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

10th Sunday after Trinity

16 Aug 2020, midnight

Tenth Sunday after Trinity - 16th August 2020

Isaiah 56:1. 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a. 29-32; Matthew 15:10-28

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

A Simple Word from Lucy: In the readings appointed, we learn lots about God and God’s ways alongside what God wants from us and for us. In the reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah we are taught how to live as God’s people and why we should do so. For God asks his people to maintain justice, do what is right, love the name of the LORD, be the Lord’s servants, keep the sabbath, hold fast the Lord’s covenant with us. And, the reason we are asked to do this is because of the Lord’s salvation and deliverance for all people. For we are a people who are called to join ourselves to the LORD and minister to him; a people called to the Lord’s holy mountain to be joyful in the house of prayer for all people; a people whose offerings and sacrifices are accepted by the Lord. From the psalm we learn what to pray for by asking for God’s blessing on individuals, upon the whole of the earth and amongst all the nations of the earth. For God is gracious to all by teaching and guiding us in His ways, saving and delivering us from sin and judging us righteously with mercy. From the letter of Paul to the Romans, we learn that God’s gifts and the calling are binding and permanent and that God has restrained our waywardness in order to show us compassion, forgiveness and mercy. Then, in the gospel, we learn from Jesus that rules about what we can and cannot eat are a distraction because we may eat anything edible and not be tainted or defiled by it. We also learn that we can be defiled by what we say because this shows up our thinking, intentions and motives. We also learn from a Canaanite woman’s example that we should never be discouraged from steadfastly seeking the Lord’s help.

Let us pray: Lord, hear our prayers and help us to ask for those things that will please you. Lord, look upon us with your favour that we who follow the path of your will may never wander from the way of life. 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