The Ninth 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.

Psalm 27.10


All are welcome to use this written service for home worship this Ninth Sunday after Trinity.

This written service includes the readings for today, prayers and intercessions, a hymn 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

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace;
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.

The Readings

Jeremiah 23: 23-29

Hebrews 11: 29-12.2

Luke 12: 49-56

The Anthem

Beati quorum via – Charles V. Stanford


The Intercessions

Gracious God, your Son encouraged us to be generous givers: may we so rejoice in your love that we give without counting the cost and work tirelessly to spread the Gospel message in all that we do and say. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Holy God, as you revealed yourself to your people through the prophets in ancient days; reveal yourself to our church in this present age. Raise up new prophets and make us into a faithful people ready to believe your promises and follow you wherever you will lead us. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God, we pray today for the peace of our nations. May all places that suffer violence, injustice, war and terrorism find peace and reconciliation. We pray for the peoples of the world and that the leaders of the nations may uphold what is right and good. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God, as we remember the older people in our churches, we give you thanks for them and all that they do in our church fellowship and in our communities. Send your Holy Spirit to inspire them to use and share their life experiences with wisdom, humility and gladness. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God, we pray for all those who have lost their way or have been led astray and for all who are living below their potential or their abilities. We raise before you all whose lives are unfulfilled and all those whose lives are restricted by illness; we remember the chronically ill, those in constant pain, the depressed and the despairing. We especially pray for those on our Chaplaincy Prayer List. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Almighty God, we remember before You those who have died and those who are bereaved by their passing. We give back to you, Lord, those whom you gave to us. Your son taught us that life is eternal and that love cannot die. So death is only a horizon, and a horizon is only the limit of our sight. Open the eyes of our hearts to draw us closer to you. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, as we go from today’s worship help us to see each individual we meet as uniquely made in Your image and worthy of our love and respect. Show Your love through our lives in some small way today and every day.
Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Hymn for today

NEH 391 – King of Glory, King of Peace

Closing Prayers

The commandment of the Lord is pure
and gives light to the eyes.
Christ, the sun of righteousness,
rise in our hearts this day,
enfold us in the brightness of your love
and bear us at the last to heaven’s horizon;
for your love’s sake. Amen.

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.