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5 July 2020

Trinity 4


FIRST READING (click to expand)

Zechariah chapter 9, verses 9-12.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

PSALM (click to expand)

Psalm 145:8-15

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.

SECOND READING (click to expand)

Romans 7:15-25

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. or I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

GOSPEL (click to expand)

Matthew 11:16-19 and 25-end

 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


For Your Prayers this week

Give thanks for those you love and for their love for you

Give thanks for the gradual subsiding of the corona virus peak
which is allowing people to meet loved ones again
and some communal worship in churches to resume

Pray that all world leaders govern with a new wisdom and compassion

Pray for justice and peace in our society

Pray that all people everywhere might benefit from quiet time
to reflect on long-held priorities and values
to look with fresh eyes at the world around them
to appreciate anew the variety of God’s creation
to observe and enjoy the beauty and detail of the natural world
to thank God for all these gifts still here for us in abundance

Pray that human beings everywhere will treat all creatures with care, kindness and respect.

Please keep in your prayers all medical workers – doctors, nurses, dentists, paramedics, whose workload will not decrease for a very long time and ask God to grant them good health, stamina, resilience and hope. Please pray too for all carers in Care Homes and Nursing Homes and for all who care for a loved one at home, that they be granted strength, patience and the support they may need.

Please pray too for all who have put themselves at risk daily for us throughout the lockdown to maintain key services – for refuse collectors, delivery workers, postmen and women, shop assistants, transport workers.

Thank God for the selfless dedication of all these people in our own community and world-wide.

Remember all who are facing financial difficulties and cannot see the way forward, parents who fear they will not be able to feed their family, parents and children anxious at the prospect of a return to school, families for whom lockdown has heightened tensions or brought breakdown in relationships and especially for the children in those families.

Remember all who cannot yet visit unwell relatives and friends in hospitals or Care Homes, all who are terminally ill and those who watch and wait with them, all who have been bereaved and were unable to be with their loved one at the end.

Please pray for all who are grieving and for the souls of those who have died.

Pray for a world in which people value one another and treat one another with respect, understanding and kindness. Please keep the ministry team in your prayers.


A Conquering Soul by Deborah Ann
It takes courage
a spirit willing to go the length
it takes confidence
letting God supply the strength.

It takes commitment,
a determination to do God’s will
it takes patience
a willingness to wait and be still.

It takes persistence,
a resolve to keep pressing on
it takes diligence
for the faithful race to be won.

It takes focus,
eyes always kept on the goal
it takes Jesus
to have a conquering soul!

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