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2 August 2020

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity


FIRST READING (click to expand)

The first lesson is from the prophesy of Isaiah. (55.1-5)

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.

See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

PSALM (click to expand)

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.

You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfils the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.

The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

SECOND READING (click to expand)

The second lesson is from the letter of Paul to the Romans (9.1-5)

I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit–
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

GOSPEL (click to expand)

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (14:13-21)

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”
And he said, “Bring them here to me.”

Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


The Meaning of Life: Week Three


Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

Hands reaching up to receive you,
hands of all shapes and sizes,
work-worn or untouched by hardship,
wrinkled or softly smooth
shining clean or ingrained through toil,
aged or fresh with youth.
All reaching out in their hunger,
coming with various needs,
needs unknown to one another,
yet familiar and important to you.
“Ask”, Jesus said, “and you will receive”.
We ask, not once, but time after time.
Give us today our daily bread,
food for body, mind and spirit.
And, as we pray, there comes a realisation,
that in a strange way, we are the bread,
able to feed one another,
wounded and fragmented,
yet drawn together as one loaf
by our shared love for you.
Help us to know that whenever we gather in your name
we can be bread for your disposal,
feeding others and being fed,
never to be turned away hungry.
There is always enough and to spare.
For the mystery of this sacrament, we offer our thanks.

For your prayers this week

Let’s pray together
in this moment –

Letting go of distractions and irrelevant thinking

present in the here and Now
with God

Creator of all that is

As we become aware of the stars the universes the enormity of creation –
a spaciousness opens in us
and a sense of Awe

And there is some fear as we ponder the scale of creation and the smallness what is our usual thinking

We notice the gratitude that comes up in us
for the beauty, the fragile power in the gift of life

Life is beautiful and precious – thank you

God of holiness and simplicity
When we are still we feel your presence
So close
So much a part of us
We are thankful for the witness of the faithful church
For Christians worshiping praying and working
With mercy and with sweet kindness
And for all the acts of gentle service to the suffering

We ask forgiveness for the church where
it cheapens grace
Where it wields secular politicised power
Where it is pretentious
Where it oppresses
Where it colludes with oppressors and abusers
Where it is hard and unforgiving
Where it sets itself up as a force
Where it thinks and acts as better than others rather than their humble servant

Fully present
We give thanks for the people who whispered a confirmation of your presence to us
Taught us how to be aware

And for the great Saints and the ordinary extraordinariness


We remember those in desperate need
hungry children in our community
people who are held in slavery in Norfolk
those who are oppressed
those who have lost hope
for the sick among us
for the sick and suffering everywhere
for the lives of suffering of so many animals
please forgive us

We remember
those who are mourning –
Elizabeth as she grieves her mother
Gary and Richard as they grieve the loss of Jackie

We pray for them
peace and bright hope even in sadness

we give thanks for the life of those who have died
and for those who have lived faithful lives consciously in your presence
in stillness

Let us Pray for ourselves and those we love best
God Blessings
in ordinary humble and holy lives



O Lord, our God, provider and refuge
Increase our faith to trust in your provision
For you know our every need
even before we bring it to you
Whatever you provide is good
and just right for our circumstances
For provision and increase, blessing and abundance
We thank you Heavenly Father

Forgive us for mistaking our wants and desires as needs
Give each of us this day a heart of gratitude
which is ever thankful for the Giver
for the One who has provided
for the One who, unlike His gifts, will never fade away
Give us a heart of gratitude which refuses
to seek more than you have given
For provision and increase, blessing and abundance
We thank you Heavenly Father

May we learn from the boy who offered the little he had
Surprised, no doubt, that Jesus saw any usefulness in it
May we, like him, give willingly, not reluctantly
Knowing that you will provide all that we need
and more, plenty to share with others, to meet their urgent needs
May we learn that nothing is impossible with you,
that you alone can move mountains
to make a way for your children
for you are able to accomplish abundantly more
than we could ever dream or imagine
For provision and increase, blessing and abundance
We thank you Heavenly Father

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