This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

August 2nd  8th 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      Genesis 32. 22-31

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’ So, he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ Then the man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’ Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him. So, Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’ The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

PSALM 17.1-7, [15]

R Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right. R

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress. As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped. R

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O saviour of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. R

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness. R

SECOND READING Romans 9. 1-5

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

GOSPEL Matthew 14. 13-21

Glory to you, O Lord.

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 Reflection. From Rev Samuel Patterson

As we continue to live through the pandemic there are all sorts of theories floating around about what a Christian response should be, should it be to declare that this is God’s judgement or that we live in the days described in Revelation? Should it be to stay isolated for fear of catching the virus or spreading it to others? Should it be to boldly declare that God will look after us and refuse to comply with regulations? In our own nation and across the world I’ve seen these and other responses coming from Christians. Well thankfully this isn’t a unique situation in the history of the church. Christians have been facing mass diseases and plagues for almost as long as we’ve existed, so we don’t have to make this up as we go along. It’s been really interesting to read about how the church reacted in the past and what we can take from their response. One of these periods was during the black death when Martin Luther, a key figure from the Reformation, wrote these words: “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and so risk infecting others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me, and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbour needs me however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.” Martin Luther gives us a middle ground between our impulse to hide away and our stubbornness to continue as normal. As Christians we are not people of fear, we are called to an eternal hope, our lives are already hidden with Christ in God so we need not fear the virus. But at the same time we are not to be foolish, endangering the lives of others, we should observe the precautions, as Martin Luther did in his day, put in place for our safety and the safety of others. It can be hard not to be fearful though, especially when all of the messaging surrounding the virus seems so worrying. St Paul writes in Philippians 4: 4-7 about not allowing ourselves to be anxious about anything, instead he says, we should offer all those things to God in prayer, to talk to Him about our worries and to ask for what we need. If you’re anxious or fearful, talk to God about it, openly and honestly, and as you do, ask God for that peace which is beyond all understanding. Paul assures us that he will give us that peace, and that instead of being people of fear we will be people of rejoicing. As things begin to return to some semblance or normality an as we start to return to our church buildings may we be a people driven not by fear but hope and trust, not by foolishness but by care and love. And may we never lose sight of the one who holds all things in his hands, who knows our name and will never let us go.

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


Everlasting God, as we draw together in prayer, hear our plea for justice and our cry for help. Bend down and listen we pray. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Creator God, may your Word encourage the people of the world to live their lives in goodness, honesty and compassion. Lord Jesus, help us to understand the wisdom of your teaching, the privilege of worshipping you, and the promise of eternal life.  (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending us Daniel Frett to be our new Spiritual guide. May he and his family find welcome in our Benefice, and may he find joy as he brings us closer to you. By your Spirit working within us, grant us to grow strong in Christ so that our lives of devotion and service may reveal to all we meet, the power of your love.  (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Father God, with Covid-19 affecting the world, we pray for all those who are stressed by their current circumstances. Just as your Son sought solitude, we pray for all those who are about to depart, or those currently on holiday. Those seeking rest. Lord, it was You who reminded your own disciples that they needed to have times of refreshment, and to get away from the stresses and strains of the day.  May all who take a vacation find joy in this period. May your Holy Spirit protect them from all difficulties and dangers. May they rest in You, and return refreshed in body, soul and spirit. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercyHear our prayer

Loving God, we pray for all who suffer mental or emotional anguish, and those in despair.  We pray for all who have recently lost loved ones. We pray too for those facing another day of pain, another day of hunger, another day of fear. [Among those known to us, we pray especially for (add names of those requesting prayer)]   (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercyHear our prayer

Merciful God, gather into your eternal kingdom all who have come to the end of this earthly life and rejoice to see you as you really are. We remember all whom we love but can no longer see. (Pause) We recall those whose anniversary of their departing falls at this time (add names on the Anniversary list).  We bring before you merciful Father, the souls of those who’ve recently departed this life [remembering especially (add names of the recently departed)] May the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace and rise in glory .

Lord in your mercyHear our prayer

Living God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – you are the Resurrection and the Life, and we are your Easter people!

Holy and eternal 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 8

Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern us in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 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.