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

4th Sunday after Trinity

5 Jul 2020, 12:30 a.m.

Based on the Gospel for Sunday 5th July 2020 - 4th 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: The scriptures remind us that we have a God who is wonderful and beyond compare – for we have a God who bends down to earth to help people. The scriptures also tell us that we are being called back into a covenant with God, the God who comes to us in righteousness and humility to repair our lives and exchange our troubles for blessings. For, on our own we are contrary and lost to sin and lost to death. But it does not have to be this way because, through Jesus, we can be set free to find true wisdom and be invited to live an unencumbered life working with Jesus.

Prayer for the Day: Eternal God, protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong and nothing is holy: thank you for the obedience of Jesus, through whom you brought salvation to our wayward world. Draw us into harmony with your will and restore us in our Saviour. Increase and multiply your mercy on us. Comfort the afflicted and heal the broken. Teach us the ways of gentleness and peace. Then, with you as our ruler and guide, help us pass through life holding onto things eternal, so that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.