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Readings & Prayers

Dear friends,

As you will have heard churches are now allowed to open for private prayer. This has to be done in a way that is safe for everyone whilst we are still being asked to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19.
If anyone would like to go into church to pray please will you contact one of our churchwardens to arrange a convenient time.
Sue Dykes 0161 427 4789
Hilda Heald 07885 872300

Many thanks
Wendy Atkinson (assistant priest)

While the church is closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the weekly Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings will be here for easy access along with prayers and intercessions.

May God bless each and everyone of us.

9th August ~ 9th Sunday after Trinity

The Collect:

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

The Epistle is written in the 5th verse of the 10th chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in Him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on Him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim Him? And how are they to proclaim Him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” This is the Word of the Lord  All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew All: Glory to You, O Lord

After feeding the crowd, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered Him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord:   All: Praise to You, O Christ

Prayers 9th August

Please pray especially for the people of Beirut and surrounding areas who have been killed or injured in the chemical explosion. Gracious God, We gather once again to offer You praise and thanksgiving for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, shown most clearly through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us grace to worship You in spirit and in truth. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, open our eyes to recognise You here among us. Give us courage to step out in faith to meet You, and confidence to follow where You lead. Amen

Gracious God, You call us to let go of the things we cling to and step out in faith, trusting in Your love and provision. Give us courage to step out boldly, and with sufficient faith to follow without fear. Take our lives and our gifts. Use them to accomplish more than we could possibly imagine, so that, through us, Your kingdom might come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen

Jesus calls us to step out on to the water with him, to leave the safety of our boats, and to walk toward Him in faith, joining Him in the work He is already doing in our world. And when the wind and waves get high and threaten to overwhelm us, we remember His words: “Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here” So let’s go with faith, to follow where Jesus leads, confident that His love and presence go with us. Amen

When our faith is stretched to the breaking point, remember the words of Jesus: ‘Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you pass through rivers of difficulty, you will not be overwhelmed. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour’. Amen

Be with us Lord in this new week. Guide us and help us to see you in this beautiful world that you have given us. May we respect and care for it so that others may also enjoy the gifts you give so freely.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayers. Amen

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