This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

July 11th 2020  -The 5th Sunday after Trinity

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.

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 Isaiah 55.10–13

Thus says the LORD: As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;   it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;  instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;  and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

PSALM 65.1–13

R To you, O God, shall all flesh come, and you will blot out their sins.

You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem. To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, because of their transgressions. R

Our sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out. Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple. R

Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away. You make fast the mountains by your power; they are girded about with might. R

You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the clamour of the peoples. Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvellous signs; you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy. R

You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; the river of God is full of water.  You prepare the grain, for so you provide for the earth. R

You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.   You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with plenty.   May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, and the hills be clothed with joy. R

SECOND READING Romans 8.1–11

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do:  by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason, the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law – indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 13.1-9,18-23

Glory to you, O Lord.

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’

‘Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears

the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection from Rev.Jeremy Harris

Bible Reading: Matthew 13 verses 1-9 and 18-23 The Parable of the Sower

The Gospel reading for this Sunday tells us the well-known parable of the sower. There are over thirty such parables told by Jesus recorded in the Gospels. These are stories that Jesus told to put across a particular message. Many of them have been deliberately left open ended by Jesus so as to allow his listeners to think about what it might be saying to them and how it can be best applied in their own lives. The parable of the sower is a little different to this general rule because Jesus also includes a translation. The parable of the sower is a simple story that can speak to us about how we listen to God and then how we go about sharing that good news with others.

Listening is one of the most important gifts that God has given us; it’s one of the key factors in any relationship. How often do we hear people criticised because ‘they don’t listen’ or feel that we’re not being listened to. So good listening is essential in any relationship and as much so in our relationship with Jesus. This and the other parables have much to teach us about how God might speak to us if we would but listen. I’d like to suggest three images which might help.

Firstly, they speak to us in pictures; Jesus talks to the people by using images they would be very familiar with. He uses imagery from daily life such as farming, sheep, money, images that were both familiar and important to the people he was speaking to.

Secondly the parables can be a mirror; the images that Jesus used enabled his listeners to engage with what he was saying, to recognise something of themselves in the story. So, the parables are like looking into a mirror; that can of course be sometimes uncomfortable and should certainly challenge us. Finally, the parables act as a window through which we see God and His grace.

Why not read through the parable of the sower for yourself again this week; read it so that it becomes for you a picture, a mirror and a window. You may find that by doing this you begin to listen and understand the parable in a new way. A parable is a story with meaning, just like our lives contain a story which has helped to shape us; a picture that we need to look at to understand ourselves and begin to see ourselves as God sees us. That picture is our mirror, which will allow us to be open and honest with ourselves and with God. A mirror that shows us as we really are. It is as we gaze into that mirror and see ourselves that we should then realise our own need of the love and grace of God. It is through Jesus that we are able to glimpse something of the picture that leads us to realise that God has presented the window of opportunity to each of us to understand and to know him better.

May we be like the seed that falls into the good soil, people who are prepared to listen to God, to grow and keep on growing. The parable of the sower was to speak some of those that heard Jesus tell it 2,000 years ago and it has the power to speak to us today if we will but listen, truly listen and learn from what we hear.

‘’I pray you good Jesus, that as you have given me the grace to drink with joy the word that gives knowledge of you, so in your goodness you will grant me to come at length to yourself, the source of all wisdom, to stand before your face forever. AMEN.’’ (a prayer attributed to the Venerable Bede)

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.


As this Sunday is Sea Sunday this is reflected in the prayers

Everlasting God, we bring our prayers to you, asking that your blessing of love and peace may be known to all people.  Help us to bear abundant fruit from the seeds of the potential that you have planted within us. May we always use the gifts the Spirit has provided with grace and compassion. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, who showed no fear of the sea, in this current pandemic we pray for your protection from all dangers those who earn their living on the sea, and those who go to the sea for their recreation. We pray especially for those maritime workers currently stuck on cruise ships.

We pray too for Missions to Seamen, and especially for the work of the Mission to Seaman Institute in Newport Docks, as well as all who work in our local Severn Area Rescue Service.

Almighty Father, may those who work on the sea, and their families, feel the power of your presence, and the peace that comes with knowing you.  (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful Father, the sea is yours and you have made it.

Sadly, as our ocean life has been stifled and abused through the discard of rubbish and effluent. As we have over-fished. As we have harmed marine life through mineral, oil and gas exploration. So, we seek your pardon and forgiveness for the damage we have done.

We pray that you would show us ways of healing the wounds that we have inflicted on our seas, and on our shorelines. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Holy God, we pray for your church, especially for the people you have called to be our spiritual leaders. We pray that by their guidance, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we may clearly see the light that shines before us, beckoning us to an understanding of your will, and thereby to eternal life.    (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God, we pray that in our community all will be welcome and accepted regardless of nationality, colour, gender or status. Forgive us our biases, and fill us with understanding that we might put aside the evil which tries to divide us.

O God, you created all people in your image. We thank you for the astonishing variety of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship. Show us your presence in those who differ from us, and until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our acceptance of all. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Gracious God, we raise before you all those who seek healing of body, mind or spirit. We ask that they sense the touch of your loving hands, and feel your peace and presence alongside them, each and every step of their journey towards healing and wholeness.

[In particular we pray for (add names of those requesting prayer)]

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God, we remember before you all those who have died.  (Add names of the recently departed).  May they see your salvation and find their peace and final rest in you.

We pray too for those who were a formative part of our lives, those who made us who we are, and who we still miss.

We pray for all whose Anniversary of their parting it is at this time. (Add names on Anniversary list)

Grant them peace good Lord. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, we offer you these prayers.

Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

The Collect for Trinity 5

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you and 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.