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

7th Sunday after Trinity

26 Jul 2020, midnight

Seventh Sunday after Trinity - 26th July 2020 find attached a daily prayer book below, that you can download for use at home

Readings: 1Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-end; Matthew 13:31-33&44-52

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

A sermon from Lucy: In the reading from the first book of Kings. God spoke to the young King named Solomon, the son of King David, in a dream and asked “What should I give you.” Now because Solomon knew that he was very young for the task of leading a huge population of God’s people, Solomon asked for the gift of understanding to govern and to discern between good and evil. God was so pleased about this request that he promised Solomon such a wise and discerning mind that no one before or after would ever again have. From this we learn that God is pleased when we desire the gift of Godly wisdom. Then, in the portion of Psalm 119 appointed we hear the psalmist telling us how to learn wisdom. For according to the psalmist, when we read the scriptures we are opening the word of God and being given a gift that will guide us, protect us from being wicked and enable us to keep God’s commandments. As we open and read Paul’s letter to the people in Rome, we learn that when we are unable to pray that Jesus is at the right hand of God praying for us alongside the Spirit who prays on our behalf according to the will of God. We also learn that all people who love God are: a people who are called by God; a people who are conquerors through God’s love; a people who cannot be separated from the love of Christ; a people who are God’s elect; a people favoured by God; a people against whom no-one can bring any charge. For God considers everyone, who is foreknown by God and predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son and glorified, as good and justified. This is why Paul believes that no-one can be separated from the love of God in Christ by: hardship, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, death, life, angels, rulers, things present, things to come, powers, height, depth nor anything else in all creation. As we open and read Matthew’s gospel, we hear Jesus using storied to teach about the Kingdom of heaven. In the first story, the kingdom of heaven is said to be like the tiny little mustard seed which when full grown becomes so large that the birds can make their nests in it. In the second story, the kingdom of heaven is said to work just like the yeast in bread dough does. In the third and fourth stories, the kingdom of heaven is said to be so precious that people will give up everything they have in order to obtain it. The final story teaches that the kingdom of heaven is like fishermen catching fish of every kind and then sorting them out with the good going into baskets and the bad being thrown out. Jesus ends this story with the warning that this is how it will be at the end of the age. For, angels will come to separate the evil from the righteous and throw the evil into a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus then said that everyone who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Today through the wisdom of the scriptures (the Bible) we have been given glimpses of the Kingdom of heaven and the promise God who loves us so much that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Let us pray: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, make us perfect in your love and by your great mercy keep us in the same, so we may share in his glory; through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord, the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live. 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