Sixth Sunday after Trinity - 19 July 2020

COLLECT

Merciful God,

you have prepared for those who love you

such good things as pass our understanding:

pour into our hearts such love toward you

that we, loving you in all things and above all things,

may obtain your promises,

which exceed all that we can desire,

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.

 

GOSPEL READING - Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one,  and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

 

Reflection - a Q&A with Becky and Michael on "Creating Space for God", led by Revd Dr Fiona Haworth

Intercessions - written by Michael Winter

Heavenly Father, as we come together in worship of you, we remember that, although we are scattered, we are one in your name.  Help us Lord to be your workers on Earth, sharing with others your light and love, encouraging the good seeds to grow. 

Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

Almighty God, we bring before you your church.  We pray that it may be a place where all are welcomed and delighted in.  We pray for all clergy and ministers, especially for Bishops Graham, Alan and Jonathan in this Diocese, and Edward, Fiona, Lorna, Graham and Gill who minister in our parish.  Be with them, Lord, as they look towards the future.  As our church buildings begin to open up for public worship once more, we remember and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who have no building to worship in, who fear for their lives as they worship you.

Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

We pray for the World, for an end to all divisions and a unity in the face of common difficulties.  We pray for all leaders of the world, that they may have the courage to listen to those whom they lead and show compassion and understanding to all.  We pray for those in our world who are struggling, who face uncertainty or terror in this world because of war, disease, hunger and poverty.  Be with them Lord, comforting them and carrying them through the hardest times.

Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

Heavenly Father, we pray for the city that we are in the heart of.  We pray for all workers as they return to work, praying that they are able to return safely. We pray for our school children who start their summer holidays, many of whom are unsure of exam results or what schools will look like when they return. 

Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

Almighty God, we thank you for the “Creating Space for God” programme here at St Peter Mancroft, and for the time we have had with Becky this past year.  We are grateful for all she has contributed to the life of this church and we pray for her future as she goes to study becoming a teacher.  We also pray for Ben who will be joining us in September, bringing a new energy and enthusiasm in the role. 

Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all who are sick in mind, body and spirit.  Especially we are asked to pray for Pam, Simon, Janet, Angela, Martin and Val, and for any known to us.  We pray for all carers and health professions who care for the sick at home, in hospital and in care homes.  May your love surround all who suffer and comfort them as they feel your presence.

Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all who have recently departed from this life into the next.  We also remember those who have their anniversaries that occur at this time, for  Valmae Streatfield, Mollie Rowe, Henry Minter, Peter Elvin, Percy Howes, Victor Standley, Frank Shaw, John Fielding, Emily Gogarty, Joyce Harris, Betty Drane and Jennifer Hudson.  We pray also for all who mourn and feel loss in their lives.  Help us Lord, to remember that they are now with you in the eternal Kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

In a moment’s silence, we bring before you our own prayers and petitions.

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