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

11th Sunday after Trinity

23 Aug 2020, midnight

23rd August 2020

Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

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

A Simple Word from Lucy: Today’s readings tell us lots of things about God. In particular we hear that we have a God who intervenes in human history. A God who revealed to Simon Peter, that Jesus is “... the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” A God who gives gifts to his people to fulfil God’s plans and purposes. Gifts such as: prophecy, ministry, teaching, encouraging, gentleness, joyfulness, giving generously and leading carefully. So what are our gifts? What has God designed us to be and called us to do with his gifts? Let's stop, turn to God and ask.

Let us Pray: O God, almighty in power, showering us with mercy and pity: grant to us the grace we need to run the way of your commandments, receive your gracious promise of your heavenly treasure and celebrate that one true sacrifice which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace: by our communion keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel and preserve us from all sin; 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