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

6th Sunday after Trinity

19 Jul 2020, 12:15 a.m.

Based on the Readings for Sunday 19th July 2020 - 6th 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: In the readings we hear about the wonder of God and the glorious Kingdom into which we are called. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus uses a story about fields, seeds, plants, weeds, harvest time, sorting the plants from the weeds and what happens next. Jesus uses this story to teach his disciples that the Son of Man came to bring in the Kingdom of Heaven but that the devil is working against him by turning people bad. Jesus warns that at the end of time that His angels will gather up and sort out the plants from the weeds. Then, after being sorted out, the weeds (sins and people who are evil) will be destroyed and the plants (the righteous) will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Jesus closes this teaching about the great battle that is going on in the world and what will happen at the end of time with the words “Let anyone with ears listen!” A call that each one of us should pay attention to. So today, let's listen to and hear the message of warning about the afterlife and also the promise of glory to come for all who avoid the ways of evil.

Let us pray: Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.