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

3rd Sunday after Trinity 2020

28 Jun 2020, midnight

Sunday Readings from Lectionary: Jeremiah 28v5-9; Psalm 89v1-4&15-18; Romans 6v12-23; Matthew 10v40-42

Let us pray: Dear God, may we hear what you are saying to us today. Amen

A sermon from Lucy: In the reading from Jeremiah, we hear the prophet proclaiming God’s word in the hearing of all the people – that God would bring back all the exiles. The prophet also proclaimed that God said that there would be war and famine and pestilence until the true peace prophesied by the Lord’s one true prophet comes true.

The Psalm, is a song and prayer of praise to God who is faithful and loves forever; who has made a covenant with His chosen one. A covenant that promises that everyone who walks in the light of the Lord’s presence will rejoice daily in God’s name, for God is the Holy One, our Lord and Ruler, our King and strength.

Paul’s letter to the people in Rome is a reminder that even though God wipes away our sins through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that we must take action to stop sinning by presenting ourselves to God and asking for help as well as avoiding everything that leads us to sin or makes us ashamed. Paul teaches that because we have been set free from the power of sin that we are no longer slaves to sin and its death. Instead we are called to a life of righteousness, sanctified by the grace of God and made holy by God and given the gift of life eternal.

Finally, in the gospel we hear Jesus teaching that if his disciples are welcomed that He too is being welcomed and that anyone who helps someone else in His name will receive the reward of righteousness.

Today, as we welcome our Curate Barbara and give thanks that God has seen fit to send her to minister amongst us, we call back to mind and remember the mission of God. From the scriptures today we hear that God’s call is for everyone to walk in His light; to turn away from sinning and to become a holy and sanctified people; a people who will receive the reward of righteousness. This is God’s mission and the Church’s duty to proclaim it to every generation.

Let us pray: Almighty and eternal God, in Jesus you have broken the tyranny of sin and sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts. Give us grace to dedicate ourselves to your service, so that we and all creation may be brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Show us your glory, as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear, until we may look upon you without fear; our beautiful and powerful God. Amen