This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

  June 21st 2020-The 2nd 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 Jeremiah 20.7–13

Jeremiah cried out:   O LORD, you have enticed me, and I was enticed. You have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’ For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones.

I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. For I hear many whisperings: ‘Terror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’ All my close friends are watching for me to stumble. ‘Perhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.’ But the LORD is with me like a dread warrior; therefore, my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonour will never be forgotten. O LORD of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.  Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.

PSALM  69.7–10, 11–15,16- 18

R In your great mercy, answer me, O God.

Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, and shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my own kindred, an alien to my mother’s children. R

Zeal for your house has eaten me up; the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me. I humbled myself with fasting, but that was turned to my reproach. R

I put on sackcloth also and became a byword among them. Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, and the drunkards make songs about me. But as for me, this is my prayer to you, at the time you have set, O Lord: R

‘In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help. Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters. Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up; do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me. R

Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind; in your great compassion, turn to me. Hide not your face from your servant; be swift and answer me, for I am in distress. Draw near to me and redeem me; because of my enemies deliver me.’ R

SECOND READING Romans 6.1b–11

Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?    By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So, you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 10 .24-39

Glory to you, O Lord.

‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So, do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection from Glyndwr

I have to admit that I am not a great supporter of ‘Fathers’ Day’, seeing it as another commercial venture deriving from the corruption of ‘Mothering Sunday’ to ‘Mothers’ Day’. Yet I have to confess that I enjoy the fact that our children like it and I now receive cards and presents on the occasion. I think my father would have enjoyed it too!

This year in which so many families have been affected by the corona virus, Fathers’Day may take on greater significance not least because many dads have had opportunity to spend more leisure time with their children. Being on furlough from work or working from home has provided opportunities to do things together as families that under normal circumstances would have been difficult to squeeze into the busyness of family life. I have noticed with pleasure families out walking and cycling together. Our televisions have shown families, and in one instance dads in particular, doing fascinating things together to help each other survive lockdown. I hope that the bonds of affection between family members have been strengthened during this prolonged time of restriction on our national life.

But let us remember that not all families have had a positive experience of lockdown. Those on furlough worry about whether they will have a job to return to and working from home can be stressful with smaller children causing distraction and demanding attention. Then there are those families where one or both parents have continued in work with the added complication of finding childcare when the normal avenues of grandparents and pre-school facilities are unavailable. The lone grandparent unable to visit family or be visited by them. And there have been those ill with the virus or have been bereaved by the death of a loved one.

Our prayer must be that those positive things, such as increased neighbourliness, greater awareness of the importance of quality family time together and appreciation of those vital services such as the NHS and shop staff etc. are not lost as the grip of the virus is thrown off.

God, our Father, giver of all good things in life, help us never to take things or people for granted. 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.


Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, we pray for protection from all that threatens us. Save us from our slavery to sin. Enable us to blot out all prejudice and malice that we might live in love and unity with all, according to your commandments. (Pause)

Most of all Lord, give us the strength of character to stand up for Jesus, your Son, our Lord.

Lord in your Mercy:  Hear our Prayer

Almighty God, we know that your Son, our Lord, built his Church on the ministry of the apostles.  United with them, and in faithfulness to the Gospel’s teaching, we pray that, by your Holy Spirit, ministers are appointed according to your need.

Today we pray that you look with mercy on your servant Liz Houghton, called to be a Deacon, and who will be ordained next Saturday in our Cathedral. May her joy in serving you, shine radiantly from her face, that she might rightly and in all humility lead those she is called to serve.  (Pause)

Lord in your Mercy:  Hear our Prayer

Almighty God, we pray for all who are persecuted for their faith.

Heavenly Father, whenever we are ridiculed or insulted for practising our religion, be to us a light showing the way ahead; a rock giving us the strength to stand firm, and a song in our hearts that we, at all times and in all places stand up, stand up for Jesus. (Pause)

Lord in your Mercy:  Hear our Prayer

Almighty God and Father of compassion and mercy, who never fails to help and comfort those who cry out for help; give strength and courage to all who suffer. Hold them Lord, that they feel your comfort.

We pray for all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity.

[This morning we bring before you those we know who need your help right now, remembering especially (Add names)]  


Lord in your Mercy:  Hear our Prayer

Almighty God, remember we plea, the souls of those that have kept the faith, especially

  • those we have loved and see no more,
  • those who have died recently [ remembering especially (add names)], and
  • those whose anniversary of their parting falls at this time [ remembering especially (add those on anniversary list)].

Heavenly Father, grant them peace and eternal rest with you, and when our time comes, may we too be united with Christ in his resurrection 


Lord in your Mercy:  Hear our Prayer

Heavenly Father we rejoice in the call to belong to the Church, to believe in the Gospel, to be united with the successors of your Apostles, and to be true witnesses to your Word and love.

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 2

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, 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.