The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

We worship together this Twentieth Sunday after Trinity with prayers, readings and music.

Opening Prayer

Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,
to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that they may be cleansed from all their sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
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. 


Opening Prayers

Hymn 354: Eternal Father


The Readings

Isaiah 53: 4-end
Hebrews 5: 1-10
Mark 10: 35-45


The Anthem

O Lord, increase our faith – Henry Loosemore


The Intercessions

Lord God, we give you thanks that we can come before you, separated for a few moments from the cares and distractions of our daily lives. Help us in appropriate words to express our appreciation for your many blessings and to bring before you concerns for the world, for our communities and for ourselves.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Gracious Father, much of the core of our faith is contained within texts like those from the suffering servant poems which were read today, further interpreted in New Testament teaching. Help us to reflect upon our own attitudes to such messages and their influence on how we act in the world around us. Grant that humanity’s resolve to serve others, freely unleashed in times of emergency, may permeate broader areas of human relationships, promoting peace in a world full of contradictions and focusing resources on the relief of need.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, respect is closely intertwined with service. Grant to our Heads of State and their governments true respect for those whom they have been appointed to serve. Stimulate a willingness to deal equally with the needs and concerns of all their constituencies rather than only those supporting particular philosophies or factions. We also beseech you to grant our leaders the skills to understand and solve the complex social and political problems they encounter in their duties of office.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Gracious Lord, we turn again to the scriptural words “When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained, what is man that thou art mindful of him…” Generate within us a true wonder at creation of which as humankind we are but a small part. Awed by its intricacy and by our own dependence on the natural world, help us to be better stewards of our planet. May its resources and beauty be so conserved and sustained that they remain fully available for future generations.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for your blessing on the work and welfare of our fellow Christians. At this time, we ask on behalf of the Lusitanian Orthodox Church and its bishop, The Church of Denmark, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia. Within our own Diocese, we thank you for the services of our Diocesan Office, the Diocesan Secretary, the Operations Function, Finance Services, and Office Manager. Help us to be more aware of their roles in supporting us and the other chaplaincies across the vast geographical spread of our diocese.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, you have charted our pathway through the present interregnum, providing sincerely appreciated liturgical and pastoral support from our visiting priests. Guide us we pray as we wrestle through the administrative hurdles we encounter in our progress towards the appointment and installation of our new chaplain.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Gracious God, look upon the sick and infirm in our community, and amongst their families and friends, remembering today……………. Grant them healing, pain relief, and reassurance. Help us to access the comfort and hope that come from a living faith and a closer walk with you through your son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We commend to your eternal keeping the spirit of Renger and other souls recently departed from our earthly midst.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

At the conclusion of this brief period of intercession, Lord, we bring before you personal prayers of gratitude, as well as those deeply intimate issues and requests that lie closest to our hearts.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ



Final Hymn

Hymn 358: Father of heaven


Closing Prayers

May God the Father bless us;
may Christ take care of us;
the Holy Ghost enlighten us all the days of our life.
The Lord be our defender and keeper of body and soul,
both now and for ever, to the ages of ages.
(Æthelwold c 908-984)


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