This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

August 16th – Trinity 10

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 Isaiah 56.1, 6

Thus, says the LORD:

Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Thus, says the Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

PSALM 67

R Let the peoples praise you, O God. let all the peoples praise you.

May God be merciful to us and bless us, show us the light of his countenance and come to us. Let your ways be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations. R

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations upon earth. R

The earth has brought forth her increase. may God, our own God, give us his blessing. May God give us his blessing, and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him. R

SECOND READING Romans 11.1–2a, 29–32

I ask, then, has God rejected his people?

By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.

God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy.

For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 15. 21-28

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Yesterday the church celebrated the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Assumption of Mary as it is also known.  

We don’t know very much about Mary or her background, but we do know that she was a young girl, possibly about 14 when she was visited by an angel and asked if she was to become part of the story of salvation by giving birth to Jesus. That moment changed Mary’s life forever as she said ‘YES’ to God. Mary agrees to give birth to a son, who she is to call Jesus, which literally means ‘’the Lord saves”. Mary is told that in Jesus God’s promises to her ancestors will be fulfilled and the child she would give birth to is to be the saviour of the world.  

Mary signals that she is prepared to go along with God’s plan for her life, she says YES to God. She could have had no idea what this might mean or what lies ahead but she agrees to be part of God’s great plan, she simply takes God at his word and accepts his grace and love freely offered. Mary demonstrates for us what it means to respond and be obedient to God. God speaks and Mary is prepared to both listen and to respond to God’s call on her life. She is perplexed, uncertain, anxious and so it’s no surprise she cries out ‘How can this be’.  

Perhaps we’ve asked ourselves that same question – how can it be? There are times in life when we may have felt overwhelmed, scared, confused, struggling with questions, uncertain of what’s going to happen next. Maybe we find ourselves feeling a bit like that today as we look at the situation our world finds itself in. Perhaps Mary’s example might be of help to us. Mary reminds us that faith doesn’t always come through absolute certainty, by having every question answered or every difficulty removed from our lives. Instead Mary demonstrates for us that sometimes we need to have faith and put our trust in God; to be reminded that faith comes as a gift of God in response to our surrender to him. Freely but sometimes fearfully we to have to say YES to God for ourselves. ‘Let it be to me according to your word’ said Mary. Perhaps we need to make those words our own.   

Mary lived her life as one of faithful witness to Christ, even though it would bring many difficulties and much heartbreak. She’s an example to us of holiness, obedience and faith. Perhaps the question we might all ask of ourselves on this day when we remember the life and witness of Mary is how or where in our lives do, we need to say YES to God. How can we allow Him to transform our lives and then how can we be obedient in allowing him to use us to transform the world around us?  

Jeremy

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


Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. (Long pause)

Merciful God, as you sent your Son to help your lost sheep. May your ways be known upon earth; your saving health among all nations. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

O blessed virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose feast day the Church celebrated yesterday, and in whose name our three churches are dedicated; we pray that we, like you, may in all things accept the will of the Father, and rejoice in His salvation. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Faithful Lord, in this exam results season we pray for all who work or learn in schools and colleges, particularly those in our Benefice area. (Pause) At this stressful time in the lives of young people, we pray that they might know you. May they be guided by your holy Word which says: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Compassionate Father help us to look with pity on all who suffer. At this time, Lord, we pray from all refugees and migrants. We pray that your mercy falls on those persecuted for their faith; those facing corrupt and immoral governments, and those let down by the political classes. (Pause) May all who suffer have the faith of the Gentile Woman as described in today’s Gospel. (Pause) Furthermore, may we be bold in exercising the compassion and sensitivity of Jesus, opening our hearts and minds to all who suffer. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Gracious God, as Covid-19 continues to be a dark cloud in our lives, we pray for all scientists currently working to find a vaccine that will protect us from this virus. Keep them safe from all danger. (Pause)

We pray too, O Lord, for all those who’ve been deeply affected by this virus. We pray for all those who have suffered this illness and are now blighted by long-term conditions that affect their physical and mental functions. We pray too for those for whom the pandemic has resulted in loneliness, loss of friends or family, or the break-down of family life. Protect us Lord from all that may afflict us and keep us safe. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Loving God, Covid-19 aside, we pray from all who suffer. Those facing loss of earnings, those deeply in debt, those with addictions. We pray for those we know who are recovering from medical procedures or accidents, those with terminal conditions, and all those who are sick at this time. Of those we know, we especially pray for (add names of those requesting prayer). Lord, for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit: bring them peace in their pain, strength in their weakness, and comfort in their sadness. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Merciful God, we commend into your hands those who have recently departed this life [remembering especially (add name(s) of recently departed)]. (Pause) We remember too, all those whose anniversary of their parting falls at this time (add names of those on the Anniversary list)

Lord, to all who have passed from this life, you gave breath and loved them through their passage of life.  Receive them now at the end of that journey and as they enter your eternal presence: and may they rest in everlasting peace. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Gracious God, as we go out into the world, we pray that we may always reflect your 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 10

Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; 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.