Weekly Readings and Prayers

Sunday 18th July 2021  The Seventh Sunday after Trinity


Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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. Amen


First Reading Jeremiah 23. 1-6
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.  The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ 

Psalm 23 
1 The Lord is my shepherd; • therefore can I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures • and leads me beside still waters.
3 He shall refresh my soul • and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; • for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; • you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.
6 Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, • and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son • and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning is now • and shall be for ever. Amen.

Second Reading Ephesians 2. 11-22
So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God. 

Gospel  Mark 6. 30–34, 53–56
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. 

Post Communion Prayer
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

Weekly prayers for the week beginning 18th July 2021

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul."  Psalm 23:1-3.


This lovely psalm reminds us of the calming influence of Our Lord, that we can rest in him, especially when we are faced with changes and uncertainty.  Our Lord, the Good Shepherd knows our every need and is there for us with his love and guidance.


This week we are praying for those who live in Albert Road, Alder Close and Almond Close.


Sunday 18th July
Lord, we pray that you will empower all whom you have called to be bishops, pastors and teachers to be good shepherds of your flock.  Give them wisdom and vision in the leading of your people.    

Monday 19th July
Bless and guide our Government in their decisions to ease the COVID restrictions.  Be with them as they monitor and plan the control of the virus in the weeks to follow. 


Tuesday 20th July
Lord, guide us as we personally take on the responsibility of our own actions in relation to how we live with COVID in the months ahead.  May we have consideration for the feelings of the people around us.


Wednesday 21st July
Good Shepherd, watch over those who will find it difficult to return to a more normal life after sheltering and those who still have anxiety and stress to deal with. We also pray for tonight's Church Council meeting as it considers the way ahead and how we will care for each other.

Thursday 22nd July
Dear Lord we thank you for the way you have blessed and given strength to those who have worked so hard in the NHS over these past months, continue we pray with your blessing as they deal with the increase in COVID cases and the large waiting list of people waiting for treatments.

Friday 23rd July
With the holiday season beginning and many people planning to go away, we pray Lord, that you will guide and protect all who will be travelling.  May they find rest and relaxation after such a difficult time.

Saturday 24th July
Lord, we ask for your blessing and guidance as we plan our Sunday worship on the easing of restrictions.  My we proceed with care and caution in the way we worship and the time of fellowship after the service.  We long for the opportunity to praise you with our voices and to receive your full communion of bread and wine. However, help us to be patient and wait for the right moment.

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