August 23rd 2020 11th 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.
FIRST READING Isaiah 51.1–6
Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the LORD.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many. For the LORD will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation, for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples. I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they hope. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be for ever, and my deliverance will never be ended.
R O Lord, your love endures for ever; [do not abandon the works of your hands].
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing your praise. I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name, because of your love and faithfulness; For you have glorified your name and your word above all things. R
When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me. All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, when they have heard the words of your mouth. They will sing of the ways of the Lord, that great is the glory of the Lord. Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; he perceives the haughty from afar. R
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me. The Lord will make good his purpose for me; O Lord, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands. R
SECOND READING Romans 12.1–8
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 16.13-20
Glory to you, O Lord.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Our reflection for this week comes from Bishop Cherry in which she talks about her father’s apprenticeship as a painter and decorator and how this taught her something special about the need for Renewal, Restoration & Redemption. Simply click on the link below to listen.
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.
Our help is in the name of the Lord. (Pause)
Everlasting God, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ, and for revealing him as Messiah and Saviour of the World. We thank you too for the gifts of the Spirit. By their inspiration and help, may we do your will on earth, as it is in heaven. (Short Silence) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Holy God, we pray for your church. This morning, on the eve of the feast of St Bartholomew, we particularly pray for the Armenian Church and all other churches he founded in Ethiopia, Iran, Mesopotamia, and parts of modern-day Turkey. We ask that your Church throughout the world might always provide a solid foundation upon which we can anchor our lives. We especially pray for Christians who pay a heavy price for their faith; those who daily experience hostility from their governments, employers, and neighbours, and as a result of their identification with your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Short Silence) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Father God, help us to be honest in our evaluation of ourselves, measuring ourselves against the faith that you have given us, and in seeking the highest standards in our behaviour and language. May we do things well! Improve us that we be reliable, honest, and truthful, loving to all people regardless of gender, colour, wealth, or ethnicity. Above all, aid us when challenged about our belief in You. (Short Silence) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Creator God, we pray for your will to dictate the thinking of our nation: from climate change to helping refugees and migrants; from dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in our NHS to the concerns of all those involved in Secondary and Tertiary education. From planning for Brexit, to dealing with homelessness and cultural issues: we pray that with your help we can change the way we look at the world, and to make it the way that you want it to be. (Short Silence)
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Gracious God, we pray for the sick, the lonely and distressed. We pray for those recovering from surgery, and those with long-term conditions such as Dementia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or the side-effects of Covid-19. (Pause) We pray for those who suffering the effects of war, the downturn in the economy, and all other traumatic experiences. (Pause) Lord, we pray for healing and wholeness in the lives of all who suffer. Help us by faith to bring life and love, joy, and hope, to all those who live in despair. For a moment, we consider those we know who need your loving arms right now [Praying especially for: (add names of those requesting prayer)] (Short Silence) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Merciful God, we remember the souls of your servants who’ve now departed this life, and for those who are saddened by their passing. (Pause) [We bring before you those who have recently passed from this life (add names of the recently departed) (Pause)] We remember too those we have loved yet see no longer (Pause): and we recall the names of those whose anniversary of their parting falls at this time. (Add name of those on Anniversary list) (Pause) Gentle Jesus, we pray that you touch the bereaved in their loneliness and giving them the faith and hope to look beyond their present troubles. (Short Silence) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Faithful Messiah, instil in us the power of your Holy Spirit that we always stand up to be counted faithful to you, and to declare you as ‘Son of the living God.’ Help us to recognise all the wonderful things in your world for which we should be thankful and send us out into the coming week ready to show our gratitude in all that we do and say.
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 11
O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity: mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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.