Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

2nd Sunday after Trinity

21 Jun 2020, midnight

Based on Gospel for Sunday 21st June 2020 - 2nd Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Opening Prayer Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Prayer Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. Deliver us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

A Thought for Today: Today, we hear Jesus teaching his disciples that: they will not always be treated well; but nevertheless to go and proclaim what he tells them to share; and to do so without fear because they are of great value to God. For they are to take up their cross, follow Jesus and be willing to give up their lives for Jesus sake. This is a call that many people feel is beyond them but it is not. For the Bible shows us that God knows who we are and what we are made of and God can do the impossible both for us and with us. All we have to do is to trust God and follow as He leads, wherever He takes us and do whatever He asks of us. This is a lesson many of us have learnt as we have journeyed through life. We may think God has made a mistake or got it wrong. We may try to ignore and dismiss His calling. But, do not kid yourself because God persists and is always right. So today - if you feel the call of God on your life – be of good courage and dare to trust the God who calls you, for He knows his plans and purposes for you and He will fulfil them in you – if you but let him.

Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, our Father and the strength of all, we ask for your grace so we keep your commandments in both will and deed. Thank you for your heavenly gifts that nourish and strengthens our faith, builds up our hope and makes us grow in love. Mercifully accept our prayer. AMEN

Prayer of blessing May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Closing Note This message is sent to you with love and prayers as: a word of encouragement and a sign of hope in these quite extraordinary times.