Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 7th Sunday after Trinity – 26/07/2020 – Proper 12

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


Opening prayer

Lord God, as we gather in your house,

we thank you for your presence, here with us.

Thank you, Lord, that each one of us is unique,

yet we share a common bond in you.

We come together as one body,

but we all learn and experience things in different ways.

We thank you for your amazing word

that gives us so many pictures of your kingdom.

Something for everyone,

something to feed our hearts and minds.

Be with us, Lord,

and bless us richly as we call upon your name.


Psalm 105: 1-11

Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

Look to the LORD and his strength;

seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgements he pronounced,

you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,

his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

He is the LORD our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenant forever,

the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

the covenant he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.

He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

“To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion you will inherit.”


Our Bible reading is Matthew 13: 31-33,44-52

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

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


Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

through Jesus Christ you Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for every.



Lord, you took so much care to describe your kingdom

in ways everyone could understand, including us.

Your kingdom come, O Lord.

Your will be done.

We pray today that you will pass on to us

that gift of making ourselves accessible.

Keep us from being a stumbling block to those who would seek you;

from using language that puzzles;

from actions that confuse;

from anything that keeps us apart from your people around us.

Your kingdom come, O Lord.

Your will be done.

In a moment of silence, we will bring before God people, places and situations that we carry in our hearts…

(Silence is kept for few moments)

Your kingdom come, O Lord.

Your will be done.

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, it’s not up to us to sort the bad from the good,

the wheat from the weeds.

Rather, send us out to love everyone equally,

and to do everything we can to promote your kingdom.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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