Readings and Prayers for July 2021

11th July ~ 6th Sunday after Trinity

The Collect:  Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 3rd verse of the 1st chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love. He destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight He has made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to His counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of His glory. In Him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in Him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of His glory.   This is the Word of the Lord:  All: Thanks be to God

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

A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

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

 

 

18th July  ~  7th Sunday after Trinity

The Collect:  Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 11th verse of the 2nd chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians:

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision” ~ a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands ~ remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

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

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognised them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, He saw a great crowd; and He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognised Him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard He was.And wherever He went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might touch even the fringe of His cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

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

 

25th July ~ 8th Sunday after Trinity

 St. James the Apostle

The Collect:  Merciful God, we pray that as your holy apostle Saint James left his father and all that he had and obeyed the calling of your Son Jesus Christ even to death: So may we forsake every selfish desire and be ready at all times to answer your call; through Jesus Christ our Lord. All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 27th verse of the 11th chapter of the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples, each according to their ability, decided to provide help for the people living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.

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

The mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favour of Him. “What is it you want?” He asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave ~ just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

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

 

1st August ~ 9th Sunday after Trinity

The Collect: 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. All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 4th Ch. of  St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians:

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

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

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

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on Him that God the Father has set His seal.” Then they said to Him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” So they said to Him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to Him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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