Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 5th Sunday after Trinity – 12/07/2020 – Proper 10

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


Opening prayer

Lord, we might not be sitting by a lake today.

However, as the crowds eagerly gathered

to listen to the stories and truths you told them,

we too await your word to us.

With joy in our hearts, and anticipation,

we pray that you will give us listening ears,

and hearts open to receive your love,

your teaching, and your wisdom.

Help our lives to be full to bursting, bearing your fruit.


Psalm 119: 105-112

Your word is a lamp for my feet,

a light on my path.

I have taken an oath and confirmed it,

that I will follow your righteous laws.

I have suffered much;

preserve my life, LORD, according to your word.

Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth,

and teach me your laws.

Though I constantly take my life in my hands,

I will not forget your law.

The wicked have set a snare for me,

but I have not strayed from your precepts.

Your statutes are my heritage forever;

they are the joy of my heart.

My heart is set on keeping your decrees

to the very end.


Our Bible reading is Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

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


Almighty and everlasting God,

by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church

is governed and sanctified:

hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,

that in their vocation and ministry

they may serve you in holiness and truth

to the glory of your name;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Lord God, we pray today for all the people

given the great of spreading your gospel.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church worldwide,

but in particular in the places where people

are still persecuted for their beliefs.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We pray for our ministers,

who prayerfully seek your face, and bring us the words

and understanding we need to become more faithful followers of you.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We pray for writers and poets, as they pore over your word,

and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit

to bring your message to life on the page.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We pray for artists and all craftspeople who draw inspiration

from your word, and speak to us through their creations.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

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

Lord God, the world outside awaits us

with all its troubles and uncertainties

– but also with its opportunities.

Send us out now, in your name,

to look consciously for ways

of seeing you in the world around,

and to act accordingly.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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