The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Welcome to our written service this Twelfth Sunday after Trinity. This service offers today’s readings, prayers and music to enhance your home worship.


Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of 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

Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18
Ephesians 6: 10-20
John 6: 55-69

The Anthem

Anthem: Verily, verily I say unto you – Thomas Tallis


The Intercessions

Gracious Heavenly Father we come before you once more with thanksgiving for your many gifts and blessings. We give thanks for the warmth and brightness of summer with its opportunities for relaxation and recreation, and for reunions with family and friends. Yet, for all its delights this season does not remove the suffering and tribulations experienced in the world and so we bring our intercessions before you, trusting in the power of your Spirit to inspire us in what we ask, and to guide us in our lives in what we say and do.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

News and social media confront us daily with a changing spectrum of competing trends and values. Many are far removed from our understanding of right, equity, peace and justice. Help us to take to heart today’s scripture readings, and especially in the words of the writer of the Letter to the Ephesians to ‘put on the whole Armour of God’. Help us to live more fully, anchored in the values and trust of the Gospel message of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, when clouds of despair loom darkly over never-ending conflict and violence keep the light of hope for peace alive within us. With many others we pray for world peace. Grant that change of heart may focus humanity’s energies and resources to better relieve hunger, disease and poverty.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for our Heads of State, Willem Alexander and Elizabeth, and for those with a hand on the helm of government. Grant them vision and purpose to chart effective pathways through the unknown waters of a post-pandemic world.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

In a year with so many natural disasters; flood, tempest, fire, earthquake, and famine, we pray to you for the many thousands of victims whose lives have been disrupted and livelihoods destroyed. Grant to us determination to alleviate the suffering and to help rebuild and restore. Keep us mindful of the role human activity may contribute to many such natural events and help us to commit to better stewardship of our planet.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We lift up before you the work of our Bishops, and today, our Diocesan Chancellor, Registrar, and Communicatons Director. We thank you for their roles in supporting us in our chaplaincy. Help us as we prepare for the arrival of our designated new Chaplain and his successful transition into our local environment, life and worship.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, we commend to you the work and fellowship of the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht and their Archbishop Bernd. We give you thanks for the relationships that we enjoy with their local congregation and ministers, and especially for the support and care shown to us by Father Robert. Today we also seek your blessing on the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, bless the work of practitioners of healthcare and welfare.
We pray again to you, Lord, for healing in our families and friends who are afflicted by trauma, illness or other distress. We beg you to restore health in mind, body, and spirit. Today we especially bring before you the needs of Mary, Marga, Renger, and Christine……
Father, we also entrust to your keeping the souls of the faithful departed.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

In stillness, let us quietly reflect, bringing before God our most urgent issues in prayer for others and for ourselves.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ

The Hymn

Hymn: NEH 146 – Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty

Closing Prayers

You have clothed this world in beauty,
from morning mist dissolving into summer day
to the splendid isolation of a mountain peak;
from flowers of the field in all their radiant hues
to butterfly emerging from chrysalis, all speak
of the artist’s vision and creativity,
the loving brushstrokes with which you paint.
And if you should take such care with these,
then who are we to doubt the value that you place
on those whose hearts contain the maker’s mark?
We shall not worry what tomorrow brings,
for even in sorrow you bring us joy
and instead shall praise you for all good things! Amen. 

Take a moment or two in silence, in the presence of God. Bring to him those things which you are not proud of. Ask humbly for his forgiveness, and know that you have received it. 

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.


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