The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

In our written service this Fourth Sunday after Trinity we share with you prayers, readings and music. Our featured image today shows our glorious countryside this summer, reflecting the growth and renewal associated with green, the liturgical colour of Trinity.


Opening Prayer

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord 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 Readings for Today

Wisdom 1: 13-15, 2: 24-25
2 Corinthians 8: 7-end
Mark 5: 21-end


The Anthem for Today

Do not be afraid – Philip Stopford


Prayers and Intercessions

Heavenly Father, we come before you once again conscious of the many blessings with which You continue to bless us,
for our faith however weak,
for our knowledge of You however limited,
for our understanding of Your purposes for creation however scant;
and for the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit in us to prompt and guide our thinking at all times;

We pray You to strengthen and build up our faith through Your Holy Spirit and Your Holy Scriptures,
and through the ministrations of Your chosen ministers in Your Church;
Strengthen its ministers in their struggle against the powers of evil and indifference in the world,
and unite it as One Church in its preparation for Your Son’s return in power;
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world, those countries still in the grip of Covid-19,
and those slowly recovering from it, physically, mentally and economically.
Comfort those who have suffered or are suffering directly or indirectly from it,
and guide our scientists and politicians to learn with humility from what they have discovered, and from the errors they have made;

We pray for the many parts of the world now increasingly affected by the results of climate change;
And we pray for the many countries whose peoples are suffering oppression or worse from authoritarian leaderships;
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all sick and suffering, for the bereaved, the depressed, those struggling with their faith;
we pray particularly for those of our own congregation, for those on our Chaplaincy Prayer List;
for those too frail or handicapped to be present with us in Church,
and for those for whom we personally wish to pray …..
Comfort, merciful Father, all in distress, relieve them from their suffering if it be Your will,
and lift them up in Your everlasting arms;
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, and the source of all love,
have compassion on our weaknesses, and grant these our petitions which we ask through the merits of Your son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen


The Hymn for Today

Hymn NEH 294 – Just as I am


Closing Prayers

A Celtic Prayer

Lord, be with us this day,
Within us to purify us;
Above us to draw us up;
Beneath us to sustain us;
Before us to lead us;
Behind us to restrain us;
Around us to protect us.
(Patrick c389-461) 


The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.    In the name of Christ.  Amen.