Morning Prayer on the Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 9th Aug 2020 service at 10.00a.m. Call in from 9.45
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          Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
All      And also with you.
          O Lord, open our lips
All      and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Blessed are you, creator of all, to you be praise and glory for ever. As your dawn renews the face of the earth, bringing light and life to all creation, may we rejoice in this day you have made.

All     Blessed be God for ever.

As we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep, open our eyes to behold your presence and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world may rejoice and give you praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All     Blessed be God for ever.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.

All     Amen.

The Word of God

First reading:  Romans 10:5-15

5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6 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) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 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);
9 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.
10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 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. 13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
14 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? 15 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

Psalm 85:8-13

All      The Lord will give all that is good.

8 I will listen to what the Lord God will say, for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful, that they turn not again to folly.
9 Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

All      The Lord will give all that is good.

10 Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth and righteousness look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give all that is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him and direct his steps in the way.

All      The Lord will give all that is good.

          Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
All      as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Second reading – Matthew 14:22-33

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

          This is the word of the Lord.
All      Thanks be to God


We pause to reflect on the readings before turning to prayer.


          In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.
          Lord, in your mercy,
All      Hear our prayer.

          Almighty God, we praise you
          for the many blessings you pour out on your creation.
          We pray that all who seek you may find you,
          and, filled with your Holy Spirit,
          become a living temple acceptable to you.

          Lord, in your mercy,
All     Hear our prayer.

          We seek your blessing
          on our homes and communities,
          on the lonely, the fearful and the isolated,
          on our neighbours, families and friends.
          Lord, in your mercy,
All     Hear our prayer.

          We pray for the sick and the suffering,
          especially any known to us
          who we lift to you now in the silence.
          We pray for them, and all who care for them.
          Lord, in your mercy,
All     Hear our prayer.

          We give you thanks for the lives of the recently departed,
          and all those we remember with love and thanksgiving.
          May they rest in peace, and may your peace rest upon all who grieve,
          that they may know the hope of Christ.
          Lord, in your mercy,
All     Hear our prayer.

          Loving God,
          we thank you that you have called us
          into the body of Christ here in this place,
          and we praise you for all your good gifts to us.
          Help us to go out into the world,
          refreshed by your Spirit
          and in the power of your love
          to live for you through Christ our Lord.

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

Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity 

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,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All      Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Please say the Lord’s Prayer in whichever form you are most comfortable.
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray


All         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.



All         Our Father,  who art in heaven,
            hallowed be thy name; 
            thy kingdom come;
            thy will be done; 
            on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread. 
            And forgive us our trespasses,
            as we forgive those who trespass against us.
            And lead us not into temptation; 
            but deliver us from evil. 
            For thine is the kingdom,
            the power and the glory,
            for ever and ever.


The love of the Lord Jesus
draw us to himself;
the power of the Lord Jesus
strengthen us in his service;
the joy of the Lord Jesus
fill our hearts;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us
and those whom we love and pray for
today and always.

All    Amen.

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