This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

June 14th 2020  

The first 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 Exodus 19.2–8a

The Israelites had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession

out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.’ So, Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. The people all answered as one: ‘Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do.’

PSALM 100

R We are the people and the sheep of his pasture.

Be joyful in the Lord, all you land; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. R

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. give thanks to him and call upon his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age. R

SECOND READING Romans 5.1–8

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 9.35-10.8 (9-23 )

Glory to you, O Lord.

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection. 

This week’s reflection has been written by Revd. Chris Blackshaw of the Ayr Farming Support.

Stillness in the storm

Bible Reading: Psalm 29                          

Honour the Lord, you heavenly beings;
Honour the Lord for his glory and strength.
Honour the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.                                                   The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;
the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
with bolts of lightning.
The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, ‘Glory!’
  The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.
The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.        

How do we feel when we find ourselves in the midst of a storm, when the thunder is roaring above us and when the lightning is flashing across the sky? During the past 10 weeks of lockdown we have had time to stop, think and to consider the way we live. Some people have discovered a new joy in gardening, cooking or just being quiet and enjoying nature. Others have struggled with the solitude and isolation, which has challenged them and their mental health. Amidst all the terrors of the storm the mind of David the psalmist was still and calm and it led him to tell of the power and greatness of God. We do not need to dread the ferocity of the elements when we know that they are under the absolute control of God who is infinite in goodness, truth, mercy, and love. I have a farm and so I am constantly reminded of the joys of nature and the wonders of new life. For farmers life has pretty much carried on as normal because farming is an isolated occupation. On my farm we have recently seen new life in chicks, ducklings, pigs and calves. All the birth reminds us that God is at the very centre of creation and is all powerful, all seeing and ever present. This terrible illness that we are experiencing has actually enabled us to find new opportunities and ways of doing and being church; it has created a new community spirit that has been lacking in recent years and it has shown us new ways of praising and worshipping God, whilst enabling people to see that God can be praised and worshipped anywhere. This psalm is a psalm of praise, a psalm or acknowledgement of God’s greatness and power. The images of cedars shattering and calves skipping and oxen leaping convey thoughts of wonder and joy. It is the joy I see every year when I turn my cattle out of the shed onto the spring grass they run, skip and go crazy for a while. This is how I see God in this psalm and yet the scary images of wildernesses shaking and oaks and forests being striped, remind us of the power of God. If these fearful elements rage without any control and the lightning sounds at will then we might well tremble. But faith keeps our mind from being afraid and lifts our soul in adoration to God. It inspires our confidence in the one who has power to control these frightening elements. So in God we put our trust. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 we read, ‘We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed’. So take heart: God is with us and we will come through.

Prayer

God of power and might, creator and sustainer of life, your glory and majesty overflows in abundance and creation speaks of your beauty. We honour you with our prayers of adoration giving you the respect you deserve. You alone are holy and deserve all of our thanks and praise. Help us to see you in all things both good and when times challenge us. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Response

Take time to be still, to look, to hear and to see God in creation. Think of new ways of being church to your neighbours. New ways of reaching out by picking up the phone and saying hello are you alright do you need help, are you coping. As farming minister for the Church of Scotland I have been doing this for the past 3 months and I have been uplifted by the many words of thanks from people I have contacted and the messages I have received back. Just saying hello makes a difference so why not pick up the phone and make a difference too.

Revd. Chris Blackshaw, Ayr Farming Support

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


Almighty God, we ask you for the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we might grow in faith. Help us to see Lord, that we might gain the strength, courage and character to overcome our disappointments and fight for your Church, and be true workers for you. (Short Silence)

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Creator God, you made us man and woman, you gave us our features and characteristics – white, black and colours in between.

Lord God, we are part of the tensions and injustices of this world. Heal, we pray, the resentment between people, and intervene in the world’s conflicts, that all the world may be one. Help us to walk humbly with you at our side, and when we come to the crossroads and have to choose which way to go, lead us down the path of justice and righteousness, whilst steering us away from the road that leads to selfishness, conflict and sin. (Short Silence)

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Father God, help us to be gentle with others. Give us, we pray, the calm that makes for consideration, and respect for others. Help us to be courteous and considerate. Take from us all hatred and bias. Let us be to others as we would wish them to be to us. When we fail, forgive us: and when they fail, protect us. (Short Silence)

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer Lord,

Make us instruments of Your peace; so where hatred exists let us show love, Wherever we cause hate, hurt and injury, may we be pardoned; Where there is doubt, help us to reveal our faith; Where there is despair, may we demonstrate hope; Where there is darkness, may we shed light; and where there is sadness, may we find joy. Lord, grant that we learn the beauty of the giving of ourselves. Help us each day to demonstrate empathy, understanding and love. May we forgive, just as we seek forgiveness of ourselves. (Short Silence)

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Caring God, help us when we run into problems and trials. Enable us to understand how life’s ordeals will strengthen our hope of salvation, and bring us closer to you. At this time when the threat of contracting Covid-19 appears to be dropping, we pray for all those whose lives have been affected by either the virus, or as a result of the measures our Governments have put in place. Father of compassion, look with mercy on all who are in trouble, need, sickness, bereavement or any other difficulty, [and we pray especially at this time for……………… (add names of those requesting prayer)] (Short Silence)

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Holy God, your love reaches beyond the grave. At the end of our days on earth be with us and with those we have loved and see no more. Lord, we pray for those who have recently passed from this life, and we pray that they rest peacefully with you, in your eternal kingdom. [We pray especially for……………… (add names of the recently departed or on Anniversary list)] (Short Silence)

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Gracious God, we thank you for hearing our prayers, and as we rejoice in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and all we know to your unfailing love. (Short Silence)

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

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

The Collect for Trinity One

God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can-do no-good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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.