Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
HYMN: “The Spirit lives to set us free”
Pray the Collect of the day.
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose spirit the whole body of the church is governed and sanctified; hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry, they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Read the Epistle from Romans chapter 8 verses 1-25
Read the Gospel from St. Matthew chapter 13 verses 1- 9 and 18 - 23
Hymn: “I heard the voice of Jesus say"
Offer some Prayers
(These prayer suggestions are based on a Church Times cartoon by Dave Walker and on the Beatitudes from St. Matthew Chapter 5 verses 2-11)
Blessed are those who stay indoors, for they have protected others
Blessed are the unemployed and the self employed, for their need of God is great
Blessed are the corner shopkeepers, for they are the purveyors of scarce things
Blessed are the delivery drivers and postal workers for they are bringers of essential things
Blessed are the checkout workers, for they have patience in the face of frustration
Blessed are the refuse collectors, for they see God despite mountains of waste
Blessed are those who are alone for they are children of God and with him will notbe alone
Blessed are the bereaved, for whom the worst has happened they shall be comforted
Blesses are all during this time who have pure hearts, all who still hunger and thirst for justice; all who work for peace and who show mercy. May you know comfort, may you know calm and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen
And the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today pour daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
This prayer is an alternative collect for today
Grant, O Lord, we beseech you that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
I observed Sea Sunday two weeks early! It should be this week-end, so our final hymn has at least some thought of the sea in it. By now we may all be thinking of the sea!
HYMN: “Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea”
(Sadly in a way, next week will be my last contribution as our new Rector will be licensed on 18th July, and our churches should be re-opening shortly after that date.)
The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Jesus Christ establish, strengthen and settle you in the faith. Amen