The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Welcome to our short written service. This service takes place on the Eighth Sunday after Trinity and includes readings, prayers and music.


Opening Prayer

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies
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 Readings

2 Kings 4: 42-end
Ephesians 3: 14-end
John 6: 1-21

The Anthem

Oculi Omnium – Charles Wood



Lord God, we give you thanks that we may come together in fellowship and communion. We thank you for the privilege of experiencing music once again as part of our wordship liturgy with the joy and comfort that it brings. As we come before you with our intercessions, help us to put aside restless thoughts and let our focus rest upon you and the grace of the gospel of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Grant us assurance of your presence that we may be inspired to live more closely to the example set by his earthly life.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Daily, we are confronted by headlines spelling out the urgent problems facing our planet and humankind. We pray for our Heads of State and their governments that, guided by your eternal wisdom, clear heads and steady hands at the helm of policy may act to tackle the many medical, social and environmental issues that beset us.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Upon reflection on these issues, we thank you for the restorative recreation provided by sport in its many forms. We marvel at the international interaction and cooperation that has made the present Olympic Games possible, even in these pandemic times. Grant that they may serve as an example of how almost every nation on earth, with so many different languages and cultures can come together with a common goal. We pray that in like manner the goals of world peace, the banishing of deprivation, disease, and hunger may also be so addressed and eventually be achieved.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

The roving interest of the media may have passed on, but Lord we lift up for your mercy and compassion all who have been affected by the recent disastrous floods in Western Europe, China, and now in India. Give to rescue and support authorities the ability to bring comfort, hope and regeneration, to those who have lost family, friends, home and income in their darkest of times.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for the role of Anglicanism within your universal church. Inspire the activation of the directions outlined in the recent Synod to be more relevant to the needs of our contemporary society. Guide and bless our bishops and our own visiting clergy. We thank you for their pastoral care and their continuing support – and we ask that you will prosper the active preparations for the appointment of our new Chaplain.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Gracious Heavenly Father look favourably upon the work of our Diocesan Office in London and at this time especially the care and protection policies for children and vulnerable adults administered by the Safeguarding Team. Also, in our daily cycle we pray to you for the Spanish Episcopal Reformed Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray again to you, Lord, for relief from the pandemic and for healing of our families and friends who are afflicted by trauma, illness or other distress. Through the skills of medical professionals and family care, in our supplications we beg for restoration of health in mind, body, and spirit. Today we especially bring before you the needs of Mary, and Marga…….
Father, we also commend to you the souls of the faithful departed remembering again Andrew’s mother, Judy. Grant to her eternal rest and safekeeping, and to her family the comfort and the assurance that she will forever abide in the light of your presence.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

And now, let us silently look into our hearts and lay before God our most urgent concerns for others as well as for ourselves.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ


The Hymn

Hymn 296 – Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour


Closing Prayers

The embrace of the Father
Be the comfort you desire.
The name of the Son
Be the one on whom you rely.
The presence of the Spirit
Be with you every hour.
The Three in One
Be the focus of all you are.  Amen.


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.