Not better not worse: It is enough that we are alike
Love first before everything else
Love is the only legitimate human relationship
love each other
love the natural world
love animals and plants
love seas and streams
Second Sunday after Trinity
21 June 2020
Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Some Glitch points in the Matthew reading
No one stands above another - in Godly relationships
Silent God by Edwina Gateley
This is my prayer –
That, though I may not see,
I be aware
Of the Silent God
Who stands by me.
That, though I may not feel,
I be aware
Of the Mighty Love
Which doggedly follows me.
That, though I may not respond,
I be aware
That God — my Silent, Mighty God,
Waits each day,
Quietly, hopefully, persistently,
Waits each day and through each night
For me – alone
Bidding Prayers for this week
Give thanks to God for people, animals, gardens that give you life and joy in a distanced world
Please keep medical workers in your prayers
And those who returned to work this week
For those who are remain shielded and are feeling left behind
For children returning to school and for those who can’t
For those who are unwell and in pain and all those whose suffering is increased because of changes in medical provision under CV19 restrictions
For appointments cancelled and delayed, for difficulty getting treatment, for patchy support with difficult diagnoses
For the victims of injustice, oppression, violence, and poverty
Pray for a world of loving kindness
Remember those who are facing economic uncertainly and loss of income
Please pray for those who a grieving and for the souls of those who have died
Prayer based on Psalm 145:18
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth”.
Lord, we thank you that we can trust in your promise to be near to all who call on you in truth. You, our Protector, do not want us to live in fear, but in the knowledge and confidence that nothing can remove us from our Father’s hand. You know each one of us by name and you know by name each person for whom we pray. So we ask your protection, guidance and blessing upon us and upon all who are on our hearts and minds today and we ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer based on words of divine inspiration given to Father John Woolley
We thank you, our heavenly Father, for the privilege of bringing to you our fears and anxieties. The human self shrinks from the assaults of evil and of the world upon it, but, in your presence, all that threatens us, seemingly from within us and around us, breaks down as we use the realm of your love as our fortress.
Here we find real security; here we can, at times of great difficulty, surrender to your enveloping love, and let everything else just slip away.
In your presence, we absorb the strength needed to go on… we receive enlightenment, or the patience which we need until new light is given to us.
For us you are Shield, Saviour, Renewer of our spirit. Lord, grant us your peace, now and always. Amen.