Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 14th Sunday after Trinity – 13/09/2020 – Proper 19

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


Opening prayer

Our desire, our need, our yearning

draws us together to worship God.

Unexplainable, unimaginable,

unbelievable, incomprehensible love,

pulls at our heart strings,

tugs at our emotions,

turns our eyes beyond the seeing.

All-encompassing God, just as we are, we come.


Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,

Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,

Judah became God’s sanctuary,

Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled,

the Jordan turned back;

the mountains leaped like rams,

the hills like lambs.

Why was it, sea, that you fled?

Why, Jordan, did you turn back?

Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,

you hills, like lambs?

Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

who turned the rock into a pool,

the hard rock into springs of water.


Our Bible reading is Matthew 18: 21-35

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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


Almighty God,

whose only Son has opened for us

a new and living way into your presence:

give us pure hearts and steadfast wills

to worship you in spirit and in truth;

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.


Prayers of intercession

Jesus’ parables inspire us to pray for those who forgive us,

for big things and small…

for those who do not forgive, no matter what…

for those who do not know how to forgive…

for those who do not want to forgive…

for those who have not been forgiven.

God of forgiveness, for them all, we pray.

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

Into a world of noise and confusion;

into a world that bewilders and even bemuses us at times;

into a world of delight and regret;

into a world of hope and fear;

into a world that is ever changing,

we go with the message of an unchanging God

who gave his all that we might live life to the best of our ability.

God of all, go with us and within us,

this and every day.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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