Morning Prayer on the Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 5th July2020 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.
          This is the day that the Lord has made.
All      Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.



Jesus says:
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’
So let us turn away from sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.


In the wilderness we find your grace; you love us with an everlasting love.
Lord, have mercy.

All     Lord, have mercy.

There is none but you to uphold our cause; our sin cries out and our need of you is great.
Christ, have mercy.

All    Christ, have mercy.

Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed; restore us and we shall know your joy.
Lord have mercy.

All     Lord, have mercy.


May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All    Amen.
        Blessed is the Lord,
All     for he has heard the voice of prayer;
        therefore shall our hearts dance for joy
All     and in our song will we praise our God.

The Word of God

First reading: Song of Solomon 2:8-13

The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;
11 for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

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


          Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and be not wise in your own sight.
All      Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and be not wise in your own sight.
          In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.
All      Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
          Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
All      Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and be not wise in your own sight.

Second reading – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus spoke to the crowds and said: 16 ‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17 We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’;19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” 25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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


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


          Let us pray to God our Father, whose Son came that we may have life.
          Lord, hear us.
All      Lord, graciously hear us.

          We give you thanks for the life and work of all those
          whose vision founded our National Health Service,
          and for those who serve others in care and compassion.
          We pray that their work and ministry to the sick
          may enrich and support the welfare of all.
          Lord, hear us.
All     Lord, graciously hear us.

          We give thanks for those who provide leadership in healthcare,
          for those who exercise stewardship and allocate resources
          and we pray that, in challenging times,
          support and compassion may be shown to all in need.
          Lord, hear us.
All     Lord, graciously hear us.

         We pray for all who promote health and wellbeing in policy
         and practice, and for all who care for the sick
         in hospital, in care homes, and at home;
         for doctors, nurses, care assistants and cleaners.
         We seek guidance and strength for all chaplains,
         and for all engaged in teaching and medical research.
         Lord, hear us.
All     Lord, graciously hear us.

          We pray for all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit;
          for those who are terminally ill, elderly or frail;
          for those who live with disability or constant pain,
          and for all who strive to bring them comfort and healing.
          Today we remember especially…
          Lord, hear us.
All     Lord, graciously hear us.

          Remember in your kingdom, O Lord, all who have
          faithfully served you here on earth and are now at rest;
          today we give thanks especially for the lives of…
          Grant us, with them and all the faithful departed,
          the joy of your salvation.
          Lord, hear us.
All     Lord, graciously hear us.

          We commend ourselves,
          and all for whom we pray,
          to the mercy and protection of God:
          Merciful Father,
All     accept these prayers
          for the sake of your Son,
          our Saviour Jesus Christ.


O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply on 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 our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
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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