First Sunday after Trinity
14 June 2020
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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.
we thank you for nourishing us
with these heavenly gifts:
may our communion strengthen us in faith,
build us up in hope,
and make us grow in love;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
the cost of Compassion
Where to get bread? An ever-pressing question
That trembles on the lips of anxious mothers,
Bread for their families, bread for all these others;
A whole world on the margin of exhaustion.
And where that hunger has been satisfied
Where to get bread? The question still returns
In our abundance something starves and yearns
We crave fulfillment, crave and are denied.
And then comes One who speaks into our needs
Who opens out the secret hopes we cherish
Whose presence calls our hidden hearts to flourish
Whose words unfold in us like living seeds
Come to me, broken, hungry, incomplete,
I Am the Bread of Life, break Me and eat.
For your prayers this week
Give thanks to God for the beauty of the earth for the plants and animals streams rivers sea rocks and sands that give you life and joy
Please keep medical workers in your prayers.
For those who are under sever lock down and are feeling lonely.
all those who miss their friends and routines
for children returning t school but unable to behave in natural ways because of distancing.
For those who are unwell and in pain and all those whose suffering is increased because of changes in medical provision under CV19restrictions.
For appointments cancelled and delayed for difficulty getting treatment for patchy support with difficult diagnoses.
Remember those who are facing economic uncertainly; the loss of work and difficulties faced by small business.
Please pray for those who are grieving and for the souls of those who have died.
Two prayers by Thomas Merton
O God, give peace to Your world.
Give strength to the hearts of men.
Raise us up from death in Christ.
Give us to eat His immortality and His glory.
Give us to drink the wine of His kingdom.
We thank you, our Father, for the life and knowledge
which you have made known to us
through Jesus your Servant;
to you be the glory forever.
Even as this broken bread
was scattered over the hills,
and was gathered together and became one,
so let your Church be gathered together
from the ends of the earth into your kingdom;
for yours is the glory and the power
through Jesus Christ forever.