Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 4th Sunday after Trinity – 05/07/2020

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


Opening prayer

We are here today, Lord, to worship you.

As we bow our heads before you,

we want to be amazed by your wisdom,

bowled over by your love,

and completely lost in you.

Lord, open our hearts to receive you,

in ways beyond whatever we could ever ask

or even think.


Psalm 45: 10-17

Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:

Forget your people and your father’s house.

Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;

honour him, for he is your lord.

The city of Tyre will come with a gift,

people of wealth will seek your favour.

All glorious is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.

In embroidered garments she is led to the king;

her virgin companions follow her—

those brought to be with her.

Led in with joy and gladness,

they enter the palace of the king.

Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princes throughout the land.

I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;

therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.


Our Bible reading is Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 (end)

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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


O God, the protector of all who trust you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



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

We pray for all in authority, that they will be respectfully

conscious of the weight on their shoulders, and that they will act

responsibly for the people they serve. We pray for them in their

personal lives, with the worries and cares that only they see.

Lord God, we lift your children before you.

May they find rest for their souls.

We pray for our friends, family, colleagues. We pray that as we

walk alongside them, you will use us to bring them close to you,

and they will learn of your love.

Lord God, we lift your children before you.

May they find rest for their souls.

We pray that we might be sensitive to the needs of those around

us – the people we see every day, perhaps as fleetingly as at the

shops, or in the bus queue. We have no idea what burdens they

are carrying, or if they need a kind word from you that only we can give.

Lord God, we lift your children before you.

May they find rest for their souls.

We pray that we will see the positive in people, even when it’s

hard, and reach out to encourage them.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ who reigns with you in the unity of Holy Spirit,


Sending prayer

Jesus has called us to come to him

and blessed us with his richness.

Now he sends us out into his world,

to make sure people see him,

and listen to him, through us.

What a responsibility, what a joy, what a privilege.

We are yours, Lord. Use us as you will.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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