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

5th Sunday after Trinity

12 Jul 2020, 12:15 a.m.

Based on the Gospel for Sunday 12th July 2020 - 5th 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: This week’s readings remind us that the whole of creation teaches us all we need to know about God. Isaiah’s prophecy tells us that we can trust God because God’s word is always fulfilled. The psalm teaches that we are called to praise the God of all of creation in the morning and the evening and gives us lots of reasons for why God is to be praised. From the parable that Jesus taught we learn about all the things that prevent us from flourishing and growing as God’s people as well as the wondrous harvest that comes when we grow into full maturity. Finally, in the letter from Paul we learn the good news of salvation. For in Jesus we are saved and called to give up our sinful ways and live Godly lives led by the spirit.

A Prayer for Today: Almighty God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer for all your faithful people. Send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace; that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name. By your grace, grant that the world may be peaceably ordered by your governance, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness. This we ask through 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 as we live the new normal.