This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

June 28th, 2020 -The 3rd 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.
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 Jeremiah 28.5–9

The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD.

and the prophet Jeremiah said, ‘Amen! May the LORD do so.

may the LORD fulfil the words that you have prophesied and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles.

But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people.

The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms.

As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.’

PSALM 89.1–4, 15–18

R Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing.

Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing.

from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.

For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever.

you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens. R

‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one.

I have sworn an oath to David my servant:

“I will establish your line for ever,

and preserve your throne for all generations.”’ R

Happy are the people who know the festal shout!

they walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.

They rejoice daily in your name.

they are jubilant in your righteousness. R

For you are the glory of their strength, and by your favour our might is exalted.

Truly, the Lord is our ruler; the Holy One of Israel is our king. R

SECOND READING Romans 6.12– 23

Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? 

 By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So, what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed?  The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification.   The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 10 .40-42

Glory to you, O Lord.

‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection:

Revd Glyn Evans, Regional Director (Central), Farming Community Network (FCN) and retired Rural Officer, Diocese of Oxford

”Now thank we all our God”

Bible Reading: Psalm 86:11-17

”Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name for ever.
For great is your steadfast love towards me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

O God, the insolent rise up against me;
a band of ruffians seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the child of your serving-maid.
Show me a sign of your favour,
so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me”
.

Psalm 86 is a prayer of David. In some ways it is a paradigm of prayer for it contains moments of asking, and much adoration and thanksgiving. It is from the recognition of God’s gracious love for the pray-er that adoration and thanksgiving flow.

My favourite hymn to end a Harvest Festival is ‘Now thank we all our God’. At Harvest time we are in ‘thank you’ mode, thanking God for his providence in creation and thanking those men and women who toil in creation, in partnership with God, to bring forth the harvest so essential for our daily lives. The Harvest is everyone’s business because it is a gift of God and a gift from the farmer to us all; –

Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today
.

Martin Rinkart wrote this hymn in the mid-1630s during the Thirty Years War, when he was the Lutheran pastor of Ellenburg in Saxony. It was a time of famine, siege and plague. It is said that in 1637 Rinkart performed 4,000 funerals, including that of his own wife. He and his family opened his home to refugees from the war and its consequent famine and were as a result often short of food. It is not clear whether Psalm 86 inspired him specifically, but he captures the essence of the psalm in his hymn, able to give thanks to God in that context of extreme deprivation, fear, restriction and plague.

Over the last few months, I was unlucky enough to contract both COVID-19 and a second subsequent virus, caught when my body was at a low ebb. Combined, they kept me ill and off work for over a month, unheard of in 43 years of a career in which I thought of myself as an activist, many calling me a workaholic. I have heard amazing stories about community and church dedication to the needs of others affected by the virus, and have seen at first hand the dedication of NHS staff when the paramedics came to assist me, of local volunteers who delivered medication, and of our local shop who delivered to us.

Mine was a salutary experience; I learnt afresh the lesson of needing to be gracious enough to receive from others, and it did not always feel easy! It has been out of receiving that I have learn afresh the principle of thanksgiving: gratitude for those who have walked in the ways of God and supported me, and a renewed and reinvigorated sense of adoration and reverence for a God who continues to give so much.

Prayer

Teach me your way, O God, that I may give thanks with my whole heart and revere your name; great is your love towards me revealed in your constant giving of yourself.

Give me your strength to receive your love and salvation in all situations of my life.

Open me to walk in your ways and serve you where and when I can for you are a God to be revered and adored everywhere, always and in all things.

Amen.

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


Holy God, you have given us your only Son to be for us, both a sacrifice for sin, and an example of Godly life. Give us the grace to thankfully receive this wonderful gift, and may we always strive to follow the blessed steps of His most holy life.  (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving Father, we graciously seek encouragement and wisdom during this, our Benefice’s interregnum.

Lord Jesus, our Shepherd and Teacher: we pray for those charged with finding our next spiritual leader. We ask that you protect and guide them in their discernment.

Gracious Holy Spirit, may you sow the seed in the heart of the person to be our next Rector, and allow it to grow until it bears fruit.  (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Saviour, when Abraham’s faith was challenged, he proved his obedience to you, and you rewarded him.

Lord, when we too find ourselves challenged in our obedience to you help us to look to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection. When we face tough choices, help us to remember that we are your children and disciples: and may we always bring honour to your holy name. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer 

Forgiving Lord, who taught us that if we so much as give a cup of cold water to the least of your followers, we will surely be rewarded.

Open our hearts, Father, to all peoples who are in any kind of distress. May the truth of our lives, and how we help others, bring us to eternal life, by your holy mercy and grace. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer 

Father God, Prince of Peace, we pray today for all Christians in our community. United by baptism, and in unity with the Trinity, may we be joined in love, just as you are joined: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Lord may all your churches be one. Help us to embrace one another and seek the common good. Might all your children find the desire to love one another, and may we gain the hunger to live in union: united in the bond of fellowship and peace. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Gracious God, we pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. We pray for the sick, the hungry, the homeless and the distressed.

We pray too for all carers, and for those who mourn the loss of a loved one.

Today, loving Father, we especially pray for Ellis from your church community in Rogiet, and currently in the Royal Gwent Hospital following a couple of accidents. We pray too for Hilda, Ellis’ wife, and for their daughter who’s currently looking after Hilda.

We pray for all others known to be suffering at this time (add names of those requesting prayer). 

 (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Almighty Father, we remember before you those we have loved yet see no more (pause), we pray for those whose anniversary of their parting falls at this time* (pause), we pray for those who have died* (pause).  (*add names of the recently departed or on Anniversary list)

May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, and rise in glory (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God in the week that lies before us may we reflect your love in our families, our church and our community. In so doing, may we show everyone that we are followers of Christ, and thereby draw them into the wisdom of your most holy Word.

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 The Third Sunday After Trinity

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, 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.