Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 9th Sunday after Trinity – 09/08/2020 – Proper 14

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


Opening prayer

Lord, sometimes life following you can be difficult.

We find so many dilemmas and struggle so much,

wishing it could be easier.

We so want to trust you and see your plan for us.

Help us this morning to relax into your presence,

to clearly hear your word and be prepared to act on it.

In Jesus’ name.


Psalm 105: 1-10

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 judgments he pronounced,

you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,

his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

He is the LORD our God;

his judgements 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:


Our Bible reading is Matthew 14: 22-33, Romans 10: 5-15, Psalm 105: 1-10

Jesus Walks on the Water

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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


Almighty God,

who sent your Holy Spirit

to be the life and light of your Church:

open our hearts to the riches of your grace,

that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit

in love and joy and peace;

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.



Lord God, we come before you to pray for all those people

for whom taking risks is a way of life.

Lord, in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for our emergency services – paramedics, the police,

the fire service – all who daily face difficult situations

as they seek to help to protect us and make our world a safer

and more peaceful place.

Lord, in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for people who work in troubled areas

– the armed forces in war zones,

those who bring humanitarian aid

into areas of natural disaster, and many more.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We pray for people who take risks in your name, Lord Jesus

– those who take your word where it is most needed

– and for people who grapple with faith and doubt.

Lord, in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

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)

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

Peter only knew life as a fisherman.

But he got out of the boat and followed you, Lord.

Help us to hear your voice,

get out of our boats and follow you.

In the week ahead,

may the world and its problems decrease

as you increase in our lives.

Keep us focused on your way,

looking ahead and trusting you.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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