as we have seen on previous occasions, was always looking for evidence of faith and, you will doubtless recall, wasn’t able to perform miracles in his own home town of Nazareth ‘due to their lack of faith’.  After such a put-down from Jesus, most of us would have simply slunk away, with our tail between our legs, but nothis woman was made of sterner stuff, and was well able to argue her case in retorting, as an extension of the original remark, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs!”  That was ‘game, set and match’ as far as Jesus was concerned – the Gentilewoman had proved her faith convincingly, and so Jesus granted her request immediately, without even going to see the girl himself!  Normally the person was present when Jesus performed a miracle, but in several instances this was not so – further evidence, if ever that were needed, of the absolute power of God!

After this event, Jesus then returned to ‘home ground’ in the Decapolis region of the Sea of Galilee, and was confronted with a deaf man with a speech impediment being brought to him.  Quite what that might have been isn’t immediately obvious, but could suggest he had a bad stutter or stammer; in which case though, how had he learned to speak in the first instance, unless the deafness hadn’t afflicted him until later in life?  As in the earlier situation, Jesus was still anxious to avoid ‘the public gaze’ and so took the man aside and in private, away from the crowd.  In the former case there was no need for a physical ‘sign’, but here Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears, spat (we’re not told where) and touched his tongue before raising his own eyes to heaven in prayer, using the word ‘Ephphatha’ or , ‘Be opened’!  The result was instant – there was no having to wait for the medicine to work!

Jesus, doubtless fearing that he would be besieged with hundreds of people seeking cures from lifelong infirmities, tried to prevent news of what had just happened being broadcast far and wide.  He didn’t go in for ‘mass cures’, but people were far too excited to heed such a request, such was their amazement and wonder at what had been done – presumably though, they hadn’t actually seen the miracle themselves, but merely the outcome!

In the New Testament reading from Paul’s Epistle to James, we are reminded that God has no favourites, and that entails treating all people as equals, no matter what their physical status.  How difficult that is for most of us when some people, at first sight at any rate, are so repulsive when others have an immediate appeal – we must love our neighbours as ourselves, and the poor have always been dear to, and close to the heart of God.  Partiality is a sin of which it is just so very difficult not to be guilty, as I’m sure we all know only too well!

We were thinking a few moments ago about the centrality which Jesus gave to ‘faith’, but then Paul reminds us that we can’t be justified by faith alone, unless it is reflected in works, in other words, in our deeds and actions.  We try here at St. George’s to do our little bit towards relieving the suffering of the poor and hungry, of whom, in a country which is largely lacking in anything which might loosely be deemed a ‘Welfare State’, there are far too many.  Pattaya, even in ‘normal’ times, has more than its fair share of such people, and we must thank God for the work done here in the Fr. Ray centre, and for organisations such as MERCY and the outreach that they have.

We have been so very blessed this past year, in that the advent of Lloyd, with all his media skills, has enabled us to raise our profile and improve our outreach very considerably, and for this we thank God.  As a result of these developments, we are now ‘known’ in many parts of the world by people who would otherwise be wholly ignorant of our existence.  On the ‘down’ side though, the pandemic has prevented us thus far from reaping any tangible benefits from this, and at the same time undermined our own ‘home base’ here in Pattaya.  On the face of it then, this can all seem very discouraging, but if God be  for us, then who can be against us, and once the world in general, and Thailand in particular, learns to live with Covid, rather in the way we manage influenza, which kills a significant number each and every year, then we will hope to be able to capitalise increasingly on these new opportunities, which would have been unthinkable only 18 months ago!

Inevitably our congregation here will be predominantly ‘in the twilight of life’, but we urgently need renewal as our original flock, who numbered in excess of 30 when first I came on the scene at the end of 2006, die, return to their home countries, or else become too infirm to worship with us any longer. However, God now has no hands on earth but our hands, no feet but our feet – pray then that we might be shown the best way forward, so as to be enabled to live out our faith in action, and thereby advance the coming of his Kingdom, here in the unconducive environment of Pattaya!


Please stand for the Nicene Creed.

Let us together affirm the faith of the Church. ✝

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 of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and became truly human.

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.

PROPER 18 – YEAR B – p91-92

15th Sunday after Pentecost

23nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

a. Let us pray to God, whose love embraces all that he has made

b. Grant to your whole Church grace to show true faith through works of love and mercy….Take away all prejudice, that causes unequal treatment of our fellows…May the places where your name is honoured be always open and welcoming to all who come.

We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth;  guide and govern it by your Spirit,  so that all Christians may be led in the way of truth,  and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

We ask your blessing on +Vsevolod our Bishop,  on this, our parish of St. George – for its work,  its worship and its witness.  We pray particularly for Fr. David in his ministry to us,  and for all members of our congregation,  be they near or far.

1 Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

c. Have compassion on a world where rich and poor are seperated by selfishness and lack of understanding…Inspire those who are rich in this world’s goods to respond to the necessity of both individuals and nations…Bless all who work for the releif of poverty.

We pray for the leaders of all the nations of this world,  most particularly for the King and Government of Thailand at this time of unrest,  and also in the countries from which we come. We remember also all the people in countries that have had problems of any kind during this past week, most particularly the tragic situation in Afghanistan, and the victims of the hurricane on the east coast of the United States.

Grant wisdom to all those in authority in every land,  and give to all people a desire for righteousness and peace,  the will to work together in trust,  to seek the common good,  and to share with justice and equity the limited resources of the earth.

2 Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

d. We pray that we, our families and friends, may have ears open to hear your word, and tongues eager to make it known…Make us sensitive to discern the needs in our community, and generous to relieve them.

We pray for all who are prevented from,  or persecuted for practising their faith,  wherever they may beWe pray for our fellow Christians, both here in Thailand,  and also in our own home countries.

3 Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who suffer in body,  mind and spirit;  the sick;  the poor;  the depressed;  the lonely;  the afraid, the unloved;  the persecuted;  the unemployed and those who care for them. Those who grieve;  and those who have nobody to pray for them.

4 Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

e. We pray for the sick, especially for sick children and those who minister to them…Have mercy on those who are afflicted in speech or hearing, and restore them to full capability.

We remember all those who have been touched by the COVID 19 pandemic;  particularly here in Pattai-Ya,  where so many lives and livelihoods have been destroyed;   and where there is such heavy dependence on the hotel, hospitality and tourist industry,  now given added urgency as the outbreak continues at a high level of intensity. We pray for the on-going vaccination programme here in Thailand,  that greater numbers might be safeguarded more speedily,  and then be spared  the worst  of the unpleasant side-effects.

Amongst the sick we remember;

Fr. Tom, Brian, Kyoko, Colin, Mavis, Patricia,  Eric, Kent, Graham, Elizabeth, Conrad, Griselda, Jun,  Maurice,  and any others known personally to each and every one of us…

5 Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

f. As we pray for the departed . we remember those who suffered any impairment of faculties in this life, and are now made perfect in your love…We pray too for those whose hearts were hard, that they may be pardened through the saving mercy of Christ.

We bring to you all who have died in the hope of the resurrection,   especially the millions who have perished in the COVID pandemic – ,  for all whose anniversary occurs at this time,  and for all those known personally to us, collectively or individually…

Give them joy in the fellowship of the heavenly church,  where Christ reigns for ever.

6 Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

g. That we may be worthy to receive the true bread, we pray in the name of Christ.

Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s table.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, and in what we have failed to do: we have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves; we repent and are sorry ✊ for all ✊ our sins ✊, Father forgive us, strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

**(Note: all are encouraged to strike their breast 3 times following the lead of Fr. David as he utters the words: ‘sorry for all our sins’)**

Almighty God, who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, pardon you ✝ and set you free from all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The congregation stands.

We are the Body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Please greet each other with a sign of peace.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost and now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me;
His word my hope restores.
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

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Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God forever.

 Let us pray

We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.  Amen.


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Proper Preface

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. ✝  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body ✝ which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood ✝ of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice, made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father, as our Saviour has taught 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.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to tap their breast three times following the example of Fr. David as he utters the words ‘…have mercy, …have mercy and …grant us peace’)**

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

This is the Lamb of God ✝, who takes away the sins of the world;

Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy ✊ to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to strike breast following the example of Fr. David as all utter the words ‘not worthy’)** 

After Communion the celebrant and the congregation say


Let us pray.

Father of all we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. 

Keep us in this hope that we have grasped; so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name.

Father, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

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 amongst you and remain with you always.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labour to pursue;
Thee, only thee, resolved to know,
In all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned
O let me cheerfully fulfil;
In all my works thy presence find,
And prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes my inmost substance see,
And labour on at thy command,
And offer all my works to thee.

Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
And every moment watch and pray,
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to thy glorious day;

For thee delightfully employ
Whate’er thy bounteous grace hath given,
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with thee to heaven.

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Here is the music for this week’s hymns, if you would like to practice beforehand.

Performed by Fr. David Price

NOTE: The introductory music is Chorale Prelude on ‘Angel’s Song – Steele