Prayers at home for 5th Sunday after Trinity

Prayers at home for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Jesus said “I am amongst you as one who serves”(Luke 22;27). His life was led
in service of the Kingdom for the salvation of others.
Those who are baptised are called to share in his mission.
Each of us has, in the words of today’s Collect, a “vocation and ministry”
to serve others.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Praise our God, all you his servants:
and all who fear him both small and great. (Rev. 19 : 5)
There are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit.
There are varieties of service: but the same Lord.
There are varieties of activities:
but in everyone it is the same God at work in them all. ( 1 Cor 12 : 4-6)

Lord Jesus Christ,
as we celebrate your victory over all the
powers of darkness, evil and death, we pray
that we may know your strength to rise above
our fears and failures, and travel with you
in the way of love. Amen.

Penitence.
God is present everywhere and so we ask him to help us examine the words of our mouths, the deeds of our bodies and the desires of our minds as we confess our sins to him.

When we are quick to critisize others, but slow to praise them……
Lord have mercy
When we bear grudges and find it hard to forgive…..
Christ have mercy
When we are preoccupied with ourselves and give little thought for others….
Lord have mercy.
Almighty God who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and keep us in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect and Readings
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you and the same Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 55 : 1-13
Psalm 65 : 1-13
Romans 8 : 1-11
Matthew 13 : 1-9, 18-23

Affirmation of Faith

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles;
this we have received and this we believe. (1 Cor 15 : 3-7)
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions.
Heavenly Father we pray for your Church, that we may all be one. May all the baptised grow in knowledge of you and faithfully serve you, that your kingdom may come and your will be done. We pray for Bishop Gregorgy and for all clergy and lay workers that they may be faithful ministers of your truth and grace. We pray particularly for all who have been ordained to the diaconate or priesthood at this time throughout the world
We pray for the Queen and for those who hold authority, that there may be peace and justice on the earth. Give to all peoples grace to do your will in all that they plan and undertake that the whole earth may give you praise and glory.
Fill us with complassion for those of your people who suffer grief, trouble or injustice that they may be delivered from all distress. We pray for the sick and for those who care for them.
We remember with thanksgiving those who have died. We praise you for your saints who have entered into eternal rest, may we also come to share in your eternal joy.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Father

(You might like to make the Act of Spiritual Communion now)

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you: through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
(St. Benedict.)
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.
Reflection on the Gospel Reading for Trinity 5 – Matthew 13 : 1-9, 18-23.

It will be a long time before we are able to assess the effects of the experience we have all lived through over the past few months. There will be good things and bad things about the lock-down. Most life experiences are a mixture of both! For us at the Vicarage one of the most obvious things is that the garden is much more well kept than previous years. The extra time available to us shows. However no matter how much time and effort we spend, a good harvest is dependant on the quality of the soil we plant.

Those who first listened to Jesus’ teaching in today’s Gospel would have understood the point he was making. It is easy to become distracted when people speak about things that say nothing to our lives or to our needs. Jesus spoke to people in ways they could understand. Yet some listened and missed the crucial heart of the message. Some listened and didn’t want to know. Some listened and heard, but were too frightened of the challenge to respond. Jesus prepared the ground in the way of a good gardener, with symbols which spoke to the hearts and experience of his listeners. He values each person in the crowd and so approaches them in a way which is appropriate to their need, at their level.

What of us?

First, we often fail to listen to one another let alone Jesus! We look away. We interupt. How much do we really listen? It is easy to give the impression of being attentive. If someone listens to us attentively we feel valued. When we are spoken to in a way we understand it feeds and enhances the people we are, helping us grow in confidence and self-worth. This is how Christ listens to us and how we should listen to him, not only when he speaks directly to us, but when he speaks to us through others. Listening is a great skill; to be a good listener is to nurture the seed of Christ’s love in another person and let it flourish into a great harvest.

And if the soil is thin what do we do? How do we feed it? By prayer for enlightenment and wisdom; a good deed; a kind word; by sincere contrition for any weakness on our part. And by being attentive to each other; hearing spoken and unspoken needs. By facing and not avoiding life’s unpalatable aspects for fear of them troubling us. By rising to the challenge of being fully human in the way which Jesus came to teach us. This how the soil is made better, and better soil nourishes the seed which is the life of God within us; and it produces a better harvest which is the Kingdom within us and amongst us.

Jesus came to make holy every part of human life. He teaches us that God is with us in the great and the minute parts of our lives. He speaks in a language which we can understand; and in gentle tones; so listen to him, he is the sower, the seed and the food for growth. And relax the harvest too is his, that is his promise to us.