Weekly Service

Readings for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity 9th August 2020

The Service

COLLECT

Almighty God, who sent you Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church; open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading
1 Kings 19:9-18

At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’
He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.’

Second reading
Romans 10:5-15

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that ‘the person who does these things will live by them.’ But the righteousness that comes from faith says, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ down) ‘or “Who will descend into the abyss?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’

Gospel Reading
Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’

Reflection:

Following on from last weeks gospel we find Jesus still trying to find a bit of peace and quiet – he has healed the sick, fed the crowds and now even sends the disciples away on a boat across the lake. Now, for those of you who know me well, you will know that these readings of storms on lakes and people stuck in boats are never going to be some of my favourite stories. As one who can feel sea sick watching boats on the TV, I always feel slightly queasy imagining this story but I read somewhere that this is quite normal on the lake, that due to its position, storms can easily and quickly develop even if it has been very calm when setting off from shore. The wind grows and the storm hits and the disciples are caught up in it. Then to their amazement and terror they see a figure walking towards them on the water, a figure that turns out to be Jesus. Peter, being the impetuous person he always was decides to get out of the boat and walk towards Jesus. However, he feels the cold water, the storm raging and begins to sink beneath the waves. Jesus stretches out his hand and rescues Peter.
I am sure that many of us have felt like we are in the midst of a storm lately, possibly even that we are sinking beneath the waves of all that is going on, but like with Peter, Jesus is there, stretching out his hand to us to save us and bring us to the peaceful shore. Stretch out your hand today and know that Jesus holds you. You may still feel the storm, but we know we are not alone in it.

Notices

Sundays: 9.00am Eucharist; 10.30am Eucharist
If you are joining us for the first time in person please let me know. On advice from the diocese everyone attending needs to wear a face mask or covering.
If you would like to join us via zoom and both services are available this way, please email to let me know by Saturday at 2.00pm and I will then send the link out.

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Our services of daily Morning & Evening Prayer at 9.00am & 5.00pm continue to be live streamed on Facebook and then uploaded to our YouTube channel. Our Sunday 10.30am service will also be live streamed and then uploaded to YouTube.
We will be resuming our Wednesday morning Eucharists from 2nd September at 10.00am.

Please don’t forget to be in touch if you need anything, wish to pass on a prayer request or want someone to chat to. You are all in my prayers daily.

Prayers

For the parish: Rosehill Terrace, Rydal Avenue and St. Aidan’s Avenue

For those who are suffering from coronavirus and those who have lost loved ones

For those who are unwell in our parish: Noah; Barbara; Luke; Sienna; Rosabella; Cameron; Jude; Geoff; Hazel; Margaret; Len; Emma; Raymond; Derek; Lorraine; Eleanor; David; Rachael; Lisa; Annette; Ruth; Emily; Brenda; James; Chloe; Rick; Norah; Wendy; Roy; Charlie, Maurice; Margaret; Joyce, Mary; Marion; Joyce; Irene Wickers; Geoff; Pat; David

For those who have died:

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Jean Kershaw; Peter Munro-Scott; John Baines; Nora Holden; Donna Walsh; Margaret Mitchell; William Watson

Prayer and Worship at Home

Preparation

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Prayers of Penitence

Jesus says, Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let us then show our love for him by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us
and restore to us the joy of your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words of forgiveness

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from us sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Special Prayer for this week

Almighty God, who sent you Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church; open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

Prayers of intercession

We ask for your protection in the troubles and storms of life….

We pray for those who work on the sea across the world and all caught up in adverse weather…

We give you thanks for the safety and protection of our homes…

We pray for your blessing on the world-weary, the worried, the overwhelmed and the unwell…

We pray that you would hold our your hand and bring those who have died to everlasting life…

Lord God, when days are dark and we are weary, when storms increase and we are in danger of being overwhelmed, hear us and help us. May we know you are always near us and ready to help us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Joining with Christians throughout the world,
we pray:
Our Father in heaven….

The Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

The Word the Lord
FIRST READING: Romans 10:5-15

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that ‘the person who does these things will live by them.’ But the righteousness that comes from faith says, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ down) ‘or “Who will descend into the abyss?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

THE GOSPEL
Matthew 14:22-33

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ. 

Affirmation of faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.