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First Sunday after Trinity

14 June 2020

O God,
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.

FIRST READING (click to expand)

Exodus 19:2-8a

A reading from the book of Exodus.

The Israelites had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.” So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. The people all answered as one: “Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do.”

PSALM (click to expand)

Psalm 100

R The Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting.
O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know that the Lord is God;
it is he that has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. R
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and bless his name.
For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting,
and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation. R

SECOND READING (click to expand)

Romans 5:1–8

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.


Eternal Father,
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.

Malcolm Guite

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.

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