Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity – 28th June 2020

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Amen.


Opening prayer

O God, your Spirit draws us into your presence,

and so we come – drawn by love, upheld by grace –

to encounter Jesus, our Saviour.

We know him as our master.

We know him as our friend.

In him we see the Father, whose love sent Jesus to us.

Spirit, Son and Father,

we draw close in faith to offer our praise and worship.

Amen.


Psalm 13

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?


How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?


Look on me and answer, LORD my God.

Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,


and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”

and my foes will rejoice when I fall.


But I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing the LORD’s praise,

for he has been good to me.

Amen.


Our Bible reading is Matthew 10: 40-end (42)

“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Thought for the day by Revd Arif Anees. Please click the link below;

https://youtu.be/4RIMMz1hB1I


Collect

Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts

whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought

to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

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.


Prayers

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Blessed Trinity…

We pray for those on the fringes of society;

for those who feel rejected;

for those who are overlooked;

for those whom others avoid.

May they know they are welcome in your kingdom.

May they know the welcome of your love.


We pray for those who are lonely.

May they know they are welcome in your kingdom.

May they know the welcome of your love.


We pray for those in prison; especially those kept in isolation.

May they know they are welcome in your kingdom.

May they know the welcome of your love.


We pray for children excluded from school; for their families and those with responsibility for their education.

May they know they are welcome in your kingdom.

May they know the welcome of your love.


Loving God, as you welcome us, may we welcome others with warmth and steadfast love.

Amen.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

Amen.


Sending prayer

Go in the name of Jesus,

to follow the way of Jesus,

to love with the love of Jesus,

and to be sustained by the peace of Jesus.

Amen.


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