The Sixth Sunday in Trinity

You are warmly welcomed to worship with us today, this Sixth Sunday of Trinity, either in church or here with our written service. Today’s service offers prayers, readings and music. The featured image today comes from an almost hidden window at the back of the church. The window features four small 4 leafed stained class windows by Willem Bogtman’s, dated 1938. Today you can see the first leaf – the other three will follow over the next three weeks.

Opening Prayer

Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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 Readings

Amos 7: 7-15
Ephesians 1: 3-14
Mark 6: 14-29


The anthem for today

Give us the wings of faith – Ernest Bullock



Prayers and Intercessions

Everlasting God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, hear our prayers which we offer in his name and by the power of your Holy Spirit working among us that we might share your love and the Gospel of Salvation with those around us. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Holy God we pray for your Church, for Archbishops Justin and Stephen, our Bishops Robert and David, our host Bishop Dirk and our Archdeacon Sam. We pray that they will be strengthened and protected by the Holy Spirit in all they do and say. We pray for the work of The General Synod of the Church of England having a “physical” meeting in Church House, Westminster this weekend. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God we pray for the leaders of the world carrying responsibilities for the lives of their people especially the governments and the Royal Families of the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. We pray for all still affected by the Coronavirus and for a new determination to end the Pandemic which brings with it so much fear, heartache and suffering. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God, we pray for all those suffering in the world: the homeless, the refugees, the millions who are hungry due to wars or famine. We pray for the international aid organisations working to bring relief. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God we pray for healing in body, mind and spirit for all who are in need. We pray that in lives darkened by any kind of pain, distress or grief the light of Christ will bring comfort, hope and a sense of your all-encompassing love.
In a moment of quietness we pray for those on our own hearts.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

And so Heavenly Father we thank you for the opportunity of being together in prayer. As we look forward to the week to come, we pray for an awareness of your love and support in all we do.
Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Hymn for today

NEH 103: Alleluia, alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise


Closing Prayers

Our care for God’s world
As Christians we believe that we are not only a part of God’s Creation, but have a responsibility of stewardship over this world upon which we live. Governments and others might disagree but science and experience tells us that this world is being damaged through our neglect and selfishness. 

Creator God, who placed this planet
and all its resources into our care,
encourage those who now remind us
of our responsibilities, both to you
and future generations, to do all
that is necessary, whatever the cost,
to save this world that we call home,
so our children and theirs might not
look back, both in shame and anger,
at what we, in denial, have failed to do. Amen.

John Birch,

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.