The Third Sunday after Trinity – Thomas the Apostle
Welcome to our written service for the Third Sunday after Trinity.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
All are very welcome to use this written service for home worship. Here you can find the readings for today, prayers and intercessions, a sung psalm, hymns and an anthem. Should you wish to listen to our sermons, you can find recent sermons here.
Let us start by remembering Ukraine with this prayer:
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen
Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
O Lord, from whom all good things come:
grant to us your humble servants,
that by your holy inspiration
we may think those things that are good,
and by your merciful guiding may perform the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Everlasting God, we make our prayers now for all people, everywhere, both close to us and far away. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer
Holy God, we pray (from the Diocesan Prayer Diary on this day) for our Bishops Robert and David, as they lead and pastor the diocese and for those working in the Bishop’s office in Brussels. We bring before you our Archdeacon Sam, the Area Dean Ruan and our Chaplain Bruce. We pray that they will be strengthened and protected by the Holy Spirit in all they do and say. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer
Creator God, we thank you for people who have risked and sacrificed much to provide us with all the benefits and comforts of our modern life. Help us to encourage our young people to follow their examples and to build on their legacies so that future generations may enjoy continued progress but with constant thought for our responsibility and stewardship for your creation. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer
Father God, we thank you for our families and friends and for the communities both church and secular that we belong to. We ask that you help us with our relationships, help us make our strong relationships to be even stronger, our broken relationships to be healed and our new ones to continue growing. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer
Gracious God, we pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit and for those who care for them. We pray for the sick; for those who mourn; for those without faith, hope or love. We especially pray for those on the prayer list. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer
Mighty God, your love reaches beyond the grave. At the end of our days on earth be with us and with those we love and with those whom we love and have gone before us. We pray for those who have recently died and those bereaved by their passing. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer
Almighty God, we pray for ourselves. As we start the week ahead, we ask that in all we do, we may walk more closely with you at our side, safe in the knowledge that your fatherly love and care knows no bound.
Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
The Closing Hymn
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
from St Patrick’s Breastplate
May God who made both heaven and earth bless us.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.