Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 6th Sunday after Trinity – 19/07/2020 – Proper 11

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

Amen.


Opening prayer

Lord, we gather and we pause

to think about your world:

such a beautiful place.

We want everything to be perfect,

but we accept it is far from that.

So, bring us together to learn from you

how to be your presence in the world,

how to create a right environment

and be fruitful for you in all we do.

Keep us always watchful and prayerful.

Amen.


Psalm 139: 1-11

You have searched me, LORD,

and you know me.


You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.


You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.


Before a word is on my tongue

you, LORD, know it completely.


You hem me in behind and before,

and you lay your hand upon me.


Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.


Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?


If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.


If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,


even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.


If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

and the light become night around me,”

Amen.


Our Bible reading is Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

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

https://youtu.be/jD_xcwRhtPc


Collect

merciful God,

you have prepared for those who love you

such good things as pass our understanding:

pour into our hearts such love toward you

that we, loving you in all things and above all things,

may obtain your promises

which exceed all that we can desire;

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

Lord God, we pray for our world and its people.

So many different cultures, colours, languages

– but we are all your children, all special in our own right.

Whatever our gender, race, colour or creed, we all belong to you.

We all need your love.


We pray that we might learn to live in harmony with each other,

to recognise that even someone halfway around the world is still

our neighbour in your sight. Far or near, we all belong to you.

We all need your love.


With today’s technology we have access to news from afar,

almost before it happens. Help us not to become unconcerned about

the situations we see, but to pray and care faithfully for all concerned.

In war or peace, we all belong to you.

We all need your love.


We pray for those near and dear to us: protect them, wrap them

in your loving arms, and in sorrow and in joy, be with them.

Near or far, we all belong to you.

We all need your love.


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,

Amen.


Sending prayer

Lord, thank you that we have been able

to spend time with you today.

We have felt ourselves grow stronger

as we have been blessed with your presence.

Send us out to spread your love,

in your precious name.

Amen.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

Amen.


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