Morning Worship for Second Sunday after Trinity

21st June 2020

A video of this service (21 min) is available.

O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Praise the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised.

Confession

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ So let us turn away from sin and turn to the Lord, confessing our sins in penitence and faith. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen. The almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon and forgiveness from all our sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Collect

Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails: deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Psalm:
Psalm 86: 1-10
New Testament Reading:
Romans 6: 1-11
Gospel Reading:
Matthew 10: 24-39

Reflection by the Revd Ian Monks

One of the things I have enjoyed during lockdown has been the freedom to spend time, watching the birds in the garden, I hope others have had the same pleasure from getting closer to the natural world; as Jesus talks about the value of sparrows, and the hairs on our heads being numbered, he is trying to offer reassurance to his disciples – you are much more valuable to God than all the tea in China! Or the sparrows in Spain!

If we think back to Christmas and to Easter it is clear to see that God’s plan is to reconcile all of us to himself through his Son Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection, so if reconciliation is the order of the day we should be looking forward to a quiet and peaceful life, everything in the garden lovely, time to look at the birds!!

“No” says Jesus, “I have not come to bring peace on the earth, I have not come to bring peace, but the sword”. Every time I read those words I remember a BBC series, from long ago, about the English Civil War, called, “By the sword divided”. The sword divides, so does race, so does colour, so does wealth, so do educational opportunities, so does Jesus.

Division may come with families and friends, who are not Christian and who do not understand the values Jesus teaches us, the greatest and most fundamental of which is love, because it was love which motivated Jesus to triumph on the cross, over the pain and suffering.

So now, at this time in which there is such a lot of tension in our society about racial inequalities, and equality of opportunities, let us remember that Our Lord was always on the side of the poor, whom he said we should always have with us. Let us then have no fear, about saying forcefully that “God has no favourites” and that God does not see as men see “because God looks into the heart”.

So let me wish you a Happy Father’s Day, with the realisation that even something as harmless as that, is divisive if it cuts out people like Len and others who don’t have children. I’m going to end with some words of John Wesley, which urge decisive action…

Do all the good you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as you ever can


And may the good we do, and the love we show draw people into the love of God.

Prayers of Intercession

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen. Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. I am giving you worship with all my life, I am giving you obedience with all my power, I am giving you praise with all my strength, I am giving you honour with all my speech. I am giving you love with all my heart, I am giving you affection with all my sense, I am giving you my being with all my mind, I am giving you my soul, O most high and holy God. Praise to the Father, Praise to the Son, Praise to the Spirit, The Three in One. adapted from Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica (1900)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

Blessing

The Lord hold you in the palm of his hand, and give you life which is eternal. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.