The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

Join us in prayer and follow today’s readings with our written service for home worship on the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.

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


Opening Prayer

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; 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 Hymn

Hymn 333 – All my hope


The Readings

Amos 6:1a,4-7

1 Timothy 6:6-19

Luke 16: 19-end


The Anthem

Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord – Elgar


Hymn 239 – Lord of all hopefulness


The Intercessions

Everlasting God, we come before you now, seeking your love, your way, your peace; offering our love, our choices, our worship; listening for wisdom, for challenge, for your ways. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Faithful God, you call us to follow you. We pray for those who pay a very high cost for faith, as they face danger or persecution for what they believe. We remember those who cry out for peace in their communities and across the world as they work to end conflict. We also pray for those who speak up against systems of power, as they seek to transform economics and politics for the good of all. We pray particularly for the situation in Ukraine and peace building in the Baltic region. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Everlasting God, we pray for all those in authority: for our rulers and governments, for King Willem Alexander and King Charles III, for the elections taking place in Italy today and for stability in Europe. We also pray for your blessing upon the Archdeaconry Synod for North West Europe which takes place in Gent this coming week. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father God, we pray for your creation. We pray for the victims in the countries affected by climate change where there are floods or drought especially Pakistan, China and Sudan. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Gracious God, we pray for all those who are sick, that you may guide and strengthen them through their illness. We pray also for those who care for the sick, those in the caring professions and for family members who look after loved ones. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer
Merciful God at this time we thank you for the life of Queen Elizabeth II, and pray for her family in their bereavement. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

In the quietness of our hearts we bring before you our personal prayers. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Loving God, as we go out into the world today may we bring your love, light and hope to those we meet.
Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


Closing Hymn

Hymn 186 – Tell out my Soul


Concluding Prayer

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy; and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing

May God in his infinite love and mercy bring the whole Church, living and departed, to a joyful resurrection and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.