Fifth Sunday after Trinity - 12 July 2020


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,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


GOSPEL READING Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23.

Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!

Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.

As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.

But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’


SERMON Written by Rev’d Graham Kirk-Spriggs

INTERCESSIONS Written by Ron Cooper

Heavenly Father, we pray for all our clergy at this time. For those who have had to adapt to church closures, and thankfully, due to technology, have found ways to preach the gospel. We pray that we will be able to share in communion sometime soon.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our Government and for all those who lead us. For Doctors and Scientists who have been working tirelessly to find a way through these dark times. We thank you for everyone who has nursed, cared and given love to every person with dignity and understanding. We thank you too for the people around us, for those who have shown kindness and listened to us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Kind and generous God, we pray for all young people. For those receiving A Level Results, for those who have been unable to sit exams, and for any who are anxious. Help us love, support and pray for them.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all areas of the world where there is violence. For Palestine, Israel and the middle east. We remember 25 years since the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. We hold before God those places where the Gospel of love is not nurtured. Help us to create a more peaceful world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, please help us now to build our new community with more care and understanding for everyone. Please help us to build better communication with people around us by simple things like talking and greeting everyone we meet. This helps us all to grow together now and in the future. Let us grow to care for what we have, so that peace and goodwill should prevail.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy Father, we pray for everyone who has been dealing with illness during this pandemic, including from our own congregation, Pam, Simon, Janet, Angela, Martin and Val. Let us remember everyone in any kind of need during this time, praying for healing and relief of suffering.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those we love but see no longer. . And at their years mind, we remember with gratitude the lives of Frank Keymer, Alfred McKenzie, Grace Phillips, Philip Durrant, Hilda Inch, David Wiseman, Victor Searle, Joanna Beveridge and Ken McKee.    Lord, please lift us and remind us of everyone who has sadly left us, who are now with you in peace and comfort.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Lord Almighty, help us all, that in prayer we will find calm and understanding; giving light and love to our daily life and to help others to find a way to fulfilment and love of you.  Heavenly Father, please give us your blessing to continue with open hands, to enjoy a full and satisfied life in the ways of your teaching.

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