The Fifth Sunday in Trinity

Thank you for reading our written service this Fifth Sunday in Trinity. This service offers prayers, readings and links to music selected especially for today.


Opening Prayers

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.



Ezekiel 2: 1-5
2 Corinthians 12: 2-10
Mark 6: 1-13

The Anthem for Today

The Call – Richard Lloyd



Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the holy Spirit.

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.
Heavenly Father, as we pray to you today may we believe in our hearts that for you all things are possible. Help us to have faith in your power to bring the freshness of new beginnings and new life into the stale atmosphere of oppression and despair, and the warmth of love and reconciliation into the frozen cold of anger and hatred.

May the transforming power of your Spirit work among us and through us today.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Lord of the Church, we pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the world who acknowledge your presence and power in their lives. We pray for those who are victimised because of their faith in you. We pray that you will give us strength to be true to our faith when it is questioned or belittled.

We pray for our own church and our community, and for a renewal of our vision and dedication to the work you have called us to do.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Lord of all nations, we pray for the needs of this world.

We pray for those nations where communities are broken by prejudice and hatred, where the fear of violence is never far away. We pray that where human endeavours to find peace and reconciliation seem so inadequate your power to draw people together will bring renewed hope for the future.

Throughout the world-wide community of nations may there be a sense of responsibility for each other and a desire for equality and justice for all your children.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of compassion, we pray for all those who are suffering with anxiety, stress, grief or pain and illness.

In a moment of quiet our hearts reach out to you in prayer for the needs of those whom we love.

Grant us strength in our weakness, comfort in our sorry, peace of mind in our anxiety and stress, and the renewed hope for life which only your presence and power can bring.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Lord of time and of eternity, we pray for those who have died and are now with you in your kingdom ….

We thank you for the communion we share with all those who have gone before us and pray that our lives may reflect on earth the light that surrounds them in your eternal kingdom.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Lord, be present among us this day, may the transforming power of your Spirit work in us and through us today and the coming week.

Merciful Father
accept these prayers
For the sake of your son,
our saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


The Hymn for Today

NEH 368 – Guide me, O thou great Redeemer


A Prayer from John Birch

God of Grace
In whom I put my trust
Be my rescuer when sins ensnare
The liberator of my soul
The still small voice that says
‘Be free’

God of Love
In whom I put my trust
Be my joy and comfort at all times
The source of all my thoughts and words
The still small voice that says

God of Peace
In whom I put my trust
Be my tranquillity in times of turmoil
The steadying hand in raging seas
The still small voice that says
‘Be calm’

God of Power
In whom I put my trust
Be my confidence when faith is challenged
The sword and armour that protects
The still small voice that says
‘Be strong!’



Closing Prayers

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. 



John Birch,