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

12th Sunday after Trinity

30 Aug 2020, midnight

Twelth Sunday after Trinity - 30th August 2020

Jeremiah 15:15-21;Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-end, Matthew 16:21-end

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

A Simple Word from Lucy: In the reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah we hear that the prophet is upset with God and complaining to God about God’s action and inaction. But, even though the prophet feels let down by God, he listens to and hears what God asks of him and what God promises. For even though the prophet is sent to tell the people to turn back to God who will take them back, he is forewarned that the people will fight him and that the LORD will deliver him from the wicked. The psalm echoes the prophet because it is a prayer asking for God’s help against the wicked so that the psalmist can remain upright and serve at God’s altar in order to give thanks to God for all His wonderful deeds in the place where the Lord’s glory abides. A similar idea is found in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Paul reminds us that as God’s people we must learn how to live Godly lives in which we leave room for the wrath of God and overcome evil with good. Finally, in the gospel we learn how easy it is to get it wrong and go astray. For whilst Jesus is forewarning his disciples about what is to happen to him, poor Peter, the one who has recently been acclaimed by Jesus as “The Rock of the Church” is now being called “Satan and a stumbling Block” by Jesus. How upset Peter must have felt and how strange it all must have seemed to the disciples, God’s anointed one was preparing to suffer. How much stranger it then must have felt to learn from Jesus that we must all follow this same path. For we are called to carry our crosses in this life and serve as God calls us to serve.

Let us Pray: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ. God of all mercy, you have set aside our sins and given us your healing: grant that we who are made whole in Christ may bring that healing to this broken world, in the name 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