Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 13th Sunday after Trinity – 06/09/2020 – Proper 18

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


Opening prayer

O Lord our God,

we sometimes tremble as we think of who we are and who you are.

Bring us now, in this moment, to know you.

See us as we are, and see our yearning to be more like you.

May we lay aside anything that hinders our journey with you,

and with our friends and neighbours.

In Jesus’ name.


Psalm 149

Praise the LORD.

Sing to the LORD a new song,

his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;

let the people of Zion be glad in their King.

Let them praise his name with dancing

and make music to him with timbrel and harp.

For the LORD takes delight in his people;

he crowns the humble with victory.

Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour

and sing for joy on their beds.

May the praise of God be in their mouths

and a double-edged sword in their hands,

to inflict vengeance on the nations

and punishment on the peoples,

to bind their kings with fetters,

their nobles with shackles of iron,

to carry out the sentence written against them—

this is the glory of all his faithful people.

Praise the LORD.


Our Bible reading is Matthew 18: 15-20

Dealing With Sin in the Church

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

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


Almighty God,

who called your Church to bear witness

that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:

help us to proclaim the good news of your love,

that all who hear it may be drawn to you;

through him who was lifted up on the cross,

and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Prayers of intercession

Eternal, ever-living God,

we pray for those who this day need our prayers:

those we see around us…

those we have left at home…

family and friends near and far…

strangers and communities we will never meet or know,

but whose peril we hear of and see on our screens…

those whose life is ebbing away

consumed by old age, frailty, illness or neglect…

those who grieve deeply for lives and loves lost…

those who cause grief and chaos in society

and who live seemingly with different values from ours,

for them and their victims and their families…

those who are forgotten, unnoticed, unloved, unmissed…

Lord God, in your abundance of mercy,

hear these and all our prayers.

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

Being Christian, O God, is not just about ‘me and you’,

not just about our conversations and our love.

Help us to see those we meet beyond these doors

in the way that you see them.

Help us to offer support from what we know of you.

Send us out from here to be a shining light for you,

a guiding light for those in confusion, aloneness and darkness.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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