13th June ~ 2nd Sunday after Trinity

The Collect:  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 the sake of your only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ’s sake. All: Amen.

The Epistle is written in the 6th verse of the 5th Ch. of St. Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians:

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord ~ for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know Him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; everything has become new!

This is the Word of the Lord: All: Thanks be to God

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

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables He spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; He did not speak to them except in parables, but He explained everything in private to His disciples.

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


20th June ~ 3rd Sunday after Trinity

The Collect:  Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that all mankind may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 6th chapter of St. Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians:

As God’s fellow-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, “In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation. We put no stumbling-block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange ~ I speak as to my children ~ open wide your hearts also.

This is the Word of the Lord: All: Thanks be to God

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

That day when evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”

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


27th June ~ 4th Sunday after Trinity

The Collect:  O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal; that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for the sake of Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

The Epistle is written in the 7th v. of the 8th Ch. of St. Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians

I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something ~ now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has ~ not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.” But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same eagerness for you that I myself have. For he not only accepted our appeal, but since he is more eager than ever, he is going to you of his own accord. With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his proclaiming the good news; and not only that, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us while we are administering this generous undertaking for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our goodwill. We intend that no one should blame us about this generous gift that we are administering, for we intend to do what is right not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of others. And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found eager in many matters, but who is now more eager than ever because of his great confidence in you. As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker in your service; as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. Therefore openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.      This is the Word of the Lord.  All: Thanks be to God.

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

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and He was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw Him, fell at His feet and begged Him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So He went with him. And a large crowd followed Him and pressed in on Him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, for she said, “If I but touch His clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from Him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When He had entered, He said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at Him. Then He put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with Him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. This is the Gospel of the Lord:  All: Praise to You, O Christ



Intercessions for those not able to attend worship on Sundays:

In the power of the Spirit we join in prayer to the Father:

Heavenly Father, strengthen all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess you name may be united in your truth, live together in your love and reveal your glory to the world. Lord hear our prayer.

Merciful God, guide our country, give wisdom to all in authority, direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and peace; that all people may honour one another and respect all life. We pray for all situations of conflict…of disaster or disease. We especially pray for our adopted family in the Holy Land: George, Shireen and the children. Walk beside them during this difficult time. Lord hear our prayer.

Loving Lord, bless our families, friends and neighbours and all who attend St Paul’s Compstall today. We pray for the village of Compstall and for all the surrounding areas from which our congregation is drawn. May each one of us do all we can to share our faith in the love of God so that people will feel His presence in their lives. Lord hear our prayer.

Healing Lord, comfort and heal all those who are suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually especially……… give anybody struggling with their physical or mental health today courage and hope and surround them with people of empathy and compassion.

Lord hear our prayer.

Eternal God, we remember those who have gone before us in the peace of Christ… and we give you praise for all your faithful servants, with whom we rejoice in the communion of saints.

Lord hear our prayer.

Loving God, be with us and with all who are praying at home and in church today

May the joy of Christ shine through each one of us, whatever our situation

May the compassion of Christ always reach out through our hands,

The word of Christ continually fall from our lips

The peace of Christ fill our minds

And the love of Christ flow from our hearts always.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen