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

3rd Sunday after Trinity

20 Jun 2021, midnight

Readings: Job 38v1-11; Psalm 107v1-3&23-32; 2 Corinthians 6v1-13; Mark 4v35-41

Let us Pray: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, Lord our strength and our redeemer. Amen

A Word from Lucy: Today’s readings seem to me to be all about trust in God. In the Book of Job, Job was being tormented by Satan because Satan thought that Job would stop trusting God. However, in spite of the most terrible sufferings that Satan poured down on him, Job stayed faithful to God, and even though Job knew that he did not deserve to suffer, he did want to know why God allowed suffering. And, in the reading, we hear God say that he will answer Job, if Job can tell him where he was when the foundation of the earth was measured, plumbed, its bases sunk and cornerstone laid? Or where he was when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? Or where he was when the sea was created and separated from the land? Job had no answer to this and even though he got no explanation for suffering, what he did get was a glimpse of the wonder, might, glory, power, majesty and mercy of God.</span>

In a similar vein, in the psalm we hear that many people who have cried out to the Lord have felt the Lord’s mercy and seen the Lord’s wondrous works. Like mariners in mighty storms who were so afraid that they cried out to the Lord and were saved because the Lord silenced the storms, calmed the waves and made them glad by bringing them into safe harbour. And, in response to all this, the psalmist calls out to everyone who has been rescued and saved to give thanks and praise the Lord when we gather in the congregation of the people and the assembly of the elders, because the Lord is good and His love is steadfast and endures for ever.

The Gospel account is similar to the psalm because it tells about a time when a great and treacherous storm rose-up and threatened to sink a little fleet of fishing boats taking Jesus to the other side of a lake. In their fear, experienced sailors and fishermen turned to Jesus who was sleeping and woke him with the question, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’. In response, Jesus got up from his sleep, reprimanded the wind and ordered the sea to quiet down and be still; and to the amazement of all – it did – making them all wonder – just who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Paul’s letter has an answer for us all – for it tells us that in the fear and terror of all the dreadful things that life sent Paul’s way that God is our salvation. For God is always there for us, listening to us and helping us. For, in Jesus, God has done everything we need to be saved and Paul urges us to accept this wonderful message into our hearts and minds.

Let us pray: Teach us Lord to trust in you and help us to open our hearts and minds so we can accept that you love us so much that you are with us at all times and have done everything that we need to be saved. Amen

Lords’ prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

The Grace: 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

Thank you for joining us today.