Weekly Readings and Prayers

Sunday 2nd October 2022 (Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity) 

 

Collect
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; 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 Habakkuk 1. 1–4, 2. 1–4
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous—therefore judgement comes forth perverted. I will stand at my watch-post, and station myself on the rampart;
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.

Second reading 2 Timothy 1.1-14
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Psalm 37 vv 1–9
1 Fret not because of evildoers; : be not jealous of those who do wrong.
2 For they shall soon wither like grass : and like the green herb fade away.
3 Trust in the Lord and be doing good; : dwell in the land and be nourished with truth.
4 Let your delight be in the Lord : and he will give you your heart’s desire.
5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, : and he will bring it to pass.
6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light : and your just dealing as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait for him; : do not fret over those that prosper as they follow their evil schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; : do not fret, lest you be moved to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off, : but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land. 
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.

Gospel Luke 17.5-10
Jesus’ closest disciples said to him, ‘Help us to have more faith.’ He replied, ‘Even if your faith is only the size of a tiny mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Dig up your roots and jump into the sea!” and it would do as you ask.’ Jesus continued, ‘Imagine you have a servant who works hard all day, ploughing the land, or looking after the sheep on the hills. When the servant comes in would you say to him, “You have worked very hard all day. Have a rest. Sit down and have dinner with me”? No,’ Jesus said, ‘you wouldn’t, would you? Instead you would say, “Prepare my meal! Put on your apron and serve me my dinner. You can eat later, after I have eaten.” You don’t give your servant any special thanks for doing their job, do you?’ Jesus explained to his disciples, ‘It is the same with you. When you have done everything you have been asked to do, you should say, “We have only done what we were asked to do. No more. We don’t deserve any special thanks.”

Post Communion Prayer
Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayers for the week

Almighty God, in the noise and confusion of life, we pray for peace in our hearts. In these few moments of stillness, we bring before you our prayers, asking for help and guidance as we journey through our earthly life and giving thanks and praise for our many blessings.

Every day this week we pray for peace in the world; that every nation may seek the way that leads to peace; that human rights and freedoms may everywhere be respected and the world's resources be ungrudgingly shared.

 

We pray for those who live in Corby Drive, Crimp Hill, and Cypress Walk. 

 

Sunday 2nd October
Everlasting God, we pray for your Church today, gathering all round the world in tiny churches and great cathedrals, to praise you, to hear your holy word, and to meet you in bread and wine. Give us a sense of expectation as we come and inspiration as we go. Help us to put our differences behind us and unite instead behind the great commission of Jesus, to make disciples of all nations.

Monday 3rd October
Almighty God, we pray that you give us this day, the eye that is willing to see the meaning of the ordinary, the familiar, the commonplace; to see our own faults for what they are; to see the likeable qualities in those we may not like; to recognise the mistakes in what we thought was correct; to understand the strength in what we labelled as weakness. 

Tuesday 4th October
Generous God, at this harvest time we acknowledge that all good gifts around us are sent from heaven above. Help us to receive them gratefully, to use them wisely and to share them unselfishly as good stewards of your bounty.

Wednesday 5th October
Creator God, we pray that our leaders will exercise restraint and fairness in the use of economic power, use discernment and have a long-term view in policy and decision making, a love of creation and a high view of human stewardship.

Thursday 6th October 
Father God, we hold in the stillness before you the millions suffering from floods, hurricanes, and typhoons from Japan, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean communities, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Give strength, and help us provide urgently required medical supplies, food, and shelter for all those made homeless and made ill by the polluted flood waters.

Friday 7th October 
Eternal God, we pray that you grant us such faith in you that amidst all things that pass our understanding, we may believe in your fatherly care, and ever be strengthened by the assurance that underneath are the everlasting arms.

Saturday 8th October 
Everlasting God, help us to entrust the past to your mercy, the present to your love and the future to your wisdom.

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