The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Welcome to our written service for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity.
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 WelbyArchbishop Stephen Cottrell 

Opening Prayer

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.

Opening Hymn

Hymn 374 – How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

The Readings

Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Colossians 1: 1-14

Luke 10: 25-37

The Anthem

The Intercessions

At the start of another week, we offer our lives to you; give us strength to carry out our work and duties faithfully; deepen our trust in you, and help us to build your kingdom, today and always.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for our Chaplaincy, and all the churches in our local community, and ask that there will be a growing desire to get together and get out. We give you thanks for those who come up with fresh ways of making your name known to the wider community and for those who work so hard to make fellowship and fund-raising events so pleasurable and financially successful.

At this time we especially pray for Father Bruce and Lauretta as they start their new life among us.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for our troubled world. Give wisdom to all world leaders to seek some way out of the sufferings of the Middle East. May they strive to seek for a deep and lasting peace which reconciles Moslem and Jew and Christian, peoples who share so much of the background to their faith.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

We thank you for the communities of which we are part and ask you to guide us to be more aware of our neighbours’ needs and ways in which we might help.
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for those who are ill at home or in hospital, for those who are experiencing extreme pain and for those anxiously awaiting a diagnosis, treatment, procedure or an operation. We especially pray for ……………..
(add names of those requesting prayer)
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Your Son Jesus Christ is the light of the World, a light which no darkness can diminish. We remember before You those who have died and pray that they are now experiencing that light of Christ which eternally shines and which will also bring hope and comfort to the bereaved.
(add names of the recently departed or on Anniversary list)
(Short Silence)

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Almighty God, receive these prayers, and transform us through them, that as we go from our worship today we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do on Your behalf in the coming week.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Closing Hymn

Closing Prayers

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. Amen.

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