The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

We welcome you to join us in worship with today’s prayers, hymns and Bible readings.

 

We open with a prayer for peace

Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

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Opening Hymn NEH 137

Come down, O Love divine

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The Collect

Creator God, you made us all in your image: may we discern you in all that we see, and serve you in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Readings

Genesis 25: 19-end
Romans 8: 1-11
Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
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The Anthem

Blessed be the God and Father – S.S .Wesley

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Hymn NEH 358

Father of Heaven, whose love profound

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The Intercessions

Everlasting God, we join together to pray for the needs of the church, the world, our communities and ourselves, trusting in your steadfast love. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Holy God, we pray for the church; for our bishop Robert, our host bishop Dick and our chaplain Bruce. We ask for your blessing upon their ministries. From the Diocesan Prayer diary on this Sunday, we pray for the Lusitain Church, the Church of Denmark and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia. We also pray for the Diocesan Office in London and those working there. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we pray for those in authority, for the heads of State: King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and King Charles of the United Kingdom. At this time, we pray particularly for the Dutch government, for the politicians who receive threats while trying to do their work in a democracy. Give them courage to continue governing in this present situation. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Creator God, we pray for your world. We thank you for the wonder of your creation and the endless cycle of nature. Forgive us for taking without giving; reaping without sowing. Help us to be better stewards in taking care of your creation. We remember those who are suffering from the effects of climate change: the floods in South Korea, the extremely high temperatures in Europe and America, forest fires in Canada. The shortage of food in Sudan. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Faithful God, we pray for the victims of conflict in the world. We pray for families living in daily fear and families separated from each other. Grant wisdom to the leaders of the world to find peaceful solutions, particularly in the Ukraine. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.
Loving God and Lord of life, we pray for the gift of courage for those coping with illness. Bring strength, comfort and peace of mind. We remember those on our church prayer list especially ……. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Father God, we thank you for the love we share with our families and our friends. Help us to be flexible and adaptable in all of our relationships. In a moment of quietness we bring our personal prayers before you. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Gracious God, give us ears to hear your word and minds to understand the message of love. We thank you that your spirit is with us to lead and guide us in our daily lives. As we look forward to the week to come, we pray for an awareness of your love and support in all we do.
Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
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Closing Hymn NEH 52

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

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Closing Prayers

God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.