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

9th Sunday after Trinity

9 Aug 2020, midnight

Ninth Sunday after Trinity - 9th August 2020 find attached a daily prayer book below, that you can download for use at home

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

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

A Simple Word from Lucy: In today’s gospel, according to Matthew, we hear that after feeding the crowd with the five loaves and two fish, and sending his disciples to the other side of the lake by boat ahead of him; that Jesus dismissed the crowds and then took time alone and went up the mountain to pray. However, when Jesus came down from his prayers early in the morning, the boat had made little headway across the lake because the wind was against them. So, Jesus walked across the lake to them and, when the disciples saw him, they were terrified and cried out in fear because they thought they were seeing a ghost. Jesus told them that it was him and asked them not to be afraid. But Peter was having none of it so he challenged Jesus saying that if it was really Jesus, then let him be allowed to come to Jesus on the water. So, Jesus invited Peter to do so, and Peter got out of the boat and started to walk on the water towards Jesus. But as soon as Peter noticed the strong wind he became frightened and began to sink, crying out, “Lord, save me!”. To which Jesus immediately reached out his hand, caught Peter and asked, “Why did you doubt?” Then as they climbed into the boat the wind ceased and those in the boat worshipped Jesus, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Today I believe that we are being asked to consider who Jesus is and decide what we believe about him even if, like the people who knew him, we have doubts and worries and concerns.

Let us pray: Almighty God, your Holy Spirit is the life and light of your Church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, bring forth in us the fruit of the Spirit, your love and joy and peace. Holy Father, gather us at the table of your Son to share with the whole household of God, in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace, with people of every race and language, sharing in the eternal banquet of 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