This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

 July 19th – Trinity 6

Prayer for this time

Heavenly Father,
our ever present help in trouble,
our fortress and our God:
calm the anxious fears of all who turn to you;
give strength and healing to those who are sick,
and courage and skill to those who care for them;
grant wisdom and clarity to those in authority;
and humble us all to call upon you,
that we may be saved not only in this life,
but also for that which is to come.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

A Simple Order of Morning Prayer in Ordinary Time

O Lord open our lips,
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

We sing to you, O Lord, and bless your name,
And tell of your salvation from day to day.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Worship the Lord.
All praise to his name.

Silent prayer/reflection on the coming day. :

Eternal God,
we praise and thank you for the day
on which you created light
and saw that it was good;
the day on which the disciples
discovered the empty tomb
and met the risen Christ.
This is the day that you have made;
we rejoice and are glad in it.
Blessed be God for ever.

Jubilate Deo (Psalm 100)

The Lord is gracious, his steadfast love is everlasting.

O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth:
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

Know that the Lord is God:
it is he that has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise:
give thanks to him and bless his name.

For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting:
and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Lord is gracious, his steadfast love is everlasting.

Bible Reading

FIRST READING Wisdom of Solomon 12: 13, 16–19

There is not any god besides you, Lord, whose care is for all people, to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly; For your strength is the source of righteousness, and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all. For you show your strength when people doubt the completeness of your power, and you rebuke any insolence among those who know it. Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose. Through such works you have taught your people that the righteous must be kind, and you have filled your children with good hope, because you give repentance for sins.

PSALM 86: 11–17

R You, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion.

Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; knit my heart to you that I may fear your name.   I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and glorify your name for evermore.   For great is your love towards me; you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit. R

The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a violent band seeks my life. they have not set you before their eyes.   But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and full of kindness and truth. R

Turn to me and have mercy upon me; give your strength to your servant. and save the child of your handmaid. Show me a sign of your favour, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.  R

SECOND READING Romans 8: 12–25

Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh – for if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ – if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?   But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 13.24-30. 36-43

Glory to you, O Lord.

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So, when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection – Lamenting in​ Hope

Our reflection this week comes from Fr Rob Taylerson, Priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. He writes this for ‘Rural Mission Sunday’.

Bible reading: Psalm 142

’With my voice, I cried out to the Lord. With my voice, I made supplication to the Lord.                

In his sight, I pour out my prayer, and before him, I declare my tribulation.                      

  Though my spirit may become faint within me, even then, you have known my paths.   

Along this way, which I have been walking, they have hidden a snare for me.                                   

  I considered toward the right, and I looked, but there was no one who would know me.        

Flight has perished before me, and there is no one who has concern for my soul.                          

I cried out to you, O Lord.                                      

I said: You are my hope, my portion in the land of the living.                                                        

 Attend to my supplication. For I have been humbled exceedingly.                                         

Free me from my persecutors, for they have been fortified against me.                                 

Lead my soul out of confinement in order to confess your name.                                              

 The just are waiting for me, until you repay me.’’

You may also find it helpful to read Obadiah 15-21 and Matthew 13:10-17.

These words from Psalm 142 are a Psalm of lament. Over fifty of the 150 psalms in the psalter include prayer of lament, either offered by individuals or by the whole assembly. Lament has been part of the daily prayer of God’s chosen people through the ages. Today many laments that Covid-19 separates our community through quarantine and isolation, shielding and social distancing; that so many have been ill and have died; that businesses are going bankrupt and many become unemployed. For many rural church communities there may be lament that Rural Mission Sunday may engage with fewer people this year, or a recognition that our church life lacks the deep incarnation of us coming together ‘in the flesh’.

Obadiah picks up on this theme of lament but is also able to look forward with hope and joy to the time when once again ‘the kingdom will be for the Lord’. When we have been wronged or aggrieved it is good to pray in a way which leaves retribution not to human beings but to our divine Lord. Our hearts have more space for hope when we are able to relinquish grievances and resentments to God. They injure us partly by disabling our capacity for hope and so diminishing our potential to live in Christ. Nelson Mandela once said that having resentment is like drinking poison then hoping that it will kill your enemies. The same holds true for grievances in general. Even for the Christian community, centred on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection which brings such freedom, delight, fulfilment and promise regardless of current circumstances, the burden of sadness is also present and may cast shadows on our lives as individuals and as the community of God’s people. One blessing of parables is that they use the reality of our own world to invite us into the mystery of God, not limited by creedal or doctrinal definitions, but open to evoking memories, personal reflections and allegories from our own lives. Jesus shares stories recognised by all; interestingly he never tells a parable about carpentry!                      

After months of lockdown when I have been medically shielding with restrictive advice from government, NHS and local shielding teams, my personal frustrations grow. Last week, perhaps influenced by the Parable of the Sower, which I’d been praying with, I realised hadn’t seen the crops grow for four months, nor smelled the aromas of silage, or manure, nor seen livestock grow. Out I went in the car to local fields to sit and look. Winter barley is almost ready, spring barley doing well. Winter wheat is turning from blue green to golden as the heads swell. Grass fields are well-grazed, but cattle look healthy. Something in all this helps my hope in a way that words, even the best sermons, can’t manage. Why not try a similar exercise yourself? Take a Bible or write / print out the Parable of the Sower and go on a walk or drive to a location which includes fields of crops. Read through the passage (Matthew 13:1-9), asking God to use your physical environment to show you new things about this familiar story.       

The Benedictus


In your tender compassion, O God,
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel
for he has come to his people and set them free.

The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies
from the hands of all who hate us.

To show mercy to our forebears
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

In your tender compassion, O God,
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

Prayers


Everlasting God, we join together in praying for the needs the church, the world, our communities and ourselves.   (Short Silence) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.              Holy Father, you have planted the Good News of the Kingdom in the hearts and minds of your faithful people. Invigorate and nourish us to grow strong in Christ, that we might reveal to the world the power of your love, your mercy, and your grace. Bless, we pray, Bishop Cherry and all your Ministers in this diocese, not least our new Rector elect, Daniel Frett. May those who are inspired to Ministry guide us and encourage us in all righteousness, that we might come at last to your almighty kingdom. (Short Silence) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.      Heavenly Father, we thank you for all you have done to preserve our family life. Help us to be united in seeking all that is good and wise, and may we continually reach for higher levels of unity and love in our domestic life.  We thank you too for our parents, and for all the guidance and love they’ve ever shown us. (Short Silence) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.          Creator God, we pray for your world.  Forgive us when we are ungrateful; for the times when spiritual blindness prevents us from appreciating the wonder of your creation, and the endless cycle of nature.  Forgive us for taking without giving; reaping without sowing.  Lord, we pray for all the farmers of the world. We especially pray that they may be treated with fairness for their labours. We bring before you those who work with the land here in Wales, those who, Covid-19 apart, are also worrying how BREXIT and climate change will affect their futures. (Short Silence) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.                                  Father God, we bring before you all those whose livelihoods are threatened at this time. We pray for calm and hope when a sea of despair seems to be overwhelming so many. We pray that all families who find themselves in perilous situations may reach out to you, and that your church finds ways to minister to their needs. Let this be a time in history where your mighty church creates miracles, and brings people to you. (Short Silence) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.                                                         Loving God and Lord of life, as we pray for all who are sick or lonely, we ask for the gift of courage. Help all who suffer face up to, and cope with, illness and loneliness. We pray for those recovering at home, or in care homes or hospital. We pray for those awaiting treatment. Those frightened by conditions needing attention. We pray for those with mental or terminal illnesses. [We remember before you those we know who need your healing touch, especially (add names of those requesting prayer)] (Short Silence) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.                                                     Gracious God, give us ears to hear and minds to understand the message of immortality for the children of your kingdom. May we look forward with patience and confidence to that time when we will join you in the peace of eternity. We pray for all who have recently died and are on that journey to you; those we have loved yet see no more, and those whose anniversary of their parting falls at this time. (add names of the recently departed or on Anniversary list) (Short Silence) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Faithful God, we thank you for the opportunity of being together in prayer. As we look forward to the week to come, we pray for an awareness of your love and support in all we do.

Merciful FatherAccept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.  

The Lord’s Prayer is said.     

The Collect for Trinity 6                                  Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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 second collect, for peace.
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life,
to serve you is perfect freedom:
defend us in all assaults of our enemies,
that we, surely trusting in your protection,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The third collect, for grace.

Eternal God and Father, by your power we are created and by your love we are redeemed:
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves to you in love and service of one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.